Friday, March 23, 2018

The Mary Pullover

While visiting my son and his family, in January, I took the time to go to a little yarn shop that I have been following on Instagram. The Altered Stitch was eye candy for my yarn loving soul. While I was there to look for yarn for the Baa-ble mittens I finished last month, I saw The Mary Pullover and fell in love with it's chunky yarn and easy to knit appeal.

Unfortunately, the shop did not have enough of the chunky yarn in any colors that appealed to me so the next week I went to the Purl Soho warehouse store, in Irvine, CA., and purchased a soft and squishy bulky weight yarn in ballet pink and a deep, rich fuchsia-ish red.
The pattern calls for knitting another fingering weight yarn along with the bulky weight to give the knit fabric a marled look. I added one from stash and was very pleased with the fabric the two yarns created. I ended up running out of the first fingering weight yarn that I started with so added another in similar colors and you can't even detect where one stopped and the other one started.
I made so many errors while knitting this sweater that I feel like I knit it twice. I'd knit then rip, then knit, then rip. After I had finally finished knitting it as the pattern suggested I decided I didn't like the way it fit me. The neckline was too wide for my narrow shoulders and the overall length of the sweater was too short.

I really liked some of the details on the sweater like the stitches that create the raglan looking sleeve, the twisted stitch detail at the yoke and the diagonal stitches on the body of the sweater.
To make the neckline fit my body better I picked up stitches around the neck and knit 4 rows of ribbing, decreasing one stitch in each of the 4 corners of the neckline. I also ripped out the finishing rows around the bottom of the sweater and knit in pattern to add two more inches to the overall length of the sweater , then completed the finishing rows. 

The finished sweater is so warm and soft. I love it but wish I would have gone up one needle size to make it a little more roomy.

the Mary Pullover

Sweater Stats:
             I made the size Large/Extra Large
          87 yards/100 grams
          Colors: Purple Clover and Ballet Pink
The Woolen Homestead Fingering Weight 75%Superwash Merino Wool/25% Nylon
           438 yards/100 grams
            Color: Sweater Weather
The second fingering weight yarn used was by Republic of Wool
            75% Merino Wool 25% nylon
Needles: Addi Wooden circular size 9 and 10

Friday, March 2, 2018

Baa-ble Mittens and a tutorial

I finished the Baa-ble mittens a few weeks ago and promised on Instagram that I would write a tutorial to tell how I lined them, so here goes:

1. Put the mitten on your hand and lay it on a piece of paper, keeping your wrist flat on the tabletop and your thumb spread wide.

2. Trace around your hand.

3. Add 1/2" to the shape you just traced.

4. I used a thin cotton t-shirt knit from Joann's. You could also use an old, thin t-shirt. Cut out the shape you traced and then serge around the outside edges, cutting into the crease where your thumb meets your hand.

5. No need to turn the lining inside out. Just put it on your hand and then shove your hand into the mitten, trying to align the thumb and side seams so that they are centered in the mitten comfortably.

6. Turn under 1/2" and hand stitch the lining to the mitten, about 1/2" from the bottom of the cuff.

baable mittens

7. I used an upholstery thread because the color matched but any thread will do.

I gifted the mittens to my dear friend, Mim, who lives in Washington. Hopefully they will help to keep her warm. I also made her a cuddly infiniti scarf.

I also made the Baa-ble hat in the kids version for my sweet grandson, Valko.

I gave it to him last week and he wore it all weekend, because it's still been quite cold in Southern California.

baable hat