Knitted Celtic Knot Necklace

I made this one for my sister for her birthday.

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/celtic-heart-knot-910

She loves the color green, and she’s kind of into mystical stuff, so I thought she would really like this.  The knitting part is super easy – it’s just an I-cord.  I struggled with the knot a little bit, and I still think it doesn’t look quite right, but it’s not bad for my first venture in “macrame” (is that what it’s called?)

celtic-heart-knot

celtic-heart-knot

celtic-heart-knot_3 celtic-heart-knot_4I chose this heart pendant because it looks a little big gothic, which my sister likes.  And the red on the pendant looks really great next to the green (sorry the pictures don’t really do it justice).

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5/3/2014 Update: I gave it to my sister today – she loved it 🙂  She was already talking about outfits she could wear with it, yay!

Crocheted Hat with Scarf

Hat #14 is a crocheted hat with a scarf woven through it.

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/crochet-chemo-cap-with-scarf-tie

 

The crown shaping seemed a bit wonky to me….so much so I kept thinking I was doing something wrong.  But I took a closer look at some of the other project pictures on Ravelry, and saw that they all kind of look like that so I just went with it.

Then, when I first finished, I put it on my head, and was like WHOA, THIS HAT IS HUGE.  But after I threaded the scarf through it, it fit much better.  I guess it’s supposed to be loose so that you can tie a scarf around it and not have it become too tight?

And here it is:

rochet-hat-with-scar

rochet-hat-with-scar

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I really wish I could have found a thinner more “airy” scarf for it, but this was all I could find.  Hopefully, the recipient will be able to find a better scarf and make this hat all it can be 🙂

Crocheted Newsboy Hat

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/newsboy-hat-with-zipper-flower-crochet-pattern-and-tutorial

Whew, I finally finished Hat #13.  I had kind of a lull in my hat-making schedule, due to the baby blanket I am making for a pregnancy co-worker.  But at last, here it is.

I actually scrapped it completely and started over again with a G hook because I was worried that it was going to be too big.  I liked it much better the 2nd time around, but now I feel like the hat may be a bit too snug around the forehead.  It’s nice, though, I really like how it looks!

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crochet-hat-without-zipper-flower_1

As you can see, I skipped the zipper flower.  I still like it, though 🙂

Lever Knitting, a.k.a. Peruvian Knitting

I’ve recently started teaching myself to knit in a style called “Lever Knitting”.  My You Tube searches have found it also called “Peruvian Knitting”, and “Irish Cottage Knitting.”  I’m not sure what the actual name of this technique is called.  But essentially, the main difference between lever knitting and what I usually do, is the way I hold the needle in my right hand, like I’m holding a pencil, rather than with an over-hand grip.

It definitely takes some getting used to, but I’ve been practicing for a couple of weeks now, and I’m starting to get the hang of it.  It’s supposed to be more ergonomic and faster.  I’m not very fast at it right now, and it does seem to reduce hand cramping, although not at first.  At first, my hands were cramping up so bad from trying to hold the needle in this way.  But I kept trying, and now, I can see, maybe, the ergonomic benefits of it.

Anyone else have any experience with this type of knitting?  What are your thoughts?