2013: All the Knitting Projects

Following yesterday’s post on all the sewing projects from this year, I thought I’d follow with all the knitting projects! Knitting is my new love because it has nothing to do with my day job. I knit purely for enjoyment, to learn new things, and to make myself cute stuff to wear!

This year it doesn’t look like I knit that much, but just like sewing I have half-finished things, knitting UFOs I suppose. The thing about knitting is that you can always turn it back into yarn. Unlike sewing, when the fabric is cut there’s no going back, with knitting you can pretty much always unravel it and start from the beginning. (As far as I know you can – is there any case where this wouldn’t work?)






In between April and November I didn’t post any knitting projects – that’s what happens when summer arrives! No one wants a lap full of wool when it’s warm outside. I did knit the Bluebird cardigan earlier in the year, but it was too hot to get excited about wearing it or modeling it.

Biggest accomplishment: Over the knee socks, for sure! Those took forever. But they look really cool. I’ve only worn them a few times, they’re strangely not that practical. If it’s cold enough for wool socks, then it’s better to wear tights. If it’s cool enough not to need tights then wool knee socks are likely too hot. They’re best worn over tights, but then I have to make sure my shoes will fit both wool socks and tights. And on their own, they kind of fall down. (I wore them walking to the train station and had to keep stopping to pull them up!) I think they’re wonderful for wearing at home and have to stop ‘saving’ them.

Most-worn: The Chevron mittens, they’re cosy and warm! They’re a bit rainbow and loud but I like how thick they are.

Most forgettable: The Chocolate Cake sweater, funny enough. I made it thinking it would be that go-to, go with everything basic brown sweater but I’m rarely inspired to wear it. I like colour, what can I say?

There are a few things I knit that I didn’t blog about – a gift hat, some glittery socks – mostly because I thought they were too little to share. Also, I’ve knit a few things since finishing the Bluebird Cardigan, but haven’t taken photos or written about them yet. I’ll have a bit of catching up to do in January!

If you knit, what was your biggest accomplishment this year?

27 Responses to 2013: All the Knitting Projects

  1. Charlotte December 11, 2013 at 7:43 am #

    Mohair. Mohair is one yarn that you won’t be ripping back and turning into yarn without a great deal of swearing. :)

    • Tasia December 11, 2013 at 2:40 pm #

      Good to know about mohair! I haven’t knit with mohair yet but I’ve seen women at my knitting group knitting the most amazing cloud-like things out of it.

  2. Jessica December 11, 2013 at 9:30 am #

    I second the Mohair comment …

    Looks like a great knitting year for you! Such lovely projects. I’m surprised the chocolate cake sweater doesn’t get more wear, it does seem like it’d go with everything … hm. Maybe you like your cake to have a wee bit of frosting? It’s too small so I gave it away, but I plan to replace my brown Ingenue sweater – the collar and cuffs and bottom band gave it a bit of ‘special’ while the color was imminently cakelike …

    • Tasia December 11, 2013 at 2:39 pm #

      Me too, I have a thinner brown sweater I used to wear all the time, but find I prefer brighter colours on top. I think that’s my thing, brighter colours as tops and sweaters, or if it’s a solid, then a lighter one. I think it needed a little something special – more luxurious yarn, a cable or detail, a tiny bit of contrast trim around the neckline or cuffs. Who knows, but I much prefer other sweaters I’ve made to this one..

  3. Katie Schulz December 11, 2013 at 12:13 pm #

    I made some over the knee socks a few years ago and found that they stay up when I wear them over wool tights. I usually wear mine with lace up boots so making sure they fit in my shoes isn’t much of an issue. I’m antarestar on rav if you are interested.

    • Tasia December 11, 2013 at 2:36 pm #

      Thanks! I will check yours out. You’re right I would be fine to layer the socks over tights if I wear boots, just not shoes.

  4. Stephanie December 11, 2013 at 1:00 pm #

    A lace shawl I made for my sister’s 50th birthday.. Which was two years ago.. Took forever and ever to knit. But she loves it. Only finished a few weeks ago. Not sure if I would do something that intricate again..

    • Tasia December 11, 2013 at 2:35 pm #

      Oh wow. Two years to knit a lace shawl! That’s a thoughtful gift for sure. I’m so glad she loves it!

  5. Rachel December 11, 2013 at 1:14 pm #

    Hi Tasia,

    I love all your knitting projects and am inspired to learn how to knit as well. I am a seamstress at heart but have recently moved to Paris for a year so dont have access to my sewing machine and think knitting could give me the creative outlet I am after. Are you able to please advise where you started with tutorials etc to help me on my way. Thanks

    • Tasia December 11, 2013 at 2:33 pm #

      Excellent question! Knitting is an awesome creative outlet and as a bonus, you can do it anywhere!
      I wrote a post about this a while back – http://sewaholic.net/the-best-way-to-learn-to-knit/ – in which I talk about where I started, and many other people left comments with suggestions and ideas too!

