Slouchy hat for 1/4 ABJD pattern!

agosto 18, 2010 - Leave a Response
A friend requested a little hat for her doll and chose this yarn. I made it up and took notes, so here is a pattern in case anybody wants to give it a try 🙂
Slouchy hat for 1/4 ABJD
ravelry link!

yarn: light dk or sock 
gauge: 5 stiches x 7 rows = 2cm / 6 stitches x 8 rows = 1″

note: I’m a very tight knitter. If you are a normal/looser knitter, I’ll suggest going down a needle size. you can make the the 1×1 rib and check how it fits the head of your doll, then choose your needle size consequently


k: knit
p: purl
kbf: knit into the front and into the back of the same stitch
k2tog: knit two stitches together

long tail cast-on on 4mm needles 42 stitches

with 3mm dpns
rows 1-3: 1×1 rib (k1, p1 all around)
row 4: k1, kfb

change to 3.5mm dpns 
rows 5-22: k7, p2 
row 21: k2, k2tog 
row 22: k 
row 23: k1, k2tog 
row 24: k 
row 25: k2tog 
row 26: k 
rows 27-29: k2tog 
cut yarn, thread needle and pass it through remaining stitches. bind off


I followed the brim instructions for this hat with some variations

pm: put marker 
sm: slip marker
m1: make 1 stitch with your favourite method (I lift the strand between the two stitches with the left needle and knit it)

with 3.5mm dpns, pick up 4 stitches on the cast on of the hat’s body

row 1 (WS): purl to the end, pick up 2 stitches and put on right needle 
row 2 (RS): k3, m1, pm, k2, pm, m1, k1, pick up 2 stitches and put on right needle 
row 3: purl to the end, pick up 1 stitch and put on right needle 
row 4: knit to marker, m1, sm, k to marker, sm, m1, k to the end, pick up 1 stitch and put on right needle 
row 5: purl to the end, pick up 1 stitch and put on right needle 
row 6: bind off all stitches. with last bound off stitch on right needle, pick up 1 stitch and put on right needle. bind off those 2 stitches

weave in ends and enjoy! if you knit in wool or wool blend, you can block it for a neater crown and brim, but it’s not necessary 🙂

I will try to edit this pattern and make it nicer, maybe even make a pdf.


Another top and extra cuteness

julio 24, 2010 - Leave a Response

I finished my test knit for July, a lovely, cool a

nd refreshing cotton top with a back lace panel designed by Melinda VerMeer. It has not yet been published, but it should be a big hit once it is! I also tested a little doily, supercute

Black Summer

Yarn: COTONE, a 100% dk cotton non-brand yarn distributed by El Corte Inglés.
Needles: Denise Interchangeable Knitting Needles size 3.75mm for the top and 3.5mm PONY dpns for the i-cord
Pattern: test knit for Melinda VerMeer, pattern not yet published
Mods: I shortened lenght a bit – I like my t-shirts short!
Comments: cute, flattering and fresh tank top, perfect for the summer. it knits up faster than you may think, even though it’s dk weight! the almost contant increases & decreases avoid being bored, and the lace back panel gives a bit of extra sass. I may do another one for next summer!

Kurenai Rondeau

Yarn: nº5 crochet thread, 100% egyptian cotton
Needles: 3.5mm PONY metal dpns for the doily, 4.5mm PONY metal dpns for bind off
Pattern: test knit for Linda Browning, pattern not yet published
Mods: none. it’s a test knit, so it was knitted as said
Comments: I need a stretchier bind off… oh, the woes of being a tight knitter!!

I’m currently working on the endless stockinette of Adrift, and on a lovely Pogona. Once my Pogonito is finished, I will be casting on for my last obsession: Annis. I’ll be using a skein of Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock Multi in the limited Eclipse colorway, and opaque iris 6/0 seed beads. Can’t wait to see how it knits up!!


junio 28, 2010 - Leave a Response

Little reminder for myself… I’m planning to add to my immediate queue:

Coachella in Blue Sky Alpacas Organic Cotton (5mm?)

