Thursday, November 10, 2011

Off to a Slow Start.

...but a good one!  Three of us started the Rustling Leaves Beret tonight. Yes, it's a slow start - 144 stitches in 1x1 rib on a small needle isn't quick!
not even an inch of ribbing to show for our time! (and how 'bout all those Starbucks cups??!!)
Project notes: we're all using a size 1 16" circular needle (and at least two of us used about a 60" tail to cast on those 144 stitches :-) Please note that the pattern suggests a size 2 needle; we went down one size to ensure a snug fit for the brim. We are planning to switch to size 3 needles (as the pattern suggests) for the body of the beret.

It's not too late to join in the fun! We'll be knitting at the shop tomorrow afternoon - please join us!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Rustling Leaves Beret KAL.

Can you believe it's November already? Can you believe Starbucks already has their Christmas cups? Yes, and if you're like a lot of knitters, you're thinking about knitting gifts.

So our next knit along is a cute beret that should knit up quickly. We're going to knit the Rustling Leaves Beret, designed by Alana Dakos, and included in the super-popular Coastal Knits book. We think this beret would make a lovely gift*.

It takes just 175 yards of fingering weight yarn and suggests Madelinetosh Sock (395 yards). That's right - a skein makes two! So find a friend and a skein you both love and make plans to join us!
close-up of the claudia handpaints fingering (top) and tosh merino light (bottom)
Of course any fingering weight yarn would work and we have plenty of other options in all kinds of colors.
tosh merino light, claudia handpaints (175 yds = a single skein project), madtosh sock
We're going to cast-on at Knit Night this week (Thursday, November 10) and we'll continue knitting Friday afternoons during our "normal" KAL time.

(*and of course we think it's fine if you knit this one for yourself!)