FO: Storm Tracker Test Knit

I signed up last month to do a test knit for knitwear designer Alicia Plummer. I agreed for a couple of reasons:

  1. It was a worsted weight sweater, so I knew I could finish it fairly quickly (11 days)
  2. The mock neck turtleneck style was one my sister would love and I still hadn’t knit her a new sweater.
  3. It was a top down knit with textured sleeves and I’d been interested in that kind of design.
  4. I had the yarn.
  5. She didn’t have a crazy rigid timeline.

So I made the Storm Tracker sweater.
Textured sleeve sweater
Here’s the finished product. I modeled it myself because I knew I needed pictures for the test knit and my sister hates almost any photo you take of her.
Textured sleeve sweater
In my version you can see I made only a few modifications. I went with 3/4 length sleeves because in the DC/MD/VA area we don’t always need full on wool sweaters. This sleeve length makes it a little less hot. Also the pattern called for 5 inches of neck ribbing and I only went with 3.
Textured sleeve sweater
It has a little bit of ease built into it so it doesn’t just cling to the body and the hardest part for me was reading the cables once you work the sleeves in the round after you’ve separated them from the body. It’s a simple 1/1 cable but I had to pull my cabling needle out and I hadn’t done that in a while. I definitely love the texture and I can see myself making it with just an inch of ribbing at the neckline for myself. Oh and the yarn was Knit Picks Swish Worsted, their superwash worsted weight yarn. I had a bunch in a lovely heathered indigo color that I knew my sister would love. It washed up beautifully and was super soft when I wore it. I’d definitely use this one again.
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Added bonus, I thought with all of our warm weather my sister wasn’t going to get to wear her sweater until next fall/winter but I was surprised at brunch by her and my Mom wearing their knit goods. I’m currently swatching to make a spring sweater for my sister Anne, so she’s not being left out.

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.

Stitching Status: Bits & Pieces

I’m really happy that it’s Friday. This has been a long week. So I thought I’d share a few things knitting related.
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Currently I’m working on what has to be the softest baby blanket on Earth. A girlfriend of mine is having her second baby in March, a girl this time, and she loves the color combo of lavender and mint. While Knit Picks had Mighty Stitch on sale I picked up some of the bulky weight to whip up a blanket for her. I’m doing alternating blocks of lavender, mint, lavender and then longer blocks of white and then mint, lavender, mint…It’s working out really nicely and I love not having to purl anything. I’m also going to whip up a baby sweater this weekend for another friend’s little boy who will be here in a few weeks!
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Also you can call this the art of peer pressure but I decided to jump in and do a Find Your Fade shawl. Just look at the #findyourfadeshawl hashtag on Instagram and drool over all the lovely shawls. I’m not even a big shawl knitter but I love color possibilities and didn’t want to miss out on the fun. I’m already at my second color, I’m using some stash and some new yarn to give the fade I want (I’m going from highlighter yellow – pictured is madelinetosh Edison Bulb – to a super bright pink with green and blue in the middle). When I get tired with one project I like to have something else small to work on to switch things up and this is a pretty good option.
Steven's Rye Tie
And remember over the holidays I knit 2 Rye ties? Well I finally got a pic of my friend Steven wearing his, isn’t he handsome? He told me he got lots of compliments and that other men at work attempt to take the tie. I didn’t expect men to like the knitted ties as much, who knew they’d be such a popular item?

This weekend should be pretty quiet and low key so I plan to knit and rest. I feel like a cold is coming on and I’m trying my best to not get sick. What plans do you have for the weekend?