This little vest is Milo, the brainchild of Georgie Hallam. She’s the talented Australian designer behind Tikki Knits. Her pattern is sized for newborn to six years, with chest sizes from 15 to 25 inches. The cabled column is a “knitter’s choice.” The pattern includes five cabled front panels, among them a very sweet set of stacked owls. I knit the horseshoe cable pattern. Milo is seamless, knit from the top down, and meant to be a bit close-fitting. Couldn’t be easier.
Isaac’s Milo is knit in DK weight Berroco Vintage. It’s an interesting, very soft, but somewhat splitty mix of 50% acrylic, 40% wool, and 10% nylon. I decided to knit the 9 month size to leave some growing room. The vest used just under 60 grams of yarn.
Milo appears on on more than 7000 Ravelry project pages. Patterns don’t reach those kind of numbers without having tons going for them.
Look what’s unfolding!
Knit the two lengths, complete with tabs. Then, brush up on your square knots. Tie the tabs together. And, ta da, Helene Rush’s Bowties Scarf, available here and on Ravelry.
Classic Elite Yarns’ Liberty Wool worsted, in two of their color-changing skeins, worked great as a substitute for the yarns the pattern calls for. Four balls, 200 grams. One great scarf. One fun mindless knit.
Here’s another view. I may just have to keep this one instead of gift it!
This is Etta, a great free hat pattern by Black Sheep Knitting Guild‘s own Kim Whelan. Kim has generously made her hat pattern available on Ravelry and nearly 900 Ravelers have knit it and posted photos of their creations. That must mean that Kim’s Etta is warming heads all over the world.
This hat is so popular that 4664 Ravelers have favorited it. And, even more exciting, it’s one of the featured designs in the new collection by Judith Durant “Lace One-Skein Wonders, 101 Projects Celebrating the Possibilities of Lace.”
My Etta is knit in Paton’s Classic Wool Worsted, a workhorse wool that I knit with often. I see it as a somewhat less rustic Cascade 220 competitor. And, unlike Cascade 220, it’s easier to find sale bin orphan skeins of Paton’s Classic Wool. This colorway, Lemongrass, was at the bottom of a Mary Maxim bin marked $2.99. For 210 yards, quite the deal!
I blocked my Etta, but it also looks great unblocked as a slouchy beanie.
I’m hoping that headbands of various sort will be a hit this holiday season for the younger members of my clan. This is Earbuds, designed by Linda at Knitwise Design. Her pattern is available on Ravelry and you can get a closer look at a few more “sets” (cords not included) here on the Knitwise Design website. My Earbuds are knit of Brown Sheep Lamb’s Pride Bulky on US size 10 needles. You’ll need a ridiculously small amount of yarn to knit these and about an hour of your time. Really. Quickest knit ever!
Flush with my success with my first Earbuds, I decided to knit a pair in a super bulky yarn. The pattern gives you the length needed for each size. I liked the idea of wider earpads, so I used the same number of stitches and rows and just adjusted the band at the top of the head.
My pink super-bulky set is knit in Cascade Yarn Lana Grande left over from my Umaro. I moved up to a US size 11 needle. It took even less time to knit the super-bulky version than the bulky version. If you need a quick holiday present, this pattern should work well. Here is my super-sized pair worn on a rumpled head that’s even older than my glass head.
This is Harrowsmith, a pattern by Ash Kearns of Ash Kearns Handknitting. The cape’s name harkens back to a group of Canadians who fled urban life back in the 1960′s and ended up trying to live off the land, near the town of Harrowsmith in the Ottawa Valley. Harrowsmith Country Life, the magazine that championed back-to-the-land environmentalism, was eventually sold to Telemedia, a media giant. And rural Harrowsmith is now home to a Walmart and Tim Hortons.
Well, Harrowsmith is still a great little cape, even if the times they are a changin’.
I knitted Harrowsmith in Harrisville Design’s new worsted weight: WATERshed. I’ve been working with it quite a bit, so you’ll soon see more of WATERshed on this blog. This is their barn door shade. I have their full sample card. The deep rich heathers, evocative of the watershed around Harrisville, New Hampshire, are all wonderful.
This was a fun, quick knit. My only modifications were to add a few rows to the bottom ribbing, and to use a two-stitch, four-row buttonhole rather than the one-stitch, two row sheep’s eye buttonhole the pattern called for. I also gave up trying to graft the ribbing at the top of the very extravagant hood and just grafted the first rib and then did a three-needle join and bind off. The instructions are excellent on how to graft the ribbing by sorting the knits and purls onto separate needles and then separately grafting the sets of stitches. But my tensioning was off by a country mile, so I felt a strategic retreat was required.
Here’s another view of the front and then a look at the hood.