Charisse told me that she could see the evolution of my knitting and crochet … from the first projects she got, to the current ones I’m working on.
I had forgotten some of these experiments, which she gladly took in … From the simple beanies and patterns, to the present and hopefully more advanced stitches. I must say that the quality, choices and diversity of the yarns available in the market has also improved over the years.
So, here’s a time capsule of my projects that Charisse has accumulated. She even sent me pics of those that I didn’t have one of, because in the beginning, I didn’t think to take pictures of what I made.
My first beanies … yikes! look at those joining lines!
These were my first beanies … plain, simple, single or double crochet. I used the colours of the yarn to make the patterns, rather than the stitches.
That’s when variegated and self-striping yarn became a favourite … I could use any stitch, and didn’t have to think about colour changes, or cutting and joining.
Simple, basic stitches still looks good to me, and my fingers automatically start a hat with those stitches.
More hat experiments, adding the raised stitches and front and back post stitches. More experimentation with different fibers as well – that orange and pink hat is a polar-tec hat.
I was also coming out of my knitting comfort zone more … That cowl is basic knit and purl, but there was a ssk in there *gasp*
That cowl looks warm and cozy, and that pattern might be just the one I can use to work with new yarn …
This was the first hat that I successfully free-winged, knitting from the bottom up, to the decrease to the top. Somehow, my stitches were the right number, my decrease was even, and the close at the top was good. Then I crocheted the scarf … I didn’t know if my luck would hold out and I would get a good knitted scarf.
That cowl … Another experiment with the front and back post stitch, but I used a bulky yarn. We joked that it could also be used as a skirt.
That cowl looks so warm and cozy! Looks like a basic knit ribbed stitch, and I let the yarn do all the wrok.
Another basic beanie, and a super-bulky cowl. I was trying to recreate an ‘Outlander’ scarf, but ended up with another pattern.
An off-the-shoulder wrap, done in bulky yarn. The original pattern was for fingering weight, but I was too impatient to finish 400 yds of yarn … I used a bulky yarn instead. It’s a nice pattern, and perhaps one day I’ll make one in fingering weight yarn ….
Ahhh … the year of the braided earwarmers. I still have two that I use, and they’re coming in very handy during these cold days. The cowl was knit by the swimming pool when I was in Goma, DRC a couple of years ago. It’s knit with big and small needles, in an alternate lace and solid pattern. That was one of the few times that I was inspired to follow a pattern and actually stick to it, for the whole pattern – no tweaking, no changing a stitch.
I also started making capelets and ponchos, which had always been on the to-do list.
And my current pattern obsession – the Poncho Capelet (you can read about it here). I’ve got three other WIPs of the same pattern, different yarn :o) I need to finish them before winter is done!
This is a modified Baktus pattern scarf, using bamboo yarn (you can read about it here). I wasn’t sure at first how it would come out, with the thick and thin yarn, but it came out nice and really soft. Now I’m thinking of getting more of the yarn and making another one for me.
And that’s the evolution of my knitting and crocheting. Do I still make mistakes? Yes. And I still tweak the pattern when I get lost in the pattern … or miscount … But I’ve come out of my comfort zone, and venturing out to more ‘advanced’ patterns.
And maybe someday I’ll try knitting socks ! lol
Happy knitting and crocheting, everyone!