Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Small FO and a WIP

I thought I'd get an early start on the mother's day gift project and knitted up this neck warmer for my mother. She loved the neck warmer I knitted for her last year. She loves the neck warmer concept because it keeps her warm without having to deal with scarf tails. I figure if she likes them, she clearly needs more of them. This one is based on this free pattern. I used a different yarn with a finer gauge. I really like the soothing look of the mistake rib stitch pattern.

Next up, I'm currently finishing up Parasola, from Nora Gaughan Vol. 6. I had to buy the booklet after I saw a sample garment knitted up at Stitches West. I just finished doing the large ornament, and it seemed to take forever. Before embarking on it, I thought of searching da web for a crochet stitch that would give the same look, but I got lazy and just decided to knit it. It probably would have been much faster done in crochet. This is partly because I'm not that adept at small circular knitting.
I changed the shaping of this sweater from A-line to the more standard waist shaping. I also reduced the width at the bottom by about 2" from the smallest size because I was afraid of ending up with too much of a tent-like look.


knitseashore said...

You always choose such interesting patterns to work on! I've never seen that technique before. Looking forward to seeing how you style it for the FO photos!

Mr Puffy's Knitting Blog: said...

I'm a big fan of the mistake rib too ~ your Mom will loved it!

Very cool top. Love the unique design element. It's so important to pick the right length for a garment - I think you are right, this design is better on the shorter side.

soknitpicky said...

Parasola is looking awesome! Personaly, I'm relieved those things are knit ; I can't crochet worth a darn! Before I got the booklet I had assumed they were appliqued on, but it's neat that there are holes there.

Knittymuggins said...

Love the new projects!