Modification Monday: Mittens

Original  Pattern: #18 Mittens

Knitter Extraordinaire: Caarin (Rav ID, adorable doggie blog)

Mods: Resized for a toddler’s little hands, and modified the cuff to garter stitch. Project page with details can be found here.

What Makes This Awesome: Oh my goodness, the colours. I love how Caarin matched the mittens with the contrasting mitt and cuff for each one, and the little splash of red is perfect. She didn’t use the standard ribbing for the cuff that we all know and love, and instead used garter stitch, which seems so simple, but wow- big impact. And I bet they are super warm- garter stitch is so nice and thick, just perfect for keeping little wrists warm. Love these!

FO: OfficeMitts

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Ravelry project page can be found here. 

Pattern: Susie’s Reading Mitts

Yarn: Luxury Collection Alpaca Peru

Needles: 4 mm dpns (US 6)

Mods: None.

Notes: These mitts were a fast knit, and are amazingly soft in the alpaca yarn. I know they look too big on me, and that is because they are- I’ve got scrawny little bird wrists, and I made a normal medium size for my co-worker, as they were a Christmas gift for her. I gave them to her yesterday before we went our separate ways for the holidays, and she loved them! They fit her perfectly, which I was glad to see. She is often cold in our office, and borrows my fingerless gloves so she can stay warm but still type. It was time for her to have a nice pair to call her own.

My creation

These are a wonderful quick knit- I knit one in a weekend, and the only thing that slowed me down was accidentally making the second one a different size, and not noticing until I had completely finished and woven in the ends. You know, the usual point in time when you realize you’ve made a terrible knitting mistake. I frogged it and re-knit in the correct size.

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I tried to get Yarn in on the FO photo action, but she was having none of it. Spoil sport.

In non-knitting news, I think I’ve hit upon the shade of red that I like best for my hair (see above). I absolutely love it. But holy crabcakes, keeping up with roots is a lot of work. I foresee going back to my natural dark brown colour next year. I’m too lazy for that kind of upkeep.

Modification Monday: Eco Cardigan

Original Pattern: Catriona

Knitter Extraordinaire: Rachel (Ravelry ID)

Mods: Used the cabling detail from the lovely vest and converted it into a stunning long sleeved cardigan. Project page can be found here.

What Makes This Awesome:I love everything about this cardigan- the moss stitch sleeves, the deep double ribbing on the front, and the double button i-cord closure is just so brilliant. The set in sleeves look great, and there are so many really thoughtful details in this cardigan.  I’ve long admired the vest for it’s luscious cables, but this cardigan really pushes all the right buttons for me- moss stitch, double ribbing AND cables?! I’m  in love.

FO: Nativity Donkey

As some of you may recall from last winter, I knitted a little camel for my father-in-law’s church’s nativity. It was challenging because I didn’t have a pattern for a camel and hadn’t seen a picture of the nativity in question, so I was really winging it. It turned out cute, but a bit small in comparison to the other nativity members. This year, a donkey was requested. And it was much easier since my in-laws pick up a copy of the knitted nativity collection by Alan Dart. He is already winging his way over to England (and could possibly even
be there by now!), to join the camel and make new friends with all the
other knitted nativity crew.

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(The shot above you can see a bit of his i-cord tail)

Pattern: The Nativity Collection

Needles: 3.25 mm (US 3)

Materials: Craft yarn, fiberfill and pipe cleaners

Mods: improvised the mane and icord tail.

Notes: The legs and head all have pipe cleaners in them to make his pose-able and bendy. The result is a very stable donkey,  who stands up quite well.

G added some frost effects around the photo borders. Extra winter-y, since Toronto really hasn’t got much snow to speak of (you can still see the grass through the snow!). Those other countries and cities that are being dumped on, please send your snow this way!

Modification Monday: Hooded Coat Extension Panel

Original Pattern: Skoodlet

Knitter Extraordinaire: Caitlin (Ravelry ID, Blog)

Mods: Altered the scarflet sections of the skoodlet to the center back panel, and added a kangaroo pocket to keep her hands warm while carrying her little one. Project pages with great details can be found here.

What Makes This Awesome: I don’t even have a kid, but when I do, I’ll be knitting one of these! What a great way to keep your little one warm during the chilly winters. I love how it buttons right onto her coat, and the pocket for her own hands is such a clever way to stay warm and give your baby a little extra snuggle. It’s genius.