Dollar Store Knitting and Crochet, part 3

For Christmas I got the book Beyond the Square by Edie Eckman, a book with patterns for about 144 crocheted motifs. It is awesome. It has all kinds of interesting motifs that aren’t just squares. I found a hexagon pattern that looked quite promising to me and I decided to use my dollar store yarn to make an afghan. I’m discovering that this is a nice, cheap way to experiment with color. Here’s my progress so far:

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I like this motif because it offers lots of opportunities to play with color combinations. So far, I’ve tried up to three different colors in a hexagon. As you can see, I’m crocheting the motifs together as I go using gray yarn. I’ve decided to put some concentrated splashes on the blanket in random places.

Anyway, I’m having fun with this project because it’s just satisfying to try different combinations. Here are some close-ups of the multi-colored hexagons:



A sweater that seems to knit itself

As soon as I finished my blue cabled cardigan I casted another sweater on. This one is a pullover with a zippered collar. The pattern is simply called “Unisex Zip” and it is in the book The Knitter’s Handy Book of Top-Down Sweaters by Ann Budd (Interweave). The pattern only appears in the digital version, so if you have the hard copy and wonder why you don’t have it in there, well, that’s why.

People who have seen me knitting this sweater have asked about gauge and when I’ve answered “six stitches per inch” some responses have been “well, that’s going to take too long.” This is so not true. As a matter of fact, I took a photo of my progress on it having only knitted on it for three days:

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In the photo you can see that in three days I got the top half of the back done and was working down the top front of the sweater. Well, a week later I have more than half of the body of the sweater done. I have not been working on this sweater for hours and hours every day. Actually, yesterday and the day before, I didn’t knit anything.

I would recommend keeping an open mind about knitting gauge and time you can expect to spend knitting a sweater. The stitch pattern is also an important factor. The one used for this sweater is a two-row slip-stitch repeat with very minimal purling. Add to the fact that I won’t have to sew a whole lot (just the zipper) because it’s a top-down sweater knit in the round and you can see that it’s a fast sweater project. The knitting for this is a bit mindless, perfect for watching a movie or traveling with it. I’m enjoying it so much that I’m plotting and planning to make another one. I honestly can’t see why anyone could live with just one zipped pullover.

Oh, and for the women: if you just can’t figure out what sweater to knit for a husband or a boyfriend because you fear the urban legend of the “boyfriend sweater” that precipitates a breakup, knitting this sweater for your man will probably earn you extra points if you take care in selecting an appropriate color. The pattern is pretty plain and the yarn for it is merino, so no complaints about itchiness or “too many frilly things,” etc. The added bonus is that if you can select a suitable enough variegated or self-striping yarn, the knitting will be interesting for you with the color changes.

The rain stopped! Here’s my blue cardigan!

I am happy to be wearing my blue cabled cardigan, which I finished on Monday. Here are some pics of me wearing it:

I think it’s important to show off a sweater when it’s scrunched up and you’re sitting down because that’s how it will look in real life. I think it looks wonderful all scrunched up with a button half buttoned!

For anyone curious about this free pattern, I added notes on my project page to explain how I didn’t follow the instructions exactly. Firstly, I didn’t want to sew sleeves so I knit them in the round. Second, I hated the collar and button band in the directions so I made up my own that can be rolled up with the sweater pinned closed with a couple of cool pins (I still haven’t bought them. I need to go shopping for some) or with the band lying flat and buttoned up in a more traditional way.

A hitchhiker sat on a park bench

One day this month, the sun shined. I stole my partner’s Christmas gift I made for him, rushed outside, and photographed it before the rain and fog returned.

I used Malabrigo sock in the Caribeño colorway. I think it goes without saying that this is the “Hitchhiker” pattern by Martina Behm. I love this pattern. This is the second one I’ve knit and it won’t be my last. Actually, I ordered another Hank of this yarn in this colorway to make one for myself. Because DENIM JACKETS.

I have also recently finished my blue cardigan but I don’t have a photo yet. I need the rain to stop again. I want my cardigan to look as it should in natural light. So, stay tuned!