It turns out that I didn’t run out of yarn on that last trip.  It was close though. Darned close.  I finished my March socks on my flight…

Pattern: Giotto, Yarn: Dream in Color Smooshy in Spring Tickle.

and turned my attention to a little sweater I’d started while you weren’t looking.  On a trip into Lettuce Knit last Wednesday Megan had all the yarn to make Tulip baby sweaters kits up, and I felt something in me start to give way.  After the last time I went on a wicked jag with those sweaters I thought that I was alright. I thought that I’d knit the urge make a million of them right out of me – but there I was, standing in the shop and there they were, and I barely escaped with my bank account balance intact.  By Sunday, the feelings were overwhelming, and I found myself back in the shop, and before I could even stop it from happening, I’d bought a few of the kits – and to be completely honest, the only reason I only bought a few was because that’s all that was left in the store. I cleaned them out. If there had been ten kits I can’t say what I might have done. I really can’t.

I started one almost the minute I got home, and the very second my socks were done, all I could think of was the baby sweater. The stripes. The colour changes. The little seed stitch borders and the tiny attached i-cord edges and… it’s the same as before. I was charmed again. Entirely, and sitting on the plane watching it grow on my needles, I remembered that half of their charm – at least half, is how fast they go.  Worsted weight yarn on 4.5mm needles, all for someone who’s chest size is only about 40cm? (16") Shazam.  By the time I’d landed here I was almost done a sweater, except for the attached i-cord, which I think we can all agree is a bit of a pain in the arse.  That got done in the evening, and by yesterday, the thing had gone for a bath and was blocking by the fire here at Port Ludlow, and then sitting amongst the grass and flowers, finished and lovely.

I felt a little better then, but apparently – not quite all the way better, because now there’s another one on the needles, and I thought this morning about phoning Megan at Lettuce Knit and seeing how much it would jack up the price for her to overnight me a few more. 

I can’t believe I’m here again. These sweaters are like my kryptonite. I’ve never met a pattern/yarn combo that was so disarming to me. Sure, I’ve been on knitting jags before – there’s nothing weird about that, but twice, with the same sweater? Multiple incarnations of the same sweater? I’m a little worried, especially since I’m already making plans for stopping knitting them not because I’m through with them and it’s run its course, but because I’m not sure it’s healthy to continue.

Anyone else? Not with this sweater (although I would like to hear about that too) but an enduring knit obsession with one pattern – something more than a simple jag? Anyone?

320 thoughts on “Squeaker

  1. Wait– she has them again? And I’m not there to get them? Um, can she send them to Cambridge, please? I thought about buying a whole whack of Dream in Colour just to make these.
    Uh… would that be wrong? People? Someone talk me out of this.

  2. I just finished “Mr. Greenjeans” (from Knitty) and I really wouldn’t have a problem with doing several more of them in different colors of course. The sweater you just did in baby size would be very pretty in adult sizes too…

  3. I love the color combinations! I totally understand your desire to knit this baby sweater again and again!

  4. I love this sweater pattern too. I have made 4 or 5 of them, all back-to-back and still wanted to make more. Now I am planning a larger one for a little girl, hoping that the larger size will last a bit longer, and finally cure me of making this sweater.

  5. Yes, as a matter of fact, I have only one sock pattern that I use any more and that is your vanilla sock pattern. Why do anything intricate when, if you get the right sock yarn, the yarn will do all the fancy work!

  6. Yup. Dragonskins pattern. I made an entire afghan out of it, then another, then another. Those sweaters are so cute that if I ever make one it’s going to be twenty.

  7. It’s crochet, but I can’t seem to stop making Spiral Hex blankets.
    I’m working on my 8th baby blanket with this pattern, and I can’t see ever stopping.
    It lets you do stripes without ten thousand ends to weave in. *Stripes*

  8. Ready to start my 5th Traveling Woman shawlette…awesome use for all (ahem) the sock yarn in my stash that is too pretty (or too warm) for socks in Houston (like I might wear a pair 2x a year…).

  9. Making many seems entirely normal to me. But my standards for measuring “normal” may be a bit off.
    What I’m wondering, though, is if you know enough wee ones for all these sweaters to go live with?

  10. I don’t think this will help you at all, Steph. I made the 1st Tulip for a wee friend of mine. She and her parents loved it and kept putting it on her even though the sleeves crept up to her elbows.
    So as any good adopted-aunt-sort-of-friend would do, I had to make not-so-wee friend a larger Tulip. And one for her new, wee brother.
    And when it came time to knit for a non-related new arrival? I did something totally different. A Tulip in just one color. With embroidered daisies on it. (Embroidery credits to a friend of mine.) Still absolutely disarming.
    And I’m with you on the “fast.” I don’t knit nearly as fast as you do, but even I feel like I can whip one of these right out.
    But, umm, I sort of like knitting the Icord.

  11. to 1st commenter Deborah: if no one talks you out of it I’ll go “halvesies” (halfsies?) with you as I too have been tempted to do exactly the same thing!
    As for a pattern that inspires a knitting obsession, for me it’s the sweater “Rhinebeck” from A Fine Fleece by Lisa Lloyd. Love that pattern and want to do one in every colour–so far only two but…..
    Cheers, Barbie O.

  12. I’m weak when it comes to these too. I have started using them as stash busters though. They make terrific stash busters! But like you, they charm me every time. Every.Single.Time.

  13. Plain stockingnet socks with a heel flap. What can I say, turn the heel gets me everytime. It is like magic.

  14. i’ve been known to knit the same hat pattern, in different colors, on repeat for charity knitting. baby hats, for example, or simple ribbed hats to donate to Nest: Maine. i’ve also knit up at least a dozen “five hour baby sweaters” for friends, family, and now my own little one.
    there is something soothing about knitting the same pattern on repeat until you feel you’re utterly sick of it, and then stepping back to it later and loving it all over again.
    as for your frienasaince with the Tulip … what if you were to pick yarn from your stash to make more? that would save the trouble of purchasing kit after kit, and you’d be able to come up with entirely new color combos.

  15. I get that way from time to time with those too cute fruit caps. I think I have done hundreds over the last 15 years and go in spurts churning out entire roadside stands of strawberries, pumpkins, eggplants, raspberries. . ., I have to give them to every baby I know, they look ridiculous and adorable all at the same time. These beautiful sweaters might be a perfect next jag. Hmmmm

  16. As I copied the text from a project someone mentioned so that I could search for the pattern, I realized this is very dangerous information to be gathering Stephanie. What if you have just written the post that gathers patterns that take us all down? Over and over. No more new patterns because we can’t stop making these.

  17. You will probably think I’m nuts but right now I’m on a scarf jag using your one row pattern. It’s a stressful month here at Corgi Hill and your pattern is zen for me. I’ve made three scarves and am working on a fourth (plus a hat) and right now it’s just what I need to make it through selling the house and moving. Maybe when that’s done I’ll move on but I suspect everyone I know will have much warmer necks next winter.

  18. Years ago, when the kids were little, I had a bit of a jag with gansey sweaters. I used an old Straker pattern comlete with underarm gussets–the real thing– and long before gansey knitting, let alone knitting in the round was fashionable. Once I saw how organic the construction was, I was hooked and there was no going back!

  19. I am equally enamored of the Tulip sweater, and I think I’ve knit eight of them–at least–and one Blast-off, and there’s one more planned. Right now. Here’s what I love: It doesn’t matter what colors are chosen–even, within reason, how many colors–the sweaters are always adorable. I live in the southwest US, so we aren’t talking about using pure wool, here, but we found a yarn with lots of nice colors and I have so gotten a lot of use out of that pattern!

  20. I love the Black Sheep Booga Bag. I’ve made five or six of these, at least. I’ve kept two of them and gifted the rest. They never fail to bring smiles to the faces of those who are fortunate enough to make it to my booga bag list.

  21. I’ve done this sweater about four or five times in various sizes – but the fail-safe project I keept repeating is the Multnomah shawl. I’ve done it in sock yarn, silk and cashmere mix,. malabrigo worsted, Noro Cash Island, merino and silk – you name it, I’ve done it. As soon as I have finished one, I cast on another – it is a very satisfying knit.

  22. Yep. Lazy Daisy Shawlette.. 3 times in less than a month (including spinning especially for one of them) & started spinning for number 4. I think it’s as much to do with the ‘oooh, handspun!’ as the pattern itself.

  23. Bev Galaskas’ Felted Clogs. I can make those over & over & over again. And I have, lol.
    And the Folk Art For Your Head hat pattern: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/folk-art-for-your-head
    I’ve made umpteen of these hats, no two the same and really, didn’t need the pattern, more the inspiration – perfect for leftovers, if you can get past the whole “weaving in a gobjillion ends” thing at the end.

  24. For me it was the Battleboro hat from New England Knits. I made three of them. It only takes one skein of malabrigo worsted.

  25. I totally get it. I am quite addicted to Ishbel from Ysolda. Can’t stop making them, and I won’t.

  26. Market Bags. I have a really easy pattern, and it knits up fast and I love them beyond measure. I will knit 4 or 5 in a row, get sick of them, then a month or two later, start again. They are great for stash yarn, great for gifts, just great in every way. So easy, so versatile, so useful!
    My Easy Slacker Market Bag Pattern
    Holding any size yarn double, cast on as many stitches as you feel like on any size needle you think will work. Knit garter stitch until you think the bottom is large enough. Pick up and knit stitches along the other 3 sides (have an even number. Knit every row until you think it is long enough so stuff won’t fall out (I like about an inch). Drop one strand.
    Holding the other strand of yarn, row 1: *K2tog, YO*; row 2: knit. Repeat until the bag is large enough, you are sick of it, you run out of yarn. Which ever comes first. Drop down 2 needle sizes and purl some rows until you think you have a good edge (I like about 1/2 an inch or so). Cast off. Make handles. Sew them on. Rejoice in the banishment of those stupid plastic bags from the grocery store from your life forever.

  27. I completely understand. Occasionally, I get into a bag-making jag, and knit bags to felt. I’ve made three so far. Fortunately, it only hits about every two years. Though I’m thinking I might have the jag hit again soon.

  28. Yes. This sweater is like crack – and Rocketry too. I ended up buying a whole bunch of DIC so I could make it in any permutation that occurred to me.

  29. Anne Hanson’s Sprossling cardigan. Rowan’s Froth scarf in Kidsilk Crack designed by Elinor Yates, yarn held double on US8s. (I’ve made at least 15 of those.) Lots of baby booties and hats, but that’s more under duress and having a reputation to uphold than actually wanting to. But I do have one of these Dream in Color sweater baby kits in my stash. Hmmmm…..

  30. Barbie O? Write to me… we’ll work something out. If I were in Montreal (which I wish I were– love that city!) I’d say we should meet in an alley off of St. Denis and I’d slip you a package from under my trench coat, but as it is, maybe we can figure out a way to do our shady business by mail! 😉
    deborah DOT gann AT gmail DOT com

  31. What lovely little cardigans, Stephanie. Must look for a similar pattern over here. As it is socks are my real knitting obsession. I just love knitting socks 🙂

  32. The Saroyan scarf- I have made at least 5 of them, in a variety of yarns, colors, etc. I could always be knitting one. I have no idea what is so appealing about this scarf, but I just love it.

