Wednesday, December 19, 2007

FO: Winter Bangles

AKA, wrist cozies! :) Once again, all appropriate props must be distributed to Ravelry the Great, for leading me to Mimsie's Swatch Bangle pattern. The idea is simple. Basically, you take a plain ol' bangle (the least expensive the better, if you ask me), knit a swatch big enough to wrap around said bangle, wrap, seam, et voila! I love chunky jewelry, I love snuggly sweaters, I love cables, I love classic neutrals, I love quick knits, and I love...these:

This is the perfect project if you're itching to exercise some creative freedom- you pick the size and width of the bangle, you pick the type of yarn, and you pick the stitch pattern. I wanted cables, so I consulted Barbara Walker's A Treasury of Knitting Patterns, picked out several cable patterns that would fit and went to town with some GGH Bel Air (this yarn is so soft- it's not even funny). I made all four bangles using one ball and I still have some yarn leftover! I would have made others, but I ran out of bangles and haven't had time to get more.

Coming to you as a girl who enjoys neither swatching nor seaming all that much (two main components of this project), I was pleasantly surprised by how much fun I found these were to make. I guess a little bit of instant gratification, especially around the holidays, really goes a long way. :)

15 comments:

Theresa said...

They look great. And way faster than an Aran sweater.

mle said...

Oh those are so cute! the cable possibilies are endless!

kim yarnabuse said...

Love them, the perfect gift knit.

jillian said...

So cute! They seem especially perfect in the creamy yarn! And tres chic to boot. Around LA these are the hot stuff, you know. Have you seen what some stores are charging? It's unbelievable!

kat coyle said...

fab! what a great project, they are so chic.
by the way, i got your awesome package in the mail yesterday. you are too sweet. thank you!

K8 said...

Those are amazing. And very instant gratification. The color is perfect too!

Kara said...

Oh, man I have been dying to knit these. I LOVE them. Your patterns are so fab.

Where did you find your bangles? I am having the hardest time locating some.

Shelley said...

Ravelry kicks a##!! I saw those yesterday too and was contemplating making a few myself. Yours are lovely! Happy Christmas!

knitzalot said...

Those are so cute! Isn't Ravelry great for finding little gems like that?

tentenknits said...

haha well you know how much i love them!!! totally cute! :-)

Julia (MindofWinter) said...

I love these - what a great idea!

Madge said...

Cabled bangles = awesome.

Wishing you a sparkly Yule!

Julia (MindofWinter) said...

Merry Christmas Loopy Girls! And Shan, thanks for the lovely sachets - I am saving them for the right moment when I can savor them by the fire.
xox, J

amandacathleen said...

ahhh!! I love them! They are fantastic. I must add them to my ravelry queue (the ever growing gueue)

Hilari said...

I SO have to make those! They are so cool!