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Today I finished knitting yet another hat. I had a few minor difficulties at first with the pattern, but Kara helped me sort them out. (Thanks!!! ๐Ÿ˜€ ) And so I can now proudly present my “Blinky” hat:


In case you aren’t familiar with Blinky, he is the cute 3 eyed fish from The Simpsons. He lives in the river near the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant and that very Power Plant also is the reason for his unusual number of eyes. ๐Ÿ˜‰

K. modeling Blinky

The pattern for Blinky is from ravelry and it’s just awesome.ย  Of course in order to make it look like Blinky I had to modify it quite a bit.

The yarn and needles I used for the pattern were a smaller size than specified in the pattern, so I also had to modify the short rows which are used toย  shape the mouth. I cast on 120 stitches and so that’s what I used for the short rows:

Row 1 [RS]: K36, W&T.
Row 2 [WS]: P12, W&T.
Row 3 [RS]: K13, W&T.
Row 4 [WS]: P14, W&T.
Row 5 [RS]: K15, W&T.
Row 6 [WS]: P16, W&T.
Row 7 [RS]: K17, W&T.
Row 8 [WS]: P20, W&T.
Row 9 [RS]: K24, W&T.
Row 10 [WS]: P28, W&T.

Row 11 [RS]: K32, W&T.
Row 12 [WS]: P36, W&T.
Row 13 [RS]: K40, W&T.
Row 14 [WS]: P44, W&T.
Row 15 [RS]: K48, W&T.
Row 16 [WS]: P52, W&T.

Repeat those short rows on the back part of the hat. Then follow the pattern. For the decreases for the fish tail I always just did a second decrease round about half and inch before the one specified in the pattern. I did that till the number of stitches on my needles matched those in the pattern. Then I just continued according to pattern.

I knit the pectoral fins as specified in the pattern. Well I didn’t do the 1×1 rib, but worked in stockinette stitch. Except in the last row I increased to 40 stitches by knitting into the front and back of each stitch. Then I worked a kind of feather and fan pattern before casting off. For the feather and fan I knit *YO, K1 4 times, K 2 tog 3 times*.

Blinky and Kitty ๐Ÿ˜‰

For the dorsal fin I also followed the pattern where the increases are concerned. But instead of doing 10 rows of 1×1 ribbing I worked k5, p2, k7,p2, k7, p2, k5 for 10 rows. Then in the last row I increased to 60 stitches by knitting into the front and back of each stitch. Then I worked the same kind of feather and fan pattern I did for the pectora fins before casting off.

For the eyes I used these instructions… only I used an old sock as fabric for the eyes and embroidered the black dot with some left over yarn. For my eyelids I cast on 20 stitches and then knit in stockinette stitch increasing by 2 stitches in every knit row till I had 26 stitches.

Well, I guess that’s it. At any rate I can’t remember which other modifications I did. So here is Blinky and also a lot more pics on rav.: http://ravel.me/aravis83/isg2m

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Here is the scarf I finished a couple of days ago. I’m calling it smokey wave scarf ’cause with those different shades of gray it looks a little bit like swirling smoke. ๐Ÿ™‚

Smokey Wave Scarf

The pattern is my own invention, though I guess I’m probably not the first to knit such a scarf. Anyway here is what I did:

Cast on 64 stitches.

Knit one row, purl back, and knit another row before you begin with the wave pattern. Also always slip the first stitch of each row.

I used 2.5 needles (European size) and the yarn is acutally my prefered sock yarn. ( Schoeller+Stahl Fortissima Mexiko Cotton Stretch) So my scarf is about 18 cm wide.

Wave pattern: It’s a simple feather and fan stitch worked over 4 rows.

1. row: Slip first stitch, k1, k2tog twice, *YO, K1 4 times, K 2 tog 4 times* repeat till there are only 6 stitches left, k2tog twice, k2

2. row: slip first stitch, knit till end of row

3. row: slip first stitch, purl till end of row

4. row: slip first stich, knit till end of row

Repeat the pattern till the scarf has the desired length and then cast off. Mine is about 2 meters, though I think the “normal” scarf is only 1,50 m. Have fun knitting! ๐Ÿ˜€

Here is my scarf of ravelry: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/smokey-wave-scarf

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As I had the last 2 weeks off and didn’t go anywhere in particular, I finally had time to LV to my hearts content and to knit, knit, knit. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Last week I finally finished my knit skirt and it turned out much better than expected, for I discovered halfway through that I should have used the pattern for small instead of medium. As a consequence the skirt is a little big for me… but after putting in the elastic in additon to the cord, you can barely see it. It only flares a little more.

