Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Vested Interests

Turns out that sometimes plain, stockinette knitting is just the right choice. That was the result for this vest for my husband.

The details:
  • Pattern: Combination of Classic Knitted Vests for Men and Women by Nancy Wiseman and The Knitter's Handy Book of Patterns by Ann Budd
  • Yarn: Brunswick Berber Tweed (discontinued); 50 percent wool, 50 percent cotton; 250 yards/100 grams; color Birch Bark
  • Needles: US5 for body, US3 for ribbing (yes, I am a "relaxed" knitter)
I tried adding cables and other flourishes to make the knitting more interesting, but the yarn color is so complex, almost a ragg-like quality, that any additions got lost. So plain stockinette was the default. Though it was rather boring knitting, I am pleased with the result. Brunswick sure made some nice yarns back in the day.

Monday, August 10, 2009

A Hat

I haven't posted recently because I haven't finished anything recently, except for a hat. But I think it's a pretty hat. It was a bit of a challenge, because I had only one skein of the multi-color green yarn. I opted for a top-down hat, figuring I would knit as much of the green as possible, then switch to something else for the ribbing. Finding a complementary color and weight was harder than I thought it would be.

The details:
  • Pattern: Karlchen
  • Yarn for top of hat: OnLine Linie 50 (discontinued?), viscose-cotton-linen blend, 50 grams, 88 meters
  • Yarn for ribbing: Pima Tencel, cotton-Tencel blend
  • Needles: US4 for top, US2 for ribbing