FO Friday: Bigger on the Inside

Bigger on the Inside #1

One down, one to go!

Knit shawl

Pattern: Bigger on the Inside by Kate Atherley

Yarn: Valley Yarns Huntington in Blue, about 2.5 skeins

Needles: Pattern recommends size US3.  I used size US4 to get gauge.

Edit: I evidently remembered incorrectly! I used US6 needles!

Size: one size (mine is more of a shawlette than a true shawl)

My first attempt at this shawl turned out a bit smaller than I had thought it would be.  It’s really more of a shawlette.  Still cute, but not exactly as I’d hoped knowing that the dear friend for whom I was knitting it likes her shawls to actually wrap around her.  After discussing it via email with her, we’ve agreed that I should keep this one and do what I can to make the second Bigger on the Inside a bit, ahem, bigger.  Here’s hoping that the next one I make will be much more shawl-ish!

Do you know what to do if a knitted item is too small?

Well here are a few of my thoughts on the subject.

First of all, don’t panic! Chances are pretty good it’s still a nice whatever-it-is. Perhaps you can think of someone whom it would fit perfectly! (And yes, gifting slightly off-sized items is perfectly acceptable! Just ask my niece who became the recipient of a Soap Bubble Wrap sweater that was a tad too wide in the shoulders for me, but fit her just fine! Lucky girl!)  Anyways, this Bigger on the Inside shawl is better-suited to my petite frame and, quite honestly, makes a fabulous scarf {see photo below} so I will happily keep it and use it.

knit shawl

Since I know I’m going to make another one of these shawls, what should I do to make it larger? 

Well, I do have at least a couple options.

The easiest way I’ve found to knit something in a bigger size is to use larger knitting needles. As you can see in my above notes, I already used a larger needle just to get gauge.  This is pretty normal for me because my yarn tension tends to be tighter than a lot of other knitters.  Tension affects gauge. Big time.  That’s why it’s so important to check your gauge before you start a project by knitting a swatch.  (I’m a rebel when it comes to swatching though.  I don’t usually swatch my smaller projects like socks or mitts, but I have been known to have to rip out and restart a pair of socks in order to get them to fit. You, my dear readers,  can learn by my mistake and swatch your socks, OR you can be a rebel like me! Regardless of your level of rebelliousness, you will NEED to swatch for larger projects like sweaters if you want them to fit!)

Okay, so for my second attempt at this shawl, I will most likely start out going up to my US6 needles.  Why not try US5s first?  Because I don’t have any! So, without purchasing new needles,  my next size up is US6.  By using such a large needle size–compared to the pattern and yarn I’m using–it’s possible the lace might not look right.

My next best option is to do some math and add a couple motifs or repeats to the pattern.

I’ll be the first to say, I hope the US6 needles work out, because just thinking about doing that math makes my head hurt.  But I’ll do it if I have to–or recruit the math master {aka my hubby} to do the math for me!  Ultimately, by adding stitches and/or pattern repeats, I would be adding length and/or width to the shawl. I’m just hoping for the easy way out though!

Edit: I do have US7 and US8 needles…I’ll be trying them both out to see how the fabric looks and determine if I would gain any length and/or width. It’s looking a lot like I might be adding repeats or otherwise modifying the pattern though!

What about you?

Have you had any knitting projects that seemed to work out just fine, but in the end didn’t quite fit?  What did you do? Share your experience in the comments below!

I’ll be linking up again this week with Tami’s blog for FO Fridays! Happy knitting!

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Finished Object Friday: Almondine Socks

Finished: Almondine Socks

They’re DONE!  I’ve only been working on these Almondine socks on-and-off for about 4 months.  I even took them along on our trip to Hawaii!  Although I didn’t actually find myself much in the knitting mood while on vacation.  I think I needed the escape I found with reading much more! But I was glad to have no problems with TSA. Perhaps, those TSA agents are getting used to knitters taking their projects when they travel.  And having them half done probably helped too.

Anyways, here’s the finished pair.  Although I finished them last week, I wore them for the first time this week and finally took photos to share.  I think they look great!

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They’re as comfortable as they are cute!  I love love love my hand-knit socks!!!

Finished any knitting or crochet projects this week?

