Slippers

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It feels a bit strange to knit slippers from sock yarn, but it totally makes sense if you live in an apartment with well working radiators. Often, bulky slippers are too warm for my feet, even in winter. However, this pair is not for me but for a dear friend of mine. I really hope he enjoys them, as some time ago I knit him a pair of cabled socks that came out way too tight.

The pattern is Compass Points, a free pattern from DROPS Design. Each slipper is knit modularly with eight squares seamlessly. Nonetheless, there are quite a few ends to sew in after finishing the last square. The pattern is easy to follow and includes a very helpful schematic to visualise in which order the squares are knit. The yarn is from my huge Tausendschön stash, a Halbstarke colourway called Maria Schroeder. The largest size used 81g of yarn and hopefully fits an EU size 43.

Sideways Socks

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I am still trying to use up notable amounts of multicoloured sock yarns from my stash. Sadly, I am getting tired of knitting socks, so I had to try out a different approach: sock knitting with unusual constructions. In this case, I have tried out Longitudinal by Nicola Susen/ Nicolor, a free pattern which was published in Knitty. It actually calls for striped yarns with long pattern repeats to show off their colour changes, but I am happy already not to see the usual Tausendschön pooling once again.

The pattern is well written and easy to follow. Grafting together almost 200 stitches in the last row was a challenge, nonetheless. I am just not the most patient person when it comes to boring, repetitive activities. Apart from that, I am very happy with the result. As usually, it was a pleasure to knit Tausendschön sock yarn, I really like their yarn bases. I especially like that I have used up 93g of sock yarn for a pair of EU size 40 socks! This pattern really is a yarn eater!

I have already cast on the next unusual sock construction, so stay tuned.

The Stripey Baby Hoodie

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It is a miracle I have finished this one although it has turned out to be probably the most beautiful baby garment I have knit so far. But back to its beginning, this cardigan has quite a story to tell.

I wanted to knit another baby hoodie for a friend, restricting myself to use stashed yarn and not to buy a pattern. There was an almost neon variegated skein of Tausendschön extrafine Merino I wanted to use, but I was unsure if 100g of fingering weight yarn would be enough for a little hoodie. As my stash did not offer any matching semi-solid yarn, I bought a skein of dark grey Schoppel Admiral Melange at Maschenkunst to make a striped cardigan. The colors are a perfect match, even if I had to buy the grey one. Both yarns knit up well, although the Tausendschön one is plied a bit loosely, probably to emphasise the softness of the fibre. Nonetheless, I like both of them a lot.

After searching Ravelry for a suitable pattern, I found Hættetrøje, a free Danish pattern. I do not speak any Danish, but this is by far not the first baby hoodie I have knit and with Google Translate on my smartphone, I was not afraid at all to use this pattern. The language in fact was not a problem, but the pattern as such was. I cannot recommend to knit the suggested armhole shaping. In the unlikely case I should knit that pattern again, I would definitely change to a drop-shoulder construction. The described armhole shaping just did not work out at all, so that I decided to loosely follow Knit Purl’s Alpha B Basic Baby Cardigan pattern concerning armhole and sleeve shaping (and measurements). I also have added a bit of neck shaping which I took from a Drops pattern. Surprisingly, the sleeves fitted perfectly into the armholes at the first try. The buttons are from La Droguerie in Lille, but they are so tiny, I needed eight buttons to be able to close the cardigan instead of five bigger ones as suggested in the pattern. However, the cardigan looks gorgeous and thus was worth all the effort.

Candy Canes

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Maybe you remember my boyfriend’s first pair of handknit socks and his request for more. Here it is, well in time to be a christmas gift. The colourway was his own choice, a red and green Tausendschön sock yarn named “Noel” I bought a while ago. Noel like Gallagher or the German imperative of the verb “nölen” (to moan). This missing “ë” became a running gag for years…

However, you know I love the yarn base and I am really happy that the 72 sts made the colours spiral like a green and red candy cane. 89g made a pair of size EU45 socks.

A Very Special Hat

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A dear friend of mine, Kle, recently invited me to a live concert in exchange for a handknitted hat. As she is a very special person, I decided to knit her a very special hat. It is loosely based on Woolly Wormhead’s Scrapalong pattern with lots of short rows, some of them textured in seed stitch, some of them stacked, a bit of popcorn stitch and a flat top. The result is a slouchy something, the front a lot longer than the back, and can be worn in many different ways.

