Knitting Projects I Actually Completed!

Remember when I posted the knitting projects I was inspired to start back in October…well, I finally finished a couple of them and added a few as well. I wanted to share them with you so you could see how beautifully they turned out in hopes they will inspire your next project. Like I mentioned in that earlier post I tend to gravitate towards simpler, chunky knit projects that move quickly and offer up a kind of instant gratification. I veered off my usual big yarn, big needle path to try knitting up some baby socks. Once I got the hang of them they are an absolute breeze to make and still give you that instant gratification thing seeing as they only take about an hour or two to make. That’s if you don’t get distracted by the million other things calling your attention. I haven’t devoted as much time as I’d like to knitting the last few months and I’ve been really feeling the call of the creative yarn art calling to me. I’d love any and all suggestions you fellow knitters out there might have for a few great, easy to travel with projects I could dive into! I’ll be on planes quite a bit the next month or so and always find that time, strapped in a seat with nowhere else to go and nothing else to do, a fantastic time to start a new project. For links to the Azel Pullover, the neck warmer and matching hat, and Little Man’s Harvard inspired sweater check out my post “What’s in My Knitting Basket This Month”.

The Azel pullover turned out to not only be beautiful but a perfect fit and color for Miss Naleigh.
The Azel pullover turned out to not only be beautiful but a perfect fit and color for Miss Naleigh.
Thankfully I finished it in time to keep her warm during a big snow storm!
I decided to get a little creative with the socks and added some pops of color and will probably do the same on the next pair.
Too bad the moment I put them on him he rips them off...ingrate!
My niece Maddie loves darker, richer colors. I get why, they're striking on her.
I was able to complete both the hat and neck warmer in record time. They were the perfect last minute Christmas gift.
I absolutely love how great this sweater turned out. So quick and easy and still adorable.
I'm also really pleased with how well my first attempt at modifying a pattern turned out. The little detachable collar works perfectly.
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  • Guilaine

    Congratulations Katherine !
    Nice work, all your knittings are beautiful
    LadyLaine, a french knitter

    March 30, 2018 at 11:24 am Reply
  • LadyLaine

    Congratulations Katherine!
    Nice work, all your knittings are beautiful !
    LadyLaine, a french knitter 🙂

    March 30, 2018 at 11:44 am Reply
  • Cathy Esposito

    Your are very talented. Those knitting projects turned out very well!

    March 30, 2018 at 12:09 pm Reply
  • brenda benson

    absolutely spectacular projects. It’s given me the inspiration to get my needles out and knit away!!! Great job – love the yarn that you used.

    March 30, 2018 at 12:53 pm Reply
  • Cathlene Uhl

    I love seeing your completed projects! Your post in October inspired me to knit up a bunch of gifts for Christmas, but I have also taken a bit of a break and need to get back to it. Life just gets crazy sometimes and I feel guilty sitting down to knit when there’s a million other things I *should* be doing. I love the pullover you made—she looks great!—and the socks are so sweet. I’m hoping to knit a baby sweater for a friend’s new baby this summer, but I’ve never done one before so I’m nervous it won’t go well, or at least well enough to actually give to her. My other project goal is a lightweight triangle shawl. There are so many pretty patterns out there. The warmer weather used to deter me from knitting, but this year I decided to try and knit something lighter. We will see if these get finished!

    A couple of my favorite patterns that are quick knits are the Tivoli slouch hat, which I’ve made 2 of for myself, and the Present cowl. I love how the ridges make it look a little fancy, but it’s really an easy project—perfect for a plane ride. Going anywhere fun?

    March 30, 2018 at 1:04 pm Reply
  • Marcia

    Morning Katherine! Wow!!! You are quite a good knitter! And all those projects turned out really lovely!!! I’m a knitter also, I haven’t knitted in quite a while but still love to buy beautiful yarn with the hopes of delving into it in the near future!!! Lol….there’s quite a few good knitting groups on Facebook, also a lot of free patterns as well. You should look, you will get great inspiration! There’s Knit and Chat…on which the lady’s (AND men) are so willing to help you out of a jam with your knitting and they post all the lovely things they make! I think you’d like it! I’m also going to try weaving soon, just waiting to get through some home remodel projects! How did your little room ever turn out?? (The one with the portable fireplace in it)??? Keep writing, always: Marcia

    March 30, 2018 at 1:12 pm Reply
  • Tammy

    Well done! I think I will need one of my own Azel pullovers! Thank Miss Naleigh for modeling, she looks beautiful in her new pullover. I’m working on BRIOCHEALICIOUS by Andrea Mowry. It’s a shawl (I like to use like a cowl around my neck) and I’m learning a new stitch, the Brioche stitch. It’s not too hard. It would be a good plane project.

