I never follow hat patterns without major adjustments, because I have an enormous head. This is the first pattern that's ever produced a hat that fits me. Much rejoicing. So, big-headed friends, check out Ágnes Kutas-Keresztes's free pattern Christian's Hat.
This pattern's approach to texture played really beautifully with a yarn a friend sent me as a pandemic relief gift, mostly purples with little bursts of blues and greens. It's March Hare (Wonderland Yarns's worsted weight) in June. A real joy to work with and touch.
I had this shawl on needles for just over two years, something I mostly worked on a couple stripes at a time when I happened to be between projects. And I designed it as I went along, figuring out the border color and pattern once I got there, and then the bind off method once I'd completed the final row. So it's a treat to see it all finished and blocked and lovely!
(That pretty little edge is from the Icelandic bind off, by the way, very easy and quick to work and a nice new option for me. The lace work is double eyelet rib.)
Okay, so admittedly they have cuffs, but silly short ones: I made them to go with hoodies and cardigans that have snug-fitting cuffs and get into weird battles with the rest of my hand-warming knits.
I made these in Madeline Tosh Vintage (Popoki? we're not 100% sure of the colorway -- my teenager let me steal some of this from a big gift shipment a friend sent from her stash). Working with the short color changes and observing surprising color combinations as rounds came together on the needles was just delightful.
Now I have to remember I have these once it's chilly again. I have a tendency to forget about the cozy things I make and tuck away in the spring and early summer. Maybe these are so bright I won't be able to lose them!
Pretty much straight-up Victoria Anne Baker's Treads pattern, except I needed to use one size smaller DPNs and leave out a few rows in the second panel of linen ridge. I love the lateral braid technique, a new one for me.
This footlong snake is knitted in worsted weight yarn in the colors of the pansexual pride flag -- with a pipe cleaner inside to make it posable. It's a cutie.
Yarns: Cascade 220 in unknown/stash vibrant blue and golden yellow; Berroco Ultra Wool in Peony; black Cascade 220 eyes and super random light pink something or other tongue.
Our basement is a chilly place to sit and type; it's also my partner's new full-time office during the social isolation we're lucky to be able to practice while COVID-19 threatens our communities. (Happy our income still exists; profoundly grateful to the people risking their own health to do vital jobs while we lay low here trying not to be disease vectors.) His hands are especially cold -- so I designed these to fit him and provide some warmth without getting in the way of typing or of long sleeves.
Also to show off some neat slip-stitch colorwork. Yarns: a nice soft something or other from a friend's stash, plus some of the Berroco Ultra Wool left over from my mittens.
I designed these mittens with a honeycomb slip-stitch pattern for general prettiness and with a hidden opening for my right index finger so that I can to check text messages or take a picture with the rest of my hand still warm. The opening has a flap inside to avoid gapping. I'm quite pleased with how they turned out!
Yarn: Berroco Ultra Wool in Black Pepper and Cascade 220 in ... well ... blue of some kind.
This is a fun little hat of my own design, though it uses the decreases and crown from Kristin Briney's Fairy Lights pattern. When worn, it looks like a regular beanie from the front but whimsically elven from the side.
Shoutout to my friend Janet for the passing-along of this sweet worsted weight yarn of unknown brand/color.
I played fast and loose with decreases--and threw in some decorative increases--with this one, mostly because I wanted to add stitches for fit and decided to wing it with regard to the top of the hat. Yarns: Classic Elite Liberty Wool in Bronze Sky (very nearly the entire skein, whew) and Berroco Ultra Wool in Maritime.