Find yourself needing a really, really long phone charger? Then maybe this is just the thing for you!! It’s still a concept and not a retailed product as of yet, but I love it. And I daresay, so would my kitties.
Original Pattern: Corrie Fair Isle Vest
Knitter Extraordinaire: Caroline (Ravelry ID)
Mods: Took the colourwork chart from the vest pattern and made fair isle fingerless mitts instead. Details, including a great chart for the thumb gusset, can be found on her project page here.
What Makes This Awesome: Caroline is back on Mod Mondays with another gorgeous take on turning a big colourwork project into a smaller one. I’m so impressed are how well she scaled down the pattern, and the thumb gusset in the pattern is fantastic. Smaller colourwork projects are a great way to try out fair isle without the commitment of a huge project. And I love stranded mitts! They are beautiful.
The Pink Grapefruit Cowl and Mitts were created for the Tanis Fiber Arts year in Colour Club, which sends out an exclusive pattern and a custom-dyed colourway to each of the club’s members every second month. This means that for those of you not a member, this is a horribly teasing post about a pattern that is not available just yet! This pattern will remain exclusive to the TFA Year in Colour Club until next year. But don’t despair! You can still purchase a membership to the club at any time, and you’ll be sent all the yarns and previous patterns up to the current month.
Original Pattern: Bellevue Cardigan (fingering weight)
Mods: Adjusted the length of the sleeves to make them much longer, while keeping the lace pattern. Details on how she did this are on her project page, here.
What Makes This Awesome: I’m amazed at how changing one thing can change the look of a garment so much. I don’t like short sleeved cardigans(the exception being capped sleeves) , but lengthening sleeves that have a lace detail in them can be a lot more challenging than just knitting a bit more length in the middle. Jane did a fantastic job lengthening with the lace, and the cardigan looks more chic and modern for it. Beautiful result!
Yarn: Americo Original 100% Pima Cotton Flame
Needles: 4.5 mm (US 7)
Mods: I always knit my sleeves flat, and seam them. I tapered the sleeves
by decreasing two stitches on each side every 3 rows 3 times (so in total, 6 stitches decreased in each sleeve) about 1.5 inches from
sleeve hem. I also did 4 rows of ribbing, since I don’t like rolled hem
sleeves. I didn’t do the button or the button hole, and lengthened the cardigan substantially.
Notes: I cast on for this a few days before I went on vacation, specifically with the idea of having a nice stockinette knit to chisel away at while travelling.It was a great project for it, and I’m especially pleased with how the simple shape really makes the most of the slubby yarn, which had been sitting in my stash for two years, because I wasn’t sure what to do with it. Unlike the many other things that have sat in my stash for multiple years- I tend to know exactly what I want to do with it (one day).
The only thing that I’m not crazy about is that the fabric stretches out at the elbows and gets ‘elbow bag’. but really, that’s a lot of sweaters, so… not a huge complaint. cotton yarn isn’t known for it’s elastic qualities, so I’m not that fussed.
I want to always have an FO while on a fun holiday. Because even though in these photos it’s raining and I’m about 45 minutes away from going to bed for the rest of the day because I feel so rotten… you can’t tell- the landscape just makes the photos so striking. Yay for holiday FOs!