Tag: blue

quail chicks and frogging


I made this cardigan some time ago. It was my first yoked cardi and I learned to knit backwards for this because working stranded knitting in the purls is not my cup of tea and steeking would have made my stomach hurt with this thin and slippery 100% Alpaca yarn.

Sadly the cardigan never really fit. It was wide enough, but when I closed the buttons it showed whole between the buttonbands. I don’t know if its been the alpaca which naturally is much more wobbly and unstable in comparison to wool or something else I have not yet figured out (I have another alpaca cardigan, which I never close, because of this, but at least that fits well). Additionally the yoke is weird. I have never worn another yoked sweater or cardigan, so I don’t know if it’s supposed to feel like this, but I don’t like the way it lays on the shoulders and upper arms. It feels like it slips off if you don’t watch out and pull it up every now and then. I guess the yoke is to long.

So what do you do with knitted things you don’t like to wear? Yes, frog it or alter it.


I decided to frog the yoke completely and in that process the buttonbands, too. I want to make a raglan out of it and attach the front middle seam to each other, how I don’t have decided yet. I want to close the seam because I’d like to have it as a sweater.


These balls are the whole yoke! And yes I could have wound all matching colors on one ball.


Our quail chicks hatched on Sunday and Monday! So cute and they will begin to get their first coat of real feathers soon and not look like fluffy balls of tweeting joy anymore. 28 lovely japanese quail, most are penguins (colorwise!) and some mixed colors I’m not sure about yet. These are our first chicks from our own eggs, so this is very exciting!

Joining in with Ginny in the Yarn Along.

free knitting pattern: Happy K

My sister’s birthday wish this year was a blue slouchy hat with a light yarn and pattern. She has beautiful light red hair and the color she picked makes her hair shine even more. Since it’s her birthday and I made the calculations anyway, I’ll give you this pattern as a gift, too. It’s adult size and quite wide to sit loosely on the head. It’s not too long, so you can fold the brim and wear it as a cap, too. I’m tempted to make one for me actually!

The wool this hat is made from is Lamana Como, a new yarn. It’s unbelievably soft and light. The weight is spectacular for the length (25g for 120m), that’s why you should double the amount of yarn stated below, if you substitute it for another one. The hat in the Como yarn is 50g.

You can take the inscriptions here or download the pattern here as PDF or at the following websites: youtube craftsy makerist kollabora


Happy K – hat knitting pattern

Finished measurements
circumference: 52cm/20.5inch
length: 24,5cm/ 9.65inch

Gauge (in eyelet pattern)

Lamana Como; 100% wool; 120m, 25g per skein
color: petrol (24) 2 skeins
set of 4 double pointed knitting needles (DPNs) size 3mm/ 2.5 US

CO cast on
** repeat instructions following the asterisks as directed
st(s) stitch(es)
k1 knit one stitch
p1 purl one stitch
k2tog knit two stitches together – one stitch decreased
ssk slip, knit, pass stitch over – one stitch decreased
rnd(s) round(s)
rep repeat(s)
pm place marker

Half brioche stitch
Round 1: Purl all stitches.
Round 2: *p; knit into the stitch of the round below*
Repeat round 1 and 2.

Eyelet pattern
Knit all even rounds.
Round 1: P4, k5, k2tog, k1, yo.
Round 3: K1, p3, k4, k2tog, k1, yo, p1.
Round 5: K2, p2, k3, k2tog, k1, yo, p2.
Round 7: K3, p1, k2, k2tog, k1, yo, p3.
Round 9: Yo, k1, ssk, k5, p4.
Round 11: P1, yo, k1, ssk, k4, p3, k1.
Round 13: P2, yo, k1, ssk, k3, p2, k2.
Round 15: P3, yo, k1, ssk, k2, p1, k3.

1 . CO 90sts and join in the round.
2. Work half brioche stitch for 32 rounds.
3. Knit one round. AT THE SAME TIME: knit through the front and back loop of every 5th stitch.
=> 108sts on the needles
4. Work in eyelet pattern for the next 56 rounds (3.5 pattern repeats).
5. Crown shaping:
1st round: *k5, k2tog, k2, p3*
2nd, 4th, 6th and 8th round: knit every stitch
3rd round: *k4, k2tog, k2, p2, k1*
5th round: *k3, k2tog, k2, p1, k2*
7th round: * k2, k2tog, k5*
9th- 14th (every) round: * knit to one stitch before the k2tog of the round below, k2tog*
6. Cut the thread and pull it through all remaining stitches.
7. Sew in the ends.



New knitting pattern: LINKED – summer stole


My LINKED pattern project has another addition: the summer stole. It’s the 3rd in a series of 4 pieces using one lace pattern to create 4 different styles.

The summer stole is a plain lace scarf with long lines and the signature square lace pattern. I used a handdyed yarn made by german wool dying duo DyeforYarn. You can find them on Etsy. They have gorgeous yarn and funny colornames! Mine was “dragonfly flying too high” in Alpaca/Silk Lace.


Buy the summer stole pattern here:    youtube patternfish craftsy dawanda etsy


When hippos help with weight problems

hippoSometimes hippos are the best when it comes to weight problems. My summer scarf for the LINKED collection is currently blocking in my window and I needed some weight to get it in the right position. This is probably not how blocking should look like, but it serves it’s purpose, right? I’m dreaming of a future when I have space and a fancy board just for blocking beautiful lace on it. But for now its 6 welding wires, some tape, thread, a curtain rod and a hippo.

linkedsummer2The yarn is a baby alpaca silk blend from german dyeing team Dye for Yarn (they have 2 etsy shops Dye for wool and Dye for Yarn), very soft and airy. I bought it for myself as a birthday gift in march and finally found the right pattern for it.The color is Dragonfly flying too high.

There is still a skein of the same yarn named Tweety’s Revenge (guess what color it is) in the corner awaiting its call.

linkedsummerSee the finished scarf here!