Firstly, a hat knitted by DD - her first foray into slip stitch patterns; we are both very proud of her results.
As for me (specs on my Ravelry project pages if you want them; listed here in italics):
Lime Spider and Coconut Ice beanie
pattern: Fourth Grade Hat (Rav link)
I said the striping of the yarn looked like lime and pink coconut ice; DD said Lime Spider (or icecream soda) and Coconut Ice, hence the name.
This is an attempt at conventional entrelac - I'm not in a hurry to try this style of knitting again, it's slow and seems to use more yarn than a conventional beanie would. The hat designed by Abby Franquemont looks great, mine less so. Not quite sure why - perhaps the fact that it's knitted in a hand-dyed acrylic and therefore can't be blocked is part of the answer.
Why did I choose to knit this in my handpainted acrylic? I wanted to see what the shortish colour repeats would do in shorter rows of stocking (stockinette) stitch.
I also tried to modify the pattern because it was getting too big - my modifications were not as successful as I would have liked!
Socks for Someone #1 - a fraternal pair
pattern from the ball band of Moda Vera Noir sock yarn
My first attempt, following the pattern exactly, gave big, baggy socks that were enormous on WM! I ripped the 3/4 finished sock out completely and started again.
I have never done this kind of heel before and was reasonably happy with it, except for the hole where the short rows of the heel joined the foot. If I knitted it again I would slip the first stitch of every row while knitting the heel gussett - it is so much easier to pick up stitches along the gussett if I do that!
These took so long - Second Sock Syndrome plus no record of modifications on the first sock = pain in the knitting needles! I am determined that in future I will knit two socks at the same time; I have enough dpns to do that!
|Sunshine Lollipops Scarf pattern detail|
Sunshine Lollipops beanie
pattern: Slip Stitch Stash Hat by Renee Rico
If I had not been using a slip stitch pattern, I may have had enough to knit a child size hat but I decided to incorporate some scrap yarn (as the pattern suggests).
The lower third of the hat contains only the Sunshine Lollipops yarn - variegated yarns make interesting slip stitch patterns without the need to join in new colours.
|slip stitch pattern detail|
|crown detail (a slip stitch modification on the original design) |