Now that the holiday crafting and shopping madness is over, the Studio staff took some time to relax and trade our own gifts!
Kate knit a lovely cowl for Arabia:
The cowl I made for Arabia is called the Pedestrian Crossing Cowl, by Melissa Sibley (free pattern on Ravelry!). I used 24/7 Cotton in Charcoal. I really loved working with the yarn; it really stood up to a lot of frogging and tinking without unraveling, which is a big plus for me! 🙂 It was my first attempt at a lace pattern; lifelines came in handy as did Doctor Marie (she had to perform surgery once or twice)! But, it was a really fun pattern once I got the hang of it.
Rosanne knit a gorgeous hat for Edita:
I used the LB Collection Baby Alpaca to make Odessa, a free pattern on Ravelry from Grumperina. Odessa is a very easy beaded pattern that uses YO and K2Tog to create ribbed swirls around the crown of the hat. I’ve made 2 of these previously — including one that was so delicious my friend’s dog ate it. This pattern calls for a DK weight yarn — LBC Superwash Merino would work really well too, due to the crisp stitch definition — and #8 seed beads. It’s an excellent introduction to beaded knitting. Those contemplating making this pattern should note that the hat is a close-fitting beanie pattern which does not lend itself to the slouchy fit that is so popular right now.
Edita crocheted a “charming” hat for Darrin!
I made up a pattern for Darrin’s hat. I used LBC Superwash Merino in Hunter, the entire skein! I put some charms on it, like peace sign (since Darrin only asked for peace on earth, hence the green color) and a tea pot, etc. The hat itself is a rectangle sewn in the back and I used a string for ruching it at the top.
Ann machine knit a colorful cowl for Rosanne:
I decided to make a cowl for Rosanne using colors which I knew she liked, and after doing a bit of detective work, I discovered that she liked houndstooth! I found a pattern on Ravelry called Hounds of Winter by Mona Schmidt and used that as my inspiration. I liked the reversible aspect of the cowl, sharing the “two sides” of Rosanne – sassy on one side and sophisticated on the other!