Thursday, October 23, 2008

Cotton is for...

...every item I've made since this summer apparently. Not complaining about the outcomes. I mean, the Moderne in Mission Falls 1824 cotton will always be close to my heart. I enjoyed how, what was to be a hooded baby blanket, turned into an impromptu traveling cap and neck warmer for a good friend. In fact, this most recent entry picks up where the erstwhile hooded blanket fell off - right down to the colors I'd already picked out.

I used the Mason-Dixon Knitting kimono pattern (pg. 23) as inspiration for this sweater, primarily with regard to shape and one-piece construction. Understand that I crochet with much less direction in mind than I have when I knit. What may have started as a crochet translation of this cute little knit with the crossover fronts and a side tie became a boyish pullover with a slit front. The only thing remaining vaguely the same? The number of cast on stitches and the shape and relative length of the sleeves.

FO: Cole's crochet sweater
There's a viking helmet hat to match but I gave that to the boy's parents as my sort of promissory note to deliver on the rest of the ensemble. At just a little over 1 month old, this outfit is definitely one he'll have to grow into.

Aspen yarn with 5 small grey and black glass buttonsMy turn? You betcha! I've been working on some sketches for a neck warmer that would be the perfect fate for 3 skeins of steel grey Aspen, the bulky wool / alpaca blend from Classic Elite Yarns. I've got 150 yards in total which should be plenty to knit something warm and attractive. Plus, I can finally press these grey and black glass buttons from Moving Mud into service. These came home with me more than two years ago. They make a nice feminine counterpoint to the bulkiness of the yarn.

In case you're wondering, even with all these Mission Falls projects, I've only begun to make a dent in my 1824 Cotton collection. The seller was going out of business and they made me an offer I couldn't refuse. Right now though, it's time for the warm and cozy yarns.

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Blogger Sister Madness said...

A viking helmet??!?!!? Prohibited transfer of kitty hairs to a small child notwithstanding, I would have loved to see one of your boys modeling THAT! (*ah-eh-aaah AAH!*)


10/24/2008 12:59:00 AM  
Blogger Opal said...

that sweater turned out great!! you are a crocheting star!

but i'm with sister madness.. i would have loved to have seen the helmet modeled by one of your boys. :)

10/24/2008 03:59:00 AM  
Blogger KarenJoSeattle said...

As long as you're altering the pattern, may as well go all the way. Even in my knitting I can end up a long way from the original pattern. Given, I do know pretty much where I'm going before I start.

The sweater did turn out very nice.

10/24/2008 05:08:00 AM  
Blogger Angie said...

Another beautiful project from Karen! I have been thinking of you as I am making the "The All Shawl" from Doris Chan. I've been on it 2 weeks now, but I'm sure you'd breeze through it in 2 days!

10/24/2008 06:12:00 AM  
Blogger KnitNana said...

(have you tried Mission Falls 1824 WOOL???)
LOVE it.

10/24/2008 07:58:00 AM  
Blogger Two Cables and a Frapp said...

Very nice and I love the color combination !

10/24/2008 09:36:00 AM  
Blogger Brenda said...

Well done, Karen! That is a great sweater. You are a crocheting goddess.

Love the buttons for the neckwarmer! The yarn sounds divine.

10/24/2008 11:57:00 AM  
Anonymous clasca said...

I can definately see a Kimono shape in this sweater. Love the colors!

10/24/2008 01:04:00 PM  
Blogger Chris said...

Wow - you have serious crocheting skills! Mmmm... definitely time for warm'n'cozy fibers.

10/24/2008 06:18:00 PM  
Blogger a friend to knit with said...

ahhhh. i love that sweater. and i bet the hat was darling, too.
oh! aspen. love. and on 17 needles. a dream.

10/25/2008 09:29:00 PM  
Blogger Donna Lee said...

I'm just not that good (yet) where I can change a pattern that much. I am in awe of all of you who can do that. I pretty much have to follow a pattern the way it's written. As a relatively new knitter, I need clear instructions to reach my final target.

10/26/2008 07:43:00 AM  
Blogger The Ninja Knitter said...

Ahhh. Another stunning creation from your hands. Love the colours. And can't wait to see the neckwarmer!

10/27/2008 10:14:00 AM  
Blogger KnitPastis said...

That is the cutest little sweater!

I am looking forward to seeing another one of your lovely designs. A neckwarmer just in time to keep you warm in the Chicago cold tempt.

11/01/2008 08:05:00 AM  

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