  33. That very old-fashioned Beehive feather and fan circular baby shawl. I’m sure you know the one. I lost count at 3 dozen . . . It’s the eyelet border that does it EVERY SINGLE TIME.

  34. Nope, never gone on a jag like that. I tend to get fed up with what I’m knitting by the time I’m done with it. Don’t get me wrong – I like when I’m done, but near the end I get this “alright, already, just get done!” mindset.

  35. Socks. Plain vanilla socks with lovely hand-dyed yarn. I must have knit 20 pairs alone last year. I am running out of people to give them to.
    Also, the Ribby Cardigan from Chicknits. Cant. stop. making. them. Not for their cuteness factor, but that they fit so well on everyone I make them for. My sister has just put in a request for one, so I’m off on the needles again!

  36. February baby sweater from EZ. Like, a million times. It’s just too easy to play with, modify, change up….too many yarns, too quick of a knit…completely adorable and not a lot of seaming…it’s my “in between socks” sweater.
    Also, your plain vanilla sock is my standard jumping off point; I’m not so good with the whole “pattern following” thing and generally make up my own from there.

  37. I have knit at least 15 of the Fish Hat [dead or alive?] from knitty.com. I am not sure any more if it because I like knitting them and the different color combos I can make and that they all look a bit different or because everyone of my kids’ friends wants one. I am still loving the pattern though.

  38. I confess I have knit three baby tulips. I love ‘Dream in Color’- great colours, great hand-feel . Then I knit one for myself… beautiful and bright!
    My other jag is the Mandala pattern, I have knit 3 of these, and a fourth one on the needles. Considering that each one has about 200,000 stitches, their addictiveness is surprising.

  39. YES. The Simple Skyp Socks! They look great in variegated, semi-solid, solid, and probably striped (though I haven’t tried that… yet!)… fingering weight or sportweight! I think I’ve pretty much decided my entire stash of STR MW is giong to be Simple Skyp socks, unless I already have a pattern planned for them. LOL!
    Also, the Big Bad Baby Blanket in worsted weight yarn. I”ve knit one in DiC Classy, Crystal Palace Merino 5, and I have yarn to do one in Miss Babs Yowza! Such a simple pattern, but beautiful results.
    I haven’t yet gone on a jag of knitting those sweaters, but I did knit ONE sweater once. I only managed to stop myself because I only had enough yarn for one. They are definitely charming!

  40. Reminds me of “The Big Bang Theory” when Sheldon got into weaving. It was revealed later on another episode that he’d made ponchos for everyone!
    But just think how cute the babies will look. Just saw a friend in person whose baby turned one year old on March 27th & the yarn for his baby sweater is still in the knitting baby. It’s a good thing I planned on making it for a two year old size–so maybe I’d better start!

  41. The Wonderful Wallaby sweaters. I’ve made dozens of them. I love the pattern. I’ve made them for my kids, for my husband, for my son-in-law, for my granddaughter and have one on the needles now for the new grandbaby coming in June. I’ve made them for nieces and nephews and I offered to make one for my mother (she said she’s not a hoodie kind of person, but I bet if she had one, she would be.)
    If I can’t think of something else to knit… if I want something that just gets done and isn’t fussy or that I have to concentrate on, I most often knit a Wonderful Wallaby.

  42. Stop posting the tulip sweaters! 🙂 I now have a sudden obsessive urge to get my hands on this pattern and knit one! LOL! Of course, that could be the due-any-day-now pregnancy hormones talking…

  43. Every time I make a scarf, I seem to default to either the Stream pattern, or a basic basket weave. In my mind, a scarf must be reversible, so I am always on the lookout for a pattern that has no ‘wrong’ or ‘right’ side!

  44. A pattern I have done many times and could still do again? Why yes, there is one. It’s called Pretty Thing. You might know the designer.
    I made 8 of them this year for Christmas, giving them to just about all the females on my list. One is on the needles and I really need to do another after that one is done since I want to give one to each of the realtors who have helped me sell and then buy a house!

  45. Ysolda’s Liesl. I’ve made 5 of them now, all for me. And every time I finish spinning up some new yarn, I immediately want to cast on for another one!

  46. Oh yes. Fuzzy Lamb by fuzzymitten dot com. I can’t knit just one. I’m up to about 12…. although some of that is because the kids ran off with them and then the spousal unit “requested” a few more.
    Or any shawl I write myself. I apparently need to knit about 10 of each just to get them out of my system. It can get… ugly…

  47. My downfall is the multi-directional knitted scarf in any type of multi-color yarn. Noro is a favorite but I am easily distracted by a loverly colorway.

  48. My downfall is the multi-directional knitted scarf in any type of multi-color yarn. Noro is a favorite but I am easily distracted by a loverly colorway.

  49. I went kind of nuts a couple winters ago when I first learned Cat Bordhi’s mobius cast on. I have at least a dozen hat and scarf sets (just the plainest mobius scarf and a plain old stockinette hat knit in the round), plus I’ve gifted probably three or four. I also knit several dozen mobius felted baskets in various yarns in various sizes. Plus a cat bed, a couple of baskets with petal tops and a couple of sets of three baskets all joined together mobiusly.

  50. I got kind of fixated on a raglan baby sweater and I made about six of them, in different colours. I could still make more; I’m not tired of them yet. I like the way they fit around the shoulders and there’s just a tiny bit of sewing. But the thing I’ve made the most of is dishcloths. For driving to the cottage, I stick to the garter stitch, no-brainer ones. For knitting at home, I find a nice textured or lace stitch and make it from that. It’s a good way to practice a new stitch pattern. The circular ones are fun to make too, especially if you make each wedge a different colour.

  51. Yes…a simple striped sock using two colorways of Noro Kureyon sock yarn. I think I’m on my seventh pair with no signs of stopping.

  52. I bought a Tulip kit this summer in Watkins Glen, NY but haven’t tried it yet. I think it should be the next pattern I try.
    As for baby sweaters that I can’t seem to stop knitting – I love the Concentric Stripes Sweater by
    Melissa Mall. I have completed 4 and I’m almost done with the 5th. And I have the yarn picked out for number 6. It can be found at http://www.innerchildcrochet.com. It’s knit from the top down and super fast to make up. It can also be found on Ravelry.

  53. I love Jaywalker Socks from Grumperina. Since I like the self patterning sock yarns this is about the best way to show them off, in my opinion! Sometimes when I learn a new pattern I make multiples, like the E. Zimmermann Baby Surprise Jacket (I think I made 7 or 8)and then I’m done. On to the next obsession!

  54. Don’t know if it counts, but I’ve gone sock crazy.
    Just can’t seem to knit enough of them. I have a set of instructions I got a long time ago online called My First Socks Using the Magic Loop. These instructions are great! So easy to follow and what I do is use any pattern I want to use with these instructions as a template. I’ve made quite a few pairs already and I’m working on one right now. I love magic loop socks. I just can’t seem to get the hang of double points. Way too fiddly if you ask me!

  55. Yes, yes, yes….I made about forty Diamond hats with Koigu. They are 8 mitered squares on top of 8 more then pick up stitches for crown and roll edge. I just couldn’t get enough of watching the colors come together in those squares and then differently in the roll edge and crown. I haven’t had a repeat jag, though I have made a few by request since then. Fun.

  56. I just finished an Easter wreath because I couldn’t stop making knitted eggs. I don’t want to talk about how much sock yarn I bought just because it would make a “perfect” egg. There are 51 on the wreath, and I really want to make more. Did I mention I have no children to justify this?

  57. I’ve made at least five pairs of monkey socks. They are just so much fun to make! Watching that pattern come in as you finish just one more repeat. I love them and will continue to make them.
    I’ve also made the same sweater at least 7 or 8 times. It’s an old pattern – raglan roll neck pull over (Yankee Knitter maybe?) – but it’s perfect for toddlers, teenagers and even sisters, mothers and fathers. Wait, maybe I’ve made it 10 or 12 times!

  58. My failing is the All-in-One Cardi for Baby. It’s like a crocheted version of the BSJ. As soon as I finish one I’m planning the colors for the next one.
    Enabling ahead: For anyone in the US who wants Tulip kits, Coldwater Collaborative in MN sells and ships them, and will make a custom kit for you if you have something special in mind. I don’t work there, just think they’re cool. http://coldwateryarn.com

  59. I’m mildly obsessed with the Baby Surprise Jacket, but that sweater is adorable enough that I might try one next time.
    @Brenda: I love the Monkeys, too. The purl-less Monkeys are pretty fantastic, too.

  60. French Press Felted Slippers and it’s all because of you so thanks! I think.

  61. I’ve been having a little problem with the leftover sock yarn baby hat from Knitty Gritty Thoughts… like I’ve made 18. Since the start of the year. Ahem.

  62. Alan Dart’s Yuletide Gnomes. Their cute pointy hats. Their charming beards. The never ending color variations to think up. I give them fun names like Oliver Foxglove and Peter Holliday and have extreme joy to see them all sitting grouped together. Whenever I sit down to knit “just one – for a friend,” I end up knitting half a dozen before someone intervenes. Usually this person is my husband who is feeling that perhaps we’re going to be buried in gnomes any second.
    Then, after a little while, I realize that I don’t have any gnomes. So I pull out the gnome basket (I knit them so often, I have a basket with just gnome yarn) and knit another half a dozen with plans for another thirty. Again, an intervention.
    Inexplicably, I have yet to knit a single gnome that decided to stay and live with me even though I know I’ve knit over fifty. Perhaps it’s time for another round.

  63. My Knitting Jag – Felted Clogs by Bev Galeskas. I’ve made countless pairs, for myself, my family (extended), friends, children, adults. This past Christmas I made 3 pair of mens, assembly-line fashion. I like to knit them unmatched to tell which goes on which foot. I see myself making Felted Clogs for the rest of my knitting life. I’m wearing a pair right now, as a matter of fact.
    PS – Love that little sweater. I need some babies in my life!

  64. Rib warmers. A la Sidna Farley’s variation. I have a dozen in the closet, probably that many more on the needles in some stage of UFO (and those are only the ones I currently own). In my defense, I teach a workshop on this garment once or twice a year at my LYS, and I need at least one or two at various stages of completion so the students can see what to expect and why “no, you can’t use straight needles, even though it’s knit back and forth.” But it’s SO easy to see a wonderful yarn, an expensive yarn, and say “600 yards will make a rib warmer – not that expensive!” Viola – another one in process.

  65. That sweater is highly addicting I have made quite a few and am getting the urge to make more

  66. The Sienna Cardigan by Ann Smith, originally published in Interweave Knits Fall 2006. It was my first “real” finished cardi and I’d make a dozen of them except that it’s such a distinctive design. I’m not sure my wardrobe could handle more than the two I have now… I can’t resist the collar and the lace down the front.
    Knitted gnomes, you say? Perhaps I’ve been saved from starting another Sienna, for the moment.

