Quick Knits for the Holidays

It's become a bit of a tradition here at HK HQ to put together an annual list of quick one skein projects that might help a knitter out if they were looking for ideas to finish their holiday knitting.

One of the quickest projects (at least for me) is a great hat, especially one knit in a worsted weight like Cadence.

Cory Ellen Boberg's cute Pip hat (shown in Braeburn in Cadence) would certainly knit up very quickly.

As would Katherine Leek's cozy Summit Hat (shown in Ruby Love in Tempo; Cadence would be a perfect substitute).

Boots are all the rage right now. How about a pair of jazzy boot toppers like Jennifer Chase Rappaport's Leaves Boot Cuff (shown in Portobello in Lively DK) to finish off the look?

Is someone always complaining about cold hands? I recently released a fun new mitten pattern, Pebblewood (shown in Hawkeye in Cadence) that would warm those digits right up.

Perhaps you want to steal the show at the party. Any recipient would be blown away to receive a silky shawl like Jen Lucas' Any Way You Want It (shown in Fresh Cut in Divine).

 Or Melissa J. Goodale's dreamy Parterre (shown in Cirrus in Entice).

Personally, I always round out my holiday knitting with something new to add to my tree. This year I knit up two of Tin Can Knits' Fancy Balls (shown in Artisan Sock in Euphorbia, Nickel and Red Carpet; Ruby Love would be a great substitute). I knit both of these in an afternoon!

Of course, if someone on your list is a knitter themselves, maybe the experience of using one of your favourite Hazel Knit yarns would be the best gift of all. Gift cards are available on the Hazel Knits website

And, don't worry,  there is nothing wrong with hinting that you'd like one yourself.


What the HK is on Viki's Needles?

After a slow summer of knitting, I think I've finally got my knitting mojo back and the result is an awesome assortment of finished objects. I've got some beauties to share with you today.

I recently bought myself a new winter coat, so what was a girl to do? Why knit herself a hat, of course. And if that hat fits into categories of the KAL she was hosting, well that just makes good sense. The result, a gorgeous Gather Hat by Tin Can Knits knit in Cadence in Iris. Unfortunately, it's already had a lot of wear and it's only early November. 

I also subscribed to a new sock club from Claire Ellen. I now have a year's worth of Lord of the Rings themed socks ahead of me to knit. I started with the October pattern and am very pleased with my The Sign of the Prancing Pony socks. I knit mine in Artisan Sock in Sandalwood. A very pony colour, I think.

I had so much fun with my October socks that I immediately cast on the November socks as soon as they became available. I've already finished the first of my Weathertop Socks. I chose to knit this pair in Artisan Sock in Pine Forest so that I could double dip with the current Hazel Knits KAL I'm hosting on Ravelry - WIPS/Gifts/Greens. And don't worry, I've already cast on the second sock so that it will be ready to go as soon I finish up a couple of gift knits.

And finally, this last project I consider a real accomplishment. A completed adult sweater that I actually wear! This is my Lady Sunnyside by Tanis Lavallee in Cadence in Twilight. Just don't tell anyone I still haven't found any buttons for it yet. 

I hope you've enjoyed seeing my projects as much as I've enjoyed knitting and wearing them.

Keep on knitting!


Swing Time cowl

Now here's something new - we made a little pattern for our upcoming Knit Fit event. It's super easy and it's free!

Say hello to Swing Time.

This super easy cowl uses less than 360 yards of a worsted weight yarn - we of course used Cadence.

Expertly knit for us by Jenny of Rocketboy Knits, I expect this will get some use after our event - I love it.

Our sample uses Quill, Lichen and Silhouette. There are so many combinations you could use - Aquarius with Laguna and Beachglass. Or what about Indigo with Arroyo and Frost? A Seattle Seahawks combo with Collegiate, Hawkeye and Nekkid? Which will you choose?

You can wear Swing Time in a double wrap like shown above. Or you can wear it long for a stripey accessory.

In the interest of publishing this pattern in tandem with our newsletter, you can download the pattern first here. There is a listing on Ravelry and soon we will upload the PDF.

We will be taking some Swing Time kits to Knit Fit. If we have extras, we will list them on the website around November 11th.



What the HK is on Your Needles? Vol. 37

Are you ready for another look at some beautiful recently finished Hazel Knits projects? I've got a great collection for you today.

