Monday, December 5, 2016

1 Knit 1 Chicago Kit Club: Zopfmuster Hat

Just in time for last-minute gift knitting, I have a new hat pattern coming out this month, and it's available exclusively at Knit 1 Chicago!


The Zopfmuster Hat is designed especially for multicolored hand-dyed yarns and is knit with 1 skein of Mountain Colors River Twist, shown here in the Spring Creek colorway. For more pattern info, check out the Ravelry pattern page here.


The large cable motif won’t get lost even in the craziest of colorways, and it’ll keep you interested as you knit. You can make the beanie style hat as shown here, but you could also add some pattern repeats to make a slouchier version thanks to the generous yardage in River Twist. Fun fact: Zopfmuster is the German word for cable stitch!


The launch party for this kit is Wednesday, December 14th 6:30 - 8:30PM at Knit 1 (3856 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60613) - please drop by to say hello!


You can preorder your kit here online; Knit 1 offers in-store pick up, but they will also ship to you if you aren't located in the Chicagoland area. You can favorite/queue the pattern here on Ravelry, and if you knit the project, be sure to share your projects on social media using the #ZopfmusterHat and #1knit1chicago hashtags!

Friday, December 2, 2016

FO Friday: Adiantum Hat & Curls 2 Winner

Last weekend, I finished the Adiantum hat by Woolly Wormhead:


I used a skein of yarn that had been lurking in my stash for a while; I think I won it in a Holla Knits giveaway, it's a lovely blend of alpaca and silk from Hampden Hills:


I'm a big fan of using stitch markers to keep track of a repeating pattern so that I don't get lost as I knit across the round - it always speeds things up and decreases the chances of getting way off pattern but not noticing it til I've knit all the way across the round. And you can't argue with the results - perfection!

Silk/alpaca knit slouchy hat.

Also, congratulations to Laurpud, who won a copy of Curls 2 in my recent giveaway - I'll be in touch to arrange delivery of your prize. Be sure to check out my full review of the book if you missed it!

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

WIP Wednesday: Where Did November Go?

I can't believe that December 1 is tomorrow - where did this month go (or this year, for that matter)?! It's a good thing I am not relying heavily on myself to make gifts for everyone on my list this year - if that were the case, I would be panicking right about now. Instead, I am relying heavily on my Amazon Prime membership to get the job done, and there are only a few handmade gifts on my to-do list for this year. All in all, I am not feeling terribly stressed, at least not for this reason!

Over the weekend, I finished the first Berlin sock and started #2:


I also have been working on the Matchmaker shawl once more, now that the Curls 2 project is off the needles:


That reminds me - time is running out to enter my Curls 2 giveaway (details here if you missed how to enter). I'll be announcing the winner this Friday, Dec. 2!

Monday, November 28, 2016

Free Pattern: Quick Crochet Mitts

I have another free pattern out this month on the Knitter's Pride blog! You can whip up these Quick Crochet Mitts in just a few hours using the easy-to-follow instructions on this blog post.


I used a 20.00mm crochet hook and a skein of Briggs & Little Super to make this project, and you can probably get two more pairs of mitts out of the same skein - so it's not only fast, but also affordable! 


Friday, November 25, 2016

FO Friday: Perfidy

Fresh off the needles is my first project from Hunter Hammersen's newest book, Curls 2, which I reviewed at the start of this week (click here if you missed it). My giveaway to win a print copy of the book is still open, so be sure to check out this post to find out how you can enter!


I was really pleased with how this shawl turned out, and it was my first time knitting with Sweet Georgia's Bulletproof sock yarn. It's a very soft and luxurious yarn that also stands up well to a lot of frogging - which is good, because I ended up ripping out quite a bit of work along the way due to operator error (counting is hard, ok?!?).


The drape is really lovely, and the stitch definition is nice and crisp...but my favorite part is that I only have this much of the skein left over:


Being able to knit until you run out of yarn might be the true genius of the Curls patterns, other than the fact that they're generally easier to style than other shawl shapes. Now I just need to resist starting a new one this weekend....

