Super Secret FO Revealed

Once upon a time, my weekly knitting group decided no one ever knits for knitters, so we should knit for ourselves.  Each year at the holiday party, we draw names and six months later at our anniversary party, we swap gifts in the form of things we’ve knit for each other.

I’ve received some terrific knitted items, a pair of socks, a felted bag that I carried everywhere for at least a year, a westknits cowl that I never would have knit for myself.

I’ve taken different approaches to what I knit each year.  Sometimes, there are many consultations with other people, will so-and-so like this? Knitting by committee is definitely a thing with a project by a knitter, for a knitter, in a knitting group.  One year, I openly blogged about it.  One year, I forgot to take pictures almost entirely.

5 years of swap collage

This year, it’s been completely secret!  I didn’t share who I picked or what I was knitting at all.  I mean, I told the group I was knitting a pink fringed poncho.  We’re celebrating year 8, pretty sure no one believed me when I said that.

So, without further ado, I present this year’s super secret knitting…the Dragon Wing Cowl!

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Details:  Pattern – Dragon Wing Cowl by Jessie Rayot, Yarn – Cephalopod Yarns Beastie in Man-Eating Tree, My Ravelry Page.

The construction is super fun!  You start off with a long garter stitch rectangle…

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It’s got a series of increases to give you the wing effect.  The spines come from dropping stitches all the way back to the cast on…

 

 

 

and then picking them back up in segments of stockinette stitch…

 

 

 

 

Lots of fun!  and they look great!

 

 

 

Block the points out, add some real bone buttons…

 

 

 

and it’s a cowl fit for a Khalessi!  Thanks to HBO, it seems like I planned this perfectly!

Best news of all, it was very well received and as soon as the recipient put it on, she had styled it better than anything I had managed to do in two months.   That made me very happy! It was super as I finished it but it came to life as soon as she put it on.  It was clearly meant to be!

And in true O.Henry fashion, she was the same person who picked my name!  I’ll show you what she knit me after I’ve had some daylight to take pics!  Hint:  Cat Socks!!


 

FO Friday – Gradient Triangle with pattern recipe

triangle shawl fogknits top down garter stripe shawl

My latest shawl is done!  I couldn’t be more pleased.  It’s exactly what I envisioned!  I wanted to showcase the yarn and it’s subtle gradient.

It’s a Bugga Ombre remnant kit from Cephalopod Yarns.   The color shift is so slight, in low light it’s easy to miss.  Sometimes it looks like mismatched dye lots rather than an actual gradient.  I paired it with the grey yarn (Neighborhood Fiber Co. Cobblestone Sock, I picked up at Rhinebeck!) to stretch my yardage and hopefully improve the gradient effect/lessen the mismatched dye lot effect.

And it worked!  This shawl drapes beautifully and it wraps for days!  There are so many different ways to wear it.  I love the drama and the functionality of long tails.

As if that weren’t enough, it was super easy!  This was knit, almost entirely, on public transit!  Yeah Garter Stitch!!  Here’s my shawl ‘formula’:

400 yards each,  two colors fingering weight

US6 (4 mm) needle (or an appropriate size to give a loose, drapey gauge)

CO 6 sts

set up row: KFB, K2, PM, K2, KFB

row 1: KFB, knit to 1 st before marker, KFB, SM, KFB, knit to last stitch, KFB

row 2: KFB, knit to last stitch, KFB

repeat rows 1 & 2 alternating two rows per color, until just enough yarn remains to bind off.  I recommend any stretchy bind off you like.  I used the Icelandic Bind Off, my new favorite!

Viola!  Easiest shawl ever!  I love it !

top down gradient shawl garter stitch two color stripes

Simple & understated, it’s garter stitch at it’s finest!

And now, with this finished, I feel a cast on bonanza coming on!  It’s time to knit ALL THE THINGS!