Category Archives: Finished in 2009

Cinquefoil Tam

As soon as I saw this tam in the new Twist Collective, I knew I wanted to make it as a gift for my super-generous boss, Lauren.

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I decided to go with the yarn used in the pattern because it’s a good quality, a good blend, and hey, the price is right.  Although the yarn is a tad splitty, it was nice to work with.  The finished hat is super soft.

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My only concern with this hat is that it came out kind of small before blocking.  As far as I know, I got gauge.  😉  I had to stretch it to force it over a plate to block and now it fits my daughter Esmie.  The pattern states adult one size fits most; circumference at brim 18″; diameter across wheel 9.5″ after blocking.  When I make adult hats I usually use 20-21″ circumference around brim.

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Since my boss is not huge like me, I’m sure it will fit her just fine.  It fits me like a skully when I put it on.  HA!

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The pattern is very straight-forward and easy to follow.  The hat was a very quick and easy knit.  Yea, you are all saying, “she always says that,” but really, it is!  :o)


  • Source: Twist Collective, Fall 2009
  • Size: One-size fits most (?)
  • Yarn: Elann Peruvian Baby Cashmere
  • Colors: Parchment (MC) (.82 skeins, 90 yds); Cashmere Blue (.46 skeins, 50 yds); Tapestry Blue (.22 skeins, 24 yds)
  • Needles: US 2 and US 3 16″ Hiya Hiya Interchangeables
  • Gauge: as pattern
  • Cost: approx. 1.5 skeins of yarn used * $13.13
  • Started: August 30, 2009
  • Finished: September 1, 2009
  • Mods: none

Calvin & Ripple Socks

A  few weeks ago, Cristi was looking for volunteers to test-knit her new sock pattern.  I offered to do so and I’m glad I did.

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These are the Calvin and Ripple Socks, named after Cristi’s two famous cats by the same names.

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The design is modeled after the fact that Cristi’s cats are identical from the back, but from the front, they are totally different.  In her pattern, one sock has a slanted slip stitch pattern on the instep and the other has a ripple pattern.  The back of the leg in both socks is knit in mistake rib.  You can choose to do a patterned or a plain toe.  I went with patterned.  I think it’s sooo pretty!  Here’s a toe pic just for you, C.

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Speaking of toes, I love how Cristi calculates the toe for the top-down sock (Ripple).  It’s going to come in quite handy for other patterns as well.  I didn’t do her pattern exactly as I didn’t do the ripple on the Ripple sock.  I went with mistake rib over the instep as well as the back of the leg because my yarn was so variegated and dark that it was hard for me to follow the knits and purls.

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The yarn itself was nice to work with and the color is very rich.  This is the Neighborhood Fiber Co. Studio Sock I purchased at MDSW this year.  It took me some tweaking in my picture editor to get these pix to as close a color to the original as possible.

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By the way, one of the socks is knit toe-up and the other is top-down.  Can you tell which is which?

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Of course not, because Cristi managed to design a perfect replica of Cat Bordhi’s toe-up riverbed pattern in top-down form.  You did well, my friend!!  They are identical!

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So for the price of one, you essentially get TWO sock patterns.  And, you can, of course, mix n’ match them however you please.  Knit two Calvins, or two Ripples, or one of each like I did.  Either way, this is a very fun sock pattern to knit.  And, no, I’m not saying that because I’m biased.  😉

Calvin and Ripple Socks

  • Source: Cristi Brockway
  • Size: Small, to fit my youngest daughter, Little Rosi, who wears a size kids’ 3 shoe
  • Yarn: Neighborhood Yarn Co. Studio Sock (201 yds used)
  • Color: Girard Street
  • Needles: US 1.5 32″ circular (socks knit using ML)
  • Cost: $10.58
  • Started: July 2, 2009
  • Finished: July 23, 2009
  • Mods: I didn’t do the ripple stitch on the Ripple sock but, besides that, pattern knit as written.


Meet Fwed the Monkey.

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Ever since Hadda came over to my house with her son and his sock monkey, I’ve been wanting to make one for Gian.  You see, Gian wanted to keep the poor little boy’s monkey!!

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So, Fwed was born.  No, that’s not a typo.  My 3-year-old can’t quite pronounce the r’s yet.  :o)

I can’t say enough good things about Yvonne Knits’ toy patterns.  They’re sooo easy to do.  You can work them flat or in-the-round using DPNS or ML.  For Fwed, I did ML.

Don’t you just love his kah-yute wittle face???

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Gian is happy with Fwed, the Monkey.

Sock Monkey

  • Source: Yvonne Knits
  • Size: one size fits all
  • Yarn: Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece (I LOVE this yarn for kids’ stuff)
  • Color: MC (Olivette) – 146 yds, CC1 (Antique Lace) – 28 yds, CC2 (Blue Paradise) – 11 yds; about 185 yds total.
  • Needles: US 3, 32″ circular
  • Gauge: not really important
  • Cost: Cost for yarn: $5.73, buttons: 50c, stuffing: ~50c.  Total cost: $6.73
  • Started: July 19, 2009
  • Finished: July 21, 2009
  • Mods: none, except for working ITR instead of flat