Long time, no post, but I’ve been cookin’ up a second Scalzo! Good thing I have Owen to help me knit for this one.
Welcome back! I am currently in the process of changing the website, so you will likely see something entirely new in the next month or so. In the meantime, enjoy this new pattern release!
When my Aunt Pat was diagnosed with breast cancer and learned that she would have to undergo chemotherapy, she asked me for some hats. It was an honor to create some for her and this is the first one I’ve written up and released, mostly because it’s my favorite one. I’m working on fine-tuning the others now and will get them on the site soon! Until then…enjoy!!!
BAM – another pattern release today! It feels so good to put the finishing touches on my various works in progress. See? I have been actually working on stuff, not just getting married and sittin’ around gestating!
So, I designed this when I was engaged and thinking about our “honeymoon baby,” should my new husband and I be so lucky. I chose to use a Herculean “love knot” and the “sheaf of wheat” motif because they represent love and fertility. Now, you don’t have to be trying for a baby to enjoy this pattern, but you could say it worked! Baby Owen was born almost exactly 40 weeks from our wedding day.
This hat fits loosely and could be considered a “slouch” hat. I wore it religiously last winter, even during a bitingly cold trip to Chicago for Vogue Knitting Live, and I just loved it. I hope you do, too!
** Bonus matching cowl instructions included! **
Woo hoo!! I don’t know how I’ve been so productive lately, but it’s been working out for me. I swear, having a baby makes you appreciate and use every “spare” second you have to do things you don’t get to do otherwise. Like work on designs!
I am so excited to have completed some magazine submissions but cannot tell you about those now. What I can talk about is my newest pattern release, called “Annabelle” after sweet Annabelle Humbracht. She was the “parallel pregnancy” baby, as her mommy, Alice, called it! I may have mentioned before that Annabelle and Owen are the same age on a cellular level, even if they were born a couple of weeks apart.
Anyway, I have a thing for ikat prints and tried my hand at interpreting them in knitwear. I’m very pleased with how it turned out!
The pattern is written for sizes 6-months, 12-months, and 18-months and includes both the cardigan sweater and the matching hat. You use a chart and stranded colorwork to achieve the ikat look. The color combinations are pretty fun to play with, so I hope to see FOs from people with new, exciting color schemes!
CLICK HERE to see it on Ravelry and
Two posts ago, I promised to report more about a project I’d been working on with some Elsebeth Lavold Silky Flamme Wool from my stash. I consider it a “mindless” project because you only have to think/do anything different every 12th row.
As you can see in the photo, the thick-and-thin yarn doesn’t really look that great. The cables are inconsistent and I like a tighter, neater look. But hey, maybe you like the loosey-goosey look! Whatever floats your boat, I guess.
Here’s the pattern!
Ariel (so named because the cables remind me of a mermaid’s tail, swimming and swishing down the scarf)
US 9 needles, worsted weight yarn (I used 4 skeins Elsebeth Lavold Silky Flamme)
- Keep in mind that row 1 is a wrong side row, hence “reverse stockinette” is knit and “stockinette” is purl.
- C10B = place 5 sts on cable needle, hold to back, knit 5 sts from left needle, knit 5 from cable needle
- C10F = place 5 sts on cable needle, hold to front, knit 5 sts from left needle, knit 5 from cable needle
CO 36 sts
Seed stitch 2″
Rows 1-11: Beginning with WS, seed stitch 6 sts, reverse stockinette 2 sts, stockinette stitch 20 sts, reverse stockinette 2 sts, seed stitch 6 sts
Row 12 (RS): Seed stitch 6 sts, reverse stockinette 2 sts, C10B, C10F, reverse stockinette 2 sts, seed stitch 6 sts
Repeat last 12 rows until scarf is desired length OR your yarn is going to run out soon. Leave enough for 3-4 more inches.
Repeat rows 1-11 one more time. Do not repeat cable.
Seed stitch 2″
Bind off. Sew in ends.
In my quest to find the right hat pattern for my husband, one he will actually wear and that won’t totally bore me, I’ve knit up a few samples here and there. Ironically, the most promising pattern is the one for which I keep forgetting the stitch pattern. I’ve now reverse engineered it twice and, by golly, I’m going to record it for good AND finish the hat! My friend (and fellow new mommy), Alice, has asked for it, as well, so here goes!
I like that it is a 2-color pattern using a slip stitch technique. It’s super easy to memorize (my own previously mentioned memory troubles aside), and the fabric has a nice, dense, sponge-y feeling and bounces back very well. I also forgot what yarn I was using and there was no ball band in my project bag (I know, I’m useless!) so I’ll re-do it with a second kind and see if I get the same effect. Pretty sure it’s 100% wool, though. Maaaaybe a mix with rayon, but I don’t think so. (Edited to add: I found the yarn! It’s Sublime Cashmerino Silk DK) Since the original source for the stitch is gone, I’ll call it “dimples”.
*** Keep in mind, this pattern is only for the stitch/texture and not for the hat itself. ***
Dimples (a 2-color slip stitch pattern):
Cast on even # of sts
In the round:
Owen Paul Scalzo, my sweet baby boy, was born on April 26, 2013 at 4:07pm. He weighed in at 8lbs. 13oz. and stole our hearts! This pic is from the hospital, so he’s definitely got that newborn look going on. Still SO kissable, though! Then, one month later, on May 24, 2013, we moved into our brand new house! And then my car busted, so I had to buy a car super quick. Ya know…like ya do. So, yes, I’ve been a little distracted.
