What do you do when you have an unknown quantity of a mystery composition of yarn from hazy origin?
I found this great-looking pattern on Love Knitting's pattern search when I was looking for a Mother's Day shawl. It had straightforward center-out repeating panel construction, a nice light weight, and was not a yarn hog. I downloaded it in the yarn store and bought the right-size crochet hook. With Premier's cool white cotton yarn in hand, I settled in to a day of crafting and Lost in Space. I had this project all planned, so why did I end up frogging this simple piece 10 times in 2 days?
I'm working on my first C2C blanket for a cousin's new baby. Diagonal color changes are so easy with this technique! The baby's name is Lydia, and I think she'll like these sweet pink stripes.
This winter, I've had some successful results with crochet cardigans made as gifts. Now I'm working on a knitted one for myself, without a pattern.
How do you knit? If you're in the US and learned from YouTube, you probably knit in an English/American style, entering through the front loop and throwing the yarn with your index finger. If your mom taught you and her family originated in German or northern Europe, you might be a Continental knitter. But what's the deal with Eastern knitting?
With the office closed this week and the weather hitting single digit lows, the conditions are perfect to work on the cocoon cardigan my mom requested. She wanted off-white, but it took me a while to decide on the yarn. I couldn't decide if I wanted it to be warm and bulky or cottony and light. She lives in Georgia, and I'll be working on this in Jan & Feb, so by the time it's done it may be warm again there.
I've made socks, scarves, and blankets for my family, but never apparel before. She's the only one in my family that is willing to hand wash things, but I searched wool-acrylic blends anyway just to make it easy on her. She taught me to crochet, so she deserves a big project like this. For her, I'd even be willing to make it entirely out of superfine sock yarn, but I decided to go with the worsted-weight Lion Brand Wool-Ease in natural heather. (The color is described as a heathered cream but I see a cold beige. The upside is that makes a nice daily-wear neutral.)
This yarn is the right weight for Spoons and Hooks granny square pattern I settled on. The pattern recommended 1000-1200 yards, so I bought 6 skeins of the yarn at 197 yds each.
This pattern was written out simply and allows for easy modifications. Really you can use any stitch if you can crochet it in a square. You could even knit a square, if you're in the mood, and still come up with a nice cocoon result. At 5'6", Mom is just a little taller than me and the model they used, so I plan to stop at 35" or 36" inches.
My sister and I had a Christmas movie marathon on Monday, so I got a lot of rounds in. It's coming along fast!