Thursday 5 November 2020

Knitting a baby sized Schitt's Creek David Rose Sweater

 So of course Marshall needed this to be his Halloween costume. And of course I only had the idea for this the Monday before Halloween. So with 5 knitting days, I was off to the races.

I used the Strange Brew Pattern/Book by Tin Can Knits, and an assortment of Cascade 220 esque worsted weight yarn from my stash. I knit cuffs, hems and collars on 3.5 mm needles and the body of the sweater on 4mm needles. I knit bottom up and followed the 6-12 month size for DK weight instructions. After joining the body and sleeves I had 160 stiches on the needle.

The yoke was knit with 10 repeats of the following chart. In the star section I had 14 stars and rotated through the 4 star charts.

Feel free to use these charts. You'll have to do your own math and alterations to knit this sweater to any other size. I have no intentions on grading this pattern/chart to any other sizes as it would be inappropriate for me to sell the pattern with the original design of the show sweater being by Neil Barrett who I believe designed several of David's sweaters. 

You can watch my YouTube video documenting my process, and showing the details of how I steaked open the neck to fit over Marshall's rather large head.

All in all, I was very very pleased with how this project turned out. And Marshall couldn't be any happier (or cuter).

Thursday 15 October 2020

What's on the go? and where are we going?

 As per usual, I haven't posted in a while, and I have waaay too many WIPs on the go. Add to that enough planned future knits to insulate my whole house and you can imagine I feel a little bit overwhelmed by the need to knit faster sometimes.

So instead of apologizing for lack of posts, I'll just share a little of what I've been up to this week. And instead of thinking of all the future knitting I want to do, I'll just share what's prominent in my mind right now (no guarantee of course that it is what I'll actually cast on next, I'm easily distracted). Also a whole new 'InstaWorld' is calling me right now, and once you dip your toes in a little you'll understand why.

So this week, it is of course Westknits MKAL season, and like most years I'm keeping up.... so far. Here's Marshall looking stinking cute after I finished clue 1 and the bonus clue.

The yarn I am using for mine is local to Alberta, it is the fabulous Lily and Pine, her colours are always bright and cheery and perfect to knit with as we head into winter here. And my Rav page for the project is here.

Gnomes have been popping up around here as I slowly ease into my Christmas knitting. These are Never Not Gnoming by Imagined Landscapes, using some stash yarn leftover from knitting certain little boys Christmas Vests.... have I shared those here? Nope.... Here's a Rav Link.

I've started a new stitching project, this is the Original Dropcloth Sampler available on Etsy. And Speaking of stitching, I've gone down a all things sewing and stitching rabbit hole, triggered by my discovery of Bernadette Banner on YouTube. So thankyou YouTube Algorithms, it turns out you do know what I want to be watching. Anywho, that lead me to Costube, and historical sewing and Rachel Maksy and pretty much wanting to be her when I grow up. 

Long story short I added a new Instagram account to my life, you can now find me @turner_sr for homestead and life stuffs, @yarnlab for you know yarn, and @SaraSewsSometimes for my sewing/stitching endeavours. Also our dog Willow has one too @Willowtheflopdog. Here's a picture of her with my brother's cat Kimmi, who is most likely now our cat.

As for what I want to do next, in between keeping up with the MKAL, about 20 other WIPs, halloween costume sewing and 3 small boys.

The Milet Mittens by Ysolda Teague have been itching to be cast on for a while now. Especially urgent with the snow that has arrived the past two mornings. I've go a kit for these, and since colourwork practically knits itself you'd think they'd be done by now.

Cia of Cias Bod podcast on YouTube suggested that this month we should alter old knits to make them more wearable. And I've been meaning to lengthen my Soldotna since I cast it off.... sooo I should probably do that.

I've actually never ever worn it, something about being self conscious about my stomach and cropped sweaters don't jive for me. Speaking of which I should probably lengthen this one before the holidays as well too. (Julgran).

Anyways, that's just a little bit of what's going on in the yarn lab right now.

