A couple of FOs

Hi guys,

I recently finished a couple of projects that I wanted to share. One took me about 4 months and the other took less than 2 weeks.

Lace Stole:
This was my first lace project, and I really enjoyed it. The pattern is Spring Leaves, adapted from Gail/Nightsong – both available on ravelry. It was also my first time doing a provisional cast on. You cast on with scrap yarn in the center and work until it’s half as long as you want. Then you pick out the scrap yarn, opening up live stitches and work the other half. This allows the leaf pattern to move symmetrically out from the center. I used mini mochi yarn on size 7 (US) needles. Initially, I wasn’t crazy about how the stripes were showing up, but after blocking, the lace work became more of the focal point and stripes weren’t as dominant. There are a couple of pictures of the blocking in progress. I was really happy to present it to my friend Candace on Easter.

Baby Cardigan:
One ball of Plymouth Bear Hugs Yarn comes with the pattern, two buttons and enough yarn to make the smallest size. The pattern is written for knitting flat and seaming everything, but I decided to do as much in one piece as I could. I worked the sleeves in the round, and cast on both fronts and the back around the waist band and worked back and forth until I had to divide for the sleeve openings. I used the 3-needle bind-off at the shoulders. Interestingly, the pattern directs you to knit the button band in three separate stages, but I decided to make it continuous. It's a very quick knit. And, completely out of character for me, it’s done well before the baby is born!

Best to you all,


purlyman's picture

The stole looks beautiful and it goes great with Candace's coloring!! Nice job! I love it. And the bear buttons are cute!! I love baby sweaters!!


Crafty Andy's picture

IamKnitGuy's picture

Ray, the stole is amazing. The color repeats are the perfect length. What yarn is it?

And of course, the buttons on the baby sweater are too cute!

rc_in_sd's picture

Hi Joe,
The yarn is Mini Mochi by Crystal Palace. It's 80% merino/20% nylon and the colorway is Autumn Rainbow (#107).
Thanks for the kind words!

Masala's picture

Job well done! I love the colors of the stole and the pattern, ditto on the cute baby sweater's buttons! Sid

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Those are very nice pieces. The stripes do blend in better once it is blocked and worn. I don't think I'd use MiniMochi for socks but it certainly knits up into great shawls and scarves. The sweater is great. Congrats on adapting it to how you wanted to knit it. -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

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Craig's picture

Love the colours of the lace piece.

Have been knitting for years. I knit continually then will try another craft, but will return to the needles.

CLABBERS's picture

Hi Ray...amazing workmanship. I agree about the striping. I have done a couple pieces now...much simpler than yours...and used the self-striping yarns, as well as variegated yarns, and found that the color changes grew on me as the projects neared completion. The stole is stunning. The sweater is adorable. I'm sure it will be a beautiful addition to a little one's wardrobe.

Loom Dude's picture

So beautiful!



ronhuber's picture

Both projects are beautiful. I bet is was fun knitting them. The colour of the stole is so attractive and really anything knit for a baby is gorgeous. I really like your pattern and choice of buttons.

rc_in_sd's picture

Thanks for all the encouraging words, guys!

Tom Hart's picture

Candace's stole is a real triumph, Ray. Congratulations!