My current work in progress:

Aspen, designed by Michele Wang, knit from Elsa Wool Woolen Spun Worsted Weight Cormo

Mega Cables

My love affair with big chunky cables continues!

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The photos here have a golden glow because I took them last night without a flash, and the artificial light has wreaked havoc with the actual color of the piece.

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This is the actual color of the yarn (photo lifted from the Elsa Wool website — it’s the medium grey woolen-spun worsted weight Cormo here). It is grey, but a grey with a brownish cast to it, and I think it is a lovely color. It shows the cables nicely, too. If you look at the photos of my work in progress from the last blog post, you’ll see that they are far more true to color.

This project is called a robe, but I am going to use mine as a coat. It is a bit longer than knee-length on the model, and I’m lopping a couple of inches off the length. I started by doing a bit less ribbing, and I am doing my a-line decreases at a slightly faster rate. Right now my back piece measures around 21″ and I think I will knit to 29 or 30 inches before the armhole shaping.

While I knit, the Little Prince relaxes.

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I love this photo of him, basking in a golden glow.

Super Bowl Knitting

The Super Bowl takes place tonight and I have what I think is the perfect Super Bowl knitting project:

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This is the start of Michele Wang’s Aspen — a project that the designer calls a knitted robe, but I am calling it a knitted coat. Either way, it is a riot of complex cable motifs!

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I am knitting mine from one of my very favorite yarns: Elsa Wool Cormo. I am using Woolen Spum Worsted in a medium sheep’s grey. This grey has a lot of brown in it, and it is working perfectly with the pattern. I’m using the suggested needles, a U.S. size 6 and 8.

The pattern is very entertaining. While the cables look gloriously complex, there is nothing particularly complex in any of them. One set of cables is asymmetrical, and the three main cable motifs all have a different number of rows per repeat, and they are not divisible by each other (like 1 6, 12, and 24 row set). This means one does have to pay close attention to what row you are on. But that’s okay — a row counter takes care of everything!

Loki is primping to make make sure he is looking his best for our private Super Bowl viewing party later!

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Twice As Nice

We are seeing double!

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No, nothing wrong with your vision: I knit two of them. From the back:

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These are Bohus cardigans for an 18″ doll: this pattern. I knit these using a gradient set of yarns for the colorwork — all shades of blue — and added some leftover tan yarn I had on hand. The gradient set for the colorwork and the off-white yarn for the body came from June Pryce Fiber Arts: “Plum Panda” Fingering: 3ply 60% Superwash Merino / 30% Bamboo / 10% Nylon.

Here is one of the cardigans on a model:

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I think it looks very nice on her! The sweater definitely looks better on the doll than laid out flat.

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And once more, that back:

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And Loki slept through the whole modeling session!

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Dragons and Bohus for Dolls, Oh My!

I finished my Azure Dragon Cowl:

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I did not even bother taking a photo of the knit side since the purl side is so far superior in appearance. Here’s a close-up of the purl side:

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So very dragon scaly, right? I did do a fair amount of steam blocking upon completion because the knitted fabric off the needles was very three-dimensional — too much so. But after a copious application of steam, all scales laid down obediently and the results are fabulous. I wore the cowl on my commute in to work today and I pronounce it warm and snuggly!

This was an extremely enjoyable knit. It might look daunting, but is actually quite easy, once you get the hang of what you are doing. You have to pay attention to those decreases in the middle of each scale — they are centered double decreases. Each one is paired with a set of yarnovers, and how you knit into the yarnovers from the previous row is also very important so that the stitches all slant in the direction they need to. No need to worry about techniques, though. The pattern included detailed instructions for everything you need to know.

Onward

My new work in progress:

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This is a doll sweater for an 18″ doll: this pattern. The colorwork is taken from the Bohus Blue Shimmer pattern. This is not a beginner project, as there is some relatively complex colorwork there (3 colors in one row), and unlike a full-size Bohus where you would knit in the round with a steek, this is knit flat, so you are working every other row on the purl side.

It is, however, great fun, and as you can see, I have finished the colorwork yoke. It is knit from the top down, and as you can see from the photo, I have put stitches on holders to be used to work the sleeves later and I am now knitting the body. The front bands are worked at the same time as the body of the sweater.

I purchased a gradient set of yarns for the colorwork — all shades of blue — and added some leftover tan yarn I had on hand. The gradient set for the colorwork and the off-white yarn for the body came from June Pryce Fiber Arts and it is her “Plum Panda” Fingering: 3ply 60% Superwash Merino / 30% Bamboo / 10% Nylon. The dyeing is lovely and the yarn a dream to knit!

Speaking of dreaming . . .

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Azure Dragon

I did finally get around to taking a photo of my Granito sweater. Here it is!

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Recap: This is Granito designed by Joji Locatelli. I knit it from Wollmeise Blend in the Pistazie colorway, using a U.S. size 4 (3.5mm) needle. I did not make the pockets as I figured I did not need any more bulk at the hipline!

This pattern is worked from the top down and uses short rows to create the shoulder shaping. There is a lovely little slipped stitch detail on each side down the front and the back. It was an enjoyable knit and the resulting sweater has nice fit and drape. So my first FO of 2017 is a win-win!

And I am close to having a second FO for 2017, as I am nearing completion of my Azure Dragon (a cowl design by Jennifer Kirchenbauer).

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The designer suggests not blocking the piece to maintain the three-dimensional dragon scales. I think I will steam-block mine very slightly to make the row of large scales in the middle of the cowl lie a little bit flatter. I’ll have a better idea of what I want to do once it is off the needles, which should be within a couple of days.

Loki is as usual eager to help.

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He’s keeping track of the pattern chart for me!