Modification Monday: Circle Sweater

Original Pattern: Circle Socks

Knitter Extraordinaire: Tanya (Ravelry ID)

Mods: Using the sock design as a starting point, and also used the shape of this sweater for inspiration, and the 3 stitch side seams from this sweater. Project page with great details can be found here.

What Makes This Awesome: This is truly a custom sweater. I love how Tanya drew on three different patterns to create a truly original and great-fitting design, and I love the inversion of the colourwork for the sleeves, it’s unexpected and fresh, and so is the great three stitch side seam, which is a great way to work the shaping in a design like this. I’m so blown away by this amazing pullover- its clever, colourful, and knock-out gorgeous.

FO: Pei

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Not pictured: Lila. I’m bent over holding Lila’s little hands to help her walk around the room. 

Pattern: Pei 

Yarn: Queensland Collection Haze, Colourway 905

Needles: 3.75 mm (US 5)

Notes: I’ve had this pretty skein squirrelled away in my stash for a couple years now, just waiting for the right project. I don’t usually gravitate towards cotton/plant fibers, so this was a departure for me- I got sucked in by the soft sandy shades in it that stripe very faintly and look gorgeous. It’s earthy and lovely and I think I want more of it.

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I love this outfit. But  let’s face it- it’s the mug that makes it.  Cowl is ravelled here

The pattern- it’s beautiful, but I find that the lovely scalloped edging totally curls after you’ve been wearing it for a bit, and the whole design is pretty distorted once it’s been around your neck for more than an hour. Which could very well be my yarn choice. I’d be interested to hear if anyone who knit this in wool found that the scallops stay put better.

I still love this cowl, but it’s the yarn that makes me love it. Just a perfect sandy, beachy pink. It’s pink for people who swear they don’t like pink, yet find that they have quite a bit of pink in their wardrobes. Like me.

Modification Mondays: Buttoned Ashby Cowl

Original Pattern: Ashby

Knitter Extraordinaire: Emily (Ravelry ID)

Mods: Upsized the gauge with super bulky yarn, Cast on far fewer stitches and did three and a half pattern repeats. Details can be found on her project page, here.

What Makes This Awesome: Emily has done something that I wish I had thought of ages ago- turned a large shawl that required over 700 yards of yarn into a quick cowl that was less than 200 yards and a weekend’s worth of knitting. Genius! Like a great accessory pattern but don’t have enough yarn? Start thinking about ways to shrink it down and still keep the great details that drew you to the pattern in he first place. I love this cowl- it’s rich in texture, gorgeous, and such a clever idea that I’m totally smitten.

Hedgehog Love Scarf- Free Pattern Notes!

Remember this post, where my pretty, newly-knit hat was upstaged by my super cute hedgehog scarf?

Well, I finally got around to writing up the pattern notes. Because hey, gotta share the hedgehog love.

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But there are disclaimers here- I didn’t knit the cute scarf that’s in these pictures, this is the store bought scarf that Guy got for me from Primark, a chain store in the UK. You can’t buy it any more, so I thought that at least other knitters could knit their own, if they were so inclined. So I wrote out the notes, and charted out the design. A machine made knit is always quite different once interpreted by a knitter, and that is the case for the ribbed edging- which is clearly machine made and seamed on. In the pattern notes I wrote the edging to be seed stitch, to make it easier to knit. But if you want to pick up a gazillion stitches to knit on the ribbing, or seam it on, by all means, go for it.

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Would you like to knit your very own Hedgehog Love Scarf? Then by all means, check out the free pattern here!

Modification Monday: Fair Isle Abalone

Original Pattern: Abalone

Knitter Extraordinaire: fiftysevendegrees

Mods: Added long sleeves, waist shaping, adjusted the fronts to meet for a button-front cardigan, and added a fair isle motif. Great details on the mods can be found on her project page, here.

What Makes This Awesome: Abalone is lovely, but it’s pretty much a decorative shrug. Adding the sleeves makes it way more practical, and turning it into a button-front cardigan provided an opportunity for waist shaping to enhance the new shape of the modified sweater. And the fair isle detail is smart, it emphasizes the waist and a little extra fun at the sleeves. A gorgeous cardigan!