  67. Well, I’m currently on Giotto pair the third, which is a bit masochistic as they are on 2.5mm needles so not a fast knit, but seeing yours reminds me why they are a favourite… And they are taking longer because I diverted to knit an Annis. I have knitted multiple Jaywalker pairs (4?) and 5 Koolhaases so that one feels like an old friend. But next? Not sure – got a few UFOs lurking in the undergrowth so I hope I can locate one of those before starting on further stash reduction… unless the latest Brooklyn Tweed jumps onto my needles cos my man would look so good in it!

  68. I’ve made five different Harry Potter scarves for friends who kept requesting them…does that count? Luckily, I was still in school and all the mindless stockinette got me through many literature discussion classes.

  69. Gloves. Plain pattern from a Patons & Baldwin book Mum brought to Canada with her 55 year ago. In Drops alpaca, 7.95 at the LYS and I can knit a pair while watching a movie but boy people think you’ve given them a lux present when they get handknit alpaca gloves.

  70. A few years ago I was introduced to a sweater pattern called a Wallaby. It is a hooded sweater with a front hand warmer pocket and is knitted from the bottom up, all one piece, including the sleeves and hood. I made one for each grandchild and then started making them for neighbor children. I finally realized I needed to stop before I was seriously addicted!!

  71. I am also a Tulip Sweater junky! I was fooling myself last year when I thought I’d kick the habit by throwing in a couple or Rocketry sweaters instead, haha. I loving keep all the little left-over balls of DIC in case I need them for another Tulip.

  72. “Ida’s Kitchen” from Through the Loops. I’m about to knit my third and I have plans for several more. Delicious!

  73. I am a process knitter. I knit to see how clever it is to follow the pattern and get a thing out of it. Once I’ve gotten through it once and seen the magic happen, I’m usually done. Esp. if it is on small needles with small yarn. I don’t even knit socks 1 at a time because I know once I have that first sock, I’m done. There’s no magic in the pattern, or at least not enough left to convice me a second one is needed. Since I’m not 1 footed, I decided socks weren’t it.
    I mean I really, honestly, hate knitting a thing multiple times…
    except, I’m currently in the ribbing of my third sockhead hat from bohoknits. Yep. 3. In sock yarn. On size 2s. I’m still enchanted and madly in love with the pattern. I want to make all of my sock yarn into this one hat. I will have 3 when this one is finished, and I can’t see a single reason why #4 shouldn’t follow. Not even when I take into account that I live in Georgia. Not even when I see that the temp is already 80 f outside and I’m sitting inside maddly knitting away on a wool slouchy hat and I don’t even like wearing hats because they squash my hair. Nope, don’t see a single reason why #4 shouldn’t follow right on #3s heels.
    Clearly, it’s something in the air.

  74. I’ve made quite a few Girlfriend Market Bags, but there such simple thing I’m not sure they count?
    (There ~is~ an adult version of the Tulips pattern–two actually, you can get them from Webs. I did, along with yarn, and I’m hoping when I finish my cardigan there will be enough left overs to make one for the bun currently in the oven…)

  75. I’m with the other commenter on the fruit hats. Have made so many fruit hats. So.many.fruit.hats. And also, Noro striped scarves. Have made about 5 of those, and I hate scarves but I love knitting those ones.

  76. I hope you’re happy–the second I read that you were on another Tulip baby sweater kick, I ordered one before they ran out. Crossing my fingers I got there in time! This is for my granddaughter, and probably the first of many.

  77. No specific pattern that I’ve been tempted into crossing over into double digits with. Yet. Had to say, though, that I loved reading all the comments here and looking up the referenced patterns. (MsLaine @ 5:38: THREE Mandalas? Seriously? I’m in holy freakin’ awe.)
    I have two close friends both expecting their first grandbabies. I may be traveling down that Tulip road shortly.

  78. do you have little babies that you are making these for?
    i must say they are gorgeous (i have 2 months of pregnancy left) and i’m definitely charmed by them as well 🙂 perhaps my bubby needs one as well!!!

  79. I love the tulip sweater as well. I’ve made a couple of kits and also one in a solid color with bigger yarn for a 1-year-old. It’s a great pattern.

  80. Yeah, your basic vanilla sock pattern from Knitting Rules. I actually get irritated that my usual places I buy sock yarn at don’t carry more of a selection of self patterning yarns…. not having a pair on the needles can induce feelings of anxiety and being down to only enough sock yarn for one pair of socks is reason to panic in this house.
    I also am addicted to the top down raglan ( http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/baby-cardigan ) and finding cute little buttons for them…. and no, I do not have ANY plans of having anymore minions nor do I know anyone having any… it’s just a quick and easy pattern…

  81. I made a purse from a pattern from KnitPicks (the name is escaping me and it was before Ravelry). I made one for me, my mom, my sister, 3 friends and one that was donated to our boy scout silent auction. So that makes 7…just thinking about it makes me want to make another….thanks alot!

  82. Lacy baktus with edge. I think I’m on my 6th one and there’s one draped around my neck as I type. Love this pattern. It’s great to knit, oh so wearable, and perfect for a single skein of sock or luxury fingering weight yarn.

  83. Absolutely – the Inspira Cowl. If I let myself, I could make soooooooooooooooooooooooooo many of them. There’s so many great patterns out there I want to make that I can’t justify more than one of something, but not this pattern. I’ve got yarn for a second one, and I’m gonna make it. Don’t care. Nope. Just don’t.

  84. Besides my love of knitting the garter stitch scarf, I do love the Baby Sophisticate pattern knit in Lion Brand Cotton-Ease. Perhaps its the babyness that addicts us. Who knows. But there must be the joining of the sophisticate and the Cotton-Ease to have true satisfaction.

  85. A hooded aran baby sweater done in either sport or fingering. I concocted it myself, it’s unisex so can be handed down to younger brother or sister, and the hood means the baby can’t pull a matching hat off and throw it in the street. I have no idea how many I’ve made, but one year at work I made 4! That was burnout, and I didn’t make any for a year or so after that. Now I want to make the tulip! There’s a word for people like you–pusher!

  86. The French Press felted slippers. Love that pattern and plan to make them in every color in my wardrobe. And then some other colors. And it’s all your fault — your post about making them for Christmas totally sold me!

  87. Every year about this time I get hit with he urge o knit fingerless gloves. It is my own pattern and well established in my head so I can’t even lose it, at least not without losing my head entirely. I make several pair at the end of every winter and my daughters dutifully use, lose and give them away as fast as I can come up with new variations. I love it. I love that I can make a pair in just a couple of hours.

  88. I like anything with leaves, so I’ve done several scarves for people with leafy patterns. Always on the lookout for another. But can I do colors other than green? Always wonder.
    Love the baby sweater but most of my friends are way too old for babies, alas. The beautiful color combinations would get anyone addicted, though!

  89. Hey – if you get a chance to go into Port Townsend – my daughter in law’s mother owns an antique shop. She knows all the secret yarn places arount too.
    Ms Bee Haven
    1020 Water Street, Port Townsend, WA 98368-6706, United States

  90. http://www.ravelry.com/projects/Xeres/28-vihervaara–huppari—greengable–hoodie
    They aren’t even itty-bitty sweaters. They are great big sweaters. With cables. Four times I made this pattern in one year.
    One of them has flown back to me, as the body outgrew it (so nice to have it returned to be re-homed! – he’s getting a new hoodie as soon as I get to that point in my knitting queue). I gave it to my husband…. now my daughter is the only one in the family who doesn’t have one, so I’m going to have to make a fifth for our winter, which shall be upon us shortly! No pressure!

  91. I’ve had that same problem with a particular baby blanket pattern. I’ve knitted it four times now, I think, and only one of those was for my own baby.
    And I think I’ll knit another one for my next baby and anyone else I know who’s having one. It’s odd for me to want to make the same thing twice, let alone more than four times.
    You’re not alone!

  92. Ishbel. I made (lord help me)10 of them for Christmas gifts (and maybe one or two for myself).

  93. The Wonderful Wallaby. I’ve made 39 of the baby size and that’s just for family and friends, I don’t have any grandbabies yet! I’ve also done 6 of them in adult sizes. I’m coveting the Tulip sweater. It’s adorable.

  94. I have made over 1,800 prayer shawls – most of them the K3P3 pattern. Needless to say I suffer just a tad from compulsive obsessive disorder!

  95. Ah, I know the cycle well…cast on, knit, repeat…cast on, knit, repeat…. Fifteen pairs of old-fashioned knit slippers for holiday gifts, two years in a row (and this will be three, I’m sure). And right now, I’m in the middle of a Baktus fixation that I expect should carry me through multiples of several of its variations.
    I console myself with the timeless wisdom of Mae West: “Too much of a good thing is wonderful.” The woman was on to something!

  96. In knitting, Kate Gilbert’s Gifted Mittens; I’ve made several dozen pairs. In crocheting, it’s Sharon Klinsky’s Slipper Sock pattern; I’ve made over twenty pairs. I don’t even look at the patterns anymore! Now I just need to find the perfect hat pattern.

  97. Cookie A’s monkey socks. They were my first “real pair” and I think I’ve done them 3 times? And constantly think about doing them again.
    And plain socks, but who can have enough plain socks?

  98. Funny you say that.. I have an addiction to making your Earl Grey socks…I loooveeee them, so in love with them 🙂
    it’s the cables…they sucked me in

  99. Baby Surprise- in fingering, sport, dk, worsted, bulky. Multiple of each. Add a bit of rolled stockinette if you need more sleeve or a better neckline. Solids, stripes, variegated, whatever. Same for the February baby sweater. I use these as samples for new colorways in my booth. Also this:www.ravelry.com/patterns/sources/arwens-elven-accessories. Hat, scarf, cowl, socks, and fingerless mitts. A combo for everyone on your list. I’ve done them in dk, light worsted, worsted by playing with the numbers. Big Bad Baby blanket,great for mindless knitting that still is perfect when you’re done.

  100. I have knit 2 for my coworkers. They couldn’t believe that I would be happy to knit them, and I couldn’t believe they bought the kits for me, and PAID me to knit them. I love them and wish I had more opportunities to knit more.

  101. I have had a wee obsession to the Tulips sweater myself. I’ve made 3 (one for my baby and two for friends babies) and I’m sure I will find it in my soul to make more of them because OMG they are flipping awesome. I’ve made all of mine out of Cotton Ease and they are wonderfully washable.
    My obsessive pattern? That’s an easy one. It’s the Chickens potholder! http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/chickens
    I’ve made 10 of them and I am sure that it’s only a matter of time before I grab another ball of my dishcloth cotton stash and make another one!

  102. Swallowtail. And truly, I hate it. I LOATHE it. But I successfully knit my first one over about two weeks and finished it just last week. I INVENTED swear words while knitting and ripping and knitting and ripping and knitting and tinking the damn thing. But it was my first lace project and after begging Michelle Boyd to get me through it and exchanging a few emails with her (laden with said swear words, of course), I finally ‘got’ it, and dominated that damn pattern. And turned right around and cast on another…

  103. EZ’ baby surprise jacket! I’ve made several (over a dozen) and teach a class at the lys that employs me and every time I do I knit one along with my class!

