Documenting the Christmas knitting. This was for my sister, Mirna, who requested something modern and neutral:
LOVE the way this came out -- may make one for myself in another color. The chunky misti alpaca is perfect (very soft, very fast), and the seed stitch makes a really modern, interesting shape. Flattering! And I love the big button (mine came from Chix with Stix). Free pattern by Rachel Iufer
-- thanks, Rachel!
I made a scarf to accompany, improvised. End panels in seed stitch, a lot of stockinette, and the center in seed stitch too. The center panel is invisible when it's behind your neck, especially if buried in hair, but if you fold the scarf in half and then tuck the ends through, you get great seed stitch detailing showing at your neck. Love the effect.
And for brother-in-law Gian, a simple, manly hat:
I know, it looks less manly on me. But trust me, it is a very manly hat. I was a little worried that it would be too small -- Kev mentioned that he'd rather have it longer, if it were his, so he could have the option of pulling it down over his ears. But I made it to pattern, and Mirna says it fits. Whew! I told her I could add a few rows of the green trim (she picked the colors) if he wanted, but she thinks it'll be fine as is. Free Ravelry pattern, by Woolly Wormhead