Yesteryear Yoke

My Yesteryear yoke is now operational! πŸ™‚ I’m so happy that I chose this pattern to replace the destroyed lace in my top, because it complements the top so perfectly. (The pattern is Yesteryear Top by Mimi Alelis.)

Yesteryear Yoke | Crochet | Anita

I crocheted the yoke just as described in the pattern. Well, almost. I did make a few mistakes, and I decided to just leave them be. I miss fixing knitting mistakes – unraveling an entire crochet round just to add a missed stitch seems like too much work, doesn’t it?

Once done with the yoke, I made a couple of body rows at the front and the back, and finished them with the edging described in the pattern. It was a few days before I picked up the project again, but when I did, I quickly blocked it and hand-stitched the front and back onto the respective edges of my top.

Yesteryear Yoke | Crochet | Anita

If there was anything I could change in this project, it’d be to shape the front and back a bit, so they’re less curved and don’t fold over the rest of the fabric as much as they do now. But that’s nitpicking, really – and I don’t know where the shaping could happen or how much it’d help, since there are only 2-3 body rows.

Overall, the project was enjoyable and the result is definitely more than satisfactory. I would absolutely love to crochet the entire top some time. (I’ll probably add a picot edging to the sleeves. Looks like I’m discovering crochet stitches now, hehe!)

What’s next?

I have yarn that I don’t have projects for. I’ve been thinking of frogging a few older projects that I don’t wear much, and there’s the Bamboo eyelet cardigan WIP that I’d frogged and I love the yarn and I really want to make something with it, and some yarn that my sister bought a while ago and wants a shawl from, so let’s see what works out. Maybe some of your projects will provide the required inspiration…

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Puck’s Tunic Inspired Shawl

Looks like I managed productive bursts of knitting towards the end of my current project, and completed it as a surprise move! I’m as surprised as you are – I certainly expected this post to be an I’m-almost-there one.

Puck's Tunic-Inspired Shawl | Anita

This shawl is inspired by Puck’s Tunic from Susanna IC. I knit the shawl with sections of lace pattern from the tunic interspersed with varying-width sections of stockinette stitch, and 3-row / 3-column seed stitch edges.

The shawl is for my sister, who wanted a long and wide rectangle, and I feel like I went overboard since it appears like a mini-blanket to me. πŸ˜‰ But my sister is happy with this size, as are my parents who think that it “covers well” (I wonder what that says about my previous shawls… πŸ˜› ) so I think I’ll conclude that the project is a resounding success!

Puck's Tunic-Inspired Shawl | Anita

My only complaint is that blocking hasn’t fixed the curling of the edges much. I wonder if that would’ve been remedied by knitting a smaller shawl and stretching it like crazy while blocking.

I have an entire skein of yarn (and then some) left from this project, adding to my leftovers-woes. But since this project’s leftovers are substantial, maybe I can knit a hat from them.


Next…

I’ll go with a crochet project next. I own this particular top that had a lace yoke. The lace yoke was destroyed, and I’ve only worn the top once. πŸ˜₯ I’ve been thinking of making a crocheted lace yoke for it since forever, and have been looking for crochet patterns since I’m not very good at designing crochet lace. I have a few candidates lined up now, and hope by my next post, I’ll have picked one!

Kashmiri Shawl

My Kashmiri Shawl is now done! The shawl is a pattern from Lana Jois, to which I’ve made very minimal modifications to better suit the yarn and my preferences.

 

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Ever spent ages trying (and failing) to capture in pictures just how lovely you find your project? I keep thinking the pictures just don’t do justice to the shawl. My poor sister spent quite some time modeling for me. πŸ™‚

The shawl is exactly as long and wide as I’d wanted it. My yarn turned out more than sufficient, even when I’d thought earlier that it would get mostly used up, and I’d underestimated the row gauge then. I kept weighing the used-up and remaining yarn at various points in the project to ensure that I won’t fall short. I have a little ball of it left now, and it joins the growing pile of scrap yarn that I don’t know what to do with.

I think this will be a shared shawl, since my mom and sis like it too. It provides enough warmth on a cool day in temperate climate, or, of course, in an office with the blasted air conditioning on. (Guess I’ll wear it to work next week, then.)

Kashmiri Shawl - blocking

I’m always thrilled with how blocking provides a neater finish to a project, especially a lace project when the eyelets and the pattern open up, and the stitches settle better. This project was no exception, and even the wonky left decreases that always catch my eye seem to have evened out a bit now.

