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Spoons up!


Hello Spoons up! Here’s a free knitting pattern just for you my friends.  This is the pattern I began last summer only, to bid farewell at the start of present knitting season.  It’s been on my mind, and now that it’s off the needles and hot off the presses, I can finally share with you.

Spoons up! is a pattern for knitted fingerless gloves, adorned with spoons with a twisted chain motif between each.  They are the same on the front and back, and I had a blast knitting them.

The pattern keeps track of itself with those little chains and then the spoon heads.  I also included a gusset thumb with another spoon on it, for the sake of going as far as I could.  After all, I own a retro thermos decorated with spoons — why not fingerless gloves too?

I thought the idea of spoons was cute, but the more I wear these gloves, the more appropriate I think they are: retro inspiration, a love of egg drop soup and Shakesville and the Spoon Theory.  Hurray!

The pattern itself is three pages long plus a title page with photos — although I recommend that you don’t bother printing out the title page.  I called for a rather hard to find sport weight Shetland yarn made by a farm in New England, and for that reason you may want to use your favorite sport weight yarn when knitting.  Although Shetland, of course, will mean that you don’t have to catch your stitches across the spoon heads.  That’s the beauty of using a sticky yarn.

I’ve been wearing these gloves at work where historically I’ve had to drape my jacket over my lap in order to stay warm.  These do the trick!  It makes me wonder why I haven’t knitted myself some sooner.

Anyway, let me know what you think!  And here’s the Ravelry link.  Hey, that rhymed… er… stink.


©2012 at Simple Savvy, the simple living blog where someone said the spoons also look like tulips.  My favorite!  These wristers must be my good luck charms.

The Shilling Hat



THIS PATTERN HAS MOVED!  Please follow this link to my new blog, Earth Morning, for the Shilling hat.

It’s finished!  The Shilling hat is now available for free.  And here is the Ravelry link as well.  NOTE: It looks like I switched the charts around for the knitted flat and knitted round directions. If you downloaded the pattern prior to October 31, 2011, you’ll need to re-download the pattern for the updated version.  Thanks!

I designed this hat after watching the movie The King’s Speech one too many times, and falling in love all over again with the styles of the time period and the fashions of everyday people.  Can I help it that I’m all up in my vintage?  Don’t judge.

Mr. Savvy waited ever so patiently for me to finish this hat, and then to document it and photograph it and all those other things I did that are now safely ensconced in a post-knitting haze of finished object adrenaline.  Savvy’s very excited.  He’s a hat person.  Goodness knows what he has to be excited about since it’s the middle of August and it’ll be a long time before he gets to wear this… but don’t burst his bubble.

And now for the wooly details:

Together, we picked out a beautiful heathery rust color from the Cascade 220 Heathers line, which is a worsted weight wool.  The hat is knit on US size 4 and 6 (UK size 3.5 and 4) needles, and is sized for babies through adults.  I’ve charted the pattern, and written it for both flat knitters and knitters in the round, and while a beginner could knit it, advanced knitters won’t find it boring with its numerous cables and pattern changes.

And so my friends, have at it.  Let me know what you think, if  you have any questions, or if you find any mistakes.   I’m thrilled to finally release my knits into the wild.


©2011 at Simple Savvy, the simple living blog where I‘m a split infinitive kind of woman, and if you don’t believe me, you should check out my wedding vows.