Monthly Archives: March 2012

Comfort Cowl Test Knit

Yes, spring is beginning to rear it’s lovely head here on the east coast, but I’m knitting up a fine collection for fall/winter 2012. Blame it on some great test knits too tempting to resist!

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Pattern: Comfort Cowl
YarnCascade 220 Heathers, Aspen (2 skeins)
Needles:
 US 8 / 5 mm

Meet Comfort Cowl, the newly released pattern from Madeleine, aka Yarn Madness on Ravelry. Here in Canada, you can’t have too many warm and cozy accessories for your neck.

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This is essentially an infinity scarf and I love how it wraps around you twice to give you that much needed cozy warm feeling. It’s definitely named well!

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I’ve worn it a few times already and I can attest to it’s comfort!  Would make a great gift for someone next Christmas. :)

Zest Hat ~ Test Knit Times Two

Simple and sweet is how I’d describe this hat design. I test knit it for Jessica, who has a really sweet blog, you should check it out! I enjoyed knitting this hat so much that I made two. It was also my first time cabling without a needle because you only deal with 2 stitches at a time. Combining that plus lace makes for a perfect hat for future autumns.

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Pattern: Zest Hat (unpublished)
YarnCascade 220 Heathers, River Rock (0.4 skeins)
Needles:
 US 8 / 5 mm

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This version below is knit from New Zealand wool that I bought off ebay years ago for making my felted bags. It’s very scratchy, but it’s in one of my favourites colours. I soaked the hat in wool wash with added hair conditioner, but alas, it didn’t improve it’s feel. Oh well.

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Terra Neckwarmer

Yet another test knit, this time a neck warmer design by Maja Jokanovic.

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Pattern: Terra Neck-Warmer
YarnCascade 220 Heathers, River Rock
Needles:
 US 7 / 4.5 mm

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It was fast and fun, and came together fabulously with some very cheap yet gorgeous buttons.  Positioning and sewing buttons is not one of my favourite tasks in the world, but with a garter stitch button band, it was easy.  Just count 6 ridges between rows and you’re in the right spot.

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Maja was great to work with!  I’m very new at testing patterns for knitwear designers, and she made it an easy and pleasant experience.

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ZigZag Cowl Test Knit

This is a test knit I very recently completed for the lovely Faye, a very talented British knitter, designer and blogger.  The pattern will be available through Erika Knight at some point in the future.  There will be a link on Faye’s blog, Buttons and Beeswax, and on Ravelry when it is finally released.

It was a fun and easy project, but the result is a luxurious and warm cowl!

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Pattern: ZigZag Cowl*
Yarn: Cascade 220 Heathers, Straw-Gold
Needles:
 US 7 / 4.5 mm

*I’ll update the link to the actual pattern page on Ravelry once it’s available.

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It’s a very versatile design and can be used as a hood, which is particularly useful for those of us who live in places where winter likes to make a very definite appearance!

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Faye has previously designed a matching hat which is already available for purchase.  You can see some great photos of it on her blog here: ZigZag Hat.

Thank you Faye for another great design, and for letting me test it out for you!

Insou How I Love You!

This hat is so vintagey, and was a pleasure to knit.  It’s knit flat and then seamed.  I was too lazy to figure out how to knit it in the round, though I know others have done so on Ravelry.

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Pattern: Insou
Yarn: Berroco Vintage, Breezeway 5194
Needles:
US 9 / 5.5 mm

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It was my first time using Berroco Vintage.  It’s so soft!  If I were to make this hat again (and I definitely might do just that), I’d probably go down a needle size since the hat grew quite a bit with wear.

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