Our first project today is Katy's (ravname: grrltastic) lovely October Leaves gloves by Abbie Tilden in Piquant Lite in ShannyPants. Katy adapted the original fingerless pattern to make this awesome pair of gloves. 

Trudy (ravname: TrudyG) knit a stunning French CanCan shawl by Mademoiselle C in Lively DK in Terrywinkle. A beautiful mix of garter and lace.

Becky (Ravname: gathersnomoss) is showing support for her local football team with her cute Mini-Stocking by Susan B. Anderson in Artisan Sock in Hometeam Football. I adore how at this small scale the variegation looks more like striping. Sweet!

Lizzie (ravname: LizzieLace) knit a pair of The Sign of the Prancing Pony Socks by Claire Ellen in Artisan Sock in Iris for a friend of hers. Lucky friend! I recently completed a pair of these delightful socks myself which I'll show you next time.

Dorie (ravname: SweetBeej) knit herself this inspiring Petrea sweater by Amy Herzog using Amy's CustomFit program. The result is perfection! Dorie knit hers in Lively DK in Violeta. I'm not quite ready to tackle another sweater right now but Dorie makes it tempting.

Jennie (ravname: Izamight) knit herself an eye-catching pair of Slipstream Mitts by Louise Zass-Bangham in Divine in Fiery Foliage (a club colour). I love the beads! I think I'll add this one to my queue and finally attempt another beaded project.

And finally, Diana (ravname: dlbecker) knit a cozy looking Fall Line Scarf by Anne Hanson in Cadence in Haze as a gift. I hope the recipient loves it as much as I would.

Thanks to everyone for allowing me to feature their projects. I'm always so pleased when I hear back from my requests with an enthusiastic yes. The work is beautiful and I'm glad you are willing to share it.

Next week, I'll show you what's been on my needles lately.


What the HK is on Your Needles? Vol. 36

It's been a while since I've searched the project pages on Ravelry and found a collection of beautiful projects knit by others. So today I'd like to share 8 projects knit in a variety of Hazel Knits bases and colours that I've recently found inspiring. 

Carol (ravname: KnittyGrittyCarol) chose Artisan Sock in Orchid to knit these lovely Lizzy socks by Stephanie van der Linden. I love the contrast of the beautiful stitches against the rough stone background in her photo.

Erica (ravname: ejsufka) knit this adorable Puddle Duck by Melissa Schaschwary in Hazel Knits' new worsted weight, Cadence, in Sagebrush. A beautiful sweater for a beautiful child. So sweet.

Cory Ellen (ravname: coryellen) designed a gorgeous new hat, Pip, in Cadence in Braeburn. Cory Ellen expects to publish this fun pattern in mid-November. I'll be keeping my eye open for it.

Karen (ravname: fireboysgirl) chose Piquant Lite in Beach glass for her exquisite test knit of Shazbat by Heidi Nick. Originally published as a mystery sock this pattern looks like it would have been a fun mystery to reveal.

Ravname: yarn-sitter participated in verybusymonkey's recent mystery shawl knitalong and chose to knit her Clue Shawl in Divine in club colour Sapphire. It looks luxurious.

Andrea (ravname: aksaxton) knit a delightful Eurybia by Melissa J. Goodale in Entice in Queen of the Night. I love all these nature shots! Interesting photography always catches my eye as I'm looking through the project pages.

Laura (ravname: K5tog) chose the intriguing combination of Lichen and Quill in Divine to knit Itineris by Hillary Smith Callis. All I can say is that this unexpected combination works. Great eye for colour, Laura. Quill is currently the featured colour of the month if anyone is looking to replicate this pairing.

And finally,  Lisa (ravname: knitsocks) knit these delightful He-He-Ha Socks by Pata Tocchin in Piquant Lite in Tropical Sunset. I'm not sure how I'd personally feel about knitting beetles on my socks but the result certainly is attractive.

Thanks to everyone for allowing me to include their projects and photos. As always, I wish I had time to knit all of these beauties myself. I hope you find them inspiring too.


What the HK is on Viki's Needles?

It's been a while since I've given you an update on my Hazel Knits projects. I've mostly been working on my own designs which aren't quite ready to be revealed yet. But even while I'm working on those project I have been casting on a few more projects that I can share.

I believe all of projects I'm going to show you today were Knitalong projects. Although as you will see some of them did not quite get finished by the KAL deadline.

