This year I have zero hand knit projects and nine completed machine knit projects. Last year I had one hand knit project and eight machine knitted finished objects.
These are Broken Jack (free pattern on Ravelry) done in Biscotte Yarns Felix self-striping yarn, colourway "Go Habs Go", a name that could be impossible to understand if you have no ties to Canada.
Here's a hint. I like these stripes broken up into short row diamonds better than the straight striping pattern, but didn't see the benefit of continuing the diamonds into the foot area - where they would be mostly hidden and possibly lumpy.
After that it was all machine knitting, all the time.
In two years, I made three baby blankets.Seashell Child's Blanket.
It's knitted in a self-striping yarn on my mid-gauge and, like the socks, the shells are made by short-rowing which completely breaks up the repeating stripes and makes them look a lot more interesting.
I made it for my nephew and his partner and apparently the baby really likes her blankie, which makes me happy.
I made the baby's big sister a matching poncho.
At right is the front side showing 5 stitches ...
Below is the back side also showing 5 stitches.
This is knit on in one pass using the i-cord technique (knit in one direction, slip in the other) but over 8 needles. The slip pass makes a long float, which is then latched up for the missing 2 stitches. It's a neat technique.
I hate that Blogger now refuses to let me have two photos on the same line. Sorry for the spread-out read.
It's an adaptation of a free hand-knitting pattern available on Ravelry. Warning: the pattern is written in Finnish. But what do you really need other than the charts and some good photos of the embellishments?
Knitted on my bulky KH-260 in surprisingly nice aran-weight acrylic from Michael's.
The finishing took fooooorevvvvver.
Knitted in Woolike, budget yarn but so soft and so nice on the machine!
I mixed up the colours by using dark navy and orange instead of black and red. You noticed right away, right?
Phew! That's enough blogging for today. Stay tuned for part 2 in which I will show you some other MK projects.