As promised yesterday here is more on my Giftalong “pet projects”.
It is very hard for me right now to choose a favorite. All three are very different and very enjoyable.
So, in no particular order…
Project number one is my “Nothing Fishy” Cowl.
I am using “Whitefish Ripples” pattern by, Faye Kennington to knit it. I have seen this interesting pattern a while ago on Pinterest, wanted it and was not disappointed. It is very well written with the author trying to anticipate any questions that might come up. I have learned how to knit huge holes on purpose and an interesting way to make edge stitches especially long. Knitting things from other people’s pattern is a relatively forgotten experience for me. Usually I look at the yarn and it tells me what it wants to be or I have a general outline of what I want/need to make and find the yarn to match it. The very important detail is that the outline is general, so I can change things as I go. Here I was dealing with the pattern. A pattern I firmly decided not to alter. So I had two false starts. First I tried yarn with subtle striping and very soon realized that what I needed was a solid or semi-solid yarn. Then I tried a lovely alpaca/silk blend that was the perfect color but… It turned out to be too limp, it did not hold the shape. In the end I settled on lovely Zara, by Filatura Di Crosa. And as soon as I got the yarn right the rest was, well, not easy, but lots of fun. I am now past the difficult part and mainly working on this cowl on the road.
Project number two is a cute Dreidel Bowl in time for Hanukkah.
Many thanks to Lindsey Stephens, who created this wonderful pattern. Her pattern writing style is very clear, she uses very few words to explain everything one can possibly need to crochet this pattern. I was worried and exited about trying to crochet a two-color pattern of dreidels. But it turned out to be not hard at all. Actually it was so easy that I decided that I must have done it wrong, ripped out two completed rounds and only then I realized that I was doing it right after all. The only downside to this patter is that I have to keep counting all the time. So I can only work on it when I have a chunk of time when no one bothers me.
Finally, project number three is “Warm Me Up Cowl”.
I was interested in this pattern first of all because while it is crochet parts of it look knit. And I love playing with front and back post stitches. “Winterlaced Cowl” was designed by Yuliya Tkacheva. Again, I love her patter writing style. The patter itself is ingenious! It looks complicated, but it is actually pretty easy to crochet and has a beautiful rhythm to it. If I would have to pick my favorite than this is it!