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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?

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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

Reposado 1

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!

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Grace Wrapper: Pattern Review and FO

June 15, 2018
Grace Wrapper Header

May I present to you, my newest, prettiest, comfiest sweater – the Grace Wrapper! I think I must be growing as a knitting because my sweater success ratio is improving dramatically. Swatches, you guys. They’re boring, but seem to be worth it. I made a sweater that fits! Like really well. And it’s really comfortable. And it’s adorable and classy and I feel like a fancy ballerina in it. Let’s talk about it!

The Pattern:Grace Wrapper

For this sweater I used a modified version of Kate Oates Grace Wrapper pattern. I had been scouting this pattern for some time. Pretty much from the moment I saw Christina Danaee’s version on Instagram. It was originally published in Grown: Sophisticated Sweater Designs from the Maker of Tot Toppers, but I didn’t really care for the rest of the patterns in the book. In the comments on Ravelry, Kate Oates hinted that it might be released independently in 2018. So I waited. Then I snapped it up.

As I mentioned before, I modified this pattern a bit. I changed the sleeves so that they ended in ribbing, rather than the bobble edge, which was a little too sweet for me.  On the underarm, I picked up 12, rather than the 4 or 5 stitches and decreased 2 stitches every 4th round until I got to 46 stitches. From there I knit in 2×2 ribbing for 3 inches.

Grace Wrapper - Side

I also lengthened the body of  my Grace Wrapper slightly. I didn’t like the way the original pattern rolled at the bottom, and wanted to include a bit of ribbing. Because I only had 3 skeins of yarn – the ones I bought from the Fiber Festival – I was carefully to maximize what I had. So I knit the body to the length called for in the pattern and then put the stitches on a holder. Then I knit everything else. After everything else was finished I went back to the body and knit in 4×4 yarn until I pretty much ran out of yarn (saving some to finish the steek). I ended up adding about 2 inches to the sweater.

Then I blocked it and let it sit for several weeks while I got up the courage to steek the hole in the side for the wrap. I found lots of tutorials about how to steek something all the way open, but not for just making a little hole. So before I cut into my precious sweater, I knit a test swatch and steeked that. Then I brought it to knit night and had someone who’d steeked before take a look. Once she said it looked good, I put off steeking another week. Then one morning I just got up and steeked it! And it worked! I’m afraid to look to closely at it for fear that it will come apart, but I think it’s alright.

Grace Wrapper

The Yarn:

This yarn was my one and only 2018 DFW Fiber Fest purchase. It is Olive Yarn Dye Co. in Bella DK, which is a 3 ply DK that is 80% Superwash Merino, 10% Cashmere, and 10% Nylon. I used every single bit of 3 280 yard skeins!

Bella DK is very nice to work with. It’s very smooth and blocks out beautifully. The color, Champagne, was just that subtle millennial pink that I was looking for. I promise. I searched the whole Fiber Fest and this was the best one!

Grace Wrapper

The only complaint that I have about this yarn is that it has an occasional speckle of other dye colors. Just every once in a while there is a random blue or orange dot. It didn’t bother me enough to cut them out, but there are some spots of my Grace Wrapper that look like I stabbed myself with a pen. So that’s a shame. Other than that, I had no issues with the yarn. I would totally use it again. I love the muted colors.

Of course, now that I finally steeked my grace wrapper its 100 degrees here in Texas. The poor thing will have to go into hibernation for a while until it gets cool again. While I wait, I’ve got some summer knits I’m working on. I can’t wait to show you when they’re done! What are you working on right now? I’d love to hear about it!