My St. Patrick’s Day Cream Stout Cozy

I can hardly believe it’s done. It’s my first F.O. in the round. What an experience. When I first had the temerity to sign up for the beer cozy swap I thought, “How hard can it be?” I slowly began to find out. I started out with the magic loop method but got banjaxed with pulling the yarn too tight at the joining stitches so much so that the last stitch wouldn’t slide up onto the needle. So I moved onto dpns. I tried 3 and I tried 4. I tried metal and I tried wood. I could not do it without getting laddering at the original join column of stitches. All the way up the tube. I would pull and I would yank on the first, the second and the third stitches at that joining every round and always when I came around to it again it was like a shoelace the kept coming untied. Mystified, I moved onto the two-circulars method. I had a laddering problem with that too. Then I thought, “I’ll knit it flat and do the mattress stitch for a seamless joining.” I found that the mattress stitch is going to require more practice than I had time for. (There was a deadline for the swap.) So at this point I began to panic. I had less than two weeks to make this happen. I actually wondered if I could buy one somewhere. I was preparing a post detailing my woe when I thought, “Let me give the magic loop one more try.” And somehow this time it worked.

It’s all Red Heart Super Saver. Size 8 Addi Turbo. Magic Loop. The pattern is from The Essential Guide to Color Knitting Techniques by Margaret Radcliffe. It’s a detail from a hat pattern.

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cool color work! and a very practical knitting application I might add. :) Great job.

Thepook's picture

Awesome work! I teach the magic loop method at my LYS. We've done a beanie class and I have a sock class coming up next month. Cheers on persevering and making it work.

TheKnittingMill's picture

Looks great Tom, and I like that pattern you adapted! I found that when I first started using DPN's I was so paranoid of the "ladders" I had heard and read about, I would pull the second stitch on the new needle so tightly it would actually create a vertical ladder between the left and right side of the "V" on the first stitch of the needle. I learned to relax and just give that second stitch a gentle tug to pull up any extra slack and it looked much better. I had the same thing happen with the two circulars I switched to thinking that would fix the problem. No, it was just me manhandling the yarn with a death grip.

ronhuber's picture

Congratulations, Tom. A fine piece of knitting.

Bill's picture

I've followed Tom through several versions of the cosy...and he has persevered...Congratulations on a job well one!

Kerry's picture

Look great Tom, and the green is just perfect for St P.

I sometimes knit socks on dpns and I know what you mean about that vertical ladder. Adding an extra stitch to the cast-on row and then knitting the first and last stitches together when the join up is made can help to eliminate that problem.

Joe Moore's picture

Great job. I usually just give an extra tug on the first stitch on the new needle and that seems to work for me. No ladders on my socks or hats.


Tom Hart's picture

Thanks, Lads, for all the kind comments and helpful feedback. I’m going to continue trying to get the knack of dpns. In a more relaxed way. And thanks, Kerry and Mill for the pointers. Next time I have at it, I’ll take both of your suggestions. But for now it’s back to flat knitting. I’m working on a dish towel made with Lion cotton yarn. It’s one of the squares from the learn to knit afghan, square 21: Florentine Frieze. It’s nice easy knitting. Picture soon.

PS It’s so amazing to be getting help and feedback like this from guys all over the world. it just blows me away sometimes.

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