Courtney in my fingering weight Colourmart Yak/Mohair/Merino

Oh, and a test knit I have incoming on July 4th 🙂

I see spinning in my future…

junio 25, 2010 - Leave a Response

Ok, so I caved in and got myself a little spinning kit out of etsy for 12$. I think that’s a good deal for the following:

It includes a wooden drop spindle with top whorl, instructions, and some ounces of natural undyed wool. I have been checking some spinning tutorials, like this one, and it seems lots of fun! I’m not 100% sure I’ll be able to do it, but I do really want to try it out. And since the yarn is undyed, I may try out some dyeing, too. I’m so excited!

Until this comes, I have my Adrift on the needles. I had a tough time yesterday when I found a couple of stitches I dropped like 15 rows before. I spent a loooooong time picking them up and working through the knitted fabric with a crochet hook. It was hard work, but worth it in the end. I can’t wait to finish the raglan increases, put the sleeves on extra yarn and work the body without bothering about increases.

Oh, and I’m having dreams about my soon-to-be-home Bugga! and the Pogona it will transform into. The Sanguine Gryphon just told me they shipped my order today 😀

Endless stockinette

junio 24, 2010 - Leave a Response

Which I love. To bits. What’s better than kajillion rows of stockinette and movies/series/World Cup? Well, kajillion rows of stockinette in the round. Oh well, you can’t have everything…

Being stockinette, my Adrift is flying on the needles.


The color is so rich and beautiful ❤

I also found a new pattern I’m currently obsessing over: Pogona by Stephen West. Look at those curls of fabric draping over the shoulders and falling down! I couldn’t avoid it and ordered the yarn that came to my mind as soon as I saw this design, which is The Sanguine Gryphon Bugga! in Orange Asssassin Bug color. I can’t wait to cast on.

As an extra note, I received the Habu merino and silk stainless for my future Kusha Kusha. I thought the Forest Green would be a tad lighter, but it’s almost black. I can’t stop staring at the Tea Green, though.

Roasted Oranges and Flying Squirrels

junio 19, 2010 - Leave a Response

I finished my lovely soya top, and it matches my shoes! 😀

Summertime Pumpkin

Yarn: Sublime Yarns Soya Cotton DK in color Pumpkin
Needles: 3.5mm PONY needles for the ribbing, 4mm KnitPro Symfonie Wood Interchangeables
Pattern: Summertime Tunic by Katie Himmelberg
Mods: I didn’t knit the first stockinette portion, I started directly with the waist ribbing to make the shirt shorter
Comments: I need stockinette/garter projects for watching the tv, or I mess with lace and complex constructions. this cami was perfect for the first World Cup matches. it’s a very easy knit, but the result is cute and comfortable, and cool! the yarn was very nice to work with, soft and with a nice stitch definition, and with that little drape needed by this sort of garment. I will be knitting with soya again.

I used my brand new KnitPro Symfonie Wood Interchangeable needles for the first time with this project, and I love them to bits! they are less slippery than my metal PONYs, but the yarn doesn’t stick to them like chewing gum like with the plastic Denise needles. they are also gorgeous to look at while knitting, those colors just make you happy every time they pop out of your knitting


there’s still much World Cup to see, so I needed another mainly stockinette project. I chose Adrift by Carol Feller. I’ve been swatching today with the super yummy and super soft 100% lace cashmere I got from ColourMart’s last sale (15% off!). I have an über beautiful cone of cashmire in a rich orangey-tan color called “squirrel”.


it’s amazing to see how the knitted yarn, which looks like an ugly greasy thread, turns into a squishy soft and fluffy square of fabric once you follow ColourMart’s instructions on washing and rubbing. I can’t stop petting my swatch 😀

my knitting has a busy future. my mom has requested a Citron in a stone washed Zauberball, in fingering weight. she wants it quite big, so I’ve ordered two Zauberballs. I’ve also ordered some other tips for my Symfonie Wood needles, the ones that were in stock.

off to cast on for my Adrift!


junio 16, 2010 - Leave a Response

Oh my! More than a month has passed since my last post here, and i’ve knitted so much! Let’s see if I can write about it all and then go on writing a few times a week. Lazy me!!

