Sunday, November 28, 2010

Tiny Knit Christmas Stockings

These guys deserve a post of their own because they are that awesome.

Tiny Christmas Stockings!

I've wanted to knit these tiny Christmas stockings by Little Cotton Rabbits for the last two years but I was too intimidated and I only learned stranded knitting about a year ago.

Yarn: Harrisville New England Shetland
Needles: 3mm dpns

Tiny Christmas Stockings Close-up

I followed the pattern to knit these flat but wasn't entirely happy with how my stranded knitting was turning out. I decided to learn to purl continental and that improved their appearance to some degree but the stitches near the edge still weren't uniform. I decided to look for some instructions on knitting these in the round and found some modifications by gooseknits on Ravelry that were very helpful. I think I prefer the look of them in the round.

My only change to her modifications was to knit 25 stitches instead of 24 (eliminating the left and right columns) then decreasing by two after the chart is completed.

You need to knit these! Watch out because they are addictive.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Oh, Crochet Christmas Tree!

I hope you have had a wonderful Thanksgiving! I know I have!

I've been in the Christmas mood for a couple of weeks now. Although I usually consider the day after Thanksgiving to be the start of the Christmas season, I just needed it to start a bit earlier this year. I confess I've watched A Charlie Brown Christmas while crocheting and knitting away on gifts. Here's one recent FO I'm keeping for myself that has definitely got me in the holiday mood:


Pattern: Christmas Trees by June Gilbank
Yarn: Harrisville New England Shetland, Seagreen
Hook: 3.5mm

June is having a crochetalong which was just the push I needed to get to work on this pattern! I really love how the tree turned out. I decided to make two stars instead of one and sewed them together so that they would stand up straighter atop the tree. I liked June's idea of putting a garland on the tree so I bought a few different kinds of beads and strung them onto nylon thread.

Incidentally, if you are considering doing this, I recommend knotting the nylon thread and pulling it through from the inside of the tree at the top, then start stringing the beads. If you start with your knot at the bottom and work up, it will be really hard to reach in at the top when you're finished to knot the thread because the top is narrow.

Also, if you stop crocheting after the first several rounds, you can have adorable little 2-3 inch tall mini trees. I'm seriously thinking about making some tiny ones--so cute!

Saturday, November 06, 2010

Knitting to Christmas

Hello! The holidays are quickly approaching and I've been trying to keep up! I've been slowly working my way through this scarf since March and finally finished it.

Shifting Waters Scarf

Pattern: Shifting Sands Scarf
Yarn: Berroco Comfort, Aegean Sea
Needle: Size 8

For non-natural fibers, Berroco Comfort is a pretty awesome yarn. Great stitch definition, nice colors, soft to the touch.

This project makes its appearance yet again, after having knit two pairs last year as gifts. I just can't not love it. I decided to see what it was like to knit with a bamboo yarn blend. I thought it was okay but I prefer it in 100% wool.

Irish Hiking Handwarmers 3

Pattern: Irish Hiking Wristwarmers modified to knit in the round per knitterinthekitchen's instructions
Yarn: Bamboo Ewe
Needles: size 8

I am in love with Crystal Palace's Mini Mochi yarn. It's a soft and beautiful merino wool/nylon blend. I've been crocheting a granny square shawl out of it in a different colorway and had one ball in Jungle that I had to make into something awesome, hence this cowl. Incidentally, CPY is having a knit along of this very cowl in their Raverly group and there's still time to join in!

Topsy Turvy Cowl Completed!

Pattern: Topsy Turvy Cowl
Yarn: Crystal Palace Mini Mochi, Jungle
Needles: size 7

Have you started making Christmas gifts yet? What's on your list?