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Hi!

For a while now, my dad has been really wanting a traditional Norwegian sweater, but as some of you may know, they cost roughly $400-$500 (hand knit, of course).

Well, clearly, this is out of my budget (even though my heart wants to pay it), so I decided I would make one for him instead!  I’ll use a traditional Scandinavian pattern, order the yarn direct from the source, and get crackin’.  It’s LIKE he bought it from the ol’ motherland, it’s just my little hands that are doing the work!

Upon doing research, I stumbled upon this beauty!  A KIT!  PERFECT!  It’s Icelandic, but it was the most accessible for what I thought would work for my dad (and me), so I ordered it!!!  No only do you get all the yarn you need to make the sweater, you get a complete book of about 20 scandinavian patterns!

I ordered everything right before Christmas so I didn’t want to get started!  I wrapped up the yarn and the book for my dad and put it under the Christmas tree!  He was so happy to receive a box of yarn!!  🙂

My parents came to visit at the end of May, so I made sure I had it done by then.  The pattern was easy to follow and moved quickly.  It was PERFECT!  My dad was born to wear that sweater!   I was in such a zone, I took ZERO pictures of my progress!!!  And off my parents went with my very best work ever!!!  And no proof I made it!!!

And fast forward to today, Father’s Day!!!  My parents live outside of Boulder, CO, and I received this little gem of a photo from my mom and her cell phone:

My parents drove up to the mountains (Idaho Springs, I believe) this morning to do a little “photo shoot” of my dad in his sweater!  My mom says she has 30 photos total!!!  I can’t wait to share them with you!!!

Happy Father’s Day to all you handsome dads out there!!!

xoxo,

Kerith

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Hello, lovelies!  We’ve got a pattern review from Doggy Knits, by Anna Tillman. 

I tried the pattern called “Pretty in Pink” toward the end because, honestly, how could you not do that for a lovely little lady like Ginger Snap?!

This is the final piece:

As you can see, I did knit the sleeves as the pattern said, but after Ginger Snap tried it on, the sleeves really didn’t work out for her.  They were too close together and even though I did make them shorter than the pattern suggested, they still were just too weird for her shape, so I removed them, and now she can move freely!

Also, the buttons they suggested were just not classy enough for Ginger Snap.  I bought her one silver bone button with a little dazzle in the middle, then 4 glass bobble beads for the others.  And now she is a princess!

Here is our photo shoot!

So let’s review!

1. Ginger Snap is precious.

2. This book is definitely not for beginners!  There is minimal instruction.  Plus the patterns are written in British English, which doesn’t seem like that big of a deal until you realize you don’t know what some things mean…there is a translation chart at the beginning of the book, which you should most definitely look at. 

3. The pattern does a “tuck” at the bottom to keep the sweater from scrunching up on its own.  I really like this method, and it really does keep the sweater on Ginger Snap’s little belly.  You can see the tucks in the first two pictures.

4. I also used a machine washable yarn because the yarn suggested for this sweater was a cashmere blend…and no offense, but I’m going to need to wash that sweater after Ginger Snap wears it a few times.  She may be classy, but she is a doggy.

5. If I had to do it again, I’d make the space between the armholes a little bit bigger for her doxie chest, not as many decreases like they said.  I do not have any complaints about the sizing of the pattern because dogs are all sorts of weird shapes and the size I used for Ginger Snap (the smallest they had) was fairly accurate other than the sleeves and the space between them.

So, what do you think?  Have you ever handmade anything for your classy K-9?  My next project is for JT, so he’ll be posin’ for you soon!!

xoxo

Kerith

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Happy New Year!

We’ve been super busy over at Midwest Needles!  Guess what we’re doing…

We’re working on beefing up our shop!

Soon you’ll be able to order handmade items from our shop!  Made by us!  Kerith and Kate!

In the meantime, we’ve been taking custom orders, and we wanted to share a few with you!

And do a pattern review!  Two-in-One!

This is from One Skein Wonders by Judith Durant: the quick and classy clutch, which is indeed quick and classy!

This book is hit or miss for me.  There are a lot of patterns I’m not really interested in, but there are a few that I like, including this clutch.

These pictures are still from my camera phone…so, they are blurry. 

These clutches are simple to knit.  You knit a rectangle and then sew them around the handle and sew up the sides.  I used Brown Sheep Bulky yarn instead of the suggested yarn, and I also used a size 10.5 needle instead of 11.  This made the clutch a little smaller.  I like using the Brown Sheep yarn because of its price, quality, and the color selection.  I added a clasp to the inside to keep the purse shut. 

The rouching is the most fun of the project!  Bunching up ribbon and sewing it on is awesome!  You could really do a lot of different things here!  Patterned ribbon! Perhaps just a little rouching on one side?  Anything!  Fun!

The only problem I have knitting these clutches is the handle.  Most handles around don’t work for the clutch.  The pattern suggests making them out of dowels.  I did that.  But that is NOT quick.  I’m no widler, so sawing wood, shaping it, and glueing caps was time consuming, although I did manage to make them look professional and keep with the look of the clutch.

This is a great, simple, and sophisticated pattern for practicing cables before you go for somethin’ crazy!  And it’s classy!

What do you think?  Have you made this?  Did you do any variations on it?  We’d love to listen to your  brain!

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This pattern is from Last Minute Knitted Gifts by Joelle Hoverson.

 

Joelle Hoverson's Last Minute Knitted Gifts

Joelle Hoverson's Last Minute Knitted Gifts

I made these hats in both the toddler and child size.  The pattern called for Mission Falls 1824 Cotton yarn, but I used Blue Sky Dyed Cotton instead, mainly for color availability.