    March 30, 2018 at 1:18 pm Reply
  • Stephanie

    Everything looks so pretty and cozy! I have the pattern for the Azel pullover but haven’t gotten around to making it yet. (I went a little pattern crazy with that designer and bought a bunch!) After seeing yours I think I’m going to have to dig out some yarn and get to working on the Azel. 🙂 I seem to gravitate towards more lace knit projects myself but do love to throw in a quick knit from time to time.

    For a trip, I usually just grab whatever project I’m working on (unless it’s too bulky) but if I’m not sure of a project I just grab some cotton yarn out of my stash and make washcloths since they tend to be a pretty quick and mostly mindless knit or crochet. Plus, those around me seem to really love getting a handmade washcloth/dishcloth.

    Loving your blog! Thanks for so many great ideas and loads of inspiration.

    March 30, 2018 at 1:58 pm Reply
  • Heather Camacho

    Those look great! Those deep purpley colors speak to me too but I especially love the baby’s booties! I crochet personally but I’ve recently started a quilted Afghan for a new couch we are getting soon. Grey and yellow for colors. I’m doing squares in both colors and then I’ll use grey, the dominant color, to connect them + as the border. They’re about 12×12. Takes me forever to finish as my inspiration comes in waves but I think I’ll do up a square or two today 🙂 Thanks for sharing, love your blog!

    March 30, 2018 at 2:18 pm Reply
  • Barbara Reeves

    Beautiful work! Chuckled over the ingrate comment (smile)

    March 30, 2018 at 2:32 pm Reply
  • Audra Finoro
    Love this scarf…. so easy and it’s always fun to see the colours. I made one larger to use as a wrap. I have another on needles and am always on the lookout for cool yarn for another!!
    Have you ever knit the Koigu Linen Stitch scarf? Another beautiful easy pattern. The finished fabric is gorgeous. I’ve made about five of them!

    March 30, 2018 at 2:51 pm Reply
  • Syuzanna

    Dearest Katherine,
    Beautiful work! Love the sweater on Joshua Jr., and the striking Scarlett pullover on Ms. Naleigh is breathtaking! And your nieces hat/scarf colors highlight her beautiful skin and eyes perfectly! You should start a DIY fashion line! I have to look up how to knit socks. Although we didn’t have much snow this winter, it still was cold and knitted socks were in high demand! Currently, I’m trying to find an artistic and easy to follow pattern for a cardigan… Have you ever made one? Any suggestions? Thank you!
    Lots of travel means new projects, right? Any sneak pick on what’s coming?

    March 30, 2018 at 2:52 pm Reply
  • Ruby Corman

    Hi Katherine ,
    I love all your knitting projects . Sadly I can’t offer you any ideas as I just can’t get the hang of knitting . Believe me , I’ve tried but reading patterns is like math , my eyes glaze over !
    I’m so excited you’re joining Suits ! I’m binge watching season 6 right now . Wishing you all the best and hope that you enjoy your stay in ” Tronno ” as we say ! I lived there for 12 years and go back often to visit family . I can recommend the Art Gallery of Ontario ( AGO ) and the boardwalk in the Beach . One of my favorite things to do was ride my bike around Ashbridge’s Bay in the morning . It is so relaxing to watch the sun comes up over the lake ( when you don’t have those early morning calls ) . Happy Easter to you and your family and all the best on Suits .❤

    March 30, 2018 at 7:19 pm Reply
  • Sandy VanHooydonk

    Hi Katherine,
    I love your knitting projects. Good job on them all. They look so good on the kids. I haven’t tried a sweater yet. The sleeves are a bit intimidating to me. Maybe you could knit mittens on the plane. I once crocheted a pair from N. Y. to California. That seemed like a fast trip.!!

    March 30, 2018 at 7:44 pm Reply
  • Gaille Smith

    Good morning from Down Under Katherine!

    I discovered the love of yarn art not so long ago, and Australia is filled to brimming with incredible products, and artisans. We DO NOT do enough to promote here so I bit the bullet and published and printed a magazine…. Go figure what on earth was I thinking?

    Here is the link to issue 1 – Free for you and your followers. It is filled with great Aussie news and patterns and I know there will be some for you and your frequent travelling…

    And as an extra super special but ssshhhhh do not tell anyone as it is not out in Australia yet (will be posted in two weeks) issue 2 just for you all. This is usually a paid printed and or online subscription 🙂

    I hope you enjoy what we offer here in Australia and would love to see any projects you decide to use.

    Lots of love for an incredibly beautiful Easter with your fam bam x

    Gaille <3
    Editor in Chief
    Indie Road magazine

    March 30, 2018 at 8:30 pm Reply
  • Jessie Love

    Purl Soho’s Gradient Cowl is a perfect mindless travel project! I knit mine on a trip to Costa Rica. And that seed stitch texture is soooo addicting.

