Archive for May, 2014

Fluorescent is in….Right?

Monday, May 26th, 2014

My brother said in a joking off-hand kind of way that he’d dress his child-to-be in something fluorescent. I got pretty excited because I happen to have a lot of fluorescent yarn in my stash. The yarn has a bit of a story….it was rescued from the local GAP store about 3 years ago. The yarn was used as a display prop to usher in the fluorescent colour trend, and it was headed to a dumpster when the display was being changed. One of my high school students rescued a big bag full, and we split the spoils.

I have had trouble finding a way to use DK weight acrylic yarn that is this vibrant. I hope my brothers like the baby sweaters, their babies-to-be will be matching, in their bright and crazy tomten sweaters, and definitely in style!

They are works in progress….but so are the babies! :)

In other news, I planted my garden last week, after the frost risk had passed, and now there are radishes and carrots sprouting!


Top down raglan sweater

Saturday, May 10th, 2014

I was inspired by yarn I bought the last time I was out shopping. I’ve also been asked to help coming up with a sweater for a 4 year old that is easy to knit. I’m not sure that this sizing will work for that age, but I’m pretty pleased with how it’s working out so far.


Pattern Notes (so I can remember it later):
Cast on 50 stitches black, work 5 rows k1p1 ribbing
Knit 5 stitches in black (button band), knit 4 sts green, m1, k2, m1, k6, m1, k2, m1, k12, m1, k2, m1, k4, with another small ball k5 black (other button band).
Knit 5 black, purl green to the last 5 sts, knit 5 black.

Keep knitting 5 sts black at the start and end of each row.
Continue increasing on either side of the k2 segments.

Work a button hole on each side every 10 rows.

After 30 rows of green join work in round. Line the 5 button band stitches from both sides up and knit two together to join the work in the round.

Work a pattern for 11 rounds (if desired), continuing the raglan increases.

Next round, place sleeve stitches on scrap yarn and knit the body stitches in the round.

Continue for about 10 inches, and then work 5 rows of k1p1 ribbing.

Pick up sleeve stitches and work in the round for about 9 inches. Decrease 2 stitches every 4 rows on the underside of the arm. Knit 5 rounds of k1p1 ribbing.


Friday, May 2nd, 2014

I’ve been knitting tomtens lately. Tomten is a pattern by Elizabeth Zimmerman, knit seamlessly in garter stitch, with a large arm hole opening. I made the first one out of rugged wool. It’s done on 4.5mm needles, and looks timeless, and natural, and perfect for a good ramble in the woods. It’s about the right size for a 3 year old, and needs only a zipper and a hood lining before it’s complete.


The next tomten has a very different character. Knit from fluorescent acrylic double knitting weight, on 2.5mm needles, it’s making a pretty vibrant sweater.


I’m amazed at how much difference gauge makes….and colour and material too for that matter.


I’m making a few of these little sweaters to welcome the new arrivals to my extended family this summer. I’m wondering what colours to try next.