wip: skiff hat.

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I finally cast on (and finished!) the Skiff Hat. I used Brooklyn Tweed Shelter, as the pattern calls for, in the artifact color way. It’s a deep forest green and I love it.

Since finishing, I haven’t yet snapped it or worn it because I wonder if it’s too large for my head. Does it overtake me? Anyone else knit this and experience that? I did the watchcap version, not the beanie.

No pom for me, on this one. And I also went down two needle sizes, per some of the recommendations on ravelry, and I can’t imagine how off my gauge would have been if I knit this with the size needles the pattern suggested. The tubular cast on for this pattern was beautiful, too.

Finished snaps, soon.

f.o.: galloway hat.

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This hat! What a dream to knit. I bought a kit to make it from Brooklyn Tweed because I liked the idea of having just the right amount of yarn for the pattern, but I ended up having some extra of the main color way because I didn’t add a pom pom.

This is a fine detail color work hat but it’s super quick to knit and comes out looking fancier than the work reflects. I gifted this one to a colleague for the holidays and I think it was a hit.

The hat is knit with the gorgeous and amazing to work with Peerie Yarn, the newest line from Brooklyn Tweed. My kit was for the “Thatch” color theme–Burnished, Sea glass, Lovat and Humpback. I have a second kit for the same hat in a different color theme awaiting my needles.

f.o. | striped hats.

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The Striped Hats pattern by Quince and Co. is for sure my favorite pattern this winter. It’s simple, easy to memorize so the project is good for travel or knitting in public, and they knit up in a day or two. Plus, the color combinations are endless and you don’t need large amounts of wool to create these–perfect for stash busting, particularly those small partial skeins from other projects to use in the small stripes sections.

The doc asked for a couple brighter hats—most of the ones I have knit for him through the years are gray, dark charcoal, forest green, red. He was looking for purples, oranges, turquoise.

And lucky for him, because these projects are so speedy, he has two new hats at the ready.

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The purple one is knit using Malabrigo Merino Worsted in periwinkle as the main color, some small bits in indigo and tiger lily, respectively.

The green version features Brooklyn Tweed Shelter, main color in sap, and contrasting stripes in cast iron and sweatshirt.

Both of these hats are complete stash busters! I’ve already made a few more of these since. They will be gifted to everyone in my family this holiday season, and I now have two versions for myself. Don’t expect to see me wearing any other hats this winter–the fit of the rolled brim is a dream.

See my ravelry notes here.

f.o. | stripes.

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My modified Tea with Jam and Bread by Heidi Kirrmaier is finished and it fits like a dream. I’m really pleased with the finished product and feel like this will be one of the well worn additions to my wardrobe.

Here’s how I did it: I love the neckline of this pattern, so I used it as a base for my yoke. My stripes are approximately 2.25 inches wide between every color change and I decided on a split hem 2×2 rib at the bottom for a more relaxed fit. This garment is knit in the m1 size and has at least 7 inches of positive ease in the body.

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Knit up using perennial favorite Brooklyn Tweed Shelter in the fossil and cast iron color ways, this neutrals sweater is a perfect fit for my sweater wardrobe. I definitely will use this pattern again in the future as a good top down modifier–the yoke takes on a square like quality because of the short row shaping at the neckline for a higher back (great for fit!).

Here are my project notes. Should I make one in a solid gray with pockets on front?

wip | striped.

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I decided I wanted to make myself a basic charcoal and white striped sweater. I’ve made a version of the Tea and Jam and Bread sweater before, loved the fit but ultimately gifted it to my mum, and decided I wanted a version for myself.

The thing I love about this sweater is it can be manipulated easily. While the original calls for two larger stripes in different colors and front pockets, I’ve seen a million different versions of this one: from solid and no pockets to mini stripes and beyond. And so, since I knew I loved its shape and fit, I decided to use it as the basis for this new sweater.

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I’m nearly to the finish line on the body in under a week. My stripes are approximately 2.25 inches or 13 rows in Brooklyn Tweed Shelter with size 7 needles. I love the neck shaping on this sweater, as well. If you aren’t a fan of short rows, this may not be the pattern for you–but believe me, they are worth it in the overall fit of the sweater.

Of course, I’m using one of my favorite yarns: Brooklyn Tweed Shelter. The colors are cast iron and fossil.

Finished product soon.

woolens | seeds hat.

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This is my finished Seeds Hat from Jared Flood’s (of the always brilliant Brooklyn Tweed) book Woolens, which came out last fall. Despite scooping up the book as soon as it was released, it wasn’t until last week that I finally picked my first project.

