Thursday, November 10, 2011

FO: Opus Spicatum

Before I get into today's post, I have to share two things about the SGS pattern. First, pattern writing takes serious attention to detail. The proof of this is that I made a VERY simple mistake. Hopefully, any of you that have started knitting so far caught the error, but my cast on number is 33 stitches. It should be an even number. I have fixed the pdf to call for 32 stitches of cast-on. I'm so sorry for any confusion that error may have caused. A big thanks to Rachel for catching my error.

Also, Claudia shared her SGS Scarf progress! I'm so excited about this. Claudia, thanks for giving it a try! It looks awesome so far!

FO: Opus Spicatum

So, on to today's post!
Colorwork freaks me out. I LOVE it (as evidenced by my growing pinterest board), but I find it really daunting. Last year in late October, I decided to cast on for a much-loved pattern, Opus Spicatum. I tried two colorwork tools to see what worked for me, this metal one, and this plastic one. But because of my knitting style (not really correct, but a version of English style), neither of these tools really worked, and I left my progress here:

New project: Opus Spicatum

Yeah. For pretty much an entire year, that's how it looked.

But then, while I was on my little vacation, I knew I'd be finished with the SGS Scarf pretty quickly, so I grabbed this to work on. I'm so glad I did, because I was able to finish it.

I don't know if it was the time away from it, or the fact that I got more comfortable with holding the two colors of yarn (with no tool, just held them both in my left hand), but something clicked!

I used two lovely shades of RYC Cashsoft Aran, and size 7 needles for the brim/size 9 for the body. Followed the pattern exactly!

FO: Opus Spicatum

Raveled here

Now, I'm trying to decide what colorwork project to knit next!

I'm entering this into Celebrate Color.

Celebrate Color

18 comments:

  1. A great hat! Congrats on your first colourwork!

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  2. yay for colorwork! it's one of my favorite things to do. the charts are so addictive. i don't know if you've tried it but i like to hold one strand in each hand. i find it a lot easier than trying to wrestle 2 in one. your hat is very cute and i love your color choices. now i want to go make something stranded for myself. :-)

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  3. hooray, great hat! i love colorwork because it motivates me to want to see more of how it turns out. it knits up much quicker than knitting with one color for me.

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  4. Color work is a challenge for me because I'm a tight knitter. Funny you should post about it because it's something I've thought of trying again. This zig zag hat would be perfect. Sent you a friend invite on Ravelry.

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  5. Oh, I have such a soft spot for colorwork.

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  6. The color combo is so darling. You, my dear, are totally a hat person.

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  7. Ooh, what a fantastic hat!! Looks like your colourwork turned out perfectly. And it's so addictive, isn't it?

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  8. I was wondering about the number of cast ons, but I thought I'd flubbed up being a newbie knitter. I made a square-ish size piece, but I don't like the yarn I used so I didn't continue beyond small washcloth size.

    I will try again with a better yarn soon. :)

    Love the hat!

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  9. i had to laugh out loud: i thought it was just me as a very unexperienced knitter to need an even amount of stiches - because all you "real" knitters would do something mysterious to the first stich on the needle.. :-)
    the hat looks great and i have not the slightest idea how you did that with the two colors.. amazing and wonderful!!

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  10. it is so pretty! maybe you should make one for me! ;)

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  11. That hat looks awesome! I've only just dipped my toe into colorwork (a pair of mittens) but there are so many great patterns out there that I'd love to knit

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  13. Oooh I like the hat! Looks great in those two colours. I don't know why, but I've never been able to knit with two colours without making holes where I join. There must be some trick that I never learned. I haven't attempted it since I made a teddy-bear sweater as a teenager (blue with a white snowflake - and I only remembered this because I saw it yesterday on one of my daughter's bears).

    And, sorry, I had to delete the last comment b/c my daughter was signed on my computer so the comment came up under her name.

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  14. What! Jacey! It's so awesome! I'm dying to try colorwork so bad!!! this hat is SO cute!!!!

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  15. Lovely! Color work is so much fun - I'm glad you've jumped on that bandwagon. I've never mastered getting the correct tension holding both yarns in one hand. I just hold one I each hand and the knitting seems to speed along pretty well.

    Here's hoping it gets cold enough in Texas for you to wear the hat!

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  16. I think you did an amazing job!

    I was scared of it too so started with a hat that my friend helped me work through. I used the two-handed method but I have a ways to go before my tension is perfected that way! After that, I knit my mom some mittens and loved every minute of it. I haven't done anymore but I think next year I'd like to cast on a sweater with at least a panel or yoke of colorwork. So fun! Looking forward to seeing you master this technique!

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