Finished Object: Shell Net Cowl

This weekend I worked on all my WIPs…and I finished them all! Woo Hoo! I knew that I wanted to finish my current projects because I will soon be going on winter break and I want to devote the entire time to knitting Aiken, Geraldine, and Ethel. So, I will be blogging about all the recently finished objects but, let’s first start with Edition 2 of the Shell Net Cowl…

You may remember that I made a Shell Net Cowl for myself a few months ago. I figured that it would be a super-simple project and didn’t pay much attention to it. Well, I should have looked at it more carefully. The cowl was supposed to be a Mobius Cowl and I just worked it in a continuous round. I realized this mistake when working on the second Shell Net Cowl. I loathe mistakes so, I no longer wanted that cowl. The yarn was too delicate to rip back so, I gave it to my mom and she loves it. Now, let’s talk about this new Shell Net Cowl.

When working on the first cowl at the knitting group, I was approached by a fellow-knitter who did not crochet. She asked that I crochet her one so, I said yes. She purchased the yarn, which is Malabrigo Lace in Cactus Flower. The yarn was  delight to work with and the color called to me (I adore pink. It’s my favorite color.). She requested that the cowl be longer so, I added 30 extra stitches to the foundation chain. And I literally had just enough yarn to finish the cowl.

This can be worked up fast but, for some reason I move relatively slow on shorter projects. I devote so much time to my larger projects that the shorter projects usually go on the backburner. Once you get everything started, this pattern can be memorized very easily. It’s the perfect on-the-go project to carry around in your knitting bag.

Because I do adore this pattern and this delicate cowl. I have already purchased some more yarn from Knit Picks to make another for myself. I ordered the Shadow Tonal Lace Yarn in Deep Waters this time around. If I have enough time, I plan on working on this over the break.

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WIPs: Cardigan, Cowl, Turban, and More…

Well, it seems that I have quite a few things on the needles and hooks these days! I have decided to forego making holiday gifts this year to avoid the stress (I will instead be purchasing gifts) and have instead decided to do leisure knitting and crocheting. However, I still have quite a few projects in progress that are for others. Let me give you a few details of what I am currently working on…

Shell Net Cowl 

Well I am making another shell net cowl. Remember I previously blogged about my finished lace cowl. Well, when I was working on that cowl in the knitting group another knitter asked me to create one for a friend of hers. She purchased the yarn, which is Malabrigo Lace in Cactus Flower. I am enjoying using this yarn and I have to purchase some for myself. When creating this cowl again I noticed that it is supposed to be a moebius cowl, which I did not do for my first one. Because I really loathe mistakes I gave that cowl to my mother instead of just tossing it. (I knew I wasn’t going to rip it back and start over because that yarn is so delicate that it breaks when being ripped back.) She loves it.

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Turban Headband

I have been anxious to create something from my book Geek Chic Crochet (review coming soon) but, I knew I couldn’t obligate myself to a cardigan at this moment because of my current craft workload. So, I started this turban headband on Tuesday and it is still a work in progress. This is a great indication of how busy I have been lately because this is definitely a project that can be created in one night but, I just have been fitting it in when I can. I am using Red Hear Super Saver in Shocking Pink. This shade of pink is my favorite and I have yet to find another yarn retailer to create one so perfect. I decided to make this headband to avoid having cold ears this winter. I usually wear my hair up in the colder months but, since it is so thick then a hat can’t go over it. So, this should alleviate that problem and I look forward to warm ears. I want more turban headbands in gray and tan. This is a very simple pattern that honestly you can just look at to create. It is great for beginners and for the experienced that wish for a relaxing mindless project.

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Hortencia

So, this is the project that I am most excited about!!! As you all know I just love making sweaters/cardigans. And my fave designer Andi Satterlund of Untangling Knots will be releasing a new pattern soon so, I am doing some pattern testing for her. The shape of this cardigan is so vintage, so vogue, and so elegant. So, as soon as it was agreed that I could pattern test this for her I started thinking about colors. I wanted to go for something deep and rich. Something that made you think sultry yet, elegant. Something that made you think about those fierce movie stars from the fifties. So, I debated on deep colors like a rich dark purple, black, gray, and red wine. I went to the LYS yesterday. I tossed out that red wine color because I have used similar colors in the past. The gray was simply gorgeous but, I didn’t think it went for the feel I wanted because it looked a bit casual. There wasn’t a purple that was deep enough to my liking. So, black it was and I am so ecstatic about my choice!! Honestly, I was leaning toward black anyway so, it worked out. 😀 This is my first wearable in black. (I once made a black crochet hat). Since the stitch pattern is simple then, I feel this is the perfect project for it. For example, when it comes to lace and cables I always go for colors because I want the stitch pattern to stand out. I am using Cascade 220 Superwash in black.

After getting the yarn from the LYS, I went to Hobby Lobby because I am in love with their button section. My Dad was with me while I was debating long and hard about which buttons to choose. I was again thinking elegant and vogue. I kept asking him for his opinion while I was going back and forth. He was getting frustrated with me because I guess in his mind a button is a button. LOL. Well, I finally decided on these gorgeous black buttons with a antique silver trim. I am pretty pleased with the choice.

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Other Projects

Well, my niece and been steadily pleading and begging with me to make her some bowties for about 3 months now. Ever since I created those bowties for a friend she has wanted some with a desperation so, I am going to try to find time to make her some. Also, I am still working on the baby vest for my college friend’s baby boy. And this is why I don’t like making baby items. They grow so fast and it is imperative that you finish as soon as possible so, that the baby will be able to wear it. The good thing is I am about finished but, I did experience a hiccup yesterday and had to rip back about ten rows. I look forward to finishing it and shipping it. off.

Finished Object: Shell Net Cowl

So, this previous weekend I finally finished and blocked my Shell Net Cowl from the book Crochet One Skein Wonders. I initially picked up this pattern to have a mindless project to work on while at the Yarnhouse Studio‘s Sit N’ Knit on Saturday. Well, this turned out to be not as mindless as I would have liked.

First off, I had to chain over 350 chains. And counting chains that small was making my eyes go wonky. I ended up ripping back twice and I still ended up with an extra chain but, I moved on and got over it.

Also, for some stupid reason I did not initially work this in a continuous round. And this was my idiotic mistake because this is clearly a moebius, which means it should have been a continuous round. By the time I caught this mistake I had completed about 7 rounds. So, I had to rip back. And that was a major pain! The yarn kept breaking and I was getting super frustrated. But, I finally got it all ripped back, started over, and completed the cowl.

I blocked my cowl, which gave it more of drape when compared with the original photo. I am pretty pleased with the end results.

Details:

Yarn – Knit Picks Shadow

Color – Opal Heather

Hook – 2.25 mm

Level – Easy

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While working on this cowl in the knitting group, a member made a request for me to make her one. She bought the yarn and I’ll soon be casting on another. I kinda wanted to take a break from this pattern but, hopefully I will hook it up quickly and get it off my mind. I’ll update you with the progress of that future cowl…