A Well-Behaved WIP

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This version of the raglan is coming along nicely! I think I’m going to get the body finished this weekend. I love how quickly this sweater is going, although it’s definitely going to be a fall sweater. I had originally been planning 3/4 length sleeves, but now I’m thinking full length might be a better match.

P.S. The Untangling Knots group on Ravelry recently hit 1000 members. We had a big giveaway over there to celebrate, but if you weren’t one of the winners, you can still find a little something in post #90.

A Little Vintage Inspiration

Last month I went to a big sewing expo with some of my friends, and I picked up a few vintage patterns. They’re a great source of inspiration for me, but I also have hoarding tendencies so I have to be careful. I don’t actively seek out vintage patterns generally because that would get out of hand fast, but I never can resist them when I run across them in shops or at events. Here’s a look at my two new ones.

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One of the pattern booklets is a 1930s sweater booklet featuring mostly worsted weight knitting projects. It’s full of cute, good stuff. The other is from the 1950s and full of little crochet projects. There isn’t really anything I’d make in it, but I loved the overall look.

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In the sweater booklet, I had fun matching the cover illustrations to the actual patterns. This sweater is the bottom illustration on the cover. They even have the styling details like the little hat.

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I really love this pattern, and it happens to be in my size. Each sweater only comes with instructions for one size, and knitters were expected to develop the skills to adapt patterns to fit them.

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The crochet booklet has a lot of patterns like these accessories. They’d be a little harder to incorporate into a modern wardrobe than a sweater would be.

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It also has gems like these creatures from my nightmares. They’re awful, but I adore them because I laugh every time I turn to this page. Whenever I see patterns like these, I always wonder if they were seen as cute at the time or if 50s crocheters found them just as creepy as I do.

Next Raglan Attempt

With raglan increases, there are really two options for your shaping distribution. You can distribute it evenly, which is the traditional way of doing it and what I normally do. It doesn’t exactly match the shape of shoulders, but knit fabric behaves in such a way that it ends up fitting. You can also use varying increase rates to more closely follow the shape of the shoulder. I’ve been playing around with different shaping rates on this raglan, and that means doing a lot of ripping! I did end up needing to re-do the raglan I started earlier this month. It just didn’t have the fit I was going for, and a good fit is the whole point of this.

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This cardigan is going to be a pretty simple one with a few little details. In this picture you can see the textured diamond motifs that run across the back at the top of the neckline. I love how they stand out in this yarn, Local Color Fiber Studio’s Columbia Worsted. I was almost tempted to use them as an all-over stitch pattern, but I realized that doing that wouldn’t make for the most flattering sweater ever. Moderation seems like a better choice!

Cabot – A New Hat Pattern

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Earlier this year I knit my roommate a hat as a belated Christmas present, and I got a lot of requests for the pattern. I hadn’t been planning on writing one up when I started her hat. I really just designed it on the fly and only had a few rough notes scribbled on a sticky note, but I found myself wanting my own version of the hat and thought, “Why not?” So I wrote a proper pattern based on my notes, knit a few samples, got it edited, and here we are!

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The hat pattern is called Cabot, and it’s a nice, simple knit that has just enough texture to keep things interesting. The beanie is knit from the bottom up with a ribbed cuff and stockinette and reverse stockinette triangles. To finish things off, centered double decreases make for a neat, tidy crown. It’s a good project for beginner knitters who are looking to practice their pattern reading skills, and for experienced knitters, it’s a fast, intuitive project that has a great rhythm to it.

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It’s officially spring, and the weather is (hopefully) warming up, so a wool hat might not be an essential part of an outfit anymore, but I’ve been carrying around my Cabot in my purse for when it’s unexpectedly chilly. It’s nice to have it there as backup while the weather transitions because spring in Seattle can be a bit unpredictable. I’m always happy to have my cheerful, red hat when a sunny day suddenly turns into a cold, rainy one.

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The hat was knit using Neighborhood Fiber Co. Studio worsted on US 8/5 mm needles. You can find the pattern in the Untangling Knots Pattern Shop for $5.00 or you can get Cabot on Ravelry.

A New Raglan Cardigan

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I love how top-down raglans look like proper sweater from the very beginning. I started this one on Monday, and I just separated off the sleeves. I’m trying out a different raglan increase distribution than what I normally use, but I’m not entirely sold on it. I need to get a few more rows down on the body before I can try it on and see how it fits. I really enjoyed seeing the yoke grow so I got through it pretty quickly, which is a good thing because I might have to rip it out and do it all over again!