(modified) Moody Stockings

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Hi everyone,

since everyone in the knitting world seems to be going crazy over Harry Potter at the moment, I decided to knit a pair of Harry-Potter-themed socks. Erica Lueder has a great selection of HP-based sock patterns on ravelry (link) and amazingly all of her patterns are free!
I chose to do a pair of Moody Stockings (link) which are of course based on Alastor „Mad-Eye“ Moody, a character in the book.

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Modifications: I knit Charts A, B and C normally.
I did chart D only on front side for two repeats, then inserted a fish lips kiss heel.
For the foot I knit the following stitches on the top of the feet (while knitting the soles in stockinette stitch:
k2 p1 k6 p1 k2 p1 k6 p1 k2 p1 k6 p1 k2

Yarn: Sternenstaub-Wolle (link),   Colorway „Blühende Fantasie“, in her starry socks bronze base.

I really enjoyed the yarn, although it was quite different to the kind of colors I usually like. It was super soft and nice to work with, can’t wait to wear these socks 🙂

Now, onto a pair of Hermione’s Everyday socks to stick with the Harry Potter theme.

Happy Easter everyone

x Julia

 

Don’t be scared of knitting garments!

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While I absolutely love knitting socks and shawls, I really enjoy knitting garments. Somehow (similar to socks), lots of people have reservations about knitting sweaters, cardigans etc. even though the only thing you need to knit a sweater is patience.

So, I thought I’d give you a little insight into how I started knitting sweaters and cardigans and what I can recommend.

My first garments…

My first ever sweater was started with the help of my lovely grandma. Essentially, we picked a commercial sweater that fit me well and took the measurements of that sweater. Then you simply need to swatch with your desired yarn and needles and do a tiny bit of math to find out how many stitches need to be cast on. It’s all rather simple!
Because that’s the way I learned, my first 5 or maybe 10 garments that I knit were constructed in that way. I’d search through Drops patterns (link) but never actually used the patterns. Instead I just looked at the measurements and figured out what I’d like.
If you know how many stitches to cast on, essentially you can knit your garment either in the round (which I prefer) or flat. Depending on your skill level and preferences, you can either just knit straight (essentially creating a tube) or throw in some waist shaping etc. until you get to the point where you want the sleeves to start. Obviously, if you’re knitting in the round, at this point you do need to seperate for the front and back piece. Knit your desired length and add a neckline of your choice.
To start with, I always just did a crew-neck just because it is very simple.
The sleeves I constructed the same as the rest of my garment. Measure the size of your already knitted armhole, use your gauge swatch and math to figure out how many stitches you need to cast on for the shoulder and then just decrease.
This may sound a little confusing at first but it is the way I learnt how to knit garments and I feel like it has taught me very much. Much more than if I had used patterns. Over time, I figured out how to knit a v-neck, how to make set-in sleeves, include lace patterns, etc…
some of my very first (and far from perfect) garments:


A whole different approach which seems to be the standard approach in the days of Ravelry is using patterns. And by pattern I don’t mean the ones that give you rough outlines but ones that tell you exactly what to do with which yarn for which size and so on and so forth.

The benefit of patterns

The reason why I essentially designed all my sweaters myself rather than using ravelry patterns is fairly simple – I didn’t know what was out there.
Lots of people do, though, so many people knit their first sweaters using patterns. While losing the element of figuring out sizing, fit, customizing things etc., patterns have a lot of benefits, especially for garments.

Essentially: if you know your body size and measurements and choose the yarn that your pattern requires, nothing can go wrong. Well…almost nothing. When using patterns, gauge swatching is key!!! Like most people, swatching is not something that brings me great joy. BUT: every person knits differently and just because a pattern gives you a needle size and yarn weight doesn’t mean that that will give everyone the same result.

If you have gauge swatched and made sure that you got gauge (which can easily be adjusted by going up or down a needle size), you need to trust the pattern. I myself am very bad at trusting patterns, likely because I am used to constructing my own garments. If you’re unsure, it is always a good idea to check the ravelry project pages for „helpful projects“. These are projects that have notes attached which have helped other people. Many times, with patterns that have been knit thousands of times, knitters have come up with solutions for common problems.Of course, following a pattern means that you have someone who has written the pattern. Therefore if you have problems, you could always ask the designer which is a very clear benefit.

Also, using different patterns gives you a chance to try different techniques and learn a lot of new skills. The sheer amount of knitting patterns on ravelry is astounding.

My first two patterned garments I knit: the Twilight Sweater and the Relax Cardigan

Getting started…

If you are ready to start your very first garments, there are a few things you should think about.

