Saturday, May 19, 2012

Summer knit-vacation

I must admit that I haven´t knitted for the last 2 weeks.  The sun is shining until late in the evening, so there is not much of TV watching.  And I´m TV only knitter, I do not travel with my knitting stuff with me, I have no desire to knit out in the nature, seems just like a hazzle.

So I have decided to declare knit-vacation,  not planning on picking up the needles until in september/october.

Might knit something this summer, but there are no plans for anything, with 9 projects finihsed I have earned some knit-vacation.  Maybe I will pick up the sewing machine I have some curtains to hem, and desire to sew some pants and summer hats for my little girl, don´t know if there will be anything of it.

Friday, May 11, 2012

90´s strawberry

I have not been able to knit at all this week, as my little girl and me have been sick.  But I made some progress last weekend.   Every person that has seen this yarn mountain in my living room assumes I´m knitting for my daughter...  but no this strawberry sweater is for me.

I´m counting on that the strong strawberry resemblance will diminish when the yoke is finished, and the sweater will be more resembling this (just a little longer).

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Vintage yarn

I raided my mom´s yarn stash today and came home with this lovely  1/2 skein of neon orange yarn.
Leftover yarn from a sweater my mom made me in the late 80´s.

Planning to blend it with gray in either a sweater for my daughter or a scarf for me... probably will be a scarf for me.

 I can´t seem to photograph the colour properly, it is more like the picture below

Project 9 - instructions

Yarn: Trysil Sportsgarn , double stranded, ca 16 skeins

Finished measurements:  Forgot to measure it before I gave it away, but as these are very simple instructions, I would recommend that you would make a gauge swatch and then calculate how many stitches you need. And then just follow the instructions below on how to calculate the needed stitches for the sleeves.

Needles: 7mm (seems that there is no US size for this needle size)

Gauge: 10x10cm = 9 stitches and 10 garters (20 rows)

Is knitted front to back, so no need for purl stitches.

Cast on 116 stitches (or the amount of stitches that you need to get the desired width, calculate from your gauge) and knit 5 cm , add a marker after 29 stitches , 87 stitches (on each side).

Decrease: when there are 3 stitches until the marker knit 2 together , after the marker knit 1 and then knit2together.    Do the same with the other marker (112 stitches)

Knit until 10 cm and repeat the decreases at the 2 markers. ( 108 stitches)
Knit until 15 cm and repeat the decreases at the 2 markers ( 104 stitches)

Knit until desired length

Cast on 40 stitches  and knit until desired length (or ca 40% of the amount of stitches that you end up with at the end of the body.. that is 40% of 104 stitches).  (put 8 stitches in the middle on yarn in a different color)

Knit the first 22 stitches in the body ( put 8 stitches in the middle on a yarn in a different colour) (add a marker)
Attach the first sleeve (knit the 32 stitches in the sleeve) - (add a marker)
knit 44 stitches - (add a marker)
Attach the second sleeve (knit the 32 stitches in the sleeve) - (add a marker)
Knit the last 22 stitches.

Raglan decreases:
3 stitches before the marker: skp
after the marker : k1,  k2together

I did this in every round, until I had 3 stitches between the markers, then I started on the collar and knitted 10 garters. I did this so that the collar would not have the raglan decreases. In hindsight I should maybe have done this in every other row , as I did in project 3 and just have the decrases end when the collar did.

Left side: Take up 1 stitch in each garter , and knit  11 garters  , then cast off
Right side:  Take up 1 stitch in each garter, knit 5 garters, then make buttonholes in the next round evenly spread  ( I did three button holes), by knitting 2 together and then yarn over.  I made it the first one after 4 stitches, and then had 11 stitches until the next buttonhole, and then again 11 stitches until the last button hole. Then finish the row.
Knit until you have 11 garters and cast off

graft the 16 stitches under each arm together ( total 32 stitches, 8 from the sleeve, 8 from the body on each side)

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Project 9 - Chunky Cardigan

When I was putting the final touches on the chunky cardigan my little sister came to visit, and tried it on...  and well it looks way better on her than me and she liked it a lot.... so I gave it to her with one condition, that she would pose for pictures.
Think I have to knit another one in a different colour for me. 

Yarn:  Trysil from Europris , double stranded
Pattern: made it up as I wen´t along, might publish the instructions