#24 of 52in52-2010 Challenge and #6 FO of the month of March 2011
Clever pattern that makes use of a stunning pleated, ruffled edge.
Knitted two-at-a-time with two 9″ circular needles to avoid second syndrome
This pattern–fifth installment of March commissioned shop samples for Twisted–is a great way to bring fashion and function together while you wait for spring. You can still type and text, flip through your book and drink some coffee–and look good doing it!
Placed high on my gift-making list
CAST ON: March 15, 2011 (Approximately 6 hours in knitting and finishing time.)
BIND OFF: March 17, 2011
PATTERN: Red Velvet, another beauty designed by Star Athena
MATERIAL: 245 yards, 86 grams of Blue Moon Socks That Rock Lightweight in True Blood Red
SIZE: Snuggly Small
NEEDLES: US 1 (2.25 mm)
Versatile…wearing it upside down
MODIFICATIONS: None as this is a shop sample. For best result, I would adjust gauge and needle size (2.5 or 2.75mm) for my petite wrists and hands.
COMMENTS: This is my first pair of wrist cozy in 2011. As soon as I saw the yarn and pattern in the box of samples from Twisted, I KNEW I would love it…and that knit up uber quick. The edgy and chic pattern–written for two sizes–like Pinata Socks is well-written, clear, another simple, easy to memorize, and delightful design.
Applied my preferred EZ Sewn Bind-Off.
For best result: Use a large eye needle with a sharp point when weaving in ends.
Thread the yarn tails through the purl bumps along an inside row for one inch
–piercing fibers of the stitches–then back the same way.
Give the fabric a little stretch then cut yarn tails short, right next to the fabric.
Most of the Red Velvet knitting breezes by. It’s quite challenging on the eyelet part where I had to k2tog around. With tiny needles and tight gauge, it was hard to get the needles in two stitches, knitting two-at-a-time. The most difficult and time consuming part of this pattern is the textured cuff. Where one round ends and next round begins, you end up with two yarn-overs–one of which can easily be lost unintentionally. I recommend taking your sweet time on that and work at it on a time you may concentrate until you get the hang of it. Otherwise, it was very enjoyable even with all those plain stockinette knitting–the results are so worth it!
I love how it turned out, exceptionally warm! With added buttons, it may even give you a bit of Neo-Victorian sense…gothic steampunk heaven–I want a pair for myself. You may see them displayed at Shannon/Emily’s and Tina’s in a week! Both pattern and yarn are available here.
Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!