Patterns on My Radar

I have tons of yarn in my stash, I’m currently working on a sweater and a custom design tee in a cotton blend. I’ve got lots of ideas of what I want to make with my stash but I’m also falling in love with new patterns every day. I thought I’d share a few of my favorites right now.

Brooklin Vest
Brooklin Vests – image via Ravelry

I saw the Brooklin Vest on Berroco’s Instagram feed the other day and fell in love. It’s an open front vest with a basketweave back design. It’s also knit in one seamless piece – such a perfect fall layering piece. Added bonus – I have the Berroco Vintage Chunky in my stash the pattern was made with. YAY! Totally making this for myself in the future.
Ice ream Shawl via Ravelry
The Ice Cream shawl is another favorite I keep going back to because I keep seeing such awesome color combinations. After knitting the Rain Outside shawl I’m all about stash busting with shawls, so you may see more and more shawls on my needles in the next few months.

Interlude Shawl via Ravelry
Interlude Shawl via Ravelry

And speaking of shawls, Interlude Shawlย is definitely also on my must list. Will I just look silly if I drape myself in shawls every day this fall when the temps drop? Perhaps. Will I care? Nope, not at all.

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Equation Cardigan via Ravelry

And because I’m cardigan/sweater obsessed you know I have a million cardigans on my must-make list. I’m a little obsessed with Equation and the chevron on the side and the pocket detail. Aarrgh! So many patterns and so little time to knit everything I want.

Share a pattern you’re obsessed with too! It will clearly make my list even longer.

FO: Rye Socks

The request was simple: an orange pair of socks to keep my godson’s feet warm. I’m not a big sock knitter but I knew I could do it for him and his birthday was coming. Besides the kid is just the cutest (evidence of his cuteness seen here) and I can’t deny him a request. So I started by knitting a test pair of socks just to make sure I got sock construction down. And then I moved on to a real pair.
Rye sock
I knit AJ a pair of the Tin Can Knits Rye socks. A free pattern and knit up in a dk weight yarn. Way less intimidating than getting sock yarn and using tiny needles. I’m getting less and less intimidated by tiny needlesย – I just keep reminding myself that I will not be intimidated by things I don’t know in knitting. I just have to learn!
Rye socks
The only issue I had was that at the age of 15, my adorable godson is 6 feet tall and with size 12 shoes…and counting. He doesn’t seem to want to stop growing! So I knit the large and they were big socks but I figured even if they were a little big, he’d grow into them. Besides, he just wants them for when he’s in the house playing video games so if they end up fitting a bit big he doesn’t care – he just wants to be warm! And since he’s a teenager I knit them up in Neighborhood Fiber Co’s studio worsted (it’s more like a dk/light worsted) in the super bright orange Otterbein colorway so that he could throw them in the washing machine but only had to air dry them. To ask a teenager to handwash a sock is kind of laughable to me.
Rye socks
I also get why people are sock knitters, it’s such an easy and portable project to always work on! Sometimes carrying a top down sweater around can be just a little too cumbersome, so I think I’ll be working on a few socks here and there for my cousin in Chicago to keep her feet warm for winter. And if you’re looking to dip your toe into sock knitting, Knit Picks released the individual patterns for their Toasty Toes collection for free on their website! I downloaded a couple to try out. A coworker gave up trying to knit and gave me a few bundles of sock yarn so I’ve got something to look forward to knitting next! What’s your favorite sock pattern to knit? Share!

Stitching Status: Friday Updates

Why is Friday such a wonderful day? I’ve got a hectic weekend of BBQ’s, birthday parties, basement renovations and baby boys (that’s a lot of B’s) but I’m looking forward to all of it. Hopefully I can sneak in a little knitting time.ย Also, can I say that I loved all the shawl patterns everyone suggested in the comments about the Rain Outside shawl and I was totally overwhelmed by all the sweet comments about my picture without makeup. I’m totally okay with or without makeup, I just try to present myself in my best light when putting pics of myself out on the internet but it was sweet to read all comments. Thanks, ladies! Now on to knitting updates…
The Rain Outside shawl
I talked to my Mom last night and she said my aunt absolutely LOVED the Rain Outside shawl. YAY! She did not take any pictures of her in it but she’ll be in Memphis for a few weeks and said she’ll try to take a pic when she sees her again – it was a short visit just to bring her the shawl.
Lipstick Cardigan
I finished my godson’s orange socks in time to give them to him at his party on Saturday. I love them so and will do a full post on them next week but of course I’ve already started a new project. I’ve been wanting a short sleeved red cardigan for summer and started the Lipstick Cardigan yesterday and it’s a pretty quick knit. I am also proud of myself because I had to do a provisional cast-on and I used this method, which requires a crochet hook. Lately I’ve been getting the hang of holding that one crochet hook so perhaps crochet lessons are in my future? I’ve been super proud of myself for finally picking up stitches correctly with a crochet hook – it’s only taken me 5 years for it to click in my brain. Better late than never!
Pimpin' ain't easy
And lastly, I’m sharing a pic of Cher in her glittery cowboy hat because it makes me smile whenever I look at it. She’s the screensaver on my phone and on my work computer. That always stoic face paired with such a silly hat is just the best combo. And clearly she loves me because she lets me put hats on her, photograph her and patiently waits for me to be done and give her a carrot as her reward.

Happy Friday!!