Category Archives: Knitting

Knitting: Dreadlock tube

In a recent post I mentioned that I’d been knitting a dreadlock tube for my hair. My hair is long and it’s becoming increasingly heavy. I don’t want to cut my locks, but would like to alleviate some of the weight that I’m experiencing.
Knitting Dreadlock tube

Here’s the knitted dreadlock tube that I’ve made. I used some of my coveted Malabrigo yarn and my treasured Hiya Hiya Sharp interchangeable needles. It’s a simple stockinette stitch. Over the past few days, I’ve been knitting the tube (whenever I have a few moments to spare) and now it’s almost complete. I can’t wait to start wearing this. I’ll be making more tubes some knitted and others sewn.

It’s warm, and I’m knitting…

It’s a warm day here in Maryland and I’m knitting. Can you believe that? The reason is, my dreadlocks are very long and weigh a lot. Much more than normal hair. To take the weight off the hair root, I’ve decided to knit a tube to place my hair inside. Since it will lift my hair up it will take some of the pressure of the hair root. A bit hard to describe in words, but I’ll be sure to post pictures sometime this week.

My first dreadlock tube is being made with the super squishy malabrigo yarn. Can’t wait until it’s finished so I can start using it for my hair.

Hiya Hiya knitting needles, Malabrigo Rios, and the knitting the Ferramenta Hat

I finally got around to casting on for the intricate Ferramenta Hat, but first I had to rewind the lovely skeins of Malabrigo Rios yarn in Pedras. I’m so glad I did, the first skein was fine, but the last skein was tangled. I didn’t discover that until I started rewinding. After about 40 minutes, I was able to remove all the tangles without cutting the yarn!

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I’m loving this yarn even more after it was rewound

I put them side by side in two neat yarn cakes, aren’t they pretty?

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Ready to start knitting, all I need are my Hiya Hiya sharps!

The next step was to retrieve the pattern, which I did…

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Casting on the stitches, don’t bother me while I’m counting!

and then start casting on, yep did that too! The pattern calls for size 6 knitting needles to cast on, but I after reading a few comments by people who’d knitted this hat, I decided to drop down a few more sizes and ended at a size 4. I like the brim to have a snug fit.  I pulled out my Hiya Hiya sharps and started knitting.

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Five rows of seed stitch, four more to do…

Since I did not like the rolled hat brim that the pattern suggested, I decided that I would see how I liked using moss stitch, and I must say that I’m thrilled with the choice, I think it looks great and will fit with the intricate cables designs of this hat. Once I’m finished the moss stitch section, I’ll swap out my Hiya Hiya sharp interchangeable for a larger size or two. We’ll see….

Soon to be on my Hiya Hiya needles; malabrigo rios and a ferramenta knitted hat

While my loom, 32″ Kromski Harp, is taking a much needed break, I’ll be picking up my much loved Hiya Hiya needles so I can knit this adorable Ferramenta Knitted hat. It’s part of a barter I set up with a friend in exchange for growing my own mushrooms.

Ferramenta hat

Ferramenta knitted hat by Nina Machlin Dayton

Isn’t it gorgeous? I’m in love with this cabled design!

Here’s the description…

Reminiscent of the complex and decorative ironwork popularized by the Italian immigrant iron workers in cities like New York in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, Ferramenta (Italian for ironwork or ironmonger) is knit bottom up, in the round, and used twisted stitches and small cables to evoke the complex patterns that these workers incorporated into their art.

This hat can be worn as a slouch hat, or blocked flat into a beret/tam shape, making it suitable for men and women.

Pattern has written and charted instructions.

I gave my friend a list of cabled knitted hats that they could chose from, and they picked the above hat. It’s the one I would have chosen too. They’d already chosen the yarn, super squishy Malabrigo Rios in Pedras!  The cost of Ferramenta knitted hat pattern is $5.00,  and it can be found on Ravelry. The weaving designer, is Nina Machlin Dayton, and her website can be found at Nina Knits, but she hasn’t posted there in a few years.

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Malabrigo Rios in Pedras; this yarn is so soft and it’s a washable wool!

I’m really looking forward to working with cables again. I love knitted cables, and am looking to become reacquainted with twisted stitches.

Knitting videos

I think, the  videos I’ve included below, are helpful for those new to these two stitches. The instructors speak clearly and the video shots are great so you can actually see what they are doing.

How to knit a cable stitch


How to knit a twisted stitch

 

Photo Source:

  1. Ravelry: Ferramenta hat

The ultimate mitten thumb; how to pick up stitches

My daughters knitted mittens are finished. I’ll be sure to post pictures of them later…

Picking up stitches can be challenging for some, but once you get it down it will become easier. I’ve included a great video tutorial on How to pick up stitches.

Now that my daughter’s mittens are done, it’s time to cast on mittens for me! 🙂

Cold weather, warm mittens; knitting two at a time

Oh the weather outside is frightful
But the fire is so delightful
And since we’ve got no place to go
Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!!

The past few days have been very chilly in Maryland, some days our temperature didn’t climb over 10 F. With weather like that you want to stay warm when you brave the elements outside.

Of course I went down a mental checklist to see if there is anything that was needed and the only thing that popped into my brain was mittens for my daughter! Well… that’s an easy fix. I told my daughter to choose yarn that she liked and after she made her selection I casted on 40 stitches. Ever since I switched over to circular knitting needles any project that requires a pair is done two at a time.

The mittens I’m knitting will be an upgrade for my daughter since they replace the mittens I knitted (last year) for my rapidly growing daughter. The girl is ten years old and is only two inches shorter than me. Also, she is now wearing a 7.5 shoe. She’s a beautiful, tall, slim and kindhearted girl. My daughter rarely asks for me to knit her anything. She can see the time it takes to create many of the items I make, but I do it for her anyway because she’s worth the time.

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These mittens have knitted up fairly quickly and I must say it’s going much faster since I’m doing them two at a time. I don’t have to worry about the gauge on one being possibly different, since they are being done at the same time. Also, if the inspiration bug hits and I decide to add different stitches as I go, I don’t have to remember what row that happened since I’m knitting both mittens at the same time.

If you want to know how knitting two at a time is done on circular needles, check out the above video by Liat Gat.

 

Knitting: Ann Yamamoto has free shawl designs available on Ravelry

Aren’t these shawls lovely?

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Anna Yamamoto: shawl design; Green the whole year round

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Anna Yamamoto: shawl design; Longsuffering

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Anna Yamamoto: shawl design; Seashells on the Sand

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Anna Yamamoto: shawl design; Bonsai

 

My favorite is Bonsai! Oh by the way, clicking on each picture will take you directly to the page where you can download the pattern.

This past weekend, Curls & Q’s clued her readers into these delightful knitting patterns. Do you want to know something? They’re free. Q is  quite the enabler! I’ve purchased plenty of crochet and knitting patterns via the Ravelry site and I’ve picked up a few free patterns also. Naturally, I’ve already snapped up these patterns and stored them in my library on Ravelry. I’m looking forward to seeing more designs (priced or free) by Anna Yamamoto the knitting designer who created these fabulous pieces.

I’m nudging the super talented Nicky, so she can take advantage of these lovely designs also.