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

WIP Wednesday: Whittling Down

The startitis mania has died down a bit (I hope) - over the weekend, I was able to focus on finishing my first project from Curls 2, which I reviewed earlier this week - click here if you missed it, there is also a giveaway!

Now I've set my sights on the Woolly Wormhead hat since it will probably the next project come off the needles.


Tyler's socks are coming along, too!


I haven't picked up most of my other projects in a while -  the bulky weight cardi (which would probably be done by now if I had been working on it regularly), stripey angora wrap, the matchmaker shawl, etc. etc....but perhaps I can give some of those projects my attention over the holiday weekend (if I can resist starting new projects, that is). 

Thanks for stopping by - wishing my US friends a safe & happy Thanksgiving weekend!

Monday, November 21, 2016

Review & Giveaway: Curls 2 by Hunter Hammersen

Earlier this year, I was sent two copies of Curls 2, the newest book of shawl knitting patterns by Hunter Hammersen. One copy has already found a treasured place in my knitting library, but the second one will be given away to one lucky blog reader (keep reading to find out how you can enter).


If you're already familiar with the first Curls book (see my review here), then you already know the deal: each pattern is customizable for any yarn gauge or yardage, and they produce a shawl shape that is gentle curved on each end - it's probably best described as an asymmetrical shawl, because you begin with the smallest number of stitches and increase regularly clear up until you bind off.

Since each shawl is knit with the same formula, it's best to check out the Anatomy of a Curl section at the start of the book to help you understand the patterns themselves, which are mainly driven by the cleverly color coded charts and their accompanying color-coded schematics (all of which are explained clearly in this section of the book). This section is particularly handy if you want to modify any of the designs.

There are 14 designs total, each knit in gray yarn - I can recall the post on Hunter's blog where she shared several gray swatches and hinted at what was to come of them - I am pretty excited to see it carried through to completion, since I am also a lover of gray yarn. As far as I can tell, all of the pattern names are synonyms for one another, leaning towards some of the more fun/fanciful word choices (Taradiddle, Perfidy, Equivocation). By my count, there are 9 lacy patterns and 5 textured/cabled stitch patterns total.


As in the first Curls book, it looks like the patterns in this book are arranged from simplest to most complex. For the purposes of this review, I wanted to have at least one project knit from the book, and I had originally started Prevarication, which is the third pattern in the book. For some reason, I just couldn't get the hang of it, and it wasn't due to any shortcomings in the pattern; you know how sometimes you just can't stop messing something up despite your best efforts? That was me with this pattern - I think I've just been very distracted this fall in general...

Anyway, I ended up frogging that and restarting Perfidy, which is the 5th pattern in the book - and while I did make a few mistakes here and there which I had to rip back and fix, on the whole, I had a lot more success with this design - here it is blocking:


I'll be sharing the finished photos this Friday once I get a chance to take modeled shots. I am super pleased with how it turned out, and I would definitely give Prevarication another try if I knew that I had a quiet month without travel/holidays/etc ahead of me; I think the internal pressure I put on myself to hurry up and finish the project for this review probably didn't help either, so I am not willing to give up on that pattern just yet. It's so pretty!

The other patterns in my queue are Equivocation:


...and Chicanery:

Trickery looks like it's earned its name a bit, by that texture is pretty hard to resist:


Here are some other things you need to know: each print copy of the book comes with a download code so you can get the PDF version. You also have the option to buy the PDF only, if you prefer.

It's available directly from Pantsville Press or via Ravelry and also on Amazon (perfect for adding to your holiday wish list)!

Giveaway Time! 

As promised, one lucky winner will get a print copy of Curls 2. To be eligible in the drawing, just leave a comment saying which pattern from the book you'd like to knit (see them all here); be sure to also mention your Ravelry ID or email address so that I can contact you if you win.

I'd also appreciate it if you followed me on Instagram, Pinterest, or Facebook, though that is not a requirement for entry/ I also recommend signing up for my newsletter, which I send out only when there is something newsworthy (such as a new pattern or blog giveaway).

I'll randomly select a winning comment to announce here on my blog on Friday, December 2. Also, this contest is open to people worldwide. Good luck!