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Learning to Knit Cables – Wool Cabled Hat, Scarf and Mittens

One of my goals for 2018 is to knit more and learn new techniques.  Most of my knitting  has been focused on using the stockinette stitch, a row of knit and then a row of purl.  Recently I taught myself how to knit cable patterns.  This scarf, hat and mittens were my first foray into cable knitting.  I followed these projects by knitting a vest which is highlighted in a previous post.  The yarn used for these projects is Patons Classic Wool , a worsted weight, washable yarn that knits up beautifully, in a color I love called orchid.  The cable patterns on each of these pieces are different, but similar enough that when knitted with the same yarn, they go together well.  I finally finished these projects and  I wore them last weekend on a trip up to Sebastopol in Sonoma county.

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I knit the scarf first. I didn’t have a pattern for the scarf so I decided to use the scarf project as a way to learn how to knit cables and learn a few new stitches in the process.  A few years ago, I picked up this book, The Harmony Guide to Aran and Fair Isle Knitting, shown below, at an estate sale.  I used the instructions and two of the cable patterns in this book , organized symmetrically, to design and knit this scarf.  I loved knitting this scarf which is why it is so long.  This is a great learning and reference book for knitters.  I highly recommend it.

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For the mittens, I used a pattern I found on Ravelry called Eugenia’s Mittens by Mollie Woodworth.  The pattern is free and you can find the pattern here: Eugenia’s Mittens pattern.  I enjoy the process of shaping and so these mittens were a really fun project.

P1010029 (2)For the hat, I used another pattern that I found on Ravelry.  The free pattern is called Cabled Hat by Nancy Hand, and can be found here: Cabled Hat pattern

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I’d love to hear from you about how you learned new knitting techniques.  Did you have a reference book that you used, videos, a knitting teacher or classes?  Also, where do you find your knitting inspiration?  Do you have favorite knitting blogs?  If you are new to my blog, please let me know.  I’d love to see what you are doing!

As always, thank you for visiting my blog!  Merci et au revoir!

 

 

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Knitted Wool Vest – Splitstone Vest Pattern

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I recently finished knitting this brown wool vest.  The pattern, called Splitstone by designer Alicia Plummer. is available on Ravelry.   I used Rowan’s pure worsted wool made in England that I purchased at Fibre Space – a Yarn Universe in Alexandria, Virginia.  If you haven’t been to this wonderful indie store yet, you need to make a trip.  It is just a short Metro trip from Washington DC or any of the surrounding area if you are visiting. If you are a knitter, you will find yourself in paradise at Fibre Space!

This vest is knit bottom-to-top in the round.  I used US 6, 29″ needles for the ribbing and US 7, 29″ needles for the body, to obtain the 20 stitches and 28 rows = 4 inches gauge.   The torso is shaped starting where the bottom ribbing ends.

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After I was finished knitting, I washed and blocked my vest.  I purchased these blocking mats and pins at Fibre Space.

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What I love about this vest is that it is a fitted pattern, knit to fit my curves and it extends to my hips.  It fits me so well, it adds just the right amount of warmth for a cool autumn day or evening.  The deep chocolate brown goes with so many pieces in my fall wardrobe.  It matches my favorite food, chocolate, perfectly.  So I do not have to worry about staining my new vest.  Of course, if any food gets on my wool vest, I wash it immediately with Soak wash.  This is the best rinse-free laundry soap for delicate items, like woolens and lingerie.  I buy Soak at Fibre Space in Alexandria, Virginia.

I wore this vest often as an extra layer during windy days in Provence.  I love it over the bodysuits I’ve been sewing using Madalynne’s bodysuit, Simplicity 8435.  More about these in an upcoming post.  Here I am in Saint-Remy-de-Provence in my natural habitat, which is…you guessed it, eating and drinking chocolate in a tea salon.

20171109_091923582_ios-e1512563817593.jpgAnd now it is lunchtime in Saint-Remy-de-Provence.  If it wasn’t for my husband, you would find me at a patisserie or boulangerie indulging in another round of sweets, but instead we are eating pates au saumon fume, which I also love.  Apparently, per my husband, the four food groups are not cake, candy, ice cream and cookies.

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20171109_113211553_iOSThe courtyard of the stone house, Les Deux Cypres, in Sanilhac, near Uzes.

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P1000841As always, thank you for visiting my blog!  Merci et au revoir!