When it comes to knitting Christmas gifts every year I play the same game with myself. First I say I need to start Christmas knitting (at least) by October, and then I decide I'm not going to knit any gifts and then by the time Thanksgiving comes and goes all of a sudden I get a fire under my needles and get all kinds of big ideas for knitted gifts! So despite being off to a late start I'm diving into Christmas knitting head first with this great free pattern from Knitty.
This is the most color work I've ever done - not much I know - usually I stray away from color work because it seems complicated, but this was easy and fun to do. Just as long as I kept my tension everything worked out great.
DH ended up stealing this one. That's OK though, it's a perfect fit for him. Now I just need to get knitting more so I have them in time for Christmas!
Pattern Source: Swell free from Knitty
Yarn: Lana Grossa, Royal Tweed, 1 skein each color. The yarn was from my stash and I LOVE the way it worked up.
Needles: size 7s
Gauge: 4 sts per inch / 6 rows per inch
Notes: Took a bit for me to master the right gauge for my yarn and after a few trial runs I did. First time making twisted rope tassels like this and I love them! Fiddled with the pattern a little too. I started the color work after 6 rows and then worked 12 rows after color work before decreasing (If you are making this pattern you'll know where I mean).