Sunday, February 7, 2016

Tutorial: How to Knit a Slouchy Beanie with Colorblocking - Roving

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Apologies for the unintentional hiatus! January got away from me, in a good kind of way. I finished up a few projects (including this shirt! I'll post it soon!), traveled to Baltimore during their big blizzard, and got a new cat (!). Happy February!

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This is a tutorial for a chunky knit roving hat with colorblocking. It is super simple and fast and fun! I also cannot decide if I even like the hat or not, haha! I ran out of the blue, and I think I would like it more if it had more than a smidge of blue at the end. But you know, you win some and you lose some.

Because this is hat is knit with roving, the first thing you'll need to do is make your yarn! You can do this following my instructions in my previous tutorial, for the giant knit cowl. You will need to divide and set a slight twist into the roving to create your yarn:

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You can learn the details of that technique HERE!

Okay, so for this project, you'll need about 100 grams of roving, or two skeins of Knitpick's roving.  You can really use any roving that's combed into a long strand. Here I used some creamy white roving, and some beautiful sapphire blue Knitpick's Wool of the Andes roving, left over from other projects. You can adjust your colorblocking to be any length, or you can skip it altogether! 

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You will also need size 50 (25 mm) circular knitting needles. I like these ones from Knitter's Pride

With you main color, start by casting on 16 stitches, using the long-tail cast-on method.

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Join in the round.

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Begin to knit 1x1 rib.

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Splice your yarn as necessary!

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Watch it (quickly!) grow...

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Knit in rib for 8 rounds (or desired amount). Switch to your second color:

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Proceed in 1x1 rib for two more rounds.

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On round 11, k2tog 8 times. 8 sts remaining.

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Pull your loose end through the 8 remaining stitches.

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Pull tightly, tie a knot, and weave in all loose ends.

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How easy was that?! Even with spinning the roving, this can easily be done in a couple hours! It is one-size-fits-most, and you can easily increase or decrease as needed. For reference, I have a 22 1/2" head circumference (pretty standard).

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This is so easily customizable, and I think would look really cute with different amounts of colorblocking, or stripes, or no colorblocking! You do you!

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Here is the Ravelry link - add me, heart it up, all of that good stuff. I would love to see photos if you make this! Thanks for reading through! 

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Monday, January 4, 2016

Giant Knit Cabled Intarsia Sweater

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So here we are! Happy Monday! Happy New Year! I truly love the new year. Making goals, resolutions, and measuring progress from the previous year is satisfying and invigorating. And I am SO excited for 2016!

2015 brought a lot of good things. I built a lot of healthy habits into my life (everything at once - sleeping more, drinking more water, eating WAY healthier--as in zero Taco Bell and LOTS of new veggies--, and actually enjoying exercising regularly!) and hope to continue to make improvements there. I also made a lot more room in my life to be creative, and it's been so incredibly rewarding to be making things again. August brought me the cutest niece in the whole world, and the joy she has brought my entire family has been a true blessing. I got to meet her in Alaska in September, and it was so, so good to visit my brother and sister-in-law in their yurt (!) on the mountain they live on (!!). Aside from wishing I weren't so far from my whole family, I'm really happy in my personal life, and  satisfied (but still hungry) in my creative endeavors. 

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So speaking of creative endeavors, here is another bulky intarsia sweater! I love making these. This was really fun to figure out, combining cables and intarsia. I am really into the abstract nature of it! It was a surprise to me as to how it was going to turn out. I used Knitpick's roving for the green heather, and some new roving I purchased from Dharma Trading Company for the white. Dharma's roving really impressed me, and I can't wait to order more from them. As always, I was delighted with the Knitpick's roving -- this heather is a beautiful combination of blues, greens, and yellows, giving the color so much depth. The fibers are very long, which makes my loose spinning technique easier, and gives it a sleeker handfeel.

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It started to snow right as I was setting up to take these photos, which I figured was a very appropriate setting for such a fluffy, heavy sweater! 

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What are your New Year's goals and resolutions? 

Mine include:
- Take more photos for fun
- Make better use of my evenings and weekends
- Take time to enjoy my mornings rather than rush out the door
- Write more, both blogging and journaling
- Use up more of my stash!


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Hope your first week of 2016 is going well so far!


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Sunday, January 3, 2016

Moments

Here are some moments from the last couple weeks...


My father made me hand-carved cable needles for my giant knitting. Here is one in action.


My brother and me in the matching hats I made for us.


Papa, heading up our epic sledding hill, axe in hand, ready to harvest the Christmas tree.


My brother and Pronto, watching the birds together. Pronto LOVES the birds at my parents'.


He also enjoyed the Christmas tree. :)


I was home for a week, and it snowed just about every day! My favorite thing in the winter are heavily laden trees, and we had plenty.



On Christmas Eve, my mom and I went out to take photos of the nearly-full moon, since it lit the frosty world like daylight. I used a manual shutter setting and am so excited I was able to catch some of the sparkly wonder that the world was that night. Such a wonderful memory.



How was your Christmas/New Year's/holiday season? Thanks for letting me share some tidbits. I'll be back soon with the finished sweater from the first photo!

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Sunday, December 13, 2015

Cable Knit Crop Top


It is such a warm December! I'm still not sure how I feel about it. I'm super stoked every time I don't have to scrape my windows to drive to work, but it makes me so sad on weekends to look out and still see green grass and raindrops. I'm going home in less than a week, and hoping some snow finds its way to Northern Minnesota while I'm there! 


I have some secret knitting I can't share with you yet, because it's that time of year. It was so nice to find the time to make some gifts, the first time in a long time that I've been able to! Of course, I should've started earlier -- isn't that always the case? Have you done any Christmas knitting or sewing? When do you start? (Next year, I need to start in September!)




I made this little sweater while binge watching Fargo last weekend. I knit it on size 15 needles with two strands of Knitpick's Bare Merino Style DK yarn. It's knit in the same style as my other tee sweaters, which I find myself really enjoying. They are fun to make, and I love combining the look of a t-shirt and the look of a sweater, especially with details like rib trim and big cables.



I'll try to be back with a couple more posts in the next few weeks, and hopefully a tutorial, too! Speaking of, I posted my cowl pattern/tutorial on Ravelry, so if you decide you want to try it, you can add it to your queue and stuff. Give it some love, and add me as a friend! :)


Also, this sweater is for sale HERE! Let me know if you are interested in something custom!

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