Zig-Zag Skirt

Also I modified the waistband a little. I immediately started knitting in the round and did 7 rows for the โ€œbacksideโ€, then one purl row at the turn and 8 (or 9โ€ฆ canโ€™t really remember) knit rows for the โ€œfront sideโ€. In the 5. front row I did 2 eyelets with about 15 stitches inbetween.
Through those eyelets I put in an elastic and a cord after finishing the skirt. It would probably have been easier to knit it in the way it is described in the pattern, but I just couldnt make up my mind if I wanted an elastic when I started to knit. ๐Ÿ™‚

The rest of the skirt I knit according to pattern. I only had to leave out one of the D rows towards the end to make the stripes match up the way I wanted.

Here is my skirt on ravelry. Yarn and needle details can be found there too. (Btw. the yarn I used is absolutely perfect for a skirt. It’s really soft and pretty and shiny. But most important it’s amazingly cool and comfortable to wear.) http://ravel.me/aravis83/35owm

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My Giant Plush Microbes have become a few more companions. ๐Ÿ˜‰


May I introduce you to Bookworm (the longish, curved, light yellow one with the cute teeth and big brown eyes in the back row), Herpes (yellow one who looks a bit like the sun, also in the back row), Yeast (the fat round one on the very left), Scum (the little brown one who is trying to hide), Fat Cell (the beige grumpy looking one next to Scum), White Blood Cell (the pure white one on the very right), Bed Bug (the pink one in the fron row with all those red legs), The Clap (the prominent blue grey one in the middle) and lastly Tooth Decay (the cute white on the very right in the front row).

Aren’t they cute? Currenty they are all infesting my bookshelf, but some will eventually get new homes. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Yesterday I finished a project I’ve wanted to do for ages… well ever since I knit those brain slugs back in February or March. It’s one of those brain slugs (Futurama) attached to a very simple knit hat. ๐Ÿ™‚

Brain Slug Hat

The pattern for the hat is from “Knitting from the top down” by Barbara G. Walker. It was amazingly easy and fast to knit. It only took me a little more than one day to finish it and it turned out really well …and it actually fits. I’m rather proud of myself, because I usually don’t do too well with hats. See this earlier post. ๐Ÿ˜‰

For the brain slug I used a pattern I found on ravelry. I love that pattern for it’s easy to knit and the slugs look just right, except for the tenacles maybe. Anyway for the hat I had to modify the slug a little. The base I knit according to pattern, but I made the body considerably shorter and did faster decreases at the top. So my slug is a lot smaller and “fatter” than the one in the pattern. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Also I didn’t do tentacles. Instead I knit 5 “triangles”. For those I picked up about 8-10 evenly spaced stitches from the base (from the underside of the knitting so that it isn’t visible when you look at the slug).ย  I did those in garter stitch, decreasing by 2 stitches every other row, till there were only 2 stitches left. I pulled the yarn through those 2 and sewed it in. ๐Ÿ™‚

Here is my brain slug hat on ravelry: http://ravel.me/aravis83/bs2

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Just a short blog post to show off the headband I knit for myself. It’s done in mosaic knitting and really easy to do… that is, once you’ve figured out how to knit that way.ย  (Thanks, Kara!!!).ย  ๐Ÿ˜‰

Knitted Headband

Isn’t it absolutely lovely?

I just love the patternย  and how it looks when I wear it. Also it’s a wonderful way to use up left over sock yarn. As usual I’ve used Schoeller+Stahl Fortissima Mexiko Cotton Stretch, which is the very best yarn there is. It’s soft and stretchy and keeps the shape nicely.

Pink Headband

Kara designed the pattern. I’ll probably knit some more eventually for I absolutely love the pattern. Btw. it can be found on ravely. Here it is: http://ravel.me/aravis83/mh

Oh btw. I just realized that I never posted a pic of my finished bubble socks. Anyway here they are:

Finished Bubble Socks

They turned out so pretty, though they were a real pain to knit. ๐Ÿ˜€

Here is the pattern and they are on ravelry: http://ravel.me/aravis83/bm

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Hello Kitty!

Omg, I just realized that I haven’t written a proper post in ages and ages. Sorry! ๐Ÿ™‚

Hello Kitty!

