Monday, October 10, 2011

Snowy Owl Cardigan

I had this idea in my head, and I was sure that if I worked hard enough at it, I could make one for my little girl.  What I wasn't sure about, was if it would translate to a pattern that people could read and produce into a little cardigan of their own.  After tons of work and testing, the Snowy Owl Cardigan pattern is complete and up for sale!

$ 2.99 USD
The pattern is up for sale on Ravelry here

For non-ravelry members, you can purchase the pattern directly

The Snowy Owl Cardigan is a baby/toddler/child cardigan with an adorable owl perched on a tree branch across the front.
The owl and tree branch are worked using the intarsia method.
The cardigan is knit in one piece (with exception of sleeves), worked flat.
There are both written and chart directions in this pattern. The chart is for the owl section of the cardigan.

Main Color: Madeline Tosh DK 2 (2, 2, 3, 3) skeins
Color B (tree branch): Less than 12 yards of DK weight in contrasting color
Color C (owl): Less than 6 yards of DK weight in contrasting color
Small scraps for owl eyes, if you do not want to use buttons

US 6 or any size needle that will give you the correct gauge
US size 6 double pointed needles, or your preferred knitting in the round

Stitch markers
Tapestry needle for weaving in ends
Scrap yarn for holding stitches
Removable stitch markers or coiless safety pins to mark where you’d like to put buttons on button band
Two buttons for owl eyes, OR you can use a small scrap of yarn to stitch eyes onto the owl for a more kid-safe owl
Buttons for cardigan (button band)

Skills used:
You will need to be familiar with the intarsia method, as it is not taught in the pattern
knitting flat
knitting in the round (for sleeves)
grafting (for underarms)
picking up stitches (for button bands)
working cables (for owl)

Thanks for looking!


Sunday, October 2, 2011

Episode 02 - A Sweater Goal

Things I heart

Baby Cardigans.  They're quick to knit, take only a small investment of yarn and are so satisfying.  Baby knits are also a great way to practice different techniques without having to put a whole lot of time into a project.

On my needles

(All Ravelry links)

Still working on the Habitat hat for my Husband.  And I talk about how I would adjust the pattern for a child.

Still working on my Spectra scarf.  It seems to be a very popular pattern and has been mentioned in a few podcasts that I listen to.

I have a goal to complete at least one cardigan for each of my immediate family (son, daughter, husband and myself) before it really gets cold.  I'd like to do the same thing every year.

Finished a cardigan for baby boy out of Madelinetosh merino DK.  I used the Elizabeth Zimmerman percentage system and if fits great.  Finished it off with some choo-choo train buttons and it's adorable!

I've been working on a cardigan of my own design for my little girl.  It's worked seamless and uses intarsia to create a tree branch and little owl that is perched on the branch.  Sure, it all makes sense in my head, but that doesn't mean it'll make sense to anyone else.  :-)

I made a Coraline cardigan for my little girl.  It's actually an adult womens sweater, but I found some great notes here, here and here to adapt the pattern for a toddler.  Love the finished sweater, but baby girl doesn't like the yarn very much.  I'm hoping that once she is wearing a long sleeved shirt underneath, the scratchiness of the yarn won't bother her.

Still working on the sweater who must not be named.  I found the original garment that I am using as a guide, but have realized that it needs to be ripped back...AGAIN.  Ripped it back, started it again (for the 3rd time now...ugh) and have finished the back piece.  I'm about 7" or so up in the front, and I'm hoping I can finish this soon.

For my own, I'll be knitting the Heart Yoke Cardigan.  I want to use a more subtle color variation than the one used in the pattern.

I have two skeins of Pluky Knitter Primo Fingering in Ballpoint, that are just begging to become another little cardigan for baby boy.
I've finished my Hemlock Ring Blanket with 27 grams of Cascade Eco Wool left over.  That's only about 50 yards, and even though that may seem like a lot, it's not enough for another repeat.  I worked through row 65 on the chart, worked the knit on edging and am THRILLED with the way it turned out.  Can't wait to use it.

The Hex Blanket has been completed...sort of.  All of the hexes are complete, and some have been seamed.  I've seamed together enough hexes for three strips, and seamed those three strips together.  It's so pretty, but I may be buried with the rest of these hexes.  I just can't find the motivation right now to put it all together.

Pitter Pattern

Current Cardigan.  It's a fingering weight cardigan that is knit from the top down.  I LOVE the cabling detail on the collar and button band.  I only wish I had enough fingering weight yarn to knit one for myself right now.

Head over wheels

I haven't been spinning, but my husband and I recently talked about starting to spin again.  We've got TONS of fiber that is waiting to be spun into yarn for two sweaters, and it's not going to spin itself.  He's going to spin the yarn for his, and I'll spin the yarn for mine.  I'd like to practice a little more before I dive into a project that large.  I've got a braid of roving that I want to spin, but I need to decide whether I want the finished yarn to become a shawlette, or a pair of handspun socks. 

A Little Random

Saturday knitting at the LYS.  I'm always so happy when my husband has a Saturday off, so that I can leave the kids with him and go to my LYS and knit alllll day.  Unfortunately, it doesn't happen very often because he almost always works on Saturday and has Sunday off.  I got the most FANTASTIC email from my LYS saying that they will be open on Sundays from noon to 4pm during this season.  Can't even begin to explain the joy that this announcement has brought me.

Thank you SO MUCH for the reviews to the podcast.  You've made me a very happy girl!

Big hugs to everyone.