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2014 Knitter’s Yearly Review

Well, my 2014 knitting year has been much more eventful than 2013.

My tally stands at:

  • Cowl 4
  • Mittens 4
  • Mitts 4
  • Scarf 7
  • Shawl 2
  • Socks 11
  • Sweater 1
  • Sweater, Rabbit- 1
  • Toy-Bunnies 2

So that is 36 knits for the year. Not bad at all.

I wrote new patterns.  A lot of new patterns for me.  I wrote 13 new patterns.  Some of them were free.  Some of them won’t be released until next year.  I partnered with Tina at Black Sheep at Orenco and committed to a year of monthly sock patterns.  At this point I have five of the patterns completely written and have started on the sixth. Nothing like flying a little dangerously, right? 🙂

I have more designs in the pipeline. Plus I’m planning a few knits that I just can’t resist. I’m hoping to be even more creative in the coming year and release even more lovely patterns. Something about the winter really makes me feel like pattern writing.

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Two New Mitt Patterns!

I have two new mitt patterns to introduce today: Blackout Mitts and Lights On Mitts. Both of these patterns are single skein patterns and use only 50 grams, under 120 yards of worsted weight yarn. How nice is that? I just love mitts.

Blackout Mitts
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I have been coveting the yarn I used for these mitts for months. I finally bought a ball and had so much fun finding just the right stitch pattern to show off the halo. It had to have just enough pop to not be obscured, and yet have texture and zing. In deference to the name of the stitch pattern, I decided to call these the Blackout Mitts.

This pattern is meant for an adventurous novice to advanced knitter. Please read the entire pattern before beginning.

Yarn: 1 skein Blacker Swan, Falkland Islands Wool DK, 100% New Wool, 119 yards, 50 grams, Balsam Bog

Needle: US 6 (2.25 mm) Clover Bamboo Double Pointed Needles (DPNs) or needles to obtain gauge

Gauge: 5 stitches per inch (spi) and 7 rows per inch (rpi) OR 20 stitches & 28 rows to 4 inches/10 cm in stockinette

Size: To fit a US women’s medium wrist, approx. 7.5” circumference

To alter the size: Adjust your gauge to increase or decrease the circumference of the mitt as needed.

NOTE: Knit the shorter length to ensure you do not run out of yarn. If you are brave, try the longer length.

Lights On Mitts
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The Lights On Mitts are the companion pattern to the Blackout Mitts. While I was designing the Blackout Mitts, I thought the Blacker would also look great in lace. A little thought and a little work resulted in this great, quick knit.

This pattern is meant for an adventurous novice to advanced knitter. Please read the entire pattern before beginning.

Yarn: 1 skein Blacker Swan, Falkland Islands Wool DK, 100% New Wool, 119 yards, 50 grams, Summer Sea

Needle: US 6 (2.25 mm) Clover Bamboo Double Pointed Needles (DPNs) or needles to obtain gauge
Gauge: 5 stitches per inch (spi) and 7 rows per inch (rpi) OR 20 stitches & 28 rows to 4 inches/10 cm in stockinette

Size: To fit a US women’s medium wrist, approx. 7.5” circumference

To alter the size: Adjust your gauge to increase or decrease the circumference of the mitt as needed.

NOTE: Knit the shorter length to ensure you do not run out of yarn. If you are brave, try the longer length.


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More Dutch Mittens

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These may have found their way to their intended recipient by now, so I’m taking a chance that a) the recipient has them and b) she does not read the blog (just in case she does NOT have them).

These were my 3rd pair of mittens from 2 skeins of Cascade Heritage 150. That is quite nice in my opinion. I am fairly sure I have enough yarn left to make a 4th pair too. Whoo. 4 pairs of mittens from 2 skeins of wool. That works out to about $9 in yarn per pair. Of course it does not take into account my time, but it is still nice to know that the project cost was “reasonable.” lol

I made these for a friend in Wisconsin, clearly named Melody, who was quite envious of the mittens I made this spring. She bid heatedly for that pair against another friend (Linda of the previous mittens), but lost out on the pair. It is hard to ignore such devotion and desire for handknits, so I considered the idea for some time.

Finally, I mocked up the design and set out to knit it. The total knitting on this took me less than a week, highly facilitated by my contracting a nasty head cold that afforded me ample time to sit and cough and knit and cough.

Yarn: Cascade Heritage 150 in Black and White, approx. 1/4 skein
Pattern: My own
Needles: US 1 Signature Steel DPNs
Modifications: Well, none, because I wrote it, and then I knit it and then I wrote a little more lol


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A Rabbit Sweater

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So, I took Hero to Black Sheep at Orenco to be the “Christmas Rabbit” on Saturday. I had to make him more festive somehow, so I knit a little “sweater.” It is really just a rectangle with some i-cord straps and buttons to hold it on.

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I thought we looked cute together.

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I might have made Stash wear it too. She couldn’t have cared less. She was just happy to be in my arms.

Yarn: Leftover Cascade 220 and Patons Classic Wool
Pattern: Made it up as I went
Needle: US 5 Hiya Hiya Interchangeable
Modifications: None, because I made it up as I went!


And A Little More Knitting

I also made a shop sample for Tina out of Zauberball. Oh, that one was fun. It is a single, but the good part about my Yuh-Chi scarf is that it is great for handspun and singles. I’ve already done that before with my 3rd Yuh-Chi Scarf, so the commercially spun single worked well.

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See? Not bad. One thing that I found interesting was that the singles did “pull” to one side. This can happen with singles. If you look at the knitting you may notice that the stitches seem to lean to one side. That is a result of the twist and the looseness at which I knit the cowl. It is an interesting look and actually works quite well in the Yuh-Chi Scarf pattern. Thanks go to Grace for taking my picture again.

So, now you have seen my 5th Yuh-Chi Scarf. 🙂

Yarn: Schoppel-Wolle Zauberball in Cafe Flair
Needle: US 4 Hiya Hiya Interchangeable
Pattern: Yuh-Chi Scarf
Modifications: Actually, only 1. I bound off the last row of the pattern instead of after the last row of the pattern.


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Finally, Some Knitting

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Here is my finished Yuh-Chi scarf. Thanks go to Grace for taking my picture. I made this one from one of Lilliput’s Mutt Mix skeins. I love the little one-off skeins. I also adore this scarf pattern. I think I have made 5 of them now. (I still have one to show you.) The pattern lends itself so well to easy knitting and I alter it almost every time I knit it. lol By alter I mean, I follow the idea of the scarf, but I may not knit the same number of rows as called for in my pattern.

Yarn: Lilliput Yarn Simple Sock in Mutt Mix
Needle: US 4 Hiya Hiya Interchangeable
Pattern: Yuh-Chi Scarf by me
Modifications: Many. I’m not sure of all of them. I just knit about 4/5 of the called for rows so that I could use all of my yarn.