Today I knit the bow for the elephant I did a couple of weeks ago. As I couldn’t find a good pattern online, I just made it up. Soooo here is my pattern:

For the main body of the bow I cast on 15 stitches. As usual I used size 2,5 needles and the yarn is Lana Grossa Merino Superfein. I knit about 2,5 cms in garter stitch before casting off and sewing in the ends.

For the middle part of the bow I cast on 5 stitches. I knit about 3 cms in garter stitch before casting off.

Then scrunch the main body together in the middle and sew the middle part around it. Don’t cut off the loose ends yet, as they can be used to sew it onto something.

And here is how Mrs. Elli Fant looks with her bow:

Mrs. Elli Fant with bow

More pictures and yarn/needle details and the pattern for that elephant can be found on my ravelry page: http://ravel.me/aravis83/fpe

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May I introduce you all to Mrs. Elli Fant:

Mrs. Elli Fant ๐Ÿ˜‰

Doesn’t she look cute?

I love the way she turned out and the pattern was amazingly easy to knit. Only the stuffing, which is done through the trunk is a major pain. Guess next time I’ll do it the other way round… start with the trunk and stuff from the other end. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Anyway here is the pattern and all yarn/needle details: http://ravel.me/aravis83/fpe

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Happy Easter!

Just a short tiny post to wish all of you a very Happy Easter!!! ๐Ÿ˜€

Easter Bunny Egg

Btw. the bunny pattern and a couple more pics can be found on my ravelry page: http://ravel.me/aravis83/erecp

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Omg, I just realized that I haven’t written a proper blogpost in a whole month!!! There is lots and lots to tell, but I’ll do that some other time. Today Iย  really need to show off the dress I knit for myself. I finished it today and unfortunately I forgot to take proper pictures before starting to block. So here is one of the dress in “blocking stage”:


knitted dress

The dress is top-down and I’ve worked it about 2 sizes bigger than I’d usually need, as I plan to wear it over my normal everyday clothes as a kind of sweater in winter… best and more fashinable way of keeping warm. ๐Ÿ™‚

I just love the way it turned out, though I half wish now that I had used a less colorful yarn. It will be hard to find a shirt to wear underneath, though it looks wonderful with either jeans or black tights.

Anyway I’ll try to write down the pattern details here:

For the dress I’ve used size 4 needles (European size) and my favorite yarn. It’s called Lana Grossa Merino Superfein. The size of the dress is medium I guess (or 38 European size).

Swatch: 11 stitches per 5 cms

Cast on: 110 stitches for the front and another 110 stitches for the back, remember to place stitch markers between the front and back stitches. (110 stitches ~ 50cm)

I canโ€™t quite remember which cast on I used, because I ripped it out several times before I found the perfect number of stitches. But I think it was a kind of invisible cast on.

For the collar I knit several rows of k1 p1 ribbing (till I had about 3 cms), before switching to my multicoloured yarn.
Knit 2 rows before, knitting short rows in the back. (You canโ€™t see it too well in the pics, but the back is about 3cm higher than the front)
For those short rows in the back I split the 110 stitches 36 -38 – 36; knitting back and forth adding 12 stitches every time till I reached the shoulder stitch markers again.

Edit: I ripped out the black ribbing for the collar after finishing the dress and redid it. It was just too lose for my liking. So I decreased by 5 stitches in the front and back in the first row (plain knitting), then did the next rows k1 p1 as before and decreased by 5 stitches in the front and back again in the last row before binding off.

Shoulder increase: increase by 4 evenly spaced stitches in the front and back every 4. row till you have 150 stitches in the back and front.

Sleeves: for the sleeves bind off 60 stitches on each side. There should now be 90 stitches in the front and back.

The back and front are seperate now. Before joining them again knit/purl back and forth seperately for about 6 rows.
Knit the first row and then increase by 2 stitches in every knit row. Knit the last one. There should be 98 stitches now.

Join the front and back again and continue knitting in the round.

I did that for about 10 cm and started to increase for the โ€œskirtโ€ part of the dress right after the back stripe.

Skirt Increase: For the skirt increase by 2 stitches in the back and front every 8. round till it has the right length. For my dress I increased till I had 140 stitches in the front and back.

For the cast off edge I used a picot hem. ๐Ÿ™‚

More pictures of my dress in progress, yarn and needle detais… can be found onย  my ravelry page: http://ravel.me/aravis83/cd

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