Elizabeth A.S. Brooke

Crafting, traveling and everything in between.


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FO and cardi

I finished these gloves earlier this week. I’ve sent an email to my friend and hope to have these in the mail in the next few days.

I made the fingers longer than the pattern called for in my Hubby’s Fingerless Mitts pattern. Hopefully these wool mitts will keep my friend’s husband warm in their much colder climate!

A quick update and pics of Chris’ cardigan. I’m knitting the back now and will start on the left shoulder next. The sleeves are knitted in the same pattern and then sewn on later.

The right shoulder is already completed, as you can see.

I really like this pattern and the shape of the stitching. I have yet to get bored! The pattern repeats every 16 rows.

After the cardigan is finished Chris will be able to wear it inside or out, showing the lattice (right side, which is facing) or the hollows (wrong side, seen on the left). I like the lattice-side the best.

Chris picked out a blue yarn for the collar. I can’t wait to see what the color combo looks like when I’ve got them all stitched together.

As a side note, I really want to get a new wide-angle lens for the Nikon D50. Chris passed down this camera to me a few months ago when he bought a D200, but the glass on the D50’s lens falls off! So I’ve been afraid to use it and it’s been sitting in its case.

I really prefer the D50 much more than the Canon PowerShot I’ve been using. Case in point, check out these horrid photos I also took today of the gloves and cardigan.

Now, I know a good photographer can do just about anything with any camera. But I’ve never professed to be a good photographer — only a decent one. And, darn it, I take photos as part of my job, but you wouldn’t know it by these horrible photos! (I use the Canon for work.)

Having a good camera really does make a world of difference. 🙂


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David A.’s wool gloves

OK, I actually finished these gloves more than a week ago. I just haven’t been home during daylight hours to snap some photos. So here they are:

Thanks to Chris for modeling these!

I dropped these in the mail today so they’re on their way to the mid-West. Hopefully our friend, David A., will get some good use out of them this winter!

These are made from Lion Brand Fisherman’s Wool in Natural Brown. This is the same yarn I used to make the wool beret.

Here’s the beret in progress.

The gloves are based on my “Hubby’s Fingerless Mitts” pattern I created last year. I designed the pattern for Chris and made a size medium for him last year.

For David, whose hands are longer (though more slender), I cast on 40 stitches instead of 36 for a large size. I also knitted 6 additional rounds in the palms, or 20 rounds instead of 14.

I also redesigned the thumbs. Instead of knitting the rounds, I purled them and I think it looks better.

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What’s Needlin’ Ewe’s 2011 Sweater Challenge Update: I’ve decided on my first sweater. It’s Kim Hamlin’s “Lattice and Hollow Cardigan” from Interweave Knits Spring 2010 issue.

This photo belongs to “Interweave Knits.”
Click on the links above to visit the magazine’s website to buy the pattern or the Spring 2010 issue.

Chris picked out burgundy and navy-colored merino yarns from Malabrigo. I’ll keep you posted as I get it going. The challenge’s goal is to knit a sweater every two months so there will be six sweaters by the end of December. So I’ve got six weeks to knit this one up!


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FO: crocheted wool beret, other updates

I finished the beret in the past week but haven’t been home during daylight hours to snap a photo for you.

Here it is. Please forgive the poor lighting; the funny, close-up of my head; and the bad photo styling. I’m doing what I can with what resources I have!

I think this would look better with a lighter weight yarn. This is also wool, so I’m sure some washing will felt this right up.

The pattern is by Jennifer L. Appleby and is from Interweave Crochet’s Winter 2007 issue. I found it to be a fun, quick pattern, though there were a few mistakes in the pattern copy I have. Either that or I managed to create more treble crosses than the pattern called for, but that didn’t mess up any of the other steps and the pattern came out without much trouble.

Here’s a close-up of the brim and the treble crosses. I like the contrast between the two.

I would definitely recommend this pattern!

Using the same yarn (Lion Brand Fishermen’s Wool) I’m making David A., a friend, a pair of fingerless mitts, using my Hubby’s Fingerless Mitts pattern.

David’s hands are longer and wider than my husbands, so I cast on 40 stitches (for a large size) instead of 36 (medium). I may knit more than 40 rows before beginning the thumbs and palm sections since David’s hands are somewhat longer. I don’t know how much longer I need to make it though.

A knitting/crocheting goal for the year: six sweaters! What’s Needlin’ Ewe, which I wrote about here, is hosting a 2011 Sweater Challenge and I think I’m going to participate!

The store is challenging knitters and crocheters to complete a sweater every two months through December 2011. That means six sweaters in 12 months. Only one of them can be a baby or child’s sweater; the rest must be adult-sized garments. They can, however, be summer, winter or fall garments and that includes tanks and cardigans!

I have several patterns running through my mind and I’m trying to decide which ones I want to tackle.


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Hubby’s fingerless mitts

I completed Chris’ fingerless mitts last weekend. They turned out much better than I anticipated. I couldn’t be happier except if I had used wool instead of acrylic yarn. But Chris asked that I use yarn I already had on hand and, so, acrylic it was.

