A Knitterly “Ho, Ho, Ho!”

Why, yes, I have completed my Christmas at Sea knitting. Care to see?

The vest pattern from Christmas at Sea (hereafter CAS) knit in Caron’s Simply Soft. My only modification to the pattern was to knit in the round up to the underarms. I followed the shaping instructions as written.

It was cast on in November when we traveled to Illinois for a family funeral, then hibernated while I played with many other yarns. Nothing like a deadline to bring WIP’s out of hiding.

Also complete are four watch cap and scarf sets. They are photographed by pattern for Ravelry posting.

The Seafarer’s Scarf, knit in Caron’s Simply Soft (blue scarf), Lion Brand Wool-Ease (mushroom scarf), and Red Heart Soft Yarn (paprika scarf).

The Read Heart Soft is a little bit fluffier than the other yarns, but a significant improvement over their standard plastic yarn. I should mention that CAS requires washable yarns in guy-friendly colors.

In case you tire of knitting garter stitch, here is the Mariner’s Scarf, knit from CAS pattern in Wool-Ease. Obviously, it requires more attention to your knitting, so it’s not the choice for riveting TV watching. Save this one for those sports events you don’t really care about.

Here are the watch caps, again a CAS pattern. I tried being progressive, and knit the navy cap in the round, using two circular needles. Frankly, because the pattern calls for garter stitch, it ended up being more work than simply stitching up the seam! (Garter stitch in the round = knit one round, purl one round.)

The pattern does have an elegant solution to finishing. The last 14 stitches at the crown are woven by Kitchener stitch, and the remaining tail is used to sew up the seam. (Not to panic, detailed directions are provided in the pattern.)

It will seem strange to go to my studio closet and not see a growing pile of knitting for CAS. That must mean I should begin knitting for next year, eh? Won’t you join me?



  1. Linda said,

    August 7, 2008 at 11:51 am

    Very cool! My great aunt ran the Seamen’s Church Institute in Philadelphia way way back.

  2. Laura Gallagher said,

    August 10, 2008 at 11:09 am

    In church this morning we started out with the first hymn “Eternal Father, Strong to Save” – the one that refrains at the end of the verses “for those in peril on the sea”, and then the hymn after the sermon was “Jesus, Savior, Pilot Me” (presumably because the Gospel was Matthew 14:22-33) It made me think of you and your Christmas at Sea knitting. I was telling Karl about it on the way home.

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