Modification Monday: Latvian T-Shirt

Original Pattern: Girly Top

Knitter Extraordinaire: Betsy (Ravelry ID)

Mods: Revamped the simple stockinette top to feature a beautiful colourwork design, and also adjusted the neckline and sizing. Details and more photos can be found on her project page, here.

What Makes This Awesome: This is such an inspiring knit. The original pattern is a very simple, no colourwork pullover; and provided the perfect template to explore this lavish colourwork design. And the result is just utterly beautiful!

WIP: Simple Socks

In the pre-ravelry days, I knitted a pair of socks very similar to these. I still wear them regularly, and when at my friend Laura’s house, she saw my socks and really wanted a pair of her own. Who am I to deny a close friend hand-knitted socks?

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These are just plain, cuff-down stockinette socks. I’m knitting these on a 2.5 mm 9-inch circular; it’s my first time using a tiny circ. I actually really enjoy it. I find knitting on dpns sort of hard on my wrists sometimes, and the magic loop/two circs technique isn’t my fave (I know, I’m sorry, I just feel like I spend as much time feeding needles through loops as I do actually knitting).

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Gatsby does love to get in on the knit blog action.  

I’ve been knitting these on the subway or in various cafes in the city. And as someone who frequently knits in public, I’m used to people asking what I’m knitting. But when an older lady slid over to get a better look at my knitting while on the subway, I was totally unprepared for her question.

Nice Older Lady:”You’re left handed, aren’t you?”
Me: “…..uum, yes. How can you tell?”
Nice Older Lady: “I’m teaching my granddaughter to knit, and she’s left handed too. I’ll have to tell her that left handed knitters can do just as well!”

So, are there any fellow southpaw knitters out there? Is there really a difference? I knit ‘English style’  (I’m a thrower, not a picker). I never thought it mattered- for crochet, yes, because I hold my hook in my left hand, but for knitting… the only time I find it affects anything is when I do a long tail cast on, since it is technically backwards (I hold the needle in my left hand).

Fellow knitters, help me out- can you actually tell if someone is left handed when they are knitting?

Modification Monday: Inspira Sweater

Original Pattern: Inspira Cowl

Knitter Extraordinaire: Sigrid (Ravelry ID, blog)

Mods: Transformed the beautiful colourwork cowl/caplet into a gorgeous kaleidoscopic pullover. Details on how she did this can be found on her project page, here.

What Makes This Awesome: I can’t say I’ve seen many transformations of a caplet into a sweater, have you? This is such a lovely reinterpretation of the pattern. the colours Sigrid chose are so pretty, and the whole effect is just… WOW. Talk about making a pattern your own! What a stunning sweater.

Happy Happy Joy Joy!

The new issue of Knitty is out, and I’ve got a pattern in it!

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You would never know that it was the dead of February when we took those photos. We found a stone wall that seemed to look ‘warm’, and I ditched my coat while we took as many photos as quickly as possible. I was freezing!!

The Make Up Your Mind racerback is designed to be a layering piece, worn over another tank top or t shirt. The Kollage yarn is really breathable, and has awesome yardage. I highly recommend

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This is my first time sizing a garment pattern, and I was really nervous about it. I read lots of books about designing garments, but nothing was really out there for grading pattern sizes for racerbacks (I guess it is kind of a niche item). If anyone has any trouble at all with it, please feel free to send me an email, and I’ll try to help anyway I can. My email is over there on the right, underneath my profile picture. I want you to be as happy as possible with the finished results!