Technical Tuesday: Knit Chevron Blanket

There must be something in the air lately because I am in a real chevron place at the moment. I have been looking at Grumperina’s Jaywalker sock pattern and these chevron baby blankets!

All the patterns I could find for these blankets had been crochet. Now, my crochet is no better now than it was when I first started knitting, but I wanted a knit pattern! Now it seems there are several out there! As soon as I stumbled across the first video, I knew it was meant to be. I am going to have to make one sometime soon.

I completely understand that even if I cannot crochet, the same is not said about others. The next video is for the crocheters! You will find this is a completely croch-hate free blog!

I actually got the chance to meet Michael Sellick and part of the Crochet Crowd gang at the Creativ Festival. They were super friendly and Mike gave me some great advice! I was wildly jealous of their booth, definitely go on over to the Crochet Crowd website and check them out! They’ve even got some knitting content even though crochet is their main topic.

Playing Around with Colours

I mentioned a last week that I was going to be doing some experiments with yarn I began to play around with self-striping colours. While I was dyeing, I decided to try something a little bit, out there.

Dye Experiment 04152015

I’ve been sticking with a two or three colours pallet, because it is a bit easier than going all in and doing 1000 colours all at once. I am dipping my toe, not hurtling myself into the deep end. I dyed this skein, which when knit up should look similar to the Harry Potter scarves in the later movies (The Goblet of Fire and Order of the Phoenix).

Harry Potter Scarf!

I haven’t even had time to knit a swatch of that to see if it works because I have been working on the two other pairs of socks I showed you last week… AND this pair.

Rainbow Sock 2 04152015

Yes that is right! Already done one sock! Look out world!!

Rainbow Socks 04152015

Toe Up!

If my Technical Tuesday post wasn’t enough of a hint; I’ve been studiously working on socks from the toe up. I’ve actually started two pairs! One for Paul and one that was a dye experiment!

04072015 Self Striping Ball

First up I’ll show you Paul’s socks. This is the Manos del Uruguay Alegría yarn. I am not 100% sure on the colour, but I have linked to it on the Ravelry project page! The yarn itself is really knitting up in an interesting way. Everyone I have shown has asked if it is self striping yarn, but I’ve just hit that magic number of gauge when the yarn takes its own patterning and runs with it!

04072015 Paul's Sock

The second pair of socks was actually a dye experiment for self-striping socks. I think I have figured out how to do it and I was just playing around with colours. Seeing what lengths to dye for what kind of block of colour. I think they look kind of cool though!

04072015 Self Striping Yarn

At the very least they are definitely bright in true Stitch Please fashion!!

Technical Tuesday: Toe Up Heel

I’ve started my pair of socks for April and decided to do these ones from the toe up. My friend, Lisa, gave me some great advice for toe up sock heels, so I am going to share it with you. The first thing you need to know about this particular post, is that I love heel flaps. I know a lot of people who hate to do heel flaps because they have to pick up stitches or they get holes in the sides, but I have this down to a science (most of the time) and I love doing socks this way.

04062015 Sock Heel

When I was discussing this with Lisa, she said she does her toe up socks with a heel flap as well; which, of course, made my day! If you refer back to this post the best cast on and cast off for toe up socks are there; all I needed was the middle bit!

Don’t Stop Believing… or Knitting

I can’t believe it is April already! Springtime is upon us and I have therefore been working on my Lemon Waffle Socks! They are the epitome of spring and therefore need to be finished!! While I am writing this there is nothing left to be finished except the toe. The photo I post will be of the completed socks because there is really only a few more rows of them to be finished.

Lemon Waffle 04012015

I’ve had a few decent chunks of time to work on things, but I have spent most of the time working on these socks. I am going to start my next pair imminently, I am thinking I might do a pair for Paul. I’ve only made him two pairs and they’re both green. Branching out is a good thing! I don’t think I have any green sock yarn currently in my bin. There is quite a bit of purple, but I don’t know how much luck I would have getting Paul to wear bright purple socks…
Since I have been slacking horribly on upcoming knits, I am going to show you some better photos of Liane’s baby blanket. Sara took these photos for me and they are stunning, as always!

Liane Blanket Four

Liane Blanket One

Liane Blanket Three

Liane Blanket Two