Mystery: Week 7

Mystery: Week 7

The Log Cabin square was very easy to do, it’s all knit in the garter stitch (knit every row) all I needed to do was pick up stitches along the edges.

A lot easier than it sounds. While I have done this before on my own it was nice to watch a video explaination.  I am a very visual learner. And the illustration of the square was very helpful to know which color contrast was next.

Illustration

 

The illustration explains how the squares are added, I added the contrast letter so it would be easier for me to follow.

This week we were to make 4 squares and we used all 5 colors, Seagreen, Emerald, Natural, Grey Heather, and Grass.

Log Cabin Square

 

I’ve been taking my time knitting the squares but I can’t wait until tomorrow for week 8.

If you’re doing this KAL/CAL let me know how you’re doing.

Mystery: Week 6

Mystery: Week 6

I know that it took me an entire week to post about week 6 but last week was busy so I’m sorry.

This week was the Tweed Stitch and we finally used color C. I enjoyed making it but changing colors every two rows was a lot, a least the yarn was carried up the side.

Week 6

 

This week we were to make 2 so again my mom and I each made one. Mine is on the left hers is on the right. You can see that are gauge is different so they are a little different in size. We’ll make it work.

When I’m done typing this I’ll get working on week 7 and have a new post for you all soon.

Let me know how you’re doing on this KAL/CAL.

Mystery: Overview Weeks 1-5

Mystery: Overview Weeks 1-5

Now we’re halfway through the Yarnspirations Mystery Afghan KAL/CAL and I’m enjoying it.

Every Tuesday I can’t wait to start on the clue and see what new pattern or stitch I can learn.

Week 1: Mitered Square
Week 1: Mitered Square

Week 1 was the Mitered Square. So far it has been the easiest one. The colors used were Emerald, Grey Heather, and Grass. The first week the instructions said to make 4 and I got them done on the first day.

Week 2: Eyelet Cable Square
Week 2: Eyelet Cable Square

Week 2 was the Eyelet Cable Square. Now I don’t like cables so my mom made them. She got them done pretty quickly, this week needed 4 squares also. The color used was Grey Heather.

Week 3: Corner to Corner Square
Week 3: Corner to Corner Square

 

Week 3 was to make 8 of the Corner to Corner Square. This was a little more difficult because of the striping. There are a lot of ends that need to be weaved in that I haven’t done yet. The colors used were Seagreen, Grey Heather, and Grass.

Week 4: Daisy Stitch
Week 4: Daisy Stitch

Week 4 was the Daisy Stitch. This has been by far my favorite. I like the way the pattern looks especially in the color Emerald. This week also needed 8 squares. The video was necessary to understand how to do this stitch.

Week 5: Cam Cable
Week 5: Cam Cable

Week 5 was the Cam Cable. Not a square but a rectangle and we only needed to make 2. So my mom and I each knit one at the same time. It took three days for us to finish. The cable was difficult for me but I’m glad that I did it and I feel so accomplished. The color used for this one was Seagreen. I am glad it was a lighter color because it was easier to see the cable.

Weeks 1-5
Weeks 1-5

I’m excited to see what the next five weeks bring and how the afghan comes together.

If you’re doing this Mystery Afghan KAL/CAL let me know how you’re doing in the comments.

Mystery: Week 5

Mystery: Week 5

This weeks clue was the Cam Cable for the Yarnspirations Mystery Afghan. Less of a square and more of a rectangle as the approximate size will be 9 in by 34 in. This week we only need to make too.

If you’ve read any of my other posts you’ll know that I don’t like to knit cables. They are not my favorite. But this time I decided to make this one. So my mom and I are knitting them at the same time.

Cam Cable
Action shot
Cam Cable
Working on the cable

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The pattern is 28 rows and is repeated 3 more times. As of right now we have completed the pattern 1 and a half times. Doing it once took us about an hour and a half. So it is a little time consuming which is why we only have that much done and its Friday. We better get working.

