I admit, I got a little tired of knitting blue baby stuff. As cute as it is, blue is just not my color. So I went back to my very favorite Brown Berries colorway in Malabrigo Worsted that I had leftover from my Boatneck Bluebell sweater, and made a couple of things for myself. That’s right – selfish knitting! I had been meaning to make a Foliage hat for the longest time, and I don’t know why I waited! It was a fun knit, and took only a few hours.
- Pattern: Foliage, by Emilee Mooney, whom I’ve met in person!
- Yarn: Malabrigo worsted merino in Brown Berries, 0.6 skein
- Needles: Knit Picks Options (metal), size 7 for main body, size 5 for ribbing
- Ravelry link here
No modifications! Can you believe it? It came out a little big, so I wear it slouchy.
After the hat was done, I had 35 grams of yarn left, so I searched Ravelry and found the perfect pattern to use it up.
- Pattern: 75 Yard Malabrigo Fingerless Mitts, by Jeanne Stevenson
- Yarn: Malabrigo worsted merino in Brown Berries, 0.35 skein
- Needles: Knit Picks Options (metal), size 5 for ribbing, size 6 for the rest
- Ravelry link here
I knit from both ends of the ball to squeeze out every last bit of yarn, and this is how much I had left!
I went down a couple of needle sizes because I have small hands, and wouldn’t mind a denser knit. I cast on using size 6 needles, switched to size 5, did 10 rows of ribbing, then the 2 rounds plain, then switched to size 6 for the gusset. Inadvertently, I added 2 plain rounds after finishing the gusset increases because I thought round 3 was round 1. Duh. But I like the way it covers my thumb better. So I thought I had less yarn to finish the rest of it and knit only 3 rounds plain instead of 7, then started the ribbing on the smaller size needles right away. Turns out I had plenty enough, so I frogged back and knit the 7 plain rounds after the gusset, and still had enough yarn for 11 rounds of ribbing at the top. I wish I had made the cuffs longer. Maybe someday I’ll frog and reknit for a better fit – I’d make the cuff longer, maybe make the gusset 11 stitches instead of 13, and then a shorter top. But for now I’ll enjoy wearing them for a while.