Cast On: November 26, 2012 Cast Off: November 26, 2012 Recipe:Coffee Cup Square Motif by Hooker Leo Needle: US 6 – 4.0 mm Yarn:Red Heart Soft; Yarn Color: 1882 Toast; Fiber Content: 100% Acrylic; Yarn Weight: 4 Dimensions: 12 x 13 inches, should be 12 x 12 inches
Having finished Summertime Blues Blanket, I was all geared up to deconstruct my first attempt and recreate the Coffee Cup Square Motif for the Coffee Connection Afghan within the requested dimensions: 12 x 12 inches. The odd thing is that I have already made a square – minus coffee cup, with the same yarn, but different color – using an 8 needle and had no problem with gauge.
I started with an 8 and it kept coming out about 13.5 inches wide. After a few calls to some knitter friends, I decided to decrease the needle size. With a 7 needle, I still was too wide at about 13 inches. Not pleased, I decided to go down to a 6 needle. Finally, I got the right width measurement, but did not discover until I was done that the height is 13 inches. Aiyaa! Well, at least one dimension is correct. I’ll let the overage be absorbed by the blanket.
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Cast On: November 26, 2011 Cast Off: December 19, 2011 Pattern:Zig Zag Rib by Tahira Probst Yarn A:Malabrigo Merino Wool (Fiber Content: 100% Merino Wool, Yarn Color: Navidad; Yarn Weight: 4, Aran) Yarn B: Unknown (Fiber Content: Unknown; Yarn Color: Unknown [Red]; Yarn Weight: 1, Fingering Needle: US 13 Dimensions: 26 x 64 inches
I finally finished it…and just in time for someone to buy it as an Xmas gift. The name – Feliz Navidad by Jose Feliciano – was inspired by the yarn color.
I decided I wanted to make a shawl/wrap with my Malabrigo Merino worsted wool, but I was not sure how many stitches to cast on. I started with forty, but after completing 64 rows of the pattern, I decided it was not going to be wide enough. My friend ArtCrochetbyD, made a shawl (different pattern) and I think it is the perfect dimensions, but she is not as anal as I am and she doesn’t know the dimensions.
Anyway, with this four day weekend, I have been doing nothing, but crocheting and knitting. So I spent yesterday, frogging Feliz Navidad and restarting it. As I reached the 32 row point, I noticed that I had made a boo-bo0, so I frogged it again and completed that 32 rows before I finally went to bed. As long as I pay attention, I should be able to finish one skein today, which will give me a better idea how much more yarn I need to complete the project. I have one more skein, but I think I am going to need more and I want to find out sooner better than later as I have been in the position where I have needed more yarn and the color lot is no longer in production.
This was the best picture which reveals the zig zag rib texture. Lesson learned from this project:
Texture and multicolor yarns are not the best combination
Multiple skeins do not provide consistent pooling, no matter matching dye lots
Best reserved for one skein projects or where the multicolor can be broken up by solids
Start Date: August 28, 2011 End Date: September 15, 2011 Needle: 10.5 US Yarn:Lion Brand Homespun (Fiber Content: 98% Acrylic, 2% Polyester Yarn Color: Barrington, Yarn Weight: 5, Bulky) Coccon Pattern: ODH Designs Hat Pattern: Perfect Fit Baby Hat by Ruth’s Hands Dimensions: approximately 16-inch diameter x 23-inch length
Having crocheted Sunflower Cocoon/Hat, I thought it would be neat to knit one. Thanks to SarahBea for lending me some 10.5 US Circulars. Going by the dimensions of the Sunflower, I was surprised that this one came out two inches wider. It is shorter by one inch because I ran out of Barrington.
Price: USD $50.00
German Cast on 53 stitches on each of two 10.5 circular needles
Knit all for 17 inches
Row 1: K2TOG at beginning and middle of each needle
Alt Row: Knit All
*My decrease measures 5 inches. I think I decreased from 53 stitches to 29 stitches.
I closed my cocoon with the Kitchener Stitch.
HDC in each picked up stitch along the border and repeat for total of three rows