knitting projects

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Here's two knitting projects I finished recently. I've had a busy semester so far and it's been hard to get any crafting done other than knitting lately. These two garter stitch projects were the perfect projects to give my mind a break.





First up is the Quincy Hat from Made in Brooklyn:


Quincy



Pattern: Quincy



Yarn: Filatura Di Crosa Zara Solid



Color: 1706 Eggplant



Yardage: 2.5 balls, yarn held doubled



Needles: 10.5



Notes: This was such a fun pattern to knit. The construction of the hat is genius! I hope to make many more projects from the book soon. It's a soft, thick, and warm hat and a great variation on the typical knit hat.



Ravelry link: craftr's Quincy






Next is the Baktus scarf:




Baktus

Pattern: Baktus



Yarn: The Plucky Knitter Merino Cashmere Nylon Fingering



Color: Bosherton



Yardage: 1 ball, 385 yards



Needles: 10.5



Notes: This project would have been so much more successful if I had a micro scale and weighed the yarn before I started! The basic pattern of the scarf is to cast on 4 stitches increase every four rows until you've used up half your yarn and then decrease every four rows until 4 stitches remain. I knit more than half of the yarn before I started to decrease, so I ended up with less yarn at the end. 



When it started to look like I was going to run out of yarn, I started decreasing one stitch every row until the end. I think that I was able to decrease to about 15 stitches remaining. Then, I ripped (cut) out the cast on row and ripped the beginning of the scarf back until I reached 15 stitches and bound off the original cast on side. The ends of the scarf are no longer pointy, but they are the same width.  They kind of curl up in a point when I wear it, so I'm going with it.



The scarf is nice and warm and perfect for the cooler weather and I absolutely love the color of the yarn, so this project is still a great scarf for me to use. Next time, I'll make sure to weigh the yarn first!



Ravelry link: craftr's Baktus



20 comments

  1. Love these both! I really like the scarf, and I love that you modified it to work, it looks fantastic! So inspiring i might have to branch out from all the dishcloths and try something else.

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  2. I love the hat so much! So many hats are boring on top and this one has so much interest that it really catches your eye. The scarf is fantastic, too.

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  3. Both are great! I might need to knit that hat it looks so fun.

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  4. That is one cool-looking hat - it looks so complicated! Love the scarf too - and the colors of both!

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  5. oh my - i want to come to your house and steal all your new fo's! i'll also need to steal your red door since you look completely stunning in front of it!

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  6. Okay, so I can't knit, but that purple hat is almost enough to make me want to. Almost :) It looks FABULOUS!

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  7. oh, that scarf is gorgeous!!!!
    I just saw the green quilt top, and I have to say, I'm with Jon - he should guard it to make sure you don't give it away!!!!

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  8. I love, love, love that hat! It looks wonderful. Your knitting genius really shines with the baktus too - your solution is great. Projects are always more endearing when you learn something along the way.

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  9. I love that hat! It looks great on you, too!

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  10. love how structured that hat is! and a great color too!

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  11. oooh, fantastic hat! I'm going to have to put that one on my to-do list. I also need a scarf, but probably would not have the time/patience/scale to weigh the yarn either ;)

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  12. I love both of the colors for these! The twist in the hat is great too. Someday I'll learn to knit.

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  13. Awesome hat! It completely puzzles me on how exactly it was made, which makes it even cooler. :)

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  14. ooh these are gorgeous! i've been tempted to make that hat for myself for a while now- yours is so cool! love your color choices (as always)!

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  15. That hat is so cool! So unique! I love the color yarn you picked for your scarf, so pretty.

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  16. ohhhh!!! both are beautiful, but that hat is so special, just amazing!!! i love the colors!

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  17. Yes, the colours on the hat photo are fantastic together. I would love a red door sometime!

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  18. Nice scarf! And the hat--some friends tried making the hat, but it didnt come out as good as yours. They felt there was something "strange" in its construction. Glad you liked it.

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