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we are knitters abruzzo sweater kit – begin!

Hey everyone!  It’s been a while — so much has been going on!  A family member recently passed away, I got a new job that I start at the beginning of August, my car is in the shop and might be unfixable, my mom and I went on vacation, and all of this plus some other big life stuff has got me really busy (not to mention overwhelmed, minus the vacation)!

Needless to say, I’ve been a bit slow with the crafting, but I did want to do a little update post on what I’m primarily working on now.  I have occasionally picked up my king-size chevron crochet blanket but I’ve been really excited about a knitting kit that the nice people at We Are Knitters were so kind as to send me for review: the Abruzzo Sweater kit!  Here’s some of my progress:

Abruzzo Sweater Kit Progress

First off, let me say how grateful I am to them for letting me try out the Abruzzo Sweater kit because I really do love all of their yarn I’ve tried (and I’m not just saying that, I even used it for my free knitting pattern earlier this year, the Olympia Cowl), and I’d been wanting to try a pattern/kit for a while.  So thank you so much to We Are Knitters!

The photo above is the back side of the sweater.  It’s knit with the cotton yarn from WAK & their size 8 (5 mm) needles.  I’m making the size medium using the colors Salmon & Terracotta and I love both the yarn and how the colors are coming together!

Abruzzo Sweater Kit Progress

There will be much more detail in the in-depth review that I will post about the kit once the sweater is complete, and I’ll continue to post progress here and on my Instagram (@notyouraveragecrochet).  If you’ve made this kit or any other kits from We Are Knitters (or even if you’ve just tried their yarn), let me know what you think in the comments!

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pattern release: quick & simple granny shawl!

The Quick & Simple Granny Shawl pattern has been tested and is ready to go!  Read about & download the free PDF below.

Quick & Simple Granny Shawl

DIFFICULTY:

Easy/beginner

SIZE:

56” (142 cm) wingspan before blocking, 68” (173 cm) wingspan after blocking (but adjustable to your liking by just adding or subtracting rows)

MATERIALS:

  • 6 skeins of Lion Brand Landscapes (New Aran) in colorway 204 Desert Spring (pictured above) or 882 yards (807 m) of an aran weight yarn of your choice
  • 6.0 mm/US J hook
  • Finishing items: scissors, tapestry needle, blocking pins & mats

GAUGE:

Gauge is not important, just crochet until the shawl is the size you want!

NOTES:

  • Blocking is not required, it is up to your personal preference
  • Keep in mind that adjusting the size will also change the required amount of yarn
  • The other pictured example below uses a DK weight yarn, King Cole Riot, with the 6.0 mm/US J hook for a lacier feel; this is a great example of how you can customize the pattern to your liking!
  • Pattern testing & the King Cole Riot example were done by the lovely Claire, owner of the blog Mollie & Claire. Thank you Claire!

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD FREE PDF!

Quick & Simple Granny Shawl

pattern release: the olympia cowl!

 

I’m so excited to share my very first knitting pattern with you!  I worked very hard to get it just right and I hope you enjoy making it.  If you have any questions or problems, please let me know!

the olympia cowl

difficulty level:

medium

finished size:

22″ circumference, 20″ H

materials:

  • 2 balls of We Are Knitters Meriwool in the colorway Sprinkle Fantasy or 297  yds (272 m) of a worsted yarn of your choice
  • US 10.5 (6.5 mm) 24″ circular needles
  • cable needle
  • stitch markers, tapestry needle, scissors

the olympia cowl

download free PDF pattern

If you have any problems or questions, feel free to comment or send me a message using the contact form available in the menu bar!  I hope you enjoy, and thanks for stopping by!

The Olympia Cowl

knitting and a puppy!

Zero finally has a little brother and I’m super excited!

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They look like they could actually be related, don’t they?  But he’s actually a half beagle, half pit mix that we found at a no-kill shelter thanks to my boss, who brought in a girl from the litter to work on Monday and told me that there were still boys left.  He’s 12 weeks now, and his name is Roll (keeping with the Megaman theme Chris started with Zero).  It’s hard to get a picture of him awake because he’s in constant motion, but here’s my best shot:

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Only thing is, he’s not housebroken yet, so that’s been frustrating.  He’s starting to figure it out though & he makes up for it with cuteness and cuddles.  He even helps me with knitting (although he’s already mangled one of my wooden cable needles that I foolishly had just sitting on the daybed beside me):

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As seen in the photo, I finally got started on the bulky weight version of the cowl I’m writing up a pattern for.  Really I just have to finish this one, block it, & take photos for the downloadable version that will be available… well… whenever I get it done.

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The yarn is The Meri Wool from We Are Knitters and it is SO soft.  Can’t wait to wear it!  And I didn’t know how much yarn I’d need for the cowl so I’m going to have a fair amount of leftovers for other toasty items!  Maybe I’ll make a set — I don’t usually do that.

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I’m loving all the colors, and I don’t think it takes away from the texture at all.  The colorway is called Sprinkle Fantasy, I believe.  Mmmm… makes me want ice cream with sprinkles.  Only it’s too cold for that right now.  Boo.  But I’m actually happy that I’m finally getting to wear some of the new items I’ve made since last winter.  My fave to wear so far is my Arlequin Shawl — the yarn just makes it.

OK, I’m done for the night, gotta get back to knitting!  Thanks for stopping by, see you soon!

 

November WIPs

On this very scary Election Day I’ve GOT to focus on something else until the polls close.  Enter ALL THE WIPS!  (Actually, I’m just going to talk about 2 of the 10 I’ve got laying around.)

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This is my version of the Aerie cowl that I posted about (that post has since been removed since I was using their photo to ask your opinion on what stitches were used).  I figured out what the stitches are thanks to everyone here and on Instagram.

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I didn’t have a single ply chunky yarn like the original but I had a single ply worsted yarn so I just used that (KnitPicks Preciosa Tonal Worsted in colorway Stormy — 100% merino).  Since this test run is turning out nicely I’ll probably get a chunky yarn and write up a pattern for it, but let me ask you a question…

Is it OK for me to write up a pattern & distribute it?  I figured out the stitch pattern through reverse engineering almost exactly (it may even be exact), but of course there’s not a pattern already available for it, nor will there be.  The way I started and will end my project are slightly different than the original, but is that enough for me to be able to ethically distribute a pattern for what’s basically a copy of a large clothing chain’s item?  Please let me know what you think — I don’t know what to do!

I’m also working on my Aspen blanket again (fondly dubbed “the blanket everyone wants” due to the current popularity of chunky cable knit throws).  It took forever but I was finally able to get the rest of the yarn I needed and bring it out of hibernation.  It’s great to work on now that it’s cooling off some.

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That was a few days ago, actually, so I’m farther than that — I only have 2 balls of yarn left to attach to the ends of the 2 balls I’m working with now.  Because I’m using the spit-splicing method (yes, it’s what it sounds like) I’ll only have the beginning and end tails to weave in, which is REALLY nice, and no giant knots in the blanket, which is also REALLY nice.

Not Your Average Crochet's Aspen Blanket

Hopefully I’ll have it completed by the end of the week because like I said in my last post on my recently finished projects I still have about 5 Christmas presents to make, and it also just feels great to get projects done, doesn’t it?

OK, I’m off to work on those things to distract myself.  Maybe I’ll watch some nice whimsical anime movies while I work, or binge watch a TV show.  Thanks for stopping by, see you soon!

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