I’ve been working on a few new designs lately. For me, the process of designing a knitting pattern is far from a linear one. Sometimes I’ll have an idea of a specific type of object that I’d like to create, sometimes I’ll be captivated by a particular cable or stitch pattern, and sometimes a yarn will intrigue me to the extent that I want to design something that will highlight the positive characteristics of that yarn in particular. My latest, still-in-progress design is an example of the last situation in that list. Because of where I’ve been working this summer, I’ve been able to get up-close-and-personal with some beautiful qiviut yarns. So I wanted to create a pattern designed specifically for lace-weight qiviut yarn. After contemplating the many possibilities, I decided to go with a hat – a hat with a simple lace pattern, both to make the yarn go further and because qiviut is so warm that even a lace hat will keep the wearer warm!
Here’s a photo of the work-in-progress:
As you can see, I’m knitting it from the top down, so that I can use every bit of yarn – at the base of the hat, I’ll do a ribbed brim until I run out of yarn. At the moment, the hat isn’t much more than the very top of a hat, but when it’s a bit bigger the lace pattern will become apparent.
I’ve also been knitting a sweater for myself, from a pattern that I have long admired, Liesl by Ysolda Teague (here’s the link to my project on Ravelry). So far I’m finding it a delight to knit – which is good, because I’ve had to knit a good portion of it twice! I’m using a slightly different weight of yarn than the pattern calls for, so I chose my needles and what size to follow after some careful swatching, but by the time I got to the top of the armpits (it’s a top-down sweater) and tried it on for the first time, it was obvious that something was wrong. The sweater would have fit me, if I was twice as big as I actually am. Whoops! So distressed was I that I even forgot to document the miles of extra sweater in photographs before I ripped it back, so you’ll just have to believe me. The nice thing about starting over again with smaller needles and following a smaller size is that the knitting really flies by – imagine that, knitting less stitches takes less time!
But as it is a lovely, interesting-but-memorizable pattern, even knitting it over has been a pleasure.
Sweaters-in-progress are hard to photograph in such a way that they make sense, but here you can get a general idea of the stitch pattern:
I can’t wait till it’s done and ready to wear! It’s been a bit chilly here in the past few days, so I could use a good cardigan.