Easter Knits

Yikes! It has been so long since I have posted on here. To say that life caught up with me would be a drastic understatement. The lack of posting has been a combination of not having time to think about it and having a writing heavy semester (meaning no time for knit-reading). I have really finished very few things over this past few months and I feel weird about progress posts.

Anyway, I have two new project to show you and I am so excited about them both. The first is a perfect tie for my man. I had some pastel Koigu left over from a pair of socks and decided that it would be perfect for an Easter tie. I bought some charcoal grey to go with it an set off with my own take on this double-sided-stripe colorwork. This is the second attempt at this pattern and I am getting more confident in the shape of the neck tie every time. You can see the first iteration here.

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I don’t know why but I have a little bit of an obsession with neckties. I always have loved them and I am so happy to have a man that love a good handknit one. There will probably be more to come.

The second project is my laceweight Lavina! So perfect for spring. I can’t even tell it’s wool when its warm outside. The lace is so airy and light. I knit this up in Madeline Tosh Prairie on size 2 needles. I knit the size 34 to accommodate my smaller gauge. I was unsure as I went about how much I would like it. After blocking however, I fell in love.

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One of the very best things about this sweater is that I can dress it up so much and it looks delightful. The velvet skirt I am wearing there used to be my senior prom dress, an 80’s steal I found for $15. I chopped off the halter and sewed the top down to make a high-waisted skirt. It also looks good with the weathered jeans I slipped on afterwards for a visit with a newborn friend of mine. There will be many baby knits in the future.

We were dressed for church here but I think we will be ready for any fancy event that comes our way.

A Necktie Fit for the Circus

When I saw the Reversible Stripes Scarf in Purl Soho’s shop, I knew I had to give the stitch pattern a go. The stitch pattern is a bit confusing for the first few rows but once you get going it is easy, easy, easy. I love the way the stripes knit up. The vertical side reminds me of a circus performer. It is also a great pattern for impressing onlookers. I can’t count the number of inquiries I got about the pattern while knitting. If you want to look like a knitting master, you should definitely give this a shot.

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My mind has also been on men’s neckties lately and so this reversible striped necktie was born. You can’t see in these pictures but this is a square bottomed tie. I think the square shape really helps to emphasize the geometry of the stripes. This tie became a gift for JB’s brother. It is so wonderful to see my knits being worn with love!

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And a close up to showcase the knot.

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I am working on writing this up as my first free pattern. I figured I would start small and work my way up 🙂

Argyle Take 2

I am currently taking on my second pair of argyle socks. I haven’t posted pictures of the first pair here, but I knit them for my boyfriend in an attempt to woo him pre-dating. It worked because we are going on 7 months. Woohoo! When he asked me to knit him a second pair I groaned a little inside because I was not entirely happy with the only pattern I could find online. my disappointment came from the fact that it was only written for one size that wasn’t a great fit for JB. I can’t really fault the designer for this because the color chart pretty much dictates how many color repeats you can do. Short of making thigh-high socks, the pattern is what it is. Commence creating a new color chart and sock pattern!

So far I have finished the cuff of one sock and I am super happy with JB’s color choices. They are perhaps a little patriotic for my tastes but they look good anyway. I also love that I can include smaller diamonds of color rather than the extra large ones in my first pattern.

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The next frustration I had with these socks came from the immense tangled mess that my color work ends up in. This wasn’t going to fly for long…

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I had read a little about color work “butterflies” before but hadn’t quite figured it out. After perusing the Internet a little bit I found a method that works for me. I wound small yarn pulls in a figure eight around my fingers…

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…and wound the yarn around itself.

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Tada! Center pull yarn butterflies!

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So neat and tidy I can knit these standing up on the subway.

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My next task is to find a heel flap and toe that I really like for this pattern. The original pattern calls for a heel flap that is a little loose and a star toe. I don’t really like either so its back to the drawing board!