Romancing The Brioche

I have just completed another test knit for YarnOverNewYork. This hat is absolutely adorable. It makes use of the Brioche style to give definition to the ribbing and the heart. It has child and adult sizes, so if you are looking for a cute hat for a little girl, this one will be fantastic. It’s also great with Valentines day coming up.

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Fioritura Shawl

This test knit was for Yarn Over New York once again. She has lovely patterns, and you really should go check out her Ravelry page. This one is a lovely shawlette. It is long enough to cover your shoulders on a chilly day, or bundle up around your neck. This pattern is set to be released in just a couple short weeks.

I’m not sure what yarn this is, but it required a fingering weight yarn. Unfortunately, the ball band for this went missing ages ago, but the yarn was sparkly and crying to be used for this. Who was I to refuse! To knit this pattern, you will need to be able to work increases and decreases, and be able to follow a special stitch pattern that she has included. She does a great job of detailing how the stitch works, and includes pictures. Also, while there are charts in the pattern, she has also written out the instructions for you.

BB-8 Beanie Hat

First of all, this hat is adorable. It’s based on the BB-8 character from Star Wars, who is very cute in the movie as well. The designer is Level Up Nerd Apparel. The hat is crocheted and uses mostly basic techniques of double crochets, increases and decreases, and color changes. The designer does a great job in her pattern of describing the techniques and does give details on how to work color changes. You will need worsted weight yarn in white, black, orange and grey for this pattern. The hat took me only a couple days to work up. It would have been faster, but I made a mistake and had to tear it back. Thankfully, that is very fast to do with crochet.

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Fawkes’s Tail Scarf

This is Fawkes’s Tail Scarf by Yarn Over New York. This lovely scarf uses a fingering weight yarn and creates a pattern of feather like protrusions over the length of the scarf. I used Purple Goddess Design Yarn in the Blue Twinkle Toes colorway. The designer was recommending a yarn with some sparkle in it, because honestly who can resist sparkle? It is a lovely scarf that can be worn both casually and as a more formal look.  I ended up with a length that wraps around the neck once, with the ends coming to rest gently around the chest area. This gives a lovely loose drape.

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Swim So Wild socks

These socks are called Swim So Wild and is written by Yarn Over New York. The yarn I used was String Theory Continuum, in the Carbon color way. These socks  are a lot of fun.The pattern is super easy to memorize, yet it adds a ton of detail to the look of the sock. They are most definitely a pair of socks you can toss in a bag to take with you as you travel or have appointments. As you can see from my pictures, they are designed to work with a self striping yarn with a decent stripe. They can be smaller stripes than what I have, but you probably want to have a stripe that is at least 4 rows high, in order to do it justice. I ended up having an issue with the pattern. But, I assure you it was totally my error, and not the pattern. I knit the pattern line too loose, and it caused that whole pattern section to be way off gauge. I will be re-knitting these, to get them to work for me. They are more of a pattern for a guy, but I really want a pair for me. My husband just doesn’t wear socks, so it would be a waste to have them for him.

As always, I have linked to my project page, which will be updated with the link to the pattern as soon as it is released.

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Center Ice Mitts

These fingerless mittens are Center Ice Hockey Mitts, by Njeri Sims. This pattern comes with color combinations and recommendations for all the teams in the NHL, so you can make a pair based on your teams favorite colors, or a loved ones favorite team colors.  You will need to know how to knit in the round, how to decrease and increase, and how to separate and pick up stitches for the thumb. The color work is pretty easy, and involves a large enough stripe that you will just stop using a color completely and rejoin when it’s needed again. I used Cascade Yarns Pacific for these.  It is an acrylic yarn that came in a wide variety of colors, which was perfect for trying to match colors for my favorite hockey team.

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Lapsang Souchong

These are my Lapsang Souchong socks, written by AlterLace. They were a lot of fun to make, pattern wise. However, I don’t think I would make them again using the Angora Lace yarn. I adore how they feel on my feet, but my goodness that yarn was so frizzy and fluffy that I kept getting bits up my nose. It also drowns out the pattern a bit. The socks have a lovely lace pattern that this yarn isn’t showing as well as I would like it to. Thankfully the pattern showed for me to take the pictures, but a couple wearings of them has made them start to fuzz together. The pattern itself is a lovely lace design, so you will need to know how to do some basics, such as increases and decreases, yarn overs, and slipping yarn over other stitches. She outlines her special stitches well, so if you know the basics, you should be able to follow her directions well.

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