Owen is now almost 3 months old and our home is almost 2 months lived-in. I’m starting to get the hang of this new life! I won’t lie…newborns are TOUGH. I’m happy to report that he is now sleeping with enough consistency that I can predict fairly well when I can do things outside the realm of childcare…like knitting!
Well, hold your horses there, Kate. House first. Right. Having tackled the most important rooms (family room, kitchen, master bed/bath, nursery), I am now working on my studio! That’s right! I’m able to use one of the bedrooms as a studio! I’m very excited to re-organize my yarn, supplies, magazines, books, and FO’s in this brand new, clean space! What a change from the corner of the family room!
Keeping on the knitting/crafting topics, though, I do have a few projects to work on when Owen is asleep or when I’m able to escape to a stitch-n-bitch. I’m painting the letters of Owen’s name to be hung in his room, I’m going to be slicing our old memory foam mattress into three pieces and then stack them in Owen’s room so I can have somewhere to sleep when we start to transfer him from the bassinet in our room to his own crib, and I have a lovely scarf that I designed to be simple to remember while I have baby brain going on. Do you ever have that yarn in your stash that you love but can’t seem to find the right project? Well, this beautiful ivory Silky Flamme was lovely in the skein but it just wasn’t working with any of my swatches. Sadly, that’s not a great endorsement for the yarn but I’m glad that I’m going to be using it up and it will no longer be staring at me with puppy dog eyes. Cuz yarn can totally do that.
The project is, essentially, 6 rows of seed stitch on the ends with a center panel of two 10-stitch cables flanked by two outer columns of seed. So, basically, you only need to remember what you’re doing when you get to a cable row, which is every twelfth row. My only complaint, though, still has to do with the yarn. Even this simple project can’t save it and I believe that is because the subtle thick-and-thin quality makes the cables look wonky. Thick-and-thin yarns, to me, are difficult to apply. So I’ll finish this scarf and it’ll be lovely, but I won’t be recommending that others use this yarn. I’ll put up better instructions and a few pics in the next post.
Until then, here are my favorite two guys in the whole world!
Ok, I’m dying over how cute Noelle is. This is my precious little niece, who is 6 years old. Back when she was a baby, I made Wendy Bernard’s “Girlfriend’s Swing Coat“ in a 2T size. Well, she ended up not wearing it, partially because I made a 2T for a baby and it’s kinda hard to remember it’s there by the time she can fit into it.
Last night, we tried it on her and it FIT! The cropped style on Noelle is precious and she is rocking that thing to kindergarten this morning. LOVES.
The coat will be featured, alongside two other items I’ve knitted, in my Knitting Guild‘s fashion show next month. This time, they are highlighting children’s knits, which are my favorite by far. I will be 8-months pregnant, though, so I hope I’ll be able to go to the meeting. If so, I’ll take lots of pics because this should be ADORABLE.
See what I did there? Ha! So, I’m usually the one giving away baby knits but THIS time is different. See…I’m pregnant with my first child, little Owen Paul Scalzo, due 4/29/13. Yay!!!! (super happy dance)
It explains why I haven’t exactly been an active participant on this blog/website thing for a while. I have been designing, but getting projects finished, written, and edited while also prepping for baby AND buying our first house has been a bit of a challenge. It’s a good thing I have such wonderful knitters (and a crocheter) in my life! Behold the handmade bounty of my baby shower!!
The baby hat is my 6-year-old niece’s very first project, made on a Knifty Knitter. I don’t recall the patterns for the green and white blankets, but the blue one can be found here on Ravelry!
Who’s got four thumbs, a big ole belly, and is one lucky mama? THIS GAL!
For those of us who spend the bulk of our time in our homes, it can often be difficult to gain inspiration. I have a vast reservoir of tidbits in my imagination that, with time and opportunity, will rise to the top and eventually blend into something pretty cool. There are times, though, when that reservoir feels like it’s drying up and I need to bust out and breathe some new air.
I was incredibly fortunate, therefore, that I was scheduled to leave the sunny San Diego shores and attend Vogue Knitting Live’s most recent event in Chicago! I attended fashion shows and lectures, and also took a few design courses from Kristen Rengren, Shannon Okey, Debbie Stoller, and Josh Bennett. Simply amazing. I can usually knit through classes and get the gist by listening leisurely, but I was furiously scribbling notes for three days (between visits to the Marketplace, of course). I didn’t even touch one of the projects I brought with me.
I wish I could just upload and share some of the design worksheets I received during the classes but I’m pretty sure they’re proprietary and it would be unprofessional (and just plain rude) to distribute the meat of their content without providing monetary compensation/permission. I can, however, offer some advice given via panel discussions and classes that you might fund helpful and thus avoid feeling as if I’m cheating anyone:
1) Never knit a gauge swatch drunk (or heavily buzzed). Yeah, I already figured that out. If boozin’, my needles go back in the bag. But, really, it does change your gauge and your project will not be what you expected. If you’re already past the swatch stage and working on your project, the risk of gauge inconsistencies and mistakes is not worth it. I know, I know, “you’re no fun”.
More after the jump!