  104. If my grandchildren would quit producing babies, maybe I could stop making basketweave baby afghans, but I no sooner get to the last few rows than I get an email that says, “Guess what, Nana–time for another afghan.” We’re coming up to eight this summer. (But I never ever get tired of it, ’cause babies are such little miracles.)

  105. Mittens with poems on them. When I wrote my book, Nursery Rhyme Knits, my editor would not let me use the word “obsessed” when describing the project. But make no mistake, it was a year of pure obsession. Since my son was born, I haven’t been able to let my knitting obsessions have their way with me, but I know I’ve got a blanket book in me…garden blankets in particular. (treesinit on ravelry)

  106. Swallowtail shawls. I had a big problem with them 2009-2010, though I haven’t gotten the itch recently. Probably because of the mismatch of more than four lace shawls with my current hot weather lifestyle.

  107. Cowls- plain and simple. Followed by fulled bowls (Alterknits) and fulled bags. All make me weak in the knees.

  108. Obsession? Yes! Entralac! I have my 4th and 5th shawl OTN and am looking forward to my 6th. Then there would be cowls and mitts of any pattern. I don’t have time to sleep!

  109. I’ve only made one Tulip sweater, but I understand the magic lure of it. Love knitting the Helena baby sweater that I found on Knitty – I’m on my third one.
    The real winner for multiple knits for me, however, is Carol Duvall’s Short Row Hat for babies. I have made dozens of them to donate to charity and as baby gifts. They are cute, practical and are a whiz to complete.

  110. Monkey socks. Fingerless mitts, particularly Fetching. And Duckie socks. Totally obsessed with Duckie socks. Sport weight, and they fly off the needles. I refuse to admit how many pairs I’ve made….

  111. Dude!!! The tulip.sweater! I got a kit a couple years ago at a shop in Seattle while on vacation (can’t remember what one) and couldn’t put it down! If I could get my hands on more, I would, but none of my LYS carry Dream in Color! I’m even expecting a baby in July and would like one for him!

  112. There was a flurry of fruit inspired hats for small heads. A veritable produce section. The only other thing has been the Multnomah shawl. I knit one as a prayer shawl for a friend worrying over her mother’s health/surgery, and people keep asking for them. I am trying to finish up number #8 or is it #9? Do I have one for me? Nooooo. But it’s comfort knitting for when the brain is too tired for fancy lacy.

  113. Actually, the only pattern I’ve been obsessed with is your sock pattern from Knitting Rules. That’s all I do for socks. Even if I do legs from someone else’s pattern, I always do your heel and foot. The obsession shows no signs of waning, but I’m very happy with it.

  114. Um, excuse the Fangirling, but yes, I do have a pattern like that — your One-Row (Handspun) Scarf, although I don’t spin so I’ve never made it with handspun. I’ve made at least six of ’em and have converted a few of my friends into ORHS junkies as well. It’s the perfect scarf pattern!

  115. Well. To be fair, it is an extremely adorable sweater. As for myself, I’m pretty sure I’ve knitted more toe-up purless monkey socks than any other sock pattern. So, yeah.

  116. You apparently haven’t met my dishcloth collection – at last count, 100 (not including the ones that are currently in use!).

  117. For me it has been baby sweaters, the one done most often was Babies & Bears, but the EZ Surprise and the February Baby Sweater have all had long runs, they were my “go to” baby sweater. I like to have at least one baby sweater on hand in case of a new baby needing a sweater. I also had a long string of the Stay on Baby booties, which use up the left over sock yarn I always seem to have.
    Funny, but most of my knitting jags involve baby items (probably because they go so fast and provide almost instant gratification plus being just inherently cute).

  118. It’s not knitting (although your plain vanilla socks have been knitted by me more times than I can count, so perhaps…). It’s a crochet pattern – I love that ripple afghan pattern with the soft waves going on. I’m on my third (this one in the high school colors of my oldest son, so I can cheer on the baseball team in warmth) and I’ve done a pair of handwarmers in the pattern, and I’m a hair’s breadth away from a cowl. It’s the colors – I can’t stop being enchanted by all the possibilities. I’m helpless in its grasp.

  119. Oh….dangerous dangerous pictures. For the first time since I learned how to knit, I seem to be surrounded by infants. (I learned after my daughter was born, which denied me the joy of wrapping my child in my handmade warmth). That sweater is absolutely adorable. I want to make it. In all different colors. For boys and girls and newborns and 2 year-olds. Curses.

  120. I’ve just finished my third Metro Cardigan in less than a year. I now have it red, turquoise, and green. But that’s enough…now I’m going to make my second Aestlight Shwl.

  121. As soon as my aunt taught me to cast on, knit, purl, and bind off, I headed to a knitting shop and bought a ton of Laines du Nord Mulberry Silk yarn and got a free drop-stitch scarf pattern. I proceeded to make 10 scarves out of the same yarn, in the same pattern, 6 of them in the same color. I saw that pattern on the inside of my eyelids for weeks. (To be honest, all but one of the scarves were for Christmas gifts.)

  122. Clearly, this continuing sweater jag can mean only one thing: we all need to start having more babies, so Stephanie has someone to wear them. Come on ladies, let’s do our part! 🙂

  123. Yes and no. Thujas are my go-to for gifts, though they don’t give me the same thrill Tulip gives you. I made a huuuuuge Burridge Lake Aran Afghan, and I’d like to make another one for me. I’d probably have started one already, if I could get that much of the same yarn at the price I’d paid for it the first time. Honestly, I’m sad I didn’t get enough yarn for at least three the first time. Three queen-sized cabled blankets. 5350 meters apiece. Yes, I’m itching to make another. Does that make me crazier than you?

  124. for me it’s the EZ baby surprise sweater. i’ve knit quite a few of them, and it’s my go to sweater for new babies. every time i make it i am inspired anew by the genius of its construction.

  125. I have made 10 or more of your Lorne’s hat pattern for all my in-laws in buffalo, ny. They love them so I just keep making them.

  126. I recently finished my 3rd working of Nancy Bush’s “Ene’s Scarf”. Nice pattern, if you’ve not made it.

  127. Yup: The Lucy Bag. I’ve made about a dozen of them. I’m pretty sure the Kusha scarf is going the same route (that, incidentally, would be entirely your fault–but I’m fine with it).

  128. Well, I’ve got to say, that’s a pretty cute sweater. If I could get away with horizontal stripes I’d make an adult sized one for myself. Alas horizontal stripes make it all too obvious that…um…there’s more gravity on one side of my body than the other.

  129. The Lotus Hat pattern by UptownPurl on Ravelry. I love it. I finally knit one for myself out of Malabrigo Twist and my husband accidentally felted it. Once I got over my shock, I was excited, yes, EXCITED to knit myself another one. I’m currently trying to figure out if I can chart it upside down so that I can knit it from the top down. Probably not, but I’m still going to try it.
    It’s so fast, so easy, and so utterly charming… every row is different, but the sequences are the same in each row, if that makes sense, so once you work out what you’re doing, you’re good to go. You can do this hat in any gauge. It’s got a lovely top to it, the perfect little charted decreases create the loveliest lovely flower that is just lovely…
    Yeah. I’ve knit it only in worsted and bulky before and now, just from posting this, I’m suddenly obsessed with the idea of making myself one out of sock weight yarn. I’m pretty much utterly lost when it comes to this pattern. Don’t know if you could tell.

  130. I bet I’ve knit a dozen of the Argosy scarf from Knitty. I’ve knit 4 of the Gaptastic Cowl, and am fighting the urge to knit 4 more at this very second. I have knit 3 of the Tulip Sweaters. The Tretta Hat by Grumperina is my go to gift hat…probably have knit 6 of those. And your Un-Original hat…at least 6 of those, too. I do have an addictive personality. Obviously. 😉

  131. I have a slight obsession with Wisp from the Summer 2007 Knitty, but I think it’s because I’ve yet to get it right despite it’s simplicity.

  132. I like your Pretty Thing cowl and also the Abstract Leaves one. Keep buying yarn to make more and more.

  133. I have knit three Lutus Hats (free Ravelry download) in 2011. I want to knit another, just typing its name creates a nearly uncontrollable urge. Then there is a toque my aunt and I figured out how to make and I’ve knit 75 or a hundred of them over the last 25 years. You can see three of them on my Ravelry projects page. Hi, I’m Laura and I’m a knitaholic.

  134. I made 23 of Jared Flood’s Turn a Square hat in three months; lots of time on the road (passenger) and in hospitals. I really like the design and super easy. And go back to it with I have just a bit here and there of yarn.

  135. Newfoundland Mittens – it’s now my go-to mitten pattern, and I’ve knit 5 or 6 pairs in the last yaer. Also, Christine’s Stay-On Baby Booties for every baby I know, and usually a Baby Surprise Jacket too. They’re both such fun, easy patterns! And I really gotta get me some yarn for a Tulip Sweater – I’ve been eyeing that pattern for ages and haven’t made one yet, but everyone I know is having a baby…

  136. Hoo boy, I sure as heck know what you mean – Hansigurumi’s Octopus still hasn’t let go of my scruff. You and Tina were recipients of some of the herd that I’ve knitted (at the first Knot Hysteria), and I’ve since lost count at around a dozen.
    I’m now afraid of the Tulip sweater …

  137. For me its baby blankets. I go through periods where I knit nothing but baby blankets. There was an 18 month period in 2007-8 where I knit 10 blankets, of varying patterns. My go to unisex blanket pattern is Shower Baby with Gifts by Patsy Leatherbury. Its quick and easy and can bet made larger just by changing gauge. I think I’ve knit 5 of those blankets since 2005.
    And I seem to be heading into another blanket phase. The last item off the needles? The second blanket of a matched set, destined for boy and girl twins…

  138. I’m on a baby surprise jacket kick!! I’ve made the adult size, child size, toddler size, and baby size! The toddler one didn’t fit my nephew, so I gave that one away and am casting on another + another for a colleagues toddler. I’m LOOKING for babies, toddlers to make them for! Obsessed right now!!
    If I could afford several kits, I’d be dong the tulip sweaters too! They are adorable and fun to make!! Just go with it! There’s a lot of needy babies in this world who need those sweaters.

  139. Great fun seeing which patterns obsess folks!
    I’ve knit two Mason Dixon Nina shawls (from the first book) one in wool and one in cotton, both for gifts. And there’s yarn for one for me in the stash! I just love the stripeyness, the little bit of stranded knitting, and the RUFFLES!

  140. well…I do like Daisy. I knit it in various cottons and I am soo charmed by how neat and squared off the chunky little sleeves are. How they shoulders sit on their little bodies. I do love that one – with and without the hood. Sometimes I make a pointy collar, sometimes little Peter Pan collar, sometimes none. Every time it is soo cute! I do want to make that Tulip one though…I like the very very colorful one.

