Summer break has started here. For the next 2 and a half months the boys are home. We started summer break off with a bang, which in our case meant 2 weeks of swimming lessons. Lots of fun, but since we took them in the mornings, we had to get up early each morning! With 4 kids at home, time for knitting, crochet or any other hobby has gotten significantly reduced, but here and there I still have a little time to my self. The much bigger robber of my hobby time is another hobby that has been dormant for a while, but has now reared it’s head again. Reading… I love a good book. The last several years I have been working my way through a series called the Dresden Files. The author is Jim Butcher. In the back of those books, they kept talking of another series of his, called Codex Alera, which was supposed to be very good as well. So I convinced the library to add that series to the e-book line up. The best decision I ever made! Well, to be honest, I just requested the 1st book, and after they told me that they had honored my request, and added it to the selection, I discovered the other 5 were there too… And quite amusing/annoying was that before I got a chance to check the 1st book out, someone else had already borrowed it! At least they did not add it just for my benefit. And I have noticed that every time I return a book there are at least 2 people in line waiting for it… I think I started the 1st book in April, and I have made it all the way to book 5. Needless to say, I am enjoying it, and it has usurped some of my precious hobby time.
But I still have some finished projects from a couple of months ago that I can show you.
First is the second Baby Surprise Jacket, though this is most definitely a child surprise jacket. You might remember the first one, for my youngest. This one is for her big sister. I again used Pinwheel by Cascade Yarns. This time the Grapes color way. The needles were US 8, 5 mm. I actually decided to use the stockinette version that Panda Man wrote up. I had gotten a bit tired of the garterstitch version. It was interesting, it seemed a little more tricky then the stockinette version, but definitely not terribly so. I think it was not made any easier by the fact that the yarn was quite dark.
Some of the things I came across?
Starting with a provisional cast on will help eliminate any visible join for the sleeves.
After binding off (or putting on a stitch holder) for the neck edges, I needed more rounds then the 5 described. Of course that was for a BSJ. I had a 3.25 in gap between the 2 fronts. I much prefer a 1 – 1,5 inch front border on a children’s cardigan. Which means I needed to continue increasing after I put the 2” on a stitch holder, and add about 10-11 rounds in addition to the 5 stated in the Stockinette Stitch pattern, for a total of 16 rounds, before putting the rest of the sts outside the marked sts on a holder. Keep in mind this was for a 26” circumference cardigan, this number will change depending on what size is made. I ended up increasing to 6K.
Since I am knitting from a really big skein, I was not about to “leave the yarn dangling” as the Stockinette pattern described. I chose to follow the Zimmerman pattern instead.
When picking up sts from G to A, add sts from the holder for A to E, then turn and go back, until you have to pick up
sts for H to B, and add the sts from holder for B to F. E,C,D to F is the collar and will be done later.
Next time, I will knit the cuffs with needles that are .5 mm smaller. They flare a bit, which was not intentional, though is kind of cute too.
My daughter loved it, and wore it regularly until it got too hot for a cardigan. But I expect that she will still fit next winter, as it was a bit big on her.
Next off the needles was the second coffee bean socks. The name comes from the stitch pattern, which is apparently an old Dutch one. I have not (yet) found it in a stitch dictionary in the US, but would not be surprised if I just missed it so far. I used Diversity by Plymouth Yarn. A tiny bit splitty, but as a counter to that, it is fully machine washable and dryable! This is the Plantation color way. I used 2.5 mm needles.
You are curious about the pattern? Alright. In Dutch it is called koffieboontje, which is just the Dutch word for coffee bean. It has 4 rounds. Note, the pattern is written to be knitted in the round, as I did knit these socks in the round. Use multiples of 4 stitches.
Round 1) k2, p2
Round 2) k1, yo, k1, p2
Round 3) k3, p2
Round 4) sl 1 knitwise, k2, pass slipped stitch over the 2 knitted stitches, purl 2
And just keep repeating! 😉
And last but not least, a blanket, for my 4 year old.
I used Country Loom by Loops & Threads . Color way Nobility. It is a basket weave pattern of 15 sts and 15 rows. I used US 10, 6 mm needles. I have to admit, the pattern almost bored me to tears. The only reason I finished it was the happiness it created for the 4 year old. She had chosen the yarn herself, and loves the blanket.
That is all for now. We are almost caught up!