I have used 68g of Tausendschön sock yarn in a variegated colorway on 2.5mm needles. The pattern is sort of a recipe, open to add your own ideas. It can be knit in any yarn weight and comes in a lot of sizes. You definitely should try it, the pattern is for free.

Katinka Mitts (my first complex pattern)

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These mitts have quite a long story and started with a request from my aunt. She had asked me to knit her a pair of super tight, super short mitts with a large cable on the back of the hand.

I accepted the challenge and added some extra spice, namely a cabled, sideways knit cuff, morphing into a cabled cable on the back of the hand and ending as a cable around the middle finger. It took me several prototypes to develop a pattern, but I finally have succeeded.

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The latest version is knit from 24g of Maschenkunst Belana, a beautiful light fingering weight shetland yarn, in Asparagus. It gives detailed stitch definition which is important for the cable structure. Apart from that, my weakness for shetland yarns should not be a secret anymore.

My previous prototypes were knit using Tausendschön Merino Extrafein in Bougainville (stunning colour on a wonderfully soft yarn base) and using DyeForWool Merino Silk in Dove Being No More (check out their Etsy shop!) which both give good stitch definition as well and add more softness.

You can buy the pattern on Ravelry. I would love to see your projects!

Building Blocks

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First of all, sorry for not posting anything the last weeks, I was really busy.

I have finished my Building Blocks! It took me about three hours to bind off, but it was worth all the effort. The result is rather a shlanket than a shawl, but it was perfect to wear it first on a trip to Leipzig where the temperature was about -2°C.

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I am super happy with my choice of colours, they blend really well together. My large (pretty huge) version is made of sock yarn only, 85g of colour A, 81g of colour B, 47g of colour C and 71g of colour D. It was fun to knit it and watch the colours play with each other up to the end of the brioche section. After that, I got bored. But hey, it is finished and, as mentioned above, the shlanket was completely worth the effort.

Have you finished your Building Blocks yet? And have you seen all those stunning pictures on Instagram?

Building Blocks MKAL, Clue 1

Here it is, my building blocks shawl after clue 1 (and the first row of clue 2). I am pretty happy with it so far, although it is extremely colourful. I am knitting with 3.5 Addi lace needles, a goodie I received at Yarncamp. Apart from being too short for this project, they are okay, but I still prefer ChiaGoo Red Lace.

In contrast to the Taboo MKAL, I love knitting this one. It is not as spectacular as the Booknits pattern, but it does not need attention at each and every stitch. So it qualifies as a portable and quite mindless project which is perfect as I currently are quite busy and travelling a lot. I’ll keep you updated.

A Fall of Mysteries

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Last Friday, the timing for this year’s Westknits Mystery Shawl, Building Blocks, was published. The first clue will be released October 7, which is only a week after the Boo Knits MKAL. I actually did not want to participate as I had bought the yarn for Taboo already and did not want to buy any more new yarn this month. Apart from that, both MKALs will run in parallel for two weeks at least.

But why knit a westknits pattern exactly as it is intended to? Stephen West is well known for playing with colour and very different yarn bases at once. Furthermore, a shawl pattern focusing on colour should be adaptable to a different yarn weight. Diving deep into my stash of colourful sock yarns, I have found four very colourful skeins that still might look good together. So I have a very good reason to participate: stashbusting!

I will use (from left to right) a nameless OOAK colourway of Drachenwolle sock yarn which is radiant pink in combination with a blueish purple, a OOAK “wild” colourway of Tausendschön sock yarn, a “dotty” colourway of Wolle Kunterbunt sock yarn as well as a ball of Strauss Innovation sock yarn in cream printed with different shades of grey.

Are you going to participate as well? What are your yarn choices?

Waiting for Rain

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Although the title might remind the well-disposed reader of a local weather forecast, I just have finished knitting a huge shawl. I fell in love with the pattern instantly, but it needed the yarnicorns forcing me to a KAL to actually start knitting it. I had a lot of problems with the lace sections, but stitch markers help a lot to keep track of the multiple pattern repeats. The shawl is knit from a stash yarn, Tausendschön Merino Extrafein in bougainville. I used this yarn base for my Care to Dance? shawl as well.

I have blocked the shawl using blocking wires for the first time. It actually does not save time compared to pinning the edges with needles only, but the result is a lot more symmetrical.

To conclude, some eye candy in the form of lace close-ups:

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