Asparagus Sweater Dress

I started this dress six years ago with a vague idea of a cable that grew outwards to fill a pleated skirt. The problem is that once I started cabling, the midsection was only slightly wider than my thigh. If I had started over at the time, maybe even stretched myself to do a littleContinue reading “Asparagus Sweater Dress”

A Tale of Two Sweaters

The week before Thanksgiving 2011, I grabbed the top of my mannequin and molded some cables around it. I pictured myself in a jaw-dropping neon orange sweater saying “this old thing? I made it myself.” Objectively, that isn’t a great reason to do anything. In my case, it set me up for disappointment.   I wasContinue reading “A Tale of Two Sweaters”

Cabled Hat

Size: Women’s Medium Materials Size 10 DPNs 120 yards of your squishiest, chunkiest stash yarn Gauge 9 stitches and 9 rows = 2 inches in 1×1 rib Pattern KTS: Knit 2nd stitch, leave on needle, knit first stitch, slip both stitches off needle. PTS: Purl 2nd stitch, leave on needle, purl first stitch, slip bothContinue reading “Cabled Hat”

Braided Cable Scarf

Materials Yarn – Berroco Vintage Chunky Yarn in Tang, 4 skeins Needles – size 10 straight   Gauge 8 stitches and 11 rows = 2” in Stockinette stitch   Abbreviations CO – cast on sl – slip CN – cable needle H2B – hold to back   H2F – hold to front BO – BindContinue reading “Braided Cable Scarf”

Double V Ribbed Tank

Materials   Yarn – Elsebeth Lavold Silky Wool in Charcoal, 3 skeins (576.0 yards (526.7 meters), 5.29 ounces) Needles: Size 5 straight   Gauge – 13 stitches and 18 rows = 2 inches in ST   Size: Women’s Small Back CO 110   Row 1: (RS) *P2, k2; continue from * to end, p2  Continue reading “Double V Ribbed Tank”

Tank Top to Sweater

I’ve had a longer relationship with this fair-isle tank top than I have with any man I’ve dated. It’s been with me for three moves and five Christmases, always at the bottom of my knitting basket. It’s pretty obviously unwearable – the neckline is unfinished, the bottom rolls up, and it’s for that very specificContinue reading “Tank Top to Sweater”

Simple Stash Beanie

Size: Women’s Medium Materials Size 10 DPNs 90 yards of your squishiest, chunkiest stash yarn (my favorite is on the right, Loops & Threads Cozy Wool in Harvest) Gauge 9 stitches and 9 rows = 2 inches in 1×1 rib Pattern CO 60 Row 1: (RS) K in 1×1 rib, join in the round Continue inContinue reading “Simple Stash Beanie”

Big Sweater Smaller Sweater

There’s a picture of my dad that used to sit on my mom’s bedside table – in the nebulous lore that is my dad’s past, I would place it somewhere around the time he took a break from college and lived in Colorado, getting by teaching other sometime-college-students to ski. In this picture, he’s leaningContinue reading “Big Sweater Smaller Sweater”