Wednesday, March 07, 2018

Easy Top Down Vest

Wow!  I can't believe it's been 4 months since I last posted.  Sorry about that, but I have been busy knitting.

Last Summer, I saw this top down vest in Mary Maxim's catalog and i just knew that i wanted to knit it up for myself.  

©Mary Maxim

What better way to celebrate a 33 lb weight loss than spending money on a yarn kit and knitting something for one's self? 

The kit came with 7 skeins of Aspen (Bulky) yarn, which was more than enough yarn to knit this medium sized vest.  I think that I had 2 whole skeins leftover.  If  I were to knit this again for myself, I think that i would make it a few inches longer in the length.

I’m not sure, but I think that there is an error in the beg. of the pattern where is says: “Now beg. shaping Raglan Armholes & Front Neck as follows: Row1: (right side) K1, M1R (front neck), k1, yo,PM, k2, yo-INC made
When following through on the pattern; I didn’t have the correct “set-up” stitches.
So, I had figure out my own “Set-Up Row” as follows:
5, PM. 10, PM, 31, PM, 10, PM, 5 = 61 sts. needed to continue the sweater & continuing the increases as written.

(You can't see them, but there's brown faux leather buttons that I bought from Mary Maxim)

(The back.  My daughter said that i had to show the back of the vest.)

 All in all, I really enjoyed knitting this vest and I really like the Aspen yarn, which happens to be on sale right now. (

Details:  Mary Maxim Top Down Vest Kit:
                                                                                                                 Kit contained 7 skeins of yarn, I used 5.  And, pattern.

Color:  Alpine

Needles: 10 ½ (US circular)

Monday, November 06, 2017

Camo & Pumpkin Hats

A while back, I made several baby caps.  Just a basic pattern.

Size 8 needles, CO 66 sts. 3x3 ribbing for 6", the start decreases for crown.

 Do you see the camouflage cap in the upper-right?  Well, my daughter took it for her 3 1/2-mon. old son.  Then, her 3 1/2 YO son wanted a cap just like it.

So, I used size 7 needles (magic loop method) and I CO 72 sts.  I did 4" of 2x2 ribbing for cuff, then I knit 7" in stockinette, before starting decreases for the crown.
Watchcap for Toddler (4-6 YO)
I knitted a Pumpkin Hat....just for fun.  This pattern was my inspiration: , but I tweaked it to make it a little bigger and to make it fit better.

I used size 8 interchangeable for magic loop method and I CO 72 sts.  (Multi of 9 for pattern.) (Pattern K8, P1 for pumpkin effect.) I also did a 4" 2x2 ribbing for a cuff, which provides lots of growing room.  I did the "pumpkin pattern" for 7", then worked decreases for the crown.  I used Red Heart Soft yarn in Tangerine.  I made the stem by knitting an i-Cord in brown.

I used this pattern for the leaf:  But, I knitted the leaf in garter stitch, the center stitch was purled.  The garter st. prevented the leaf from curling on the edges.

Better view of the ribbing & the leaf.

I can't wait to see this on a little pumpkin head.


Monday, September 18, 2017

A Couple of Little Projects

I needed to take a little break from from the ripple baby blanket that I had been working on.  I don't know what it is, but sometimes when I start a new project....I go like wild fire working on it and then I fizzle out and get bored and have to cast on another project with a quickness.

Sometimes a little project is just what I need.  A good friend of mine had a birthday while I was out of town, but I sent her a  card, so that she would know that I didn't forget her day.  When I got back home, I went out and got her a gift card, but I also wanted to give her something a little more personal.  So, I made her a cable gift card cozy/sweater.

It was a free pattern: and  it was fun, quick knit.  I used some Lily's Sugar n Cream Cotton Yarn from my stash in her favorite color green.

Cables are so much fun.
 My friend loved the gift card cozy.

Next, I have a daughter and another friend that collect owls and when I saw this dishcloth on a dishcloth group's site, I had to get busy. Free Pattern: ( )

The first dishcloth, I used Ecru (off-white) as per pattern colors and the second the dishcloth, I used white.

Left: Ecru.  Right:  White

Ecru background & Size 7 needles.

White background & Size 6 needles.

