Knit & Crochet Finished Object Roundup 2020-2022
I’m currently bringing in the new year while knitting a mitten. Here’s a quick look back at how I got here. (As usual, check the Ravelry link for the pattern, more photos, and more details of each project.)
2020 The Year of Blankets
In 2019 I wrote about how I started to knit again and finished a few projects (my first pair of socks and some hats) after having learned years earlier but never having finished anything other than a scarf. I had hoped that was the start of my knitting momentum, but I did even less in 2020.
Tunisian Crochet Blankets
Although I knit very little in 2020, I did experiment with Tunisian crochet and finished two blankets! I liked the first one so much that I made another one for my sister at the end of the year. They are both just Tunisian full stitch with a single crochet edge. The yarn I used is Premier Yarn’s Puzzle, which is a very soft and fuzzy bulky acrylic. The Tunisian full stitch texture works well with it, and the blankets are like very cozy chain mail.
I did knit one thing! A doubleknit potholder I made for my sister who raises chickens (that’s a hen duplicate stitched into one of the green diamonds). I designed the colorwork chart. It is my first real attempt at doubleknitting, using cotton yarn (so it can be used as a potholder without melting or burning), in a rush for Christmas, and unsurprisingly the tension is pretty wonky. It still gets used to this day, but it is even less square than when it was new.
Ravelry Project: Marshall Potholder
2021 More Crochet Experiments
Again I didn’t end up knitting much in 2021, but I did complete a pair of plain toe-up socks which [mostly] fit their intended recipient and were overall much better than my first attempt at socks.
Ravelry Project: Toe-Up Plan Mom Socks
Knit-brim Crochet hats
I also made a couple of hats where I crocheted (or Tunisian crocheted in the case of the honeycomb one) the hat body and knit the ribbed brim. I really like the combination of Tunisian for the top of the hat and knit for the rib; I will experiment with that further.
I also designed a tunisian simple stitch scarf for my sister. My intention was to surface cross stitch a graphic into the scarf (using the grid created by the tunisian simple stitches), but the scarf had too much curl. I’ve designed a second version as a tube, to be crocheted in the round (which I think will be easier than working flat anyway), to solve the curling issue (and to more easily add pockets) that I need to get started on some day.
Ravelry Project: Daisy Scarf Prototype
2022 The Year of Sweaters!
This year is the year where I finally feel like I’ve become a knitter! I made my first sweater(s), first colorwork socks, first lace, first mittens.
Socks and Mittens
I branched out into some more complicated socks, including some lacey patterns (like this design by Wendy Johnson) and a colorwork pattern. This first pair was meant to be a Christmas gift but I didn’t finish it until January. This is the first time I have bought some fancy hand-dyed yarn (from an Etsy seller) for a project. (The yarn ended up producing some flashing/inadvertant stripes; oh well :shrug:)
Ravelry Project: Daisy Seaweed Socks
I also made some mittens that incorporate the same lace pattern from the Seaweed Socks pattern (one pair without the yarnovers, to make it a little warmer).
Ravelry Project: Daisy Seaweed Mittens
Echo Flower Shawl
I’m not even sure what a shawl is for, but I came across several free patterns of impressive-looking lace I want to try. First up is this Echo Flower Shawl pattern by Jenny Johnson Johnen. The pattern incudes a full shawl as well as a smaller “shoulderette” which I made. My first lace pattern… it was fun to see it open up with blocking.
Ravelry Project: Echo Flower Shawl
I finally made a sweater! I first bought some bulky wool yarn to try a circular yoke design, but then I got on sale some worsted-weight acrylic yarn and decided to make a Flax by Tin Can Knits (a very popular topdown, seamless raglan). I still haven’t gotten to the bulky colorwork sweater.
Ravelry Project: first sweater! (colorblock Flax with brioche mittcuffs)
I wanted to make a T-shirt, and I got some rustic linen/wool/cotton yarn on sale that I thought might work. The pattern uses Phrancko’s seamless set-in sleeve construction (https://phrancko.com/). I also attempted a patch pocket. It turns out the yarn is both heavier and itchier than I expected, so it is more like a short-sleeve sweater and I haven’t worn it much.
Ravelry Project: Nerdy Hippie Tee
Shadow Knit Potholder
I have plans to make a shadow knit sweater. To practice that technique, I made this potholder. The idea is that when viewed straight on it looks like horizontal stripes, but when viewed at an acute angle, vertical stripes appear.
Ravelry Project: Shadow Knit Potholder