    March 30, 2018 at 10:09 pm Reply
  • Kathy Welsh

    Socks are the perfect project for plane travel! They don’t take up much space in your carry on, and they are fun to knit. A pattern I really like is Rye Socks by Tin Can Knits. The pattern uses DK/worsted weight so they knit up really fast. Happy knitting!

    March 30, 2018 at 10:39 pm Reply
  • Tami

    Omg! I love those! I especially like the cute little sweater!

    March 30, 2018 at 11:28 pm Reply
  • Lisa Edds

    Hey Katherine, I call my self a simple knitter. I follow simple patterns and knit blankets, hats, and washcloths. I follow this pattern and use a thick baby yarn to knit washcloths. I give them as baby gifts along with some baby wash. My new mommy friends say these washcloths are awesome. I think your niece looks a lot like you 🙂

    March 31, 2018 at 2:08 am Reply
  • Carina

    Well done on finishing so many projects!
    I love knitting and crocheting blankets, but it take ages to complete, so at any given time I have a few WIP’s (Works-In-Progress). I found these lovely collapsible burlap-baskets in which I stash my projects, so I grab the one I’m in the mood for and everything I need is in it. Some WIP’s are more challenging, others are almost mindless, something you can do while binge-watching a series (I’ve only just discovered Downton Abbey!)
    Why don’t you design your own blanket while traveling? You can either knit blocks in different stitch-combinations (great way to learn new stitches!) or work on strips/panels in stead of blocks, about the same size as a scarf.
    The Patons Open Window Afghan (free!) pattern is made up of panels, here is a link to the picture:
    and here is a link to the pattern:
    This is a lovely stitch sampler afghan designed by Martin Storey, originally a mystery KAL (knit-A-Long), but all the squares are now available (and still free!):
    Remember to check with the airline if they will allow your knitting needles in your carry-on. If in doubt, don’t take your favourite heirloom knitting needles, in case they get confiscated!
    Warm Regards

    March 31, 2018 at 10:00 am Reply
  • Kathy Welsh

    Love your completed projects, thanks for sharing! I love the Azel Pullover, so cute! It’s always inspiring to see what other knitters are working on. So, on to travel knitting. Socks are a great travel project! They fit comfortably in a carry on and don’t take up much space. A pattern I really like is from Tin Can Knits called Rye. It uses DK/worsted weight yarn, so unlike regular socks the pattern knits up really fast. I made a pair for my mom and she loves them!

    March 31, 2018 at 3:02 pm Reply
  • Gaille Smith

    Good morning, I did try to post but not sure what happened.

    Here is a link to a magazine that has lovely patterns in it, you are sure to find one that will keep you occupied on your flights.

    Hope you had a wonderful Easter.


    April 2, 2018 at 10:09 pm Reply
  • Audra Finoro

    Love this scarf! Knit a bigger one to use as a wrap. Very easy, but not boring.

    Have knit many of these… the finished fabric is beautiful and the colours are fun.

    This shawl was also a lot of fun to knit.

    Love your blog!

    April 4, 2018 at 2:38 pm Reply
  • Lisa Ackerman

    I have started on the Azel getting as far as the button holes, I also am working on a striped sweater – After the Rain by Heidi Kirrmaier, in the round changing every 6 rows, super easy. Cannot wait to see you on TV Suits 🙂

    April 6, 2018 at 12:21 pm Reply
  • Vicki

    I have been an aspiring knitter for some time now, purchased all the tools, drooled over the patterns, but I’ve never started. I love seeing your completed projects, it’s time I got my supplies out and started my first project.

    April 7, 2018 at 4:59 am Reply
  • Caroline

    Thanks for the update! I was curious how they all turned out. I couldn’t pick just one pattern and all the ones I thought of are kind of old patterns. For your little guy you can do these pants… . For any girl you can do these fingerless gloves…—handpainted-yarn and maybe for you this owl sweater in chunky yarn… . I would have my done a lot quicker but I decided my husband deserved a sweater after putting several years into our relationship (and it’s in worsted)!
    I look forward to the transitions to your blog! Happy knitting

    April 13, 2018 at 2:44 am Reply
  • Amie I’m learning knitting myself. Very much a beginner. I’ve known how to kit blocks since I was young for simple projects. Still learning how to read the patterns. Any tricks or links that helped you? I posted this link, because the hats look so cute, and I thought you’d like them.

    May 21, 2018 at 5:34 pm Reply
    • Amie

      And I live the colors in your neice’s gift. Those are my favorite type colors too. ❤

      May 21, 2018 at 5:39 pm Reply
  • Chrystal Rix

    Great job on the completed knits! They all look wonderful. I can’t wait to see what your next crafting post will be about.

    October 11, 2018 at 12:13 pm Reply
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