The Owls sweater has been in my queue since 2008 and honestly, I don’t know why it’s taken me this long to get around to knitting it. It’s fantastic! The fact that there are 6,000 Owls projects on Ravelry speaks volumes to the popularity and knit-ability of this sweater – it’s as if as a knitting blogger, I’m obligated to make this sweater!
I splurged and bought this Rowan Cocoon yarn waaaaay back in June when I took a trip out to Webs with the knitting gals. Ah Rowan, how do you always succeed at making crave-worthy yarn? I can tell that this merino wool/mohair blend is going to be warm and snuggly to wear, but boy does the fuzz fly when knitting the sweater. I can see it floating in the air around me and the amount of fibers that stick to me looks as if I had a cat sitting on my lap.
Right now I’m around the underarm and will start the dip for the yoke soon. I can’t wait to get to those owls and start knitting the cabled yoke.
Pattern: Star Crossed Slouchy Beret by Natalie Larson
Yarn: Cascade Baby Alpaca Chunky from Gather Here
Needles: US 9 and 11 16″ circs
My sister came up to visit last weekend from NYC and I wanted to show her some of the places that make the Boston area great: the Harpoon Brewery (tour tickets were sold out, dang), Grendel’s Den in Harvard Square, and Gather Here in Cambridge. After finishing my Odessa hat last week, and not being too pleased with the outcome, I decided I need to whip up something – fast – to help me get over my hat failure. So taking a cue from what I learned about that hat, I found some yarn at Gather Here to make the Star Crossed Slouchy Beret. My sis? She bought some yarn for the Blue Sky Alpacas “Sporty Mitts” pattern, her first Fair Isle project.
After about four episodes of catching up on Downton Abbey, my hat was finished! Started it Saturday night and finished it Sunday afternoon. I decided to use US 9 circs for the ribbing since I didn’t have any size 10 dpns or circs like the pattern called for, and then switched to US 11s for the rest of the hat. I’ve made a couple of berets over the years and this one is definitely my favorite by far. I love the shape of the hat – it’s more fitted at the crown than other beret patterns I’ve knitted, and the drape starts at the right point, not too soon after the ribbing ends. It lays nicely and doesn’t need to be constantly tugged at or pulled on to make sure it’s not falling off of my head. I highly recommend knitting this pattern for a no-fail beret/slouchy hat/tam project.
I think I’ve got my hat-knitting groove back.
I know that “bathroom mirror” photos aren’t my usual photography standard, but I was running late for work and wanted to post my finished hat.
Cabled Beret from Debbie Bliss Knitting Magazine Fall/Winter 08
Yarn: Berroco Ultra Alpaca, 1 skein (bought 2 though)
Needles: US 5 and 8 straight
It’s amazing how a simple pattern can produce such amazing results. Like this cable, for example. Just a basic cable pattern, but it looks beautiful as a scarf. You can find the free pattern here. I’ve got quite a bit to go, but I thought I’d share a peek at my progress thus far.