Turn, turn, turn…

There’s a crispness in the air, the children are finding pinecones and fallen bright-red leaves, the nights are cold, spiders are making their bids for indoor real estate, and the orchards have started to pick and ship pears and apples.  I think we all know what that means.

It’s knitting season!

I have a big one ahead of me– both the smalls have outgrown their sweaters, and they’ve asked for scarves.  I want to knit some blankets, too, because I love to do it.  And of course I owe myself some fancy socks, and then there’s knitting for birthdays and holidays…

I haven’t solidified my queue yet, because let’s be real, half the fun is matching yarns to patterns, but there are some projects I’m sure are in my future.

10 Knitting Patterns that are Calling My Name

Leafy Baby Blanket by Leyla Alieva.  The leaves cascading down this one make it so perfect for fall.  Sadly I don’t have any impending babies in my social circle, but that doesn’t mean I can’t knit this now and pack it into a welcome box later…or maybe just make it one repeat bigger in both dimensions and use it as a throw.

Ragnar Blanket by Scholarmonkey.  She says “ragnar”, but I say “Rohan.”  I love the texture of this piece– it seems like the perfect work to have in my lap on a long winter afternoon.

Milo by Georgie Hallam.  I’ve made several of these in baby sizes, and they are a lot of fun.  I’m thinking it’s time to make some for the smalls to go over long-sleeved shirts on particularly cold days.

Grandmother’s Favorite Dishcloth.  The not-paper towels I made in 2011 are starting to succumb to entropy.  I still like the birdseye/flannel option– I think they are great for wiping down counters and cleaning sinks– but they are less than ideal for washing dishes.  So I’m going to try knitted dish/washcloths this round.

Multnomah by Kate Ray.  I’m always looking for a simple, circular-needle knitting project to take in the car so that I have something to do on long trips to the coast or to the metro area.  What could be more perfect than a pattern inspired by driving around Oregon?

Skew by Lana Holden.  I’ve never knitted socks on circular needles before– I’m a very traditional sock knitter by disposition (ribbed cuff, flap heel, Kitchener toe, on three and four DPNs)– but I have the PERFECT yarn for this, and I simply can’t resist the challenge.

Oh-Oh Hoodie by Margot Erdmann.  I’m not usually a fan of the bright and bold primaries look on kids, but this pattern appeals to me anyway because the pocket is so cleverly done.  I will probably do the I-cord trims in a different shade of the main color, which will likely be gray or brown or black, and make the pocket lining accent bright or complex.  It would also be interesting to do the ribbed band at the bottom in white and black colorwork so that it looks like teeth and the pocket holes look like eyes.

Rock Hat by Fiona Hamilton-MacLauren.  I love the different textures in this one, and it looks like a great project for using up scraps.

Les Mains Vertes by Bev W.  I like the whimsy, and I am a total sucker for knitted leaves, and I have the perfect yarn set aside for this project.  Whether I’ll wear the finished objects or put them in the dress-up stuff for the smalls or give them away as a gift is a puzzle.

Henry’s Rabbit by Sarah Elizabeth Kellner.  I knitted a litter of Henry’s bunnies last year but never got around to making a mama to go with them.  The smalls would love to have the baby bunnies to my mama rabbit, and it would be a(nother) great opportunity to talk about mammals and mammalian reproduction.

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