Friday, 22 July 2011

FO Friday: Trick or Treat?

Today's theme is... tricky-knitty! Both FO below presented some challenges and I learnt a trick or two while knitting them, so even though they are small, they deserve their own post :o)

Newest FO is this headband, pattern by Stephen West. I only did half the pattern since the recipient wanted it narrow.
Yarns: Blue Sky Alpacas Alpaca Silk (Navy - two strands) and Knit Picks Palette (Blue - 3 strands).

Braids on the edges of the headband are amazing and very interesting in construction, if a little tricky at the beginning (particularly if you're trying to purl each sts in different colour using 5 strands of yarn LOL).

It only took me couple of hours to finish as I was really hooked by all the over-and-under yarn changes and wanted to keep going to see how the final effect will look like.
This pattern is also a great value as well since you get pattern for headband AND a hat together!
 
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The second tricky knit was a test for Andrea's gorgeous Cabled Armwarmers.She used twisted stitches and a very interesting honeycomb garter stitch, I love learning new things!
I'm very prone to suffering from second-everything syndrome, from mitts to sleeves, so I decide to bite the bullet and try knitting two-at the time.Process went something like this:

22:00 Ok, let's google "mitts two at the time"
22:15 Hmmm nothing,, it's all about socks, I don't want to knit socks!
22:29 Maybe I could watch sock tutorial and convert it to mitten tutorial, genius!!
22:42 Ok, surely cuff-down socks are the same as mittens in terms on construction, yes?
23:42 Confused, I haz it. Go lie down in a dark room. I'm trying to work magic!!
23.55 Ok, let's try, I can always frog  do the unthinkable...
00:05 WTH? Two needles? Like I already haven't got a tangled mess using one!
00:14 Cast on is done, or something cast-on-similar, because I still can't grasp how this will work!
00:20 First row.... is done... at least I think so?
00:34 Second row and believe me, it's starting to look like two cuffs!!!! Magic!!
00:45 Yes, I know it's late, but I'm doing so well now!
01:03 4 rows done - yeeeeeah!!!

PS. If you want to save yourself some time, THIS tutorial is pretty good and explains how to master the technique (on sock example of course). One day I will make my own video about mittens for confused souls like me.

After much trauma, the result are these super-cute mitts that I love to bits and thanks to great British "Summer" I get to wear them every day :o)


For more inspiration, tricks and treats this FO Friday, visit Tami Amis!
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14 comments

  1. Cute gloves! I love the headband, the braid edge looks really good but quite tricky, well done!

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  2. I love learning new things too. You did a great job on both projects, and those mitts came out so cute!

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  3. Love the mitts - well done on figuring out how to make it work! The braids on the headband look amazing :)

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  4. Both great projects, love the colours. Learning new stuff (and getting super items) is what it is all about

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  5. Great projects and I loved your little time line story too!! Quite entertaining!!! The headband is really cool with the braid in it! The mitts are beautiful and I love the color of them!

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  6. The headband is lovely, and the mitts are beautiful! I love making mitts 2 at a time.

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  7. Gorgeous---both of those look very tricky indeed, but in the best possible way, where tricky means "ends up being gorgeous." I really love the cables on the mitts.

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  8. That headband is really interesting! And very nice yarn choices for each!

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  9. Great post. The headband looks hard, and you did a great job. I love the fingerless gloves! The color is fab.

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  10. It's always great when you can learn new techniques during a project. I love the pattern on the headband. It turned out great, but I can only imagine how hard it was to keep track of all those strands of yarn! I love the mitts too! I attempted to make socks two at a time once, and it didn't go so great, so I give you props for figuring out how to do the mitts and sticking to it.

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  11. Both projects are great. I love learning new things as well. I'm very intrigued by the two at one time tutorial.

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  12. Really cute headband (and, the mitts, too!) Great work learning new knitting stuff... great to keep growing!

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  13. Those mitts are so cute! Great job on the 2 at a time :) I'm a fellow sufferer of second-everything syndrome so am a big fan of that technique. It's pretty straight forward but really does make you feel like you're wrestling with string and cable in the beginning though!

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