  6. Krista December 11, 2013 at 1:47 pm #

    Learning to do stranded colorwork. I love all the possibilities that opens up. I’m working on a fancy colorwork sweater now that I can’t wait to finish.

    • Tasia December 11, 2013 at 2:32 pm #

      Yes! I loved knitting my first colourwork project and know I can tackle more colourwork patterns in the future! What pattern are you knitting?

  7. Alison December 11, 2013 at 2:42 pm #

    I knit my first sweater and it fits! http://www.alisonrea.ca/nanook/

    • Tasia December 11, 2013 at 2:46 pm #

      Oh yay! That pattern is on my list of things to knit in the new year. Yours is gorgeous, is it the Petal colourway? How did you find the pattern? I was also thinking a nice creamy neutral colour, it would go with everything!

      • Alison December 11, 2013 at 3:20 pm #

        The pattern is great, I really enjoyed it. Yes, it is Petal. It is pinker than I imagined, very close to my own skin tone. I think I would have preferred Egret, but the colour has grown on me and I love wearing the sweater.

        • Tasia December 11, 2013 at 4:03 pm #

          Thanks for letting me know! I thought Egret was a bit of a yellowy-ivory and thought Petal would be more neutral with a pink undertone, good to know it’s pinker than you thought. I have the little Quince yarn-card but it’s hard to tell from such tiny pieces!

          • Tasia December 11, 2013 at 4:04 pm #

            And I’m happy to hear you enjoy wearing the sweater, it looks like a great throw-on-and-go piece!

  8. Nadia Lewis December 11, 2013 at 2:54 pm #

    I’m making Laura Chau’s stockings too, but I plan to crochet on little loops at the top for garters. As a pear shaped woman with a large bottom who hates tights — since they never stay up! — I’m a big fan of clipping on my stockings and not having to fuss during the day.

    • Tasia December 11, 2013 at 4:02 pm #

      Oh nice! Good idea! I tried to make wool stockings to be worn with garters, and made a hole by doing yarn-overs, but it wasn’t that good of a solution. That and I got really bored trying to knit thigh-high stockings by hand! I saw a pattern on Ravelry that was designed specifically to be worn with garters, as it’s hard to clip into knitted fabric. I got into wearing stockings over the summer but on my bike, I want as much skin covered as possible. Especially when wearing shorter skirts, I think that’s the main reason I end up in tights these days.
      Yeah, tights, I’m happy when I find a pair that is extra high, because I know they’ll be more likely to stay up. Strangely enough tucking my tank top into my tights helps keep them up, and the shirt down, it’s a win-win.

      • Catherine December 12, 2013 at 5:58 am #

        I’m so with you Tasia! Tucking-in eliminates draughty gaps too!

  9. Jo December 11, 2013 at 7:04 pm #

    Your knits are always lovely and as I love your style, I’ve queued quite a few projects on Ravelry because of you! My best knit this year would probably be the emerald green top I knit because it was all over lace, which was fun! Looking back I knit quite a few things this year! Looking forward to what you come up with next :)

  10. Sarah December 12, 2013 at 1:41 am #

    I made my first two sweaters/jumpers, which as a beginner is a huge achievement for me! I was very inspired by one of your earlier cardi’s because you’d mentioned you’d only been knitting a year or two!

  11. Catherine December 12, 2013 at 5:57 am #

    I learned to cable – I’m very pleased. I need to learn to knit shaped garments though – I can still only do scarves. Hats are next I think …

    • Tasia December 12, 2013 at 4:31 pm #

      Awesome! Cabling was one of things I learned and thought ‘that’s it?’ I thought it involved way more complicated twisting and turning of the cable needle, but no, just move them out of the way for a bit and bring them back. Hats are a good logical next step after scarves. Or fingerless mitts. Whichever interests you more!

  12. Amanda December 12, 2013 at 3:32 pm #

    You have done some very brave knitting this year – I’m particularly impressed with the over-the-knee socks, as they are so beautifully made and something you don’t see every day :) I have been kind of wanting to make myself something just like that, but haven’t delved into sock territory just let LOL. I started knitting this year, partly because of seeing your cute sweaters and thinking how nice it would be to be able to make knits to go with my sewn makes; it’s so hard to find a good cardigan in RTW, isn’t it?? :) I’m thinking socks will be the next milestone for me too :)

    • Tasia December 12, 2013 at 4:29 pm #

      Oh yay! Welcome to the wonderful world of knitting. It complements sewing so nicely as you will eventually be able to make knits to match your sewing projects! Socks are either a love or hate thing, it seems. Some people adore knitting them, some people don’t see the point. Me, I love the tidy tight little stitches and the repetitive structure, I like wool socks and I like having them fit around the toe area without lumps. It’s a wonderful milestone to achieve, even if you swear you’ll never knit socks again after your first pair! :)

  13. autumn December 13, 2013 at 6:14 am #

    i get what you mean about the chocolate cake sweater, aha! sometimes the basics just aren’t AS fun ;) and MORE knitting projects i can’t wait to see!! and blog about those wee things, too, even if it’s a combo post about a few projects – a sort of “gift” post ;)