I was able to keep the same guage and stick to the pattern.  The pattern isn’t terribly tricky, except being comfortable with some yarn overs and the i-cord, so if you’re looking for something quick and cute to whip up for a little lass you might know, we definitely recommend this pattern.

lassy hats

These hats were gifts (I hope they got them this week…), so I don’t have any pictures of girls wearing them!  Hopefully I’ll have some pics soon of the girls wearing them!

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Hi!

Today’s post for Hat Week is a pattern review from this fall’s issue of Vogue Knitting.  I knitted the Vine and Leaf Beret found on the front cover and on page 75 of the magazine.  

 

Vogueknitting Fall 2009 Issue

Vogueknitting Fall 2009 Issue

They have the pattern tagged for “experienced” knitters, but I found the pattern to be very workable (except for the last stitch…).

There are stitches such as the “slip slip knit” and “yarn over” and “knit two together,” so if you can handle those stitches, you can handle this pattern!  The only really hard part was the last stitch where they ask you to do multiple slipping and passing…It’s very confusing, but if you just decide to do exactly what they say without thinking through it, it’ll turn out just fine.  Mine did!  It seems ok!  🙂

Another issue is the ribbing.  It’s very loose.  So if you do decide to work this pattern, remember to keep the ribbing tight.  Mine just slides over my head, and I knitted a small.  You can then ease up on the tension for the rest of the pattern.

 

Vine and Leaf Beret from VogueKnitting Fall 2009

Vine and Leaf Beret from VogueKnitting Fall 2009

The yarn they used for the hat is “Baby Cashmerino” by Debbie Bliss/KFI in carnation.  I like pink, but I didn’t need a “raspberry beret,” so I wanted to use a blue.  I couldn’t find the right color in Debbie Bliss, so we found RYC’s Rowan Classic Cashsoft Aran in Tornado, which is basically the same thing.

 

Close up!

Close up!

 

Bird's Eye View

Bird's Eye View

Ta Da!

Ta Da!

Overall, I give this pattern a 4/5 stars!  It’s a quick knit!  Happy Hat Week!

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A Midwest Needles EXCLUSIVE!!!!

JT’s a small little guy, and a dachshund, so the new autumn weather has inspired him to create his first piece for this season!  And now he doesn’t  get so cold anymore!

JT’s Fall WindBreaker 2009!!!

JT's Fall Windbreaker 2009

Perfect for the in between seasons!

This houndhugger fits nicely under a harness and isn’t too bulky!  And it knits up in a jiff!

Here is your first Midwest Needles exclusive pattern!

This pattern measures (approximately) 15 inches around the neck, 17 inches around the waist belt, 5 1/2 inches wide across his back, and about 10 inches long from his neck to the end!  It’s a very stretchy windbreaker, so it really is comfortable for JT, but also remember that when you’re trying it on your pup!  Don’t worry!  It’ll stretch!  If you need help adjusting for the right size…just email us! 

Materials:

size 19 needles (woah)

Brown Sheep Burley Spun in the very manly “Blue Boy” color (you don’t need a lot, we just used some scrap).

2 large and in charge buttons.  We chose orange. 

co (cast on) 26 stitches

Round 1 k (Knit)

Round 2 p (Purl)

Round 3 k2, s (slip) the next stitch over as if you were to knit it, but just move it to the right needle, then k to the end (you created a little hole for the button!)

Round 4 p

Round 5 k

Round 6 bo (bind off) 7 purlwise, p12, then bo 7 purlwise again.  12 stitches remaining.

That’s the collar!

Round 7 k

Round 8 p

Round 9 k

Round 10 p

Round 11 k

Round 12p

Round 13 k

Round 14 p

(*so you just worked in stockinette stitch for a portion of the back until you get to his belt, this should be approximately 5 1/2 inches for JT)

Ok!  This part may seem tricky, but really, you can do it!  I know you can!  JT knows you can!!!

With a separate small amount of scrap on the opposite needle where there isn’t any remaining yarn, you need to cable cast on 10 stitches, leave them on your needles, and relax.

Then go back to the other side where you finished your last round of stockinette stitch, you need to cable cast on 10 stitches.

If you have questions about the cable cast on, we can help!  Also, there are some youtube videos (not of us) that are helpful!  

You should now have 32 stitches (10 of which are not attached, but soon will be…!)

Round 16 k (all of them)

Round 17 p

Round 18 k2, slip knitwise one stitch (like you did for the collar), then k to the end.

Round 19 p

Round 20 k

Round 21 bo purlwise 10, purl 12, bo purwlse 10. 12 stitches remain.

Round 22 k

Round 23 p

Round 24 k

Round 25 p

Round 26 k

Round 27 bo purlwise

Yay!  Those final stockinette stitches are obviously variable.  You can make it as long or as short as you want.  JT didn’t want it too long for his initial piece, but we have a feeling he’s going to come up with some craaazy outfits this season!

Flip the piece over so the knits are on the inside and the purls are on the top.  Sew on the buttons for the waist and the collar, weave in the ends, and ta da!  JT’s windbreaker!

We’ll be posting more pictures up once we have some help outside!

p.s. We’ll have it in PDF form tomorrow.  So please email us if you’d like the pdf version.  🙂 

 

 

You'd be thirsty too if you were this creative!

You'd be thirsty too if you were this creative!

P.S.S. Please try to remember we want to share our projects with you.  If you’d like to reuse them for your own personal work, obviously, we’d love that.  If you’d like to use it for anything else, please notify us and be sure to mention where you got the pattern from!  Please don’t steal!  It’s not nice!

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