Knit in Progress: Chromatic Brioche Cowl and a Survey!

Knit in Progress: Chromatic Cowl |knittedbliss.com

Many of you saw a sneak peek of this beautiful chromatic cowl on my review of Homeward Bound (and whoa, that got us all really talking! I loved that!). The cowl pattern is free, but I got this lovely cowl kit from Knit Circus, and I’m so glad that I did. Who doesn’t love rainbow stuff? Yay rainbows!

Knit in Progress: Chromatic Cowl |knittedbliss.com

Yarn (the cat) thinks this cowl is very comfy. It passes her paw-press test. 

This is my first time knitting brioche, and it’s been quite fun to knit- really easy to memorize once you get the hang of it. The free pattern doesn’t include instructions for working brioche (if it’s new to you, as it was for me) but I googled some videos on Youtube and pieced it together. Once you work two rounds, it’s really easy. Ah, learning new skills! What did we do before the internet?

Knit in Progress: Chromatic Cowl |knittedbliss.com

You can see a bit of Gatsby’s fluff in the bottom left side of the above photo. 

Ravelry project page is here.

I love the colour changes in the yarn, it’s so much fun to knit with a great chromatic yarn like this and measure progress with the stripes. I also thin that working brioche in a fingering weight gives it a different look than with a thicker yarn, the stitches really have a delicate herringbone effect.

So…… I’ve been thinking about doing a reader survey for a while, and I’ve put one together that will tell me a little bit more about you guys, what you like, what you would like to see more of here on Knitted Bliss. I promise, it’s not long at all! And because I know your time is super valuable, I wanted to make sure you got a little something for helping me out-  at the end of the survey, after clicking the ‘done’ button, you’ll receive a 50% coupon for any one pattern in my Ravelry shop.

Click here to take the survey!

I’ll run the survey until Friday. I really want to know what you think, what other crafts you like to do, and anything else you would like to tell me.

Note to other bloggers: Survey Gizmo was way better than Survey Monkey for building this survey. No one is compensating me to say that- I don’t think either of those companies even know I exist. But in Survey Gizmo I could add a coupon code to the thank you page, whereas I couldn’t do that in Survey Monkey (without paying for a whole year subscription). Just better options for the freebie surveys, in my opinion.

Modification Monday: Mouton Mix

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Original Patterns: Dessine-Moi Un Mouton and Spring Lines

Knitter Extraordinaire: Gaby (Ravelry ID)

Mods: Gaby combined the two patterns, using the texture and shaping of Dessine-Moi un Mouton and added in the great stripes from spring lines. Details are on her project page, which can be found here. I highly recommend checking out the additional photos on her project page.

What Makes This Awesome: Stripes are something I often have mixed feelings on- I like my stripes on the thinner side, but the thick and thin mix of stripes that came from the Spring Lines pattern are expertly done, and with the wonderful texture of the original Mouton sweater looks fresh and even a bit delicate.  The texture, classic shaping, and the balance of the striping sequence allow a four-colour sweater to look completely cohesive. This is one of those sweaters that keeps getting better the closer you look- every detail is thoughtful and beautiful. And now I want one just like it!

Modification Monday: Mouton Mix | knittedbliss.com

Pin Ups: My Favourite Things on Pinterest This Week

I hope everyone has been having a really good week! Here are some of my favourite things from Pinterest this week:

Pin Ups: blueberry yogurt cookies | knittedbliss.com

These blueberry yogurt cookies are the perfect cookie for spring- light but still a treat.

Pin Ups: slow cooker chicken fajitas | knittedbliss.com

Slow cooker chicken fajitas are probably the easiest dinner solution ever- so freaking simple, and all you need to do is microwave the flatbreads for 25 seconds and you’re good to go.

Pin Ups: watercolour napkin DIY | knittedbliss.com

I love watercolour effects on fabric, and this tutorial shows 3 different ways to achieve the effects: diluted fabric paint, fabric dye, or with ink and screen printing paint.

1 apple cider

Here’s the best list of uses for apple cider vinegar I’ve ever seen- I knew about using it as a finishing rinse in the shower for shiny hair, but I didn’t know it could help with seasonal allergies or  as a face mask. Now I need to get some good apple cider vinegar from the health food store (the raw stuff has more of the good-for-you enzymes!)

Pin Ups: Stop Comparing Yourself | knittedbliss.com

This is a brief but spot-on post about how completely unhelpful that whole “You have the same hours in the day as Beyonce” quote really is.  Since when does comparing yourself to Beyonce help anyone feel good about themselves? Sometimes I find the way I talk to myself in my head is pushing me to try to achieve more, do more, and be more- and then I realize that the reason I’m saying that stuff to myself is because I feel like what I’m doing now isn’t enough.  I have to stop comparing my life to everyone’s beautiful Instagram feeds!

New Pattern: Hyperballad Cowl

It’s finally here! Today is the launch day for the Hyperballad Cowl, and I first mentioned here, with a quick photo of the smaller version. I wanted to design a neww cowl with lots of texture, and some fun cables. Everyone else thinks cables are super fun, right? Let’s take a look at some of the details of the smaller one, shall we?

Pattern: Hyperballad Cowl | knittedbliss.com

Pattern: Hyperballad Cowl | knittedbliss.com

Hyperballad comes in two sizes- one smaller version (above) that takes 1 skein of DK weight yarn that is a great small cowl that tucks into your coat, and the bigger version takes 2 skeins of DK and creates a drape-y, cozier version that has a bit more drama to it. Let’s take a look at the bigger version:

Pattern: Hyperballad Cowl | knittedbliss.com

Pattern: Hyperballad Cowl | knittedbliss.com

 The pattern is $6 (CAN), and instructions for both sizes are included in the same pattern, so it’s a bargain- and perfect for destashing a skein or two of DK yarn that has been languishing in your stash. Knit the small cowl in one colour, and the the bigger one in another- two totally different looks. Of course, I’ve knit mine in the same colour, so clearly I didn’t take my own advice. But it’s worth seeing the other finished versions that were test knitted- everyone did such a fantastic job!

Hyperballad Collage | knittedbliss.com

And a shout out to Laura Chau, for the awesome tech editing!

Modification Monday: Grey Memories Cocoon Hat

Modification Monday: Grey Memories Cocoon | knittedbliss.com

Original Patterns: Cocoon and Green Memories

Knitter Extraordinaire: Erika (Ravelry ID)

Mods: Erika combined the texture from the Cocoon hat pattern and the colourwork  and crown shaping from Green Memories. details can be found on her project page,  here.

What Makes This Awesome: Texture AND colourwork, people! I love it. This hat feels really modern because of the playful mix of a little old-school colourwork and some great texture on the crown, combined with a slouchy silhouette.  Combining patterns  when knititng a hat is a great way to dip your toe into the world of modifying your own knits, because the scale of the project (both in yarn and time commitment) are on the smaller side, and that should give you a bit of confidence to know that even if you didn’t like what was happening as you knit it,you could rip back just a bit and not feel like you’ve lost days of knitting as a result. Of course, it helps to combine two beautiful patterns that you love and use great, timeless colours like the grey and red of this hat. It also helps if both patterns are of similar gauge, but not a dealt breaker- Erika was using patterns of a different gauge here, and the result is amazing.

Modification Monday: Grey Memories Cocoon | knittedbliss.com