  141. LOL – I have the same obsession with the Tulip Baby sweater. I’ve made four of them, all gifts, and I’m about to make a fifth for my own baby. They’re my favorite baby gift to give. I think I’m just going to start collecting Dream in Color in all different colors so the obsession can continue. 🙂

  142. I’ve made 3 of your “pretty thing” pattern in the last few weeks, and they have all been gifts. I have plans for more, I might get to keep one! I do love that pattern! Last fall I made about 4 baby sweaters (raglan striped), so I guess I tend to go in groups, too!

  143. I’ve made about 5 Sally Melville Collared wraps. The basketweave, alternating btwn garter, stockinette & reverse stockinette is so captivating, & the style is so smart, I’ve made it out of Cascade Eco-Wool for myself, my sister, and 3 work friends. All in tan, oatmeal, or cream tones.

  144. It was the ball-band dishcloth for me. I could not make enough, and I think it was the color/texture changes that enchanted me too. After knitting, I would pile them up and squish them. Sick.

  145. I’m still giving away some of the hundreds (!?!?!) of dishclothes that I made when I was pregnant the first time, (twelve years ago) Oh, but first there were the lace bookmarks I made for my wedding. (Not enough time, too many people, still making great gifts almost 16 years later.) And, I’ve made so many of the same mesh scarf pattern that I’m embarassed to give them away…it’s now turning into an incarnation of a sweater, a purse..could I have possibly done something so mindless for so long…yet, ahhhhhh…..so very zen.

  146. I feel this way about the Cobblestone. I’ve only made two but I want to make one in every yarn I see. Likewise the Starfish of Yak. (Don’t know the Starfish of Yak? You’ve really got a treat waiting for you.)
    Last winter I couldn’t stop knitting the reversible Here and There Cables scarf from Scarf Style, which was kinda dumb, because they take forever.

  147. Who’s going to get all those tiny little cute sweaters? Do they have beneficiaries already or are you knitting for grand children to be *lol*

  148. Noro/Not Noro Striped Scarves-I think I made about 8 of them. I’m still tempted every so often, but then I come to my senses.

  149. Well——I have six baby blankets to knit at the moment. The first three are BOYS. I am on #3 and seriously tired of baby blue. I would do it differently, but these are ALL first babies!!! Can’t wait to find out what the next three will be. But I have a couple of months. One is Sept. but two are still a mystery. Whatever happened to yellow and light turquoise???

  150. The Yarn Harlot’s good ole plain sock – I’ve made over 20 pairs and I can’t seem to stop!

  151. Hang in there, Steph! You can get through this. ^_^
    As for the question, no, I havn’t found anything of that nature. Yet. It will hit me one day, I know of it.

  152. Baktus, Lacy Baktus, I love the way it showcases sock yarn too beautiful to be hidden as socks. Tried it in Malabrigo Silky Merino, Waikiwi green variegated (merino, possum blend) just delicious.

  153. well i don’t think i’ve been knitting long enough to have gone on a TRUE knitting jag. but i have knit three juneberry triangles (one for you, 2 for tina).
    lately, i’ve wanted to make another BUT i thought people would think me crazy.
    maybe i’m normal? for a knitter anyway.

  154. yes, I made about 7 of the Shibui Vintage Toddler sweaters…. I ran out of babies to give them to… Debbie

  155. I recently finished my 9th pair of Monkey socks. I have the yarn prepped for another *counts* 3 pairs, and I’ve kept all but one pair. I love this pattern immensely. It’s not a jag, it’s making useful gorgeous things.

  156. Used my Sweater Wizard and upsized the Tulip…now my grandkids get a new one every year…
    Have also done lots of clogs…
    And then there are the seven Moderne Baby Blankets from Mason-Dixon…
    And several baby surprises and February sweaters (are we all anxiously awaiting the new EZ all garter stitch book coming out this year?????) and Wallabys…
    Yeah, I guess you can say I get obsessed with a pattern and make a bunch right in a row too…

  157. Mine right now, is the Open Work Baby Blanket by Trudi Brown. It’s so easy, reversible and looks great!

  158. That Thuja sock pattern (Knitty) is like crack to me. I have had a pair on the needles constantly for FOUR YEARS. But I can stop at any time. No, really. (Actually, now that I think about it: I stopped drinking alcohol, I stopped eating gummi bears, I deactivated Facebook…but I might have to have help giving up these socks. Wow, who knew?)

  159. The Little Lily hood down raglan cardigan. I can fiddle with it any way I want, add stripes or patchwork, put in fluffy edging on cuffs and hood edge, use up leftovers in odd ways that pleases the frugal bit of me that CANNOT get rid of all those little balls of stuff I have after projects, etc. The sweaters are each different, all adorable, and every baby needs a button up hoodie. I have lost count–I must be on 20 or more of them. The knit fast, too–very satisfying.
    But I am doing a Kauni in damask in pink and black, and I have to say–I have ordered more. I an entranced wonder what color combination will be next, and having a sort of controlled out of control feeling.

  160. For me it Stephen West’s Clockwork shawlette and Malabrigo soch yarn. I have made three and have two more planned.

  161. Baby Surprise Jackets and Monkey Socks. Can’t seem to stop making them. So no, it’s not just you. Clearly it’s a knitting-related illness that we all catch at some point or another.

  162. Love this pattern! I have skeins of yarn numbered for “Boy sweater 1,” “Girl sweater 3,” with corresponding color numbers! I love this pattern in a solid with a contrasting I-cord. I’ve even scratched my head for days and knit an adult version which always gets complemented!
    Why can’t all patterns be this perfect, this Zen, this cup of tea and chocolate cake satisfying?

  163. I have made I don’t know how many Turkish Bed Socks by Churchmouse. The pattern goes so fast and I NEED them in every color. I’ve even given some away. It only takes a skein and anytime I have any fingering yarn around it seems to turn into those. I don’t have a problem… I have warm feet.

  164. I have a top down kids sweater and a Lion Brand hooded pullover that I’ve made a million times-for gifts. People tell me that they “love” them. One gift for my cousin’s kid was actually sent to my own grandson as a “hand me down” baby gift. What a great idea it was!

  165. Those little sweaters are so cute they make my overies squee a little. WOuld it be wrong to have a baby just so I can knit one of those for it?
    As for a knitting Jag…..bender….I have knit 32 pairs of my favorite mitten pattern. 12 pairs were knit in November 2010. Guess what everyone got for cheistmas!

  166. Obsessed? Did you say obsessed? Yes, I’m familiar with being obsessed about knitting. First, I was knitting cowls from an old Vogue pattern. Then I was knitting fair isle cowls from my own patterns. Now I can’t stand the idea of knitting cowls. I’ve moved on to the feather and fan pattern and use it in a stole pattern that I developed. I LOVE knitting it. It’s very comforting – part mindless knitting and part, here’s the lace piece, it’s time to pay attention. So I knit it in all kinds of yarns. Mostly in Mostly Merino. Yes, I’m obsessed about Mostly Merino. So, that’s a knitting pattern and a yarn. I even had the guts to show a finished version of the stole to Margaret Wilson of Mostly Merino and, lo and behold, she’s offering it as a beginning lace kit – Waves of Lace! No, this is not a commercial – just showing what being obsessed can lead to….and yes, just guess what I’m knitting now…a Waves of Lace shawl in a beautiful teal Mostly Merino sport weight. So, time for the horror film music – Obsession! I know thee well!

  167. Seriously, you had to open this can of worms?! Those of us who do get caught up on the “just one more” patterns are now reeling with indecision. Which of these do I want to become obsessed with next? Thanks a lot, Steph.
    My addiction was Anne Hanson’s Bittersweet Neckwarmer. I made five of them them for the other volunteer music directors at my church, my mom and myself. LOVE that pattern!

  168. Cookie A’s monkey socks – they are so cute and knit up so fast, and break up the pooling so nicely. I love them so much that a discussion of the pattern actually pulled me and a friend 10 miles out of our way on a bike ride. And we didn’t mind.

  169. I’ve knit three ishbels (by Ysolda) and wear them all the time. Lest ishbel become a uniform for me, I have stopped knitting new ones for myself. This doesn’t mean however that I can’t knit them for others!!

  170. I don’t have any babies in my family (nor do I hope for any in the next decade or two) but I’m getting a hankering for that baby sweater kit…

  171. I have made the Tulip sweater 3 times as well and also find it comforting and interesting to knit. It was my first attempt at an I-cord which has been so much fun to knit. I have a neckwarmer pattern that is so simple but works so well. It is easy to knit up for kids and adults.
    You were the one who turned me on the Tulip pattern and I got my LYS to make up the kits- so we both thank you!

  172. I’m afraid that I have a rare form of Second Sock Syndrome that extends to knitting patterns again. Once I have completed a pattern, I have a really hard time knitting it again. In fact, the only pattern I have knit more than once are my generic fingerless mitts, and that only because I can make changes every time I knit them.

  173. I am on a lace jag. So far, swallow tail, forrest canopy, arroyo, and now Icarus.
    And 3 more in the queue.
    How many shawls can a girl wear???
    Help me please?

  174. Felted Moebius baskets, pattern by Cat Bordhi, Manos del Uruguay 100% wool. I have many single skeins waiting to become one of those charming little round baskets.

  175. Beautiful socks and sweater, Stephanie.
    I’m still in my first year of “real” knitting . . . Knitting with a capital K. So, for me, any project that looks smashing and doesn’t make me crazy is almost instantly addicting — simple things such as basic socks, mittens.
    I have a love for Laura Irwin’s Argyle Lace Hat and am currently itching to knit my third one.
    My most beautiful works of art have been my two daughters, and I must confess that I am glad my obsession with creating beauty didn’t carry over into having a hundred children . . .
    . . . although if it did, there’s a Harlot out there who might I might have tried to cajole into making baby sweaters for all the grandchildren.

  176. It’s because of you I’ve found the one baby sweater pattern I always go to…it’s so versatile, and that’s the first reason I adore it. I can also alter the edgings, and substitute the yarns with great success; it always looks way more complicated than it is, and people are impressed with my mad knitting skills.

  177. Lacy Baktus. I don’t do a zillion in a row, but every so often I feel the urge to make another. I want to start one right now, but SO many other things on the needles…. must … resist.

  178. I’m not too much of a jag knitter (not that there’s anything wrong with that) because I get distracted too easily but I do have a little baby housecoat and a baby jacket based on a vintage pattern that haunt me from time to time. I have to go back and knit them even if I don’t have any babies in line.

  179. Mine is the Anne scarf. I’ve crocheted it out of almost every brand, weight and color of yarn that I’ve put my hands on.
    I don’t usually wear them but I sure like to make them!

  180. You’re enablers – all of you!
    My repeat patterns:
    – Leyburn socks
    – Two-Hour Handbag from 101 Designer One Skein Wonders (the possibilities are endless – stripes, work in some novelty yarn, add multiple buttons, ….)
    – anything using the stitch pattern from My So Called Scarf. I’ve used this numerous times, but I can’t seem to work it out in the round
    – Lillie’s Little Sweater from Cottage Creations (I made at least four – so far – including two in college team colors with football buttons)

  181. I’m not sure it counts as obsession, because the reasons are mostly practical, but I knit plain mittens over and over. They’re great for using up odds and ends of yarn, and there’s always a charity that can use them. I use a pattern inherited from my mom and grandmother, which does a whole range of sizes. I’ve done well over 300 pairs, as best I can estimate. Of course I’m a piker next to my mom. She’s over 1200 and counting (and that’s just since she started knitting for charity- I don’t think it counts the innumerable mittens my sister and I had growing up.)

