[c]’s cardigan

April 13, 2017

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Lovely baby boy [c] was born last autumn to my dear friend [k], and finally, I’ve found the time and perfect little pattern for making him the obligatory cardigan:

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Pattern: Carl’s Cardigan by PetiteKnit
Yarn: King Cole Merino Blend 4 Ply [colour: 49 clerical]
Needles: 4mm
Buttons: Textile Garden
[More project details on Ravelry]

I love the vintage look the smocking stitch has to it, as well as the 3D-effect it creates. I had to struggle quite a bit to understand how the stitch works and how to get the tension right [much cursing and unravelling was done in the process], but am quite pleased now with the result – not only is the pattern pretty, it also creates an extremely elastic fabric, which will be perfect for growing along with baby [c].

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Now off to the next tiny project in my backlog, which will involve green yarn and a hood…

 

d a f f o d i l s

March 18, 2017

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This week, I have been walking to work alongside this wonderful explosion of spring gorgeousness. Every day, new flowers have been appearing alongside the streets and have been turning their faces towards the Glaswegian sun (yes, such a thing exists despite the city’s fondness for rain and storms). I seem to have longed for colour and the arrival of the new season already for the past month or so, which is probably why my inner knitting compass, usually steering me towards all those lovely shades of greys and blacks, suggested a bit of a change.

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Pattern: Striped Mittens according to Badegakk by Lena Gjerald
Yarn: The Uncommon Thread Though Sock [colour: Capsicum]
Needles: 2.5mm
[More project details on Ravelry]

I think I bought this lovely yarn about two years ago, also in spring, and finally, the right moment has arrived to play with it. This was the first time I experimented with a fold-over cuff , and I really like the neatness and clear lines of this approach. These will be made again – next time with stripes, as the pattern suggests!

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