Wednesday 12 August 2020

We interupt these baby knits for an adult sized sweater: Vellichor by Andrea Mowry

 Shortly after our basement flooded, and I packed up most of my yarn stash in bins, I grabbed 3 skeins of Knit Picks Stroll Tonal and decided to cast on a fingering weight top for myself. Because what you really need when you're in your third trimester and renovating literally half of your house, is a garter/cable ribbed slog along project. The pattern is the Vellichor crop top by Andrea Mowry.

For yarn we have Inverness Tonal (the dark blue, I had two skeins) and Eucalyptus Tonal (the lighter one) and the peach is some fingering weight that I dyed probably 3+ years ago that has been sitting in my stash after being frogged out of a Westknits Shawl.

Like a good knitter, I did actually swatch a tiny swatch for this, and I believe was pretty close to pattern gauge with the recommended needles (3.25 mm). Measured my bust, picked a size and cast on a whopping 400 stitches in the round.

And off I went.  This was definitely a product knit not a process knit. There was just no getting into a rhythm with the knitting. Because it is essentially garter stitch in the round, with slipped stitches and cables, you just couldn't speed across a row. Every 5 stitches you must either work a two stitch cable (without a cable needle of course), alternate between knit and purl, or move yarn to the back of your work to run it behind slipped stitches. Thank goodness for the peach round every 6 repeats, otherwise it would have felt hard to see your progress.


But I persisted and eventually finished the garment, I believe I knit it a tiny bit shorter than called for, to avoid losing at yarn chicken on the Inverness (as it was I used 183 grams of my 200). Also, by the time I finished it in late June, I was so pregnant it just looked ridiculous on me. So it hung out on my mannequin for quite a while.

Now that baby Marshall is out rather than in tho, I tossed my Vellichor on for a quick trip into town to go to Walmart. And I love it! I really need more easy to toss on knit tops in my wardrobe. And fingering weight, as much as it may take forever to knit, makes for light and breezy knits, suitable for cooler days in Alberta summertime. Anyhow, not much else to say about this one, other than definitely give it a good wet block to grow the garter fabric lengthwise, because before you do, it will kind of look like you've knit a supper squishy wide rectangle, and you will wonder how that could ever be flattering on anyone.

My project Page on Ravelry for my Vellichor.

Wednesday 17 June 2020

Baby Knits Continue....just not for my baby

Here's two more finished baby knits, again, both not for my little one (I'm nearly 34 weeks along, need to knit faster).

First up is the Tiriltunge Newborn Onsie, pattern by Shja.

This is a super sweet little lace onsie the buttons up at the bottom and up the side, simple cable details and raglan shaping. I knit this for my friend Steph's little girl and finished it a month or two back.

Here's a close up of the side seam, with mix and match buttons (since the Covid 19 shut down, combined with paking up my craft room due to the flood meant I only had access to one button bin to find a set of buttons). The onsie is worked seamlessly from the top down, and knowing my gauge in advance would have been helpful, since I wouldn't have had to rip out and restart this knit after deciding I was knitting something fit for a porcelin doll.

False start before ripping back.... will I ever learn my lesson? Who knows, I did swatch for the sweater I'm currently working on for myself, but not for the baby sweater for our little one on the way that is also in the work.

Anywho, I knit this bad boy with some Cascade Heritage Silk that I had in my deep stash. Originally purchased to maybe knit a  colour shawl (I still have a teal and a pink skein left), I gave up on that plan and decided it would make for a super soft baby knit (its' 85% merino and 15% silk and probably not friendly to washing).

Up next is another Knit Crate project. Something about two skeins of yarn says knit me for babies I guess?

I wanted to knit a traditional layette for my niece to be (she's since been born, welcome to the world sweet Lennon!) and fell instantly in love with the Angel Lace Baby Layette by Marcelline Simonotti when it turned up in my Ravelry search results (you can find the designer on instagram as @tbeecozy ).

I knew that the Uru.Yarn Sugared Sport that I got in my April KnitCrate would be perfect for this. Coming in at 300 yards in 100 grams, the 70% merino, 20% nylon, 10% stelina yarn was both super soft and delightlfully sparkly, just right for a little girl. And best of all, mice come in a sold ivory colour (called diamond), just the one I would have picked.

