It’s been a busy few weeks here with weekends away, deadlines and new modules to contend with. However, I’ve been sneaking in a bit of knitting both at Straight Stitching and when I’m out and about, and I’m loving a couple of quick gratification projects I’ve worked on recently. Quick knits are generally perfect for on-the-go knitting too.
I love knitting socks; it’s one of the reasons I learnt to knit and I’m so glad I did. I know Hermione’s Everyday Socks is a really popular sock pattern, but I do like a sock that’s combined mostly of knit stitches, and so I stumbled across Scatterby Socks. They’re toe up, with a fish lips kiss heel (which if you haven’t tried, you really should!). It’s a no purl pattern, and the repeat is very easy to remember. Best of all, it’s perfect for adding texture to those bright and crazy variegated yarns hiding in your stash.
I’ve been using Araucania Botany Lace in the colourway 1796, which I bought from Hilda Haarhoff at Earlswood Lake Craft Centre back in 2012. Sadly, Hilda has closed very recently and I’m struggling to find the same colourway online but there are so many beautiful shades still available through online shops such as LoveKnitting and Black Sheep Wools (who seem to be selling it for the bargain price of £4.99 a skein!) It’s 100% extra fine merino wool, and it’s spun beautifully so it’s nice and bouncy. There’s 410m per 100g skein too, so plenty for a pair of socks. I’m almost at the heel on my second sock; I’m hoping I can quickly do it whilst Oliver is having his nap!
Whilst looking for projects to knit with my newly acquired stash from Edinburgh, I had a look at single skein shawls, and after eyeing it up for a while I decided on knitting a Pebble Beach Shawl. I’m a bit slow to the party with this one, as the kniternet went mad for this pattern when Helen Stewart of CuriousHandmade released this pattern. Originally it was a single skein shawlette pattern but following a trillion requests from knitters, Helen updated the pattern. It is now written to work with 100g 4ply, 100g heavy lace weight and 100g 2ply lace which is brilliant because I really struggle to find lovely patterns for heavy lace weight and I’ve definitely got a couple of skeins waiting in my stash.
Anyway, I got distracted looking through my stash, and rather than using one of my new, freshly wound skeins, I decided to give it a whirl with a gradience set. It’s Verve by The Unique Sheep in the colourway Peacock. It’s a 100g set of super bouncy 100% super wash merino that has a really lovely twist to it. With 365m to a set, I was a little worried that I might end up playing yarn chicken at the end, and so I used as much as possible of the first skein. But as I went on, I realised that actually I wasn’t going to run out of yarn and so I used a lot less of the other 3 skeins. Nonetheless, it still came out as a very pretty shawl, but I wish i’d repeated some of the rows in between the main pattern rows.
I love the way the ends curl and how pretty the edging is, despite being so simple to knit. It’s an addictive pattern, and I knit this in a week, and mostly when I was on the bus, in the car on the school run and not particularly spending much time on it in the evenings!
As far as patterns go, I don’t think I’ve ever come across such a well written pattern. Not only were there row by row instructions, but each of the three sizes were written separately and row by row. Not only did this make it incredibly clear on what you should be doing, but also made it very easy to keep track of where you were. I often use the KnitCompanion app on my phone, and this pattern worked perfectly with the app. I’ll definitely knit another one; I’ve got some teal Babylonglegs heavy laceweight that’s calling out to be a Pebble Beach.
What are your favourite quick-gratification patterns? Let me know what you’ve been making!
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