What I'm KnittingMagda Pecsenye
A few commenters noted all the yarn in my stash in the post about organization and asked me what I knit, so I thought I’d do a little show and tell.
My mom taught me to knit when I was 6 or 7, so I’ve been knitting a long time. I’ve gone through phases in which I knit every night and phases in which I don’t knit anything for a year at a time. I knit Continental style (my mom learned to knit in Norway, so that’s how I knit, too), and I knit everything on either circulars or double-pointed needles (I loathe straights).
I like textures (patterns, cables, etc.) but I don’t do anything with colorwork. I love color, though, and this year I’ve been in a huge phase of using variegated yarn. (Past extended phases have included cabled sweaters and scarves, and a long sock phase.) You can see that I used it in the baby sweater up on the top left, and in this same sweater:
These are both the 5 Hour Baby Sweater pattern, knit in Lily Sugar and Cream cotton yarn on size 8s. It takes me about 8 hours to knit this pattern (my mom can do it in 6).
Continuing the baby theme (all my friends are having babies!), I’ve been knitting baby blankets in variegated yarn. My favorite baby blanket pattern is just the big diagonal dishcloth blanket pattern:
Row 1: K
Row 2: K2, YO, K to end
Repeat Row 2 until the blanket is as big diagonally as you want it to be.
Next Row: K1, K2tog, YO, K2tog, K to end
Repeat this row until you have 4 stitches left. K one row, Bind off.
The best part of this blanket is that since it’s knit on the bias, if the baby rolls during sleep the blanket won’t come off. I also like giving the all-purpose blanket that isn’t fussy, that I know will be the first blanket the parents will grab for, that they can just toss in the washer. I’ve done two versions of this in the past two months. The red, white, and blue one on the left was for baby Sawyer, and I did that in Lily Sugar and Cream cotton. The one on the right was for baby Gus, and I did it in a black, green, and blue acrylic boucle by Sensations (yeah, I’d never heard of them either).
I’ve also done a couple of things for adults. A few years ago I figured out I’m allergic to wool (seriously, I’m not sure why it took me so long to figure out why my wrists and neck itched all day long when I wore certain sweaters). So I’ve been trying new fibers. I really, really love bamboo. It’s silky and it holds color so well. It’s hard to knit because it’s so smooth and silky, though.
I was in a major scarf phase, and did the green/blue scarf on the left in this photo for myself. It’s a pattern I made up as I went along, just offsetting one stitch to the right each row so it ended up being on the bias. I used a 100% cotton hand-dyed yarn I bought on Etsy.
The scarf on the right is the Clapotis pattern. (I did a different Clapotis first for my mom, but she’s got it at her house so I don’t have a photo.) This one is mostly bamboo but a little cotton, and you can’t really tell in the photo but it’s a gently variegated red hand-dyed yarn.
I took Gus’ blanket off the needles today, so now I’m on to my next project. I’d post a photo of it in progress, but it’s a present for someone, so I don’t want to give it away before I give it to her. I’ll tell you that it’s the Maja pattern, and it’s another variegated yarn. (Shocker.)
What are you knitting?
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