The sweater was knit in a unique combination of seamed pieces with a seamless yoke, the lace pattern was easy to memorize and knit up quickly. For the contrast colour I dove into my miniskein stash and grabbed a 25g skein of Julie Asselin Leizu Fingering that I had from a 5 colour fade called Vendanges (I picked that particular kit up at the Loop in Kensignton in Calgary probably 4 years ago). And had no problem incorperating the two different gauge yarns together.

I should say, that I went up a couple needle sizes (info is on my project page on Rav) and knit the smallest size in the pattern since the Sugared Sport was a little heavier than the yarn used in the original. Also, I did improvise a little to have my garter ridges (they are a combination of thick and thin ones) match the pattern photos, since to my pregnancy fogged brain the pattern didn't seam to be matching up.

Overall, the sweater used 95 grams of the first skein of Sugared Sport, and I used about 37 grams of the second to knit the bonnet and booties. I used 23 of my 25 grams of the pink mini for the accent bits. The set has been gifted and I can't wait to see pictures of Lennon wearing it as she gets bigger.

Next up, hopefully I'll have a finished Vellichor by Andrea Mowry to show you, although it's knit on 3.25mm needles and its a slog and a half. Plus you won't see me wearing it for a while yet, since I knit it for my pre-pregnancy size.

I did swatch tho!

Monday 18 May 2020

Some Knitcrate Baby Knits ~ Uru Yarn Silk DK

When I recieved my Septeber 2019 Knit Crate, I adored the yarn straight away. I have to say, I prefer solids and semi-solids to veriagated yarns. I just feel like they are so much more versitile, knit any pattern, shape, stitch you want, without worrying about the dreaded pooling that you often get with hand dyed yarns. (ask me some time to write about the class on knitting with hand painted yarns I took with the Yarn Harlot once upon a pre-covid world some time).

Anyways, the yarn was Uru Yarn in their Silk DK. A rather tightly spun, very smooth 4-ply yarn, made from 85% merino and 15% silk. Just enough silk for shine without giving it that stick to your hands feeling that I get with silk (or maybe this is just from my experiance with spinning with silk, but I describe it as cotton mouth on your hands.... anyone else?). At 300 yards in 100 g it's probably more of a sport weight than a DK yarn. Mine came in the purple Beautyberry colourway, probably the one I would have chosen out of the three options pictured below. And despite the luxary fibre content, I was feeling baby knits.

First up is an adorable baby cardigan that I knit for my friend Sarah's little girl Millie for Christmas this year.

This is the Anker's Jacket by PetiteKnit (link to pattern on Rav), knit in the round and super quick. The pattern is sized from 3 months to 8 years, (I think I knit the 1-2 year one, but I don't have it written down anywhere), and PetiteKnit has a whole line of aAnker's patterns with the same yoke motif. From baby onsies to boyfriend sweaters and back again (check out all of her patterns here), so you could knit a cute family set, although unlike TinCanKnits patterns, you'd be paying for a set of patterns rather than just one. Anyways, that's about all I have to say about this sweater, I don't love the buttons I used, they are a touch too big, but options for button buying are limitted here in Olds, I really need to stock up on some good all purpose button sets. Oh and I used about 95% of one skein for this little sweater.

Alrighty, next up is a sweet little baby dress than I finished last week, and already gifted it to my sister-in-law, who is expecting a little girl in June. The pattern is the Little Biscuit, by Anne B Hanssen, and it was actualy just published this month. I just went searching for a sport weight baby dress on rav that caught my eye and found my way to this pattern (Rav link here).

The lace details at the hem and neckline are really sweet, the picot bind off took way longer than the instant gratification knitter in me would have liked, but is (as usual) totally worth it; and the miles of plain stockinette in the round are just that.

Anyways, the mom to be was very happy to recieve this little number this past weekend. And the taste of lace knitting has gotten me excited for more lacey baby knits. Too bad we are waiting to learn the sex of our baby, because knitting for wee little girls is just way too cute. In fact I've already cast on some more KnitCrate Yarn (Uru Yarns Sugared Sport from April's crate) to knit a lacey baby layette for my neice to be. I'll be sure to share that with you when its done.

If you are interested in checking out KnitCrate, you can check out their monthly membership plans over on their website.