Posted by: johnnadette | April 19, 2009

Gift Knitting

Pattern: Fiddlehead Mittens
Yarn: Cascade 220 and Crystal Palace Yarns Panda Silk Print
Needles: 3

Once again it is that time of year for my sister to get a knit birthday present. Last year she got a pair of Endpaper Mitts, this year she requested mittens and then a hat to match. The longest part of this project was picking the color. My sister said she liked warm colors and I almost decided to go with the same colors as last year but then she told me she thought blue was a warm color. (I never thought that) I waited until she came up for a visit, sat her in front of the screen and made her pick out yarn. She ended up picking purple her favorite color when she was a kid.

Pattern: Inga Hat
Yarn: Cascade 220
Needles: 3

I a pretty happy with the way both of these turned out, though I should have blocked the mittens before knitting the lining (they don’t match perfectly now) and I had to aggressively block the hat to make it large enough to fit. Overall I think they are a nice pair and they will serve my sister well next year in med school.

After seeing me whip out these mittens and hat my mom decided that I am now the official workhorse when it comes to gifts for family and friends. First with the deadline of a week she requested a nice lace scarf, like the one I just finished, for a friend we stay with while we are in Portland. Fortunately I had the yarn, I just had to pick a pattern that I could finish in time. Even before I finished the scarf she also tasked me with making market bags for an Aunt and Uncle, who knows what she will ask for next.

Pattern: Melon Scarf
Yarn: Knit Picks Gloss Lace
Needles: 6 for body 3 for border

I basically followed the modifications that Grumperina made and I think it turned out pretty nice. It is definitely the fastest I have ever knit a big lace piece. If I ever to do the pattern again I would use a slightly thicker yarn so that the melons would be all nice a fluffy, the lace weight yarn just seems a little thin. Hopefully the recipient will like it. 🙂

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