I had considered using Pamela Grossman’s “Knucks” pattern over at Knitty.com. I found it through the Elliphantom Knits blog. They look really cool and I figured Chris would dig ’em. (I planned to leave off the embroidery though. That wouldn’t have been Chris’ style.)

But after printing out the instructions and reviewing them more closely, I passed it over. It just seemed too difficult to tackle. I would have to knit each finger separately and then attach them to the palm part of the glove later. Too much hassle.

I had some fingerless mittens patterns, but they were designed for women’s medium-sized hands and were either lacy or too feminine —”Ladylike Lace Gloves” by MK Carroll in “Stitch ‘N Bitch Crochet: The Happy Hooker” and “Hurry Up Spring Armwarmers” By RenĂ©e Rigdon in “Stitch ‘N Bitch: The Knitter’s Handbook.”


So I decided to tackle designing a pattern on my own. I’d already made the crocheted “Ladylike Lace Gloves” for myself and my sister, so I sort of had an idea of how to go about it. Just in case, I studied the techniques for the thumb hole again in both the crocheted pattern and the knitted “Hurry Up Spring Armwarmers” and then began.

I used worsted weight acrylic yarn and four size 7 double pointed knitting needles. My pattern’s below and I’ve posted it on Ravelry. Adjust the needle sizes, yarn and number of cast on stitches to fit for your man’s hands. Chris’ hands, I suppose, are medium-sized man hands.

Hubby’s fingerless mitts
By: E.A. Seagraves
(Credit for the thumb technique goes to Renée Rigdon.)

Materials:
(4) size 7 (4.5 mm) double pointed needles
left over worsted weight yarn (medium weight/4)

Special abbreviations:
pm = place a stitch marker on the needle after the last stitch knitted
sm = slip stitch marker from one needle to the next
M1 = make one stitch, Insert the left needle under the loop between the stitch just knitted and the next. Pull up a loop and knit into it, creating one stitch.

Directions: (medium-sized man hands)

CO 36 stitches, placing 12 stitches on each of three needles. With fourth needle begin knitting:

Row 1-40 (or the length you want): K4, P4 around

Left Hand:
Row 41: (K4, P4) across 2 needles. On Needle 3, K3, place marker (pm), M1, pm, K1, P4, K4

Row 42: (K4, P4) across 2 needles. On Needle 3, K3, slip marker (sm), M1, K1, M1, sm, K1, P4, K4

Rows 43-47: *(K4, P4) across 2 needles. On Needle 3, K3, sm, between markers knit in front and back of the first stitch creating two stitches, knit across until one stitch left between markers, knit in front and back of the last stitch, sm, K1, P4, K4 (Repeat from * around until 13 stitches total between markers.)

Palm: Rows 48-61: Slip 13 stitches onto a stitch holder. Then continue K4, P4 around (minus the 13 stitches) for 14 rows. Bind off and weave in ends.

Thumb: Rows 48-54: Divide 13 stitches evenly on three needles, such as 4 stitches on Needles 1 and 2 and 5 stitches on Needle 3. Knit around 7 times. Bind off and weave in ends, using the yarn tails to sew any holes left around and between the thumb and palm. (I had holes below and above the thumb.)

Right Hand:
Row 41: On Needle 1, K4, P4, K3, pm, M1, pm, K1. On Needles 2 and 3, P4, K4 around.

Row 42: On Needle 1, K4, P4, K3, sm, M1, K1, M1, sm, K1. On Needles 2 and 3, P4, K4 around.

Row 43-47: *On Needle 1, K4, P4, K3, sm, between markers knit in front and back of the first stitch creating two stitches, knit across until one stitch left between markers, knit in front and back of the last stitch, sm, K1. On Needles 2 and 3, P4, K4 across. (Repeat from * around until 13 stitches total between markers.)

Palm: Rows 48-61: Slip 13 stitches onto a stitch holder. Then continue K4, P4 around (minus the 13 stitches) for 14 rows. Bind off and weave in ends.

Thumb: Rows 48-54: Divide 13 stitches evenly on three needles, such as 4 stitches on Needles 1 and 2 and 5 stitches on Needle 3. Knit around 7 times. Bind off and weave in ends, using the yarn tails to sew any holes left around and between the thumb and palm. (I had holes below and above the thumb.)


Finished the last (belated) Christmas gift

I finished my final (belated) Christmas gift Saturday night!

I plan to drop these socks in the mail later this week. By this time, my sister, Jamie, may have already forgotten about them. So maybe it’ll be a nice surprise for her later in the week. 🙂

I used the same pattern to make socks for my mom and myself here, and spoke of the book here. I plan to try the other patterns in Cindy Guggemos’ book, but I still recommend this as a beginning sock maker’s guide.

Now I’m working on some fingerless gloves for the hubby. I’m improvising since I couldn’t find a pattern I really liked. More on this later . . . I hope.