Last year, I was brave enough to submit a design to Knitty for the first time. I waited at the edge of my seat for weeks before hearing back from Amy that she loved my design but wanted to save it for the Fall issue instead of the Spring issue I’d submitted it for. FINE BY ME! :o)
So now, a little over a year after I took it off the needles, I present to you Mi Escuelita. Inspired by my beautiful daughter, Rossani aka Little Rosi, I made this cabled sweater for her. She needed a school sweater to add some color to her boring uniform of navy blue bottoms and white shirts.
The sweater needed to be quick, easy and comfy for her. Not to mention the quality had to be good to take the amount of washings a school sweater gets in any given year.
The body of the cardigan is knit in one piece, back and forth to the armholes then set aside. The sleeves are knit in the round to the armholes on double pointed needles or using the Magic Loop method. All pieces are then placed on one long circular needle and the yoke is knit. Buttonbands, buttonhole bands and shawl collar are knit onto the garment later.
The generous shawl collar acts as a scarf under a jacket or coat to keep her neck nice and toasty.
I was able to complete her sweater with a day or two to spare before she started 2nd grade last year. Needless to say, Rossani wore her sweater all year loving how all her friends and teachers always said what a pretty sweater she was wearing and she proudly announced, “My mommy made it for me!!!” :o)
Mi Escuelita (My Little School or My Darling School)
- Source: Knitty, Fall 2009
- Size: Shown here in size 8 years
- Yarn: Bollicine Dolly
- # of skeins: for this size I used a total of 781 yds almost exactly (5.1 skeins of suggested yarn). For the two largest sizes, you could probably get away with 1 skein less than the suggested amounts.
- Color: Pink #454
- Needles: US Size 5
- Gauge: 24 sts and 32 rows = 4″ in stockinette stitch
- Cost: $3.83 per skein, $19.53 total for the yarn; $0.75 per button, used 5 = $3.75 – Total cost: $23.28
- Started: August 29, 2008
- Finished: September 5, 2008
A few weeks ago I saw Lisa‘s extremely cute Socks for Veronik. So, you all know me, I see shiny and I chase shiny. I got home, wound up my Malabrigo Sock Yarn in Rayon Vert that had been marinating in the stash and took off.
The lace pattern is very easy to remember. I got through the first sock fairly quickly, following the pattern as written. That’s when I realized the sock didn’t fit.
I started making a deal with Cristi where she would take the socks and trade me for sock yarn at some point (we have a constant trade going on, she and I). See, I REALLY DO NOT LIKE TO RIP, unlike some of my friends who must rip a project at least 3 times before they’re satisfied.
Once I’d struck up a deal, I moved on the second sock. When I got down to the heel flap, I decided to try adding another 10 rows to the flap (about an inch). I’d found the flap kind of small on the first sock but decided to ignore it. Not this time. I also added one more repeat to the foot, AND worked the toe decreases until I had 10 sts left, cutting the yarn and pulling it through all sts as if it were the top of a hat.
Well, guess what? The sock fit. So, I had to suck it up and rip out the first sock. But I now have a very pretty comfy pair of socks in a yarn which colorway I actually hunted down once I saw it in person when Mary Ann got hers. The decreases on the top of the toe are interesting since they’re done with those p3tog that you see running up the middle instead of the more traditional decrease on each side of the foot. The bottom of the toe does have the decreases on either side tho.
All in all, I’m happy with my purty new socks.
Socks for Veronik
- Source: Interweave Knits, Holiday 2007
- Yarn: Malabrigo Yarn Sock, 0.76 skeins (335 yds)
- Color: Rayon Vert
- Needles: US 1
- Cost: $14.40
- Started: March 16, 2009
- Finished: April 11, 2009
- Mods: Scroll up. 21 total chart repeats from top of sock to toe for my size 11 foot.
If you’re like me, you have a bunch of single skeins in your stash that half the time you don’t know what to do with. Most are probably hand-painted yarns that are difficult to find patterns for.
I can help with a few of those.
Let me introduce D’Lado – a quick hat and cowl set from ONE SKEIN of Brooks Farm Solo Silk.
That’s right, one skein for BOTH of these.
The hat starts off with an I-cord edging. You pick up stitches and knit a twisted rib. Then follow the charts along to create a cute swirl at the top with hidden crown decreases.
The cowl is knit as if it were a scarf, back and forth, with built-in I-cord edges. You then seam the back to create the cowl.
Both of these will take you about 3 days total.
So, pull out your most gorgeous, soft, handpainted yarns and get to knitting!!
D’Lado – A Hat & Cowl Set
- Source: Rosi G.
- Yarn: Brooks Farm Solo Silk (about 220 yds for the hat and 184 yds for the cowl)
- Cost: I got the skein at Rhinebeck for $18 – that means a hat AND cowl for $18, ya’ll!!
- Needles: US 7 for the cowl; US 6 and 7 16″ circular and dpns for the hat.
- Started: December 20, 2008
- Finished: December 23, 2008