Posted in Knit Ramblings

New Twist Collective

I don’t often mention whatever new knitting/crocheting magazines or online knitting/crocheting publications have recently come out. No real reason behind it other then most of the time patterns don’t strike me as MUST KNIT right away. It’s usually after I see an FO from a pattern that I’m suddenly going “I need to cast this on NOW.” On first glance, patterns just don’t jump out at me in that way. Occasionally, though, they do.

Twist Collective Fall 2011 was published yesterday and there were two patterns that really jumped out at me right away as things I’d like to knit.

Asher & Eadon from Twist Collective
Asher and Eadon

On the left is Asher and on the right is Eadon.<p.

Despite my "no sweaters until I reach my goal weight" thing, I'm very tempted to cast on Eadon very soon. Since it's intended to be worn with some positive ease and it's an open cardigan, I'm thinking I could knit it in a smaller size with very little to no ease and then it will still fit me when I reach my goal weight, just a little looser. I'd likely not make it quite so long since long sweaters make me look shorter then I really am.

Asher, I’d wait to knit since it’s more fitted. I still really like it and will probably put it on my “to buy for” list for Rhinebeck.

There’s definitely some other patterns in the new Twist Collective that are on my maybe list. There are some sweaters that I like the idea of, but would want to see more FO’s, maybe some with modifications, before deciding to knit, like Epiphany (I like the yoke, but I’m not into oversized sweaters). I like Hosta, which might be a good challenge project for me since I’ve not been able to master brioche stitch when I’ve tried it before. I also like Litchfield. The hat has an interesting construction and looks like it wouldn’t hug the head too much, though I’m not certain I’d knit the mittens.

Are there any patterns that have recently been published that are must knits on your list? Anything in the new Twist Collective?

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Posted in Completed Projects

Funky Chunky Mitts

This weekend I found myself wanting a pair of fingerless gloves made with chunky yarn. Nothing fancy since the yarn I picked was variegated. I just wanted a pair of ribbed fingerless gloves with a thumb gusset. Every pattern I looked at wasn’t what I wanted. Most had part of the elements, but not all. There were plenty of patterns for ribbed fingerless gloves but with no thumb gusset – just a hole to stick your thumb through. If the pattern did have a gusset, it was ribbed to the wrist, knit in stockinette for the thumb gusset and hand, then ribbed around the top for the fingers and thumb. So failing to find what I really wanted, I decided I’ll just make my own pattern! It was pretty simple and at first I wasn’t going to bother writing it up. Then I thought about it more. I figured that since I wanted a pattern like this and couldn’t find one, there might be someone else out there wanting the same thing. So here it is, my first written up pattern!

Funky Chunky Mitts

334/365: Fingerless Gloves

Fingerless Gloves

Fingerless Gloves - Thumb

Fingerless Gloves

Pattern: Funky Chunky Mitts (My Ravelry project page.)
Started: November 28, 2009
Completed: November 29, 2009
Yarn: Malabrigo Chunky in Brillante
Needles: US 9 bamboo DPNs
Notes: I could have easily finished these in one day, but I was playing around with the thumb gusset to get it just right. They are a quick knit, keep my hands nice and tosty, and I’m actually ready to make a few more pairs to wear! I just under the 104 yards in the skein and you can probably make these 6 inches before starting the thumb gusset if you wanted to make them a little bit longer or use up all the yarn.

Right now you can download the free PDF here. As soon as I get hooked up as a designer in Ravelry, it will also be available as a free download from there. You can find the pattern in the Ravelry database here: Funky Chunky Mitts Feel free to start them right away or add them to your queue for later! 🙂