Seeds hat, it is.

There are a number of other items I want to knit from this gorgeous spread, but I’ve been on a stash busting kick lately and I could put a dent in my Knit Picks Palette 100, which has been languishing in a bin for at least 5 years (you used to be able to buy a 100 skein pack–but I think they have added additional colorways and don’t see it as an option anymore; you should have seen the giant box it came in). Mostly, at the time it was gifted to me, I was doing a lot of small, color work projects and wanted an endless chain of colors to pick from. The 100 have served me well–and I’d say I’ve only killed off about 30 skeins!

Knit using coriander heather for the main colorway, I used bits of asphalt heather and bluebell for the striped sections. This was a really fast knit and you can carry your yarns up the work so there aren’t a million little ends to weave in.

The color combinations are endless; I imagine Sean will have one of these hats in his future, too. See my project notes here.

blocked | forester.

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This is my second Forester by Michele Wang. I just adore this pattern. The construction is interesting and unlike any sweater I’ve knit before–you start at the neck, increase for the sleeves, then knit one sleeve completely, work to the next sleeve, knit that one completely, and then go back to the body.

Genius! No sleeves to do last. I love that. It feels like it knits faster, and the two strands of worsted weight held together on size 11 needles helps, too.

It’s such a flattering finish off. I’ve done it in two different yarns–this one in Cascade 220  in the silver gray and white colorways respectively. It’s exactly what I had hoped it would look like.

More details, to come, with finished snaps. My first version of this sweater was gifted to my mum last year for her birthday. I’ve gifted her a handful of sweaters over the years; she says, by far, this is her favorite one to wear.

wip | riva hat.

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The Riva Hat, as part of Quince and Co.’s Sea Smoke collection (which also features a sweater I definitely want to knit), is a must knit. I decided to use Brooklyn Tweed Shelter instead of the called for Quince and Co. Lark because I had a bunch of it in my stash, and because I’ve been really obsessed with Brooklyn Tweed yarns for a few years now and often choose to knit with it if I can. It’s just so easy; those colors, the wool feel, the slight tweed. It’s a dream yarn.

And so, the Riva hat gets the Brooklyn Tweed treatment and its a beautiful fit. Knit up in the following colorways: Almanac for the main and Fossil for the white diamonds. I used tiny bits of Malabrigo Merino Worsted in the chartreuse colorway for the smaller diamonds because I had it on hand and no Hayloft, which would have been my color choice.

It’s a really quick knit–if you’ve got a Sunday afternoon to spare, make this hat. I’m already envisioning other color combinations.

fair isle, in progress.

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Here’s progress on my First Fair Isle Sweater by yu co, featured in Amirisu magazine. I actually had to rip a few rows back because I forgot to change my background color to the cast iron, and I want to follow the fair isle pattern as written.

This is the project I’m working on for the So Very Shannon “BT in the Wild” knit along, which started in August–the goal is to knit a sweater featuring either Brooklyn Tweed yarns or a Brooklyn Tweed pattern. I’m using Loft, which of course, is a dream, as always. Despite all knitters voting for a two-week extension, I’m still definitely not finishing in time, which is a bummer, but onto focusing on the positives.

I’m loving the way it’s coming out and I think my colors are contrasting enough to really show the color work. I learned some interesting new techniques for the neckline and sleeve shaping and if it fits well, I might use as a guide in the future. This is also a stash busting project–a goal of mine in most of my knitting for the past few years–and I’m thrilled to know I didn’t have to purchase new materials to make this sweater.

Here’s to cooler climes; I’ll have the impulse to work on it this weekend.

rook pullover, in progress.

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Here is a quick shot of my Rook Pullover by Kyoko Nakoyoshi right after I divided the body and sleeves. Paying attention during the increasing section and flipping between the sleeve and body charts was a pain since I read patterns on my phone, but it wasn’t a challenging pattern to understand, despite looking so!

I love the way its coming out. Instead of using Brooklyn Tweed Shelter as this pattern called for, I decided to try knitting it in Quince and Co.’s Owl Tweet yarn in the buffalo plaid colorway. The rich wine color is amazing, but now that we are headed into spring, I’m yearning for brighter, sunnier colors and this feels so winter.

Alas, next winter I will appreciate it, so I plod along.

Top down sweaters are my favorite because you can try them on as you go and I always struggle with fit–too tight, comfortable to wear but sloppy looking size wise, the whole gamut. I wanted this one to fit appropriately, so I am knitting the smallest size and hoping it won’t be too tight after blocking, though it should be fitted.

Here’s to hoping its completed in the next few days. What’s on your needles?