Random Knits

Basic Mitts

I got an order for some mitts recently for someone who loves color but wanted them to warmer than fingering weight yarn. So I started playing with DK weight yarn and below is where I’m currently at.

I haven’t decided if I want to write up the pattern yet or not. It worked up quickly and he’s been a fun knit. I’ll share the finished pair when they are both completed.

Happy making!

behind the scenes

So it begins…

I received happy mail from Canada today.

2 skeins of DK weight non super-wash wool.

I love the yarn from Campfiber Yarns! She does some great things and you should check it out.

These 2 skeins are hopefully going to become accessories. Hats and mitts, both crochet and knit.

I have no clue what the pattern will be yet, I just knew I wanted some yarn in this fabulous color. Making a hat and mitts from one skein of DK I think will be a neat gift idea for the future.

I have them all wound up and ready to go. I won’t use them to swatch out ideas, I will use some DK I have left over from another recent project. Look for swatches probably next week.

behind the scenes, Brick and Mortar, Swatching

Math, definitely part of my process…

Getting these hats ready to go to the tech editor. Gauge is always part of a part and is minimal basic math. That’s how many stitches and rows or rounds per inch so that you can replicate the work I’ve done and it actually fit.

When there are different sizes then there is more math and not just basic everyday math, but geometry. You figure how much yarn used for one size and the number of square inches for that size and then how many yards use per square inch and then apply to the other sizes you want to make.

For me this is the owner part of the process. It don’t have the formulas memorized or even organized in one place because I don’t do it enough. I’m going to be doing it more though so I better get organized.

The other little bit of knitting that isn’t a hat, is a swatch for mitts using DK weight yarn. So far I like this needle size with the yarn. Next I’ll measure the swatch and do some basic math to figure out how many stitches to cast on.

Thankful for all those math classes in school. Didn’t feel very practical in the moment though I love numbers but very useful now.

Happy making!

Brick and Mortar, Swatching

Brick and Mortar in DK

I decided to try making the Brick and Mortar mitts, knit version, in DK weight yarn. So far, so good.

Less stitches and rows to get the same size finished piece. It goes faster and they will be a bit thicker than the ones made with fingering weight yarn.

I chose to do just two colors this time and have less ends to deal with.

The way the Brick and Mortar mitt patterns are written is almost recipe like. A really good recipe with lots of guidance so you can use any yarn you want. You have to be willing to swatch though.

This is one of those pieces where the item could be the swatch. Take notes! Without notes of yarn weight, hook or needle size,number of stitches and things like that, swatching doesn’t do any good.

I will make the Brick and Mitts free when you use the code “swatch it” when they’re released in March and it’ll be good through the end of May 2023.

Happy making!

Switch It Hats

Photo Shoot

I took some photos of the Advent shawl yesterday. This pattern will soon be getting its final cover! The pattern is called Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer. I used the Advent skeins for 2022 from Southern Skeins to design this piece. Lots of texture to keep the knitter interested and showcase the colors. Still simple enough to work on while spending time with others during the holidays.

I also took some pictures of the Switch It Again hat. This hat as well as the Switch It Up hat will be going to testers tomorrow afternoon. Pattern release is planned for the end of January.

Las Cruces Shawl Vest


I am happy and excited to share with you that I am finally making progress on the Las Cruces Shawl Vest, crochet version, that isn’t stitching. I have begun writitthe pattern and have hopes to get it out for testing in the next couple of weeks!

My start on the Las Cruces Shawl Vest, crochet, with my great grandmother’s measuring tape.

This version uses only two colors. The modified elongated single crochet makes the piece look the same on both sides.

The chevron pattern is easy to memorize and this will quickly become a carry along piece that you can work on at groups, meetings or visiting with friends.

If you are interested in testing email me, message me on Instagram and comment below. I’ll get in touch with you and add you to the list.

These yarns are fingering weight 100% non super-wash merino wool. From Campfiber Yarns in Canada. The purple is called Cave Dwellers and the yellow is called Pineapple Delight. I love her yarns!

Happy making!

Brick and Mortar

Brick and Mortar Shoot

These hats and mitts are all finally finished. I still have to finish writing the patterns but all the stitching has been completed.

My hubby took me to breakfast this past weekend and I decided to do a shoot while we were there. Here are some of the photos. All are unedited and I haven’t chosen any for the patterns yet. It was a good shoot though.

Switch It Hats

Changing Choices

In the Switch It Again Hat you have two choices when changing colors. Some people when changing colors in ribbing like to knit every stitch. This works well because you don’t have any of those visible loops of color showing and doesn’t change the stretch of the piece.

Knit every stitch.

The other choice I’m going to share with you is to work the color change round in ribbing as they are. You will see the color change loops when the piece is pulled open on the hat but the ribbing of this hat is so close that it doesn’t bother me.

Work them as they are.

So the choice is yours. Below is a couple more pictures to look at. If you are working a different rib count than this pattern has, it is 3 x 2, then please swatch to how’s your looks.

For this hat what the back looks like doesn’t matter because the right is all that will ever be visible. If the wrong side of your work is going to show, like when the brim or cuff is turned, then make sure you like the look of both sides before continuing.

Happy making!

Brick and Mortar

Brick and Mortar

The brick and mortar mitts didn’t feel complete without a hat.

I have finished the crocheted version of the hat. When changing colors I had the choice of carrying the yarn or cutting and reconnecting the “mortar” color at each change.

Carried from round 1 to round 6.

I decided to cut and reconnect. I know it makes for more ends but I really wanted this hat to be as reversible as the mitts are.

Just have to clip the ends!

I’m going to lightly block the hat before I take final pictures and call it done. Because of the gauge and the number of stitches required for the repeat, it fits a bit snug. Blocking should help out with that.