I really enjoyed knitting these and I have plenty of the contrasting colors to make at least 2 more dishcloths. And, I like how the stitches were more defined on the smaller needles.  Owls rock!   🦉

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Holiday Prints Dishcloths

I've been busy working on a Ripple Baby Blanket using the popular yarn cakes that everyone seems to be talking about these days. As much as I've been enjoying knitting it, I was starting to get a little bored with it.

So, I decided to go to an old fall back project.  I knitted a couple of dishcloths.

The first is a free pattern called:  Lily Sugar ’N Cream Celtic Cables Dishcloth

It was a fun and easy knit.  I used size 7 needles and Lily Sugar ’N Cream Holiday Prints.

The other dishcloth is one that I created on my own.  I call it, Easy Peasy Knit and Purl Squares.  (Mindless knitting.)

Here's the pattern:

Using US size 7 Needles, CO 42 sts.  Start and end every row with K1 for edging.

Easy Peasy Knit and Purl Squares Pattern

1st sequence: (Complete 12 rows.)

K1, *K10, P10, K10, P10*, K1

2nd sequence:  (Complete 12 rows.)

K1, *P10, K10, P10, K10*, K1

Rep. these 2 sequences until desired length.  I worked a total of 48 rows, then BO.


Saturday, August 12, 2017

2 Baby Girl Sweaters Finished

I recently finished these two baby girl sweaters.

by Taiga Hilliard Designs

The first baby sweater is  Keams by Taiga Hilliard Designs  on Ravelry.  A very easy and fun knit.  I was able to knit it in a couple of evenings and no seaming.

 all-in-one baby top by marianna mel 

 The second sweater is another free pattern from marianna mel .  Her patterns are so wonderful and so easy to follow.  I used marianna mel's  pattern to create a "Watermelon" top for an older child.  (1 to 3 yrs.)  

or this link: 

Yarn was from my stash.

Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Not So Sweet Yarn

Last week I posted about all the yarn that I bought online.  I was real excited to try those newest yarn cakes...the big ones that's supposed to make it easier and simpler to knit an afghan or something without all the hassle of cutting off yarn and dealing with weaving in all those ends.

Yesterday , I CO for a baby blanket, well, right within the first few yards of the new skein....the yarn that I was using to cast on....a factory knot.  OK.  Snip.  Start over casting on.  Knit 1 row.  Middle of second row, another factory knot.  😞 

All in all, I found a total of 6 factory knots in 1 skein.  I realize that sometimes this in unavoidable, but.....6???

I unwound the entire skein and snipped out the portions that had the knots and re-wound into a skein that is functional....I hope. 

This is what I was dealing with: 

Now, I'm really torn, do I proceed with the other skeins?  Or do I ship the remaining unused yarn for a refund or a credit?

I contacted Mary Maxim via email and they replied promptly and offered to replace the defective yarn if I so chose.

Saturday, August 05, 2017

Yarn and More Yarn, Oh My!

Okay, so I said that I was going to try and use up some yarn in my humungous stash of yarn....Well....I couldn't help myself.

Last summer, I decided to eat healthier and to eat smaller portions.  I just wasn't comfortable in my own skin and I was so tired of my clothes not fitting properly and just the thought of buying clothes in the next size up was so depressing.

I've lost 33 lbs. and I now can knit something for myself in a smaller size...less yarn to buy!  Woot!  Woot!

This is why I need to finish my current WIP.

Christmas in's for real!

I saw this vest in a Mary Maxim catalog and I fell in love 💚!  It's knit from the top down and size 10 needles.  I think it'll be perfect for the Fall.

My 3 YO grandson wants a sweater or a hoodie.  He requested black, but I really don't enjoy knitting with black yarn, so I selected some Red Heart Yarn in Charcoal.  I'm still thinking and reviewing patterns for him.

As if I didn't already have enough things that I want to knit, I joined a couple of different knitting groups on Facebook and some people were already sharing some Christmas in July ideas.  When I saw this Santa's Wardrobe Garland  I just thought that it was the cutest thing.  Yes, I ordered the kit.

Then, I had to jump in all the latest fad of the Giant Cakes of yarn that create beautifully striped creations.  I also ordered some Sweet Rolls from Mary Maxim.

Sweet calories!

Last but not least, I can't knit all the time, can I?  Coloring for adults for a favorite past time these days, so I got a coloring book for me.

Tell could I pass this up?  It was on sale, too.  Regularly $12, on sale for $4.

I think I'm set for knitting for the rest of the year and probably for 2018.  Happy knitting!

Easy Top Down Vest