Violetas on my windowpane

Yarn: Malabrigo Yarn Sock in color Violeta Africana
Needles: 4mm PONY needles
Pattern: test knit for Sarah Burghardt, yet to be published
Mods: none
Comments: love. L O V E. the pattern, the knitting process, the malabrigo. pure and simple love. Sarah’s pattern uses short rows to shape the peaks in the edge, and then the body of the shawl is knitted sideways. no seams, no picking up stitches. I had to frog the edge 4 times because I can’t count, so I ended up using a bazilllion stitch markers to separate everything. I also used stitch markers for the body, which allowed fast knitting while watching The Tudors and Miami Medical 🙂
this shawl is getting daily wear in a course I’m taking part in (air conditioning wonders in a 32ºC+ June climate), and I’m getting lots of compliments. the yarn is also a dream to knit with, it’s so buttery soft

Silk Berry

Yarn: Crystal Palace Yarns Panda Silk Solid in color Berry Smoothie. I used just 3/4 of the skein
Needles: Denise interchangeable needles 3.75mm
Pattern: Bandana by Kalinumba
Mods: none
Comments: this little shawlette was a fun knit, with the right amount of lace to keep your attention on, and the right lenght to be knit in a whim and not get bored. perfect size for throwing in the purse and wrapping around your neck in air conditioning-friendly places. the panda silk is oh so soft

Summery Hobo

Yarn: COTONE, a 100% dk cotton non-brand yarn distributed by El Corte Inglés.
Needles: 3mm and 3.5mm PONY needles
Pattern: Hobo by Martin Storey
Mods: I didn’t like the buckles in the straps, so I made them shorter and used D rings instead (I was getting tired of the cables too, lol)
Comments: this top is great and I had a lot of fun knitting it. the fitting is perfect, too. I have been wearing it tons, may need to make another!

Lime is for summer

Yarn: COTONE, a 100% dk cotton non-brand yarn distributed by El Corte Inglés.
Needles: Denise Interchangeable Knitting Needles size 3.75mm
Pattern: test knit for Andrea Rangel. The pattern, Beach Shorts, has not yet been published
Mods: none. it’s a test knit, so it was knitted as said
Comments: I like this yarn a lot more than I thought. it’s soft and very comfortable, and easy to knit with

I should come back tomorrow and show what I’m currently working on, and my future plans 🙂


abril 24, 2010 - Una respuesta

I had wanted to knit a Citron for a long time, and I finally made it 🙂 I named it Blutorangenscheibe, which means “slice of red orange”, because the colors make the shawl look like that


Yarn: Schoppel-Wolle Lace Ball. beautiful yarn, so soft, airy, light and easy to knit with! the colors are just to die for
Needles: Denise Interchangeable Knitting Needles size 3.75mm
Pattern: Citron by Hilary Smith Kallis
Mods: none. for the M1 I knitted in the back loop. I blocked the ruffle with pointy edges, for a different look. it worked perfect
Comments: I love this little shawl, it’s so wearable. I usually wear jeans and t-shirts, and this goes perfect

Catching up

abril 17, 2010 - Leave a Response

Oh my… I got too lazy and didn’t update my blog for a month, and I’ve been on a knitting high! Let’s check what I’ve finished and what I have on the go…

Mamut Pi


Yarn: Katia Trico-fieltro. 2 skeins in lilac and 2 skeins in purple. My friend Sun sent me this yarn as a present, so I could make my kitties something comfy
Needles: Denise Interchangeable Knitting Needles size 10mm
Pattern: Kitty Pi by Wendy D. Johnson
Mods: none
Comments: I was shoooooooort on yarn, so it did come up a bit smaller than what my big cats need. They love it anyway 🙂

Lotus Bag


Yarn: Caron Simply Soft in Plum Wine. This yarn was a present from a couple of years back
Needles: Denise Interchangeable Knitting Needles size 5.5mm
Pattern: Brea Bag by Norah Gaughan
Mods: I shortened the sides of the moss stitch, so the metal rings would be closer to the bag
Comments: I started the bag with this yarn because I wanted to give a try to cables, I wasn’t expecting to finish it… but then I finished one side and it looke good, so it needed to be finished. I’m not that happy about the color, but I love this bag. My lining could be much better, but it works and the zipper works too. I have been wearing this bag since I finished it 🙂

Sprouts for Mario


Yarn: Spud & Chloë Sweater in Grass. This yarn is lovely to work with, and so soft 🙂
Needles: Denise Interchangeable Knitting Needles size 5mm
Pattern: Sprout Blanket by Hanna Breetz
Mods: none
Comments: Knitting this blanket was so much fun. First time working from charts and it’s quite easy, as long as I don’t mess with rows (which I did, lol). The finished blanket is a lovely thing and the friends I gave it to love it. They say their little boy, Mario, doesn’t want to let the blankie go!

