Rose Verde

There has been knitting going on around here, in small amounts here and there.  I have to admit, I’m a bit surprised I’ve been able to get any in at all. My hands are very full, but there is some down time while PB sleeps, or someone else is entertaining her.  I’ve also mastered knitting, computing, and moving around while she’s in a sling, which is very nice indeed.

In the last week of my pregnancy, I went on a cast-on spree.  I started some fingerless mitts, a beret, a baby hat.  You’ve seen the hat, and I just realized I haven’t taken photos of the mitts, but I can show you the beret:

Knitting this felt somewhat like a race against time.  I wanted to finish it before the baby came, or at least get through the meatier bits of the pattern. Fortunately, I was able to finish the cable charts before going into labor, which meant I only had the band to finish up later.

  • Pattern: Rose Red by Ysolda Teague (Ravelled here)
  • Yarn: Misti Alpaca Worsted Solids in C815, about 165 yards
  • Needles:  US 6/4 mm  and US 4/3.5 mm
  • Mods:  I wanted a more snug looking band, so I knit pattern as written thru row 64. Then I switched to smaller needles and did the following: row 65: k2, p1, p2tog* ; row 66: k2, p2* ; continued in k2 p2 ribbing for one inch, then bound off with larger needles.

Once again, I am pleased and impressed with Ysolda’s impeccible design.  This looked very complicated to me in the beginning, but she walks you through every step in the pattern, offering up both charts and written instructions.  The lace inside the cables was highly entertaining, and I loved working toward the next change to see how it would all come together.  It is also knit from the top down, which is quickly becoming my favorite way to knit a hat; not only does the pattern slowly reveal itself from a new perspective, it allowed me to customize the band at the last minute.

This yarn was also a delight to work with.  The alpaca is light as air, softly haloed, and the color…  Well, the color is a saturated grassy green, with a hint of gold spun in for depth.  While it did like to split on the needles every once in a while, it was great to work with over all.  It knits up into a light yet very warm and effective fabric.  I originally bought 2 skeins of this yarn, so now I feel challenged to use the other skein to make something warm and matchy to go with the hat.  Snapdragon or Veyla mitts, perhaps?

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