After nearly 8 months, my Shibui Knits Slope Tank is FINALLY finished!
I think the little lady is a better model than Mama is. :) But this is my biggest project to date and this girl is SO excited! It turned out much shorter than I had anticipated (perhapssssss I should have done a gauge swatch after all…) BUT I really adore it! I love the drape, the shape, it fits perfectly, and the yarn is divine. However, the next time I want to make my own tank top, I’m probably going to sew it. And lesson learned: Saturday night and Sunday morning, I gauge swatched for the Bracken sweater by Little Woolens for AG. It’s going to be gorgeous, I think!
To save this for myself, I researched my favorite knitting blog, Fringe Association, for gauge swatching tips and as always, I found exactly what I needed. These are super helpful links if there’s anyone else out there in need of them!
Two weekends ago, Adella Grace and I took a little girls’ trip to the grand opening celebration for the White Oak Pastures General Store in Bluffton!
I believe it’s the first business to open in Bluffton, Georgia in over 50 years, and it is quite the business! They had live music, a photographer, and a food truck to celebrate.
The store itself is beautiful! Tons of gourmet food and drink, plus leather goods made on site (many of which are also available at Maiden South – just sayin’), WOP tees and other branded goods, made-on-site doggie rawhide treats, and more.
I have been steadily knitting away on my Slope Tank (I might finish before winter?) so that I can start some fun new projects for my little one… but all that will merit a queue check later on! In between to cure the boredom of row upon row of stockinette stitch in the Slope Tank, I’ve been whipping up these adorable knitted pacifier clips. Thanks to the inspiration and guidance of a fellow Instagrammer and pattern designer, @jenishopeknits (check out her Ravelry page here!),
I knitted a few of them and have it figured out enough to share what I’ve done. It’s a quick little project that is perfect for using up scrap yarn and makes the perfect baby gift.
Knitted Pacifier Leash
Tools: pacifier clips, double pointed needles in size appropriate for your yarn
Knitter’s Tip: I used worsted weight yarn and size 5 DPNs. I preferred the tighter (and sturdier) fabric the smaller needles created since pacifier clips tend to take a beating!
Cast five stitches (or any odd number, depending on size of yarn) directly on to the clips edge.
K1, P1 (seed or moss stitch) every row until pacifier leash reaches desired length (I like them a bit shorter at 6 inches or so).
Once leash reaches desired length, bind off all but 2 stitches. Work i-cord from those two stitches for 3 to 4 inches, break yarn and pull through. Attach the end of the i-cord to the other side of the fabric and weave in ends.
Add a pacifier and a baby and voila!
Improvised Direct Cast On: Create a slipknot and secure around one DPN. Loop working yarn over needle from the front and around the back of the clip’s bar and through the opening. This creates the first “stitch.” Wrap the working yarn back around the DPN from the front, then through the clip opening again from the back (stitch two). Continue until you reach the desired number of CO stitches.