I’ll probably be knitting more shawls than sweaters for the time being, since the yarn that we ordered for my sister’s shawl arrived just when I was about to finish the current project – talk about timing! For the new project, I’ll take some elements from a pattern for a tunic. I’ve just started on a swatch, and I’ll probably have more to talk about the project only in my next post.

Meanwhile, check out the lovely color of the new yarn, and tell me about your projects!

New yarn!

This is a greenish-blue yarn, and I swear it looked green last night!

Amherst Cardigan

I’ve finished knitting the Amherst Cardigan! Emphasis on the word ‘knitting’, since the actual finishing – the blocking – still remains to be done. I’ll get to that after about six months, since that’s probably when I’ll finally use the sweater. The ends are woven in, thankfully, since I weave in ends as I go, so I won’t have to worry about those pesky things when I block.

Amherst Cardigan

The button bands are also i-cords, since I didn’t have yarn left for ribbing. I hope they show after blocking. (And I wish stockinette didn’t curl…)

Phew, this sweater took me a long time – three months! The result looks underwhelming and does not appear to justify the time taken, but I think because I didn’t actually get much knitting time in the three months, it just about accounts for it. Still, it was pretty long, and all I want now is to knit some lace shawls. πŸ™‚

Other than the time taken, I don’t have any qualms about the project – I now have a sweater that’s taught me brioche basics, and is still wearable during the winters here since it’s not all squishy brioche stitch. I got to work with brioche stitch with one color, both flat (the hip border) and in the round (the cuffs), and with two colors (the yoke, of course.) Then there was the brioche decrease as well (the Raglan decreases.) Though I’ve still not mastered the stitch, I’ve learned how to fix mistakes in my knitting. And that’s a sign that I might actually have gotten to know the stitch a bit better now. Brioche-learning goal mostly accomplished! πŸ˜€

Amherst Cardigan - Yoke

I’d like to add a loop-and-button setting, at least at the top. I’ll probably get to that when I block the sweater. (And my short row technique definitely needs an upgrade. Can you see the bumpy distortions in the stockinette stitch row near where the raglans end in the picture?)

What next?

This month might just see some excitement of looking for a new knitting / crochet project (or designing one.) My sis and I would like to decide on a project for her – probably a shawl, but I’m wondering if I should also start a shawl for myself (potentially for my mom if she ends up liking it) as an alternative project. Ahem, yes, big plans, considering I’m short on crafty time. πŸ˜€ Since I don’t want to purchase new yarn for myself, I’ll need to take stock of my current stash and decide what to make…

I’ve not been blog hopping much last month; I hope this gets fixed soon. Meanwhile, I’d love to know what you’ve been up to!

Wall Hanging: L&T SAL 2018

My Linen and Threads SAL project is now a wall hanging!

Wall Hanging from Linen and Threads 2018 SAL

We haven’t selected a place for it in the living room yet, but when we do, this is how it’ll look.

I added decorative crochet edgings to the top and bottom of the piece, a dowel at the top, and a fringe at the bottom. The fringe is still wonky, and I’m hoping to find methods to straighten it. If all else fails, I’ll just find some heavy-ish beads to add to it, and that should do it.

Edging Details of Linen and Threads 2018 Wall Hanging

I made up the crochet edging as I went, and had to redo the first row quite a lot to find the right crochet hook size to work with – scrunching up the cross stitch fabric is obviously a deal breaker. Turns out the 4mm one was perfect. I used the crossed double crochet pattern for the main feature of the edging – though I added a treble crochet stitch, and worked on the wrong side: * sl 2 st, tr in 3rd st, dc in 1st slipped st, dc in 2nd slipped st. *


Knitting-wise, I’ve completed the brioche section of the yoke, and have started finishing the neck using an i-cord bind off. When that’s done, I’ll move to the sleeves.

Amherst Cardigan brioche yoke

Looks like my swatching didn’t catch my distinct loose brioche purl gauge. I tried to fix it as I continued, but it persisted. This definitely calls for more practice! πŸ™‚

During this knit, one of the thin (2mm) bamboo needles that I was using for the brioche section cracked. (Doesn’t that happen to all of us at some point on the job? πŸ˜‰ ) Well, when I’d bought the needle set, I knew it would happen some day. There are no local yarn stores near me, and I’ve been waiting for discounts on steel needles online, but they never seem to be on. International shipping and possible customs taxes would make the cost prohibitive without discounts, so for now, I’ve bought a cheap set of thin metal needles as replacement – after all, it’s not every day that I use the thin ones! (This might be the first project that I’ve had to go so thin.)

