A few things off the needles

My knitting has been odd lately, with a number of small accessory projects rather than a sweater + one accessory.  Some of this has been really satisfying – lots of quick finishes – while other bits frustrate while they also lack the exciting promise of a finished sweater.  Here are two projects that are done and in the hands of their intended recipients.

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Scallop Stitch Beret

1. Scallop Stitch Beret, 2. Scallop Stitch Beret, 3. Scallop Stitch Beret

Created with fd’s Flickr Toys.

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Sandra likes her Gretel beret so much that she wears it for fashion, not warmth. That was great til spring hit and then I thought it might be my motherly duty to bend my craft to making her a lightweight slouchy beret.

Of my own design. I’m happy that I had the idea to do a purl ridge after the ribbing to mimic the rolled brim. It’s a little thing, but I think the little things add up. The Scallop Stitch is from the Second Treasury of Knitting Patterns by Walker. I like the way the stitch plays with the colour variations.

Hat pattern cobbled together from the Reverie Beret brim, my own theories, and the circular decreases from The Knitter’s Handy Book of Patterns by Budd.

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Mosey Legwarmers

1. Mosey Legwarmers, 2. Pompoms!, 3. Mosey Legwarmers back

Created with fd’s Flickr Toys.

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A gift for Sandra’s dance teacher. Hard to give away; I am totally making another pair for myself. These are awesome. Cabled, but in a way that looks like folds of cloth. A very fabric-like look, somehow. And a little extra something cabley down the center back for oomph. Great to knit up and I am so attracted to the idea of wearing these with skirts come fall. I’ve seen so many clever, stylish legwarmers while jogging on the treadmill and watching the photos from Tokyo over the past few years. Good thing I already have more yarn in a dark grey for my own pair.

Pattern: Mosey Legwarmers

Yarn: Knit Picks Swish superwash in Squirrel Heather

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3 thoughts on “A few things off the needles

  1. Lisa says:

    I’m a total cable freak so I love those leg warmers. I really do have to get my wrist “done” so I can knit again before its all out-of-style and people are back to obsessing over cross-stitch again!

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