WIP-less Wednesday!

I have plenty of WIPs, but what I want to share with you today is an FO that I’m really excited about. So, over the summer I started knitting again after a bit of a hiatus, and it quickly became my best form of therapy. I started doing projects that pushed me as a knitter and this was really the first of those. I finished the knitting almost two months ago but didn’t get around to weaving in ends and blocking until recently.

Without further ado, here is my completed Quicksilver:

FullSizeRender 73The rundown

Pattern: Quicksilver by Melanie Berg

Yarn: Cherry Tree Hill Yarn Supersock Select Solids in hot pink, apricot and bark, total yardage=825

Size made: One size, finished measurements 38″ x 65″

Needles: US6

Modifications: None

Ravelled: Here

The pretty

FullSizeRender 71 FullSizeRender 70 FullSizeRender 69 FullSizeRender 76 FullSizeRender 74Many thanks to my mom for her excellent modelling services!

I LOVE this project. It’s for the wifey, but I hope she won’t mind if I borrow it from time to time! I followed the pattern as written. I would definitely make this again. I like the yarn all right, but it’s not my absolute favorite as it’s just a little splitty. I was worried initially that it wouldn’t be big enough but it grew a lot with blocking–from about 30″ x 53″ to about 38″ by 65″, even though I didn’t block it super aggressively.

The pattern was a little challenging at first but once I got into it, it was very straightforward. The only really tricky bit was keeping track of where to turn around for the short rows (in the mesh sections). I started using a stitch marker pretty early on and that solved that problem. It knits up quickly and, despite having a lot of garter stitch, isn’t too monotonous since the mesh panels break it up a little.

Overall, this was a great project!



  1. Paula @ Spin a Yarn · September 30, 2015

    I love, love, love this! Fantastic job on picking the colors and the knitting skills! Since I am a newish knitter (since February of this year), I love learning something new with every project 🙂

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  2. GGmadeit · September 30, 2015

    This is Gorgeous!!!

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  3. Meg · September 30, 2015

    What a stunning color combination and a lovely model! 🙂

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  4. Diane · September 30, 2015


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  5. yarnsneak · September 30, 2015

    Very snazzy!

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  6. Stefanie · September 30, 2015

    Your shawl reminds me of those high speed photos or film of streets of zipping cars.

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  7. soknitsome · October 1, 2015


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  8. IamDWJ · October 1, 2015

    Love it, what a fantastic color palette too!

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  9. Syd · October 1, 2015

    Whew! This is a beauty! I have been crushing on Melanie’s patterns so I’m living vicariously through your mom right now haha

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    • alexand knits · October 1, 2015

      Thanks 🙂 My mom is pretty cool–I live vicariously through her all the time! I’ve made two of Melanie’s patterns so far and love them both–I would highly recommend just going for it!

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  10. afthead · October 2, 2015

    This is AWESOME!!! The colors are PHENOMENAL!!! It is in sock yarn!!!! You are a knitting rock star! You deserve even more exclamation marks!!!!!!!

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  11. Laura · October 3, 2015

    I love the colors. This is gorgeous!

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