Have you ever had needles crack or come apart during a project?

Linen and Threads SAL 2018

Hurrah! I did manage to finish the December section of the Mystery SAL from Linen and Threads. And that means the year-long project is now complete!

L&T SAL - Dec finish

I’d altered the section to shorten the dress of the human in this section, and I like that it turned out not too bad.

I did make a mistake while coloring the chart, however. It’s not at all evident in the section, but maybe if you see the overall tapestry –

L&T SAL - The Entire 2018

I styled the flowers differently for Jan (green and pink) and Dec (only red)! I’m not going to redo it, though – too nitpicky, too much hassle, and I’ve already celebrated the completion of the project. πŸ˜›

Isn’t the overall project just beautiful? ❀ Now we’re wondering if this really needs to be a table runner, and if it’s not too late to turn it into a wall hanging or something. πŸ™‚

And now, the knitting…

For my brioche stitch project, I’ve chosen the Amherst Pullover by Amanda Scheuzger. This has brioche stitch only for the yoke and not the entire project, and that’s perfect for me, because the weather here doesn’t really require the squishy coziness of the brioche stitch. (And with all the swatching I did, I think I’ve now got the theory of both flat and in-the-round brioche stitch.)

As usual, I didn’t find yarn that fits both recommended weight and colors that I like, so I’m just going with colors that I like (albeit not too light weight-wise!) Right now, I’m reworking the project instructions to fit my gauge and preferred fit, because I can’t get the required gauge with this yarn without the stitches getting too loose.

I’m still undecided about retaining the pullover style of the sweater, or turning it into an open cardigan with i-cord edges replacing button bands. The pullover looks great, but by the time I finish it, I’m guessing the ‘harsher’ winter weather here would be over, and the sweater would be too hot / uncomfortable to wear, which probably means it’ll get an year of storage in the attic. A cardigan might be better for this sweater so I can use it more, but I’m not sure how it’ll look. Your vote on this oh-so-difficult decision?

Hope you have a wonderful holiday season, and are enjoying some crafty time too!

The Haubergeon Blouse

After completing the forever sleeve(s) of the Haubergeon Sweater-based blouse that I was making for my mom, the body knitted up quickly. Blocking soon followed, and my mom has already worn it a few times now! (Mornings are finally a bit colder here…)

I can definitely say that I loved the knit, even if the tiny cables on the sleeves drove me a bit crazy. (But I’m already forgetting the difficulty of the cables – see, it was a great idea to tackle the sleeves first after splitting at the armhole! Plenty of time to recover while working on the body. πŸ˜› ) I like that even with my modifications to the original bottom-up instructions to make the project top-down, it doesn’t look too weird.

Haubergeon Blouse

There’s one thing that I really, really hope to take away from this project – and that’s not to use yarns of lighter weight for pullovers / no-button blouses, regardless of how much we like its color. I use the magic loop method on circular needles to knit in the round, and while it works fine for heavier yarn, the presence of ladders at the beginning of a new loop seems to be a given for lighter weight ones. I managed to tweak the stitches before and during blocking to get rid of the ladders, but their ghosts still linger… (I could buy a bunch of DPN’s instead, and try to get rid of the dread that I feel working with them.)

Another minor issue is that I used 2.75mm needles for this, and though I thought the stitches looked fine on my swatch, they don’t appear too tight now on the blouse. But maybe it’s just me, because my mom didn’t seem too bothered.

Current projects

As for this month, I haven’t started on another knitting project yet since I wanted to concentrate on the Linen and Threads Mystery SAL’s final section for the year. However, there’s not been much progress on the cross-stitching either, because design alterations! (Did you guess that? πŸ˜‰ ) This month’s section circles back to the January one, with a human surrounded by flora and fauna. There was too much empty space at the bottom of the current section due to the long dress that the person wore, and I ended up cutting the dress so I could trim down the space at the bottom to match the top of the project. And since I’d already hem-stitched the bottom border when I’d started the project, I undid and redid it along the new border.

I colored the chart, and now the cross stitch is limping along, but I’m in the mood for knitting again, and have started looking for brioche stitch projects. Does this mean I might not complete the cross stitch by year’s end? I don’t know, and I don’t mind if I don’t. πŸ™‚

That’s me so far this month. How are your projects coming along?