Last winter I was working at my computer a lot and my hands started to feel really cold. So first time ever I felt that I needed fingerless mittens to keep my hands warm so that I could get my work done. I actually tried to work with gloves on, but it was very uncomfortable. As last year I knitted Honeycomb gloves, which are very snugly and comfy and still my favourites, I decided to use the same stitch pattern for fingerless version. I chose a bit thicker yarn this time.
I used 2 balls of Sublime Extra Fine Merino Wool DK (100% Merino, 127yds / 116m, 1.76oz / 50g) in color 0253. Needles US 2 1/2 [3mm].
Honeycomb fingerless mittens fit hand circumference 7-7 1/2” / 18-19cm. Circumference is easily adaptable, you can knit with larger needles or add/skip pattern repeats.
Length of the mittens is approximately 8” / 20cm. Again easily adaptable – more or less ribbing or pattern repeats.
You can find Honeycomb fingerless mittens pattern on Ravelry
This is my first attempt to design a shawl with somewhat semi-circular/crescent shape from scratch. A few years ago I knitted a big shawl/afghan that resembled a sunflower and now I wanted to knit similar lace design. It took me couple attempts to get it right :)
The construction of the shawl is a bit unusual. Upper edge of the shawl is knitted first, then with short rows you move to the center of upper edge and from there you start to work the shawl body down in a half-circle shape. Don’t ask why so, I don’t know :) I just get those weird ideas sometimes and if they work, I use them :)
For casting on I used my new favourite cast-on method – Slipknot Cast-on which makes the most stretchy cast-on edge.
I used Rowan’s Fine Lace – a very soft and nice blend of alpaca and merino (80% Alpaca, 20% Merino; 437yds / 400m, 1.76oz / 50g) in Antique (921). It took a little more than 1 ball to knit the shawl with US 6 / 4mm needles.
Finished measurements of Flower Princess shawl: approx 52½” / 133cm wide and 24” / 61cm long at center.
Although I had this shawl test knitted, I did it myself as well, to double (and triple ;)) check the pattern. For this second (and third :)) sample I used DROPS Lace (70% Alpaca, 30% Silk; 875yds / 800m, 3.53oz / 100g). It took half of one skein to knit the shawl with US 4 / 3.5mm (so you can knit 2 Flower Princesses from one skein).
Finished measurements of Flower Princess shawl knitted in DROPS Lace: approx 45½” / 116cm wide and 20” / 51cm long at center.
Hope you like the shawl as much as I do and enjoy knitting it! :)
You can find Flower Princess shawl pattern on Ravelry
Couple of weeks ago I came across an opportunity to test crochet for another designer. Her hat immediately caught my eye and I wanted to try it.
At first I didn’t really have any suitably thick yarn at home, so I just used 5ply yarn double. 6mm hook was a bit too big for that and hat came out quite loose, but I still liked it, so I did not rip it up.
Then I had a chance to go to LYS and I bought some proper yarn for the hat – Gründl King Cotton (50g /78m, 55% Acrylic, 45% Cotton), 2 balls.
The pattern was very well written and easy to follow. It was a fun and quick crochet and a very good design, which I think looks good on most people.
Now the pattern for Bold & Subtle Chain Reactions Hats by Elitza Chernaeva is available.