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I recently cast off on the very cute Garter Yoke Cardi. This is the second cardigan I’ve made for my little man, due in 5 weeks (!).
This was my first project using the i-cord bindoff and I love it! I was hesitant to try it because the instructions included with this pattern were very confusing to me. I found some great videos online that showed me how to do the i-cord bindoff, and I modified the pattern a little bit to make it easier for me. My first i-cord band came out very tight and caused the button band to warp, so I ripped it out and tried again. The second time I used a larger needle and did one additional repeat of the unattached i-cord, and the results were much better!
Some of my mods:
- To shape the sleeves, I decreased with k2tog every one inch (3 times total).
- For the i-cord button band, I knit to 3/4” per instructions. Then I marked where I wanted the button holes to be on, knit on the WS and cast off 2 stitches for each button hole. Then on the RS, I did the i-cord bindoff using a needle one size larger, making 3 unattached repeats for the button holes. I’m very happy with how it turned out!
Pattern: Garter Yoke Baby Cardi by Jennifer Hoel
Yarn: Lion Brand Wool-Ease in Denim and Natural Heather
Buttons: Joann’s Fabrics
My Ravelry project: Sailor’s Garter Yoke Cardi
I just finished my second Baby Sophisticate cardigan. I made the first cardigan as a gift for a friend, and I liked it so much I decided to make one for my little man (due in 10 weeks).
You can read my project notes from the first cardigan here.
A note about the yarns. Both colors for this cardigan are Lion Brand Wool-Ease. Working with the grey color was easy and I liked it, but for some reason the blue was a pain. I kept sticking my needles in-between the plys and I just wasn’t as happy with how it stitched up. Shame because I love the color.
Pattern: Baby Sophisticate by Linden Down
Yarn: Lion Brand Wool-Ease in Gray Heather and Indigo
My Ravelry project: Grey and Blue Baby Sophisticate
Photo Credit: Mountain Meadow Wool Yarns
I have a guest post today on a great blog, Made in USA Challenge. I’m talking about American sourced and spun yarn companies, including lots of links to purchase some amazing yarn. Please check it out. Thanks!
The neon trend has been around for awhile now. But unlike the neon trend of my youth, this time around it is a lot more subtle. Rather than wearing 3 or 4 neon colors at once, people are choosing one pop of neon. I really like the look of neon paired with white or gray. I have been knitting a lot of baby items lately (my little man is due in 12 weeks!), but my next project will be something for me. I am really tempted to throw in a little neon. Here are some of my inspirations.
Brioche Cowl from the Purl Bee – FREE Pattern
Neon – Pattern available on Ravelry
Yellow and Gray Chevron Sweater – from Madewell.com but basic pullover pattern
Crossroads Hat – Pattern available on Ravelry
Neon Triangle Pillow
Yarns to try:
Edison Bulb by Madelinetosh
Pop Rocks by Madelinetosh
Citron by Cascade Yarns
Highlighter by Manos del Uruguay
Shocking by Manos del Uruguay
Oceana by Madelinetosh
I recently cast off on the super cute Baby Sophisticate cardigan. This was actually my second Baby Sophisticate as I frogged my first attempt. This sweater is part of a gift set that includes the Dino Cap I finished a while ago. My first attempt at this sweater was in green and orange to match the hat, but I just didn’t like the color combo in sweater form. I learned a lot of techniques with this project, and I am really happy with how it came out.
Some of my mods:
- My gauge did not match the pattern, so I cast on an additional 10 stitches.
- I slipped the first and last stitch knitwise on each RS row, and purled all stitches on the WS. I found that this gave my knitting a more consistent look with the slipped stitches. This method is known as the English Method. I learned about it here.
- When I knit the cuffs on the sleeves, I used Kathryn Ivy’s method for knitting jogless garter stitch in the round. Super easy and gave a more professional look to the sleeves.
- I used Jeny’s Super Stretchy Bind Off. Easy to learn and works great!
