On my previous post, I talked about my most recent test knit, the Navigate pullover. A cabled men’s sweater designed by Annie Lupton for Rib Magazine’s second issue.
I completed several other test knits in 2016 and I’d love to share them with you. This is the first of a 4 part series where I will go through each one in detail. As with anything, practice makes perfect and though I’m far from it, I am thankful to these designers who entrusted me with their work, helping improve my skill as a knitter.
There are 2 shawls, a cowl and a scarf.
I’ll begin with the cowl, my very first test knit.
Part 1 // Because I Love You Cowl by Amy Meeks
I had just completed my second shawl, the Because I Love You Wrap by Amy Meeks and shared this photo of my daughter wearing it on Instagram. Her sister, Debby, saw it, tagged her, and before I knew it, began a wonderful friendship with the Periscoping Sisters, particularly, Amy, the designer for the wrap. She and I got to talking and as it turned out, she was working on a new pattern, a cowl version of the wrap, and asked if I would like to test knit.
I was asked to test knit a men’s sweater by my friend, Eric Lutz, host of the Sticks + Twine podcast and Publisher for Rib Magazine back in March. I said yes, flattered by the fact that I had only been knitting for 3 years and recently finished my first adult sweater, Boxy.
Then he showed me this photo:
I felt excited and intimidated at the same time. Look at those gorgeous cables! I thought to myself, “Can I do this? I’d hate to disappoint!”
I have worked on several cabled projects prior, like this hat, this other hat, and these beautiful socks. I also have this shawl that’s been on the needles for forever. I had frogged it countless times due to error after error on my part, and sadly it is now languishing in a corner waiting patiently for me to pick it up once again.
Self-doubt consumed me as I waited to receive the pattern. As Jameson Frank quotes, “Our greatest battles are those with our own minds”.
Summer is finally here!!! How is yours going so far? We only get 2 months of this glorious weather here in Canada and that means busy, busy, busy for me and the kiddos.
I meant to release this second edition of the cozy squishy wool gift tag in June but it’s ok, better late than never right?
Keep a look out for the third version to be released late October/early November of this year 🙂
Please note: This is a subscriber exclusive freebie! If you are an existing email subscriber as of July 3, 2017, check your inbox for the link to download!
<< Update >> May 15, 2017. Giveaway is now closed. Thank you to everyone who participated! There were a total of 82 entries. I used random.org to draw a winner. Congratulations to Amy @dropastitch for winning this kit!
I’ve been thinking about this for some time now.
In the past year, I’ve been fortunate to have won a few prizes and with Mother’s day comin’ up, I thought now is the perfect time to pay it forward 🙂
I also wanted to support a friend of mine, Christina aka The Cozy Knitter, so I picked something from her shop to add as well.
Head over to Instagram for your chance to win the MOTHER’S DAY GIVEAWAY!
- The project bag is made by yours truly. It measures approx 11.5″x9.5″x3.5″ and includes an outer zipper pocket for notions. (4.25″x7″)
- The yarn, ‘Bunny Fufu” from the Cozy Knitter, is a self-striping sock yarn with matching mini skein for heels, cuffs, and toes. 80% superwash merino, 20%nylon, 413yards/115g
Complete steps 1 and 2 on Instagram – @pearadise_island
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Don’t forget about the Bonus entry 😉
Giveaway ends Sunday, May 14, 2017, at midnight, EST. Open worldwide.
I’m a toe up, magic loop kinda girl.
I like to knit my socks concurrently on 2 separate needles whenever possible.
I use 2.25mm/ US size 1 – 32” circular needles. My favorites are Addi Sock Rockets and Hiya Hiya Sharps.
Here’s my recipe:
- Cast on 8 stitches per needle using Judy’s magic cast on
- Increase at the 2nd stitch and 2nd to last stitch of each needle every other round until I have 30 stitches per needle. (I use KFB (knit front and back) to work my increases.)
- After I complete the first toe, I take another needle and cast on for the second.
- Once both toes are complete, I knit the foot up to the heel. I do the same for the second sock.
*I convert cuff down patterns to toe up by reversing the order of the foot & leg pattern starting from the last row working my way backwards. For example, if it is a 4 row repeat, instead of starting with row 1, I’ll start with row 4, then 3, and so on.
- Knit the heel one at a time, using Fish Lips Kiss Heel
- When both heels are complete, I knit the leg. I prefer them to be as long as the foot (or at least 6″) because I find it cozy like that.
- Knit the cuff, working 20 rounds of my version of 2×2 twisted rib which is
cheating knit through the back loop but purl as normal.
- For the bind off, I use the simple stretchy bind off
- Block the socks using this and this.
- Weave in the ends only if it’s a gift, haha, and no, my husband doesn’t count. He doesn’t mind that string hanging out inside his foot 😉