Knitting

Easter Egg Hats

In the cute but almost useless category, there are egg cosies. Now, they are meant to be used on soft-boiled eggs to keep them warm, but most people don’t know that.

Egg Hat

Other uses? Well, you can doll up your Easter Eggs even further. I didn’t go so far as to boil, dye and draw faces on any eggs, but use your imagination. This could be adorable.

If you look on Ravelry under Egg Cosies, you’ll find a plethora of free patterns in a variety of styles (some with bunny ears) for both crocheting and knitting. This hat was based on this free pattern, only I used a sport weight yarn, size 2.5 mm needles and cast on 40 stitches. I started to decrease after 1 1/4″, starting with knit 6, k2tog to end of row; knit one row straight; then knit 5, k2tog to end of row; knit one row straight, and so on . You’ll end up with five stitches instead of four, so I knit two together twice, then worked the I-cord on three stitches.

I found this pattern worked well for variegated yarns, such as this one. It’s Bamboo Pop by Universal Yarns. The yarn has great yardage, so if you make a handful of egg cosies with it, you’ll have plenty left over for another project (I made a collar for t-shirt — and still have plenty to work with).

Thanks also goes to KnitEqualsJoy for introducing me to these patterns!

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Knitting

Lace Scarf

I said in my last post I thought it was the lace weight mohair that was causing me all the problems, and I believe that’s true. I’d tried another pattern or two with the same yarn and had the same frustrating results. Now, however, I think I’ve conquered it.

Catherine Shawl -- a start
Miles to go before it’s complete…but so pretty!

I’m working on the Catherine Shawl, a free pattern from Cascade Yarns. I’ve barely gotten into it, and I think I started a month ago. (Prior to this I made a couple of hats in preparation for next year’s Giving Tree, which I didn’t post because I’ve posted about so many like them in the past.) Due to the weight of the yarn and the nature of scarves and shawls, it’s likely to be quite awhile before I complete this one.

However, I’m so glad my perseverance paid off, especially given the amount of this yarn I have left. It’s Malabrigo Lace in Emerald Blue, and I think it’s beautiful.

Now I just hope I have someplace to wear this.

Knitting

New Grey Throw

My new grey curtains required a little more grey in the rest of the living room to balance the color, so I used one of my own knitting designs for this new throw. Combine that change with some art and throw pillow rearrangements, and I believe it did the job for which it was created!!

New Grey ThrowThe pattern is Rolling Waves Throw, which is available as a free download here or on Ravelry. For this throw, I changed the needle size to 7mm and used two strands held together of Plymouth Yarn DK Merino Superwash in Light Grey. The yarn is a dream to work with, and the final product looks good, too.

It took 14 skeins, or 1,820 yards of the yarn. The gauge was four stitches and five rows to the inch, and I cast on 125 stitches. I completed five pattern repeats. The finished throw is 34″ by 40″, which may seem rather small, but is a great size for curling up under on a cold day. It’s also about the right size for someone in a wheelchair.

This pattern knits up quickly and is fairly easy to memorize, although it’s also easy to make a mistake by switching the yarn-overs and decreases, so you may want to keep the pattern nearby. I’ve written it in both graph and written instruction formats. The pattern as I wrote it calls for size 9 needle and a single strand of worsted weight yarn, but it’s very easy to make a change to suit your needs. Just do an 8″ swatch first for the most accurate gauge.

My cats tend to “knead” on the throws I have on the sofa, or even scratch on them as if they’re scratching posts, but I’m hoping to keep this one away from playful paws to preserve its looks and wearability. The last one is so pilled, I don’t even know what to do with it.

Some people have asked if it’s possible to use multiple colors for the different “waves,” and while I suppose you could do that intarsia-style (the throw is placed sideways on the sofa from the direction it was knit), I think that might be difficult. You’d be changing colors between a purl stitch and a yarn-over on half of the rows, and that would be a challenge to keep looking neat.

I’ve seen the pattern knit in variegated yarn, however, and the pattern is perfect for that style!

I love this pattern, both knitting it and the finished result.