Rather than just assuming I knew how to do some knitting techniques, I decided to google everything to see if there was something I was missing. Here are the new techniques that I learned while knitting this project:
Pattern: Baby Sophisticate by Linden Down
Yarn: Berroco Vintage in Green and Lion Brand Wool-Ease in Gray Heather
My Ravelry project: Baby Dino Sophisticate
After restarting the Spiral Cowl for my mom, I finally castoff with this project and am happy with the results. I didn’t have a chance to take good photos before giving this cowl to my mom. I’m still not 100% satisfied with the edges, and I’m making it my new mission to practice cleaner edges.
I found a post comparing stretchy bind off methods, and on my next cowl project I’m going to try Jeny’s Super Stretchy Bind Off. I also found this great tutorial on how to avoid the gap when binding off on circular needles. The gap is something that has always bothered me with cowl projects.
I found a great post about two variations for slipping the first stitch and I’m planning to use one of these methods on my next project. This wouldn’t really have helped with this project since it’s knitted in the round, but it will help out with stockinette stitch projects.
I found this yarn at Tuesday Morning for a great price! It was a soft wool and I enjoyed working it. Too bad it’s been discontinued.
Pattern: Spiral Cowl by Keri McKiernan
Yarn: Aslan Trends Del Cerro in Khaki
My Ravelry project: Spiral Cowl
This is not a typical work-in-progress post because I don’t have any pictures to share. Last night, I cast-off on the Spiral Cowl I’ve been working on as a just-cause gift for my mom. I took a look at the top and bottom edges and realized they didn’t look quite the same. I showed it to my husband and he said it wasn’t really noticeable, but after staring at it for a few minutes it was all I could see. At first, I tried to redo the final edge but I wasn’t satisfied. I realized I just didn’t like the edging on either side and decided to start over with a modification to that part of the pattern. So what took me about a week to create, I ripped out in less than 10 minutes.
The mod I’m going to make is skipping the picot edging and instead working 8 rows in garter stitch. There are a few knitters on Ravelry who made this mod and I love how it turned out.
Knittomo’s Put a Bird on It
Martifavorites’ Spiral Cowl
A friend of mine is expecting her second baby boy in May. Since I just finished knitting two baby blankets for some other friends, I decided to knit a hat and cardigan for this friend’s bundle of joy. I found this Dino Cap pattern on Ravelry and thought it was perfect for a little boy. I have quite a bit of yarn left, so I’m also planning to make the very popular Baby Sophisticate cardigan.
This was my first-ever knit hat, and boy did I learn a lot with this project! I love the way the body of the hat turned out. The ear flaps are very cute, and I love the double-layer construction. I was not very impressed with the spikes pattern, so I did a lot of googling and found another spike pattern I preferred – you can download the free pattern here. If I make this hat again though, I will follow the spike instructions found here on Ravelry. This knitter made her spikes on dpns and I really like the crisp edges of her spikes.
I used Berroco Vintage for this hat and loved working with it! The yarn is very soft and easy to knit. The best part is that it’s machine washable – perfect for a kid’s hat.
Pattern: Dino Cap by Bagatelle
Yarn: Berroco Vintage in Fennel and Tang
My Ravelry project: Dino Cap
I created this handmade gift tag to go along with two baby blankets I recently gifted. Both blankets needed to be gently washed and laid flat to dry, so the care instructions on the backside reflect this. These gift tags will work great for you if your are gifting delicate and/or wool pieces.
Click here to download pdf
How to Print and Cut the Labels
What you’ll need:
- Paper (I recommend card stock)
- Paper cutter – the rotary paper trimmers that are popular with crafters work best, but you can also use a t-square and razor blade. Scissors make it tricky to get a perfect square.
- Hole punch
- String or ribbon
The cards are designed for a printer with 0.25″ margins. Each tag is 2.5″W x 4″L. Start measuring and cutting from the top left corner.
- Print out on single page, front and back.
- When looking at the front of the printout, remove 0.25″ margins from the top, left, and bottom sides of the page. You can now begin measuring individual tags. Please note that the right side of the page has a 0.75″ margin.
- Punch hole in top of individual tags and attach string.
NOTE – these are offered for your personal use only. You cannot reproduce for profit or present as an original design.