Tell me about it in the comments below!  If you’re a knit-blogger like myself, be sure to share your FO Friday posts on Tami’s blog too!

Happy knitting!

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FO Friday: Heartland Lace Shawl

Heartland Lace Shawl

Here it is! My Heartland Lace Shawl, finished and blocked!

Just in time to link up with Tami for FO Fridays! Be sure to hop over there and take a peek at the other fantastic FOs from this week.

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  • Pattern: Heartland Lace Shawl pattern by Evelyn A. Clark
  • Yarn: Knit Picks Cotlin (using up leftovers…not sure exactly how much I used, but maybe 3 or 4 balls?)
  • Needles: US Size 8 circular needles (I used Knit Picks interchangeable needles and started with a 32″ cable then later switched to a 40″ cable.)

Now this is my kind of shawl.  It covers my arms to my elbows. Just the way I like a shawl to fit. It will be especially nice to wear with the weather getting cooler already!

Choose My Next Project

Have you had a chance to look at the patterns in yesterday’s post and vote yet?  If not, please take a minute to check out the pattern possibilities sometime before the weekend is done and let me know which project you’d want to see me work on by leaving me a comment there.

Before you go…take a moment and let me know what you think of my shawl by leaving a comment below too!

Happy knitting!

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Finished Object Friday

My Finished Object of the Week:

A dishcloth. I know. Not super impressive. But it’s what I finished this week so I’m sharing it and linking up once again with Tami’s blog where many fabulous knitters share/boast about the projects they’ve completed. Check them out if you can.

This project is one of my take-along knits that I’ve been working on {off and on} for some time.  But I always seem to need new dishcloths, so I’ll probably start another one soon.  The pattern I used is actually an adaptation of Rhonda White’s DW Darrell Waltrip Dishcloth pattern.

DW DishclothYou can see my notes on what changes I made on my Ravelry project page for this dishcloth if you’re interested.

In other news:

  1. I’m helping with my church’s VBS (Vacation Bible School) in a couple weeks and we’re already working on murals and decorations. I’ve been assigned a mural of a cityscape and have had fun the past few days working on it. (But it’s been taking up some of my normal blogging and/or knitting time!)
  2. I got my baby fix tonight! Baby kitty, that is! Our Gracie-cat (who is really still a kitten herself) had 2 kittens on July 8.  One of the baby kitties died the first night, but the other has been doing well. my kitties I was so bummed when Gracie moved it at 1 week old from the shelter she gave birth in to somewhere out in our wooded area near the house (at least I think that she has a place out there) before I was able to get a picture of him. (I’m relatively certain it’s a boy.) Anyways, tonight she brought him up in front of the house for a little visit (right before my husband and I were going to go out for our run) so I got to hold, pet, cuddle, and get pictures of little Neelix as I’ve named him. Baby kitty Neelix{Doesn’t he remind you of Neelix from Star Trek: Voyager?} Of course, in typical cat-fashion, she’s hidden him again and I’m not sure where, but I was so thrilled to see how big he’s gotten in just a couple weeks! Isn’t he darling?!?
  3. I’ve been running. Me. A self-proclaimed non-runner. And I’m actually enjoying it! Since my hubby is already a runner, it’s been fun for us to do some training together too. Last weekend we ran in one 5K race and have plans for a few more this year. I’m super-ultra-uber competitive so I found it really hard to pace myself around other runners. My first 5K and I came in at 30:40. That’s about 4 minutes better than my best training time had been! CRAZY! After that, my hubby decided to get me a Garmin Forerunner 110. I used it tonight for the 1st time.  It’s pretty cool, but hubby says it’s not *quite* as accurate for distance as his Forerunner 305 that he’s had for almost 3 years. Maybe a clear, unclouded day will increase my 110’s accuracy. Even if not, it’s pretty close and I like that it tells me my pace. So just for the fun of it, we set a nice pace (not too hard) and went for more distance. I need to work on that. It felt good and I could have probably gone more, but we stopped at the end of our running path and we had gone just under 5 miles.  So my distance goal is to run 5 miles non-stop next time we have time for a longer distance run like we did tonight.

Well, there you have it. That’s my Friday update!

