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Fire Opal Tee Knit Along: Part 2

We cast on for our Fire Opal Tee Knit Along two weeks ago already and everyone is already making such amazing progress!

FromRaintoHope

FromRaintoHope

Mamatronic

Mamatronic

aglass5

aglass5

dcmo

dcmo

quilter1446

quilter1446

soniamv

soniamv

Cherry4835

Cherry4835

More Cherry4835

More Cherry4835

More soniamv

More soniamv

serafinapekkala

serafinapekkala

More mamatronic

More mamatronic

More dcmo

More dcmo

aglass5

aglass5

I love how everyone is using completely different yarn and colors and how they all look so unique.

So for Part 1′s goal we were to knit 2/3rds of the length of the body. Everyone is getting there!

Part 2 Goal: Finish the body to the armhole separating, then work 2/3rds of the Back. 

Body + 2/3rds of Back

Body + 2/3rds of Back

So much sweater, right?!

A Little Dropped Stitch Side Action!

A Little Dropped Stitch Side Action!

What’s fun about this is that you get to drop two stitches when you separate for the sleeves! These make your side seams, essentially, and will run into the center bottom of your armhole. A little sneak peek of what’s to come!

Close Up of the 2/3rds Back

Close Up of the 2/3rds Back

2/3rds of my back ended up being 2 repeats of the pattern. By now you’re an old pro at identifying your dropped stitches and cable rows so this should be smooth sailing!

I’ll be back with your progress pics and our next step in two weeks – on April 28th. Be sure to share your pics and progress stories on our Fire Opal Tee Ravelry Group Forum! Happy knitting!

Crafty FO: Star Painted Shorts

We’ve all been the victim of a Pinterest attack. You’re just scrolling along, minding your own business, when BAM it hits you like a ton of bricks! A pin that you can’t just pin, but that you have to MAKE HAPPEN IMMEDIATELY. That is what happened when I found this pin for tiny heart painted jeans tutorial. Cute right?

Materials Ready!

Materials Ready!

I decided to go with a big star print, so I ordered a star stamp with my 50% off coupon, got some fabric paint and a paint sponge, and got some cardboard ready to make my stamp with.

WIP

WIP

So I went to town on some cutoffs I had laying around! Just kind of haphazardly placed my star stencil and painted away.

Not Exactly Perfect

Not Exactly Perfect

Turned out that I could only use the same cardboard stencil a couple times before the paint leaked around the stencil and made blotchy stars. So I just kept punching new stars and only used each stencil 2-3 times.

Side One Complete!

Side One Complete!

I let the front dry a day or two before doing the back.

Super Cute!

Super Cute!

Wrap Around Stars!

Wrap Around Stars!

Booty Stars

Booty Stars

Pretty cute right?! Sure, it’s not perfect, but some of the more splattered stars look more worn in than straight up crappy, so I’m just rolling with it!

I Think I'll be Living in These!

I Think I’ll be Living in These!

I have a feeling that once the weather warms up I’ll be in these all the time. You guys know I’m not one to shy away from mixing prints, so DIY star shorts: welcome to the wardrobe!

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Holla Knits Blog Tour Stop!

Hello Holla Knits Blog Tourers! Welcome to The Sweatshop of Love, my first baby.

Heraldry

Heraldry

I always get so wrapped up in every piece in each Holla Knits Collection I sometimes have to force myself to focus on my own design’s promotion. Oh me? I designed Heraldry!

Heraldry in Knit Picks Swish Worsted

Heraldry in Knit Picks Swish Worsted

It’s pretty hard to tell what is going on at the front of the sweater, and since it’s debut yesterday I’ve had quite a few questions about what is actually going on there. In the above picture the sweater is belted at the natural waist to keep the fronts closed.

Heraldry in Baah Yarns Shasta Worsted.

Heraldry in Baah Yarns Shasta Worsted.

Here model Laura (she loves when I call her that) holds the front closed with her arm to show off more of the body of the sweater.

Cute belted or open!

Cute belted or open!

Here I’ve got the sweater open naturally. You can see that the garter stitch section at the top wraps around the shoulders and falls in the front kind of like a yoke and front panels, and collar.

Heraldry from the Back

Heraldry from the Back

It also cuts across the back. So what the hell is going on there?

Heraldry Schematic

Heraldry Schematic

In this artfully created schematic, you can see that the body is essentially a rectangle, and the garter stitch section makes up the top 5.5 (6, 7, 7)” of collar above the sleeve. When you wear it, this section falls over your shoulders and down the front of the sweater.

Fun right? Now that you’re totally sold, let’s have a giveaway!

Pattern Giveaway!

