ISN’T THIS A BEAUTIFUL SWEATER?
Rowan is giving away two of these sweater kits in the lovely teal blue shade that’s shown in photo.
Looks like an ideal beginner project too. 🙂
Contest closes on October 8th, so enter soon! Open to US AND Canadian residents.
Easy to enter and to share this contest too (if you want to share!) 😉 at Google Plus etc…
Good Luck and Happy Knitting!
PS: I’m back to working on my Walk in the Park Cardie this weekend.
What are you making right now?
Some of you may remember this cardie pattern that I blogged about several weeks ago:
I liked the pattern SO much and decided to make it in two different yarns.
The first cardie I started is in the yarn actually shown in this photo above, but in these colors:
Hawaiian Sky for the main color (actually a vivid teal blue, not dark as shown in this photo)
Bubble Gum pink for the contrast
I wanted it to be reminiscent of a sunset sky! 😉
So far, I have knit both sleeves. But even that was not without its problems.
I contacted the customer service dept. at Yarnspirations when I noted that there were errors in the pattern. Even though I am definitely NOT an expert knitter, I could tell that there were errors as soon as I started knitting. VERY frustrating and a lot of wasted time for me. How I hate to “frog” (knit-speak for pull out) stitches, but that’s what I ended up having to do. 😦
After I got word back from Yarnspirations with the assurance that all errors for all sizes had been rectified, I went ahead and knit both sleeves. They worked out fine and the chart for the sleeves was fine too, for the Size M, which is the one I’m making.
Here’s where the conundrum comes in…
I am now working on the body of the sweater, which is knit in one long row across, on circular needles. A lot of stitches, over 200, but no side seams required, when it’s made this way.
I got the ribbing and the plain stockinette area at the bottom of the sweater knit without any problems.
But when I started on the chart, things started to go downhill from there. 😦
I got to Row 3 for Size M, and the pattern didn’t seem to line up as it should. The stitches don’t line up to form the same shape as the sleeve chart design (hopefully that makes sense!)
I contacted the company AGAIN and apparently they looked into it again and found no further errors. But given how many errors there were initially in this pattern, I’m not so sure. 😉
Now, I don’t know what to do. as I said above, I’m NO expert when it comes to knitting. I can follow a pattern just fine but I expect that pattern to be correct and not one I have to figure out along the way, when errors come along. Aren’t these patterns made (IN ALL SIZES) before they are posted, on major sites like Yarnspirations?
Based on this and other experiences with other major pattern websites, that is sadly not always true.
If there are any knitters out there reading this who like a challenge and have a bit of time, I’d REALLY appreciate your opinion if this body pattern chart is actually correct in the Size M?
I don’t want to start this pattern again without being sure that it is correct, this time. Frogging small stitches like this, on a circular needle and over 200 stitches is NOT MY IDEA OF FUN KNITTING!!!
I hope your own knitting and craft projects are proceeding faster and more smoothly than this one has been for me.
I still ♥ to knit but I could do without errors in patterns!!!
Happy Day and Knitting
A Big THANK YOU in Advance to Any Knitters Who Have the Time/Inclination to Check Out this Chart and Give Their Opinion If/Of What’s Wrong.
You can leave a comment below or email me (see contact page).
I just completed my: Slice of Autumn/Spring shawl, which I posted about here.
It’s been raining here in BC and I haven’t had the chance to get out and get photos of this and several other finished yarn projects I have to share.
In the meantime, I am “itchin” 😉 to start another knit or crochet project but I can’t decide what to make.
I have 5 skeins of KP Stroll Tweed Fingering in Barn Door Heather shade, that I’d like to use up next.
I thought a short-sleeve cardigan/cardie would be nice in this yarn but I’m open to other ideas for projects too.
Only things I don’t want to make are another shawl or socks.
And, I want to use up all of the 1155 yds. if at all possible, or close to it.
If you have any knit or crochet patterns to suggest, please do! 🙂
And yes, I have checked at Ravelry already but wasn’t able to find anything that was “just right”.
Happy Knitting and Week, G
I shared the FREE Interweave ebook that included these easy to make slipper-socks/booties, a while back.
Since then, I’ve made two pairs, these blue ones for me and an orange and brown pair for Joe.
What a fun pattern and definitely easy enough for a beginner to follow. And of- so- toasty warm too. 😉
I like the design of these, with the sock-style cuff. They stay up a lot better than some other booties I’ve made in the past.
If you’ve got cold tootsies and ♥ booties like I do, or are looking for a pattern for someone who does, check this one out.
Children to men’s sizes in this pattern and some other very nice accessories included in this ebook too.
As knit booties/slippers have a tendency to stretch, better a bit snug fit to begin with than too loose.
Let me know if you give them a try!
Happy Knitting. 🙂
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THANKS TO THE FIESTA CAT YARN CO. FOR THESE PATTERN LINKS.
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I was soooo excited to find both of these eBooks on sale today, over at Amazon! 😉
I’ve been a fan of the “One Skein Wonders” book series for a long time.
These two are new to me and what a great buy they both are right now.
Stop by Amazon to read more (links above) and let me know if you give one or both of these a try.
I can’t wait to try some new projects from both of these eBooks.
Happy Crafting and Weekend! 🙂
I just noted this fun-looking knitting ebook:
over at Amazon today.
Available for free right now,don’t know how long that will last. It’s in the top 100 free Amazon ebooks.
Click to read more here, including the link to the ebook.
Looks like a whole lot of knitting fun for critter-lovers who knit. Like me!
Mr. Cheddar approved too; he’s sitting on my lap as I type this. 😉
Happy Knitting! 🙂
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I WANT TO MAKE THAT LEAF WASHCLOTH. HOW COOL IS THAT?
HAPPY KNITTING AND WEEKEND! :<)
Received this yarn order from Knitting Warehouse a couple of weeks ago and once again, the knitting needles are clicking here!
I feel lost without at least a couple of yarn projects on the go (can you relate?) 😉
When all this yarn is used up, I will have:
A beret, pair of gloves, neck-warmer for me and two pairs of socks for Joe.
I’ll post photos and pattern links, as they are completed. 🙂
I’m really happy with the patterns I’ve chosen this time; hope they all turn out as well as expected.
What are you working on right now? I love to hear about projects in progress and those completed.
PS: If you aren’t familiar with Knitting Warehouse, click through to read my review about this company.
They have great prices and an extensive product line for all kinds of yarn projects. I’ve been happy with all my orders from them.
I made this Bow-Knot scarf recently from some black worsted-weight stash yarn that I had.
It was a very hot day when I had this photo taken, hence the inappropriate clothes worn with it. LOL 😉
I do think it will be very nice to wear for the winter though.
An easy project, would be perfect for beginners and didn’t take much yarn either. Nice gift idea too!
If you’ve been looking for another stash-busting project for your own “yarn pile” you can check out the pattern here.
The only slight error I noted in this pattern, was on the first line that starts with: NEXT ROW, line should have read decreases NOT increases stitch. No biggie but if you’re new to knitting you might wonder about that. 😉
Happy Crafting and Knitting!
Happy Autumn too! 🙂