Stitching Status: A Textured Test Knit

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I posted this time lapsed video on Instagram on Saturday. I’ve been working on a test knit for Alicia Plummer for the last 10 days and I’ve just got 20 rows of ribbing on my last sleeve and it will be blocked. She posted this pic on Instagram asking for test knitters and I had the time and the yarn so I volunteered.
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I decided to do this test knit because it was a pattern that my sister would love. A mock neck sweater with some interesting texture on the shoulders. It’s a simple 1/1 cable pattern but it’s turning out nicely. I just don’t love cables but this isn’t so complex that it’s turning me off but I really should learn how to cable without the cable needle. I do realize though that I’m horrible about reading my pattern to know when to adjust the pattern, so one sleeve the pattern moves ever so slightly and the other sleeve is pretty perfect. Only I will be able to tell so I’m not bothered by the imperfection.
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I knew I was knitting this with my sister Helen in mind so I purposefully knit it in a lovely heathered purple (it’s Knit Picks Swish Worsted) so that I wouldn’t want to keep it for myself. I don’t have a  lot of neck so I tend to not gravitate towards turtlenecks of mock necks but she loves them. She saw the teaser pics on my Instagram stories with this yarn and told me she was hoping it was something for her. She was right. Now if I knit this in a lovely shade of green all bets would be off on whether she would be getting it. I will probably make this again but omit the mock neck and just let it have a nice v neck. My only sadness is that this was the warmest February on record in the DC area so she’ll have to pack it away and wear it next winter.

Does anyone else ever test knit? This is only my second time volunteering but it’s a fun way to see the design process early on.

Stitching Status: Finding My Fade

I got bit by the bug, the art of peer pressure, I wanted to be one of the cool kids…I’m making a Find Your Fade shawl.
Finding my fade
I know, I am not typically a shawl knitter. I do not enjoy knitting things on a needle smaller than a 5 but this shawl has got me. Mind you I’m finishing a test knit sweater and working on things for others but the pattern is easy to memorize so when I need a break or something mindless I’ve been pulling out my fade.
Finding my fade
I think once I started seeing the #FindYourFadeShawl popping up on Instagram and all the gorgeous color combos I knew I had to jump in. The pattern has gauge listed with size 4’s but I actually got my gauge on a size 6 needle, so it doesn’t make it so bad. It’s a super soothing knit.
Finding my fade
I added my third of seven colors during the finale of How to Get Away with Murder last night and I’m so excited to add the next color. Building the fade of color is what makes it such a fun knit. You want to get to your next color. So far I’ve added Madelinetosh in Edison Bulb, Hedgehog Fibres in Genie (middle) and Fly (bottom). My next color is a multicolored grey and then I get into blues and deep pinks!! This may take me a bit of time just because it’s not my main project but it sure does make me excited to work on. So is anyone else finding their fade?! Share your project pages in the comments if you are, I want to see!

FO: A Baby Girl Blanket

Happy Wednesday! How about a sweet finished object to get your day going?
Baby girl Croxton's blanket
My girlfriend is having her second baby, a little girl in March and her baby shower was last weekend. Her favorite color is purple and she told me a while ago that she loved the combination of lavender and mint so I knew that would be the color palette for this blanket. So I ordered up some Knit Picks Mighty Stitch Bulky in Wisteria and Mint and I used the white I had in my stash from my striped Bermondsey cardigan and decided to make a chevron striped baby blanket from the free Purl Soho pattern.
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I knit her son a blanket a few years ago. For him her color palette was navy and green BUT she and her husband are from Baltimore and are Ravens season ticket holders so I asked her if she wanted his color scheme or if she wanted a Ravens blanket for him…she chose the Ravens color palette. Whey they brought him home from the hospital he had on a Ravens onesie, this blanket and a hat I knit to match. I love getting pics of babies wrapped up in my knits. It’s the absolute best.
Ryan's Ravens sweater
I also made him a Ravens inspired varsity sweater when he was one. So I already ordered the worsted weight of the same colors in baby sister’s blanket to make sure she gets a cardigan in the fall in her colors. Although I’m sure I’ll do some matching big brother baby sister sweaters again. I love those. Now back to her blanket.
Baby girl Croxton's blanket
I never measure my blankets, I always just knit until I think they’re a good length and can at least be folded over or draped over a shoulder. I knew I wanted this to be a quick knit so I purposefully picked bulky weight yarn and a pattern that I didn’t have to do any purling. I really hate purling. The Purl Soho pattern has some variations in how they do their chevrons but for me it’s more about how I lay out the pattern and the color. I wanted alternating blocks of mint and lavender.
Baby girl Croxton's blanket
And the best thing about a garter stitch blanket is that it’s super squishy and this yarn is super soft so it’s like wrapping a baby in a cloud. My girlfriend was so excited when she was opening her bag and she knew it was mine I thought she was going to toss out all the other stuff just to get to the bottom of the bag. LOL She was dying to see what pattern I chose and in the end, she was super happy with the finished blanket. I don’t have time to make baby blankets for everyone but for those that I do I always know they’re cherished.