  1. chosing your yarn: remember, thick yarn will knit up faster but also create a much warmer fabric. Anything from fingering to bulky weight (depending on your patience and preference) will work. Think about what yarn will wear well. Likely, you won’t wear a sweater out of acrylic yarn. At the same time, using your most precious cashmere yarn might not be a good idea for your first ever sweater. Cotton can be quite hard on your hands, so you might want to consider that…
    If you decide to use a pattern, make sure you’re using a suitable yarn. On ravelry „yarn ideas“ will show you the yarns that other people used for this patterns, so that is always worth checking.
  2. chosing your pattern: first of all: knit a pattern which suits your skill level! A lot of patterns will tell you what kind of stitches are used which can be very helpful. The simpler the construction of your garment, the more you can focus on your stitches. At the same time, if you’re knitting a stockinette or garter stitch sweater, it will be easier to keep track of your constructions. Most of all I would say: choose a pattern which you really like!!! If you love the finished object, knitting will bring you joy and you will have enough motivation to just power through! Again, check other people’s project pages to get an idea of how the garment looks finished on different people, different body shapes, etc.
  3. Know your body size: the best pattern will fail you if you end up knitting the wrong size. Take your measurements and think about what kind of fit you usually like. Maybe you’ll want to knit a size larger for some positive ease? Really think about what will suit you.
  4. Knit a swatch!
  5. take precautions: if you’re not 100% sure of what you’re doing, use every tool that makes your life a little easier! Put in life-lines so if you make a mistake, you won’t have to rip out the entire thing. Use stitch markers, as many as you like, to mark pattern repeats, increases, decreases etc.! Also read the pattern before you start. Yes, the whole thing.
  6. ENJOY! Honestly, if you know how to knit and purl, everything else can be learned on the way! Take it one stitch at a time and look things up when you’re unsure. The internet is a wonderful resource and will give you information on practically everything!

What I am trying to say is: there is absolutely nothing to be scared of, knitting garments is not something you can’t do if you haven’t knit for 10 years…just jump in and enjoy!

xx Julia

Seven pairs of socks…

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Hi everyone,

I figured there’s no real point in making 7 posts about 7 pairs of socks so I will just show you all the socks that I’ve finished in 2016 by today (march 23rd).

I am planning on writing a more detailed post on how I knit my socks, what needles I prefer, what techniques I use etc. soon! Let me know if you have any questions that you want me to answer!

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Pair #1: my first ever handspun socks. I spun this yarn out of a merino/nylon braid from lovely Fondant Fibre and did a 2ply. 500+ metres of fine fingering weight turned into these socks which I mostly knit two-at-a-time (more about that in a future post!)

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Pair #2: socks for my lovely boyfriend – he picked the yarn and named them his „crazy happy frog socks“
yarn: Ferner Wolle Sommerreigen
needles: 2.25 knitpro nova 100cm/40inch circulars, knit TAAT

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Sparkly socks for me, started them TAAT and then seperated them after the heels and finished them on my knitpro zing 2.25 dpns.
yarn: felt fusion (on etsy) „fun that is funny“

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shortie socks for my sister Pauline.
10 rows of ribbing, 10 rows of stockinette cuff, fish lips kiss heel…
yarn: opal Silbereffect „sweet & spicy“

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This way that way socks, pattern by Mina Philipp. I „faded out“ the pattern after the heels… (I knit the slip stitch pattern 2 more times after the heel, then faded out by knitting one repeat with only 4 and one repeat with only 2 slipped stitches per sock. (Does that make sense?))
yarn: Tausendschön „Vergissmeinnicht“
Somehow while I love the yarn and love the pattern, I don’t necessarily love both together. I have mixed feelings about these.

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Another pair for my boyfriend, he gave me the yarn for christmas.
Yarn: Schoppel Zauberball 100 „Für Louise“
No nylon in this pair, so far (after 3 months) they are still holding up fine.

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These are my christmas socks.
Yarn: Knitting in France (on etsy) in a OOAK colorway on her glitter sock base
Since the yarn was relatively thin, I went down to 2.0mm needles (which I usually never do)

Please excuse the varying image quality – it’s the best I could do!
Hope you enjoyed seeing these

xx Julia

Hello everyone.

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Hello and welcome everyone!

If you have been following this blog for a while, you will probably have realized that I’ve made a lot of changes to this site. But before I go into that, let me introduce myself really quickly!

My name is Julia, 22, living in beautiful Germany and spending most of my free time knitting, spinning and sometimes sewing beautiful things. You might know me from my Youtube knitting podcast which you can find HERE.
In my weekly video podcast „the happy knitting podcast“ I talk about my knitting projects, spinning, yarn acquisitions and so much more. To always get notifications when I upload a new episode, you can just hit the „subscribe“ button on Youtube 🙂
You will always find the shownotes in our Ravelry group.
Also, the latest episodes as well as links to all important places can be found on the sidebar on this blog!

So, why keep/remodel this blog?
Well, this blog was previously named „Ich stricke mich glücklich“ (I knit myself happy) and existed long before I discovered knitting podcasts. I used to blog in German and since starting to podcast in last July, I just focused less and less on posting here. However, lovely followers have stuck around and so I decided to revive this blog.
To welcome my international followers and simply because I podcast in english, read all my knitting patterns in English and at this point know the english knitting terminology better than the german equivalent, this blog is now in english! (not like you didn’t notice that before, right?)