  182. I’m about to become a great-aunt. There will be many such sweaters coming up.
    Also, I love making Saartje’s booties from leftover sock yarn. They knit up in about 20 minutes – takes longer to sew in the ends than to knit the second one. In fact, I think I know what to bring to daughter’s soccer practice tonight…

  183. I’m doing my fifth pair of Veyla right now. I just can’t stop knitting them. They make pretty gifts for friends and family. The sock yarn leftovers no longer sit in my stash.

  184. “Heartbreakingly Cute Baby Kimono” from MASON-DIXON KNITTING! Was it the name? The opportunity to go wild with color? It was NOT baby lust (altho maybe grandbaby lust…?) In fact, I feel one coming on now…

  185. I’ve knit more pairs of Knucks than I choose to discuss, but that’s because of requests rather than sheer desire. I have to say, I don’t think knitting the sweater over and over is a problem. Just think of it this way: It’s much better than a crack cocaine habit.

  186. Tulip sweater (I like the icord, too) and Noro scarves. But the worst was gloves. I knit them once for Christmas for everyone who worked for me at my office. That there were 8 pairs to knit in December cured me of any glove hankering for all time.

  187. How many babies do you know?
    For me, it’s this little neck-cowl pattern I came across… I’ve finished five and have two on the needles. Finally one for me! How can I resist when it only takes half a ball of cashmere? And I keep searching for other cowls; but nothing compares to this Pretty Thing.

  188. 30, or could be more of the same cabled/seed stitch baby blanket. One on needles right now. Don’t even have to look up pattern and can knit pretty much without thinking as my hands seem to remember the pattern now! Just a very classic pattern. Lets see now… size 10 needles, cast on 177 stitches…
    Could really get hooked on the tulip sweater though.

  189. Cranford mitts. I’m working on pair #6 right now. I’ve memorized the pattern and have made them in everything from Socks That Rock to Wollmeiese leftovers to my own hand-dyed sock yarn. They take less than half a skein (the Wollmeiese was left over from a large pair of socks, which tells you that those skeins are generously sized, and these mitts take a small amount!)
    It’s not quite a free pattern (sorry, don’t know how to do the Ravelry link here) but you are asked to make a donation to MSF/DWB if you download the pattern. I probably should go make another donation, considering the mileage I’ve gotten from this pattern!!
    I wonder if I have time to get one of those sweater kits and get it made before Grandson #2 is born at the end of April…

  190. I am glad that I made it to Lettuce Knit last week before all the kits were gone. I ran there last Wednesday when I heard they had the tulip kits back in stock. I love them, and agree that they are quick and cute. I think I have made 4 so far and currently on my 5th.

  191. Your Emcompass cowl. I’ve made it in several colors with different kinds of yarn – larger and smaller sizes – doesn’t matter – I just keep making it.

  192. “Cross-stitch” scarves, any hat pattern, baby blankets galore, just about anything in a feather-and-fan pattern–scarves, baby blankets, afghans, shawls, face cloths, even socks–and Cat’s felted moebius baskets. Oh, would I rather be home knitting on this cold, rainy day! Hope you’re having a good time at Sock Camp–really looking forward to Sock Summit this summer. Best, randmknitter

  193. I have been on just one that was really, really bad. Araucania Nature Wool Chunky yarn, watch caps for my husband. I made one. Then I made another. Then I made another. Like potato chips, I just couldn’t stop me. I think he had 6 before I ran out of Navy and had to stripe one with a lighter blue. I think it’s the yarn/hat combo… since I liked it so much I got more yarn…in a different medium blue that goes with the light blue. Am now doing a throw for the bed here and there. It does not compel me to the obsessive level. The hats did.

  194. Lovely! It is obvious why you’d want to knit a ton of these. Mine is the Fisherlad Gansey by The Yankee Knitter. It is my hands-down fave knit for kids and for sweaters for Afghans for Afghans. One finished two weeks ago and another on the needles as we speak. Over the years (thanks to Jackie Fee) I’ve worked out a no sewing up method of doing these.

  195. For me, it’s the Baby Surprise Jacket. One minute it’s an amoeba-like blob, and then, with a flick of the wrist, it’s a sweater! Magic!

  196. For me, since I knit and crochet, it’s the Toni’s Newborn Sweater in crochet off Bev’s Country Cottage that has me enthralled. I use up a lot of leftover stash with this thing, to the point that at any time, I can pick up a K hook, whip one out in about an hour or so, and have it done. I have been known to stop knitting!!!! to grab scrap yarn and whip one of these little suckers out for the layette charity. Is there any help for this? Gosh, I hope not, since it keeps my leftovers from overwhelming my little 1-bedroom apartment and puts them to good use, but STILL!!!!

  197. Entrlac scarves with Noro yarn… Love the way the color changes suit the pattern so perfectly. Love the way people are so impressed by my simple scarf. I smile and thank them, while secreting laughing because I know the Noro yarn did all the work–I’m just having fun!

  198. Well, Stephanie, you are partially to blame for my latest craze. Wurm hats. I tend to make a couple of hats in the same pattern every winter, and this year (thanks to your hat-that-doesn’t-make-your-head-look-like-a-penis hat) it was Wurm. Oh yes. Staying up one evening to scour Etsy for the ideal bulky handspun to make a hat to match my winter parka’s tough-to-match plum color. Wurm #2 was a quick rollout to match my winter/spring and fall/winter coat, an easier-to-mach mud-brown. Definitely a potato-chip hat pattern–can’t make just one. Now? Trying very hard to divert knitting mojo back into one of my many OTN projects…

  199. Mittens. Mittensmittensmittens- mittens. Since last June! Knit Mittens mittens, Simply Knit mittens, Susie’s Reading Mitts, anyones mittens. Both on the needle at the same time. And now I’m thinking you just can’t have mittens, you need HATS to go with them that match. O-M-G!!

  200. I couldn’t be satisfied with the kit so I bought the eight full skeins of Dream in Color. ($$$$!) I’ve had to go get 3 more skeins so that I can have some variation in the colors. I’ve made one for a baby, one for a toddler, one for a 6 year old, one stripey hat, and I have enough for one more baby sweater at least. Not sick of it yet either.

  201. I bought a kit the first time you did these baby sweaters. This most recent one with the dark colors is by far the prettiest.

  202. Oh yes – Tulip addiction! I know it well. Between Tulip and Rocketry (the more boyish version) I think I’ve done 4 of them, and the only reason I haven’t done more is that I just don’t know anyone producing babies at the moment (and my budget for yarn is zero now that I’m on Social Security!)
    The only thing I don’t like about them, and I would love to know if anyone’s found a simple solution to this issue, is weaving in roughly 2 million ends, esp. on those tiny little sleeves!
    Huzzah to the Tulips!

  203. The zigzag sweater from knitty. I get obsessed with sweaters- a sweater in under a month isn’t too unusual. A sport weight sweater in under a month is a little nuts. The same sweater, again in under a month, right around two years later? Waaaay nuts. I wonder if I’ll do another next year. I do love sport weight… maybe cascade sport… mmm….

  204. Your socks are works of art! I’ve followed your blog for quite a while and have a burning question for you: Does no one want taller (up to the knee) sox? I have some strange phobia to short socks and wondered if I need a twelve-step program. I hate that gap between lower calf and lower knee…makes me cold! Why do you only make short socks???
    And, the baby sweaters are exquisite.

  205. I love those socks. I gave a shout out to you on my blog because you are hands down one of my faves for knitting and crocheting blog week! Thanks so much!

  206. Elizabeth Zimmerman’s Watchcap. Made a bunch for Christmas presents. Your Daisy Sweater .. I’m obsessed! No babies in my extended family yet, but a couple of weddings in the next year. I just love how quickly it works up and how cute it is. Went to my LYS for something else, came home with more yarn for another one. And when I left the store, couldn’t even remember what I went in for in the first place…
    And Robyn thanks for mentioning Nest: Maine. I have a house up there, my daughter goes to U Maine .. we love the state and the people. And now I get to show that love by donating warm handknits to help out Mainers. So happy.

  207. Beauty-ous! And very spring-y-ous, too! Nice to look at on a day when it’s SNOWING AGAIN!!!

  208. The Brioche Scarf from Weekend Knitting by Melanie Falick. All given as gifts. Easy, hypnotic knitting, endless color combinations, great results. So much yarn in my stash to knit them, that I know I will knit them for the rest of my life!

  209. My go to jag baby sweater is Fiber Trends CH33. It’s top down, the only seam is the sleeve and you could probably do that in the round. It’s worsted weight, too.
    I’ve knit it using YOs instead of the regular increases to make it a little more girlie.
    My LYS has upsized the pattern to fit toddler sizes, too and offer it with the pattern, with Bev Galeskas’ permission.
    I think I’ve knit over 20 of them already!

  210. EZ’s february baby sweater… damn cutest thing ever, except for maybe the Tulip Baby sweater. I’m starting to twitch, I think I need to order a kit (or two…)

  211. Cute sweater, and I love the colors. It’s such refreshing change from pastels normally used for baby things.

  212. I have a thing for “Thorpe” hats. I like playing with different color combinations.

  213. I have knit MULTIPLE BSJ sweaters. If another person told me they were going to get preggers, this is what I would make again. I completely get it.

  214. It’s crochet, but – same problem. South Bay Shawlette. It doesn’t seem to matter what yarn I choose or what border I decide to put on the thing, it’s lovely. It works up fast. Totally addicting. I have no clear idea how many I’ve made thus far…
    Serious question though… How can anything creative, lovely/adorable, and generous (’cause they’re inevitably gifted) be “unhealthy”? I say make as many as you can stand.

  215. tulip is also my kryptonite, I’ve made them out of just about every yarn now but have been eyeing up the cottons… something tells me it must be… the other being “just enough ruffles” I’ll mention ravelry but won’t tell you who’s pattern, it’s too dangerous 😉

  216. Every fall I get hit by the bug to knit Peekaboo mittens (mostly out of Malabrigio). I think everyone I know has some now; but my iPhone friends love them especially hard so at least I’m not stuck with a box of plain mittens.

  217. I have just finished my fourth Calamity Jane, since Christmas, and feel another one calling to me..

  218. I am a sucker for my plain toe-up socks. I’ve knit more than 50 pairs and I still really don’t want to knit other patterns. And I have more than a dozen sock books and single patterns… nope. I just want plain vanilla socks.

  219. So funny! The power of obsession harnessed in this single post could take over the world – I envision 7 billion people like little drones all in matching tulip sweaters while the knitters Mwahahaha 🙂 And I think, wouldn’t that be great!

  220. I’ve knit the Seaman’s Cap at least 7 times. Stripes and plain, and many different yarns. Turns out perfect every time, knits fast, looks great. What’s not to love?