Need to get yourself some Heraldry? Leave a comment on this post! I’ll choose a winner one week from today. Tweet, facebook, and pin this post to get extra entries! Just be sure to come back and leave additional comments letting me know you did.

And be sure to check out every stop on the Holla Knits Spring/Summer 2014 Collection blog tour:

April 7: Collection Launch
April 8: The Sweatshop of Love Blog: SEG: Baah Yarns
April 9: ModKnits Yarn Blog
April 10: Skeinny Dipping Yarn
April 11: Kirsten Singer: Pattern and Classic Elite Vale giveaway

April 15: Canary Knits: SEG: Skeinny Dipping skein of Cashmerino DK
April 16: Baah Yarns: I skein of Baah Yarns Shasta and a 1 skein cowl pattern
April 17: Knitter’s Pride Blog: Review and pattern giveaway
April 18: DovieJay Knits: SEG: I skein of Artisan Yarns Alpaca Silk

April 22: Mari Knits: Review and pattern giveaway
April 23: Magical Grammar: Review and pattern giveaway
April 24: Knit York City: Review and pattern giveaway
April 25: Under the Red Umbrella: Review and pattern giveaway

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New Pattern! Heraldry for Holla Knits

Today is the big launch day for the Holla Knits Spring/Summer 2014 Collection! I’m so excited about this entire collection that it feels like every design is my baby, but I designed a pattern included in this collection as well. Meet Heraldry!

Heraldry in Baah Yarns Shasta Worsted.

Heraldry in Baah Yarns Shasta Worsted.

Heraldry in Knit Picks Swish Worsted

Heraldry in Knit Picks Swish Worsted

Buy Now ~ Ravelry Pattern Page

Heraldry: We’re all a little chevron crazy these days, and why not?! The more patterns the better. Originally these little V shapes were used on badges to indicate rank on military and police uniforms. They were also used on coats of arms to distinguish military units during battles. Heraldry is the study and practice of using these chevron-focused badges and coats of arms. While the more chevrons on your badge doesn’t necessarily mean you are a higher rank, why chance it? My Heraldry cardigan will have you covered in thousands of chevrons and therefore king of the chevron army!

A cropped sweater with three quarter length sleeves and an oversized collar that drapes open in the front, this sweater is sure to be your go to evening cardigan. Belt it for a more polished look.

Super Fun Chevrons!

Super Fun Chevrons!

Finished Size 30-35 (36-40, 41-45, 46-50)” bust circumference. Cardigan shown in Knit Picks Swish Worsted in 36-40” and in Baah Yarns Shasta Worsted in 41-45”.

Yarn Knit Picks Swish Worsted, 100% Superwash Merino Wool; 110yds/50g: Marble Heather (MC), 7 (8, 11, 14) skeins, Green Tea Heather (CC), 4 (4, 5, 6) skeins.

Yarn Baah Yarns Shasta Worsted, 100% Superwash Merino Wool; 215yds/100g: London Blue (MC), 4 (4, 6, 7) skeins, Blue Topaz (CC), 2 (2, 3, 3) skeins.

Needles Size 8 (5 mm): 24+ circular needle. For sleeves use this needle and the Magic Loop method, or you’ll need size 8 16” circular and/or DPNs. Adjust needle sizes if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

Cute belted or open!

Cute belted or open!

Notions Markers (m); stitch holders; tapestry needle.

Gauge 16 sts and 18 rows = 4″ (10 cm) in Chevron Stranded Chart.

Notes This sweater is worked in one piece from the bottom up to armholes. Stitches are held as each front and back are finished, then the body is rejoined to finish the collar. Stitches are picked up around the armholes and sleeves are worked in the round.

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FO: Bib Necklace Pippis

Knit jewelry is kind of a hard sell, but with all these bib necklaces popping up everywhere there has got to be a market for adorable stash busting knit bib necklaces – and why not just modify a pattern you’ve already got to get in on this fun trend?

Original Pippi

Original Pippi

You may remember Emily Greene Blue’s Pippi pattern in last fall’s Holla Knits Accessories Collection – a super cute bulky scarf/stole. With the help of Emily’s modification, I whipped up some DK weight and fingering weight Pippis! See more pics on today’s Holla Knits feature.

Pippi with Fingering Weight Yarn

Pippi with Fingering Weight Yarn

Fingering Weight Pippi

Pattern: Pippi by Emily Greene Blue

Yarn: Bijou Spun by Bijou Basin Ranch Lhasa Wilderness

Needles: Size 4

Ravelry Project Page

Pippi with DK Weight Yarn

Pippi with DK Weight Yarn

DK Weight Pippi

Pattern: Pippi by Emily Greene Blue

Yarn: Skeinny Dipping Yarn Cashmerino in Grass

Needles: Size 6

Ravelry Project Page

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