Hope you have a fabulous weekend!

Happy knitting!

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FO Friday

FO Friday or What I Finished This Week

Today’s FO is the Summer Solstice Shawl.  As mentioned in my post on Wednesday, I finished the knitting last Friday night. Then came the blocking early this week. And finally, today I’ve finished weaving in the ends.

Here it is.

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I’m not 100% happy with it.  It’s really more of a shawlette than a true shawl in my opinion and it’s not the right shape to be worn as a scarf.  The pattern was delightful, but a bit ambiguous.  Wendy mentions in several places that you can repeat a section of rows if you want a longer shawl.  I was afraid I’d run out of yarn if I did though! So I didn’t except at the very end I did add a few extras of the very LAST 2 rows. But it’s not quite enough for my liking.  Next time (if I ever knit it again) I will be sure to have 2 skeins and repeat ALL of the sections.  I’m sure I’d like the result much better.

SO…do you think it’s lovely just as it is? Or do you, like me, prefer a larger/longer shawl? Please take a moment and tell me what you think in the comments below.

I’ll be linking up with Tami for FO Friday once again. And this weekend I’ll be checking out many of my fellow knitters’ finished projects! {You can too!}

Have a great weekend!

Happy knitting!

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New Pattern Published!

Andrea Mitts Pattern Published!

Today I’m happy to announce that I’ve finished writing (and re-writing!) my Andrea Mitts pattern! It’s so exciting having a new pattern published!

Andrea Mitts

I finished my test-knit of the smaller size last night. (If I ever want to actually wear them, I’ll need to weave in my yarn ends though!)

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My Andrea Mitts pattern can be found for sale on Ravelry, just like my Katelyn Mitts pattern.  I’m also looking into other pattern selling sites…Etsy being top of my list since I still have my Etsy shop.  I read a while back that they’ve made it easier for those of us selling “digital downloads” so I’m thinking I should look into it.  Etsy may once again be a selling venue for me!

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Thanks to my test knitters who helped me tweak my original pattern so that it makes sense.  I especially appreciated getting feedback from Lisa who knit a pair using my pattern.  Thank you, thank you, thank you!

And since it’s Friday and I’ve finished this project, I’m linking up with Tami’s blog again for FO Friday!  Edit: It’s Saturday morning and while perusing a few more blogs via Tami’s link-up, I found another Friday link-up to add my post to–Fiber Arts Friday.  Be sure to pop over to these blogs and check out some of the great projects.

Happy knitting!

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June 7: FO Friday Downton Pullover

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My Downton Pullover is finally DONE!

(And there was much rejoicing…)

I finished it Saturday night. Just in time for summer. But we’ve had a cool spring, so I might even get to wear it before the summer heat arrives here in Northern Minnesota.

I’ve been waiting almost a week to show my finally finished sweater off here on the blog. Needless to say, I’m pretty happy with the finished results. I didn’t even end up shortening the sleeves.  Once I got the buttons attached, they look and feel just fine. If anything, the Downton Pullover fits a tad wide in my shoulders and chest.  I know it was fitting me rather snugly back in January and February, so I think it must be because I’ve lost a little weight in the last couple months.  Despite that, I’m pleased with it and therefore it must be good enough even for the perfectionist in me.

Never stop learning

I know I still have lots to learn about sweater construction.  Maybe by the end of summer I’ll be ready to tackle another sweater project–especially since I just purchased The Knitter’s Handy Book of Top-Down Sweaters by Ann Budd.  And until I’m a bit more comfortable with sweater-making, I think I’ll stick to child-sized sweaters.  My 6 year old son will love that.  🙂

A huge thanks to my fabulous photographer. Who just happens to be my 13 year old son.  🙂  Didn’t he get some nice shots today?  As you can see our kitties were looking for lots of attention while we were out doing the photo shoot. And yes, there were several cat-only pictures. And a few of the 6 year old being silly too. Of course.

Anyways, thanks for stopping by and letting me brag a bit today!

And if you’ve got a little time, be sure to check out the FO Friday link up on Tami’s blog to see what other great projects were completed this week!

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As always… I’d love for you to leave me a comment and tell me what you think of today’s FO!

Happy knitting and have a great weekend!