I sincerely hope that my german readers won’t mind!!! Please let me know if it really bothers you.

Now, I have a lot of catching up to do! I am not planning to blog about every single thing I’ve knit or spun in the past few months, simply because after such a long break it would just be too much work. But I will definitely show you guys some highlights of what I’ve been doing!

I look forward to hearing from you guys and from the bottom of my heart hope that you will like where this blog is going!
Thanks so much for everyone’s support, I love you guys!
xx Julia

Blaupause

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Ihr Lieben,

wie ihr sicherlich bemerkt habt, ist hier in den letzten Monaten gar nichts mehr passiert. Eigentlich war ich mir sicher, dass ich diesen Blog einfach im Winterschlaf lassen würde, um mich stattdessen auf andere Dinge zu konzentrieren. Aber…irrsinnigerweise kommen auch jetzt immer noch wahnsinnig viele tolle Menschen auf diese Seite, lassen liebe Kommentare da oder fragen, ob ich aufgehört habe mit dem Stricken. NATÜRLICH NICHT!

Deshalb versuche ich an dieser Stelle ein kleines Blog-Revival. Das bedeutet einiges an Änderungen, sowohl optisch als auch möglicherweise im Stil dieses Blogs, denn: er muss irgendwie für mich einfach und praktisch in den Alltag integrierbar sein, sonst klappt das nicht.
Da ich strick- und spinntechnisch unglaublich produktiv war, kann es sein, dass ihr lieben Abonnenten meines Blogs die nächsten Tage/Wochen mit E-Mails überschüttet werdet, wenn ich gaaanz viele Projekte im Nachhinein hier poste. Bitte verzeiht mir!

Liebe Grüße und danke für eure tolle Unterstützung, ich kann es immer noch nicht glauben, dass seit meinem Wegbleiben die Besucherzahlen tendenziell gleich blieben oder sogar noch mehr wurden!

Julia

Hermines Alltagssocken

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…wieder ein Paar Socken!
Wolle: Drachenwolle Ein & Alles
Nadeln: 2.25mm Nadelspiel
Muster: Hermines Alltagssocken (Anleitung HIER)

Ich habe wieder mal nur den Musterrapport der Anleitung übernommen und Bündchen, Ferse und Zehen nach Lust und Laune gestrickt. Wie ihr auf dem ersten Bild vielleicht erkennen könnt, ist es wieder eine Fish Lips Kiss Heel Ferse geworden.
Was erwähnenswert ist: das sind glaube ich meine am besten passenden Socken, die ich jemals gestrickt habe!
Das tolle Texturmuster, das sich durch die gleichmäßig verteilten linken Maschen ergibt, fühlt sich toll an und hat genau die richtige Menge an „Stretch“, sodass sich die Socke perfekt an den Fuß anpasst.
Ich bin zwar eigentlich ein großer Fan von glatt rechts gestrickten Socken, aber die hier haben es mir echt angetan. Die Anleitung ist übrigens umsonst! 😉

Die Drachewolle war angenehm zum stricken, sie ist weich aber dabei eine richtige Sockenwolle, die so schnell nicht filzen oder pillen sollte. Ich bin davon total begeistert und würde mir gern in der nächsten Zeit mehr davon bestellen 🙂

Liebe Grüße
Julia

Tausendschön-Socken

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Wolle: Tausendschön Sockenwolle, Farbe „Blaustern“
Nadeln: 2.25mm Knitpro Zing Nadelspiel

Bei diesen Socken habe ich zum ersten Mal eine neue Ferse probiert, und zwar nach der Anleitung „Fish Lips Kiss Heel“ (Link). Für mich war diese Art der Fersenkonstruktion etwas ungewöhnlich und ich war zunächst doch etwas skeptisch. Nach dem Tragen muss ich allerdings zugeben: die Ferse passt perfekt und überhaupt tragen sich die Socken viel besser als meine restlichen Paare. Ich werde also nun öfter eine Fish Lips Heel Ferse einbauen 🙂

Ansonsten mein „Standard-Rezept“: 1×1 Twisted Rib (d.h. beim Bündchen wird immer 1re 1li gestrickt, die rechten Maschen allerdings verschränkt.), 64 Maschen, runde Zehe und ganz normal rechts gestrickt!

Nach wie vor bin ich auf der Mission, mehr deutsche Wollmarken zu testen, anstatt ständig auf Wolle zurückzugreifen, die aus allen Teilen der Welt herbeigeschippert wird. Dabei bin ich auf die Marke Tausenschön gestoßen. Die Farbauswahl ist klasse und die Socken werden SOOOOOO weich. Ich bin begeistert und will mehr davon haben (zum Glück ist bald Weihnachten…).

Liebste Grüße,
Julia