  221. I have become obsessed with making one of my own patterns a felted Mary Jane toddler slipper. It is quick and easy, toe up no seams, who wouldn’t love this pattern (ok I am a little bias) I am on pair 8 or 9 with no clue what I am going to do with them all.

  222. Yes, I love making a hooded baby sweater from a vintage knitting book. I think it’s from the early 60’s. It’s a psso pattern all knit in one piece on US 13 with bulky yarn. I love it and love seeing it on babies!

  223. I’m at the beginning of a MARA obsession. I’m only on the second one but have yarn for a third waiting and I and kind of stunned that this very simple pattern keeps me completely captivated. After all, I have knit lots of lace and yet this garter shawl really gets me. Maybe its because I never had a garter phase when I began knitting 10 years ago.
    I knit one of these cute baby sweaters you are hooked on, and thats all, but I did stash Dream in Color for several others! These would be cute in Madelinetosh!

  224. February Baby Sweater. As soon as I start knitting one, I start thinking about variations for the next one. Oh, and Dawn Adcock’s Twin Rib Fingerless Mitts. I may have made 24 pairs of those, and there seems to be no end in sight. Perfect for using up my handspun….

  225. It’s the stripes. Stripes are addictive. I’ve knit six or seven of the Back To Basics Winter Hat and it’s all about the stripes. So many options!!! Wish it had a sexier name though.

  226. Wait, that beautiful little sweater is lying on green grass and there are flowers! It snowed this morning where I am. Obsession: toe up socks.

  227. Clapotis. I was really resistant to making my first one. Then I did. And then I made three more. And I’m thinking of making another one, or two this year. Sigh. Damn it. now I’m REALLY thinking about casting on another one. It’s an earworm for knitters.

  228. socks! Terry Royea sock pattern, can’t seem to stop knitting it! Whether I use sock yarn and small needles or worsted and large needles, I’m a sock knitting fool for that pattern! You never get over your ‘first’, I guess!

  229. During reading week, last month, I was in Toronto and accidentally fell into Lettuce Knits. It’s probably a good thing there were no kits on display as I rather enjoyed eating for the remaining 7 days of my stay in TO.

  230. Over the winter I went on an addictive spree making the One Skein Chevron Scarf. 🙂 Yes. Crochet. I had found the Bernat Mosaic yarn and HAD to try it. And it was so pretty in that scarf pattern, so quick to make up, and so different every time, I kept on making them. I’ve no idea how many I actually made in the end. It didn’t matter! I gave some to a friend and gave more away. Someday I want to make a big one, also known as a blanket! 🙂

  231. There are only two patterns that I’ve knit multiple times… Your “Rogue Roses” socks, and “Habitat Hat” from brooklyntweed. I’m up to 2 pair of socks and 5 or 6 hats.

  232. Yes. A simple baby booty pattern (that’s all my 12-year-old brain can handle). In fact, it’s so simple I’ll give it to you here;
    CO 23 stc. Knit 4 rows. Inc 1 stc at begin. of each row 6 times (34 stc). Knit two rows. Decrease 1 stc at begin. of each row 6 times (28 stc). BO 4 stc at begin. of each row 2 times (20 stc). Knit 8 rows and BO. Fold in half a sew.
    Do you see the charm? I’ve already knit eight pairs, and I’m still rolling full steam.

  233. I love to do hyperbolic crochet scarfs. I vary the increases and the stitch used: n=2; n=1+1, etc. and single, double, and half-doubles stitches. I also vary the yarn: using sock, double knit and worsted weight. I just love the look.

  234. Were you aware that there is a pattern available for this sweater in the adult size? My LYS sells it. . .
    My sad little favorite is “Grandma’s Dishcloth”. I can knit them in my sleep and give them away to everyone I know.

  235. Knitted bunnies. Dead simple square of knitting. Can’t seem to stop. All the color combos, and the variety of tiny ears! Using up embroidery floss to make eyes, noses and toeses. I am at least using up leftovers, though I may have bought a new hank of Utra Alpaca too 😉
    Absolute genius to ask for other ‘jag-ables’ My bookmark list for future projects just grew leaps and bounds.

  236. I’ve hit a jag recently too! I’m working on my third Felicity hat in as many weeks, and I’m plotting a swim through the stash for some more yarns that would make for suitable hats. Also, I’m pondering who else I can make a Felicity hat for, while still keeping them spread out so nobody realizes that I just made the same hat for every woman I know.

  237. Totally normal! And I’m having so much fun reading the comments and looking up patterns! I love projects that are fast and colorful. Now I’m knitting scarves with Pom Pon yarn. I can only find it in the UK, so add shipping to the cost of the yarn – no matter! I must make them! Looking at the Ribby Cardi now thanks to a comment – excellent. Thx!

  238. Socks. In worsted weight, but only because I haven’t had time to deal with the smaller DPNs.
    And shawls. Tons and TONS of shawls. How many can one realistically wear or give away???
    And baby hats. Oy. But you do have my attention with “vanilla socks.” I can just feel my wallet go into hiding.

  239. I like to do smaller patterns multiple times and give them out as gifts. I’m on my 3rd Knitty Citron shawl, with enough balls of different yarn for three more. One woman I know has knit 12 — count ’em — twelve Annis shawls (in different colors, of course.) Hey! If the magic works, it works. However, on large projects, like intricate sweaters, once is enough. The boredom factor enters in and I move on to a new project and new yarn.

  240. Stephanie – We were inspired by your Olmypics Knitalong and have decided to this:
    The Honor Mom Charity Knitalong
    On May 8th, we will honor the woman behind all of our dreams, our moms. And what better way to honor mom than to donate to those in need in mom’s name?
    Please join the Knittsters, a group of knitters in the North Hills of Pittsburgh, as we knit for the first two weeks of May for charity. There are so many wonderful charities that collect handmade knits and we are sure they could all use some loving knits in your mom’s honor!
    We don’t want to choose the charity of choice for you, but we would love it if you would sign up on our Honor Mom Charity Knitalong so we can have some idea of how many knitted and crocheted items will be knitted to honor our moms! Please visit our Facebook event page at Honor Mom Charity Knitalong. If you need help in choosing a charity in your area, please let us know.
    We also urge you to get your local knitting shops and groups on board so that we can reach more lives and honor more moms.
    We hope that you will make our first Honor Mom Charity Knit-along a success.
    Happy Mother’s Day, mom!
    The Knittsters – Betsy, Diane, Janice, Lee, Teri, Kathleen and Susan in honor of
    Mary Helen and Stella, Twyla, Judy and Elinor, Peggy Lou and Audrey, Lee and Rhetta, Dolly and Marion, and Jean and Dottie!

  241. Oh yeah! Lizard ridge afghan squares. Must have made at least 50 squares and can’t stop. Knit in Noro Kureyon – it’s the way the colors change that has me hooked!

  242. I understand completely, these sweaters are adorable. My weakness is Elizabeth’s Baby Surprise Jacket. Dozens. In any and every colour combo, excluding black. Just can’t seem to stop.

  243. I felt that way about two hats this winter: the Coronet hat from Knitty and the Wise Old Owl hat from knitculture. Also, a few questions: how much are the kits and can we order them from LettuceKnit, pretty please? Also, how do you attach I-cord? You are awesome.

  244. Yes! And for the first time ever at that! Well…with a knit pattern at least, if I am being totally honest (I do have a favourite crocheted afghan pattern or three).
    I just finished up the Alassë Míriel Hooded Cowl (designed by The Jane Victoria) this afternoon and am already hunting through my stash to see what I can use to cast on a second one this evening. I absolutely MUST make another one! As soon as possible!
    In fact, I am so excited about making this pattern again that I had to stop lurking and post my first comment here to share my excitement.
    And finally…a link to the pattern, because it is gorgeous and must be shared: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/alasse-miriel-hooded-cowl

  245. my Mossy hat pattern. It’s like my default. I need to knit all.the.time. and I always always always have one on the sticks. I bought a pair of 16″ circulars just for my hat pattern. easy ,fast, memorized, and works with all colors of any worsted weight yarn (Brown Sheep is my fave)..I bet they will contribute to a major count of my hat project.

  246. Snowmen. Gauge doesn’t matter a whit, and each one gets a tiny hat and scarf – so much fun! I made 17 before I finally went back to socks.

  247. Entrelac socks. Don’t judge… I made them by the dozen. I can’t get enough of them. They are entrelac from cuff to toe, and are a blast to whip up!
    Oh… and the nice lady at Lettuce Knits knew exactly what I wanted when I called her to mail me “Stephanie’s pretty little sweater kit.” I should be getting a wee little Tulip kit in the mail soon!

  248. I will admit that I am currently stuck on hats. You would think that being I live in an area that contains snow and has for about 6 months now that I would be wanting to be rid of all things winter but I am not. There is something about using bulky yarn and bigger needles along with a nice little border that makes the hats like crack for me.
    I think I am at #15, I did temper it with baby/kid sweaters but they just made me want my hats more. I am beginning to wonder what I am going to do with all the hats… I don’t know that many people that I am willing to share with and I think give hats to random people on the street may get me in some trouble…
    As an aside I want one of the kits so I can make it and see if I am able to resist.

  249. I seem to keep knitting Cookie A’s Potomus pattern. Both in mitts and socks, it’s an easy pattern to knit and looks fabluous when it’s complete.

  250. My mother used to knit blankets like mad before she had breast cancer. She survived but she had no energy and no endurance to the heat of a heavy project in her lap.
    Then, for her birthday, I took her to a little shopping village where I treated her to lunch and then stopped by the yarn shop there. She was immediately taken by the Christmas stockings that were on display. She bought the pattern and the yarn immediately and has been knitting since. She’s done 3 already and is frustrated by the fact that she’s run out of yarn. Fortunately, my niece is owed a birthday present and we’re taking her to the shopping village and mom can get herself another hit. 😉

  251. Can’t say that I have, but I await the day when I find my true love knitting pattern and yarn. Until then, I’ll look out my balcony, wishing, hoping.

  252. Last year I knitted almost 100 of the Easter chicks that fit over a Cadbury’s Creme Egg and gave them away for presents…. with egg!
    I’ve just finished my eighth Log Cabin baby blanket.
    But I’m still looking for the ‘perfect’ baby cardigan/sweater.

  253. My kryptonite is the “Clapotis” wrap in Noro Silk Garden. Again and again and again. One time knit to within two rows of finishing and decided it was too wide – frogged and (happily) reknit. I would have another on the needles, except I think I’m out of Silk Garden. Oh! Wait a minute . . . .

  254. Baby ear flap hat. Done in two yarns at once. With variagated yarn the colour possibilites are endless. Managed to stop myself at 35 of then. PS I have only one grandchild.

  255. I love the colors in your kit. I have a kit in bright colors that I have had for a while. I’ve been waiting on another grandchild to make it, but may just have to break down and start it. Maybe then I will try the Baby Surprise Sweater.

