Living the dream.
Made a dent in my stash of roving, highly feltable wool by making this DROPS 6-12 month cardigan. It looks enormous to me but perhaps it will be okay. All materials gotten at second hand shops - the roving wool was a complete steal at $3.99 for 5 balls (Lopi and all), buttons 25 cents at Frenchy's.
Living the dream.
The remains of a particularly nice ball of merino and an equally posh Diamond Luxury Edo ball that were largely used for hats last season. Hopefully, these legwarmers will be a cosy and warm bit of goodness.
Modified from this pattern.
. 3mm dpns
. 1 1/4 inches of 1x1 rib instead of 2x2 (2x2 rib never provides the amount of cinching I like)
. total length is 10 inches instead of 9
Once again using up the scrippety ends of random balls of wool. These little darlings were too-too, so I had to make them. Very simple and ingenious lose-proof design. Pattern of Purl Bee's.
First pair of woolly leggings also went by in a blast - knitting this small stuff is rather fun.
These are particularly clever in construction as a vertical 15 stitch section of ribbing along the sides of either leg allows for growing room. The ribbing band at the top also provides the same convenience.
Another DROPS pattern - this one was easier to follow than the last and having kept similar notes, I can certainly fathom making another couple of pairs.
What a dream it is to be able to knit a sweater in a day. Using up odd balls is quite satisfying as well.
This itty bitty 6-12 mo size took a 24 hr period to complete, weaving in the hundreds of ends, buttons and all.
I'm almost tempted to start another one right now...
The pattern was easy to follow and easy to adapt.
My modifications included making full length sleeves instead of short ones (continued knitting without decreases until arms measured 7 inches from underarm), picking up an knitting a short collar with 3 small buttons instead of the suggested crochet and adding several rows of garter at the bottom of sweater and sleeve cuffs so it lay flat
I have a love/hate relationship with the company that designed this pattern. Their designs are always tantalizing and completely gorgeous. I am sure everything about them would be perfect if I were fluent in Norwegian. DROPS Design has so much variety and flare that it's impossible not to want to make at least one of everything they offer. They make valiant and generous efforts to translate their work into English, unfortunately, the methodology doesn't generally work out... it takes lots of highlighter, reading and re-reading and a dose of intuition to pull off a passable replica. I've started and given up on two previous projects of theirs because I was unable to decipher the remaining instructions.
With enough Ravelry projects showing me that this one had been attempted and finished, I was prepared to give it a go. I am pleased with the result, though in construction, I made it up in a very different manner (and still had difficulty in working out the instructions). The pattern can be found here.
See last 3 images for annotated pattern notes, if interested.
P A T T E R N N O T E S -- Click to enlarge