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Golden Hour Shawl: Pattern Review and FO

January 17, 2019

Do you ever crave certain types of knitting? Do some seasons make you turn towards socks, or big bright colors? This past fall I was desperately craving something worsted. Without realizing it, I’ve tended towards fingering weight (I mean, more yardage for the money…). But sometimes you just need something cozy. That was how I felt when I knit the Golden Hour Shawl.

Even though it was the middle of August, I was ready for Fall. I was tired of the heat; tired of the bugs. Everyone was gearing up to go back to school, and here I was with the same old schedule. I was tired and feeling uninspired with all my current projects. Somehow, I felt drawn to the Golden Hour Shawl. The chunky weight, bobbles, and colorwork seemed comfortable. Rustic, even.  Autumnal. Turns out, it was just what I needed.

The Pattern


The Golden Hour Shawl is an Andrea Mowry pattern that features baubles, lace, and color play. It calls for 3 colors of a worsted weight yarn. The pattern, quite simply, is a joy to knit. I can’t remember the last time I’ve enjoyed a pattern so much. Even the colorwork sections were way easier than they looked. They utilize a slip stitch pattern so you’re only ever working with one strand of yarn. I love that this shawl is worsted weight too. It gives it such a homey feel, and I don’t find the finished product heavy at all.

The most challenging aspect of the Golden Hour Shawl was making sure that I kept my floats loose during the two-color sections. I tend to pull too tight, which can cause the fabric to pucker, or pop one color too far forward. I had to remind myself to slow down, relax, and carry the yarn gently to keep the floats night and loose.

 The Yarn

I used Berroco Vintage in Slate, Gingham, and Pumpkin for my version of the Golden Hour Shawl. Since I was a bit more adventurous with color than usual (Orange? Me?), I was a little wary of throwing down a huge chunk of change. What if I didn’t like the finished colors all together. I shouldn’t have worried. The colors look great together in the finished shawl.

I love how the shawl feels too. Vintage might not get a lot of respect as a “budget” yarn, but I think it’s a solid yarn! I was happy with the colors, happy with the finished fabric, and happy with the quality. The price was just icing on the cake!

I would love to make this shawl again in other colors. Maybe some earthy greens? Throw in a nice mustard yellow? It would look great done all in neutrals! If you’re looking for an engaging comfort knit, the Golden Hour Shawl is the way to go!

What do you like to knit when you’re feeling uninspired? What speaks to you?

Sewing

Gypsum Skirt

August 26, 2018
Gypsum Header

I’m going to throw a curve ball here. You guys ready? The next FO that I have to share is actually sewn and not knitted! If you’re saying to yourself, “I didn’t know she could sew,” you’d probably be right. My knowledge is tenuous at best, but that’s okay, because the Gypsum Skirt pattern is really easy. Like, no zippers, no buttons. It’s just about my speed. 

Gypsum Skirt

The Pattern

The Gypsum Skirt is a pattern by Sew Liberated that is modeled to be a skirt version of their Arenite Pants. It features an elastic waist, flat felled seams, and huge ass side pockets. The pockets are really what make it. Also, if you need experience with french seams, the pockets offer an excellent opportunity to get comfortable with the process. If you’re a little nervous about the pockets, or just want a slightly different look, view B offers a more traditional side pocket option. 

Gypsum Skirt

The pattern is intended for woven fabrics. Sew Liberated recommends a drapey fabric for View A like rayon challis, tencel twill,  or silk noil. But, I’m cheap and my local Joann’s is tragic so I made mine out of a shirting fabric. It still came out great. Like I mentioned before, the elasticized waist makes for easy finishing. This is great, because if it required a zipper or something, it would still be sitting unfinished by my couch. 

Gypsum Skirt

The Skirt

So if you haven’t already gathered, I made View A…you know, for the pockets. I cut a size 6 (for reference, my waist is 27″ and my hips are 36″). I am happy with the size that I chose and would use the same size if I made it again. The construction of the skirt is really clever, with the french seamed pockets and the flat felled side panel seams. I did accidentally cut my back piece wrong and ended up having to seam the center back, but I don’t think it affected the end result. 

Gypsum Skirt

The trickiest part for me was inserting the elastic and getting the waistband all sewed down. I may have fudged that part a bit. In the end though, I’m really happy with the finished piece and anticipate making it again in the future. And the best part? It’s SUPER comfortable. And it has pockets. 

Finished Object Knitting

Reposado: Pattern Review and FO

June 26, 2018
Reposado

What’s this? Another sweater? Thanks to a generous bout of road trip knitting (Hello Austin!), I have yet another FO for you! This is Reposado by Thea Coleman; a lovely Summery top made from YOTH Yarn’s Best Friend.

The Pattern

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Reposado has been in my mental Ravelry queue since I saw it on Instagram. I was drawn to it when I first saw it,but put it off for a while because it seemed like a good summer knit (it is!). I found this to be a very quick knit. Reposado is knit in the round to the armholes, then knit back and forth. Because of that, it chugs along very quickly. It was even a good road trip pattern! 

The lace pattern in Reposado is very logical, and I had it memorized pretty much by the second repeat. You can clearly read the stitches and see where it’s going. I did mess up several times (usually a matter of too many or too few yarn overs), but was able to correct it without much ripping back. 

I will say that I found this pattern to be somewhat wordy. It’s not really a negative thing, but there’s a lot of explanation about the whole process. I know lots of knitters who live for this level of explanation. However, I found that sometimes it made things muddy. For instance, the lace pattern is written out for flat knitting, but charted for circular, because you use both in the pattern. For an experienced knitter, this is barely noticeable. But for someone new to lace or sweater patterns, this could be a major bump in the road. So just do a nice mis en place before getting started to make sure you’re not missing anything. 

The Yarn

Yoth’s Best Friend is a cotton and knit blend, which I have used before in my Del Sol tank. It really is a great summer yarn. The difference in this pattern is that it’s knit with two strands held together! Held together, Best Friend is close to a DK weight, but not too heavy for a light summer sweater.  I just pulled from two separate balls of yarn and I didn’t have a lot of trouble with tangling. You can barely tell that it’s held together in the finished product!

This blocks wonderfully, though I was surprised when soaking my Reposado how dark the water was afterwards! Last time I used Best Friend I used a very light color, so I got no dye in the bath. This time the water was the color of tea!I’d be interested to see if any other colors do this, because they all seem pretty muted. 

Honestly, I put off finishing this project because I was so so close to getting the whole thing out of two skeins of Best Friend. I only used the third skein for one back shoulder and the collar, so I have pretty much a whole skein left. I was a little bummed to have to crack into that third skein, but now I’m thinking I can get a cropped version of Del Sol out of the leftovers, so I’m happy again.

In terms of finished product, I could not be happier with this sweater! Before blocking, I was worried that it was a little short and would hit at an unflattering length. Now that it’s block, it’s pretty much perfect! I was also worried that the added width of the lace on the shoulder would make me look like a linebacker (my shoulders are relatively broad for my frame), but the sweater softened up with wear and looks great! I love the summery casual vibe of Reposado, and could see myself making this in lots of other colors! I’ve also seen a version on Instagram with added dolman sleeves that could be a great fall transition piece.The possibilities are endless!