  256. I think it’s the DIC. I’ve made 3 pairs of Francie socks (thanks to you).
    I never got tired of hat pattern I made up. Made 8 for gifts.
    But there was a nutsy time that all I could make were entrelac dishcloths. I was obsessed with finding the best color combos. I probably made 100. I can still feel it lurking in the background.
    In all honesty, I’m petrified to make even one Tulip. I can see the compulsion. DIC color combos… where would you stop?

  257. I’m on my fifth Baby Surprise Jacket, and it’s still fun. Something about the way it all resolves into an awesome teeny sweater after you fold it all up, and the way the stripes work? Magic.

  258. Felted Oven Mitts. No matter what I am knitting I always have the stuff to make one with me. It is a short knit and I can make several before I felt them. Plus a couple (or more) a month adds up to quite a large stack by December making fabulous Christmas gifts.

  259. This ought to be really good for your ego. I’m knitting my 5th pair of Lenore socks. I love the cuff, I love the symmetrical lace, I love the Thraven colourway. I also knit 2 pair in girly, girly colourways from Lornas’ Laces.
    I, too, bought the Tulip kit at Lettuce Knit-I ordered it(1st weekend in March) before the DIC Classy arrived in the store and picked it up on the last weekend. I’m getting another one when I’m back in Toronto for the ballet in June. I’ve already emailed Megan to put one away for me so don’t buy all of them. Some of us get to Toronto only 6 to 8 times a year. Have pity.

  260. What was I thinking? There was the Christmas(2008) that became known as the “Christmas of the thrummed mittens”. I bottomed out at 35 pair-5 or 6 pair being knit in January. I can’t believe how obsessed I was with that pattern(from Fleece Artist) and the Blue Faced Leicester hand dyed roving. I’ve knit more pairs since then, but never as feverishly or as many in a row.

  261. When I first started knitting, it was the Misti Chunky Ribs & Ruffles Scarf. I made at least 10 in Misti alpaca and in then in Debbie Bliss cashmerino with and without the ruffles, for myself and for gifts. So soft and beautiful and fun to knit, so easy and zen–and everybody loves them. Also, your One Row Scarf. Now it’s socks in general. Cute, cute baby sweater!

  262. Those colors! Magnificent! I love to make the diagonal baby blanket. I’ve made so many of them, and everyone adores them. It’s really fun to make, and fast on a chunky yarn. It forms its own border magically, and made in a velour or chenille yarn it’s wonderful for babies, or you can keep going and make it into an afghan.

  263. Earthworms, from Amigurumi Knits. When I have a bad day or a cold, I go knit worms. Beats eating them, I suppose, and they are quick. I’ve done them in fingering, worsted, and super bulky. I had the urge to knit worms again a few days ago, but I branched out and made a jellyfish instead, and then a starfish. I’m pretty sure I need to make another worm though…

  264. I’ve done multiple incarnations of the same hat, it doesn’t bother to do a pattern more than once. I do it in sewing lots. The best thing about mastering a pattern is that it really does get better with time. By project no. 3, your skills are primed, and No. 3 is the best one yet. (Isn’t true with children too…no. 3 is the best production in the line? Just checking. No experience on this topic.)

  265. Making tracks shawl for Maggie’s Rags – I have knitted (to date) 17 of these – it makes up beautifully in everthing from lace to worsted, looks different (but still lovely) in every yarn I have used- I’ve even beaded the edge on one – and is my “go -to” pattern for a fast and comfortable shawl

  266. My, my, what a cute little thing. Lots of color changes and knit in a small size too…just the thing for a short attention span, easily distracted knitter like me.
    Now all I have to do is find a chilly baby…

  267. Oh yes I do understand! For me it was Kristin Nicholas’ Quarters Cap. I couldn’t stop making them!

  268. I’ve got a bit of a short knitting attention span, so my jags are pretty short, but the two things that will suck me in are lace shawls and little stuffies. Just finished a lace shawl, moving on to a stuffie…totally know what you’re talking about.

  269. And I may have a new one…it’s a bit soon to say, but I made one of Kirsten Kapur’s Thorpe Hats on Saturday, and immediately cast on a second one, which I finished Sunday, and then (seeing as the only bulky weight yarn I had was the red I used for the first two hats) cast on a third in worsted weight (and am figuring out how to adapt the pattern for the lighter yarn). Casting on three of these in three days is kind of worrying. But they’re so fast and cute, and the garter earflaps and braided ties just charm the socks off me. We’ll see how it goes….

  270. The Marsan watchcap. I can’t stop knitting it. I’m on my fourth one. It’s the swirly decreases at the top…thoroughly addictive…and you can do it in Lamb’s Pride, or you can do it in a worsted cotton for summer wear, or you can…
    Sigh. Totally addictive.

  271. Gee, I almost feel like there is something wrong with me because I don’t have one. I do have a problem with picking up a couple skeins of Kristen Nicholas'”Julia” yarn in different colors over and over and over, can’t explain it really.

  272. What great suggestions for well- loved patterns. Mine, though, is simple. washcloths. garter-stitch, caston four, add a stitch at the beginning. I’m in hot, sweaty, texas. wool would stick to my hands. this way, I get knitting, and something useful, and even sometimes giftable. and cheap.

  273. You had my full attention and my credit card half out of my wallet until you mentioned, to say nothing of flagrantly displaying, grass and flowers. Now, granted, I just posted about my crocuses’ triumphal emergence from the snow, but daisies on April 3? My whole brain is a seething mass of emerald green. Just about the color of that grass.

  274. Really, did you have to do that? I now have a full page of new patterns with which to become obsessed.
    Mine? EZ’s Ganomy hat. I made them in many sizes, in all possible materials. I got so obsessed that I created my own little chart a la Ann Budd’s charts, laying the pattern out in a big range of sizes from newborn on up.
    Oh, and that’s my other obsession. Once I latch onto a pattern like that–or make one up–I am compelled to work out the pattern for about six progressive sizes of the item. And I was an English major–I hate math.

  275. Claudia @12:36 4/1 Me too. EZs watchcap hat is so cozy and so cute on everybody, I made 14 of them one year (for all my camping buddies) and have made a couple dozen since then. No two ever alike.

  276. Vegan foxes – I kicked the habit for several years and then found a box of that novelty eyelash etc. yarn and am trying to use it up …making um …vegan foxes. 😉 (they make nice gifts but now all my female friends, relatives and co-workers have been used up)

  277. Oh, great, now I have a list of 15 patterns I have to find and try! I’m glad this post wasn’t about sharing our favorite over-the-counter drugs. I’m clearly a little too suggestible.
    But seriously, I never call them plain vanilla socks because there’s nothing dull or boring about perfect hand-knit socks. I’ve got lots of fancy patterns I’ll never knit because I love making my basic toe-ups too much. Magic cast-on, gusset-and-slip-stitch-flap heel, 3×1 rib cuff finished with an inch or so of 1×1. The wilder the variegated yarn, the better!

  278. I don’t think I’ve had an obsession with any particular pattern, but I do have a bit of a thing for twisted stitches. If a pattern includes them then it almost always is added to my queue (and doubly so if it is a pair of socks).

  279. The first real sock pattern I knit was Embossed Leaves. I just love that pattern. I’ve knit 4 or 5 pair, and I want to knit more. It’s simple, but with a little chart that’s easy to memorize, I like the heel, I like the toe, and they fit my abnormally long feet perfectly. I’ve knit other socks, but I keep coming back to these. I thought I was weird. I’m glad I am not alone.

  280. My knitting jag is probably knitting tiny bunnies. (type little cotton bunnies in search engine cus I can’t remember the) cus I’ve memorised the pattern… That’s usually a bad sign.
    I’ve made at least 20 of these little things.
    My first was out of a waste bit of Yarn left over from a pair of socks. I was hooked.

  281. Alligator Scarf from Morehouse Farm, in their Alligator Yarn. I don’t know if three scarves completed and a desire to knit more in every color counts as a “jag”, but I am so enamored of knitting that little head. Some clever increases,decreases and bind offs and voila! Nostrils and reptilian eyes! Unfortunately it comes at the beginning and is over too quickly. Then it’s endless scales until the tail is reached. But I do love putting it on and waiting for people to notice what it is.

  282. I’m pretty sure baby sweaters are magic. Admittedly, I’ve knit a grand total of 1, but it was way fun. My knitting jag is the diagonal owl dishcloth. It’s how I learned to cable and I still love it.
    So, I’ve know about your blog for awhile (in a theoretical way) and I actually started reading it at the end of January…but I felt certain that I didn’t want to miss anything or go out of order, so I started with the archives (all the way back at the beginnig) and I finally caught up!! I’ve been having great fun and I can’t wait to be a reader in real time 🙂

  283. I found a pattern for this adorable little stripey bag –2 row garter stitch stripes. I could do a million of them. I’m thinking of making a blanket. It could just go on forever!

  284. My favorite pattern right now is 28’s Cousin 53. I love it and can’t stop knitting it. I have made four already and bought some yarn today with the intention of casting on two more!! I’m glad it’s just not me who has this obsession over certain patterns!

  285. Just like the poster a few up from this one, I haven’t been reading for long. Read in real-time for a couple of weeks, then was afraid I had missed something fantastic, so went back to the very first posting and read forward. Holy cow! You are some prolific knitter/blogger/writer, and I simply love your pictures and mini-lessons in the blog. As a new knitter You are making my mouth water for socks, lace and those cute little tulip sewaters! oh, and by the way, no jag pattern yet, only jag yarn.

  286. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE those socks. That pattern is in my queue, and hopefully I’ll get around to them someday. The sweater is adorable, too. I can see how you’d get addicted to it.

  287. Wow! Your dedication to this craft truly amazing. How long did it take you to knit that sweater? It must have been challenging given all the patterns it had on it!
    And about the airport security, I’m not sure if you mentioned this, but do airlines in the United States give you problems with your knitting needles? And if they don’t, what do they typically say when they see it (if they say anthing at all).

  288. I don’t believe I have ever had a knitting obsession with just one pattern but I want one of those kits! And I went to their web page but just has a picture of the sweater! I want one, I want one! (stamping my foot like a two year old) Think if I hold my breath long enough she would send me one??? LOL

  289. Wow–that white is like the lightning stroke in the Bride of Frankenstein’s updo. No wonder you ripped it back in fury!
    Judith Martin (aka Miss Manners) would probably recommend dealing with Sprawl Guy by giving a ladylike shriek when his elbow first contacts your ribcage, and then apologizing for the exquisite sensitivity of your person (and perhaps for good measure adding: “…ever since they finished the electroshock treatments..” But that would be my little flourish.).
    If there were any justice in the world, when the thief (or whomever he sells Daniel to) next tries to use the GPS, Daniel would refuse to work and start yelling for the police. “I’ve been stolen! Arrest this driver immediately!”
    Hope you had a nice walk and came back home with cookies.

  290. I have this weird obsession with Mary Triplett’s “Summer Hats” pattern. I’ve made four of them because I have three wee darling girls who love hats.
    I secretly want to make a few for all of my nieces…all six of ’em. And that new girl cousin that was born in November. And my daughters’ friends. And my daughters, again.

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