What’s my name?

I’ve dyed a few more skeins of yarn, which I may blog about, but one of my recent color ways is yet to be named.  I’m trying to find something whimsical relating to the color of the yarn and thought “Why not ask my blog readers for assistance?”  So here goes….

The picture on the left is more the true color with the deepest turquoise at the top and right part of the hank.

We can’t have a skein of yarn unnamed!  I realize that this matches four tops I have that could use some sort of cowl or shawl which, of course, would be in my projects on Ravelry at some point.

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More butterflies!

i wanted to share my next project with you. It is another pair of my latest design, Split Butterflies.  I gave my first pair away to my best friend, Michele, so I needed to have a pair to keep for me. The yarn I am using is Malabrigo in the “Color of Love”. 

  

Leftovers anyone?

I am beginning to get a stash of leftover sock yarn and was enthralled with Wendy Johnson’s Leftovers Cowl. I favor purples, greens, and turquoise and here is the progress so far.

My Leftover Sock Yarn Cowl

I didn’t make the cowl as wide as she did as I only cast on 122 stitches but I love the sense of accomplishment at having finished another repeat of a certain design.  Someone asked me when I expect to be done with it and I hope to be wearing it this fall.

I usually have two projects going at once because sometimes I need something that is simpler to knit depending upon the situation.

Tip for working gusset decreases

A typical top-down sock pattern will have you decrease every other row until you are back down to the same number of stitches you have for the top (instep) of the sock. I wanted to share my tips for knowing when to decrease because I don’t like stopping at the end of each row to make a tally mark on paper or use a row counter. Yes, this is a form of laziness but I knit faster this way!

The pattern I’m following is http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/simple-skyp-socks and you work from the center bottom of the sock across the gusset and at the end of the gusset you do a K2tog, K. You can see that the three stitches at the end of my needle are straight up and not leaning. This means that I need to decrease this round.

Straight up stitches so K2tog, K

Straight up stitches so K2tog, K

Once I’ve done the instep stitches I’m back to the other side of the sock and need to do a K, SSK. Again, you can see the stitches are straight up. Of course, I know that I did the decrease on the other side, but there are times that life gets in the way of my knitting and I put my work down only to pick it back up (even a few minutes later!) and I may not remember I need to decrease. That’s why I like being able to visually look at the stitches to know when I’m supposed to decrease or just work a knit row.

SSK side of sock

You need to do a K, SSK

So now you’ve completed your decrease row and the next row is all knit stitches. Your gusset stitches will now have a lean to the right so you know you have to work all knits here.

Picture of sock where you need to knit across

Work knit stitches

Work around the instep stitches and on the other side of the gusset you can see the stitches lean to the left. This means that you did the decrease on the previous row so here you just knit across!

Work knit stitches

Work knit stitches

I hope this post helps you with your decreases in the gusset of your sock. Please let me know if you like how I explained this with step by step instructions and pictures or if you would rather have a video.