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Seaforth designed by Alice Starmore, knit in British Breeds 5-ply Guernsey Wool on US 3 needles.


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I’ve finished a few things since last Sunday.

First up:

This is the project I showed the const-on for last Sunday. This is Chezzetcook Inlet by Natasha Daurie, another design from Kate Davies’ book Milarrochy Heids.

I also whipped out this:

Cover Your Plans by Martina Behm, a knitting cover for my knitting planner, from a fingering weight wool that I’ve lost the label for.

And these:

Plain toe-up socks, knit from Opal Reiselust 6-ply in the Laos colorway.

And today I finished this:

The Forest Tam by Marie Wallin, knit from her own British Breeds yarn.

That’s it!

Tettegouche Set

I finished my Tettegouche Hat early last week:

As I mentioned in my last blog post, this is Tettegouche by Virginia Sattler-Reimer, a design from Milarrochy Heids. I used a natural colored Koigu KPM as the background color, and a Koigu KPPPM “Pencil Box Set” as the foreground color.

And I made the matching Tettegouche Mittens, with a twist:

I made them into fingerless mitts.

I knit these at a tighter gauge than the hat — the hat gauge was achieved with a U.S. 4 (3.5mm) needle. I used a U.S. 2 (2.75mm) for the mitts.

I started another design from Milarrochy Heids, this one using the Kate Davies Millarrochy Tweed yarn in the colors suggested in the pattern. Can you guess which hat this is?

Loki seems not to care.

Of Hats and Gauge

My hat knitting continues!

I finished this hat this week:

This is Let’s Stripe, a pattern by Nur Gutes, which is one of the 15 glorious hat patterns in Kate Davies new book, Milarrochy Heids. Mine looks a lot different from the sample in the book!

I used some Koigu KPPPM as a background color, and a set of miniskeins I purchased via Etsy a while back. I think it is a fun interpretation!

Speaking of interpretations, here is my current project:

This is Tettegouche by Virginia Sattler-Reimer, another design from Milarrochy Heids. For my version I am using a natural colored Koigu KPM as the background color, and a Koigu KPPPM “Pencil Box Set” as the foreground color. This is a set of 10 miniskeins that make a unique gradient.

Bonus: I’ll have enough to make the matching Tettegouche Mittens!

This leads me to a discussion of gauge.

The gauge for this hat is 30 stitches and 34 rounds to 10 cm. The designer achieved this gauge using a 3 mm (U.S. size 2.5) needle and Kate Davies’ Milarrochy Tweed yarn.

I got gauge with a 3.5 mm (U.S. size 4) needle! This is partly because the Koigu yarn I’m using is slightly finer than the yarn used in the pattern, and partly just because of the differences in the way different people knit. It is a cautionary tale: always check your gauge! I was pretty sure that the 3mm needle used to knit the sample would be too small so I started swatching with a 3.25mm needle. That was still too small, so I ended up with the 3.5 mm needle. An hour of swatching saved me from having a hat that would be way too small!

Loki says:

I’ve heard it all before.

A Tale of Two Hats

All hats all the time!

I used my leftovers from my Geiger Cardigan to whip up this cutie:

This is the Crown Hat, a free pattern by Hanna Maciejewska. It’s worked in DK weight yarn so my Wollmeise Merino DK leftovers were perfect for it.

And last night I finished another hat. I apologize in advance for the photo — I supposed I could at least have brushed my hair, but it really seemed like too much effort. Never mind shoveling on make-up.

This hat is the Therese Hat by Nina Machlin Dayton. I knit mine from Madelinetosh Pashmina in the Glazed Pecan colorway. I love, love love this pattern. I think it looks rather Les Miserables, don’t you?

I have another hat on the needles . . . but I’ll save it for next time.

Loki approves.

Norwegian Fir

Thank you for all your kind comments about my Geiger Cardigan. It was such a great project and such fun to knit. If you want a challenge, this is a great choice! I advise anyone embarking on it to read ahead n the pattern. There are so many things going on at the same time that it can be difficult to keep track. I made a chart to keep track of what shaping I needed to do do on which row and that was extremely helpful.

There were a couple of questions in the comments about the bind off on the button band. Isn’t it pretty? It’s a Picot Bind-off, not at all difficult to do and it’s such a nice little touch. I made the front bands a couple of rows deeper than the pattern directed, by the way, because the buttons I used were a bit larger than the pattern directed.

Since I completed Geiger I have been working on a non-public project, but I also finished this yesterday, shown here in its yet-to-be-blocked state:

This cute little baby sweater is the Norwegian Fir Top-Down Cardigan by OGE Knitwear Designs. I knit it from Rowan Baby Merino Silk Dk. The intended recipient will reside in California after birth, so doesn’t need anything superwarm, and this yarn is machine washable, so seemed like a good choice.

The pattern was easy and fun and comes in a very wide size range.

In closing, here is an overhead view of Loki in one of his favorite spots: the end table next to the sofa.

As you can see, he does not exactly fit on an end table.