There were a lot of interesting guesses about what my new project is, including a coat for Basil (my Mini Cooper), something called a Bermuda Shawl, a skirt, a bedspread, a colorwork sweater, a cowl, a blanket, something out of Knit Swirl, a ruffly shawl, and a coat I will steek.
Ding ding ding! We have a winner. Dianne is correct: it is the beginning of a coat I will steek.
I am using Aade Lõng Artistic 8/2 in the Rainbow colorway (this is interchangeable with Kauni). I am using this colorway for both the background and foreground colors, just in different places in the striping sequence. I started by knitting a plain facing for the bottom edge, then did a 13-row border pattern. The main pattern is from a vintage book of Norwegian mittens. This pattern motif is popular — it is used in a Dale of Norway pattern (Frogner) and in an Alice Starmore pattern (Marina). As it happens, I have knit both those patterns: my Frogner, and my Marina.
But wait — isn’t this awfully small in circumference to be a coat? It is, because this is just the back of the coat.
I am actually knitting this coat in pieces because I prefer to have seams in larger garments like this. But because colorwork is more easily worked in the round,I am knitting the pieces with steeks. What I am knitting right now is the back. here is the steek:
Once I cut the steek open, I will have a flat piece. I plan to knit both side fronts in one piece, so I will have two steeks in that piece — one for the side seams, and one for the front opening. I will knit the sleeves in the round from the bottom up, and then pick up stitches around the armhole and join the sleeves to the body with a three-needle bind-off.
This should be interesting 🙂
I have noticed that Basil has the ability to make friends wherever he goes. Earlier this week:
I have in my possession a review copy of Super-Scary Mochimochi by Anna Hrachovec.
My first instinct was to photograph every page to show you. But since all the patterns are listed in Ravelry, there is no need for me to do that.
There is some really cute stuff in here, and the names of these critters are very cute and clever.
All of the samples in the book are knit from yarns by Cascade, so they are readily available, and also easily substituted. The patterns themselves (20 of them) are very well-written and illustrated. There is an extensive how-to section in the front of the book with everything you need to know about the techniques used to make these critters.
The photography is great — so very creative!
My favorite project form the book? Zombie Sleepover!
If you are at all interested in knitting toys, get this book — you will not be disappointed.
“This is my scary face!”