Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Jennie's Gloves

Jennie is a recent knitting convert, having a background of truly amazing crochet projects. She also likes a challenge, and decided that one of her earliest forays into knitting should be gloves. Not mittens, not socks, which we suggested to introduce herself more gently to knitting in the round, but a multitude of tiny needles to make these.

She has done a fabulous job using a free vintage pattern for classic gloves but leaving out the stitch pattern and just using plain stocking stitch in order to display the colour changes in the Regia Kaffe Fassett colourway "Carribean Mirage" sock yarn to their best advantage.
. Jennie has quite small hands, and made both gloves from less than one 50g ball of the sock yarn, despite the pattern calling for 2 balls. She is now working on tiny mittens for her 2 year old. Now that she has made these gloves, she makes even a size 2 thumb knit in the round look easy.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Denim Chunky Cable Jumper

Here is a jumper I made this winter that I forgot to post.

The pattern is Aran Sweater by Kate Gunn and Robyn MacDonald. I made the size 6-7, but unfortunately did not pay much attention to the finished measurements - the chest is over 80cm, with the other measurements in scale to this large size, so it fits my 11 year old daughter beautifully.
I used Sirdar Denim Chunky and my tension swatch was just fine. I do think the cotton content has made this jumper a little more stretchy than it would have been in the wool for which the pattern was designed. However, the wool/cotton blend is a much better weight for our climate.