Let's start with some of my most recent projects.

The current HK KAL on Ravelry has two components.  Participants can either knit a pattern by Tin Can Knits or knit or crochet any pattern using any HK purple.

This adorable little Sproutlette flew off my needles last week in this perfect purple Rogue. I'd had my eye on this pattern for a while. And even though I don't have a final recipient to give this to yet, I knew this was the right time and the right colour for the project. And with a quite soak and a block, it was perfect!

Also as part of the KAL, I knit a Gather Hat by Tin Can Knits in Lively DK in Chambray (colour currently exclusive to 3 Kittens in Minnesota). The resulting hat is so squishy and with sizing from baby to adult, I'm sure I will be knitting this one again.

If we step back a little further, I have only completed one sock from the May/June 2014 KAL. Guest designer Heidi Nick designed a gorgeous cabled mystery sock, Tree People,  for our Ravelry group and I chose to knit mine in an old club colour, Coleus in Artisan Sock. The first sock is gorgeous, but unfortunately I tend to only knit plain socks in the summer when the kids are around so the second sock hasn't happened yet. Hopefully I will pick it back up soon.

And if we step back just a little bit further to the March/April 2014 Underappreciated KAL you will find my next project - this one actually finished on time. Another adorable baby dress. This one is the Eileen dress which I knit in Artisan Sock in Sweet Crush. I love the little orange flecks throughout the dress.

Oh boy, how much further back can we go? Unfortunately, quite a bit. This next project was started as part of the November/December 2011 Mittens, Mitts, Gloves KAL and finished earlier this year. These are my Skull Mitts in Artisan Sock in Loosey Juicy and club colour Starry Night.  The two colours didn't provide a lot of contrast, but I like the resulting subtlety. Like my little mitt secret.

And even though it took me about 2.5 years to finish them, it just proves to me that those single socks hanging about might still get their mates. It's never to late to finish a WIP.

My most recent project (as in just finished yesterday!) I've left to the end. This one is another Tin Can Knits pattern for the current KAL. And even though some of my projects languish for years, for this one - I'm ahead of the game.  This year's ornaments are done! Here are Fancy Balls in Artisan Sock in Red Carpet, Nickel and Eurphobia.

As you can see I have a lot of fun with our Knitalongs. I'd love it if you'd check out our most recent KAL and love it even more if you joined in.

I might still have another project or two up my sleeve (that may or may not get finished on time).


What the HK is on your Needles? Vol. 35

All the projects I've chosen to showcase today have one thing in common. They were all knit using Hazel Knits DK Lively. 

I've been knitting with Lively quite a bit lately (some secret knitting that will be revealed in the future) so I guess it seems pretty natural that I would find myself drawn to a bunch of recently finished Lively projects during my research for this post. And what a varied collection of projects they are. Let's have a look:

Amy (ravname: Waunaknits) knit this eye catching Meriboo Cabled Cowl in Electrolyte during the 2014 Ravellenic Games.  This cowl is sure to brighten up even the greyest winter day!

Anne (ravname: knitnerd1) also knit a lovely cowl in Poppy. Hers was a test knit of a new design which should be released very shortly. Her project name is Anadel.

But Lively isn't just for cowls! Jocelyn (ravname: WildThingsRun) chose Hoppy Blonde and Pacific to knit this adorable Puerperium Cardigan. I love the snap band. What a great detail.

Madeleine (ravname: MadeleineL) knit this beautiful Salad Shawl in Nickel. With cables, stockinette and lace, this shawl has it all!

Mike (ravname: mike509) created his own mitten pattern using Portabello. Starting with a classic mitten pattern he added his own personal touches and the result is what he calls Classic Arrow Rock Mittens. Absolutely charming!

Barb (ravname: barbj54) used Chocoberry to knit this delicious Oceanie Hat and Mitts set. And all from one skein! Barb knit this set for a 50 Shades of Pink auction her local yarn store is hosting to provide assistance to people undergoing cancer treatment. What a wonderful idea.

And finally, Jodi (ravname: wwwknit) chose Splish Splash to knit this delightful Porom hat.  It looks perfect for Spring!

photo by AndiSatt

Thanks to everyone for allowing me to share their beautiful projects.  It's always so inspiring to take a look through recently finished projects. You can find more Lively projects on Ravelry.