Purple Sand


Yarn: Berroco Seduce in Muscari. Soft and incredibly drapey yarn
Needles: Denise Interchangeable Knitting Needles size 4mm and 4.5mm
Pattern: Sand Dollar by Tanya Alpert
Mods: none
Comments: This came out big. Huge. I made the smallest size and I could fit a whale in that top, I swear. It does really look ok because the yarn has such a drape, but if I pull from the sides, it stretches to the unbelievable. I love it because of the yarn, but if I were to knit this again with other yarn I would surely mod it to make it smaller.

Dáli’s Balthazar Vest


Yarn: Caron Simply Soft Brites in Coconut
Needles: Denise Interchangeable Knitting Needles size 3.75mm and 4mm
Pattern: Balthazar Vest by Wenlan Chia
Mods: went down yarn weight and needle size to fit my 1/3 doll
Comments: I love Wenlan Chia’s chunky knits, but I don’t think they’d fit me. I thought that, going down in needles and yarn weight, this may fit my doll, and it did, perfectly. It looks easy, but the pattern is a mess. I ended up winding up the short rows in the sleeve caps because the instructions were so vague…

Chicago Capelet


Yarn: Cascade Magnum in Walnut Heather
Needles: Denise Interchangeable Knitting Needles size 10mm
Pattern: Magnum Capelet #2 by Karen Clements
Mods: I can’t find 15mm needles around here, so I followed Julie’s mods and knitted a size bigger with 10mm needles
Comments: Cozy a fitted, I’ve been wearing this capelet daily. Cascade Magnum is soft and yummy, but it smells strangely when wet

And that’s it! I’ll be back soon to post my beautiful Blutorangescheibe Citron, which is currently blocking on my yoga mat ^^ You have to love Zauberballs, just look at the gorgeous colors!


And since the Citron is done, I just started an online KAL with my friend Sun. We are doing Hobo by Martin Storey in cotton 🙂

Vesty and new projects

marzo 13, 2010 - Leave a Response

I finally finished my vesty and I was really surprised when I tried it on and saw it fitted perfectly, even the ribbed collar! The pattern notes from CanarySanctuary where very intuitive and I had tons of fun knitting it 🙂 This will get tons of wear, I haven’t taken it off since I finished it!

Klematis Vesty

Yarn: Double Knit in klematis color. Lovely yarn, soft, smooshy and bouncy, in a beautifully vibrant color.
Needles: Denise Interchangeable Knitting Needles size 4mm for body and 3.75mm for armhole and neck ribbing
Pattern: Sexy Vesty by CanarySanctuary
Mods: made the body a bit longer, I wanted my belly completely covered

In the meantime, I started a bag that caught my eye quite a long time ago: the Brea Bag. I hadn’t started it sooner because I was oh so very scared of cables… But since I decided I want to knit this jacket, I had to start with cables some day. And I found out I love cables! They are fun to do and look great.

I wanted to just practice cables, so I choose a fugly yarn in my stash: plum wine Caron Simply Soft that had been rotting home for a couple of years. When I finished the front part of the bag I was so excited that I just needed to finish the rest of the bag, nevermind the yarn and color 😛

Right now the bag is nearly finished. The parts have been sewed together with crab stitch and I spent 6 hours fighting with the lining. I HATE lining bags, ugh! I just need to sew the lining to the bag now, but it’s a big small, it hasn’t got the right shape… I don’t know what to do, but I know I am not able to do a better lining, so… I’ll just sew this one in and see what happens!

A couple of days ago I got a package with new yummy yarn, so new projects are around the corner. I got me some skeins of Spud & Chloë sweater grass yarn to make the uber cute Sprout Blanket for Mario, the little son of a good friend. I will start this as soon as the bag is finished.

I also received some skeins of Cascade 220 Superwash in Lake Chelan Heather for making the famous Mrs Darcy Cardigan. I love this color, it’s so rich and intense. Such a pity that all pictures around look like a dull green instead.

I’m waiting for some lighter yarn in order to make a couple of summer camis, hope the package arrives soon 😀