It isn’t very difficult to follow the pattern and the abbreviations are a big help. As someone who doesn’t really knit cables I really needed them and to work on it at the same time as my mom is really helpful. And since we’re doing it together we’ll both be done and we won’t have to knit another one.

Abbreviations:

3FC = Slip next 2 stitches onto cable needle and leave at front of work. P1, then K2 from cable needle.

4FC = Slip next 3 stitches onto cable needle and leave at front of work. P1, then K3 from cable needle.

4KFC = Slip next 3 stitches onto cable needle and leave at front of work. K1, then K3 from cable needle.

BC = Slip next stitch onto cable needle and leave at back of work. K1, then P1 from cable needle

C5F = Slip next 4 stitches onto cable needle and leave at front of work. P1, then K4 from cable needle.

C5Finc = Slip next 4 stitches onto cable needle and leave at front of work. Kfb, then K4 from cable needle.

FC = Slip next stitch onto cable needle and leave at front of work. P1, then K1 from cable needle.

Kfb = Increase 1 stitch by knitting into front and back of next stitch

M2P = Make 2 stitches by picking up horizontal loop lying before next stitch and purling into back and front of loop.

These are the abbreviations that are used for this weeks clue and they are really well explained. I’m getting it and the piece is starting to look good.

Cam Cable

 

This is one repeat of the pattern. I’ll update this post or add another one of the finished Cam Cable.

If you’re doing this KAL/CAL let me know how you’re doing in the comments.

Also I recommend checking out Yarnspirations Facebook page. A lot of people share their progress, its great to see the different color combinations that people have chosen.

 

Mystery: Week 4

Mystery: Week 4

This weeks clue was the Daisy Stitch. It’s different than the last couple of weeks because of the four row repeat until you get to six inches. I do like this stitch but the video was necessary in understanding what to do and how to do it. Also the instructions just said to do the Daisy stitch without written instructions. Even the chart just says Daisy stitch.

Here’s a link to the video Yarnspirations posted

It definitely helped and now I’ve got it.

 

The thing about the Daisy Stitch is that the WS is where all the work is done. It’s really interesting because the RS and the WS are so distinct.

Right Side
Right Side

 

Wrong Side
Wrong Side

The pattern is a 4 row repeat. I repeated them 5 times and then row 1 and 2 to get to the six inches and then cast off. It’s really important to stay loose and keep an even tension through out. It sort of ends up a little rectangular but when I stretched it a bit it became more of a square.

I have to make 8 squares but I only have 4 done so I have to get working.

Update on last weeks clue, the instructions were to make 8 and I only had 4 done when this weeks clue was released. My mom has taken them over and she has two left to make.

 

If you’re doing this KAL/CAL let me know how you’re doing in the comments.

My Second Sweater

My Second Sweater

Last year after I finished my first sweater, I decided to start a second one. And it took a whole year to finish.

Well not really, I started on the sleeves and knit them both at the same time, then the back and the front was started and not finished. It was left on the needle for more than 8 months until I got it back out to finish it. Then I cast it off and it stayed in four pieces for about a month until my mom seamed up the sides for me. We also did the collar after it was seamed together and then the last thing added were the sleeves.

I don’t seam things up myself, my mom always does it for me and I’m grateful because she does an amazing job.

Sweater

 

If you remember my first sweater it ended up being way to big and bulky and it was short and boxy on me. What I did to make this sweater better fit was to modify the first pattern I used to make this one. I put my first one on and pulled the sleeves and body to me and marked it and then subtracted the number of stitches and that worked.

I used the same yarn as the first one, Lion Brand’s Heartland in Olympic. I love this shade of blue and this sweater looks much better than the first. It may have taken a long while to finish but I’m grateful its done.

I love it so much that I’ve worn it two days in a row.

 

Also I’ve listed new items in my Etsy shop. A baby blanket and a lap blanket.

 

Has it taken you over a year to finish a project? Let me know in the comments.