My First Fingerless Mitts

I’ve always wanted to try a fingerless mitts pattern, and the October contest in the Stash Knit Down group was to make mitts or mittens, so….PERFECT.

I used this pattern:

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/recipe-of-the-month–align-mitts

And here are mine:

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The trouble I had was with the m1R’s.  The pattern calls for a m1L, followed by a number of knit stitches, then a m1R – this creates the increases for the thumb.  But after all my m1R’s there is a gap – see below:

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I’ve asked in Ravelry how to remedy this, and I’ve gotten back various responses.  Some said I’m pulling too tightly, some say I should try just doing a m1L there instead of a m1R.  Any other ideas?

Knitted Entrelac Headband

I used this pattern to make an entrelac headband:

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/grey-gardens-2

Unfortunately, the pattern instructions really really confused me.  So, instead, I used Sapphire & Purl’s video tutorials on entrelac to make the headband.  I got into a little trouble at the twist because I had to sort of translate the pattern instructions to match Sapphire & Purl’s videos…which seemed reversed (where the pattern says to purl, the videos said to knit).  But somehow I managed.  And the bind off threw me off too because bind off row in the video was done on a right side, but the pattern instructions were for the wrong side.  I sort of fudged it, and I think it turned out OK.

I really didn’t feel like I wanted to make this again, but after finishing it, and looking at it…I kind of like it:

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I hope Jenna likes it too!

Knitted Amaranth Headband

One of my husband’s long-time employees, Jenna, is having a birthday in November, so I decided to make her something.  I know, I know….it’s only September.  But I’m a very slow knitter!  My husband mentioned that she likes to wear headbands, so I decided to make her this:

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/amaranth-headband

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Well, golly…it only took me 2 days to make this!  Wow, I love this project.  I think I want to make a few more, maybe for my daughter and sister….

Knitted Pebbles in the Fountain Top

After my epic fail with the Honeysuckle Dress (https://alohanoa.wordpress.com/2014/06/22/gradient-color-attempt/), I really really wanted to finish something for my daughter to wear.

So I re-focused my efforts and made this:

http://www.ravelry.com/projects/alohanoa/pebbles-in-the-fountain-girls-summer-tank

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Plus, I used all of my pink Cascade Cotton Rich. I do have 1/2 a skein of the white left though. The straps look a little weird….so, here’s the story.

I was afraid of running out of pink for the straps so I decided to make them white. After I made the white straps, I felt like I could have made them pink, and really wanted to use up more the pink. So I tried to do an i-cord border…..bleep, ran out of yarn.

So, I ripped out the i-cord border and just did a single crochet edging around in pink instead. Oh well, the rest of the top is still cute 🙂

Knitted Alhambra Hat

This is hat #26!  Woo….getting there (been making hats for Christmas gifts all year long, in case you forgot) 🙂

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/alhambra-hat-2

I decided to do this one so I could use up some wool stash I had and practice Fair Isle.  I didn’t think the colors would look that good together, but that’s what I had on-hand, so that’s what I used.  I actually really like the way it came out!

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This was my first time doing corrugated ribbing, and on my first attempt, I brought both yarns back and forth, and ended up with double knitting!  Aaaaah.

So, I frogged back and tried again, this time, not bring either yarn back and forth….bleep, wrong again.

So, I concluded, I must have to bring only the yarn I’m purling with back and forth.  But before I did my third attempt, I decided to confirm via You Tube.  Sure, enough….sigh, should have done that in the first place. 

But I do really love the effect of the corrugated ribbing.  Here’s a close-up of it, just because I like it so much 🙂

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