One of the things I finished up already is a pair of gloves of a friend. I'll be giving them tomorrow night and he doesn't read the blog so I'm safe posting a pic. I have wrapped them already before I realized I didn't have a finished pictures so - here's an in-progress picture. - with the traditional assistance of one of the boys.
These gloves are from the Cigar Gloves pattern on Knitty but I made full fingers. The yarn is Swish from Knit Picks. I enjoyed the feel of the yarn and hope they hold up well. The pattern was a bit odd in shaping. As you can see from the partial glove on top it breaks off for the thumb as usual but also put the pinky fingers on hold while a bit more length was added to the body of the glove.
Quick and Easy Brioche Stitch Hat
Just in case you're still in need of a quick present. Here's a Brioche Hat we used to make 20+ years ago at the shop I used to work at. It's made from bulky yarn on big needles. The hat was a few hours of TV watching and knitting and the scarf is in process. This set will end up being for a new friend and will easily be done before Christmas. The yarn is a 20+ year old yarn from Bernat called Venetian it took less than 1 skein of 50gm - yardage not listed on ball band. I'll write up the hat and scarf more formally when I've finished the scarf but right now I don't know how much yarn it will take.
Here's the basic pattern - done in brioche stitch which is a slip stitch rib.
Needles - size 11-15 (depending on bulk of yarn) I used 11
Bulky weight yarn (1 skein for hat, 1-2 for scarf- I'll let you know later)
CO 36 sts very loosely.
Row 1 (set up row): *K1, bring yarn forward as if to purl, slip next st as if to purl. Bring yarn to back over right needle creating a diagonal loop. Repeat from *, ending last st with yarn forward, slip last st as if to purl.
Row 2: K1, * yarn forward between needles, sl next st as if to purl, bring yarn back over right needle as in row 1, k2tog (st and sloppy loop). Repeat from *, ending with yarn forward, sl 1 as if to purl.
Work row 2 until piece is 7-11" (desired length). My hat was 10".
Decrease row: K1, P2tog across row.
Next 3 rows continue in K1, P1 rib as set in previous row.
Next row: Sl 1 st, K1 st, pass slipped st over K st (SSK). repeat across row.
Next row: P
Next row: K
Next row: P
Next row: K2tog across row
End off and pull remaining sts end. Sew side seam.
CO 20 sts very loosely.
Knit row 1 of hat
Follow pattern of hat (row 2) to desired length.
Bind off loosely.
Cat and Projects Update
Sometimes I wonder why I have cat hair all over everything and then I step back and look and what goes on at the house.
Anytime I start up a new project I get way too much help. Chief comes first. Checks things out and then settles in. Shortly after Bert appears and repeats the process. If the printer is involved Bert investigates that much more closely.
Well - with all this help I still don't have Mom's Christmas cards quite finished. It's been tough writing a letter to her Christmas list to let anyone that was missed before know that Mom is no longer with us. But tough or not some things just need to be done with as much grace as possible.
Time to get back to knitting the scarf.....