I sometimes feel like a knitting machine. While I occasionally go for several weeks without completing anything, I often go through flurries of casting-on then immediately finishing project after project. It is especially great to complete several items in succession if you have been toiling away at a large project for quite some time. After quite a few fiddly patterns and some sweaters I needed the fast paced finish frenzy to clean my knitting palate. Below I have some new ones and a few of my favorites that I revisited this last week.
While a sweater is not usually included in a list of quick knits, the Cala Luna Sweater is stylish, simple, and fast. Worsted weight and bottom up, the small bit of short rows creates a slightly longer back which is super flattering on anyone. I had such great fun knitting this that it may have stayed in my queue to be knit again. For this I used Mountain Top Vista. While slightly woolier than all of the Merino filling up my stash its a cozy sweater perfect for the damp chilly early spring Spokane is currently enjoying.
I like to knit both sleeves at once but, I don't like them on the same needle. It's too fiddly for me. While working the sleeves I knit to check points switching back and forth to ensure they are identical.
I was beyond excited to get our Sweet Georgia order in and immediately thought of everything I wanted to make out of it. Luckily I had some upcoming class samples to keep me from raiding the new yarn.
The first skein I needed to knit is Blood Orange. This color is a beautiful red/orange with loads of high and lowlights. I quickly cast on the Oats Cowl and flew through the short version which has been on my list to knit for a long time. I have made the matching Barley hat at least a dozen times and it remains my favorite gift to make. Both patterns are a part of the Simple Collection by Tin Can Knits and the Barley Hat class is starting Saturday.
The next Sweet Georgia color to catch my eye was Auburn. The rich brown is flecked by reddish highlights and deep brown undertones giving it a richness of color that makes this brown particularly intriguing.
One of the reasons I think I don't have many knit socks is the horrible Second-sock-syndrome. I know, I know! I can hear you all saying I should try two at a time. While I have successfully done this before, I'm not a fan. I love the technique and in theory it's brilliant but, I'm an easily distracted person and I always loose my place. So for now I'm sticking to working one, then the other.
Moving on to the pattern. The Rye socks are delightful. Worsted weight socks are the way to go for a fun fast knit. The band of garter down the front matches the Oats Cowl and Barley Hat making the trio an amazing set. Plus with the sizes ranging from baby to adult large you can make all three for one lucky duck or one each for the whole group.
I have big feet. So when I finished this sample, in a lovely women's small, I thought the pattern was wrong. The proportions just seemed off. Let me say asking non-yarnies randomly to put a single sock on is a little weird. Especially since I didn't think about how strange that might be until after I was looking at her foot a bit to closely. But on the foot it went and the fit was exactly right. 200 yards was perfect for the adult small and after making the sample I have pulled out my worsted bin so I can make a pair for me.
The last project in my snowstorm of quick knits is the Graham hat by Jennifer Adams (nutty Irishman knits). This is hands down my favorite single skein project for alpaca. Worn with the wrong side facing, this broken rib pattern is so easy and perfectly showcases the fibers fuzzy drape while offering gorgeous texture. I love the subtle stripe effect of the yarn as it shifts through shades of undyed baby alpaca. I have actually made this same hat out of this exact color twice but, this one is all mine.
So my flurry is over and I am back to working on my mountain of WIP's. I highly suggest any of these, especially if you are in need of a fast project that will inspire you to finish more.
What are your favorite patterns, or do you have projects you finish again and again?