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March, 2014

Fire Opal Tee Knit Along: Let’s Cast On!

It’s here it’s here it’s finally here! Today is cast on day for our Fire Opal Tee KAL.

Fire Opal Tee

Fire Opal Tee

Missed the announcement? Get the full story here. There is still time to join in on the fun!

Part 1

Part 1

This KAL will be broken into 4 parts and you’ll have 2 weeks for each part. Naturally you are more than welcome to work ahead and finish this thing in a week! Otherwise the pace I’ve established is a great way to keep working on this tee without going nuts and feeling super overwhelmed.

I've got about 9" of body here

I’ve got about 9″ of body here

So what do we have here?! I can understand your confusion since this is quite obviously a one color tee. Not any more!

I wanted to stash bust this sweater but only had about 700 yards of grey, so in order to make the grey go as far as I could I decided to do a dip dyed colorblocking look with the mauve color. So I cast on with my contrasting color and knit in that color for about half the body before switching to my main color. I’ll knit the rest of my sweater in the main color. I think this will end up looking awesome! Fingers crossed!

Part 1 Goal: Work up 2/3rds of the body of your tee. 

As written this is a cropped tee, hitting only 12″ long after the armholes, so if you’d like to add length be sure to take that into account. I’m adding 2″ of length here, so for me my goal was to have just over 9″ of sweater knit up for Part 1.

I wanted there to be a method to the madness of my dip dying, so I broke my sweater up into 3rds – bottom 3rd will be my CC, and the top two 3rds will be in my MC, so I knit about 7″ of the bottom of the sweater in my CC.

Another thing to watch out for is establishing where your dropped stitches will be. It is VERY important none of your dropped stitches get incorporated into your cables accidentally as you knit, because that will be pretty fatal to the look of your sweater if unchecked.

Did I just drop fatal into a blog post about knitting? I did! It’s just that important!

Fabric Close Up

Fabric Close Up

Most cables are anchored by purling, or some other stitch to help define them. These cables will eventually be defined by dropped stitches, but while you are knitting it looks like nothing.

Dropped Stitches Highlighted

Dropped Stitches Highlighted

Here I’ve drawn just to the right of each line of dropped stitches. You can follow that line of stitches from the top of the work to the bottom – just to the left of each highlighted line above – and see that they go on either side of the cables.

I hate slipping markers and feel confident in my ability to double check each dropped stitch row every time I make a cable to make sure I’m counting off my cables correctly, but if you don’t feel confident you should mark your dropped stitches. Do this in the YO row after your rib and before you start the cable pattern. As written the line reads:

Next Rnd: Remove m, yo, PM for new beg of rnd, k2tog, k7, *yo, k2tog, k7; rep from * to last st, k1.

If you’d like to mark your dropped stitches, these dropped stitch rows will be above the yarn overs established in this round, and you can place a marker before these dropped stitches, so you’ll be dropping the stitch AFTER each new marker.

If Placing Dropped Stitch Markers, Next Rnd: Remove m, yo, PM for new beg of rnd (make this m a different color so you can keep track of your rnds), k2tog, k7, *pm, yo, k2tog, k7; rep from * to last st, k1.

You can also always start with these markers and as you start feeling more comfortable remove them.

Counting your Cable Rows

Counting your Cable Rows

Another handy resource is this tip from Eunny Jang and Interweave  for counting your rows while cabling. If you’re like me you wing this every time and make your best guess. With this awesome pic you can do that no longer! Easy right? I don’t know why I didn’t look this up before!

Now I’m sure you are overly prepared for Part 1 of our Fire Opal Tee KAL! I’ll be back with your progress pics and our next step in two weeks – on April 14th. Be sure to share your pics and progress stories on our Fire Opal Tee Ravelry Group Forum! Happy knitting!

FO: A Neon Plaidscape!

I finished my Plaidscape!

My New Plaidscape!

My New Plaidscape!

I knit this up for the Holla Knits Knit Along and whipped it up in like two weeks – it’s such an addictive knit! You are always anxious to get to the next color.

It also just happens to be Plaidscape Week at Holla Knits, so until Sunday March 30th at midnight you can get this pattern for half off – only $3! Snag it now. 

I shared more pictures of my Plaidscape and wrote more about it over on the Holla Knits blog – check it out there!

Pattern: Plaidscape by Jennifer Dassau
Yarn: Knit Picks Brava Bulky, Unplanned Peacock Superwash Merino Bulky Schachenmayr Nomotta Boston
Needles: Size 10.5 circ, size 8 circ and DPNs
Ravelry Project Page

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New Pattern! Down Arm Warmers

Every early spring I’m itching to pull out my cropped jacket, my 3/4 length jackets, my 3/4 length sweaters. And I end up doing it way before the temperature says it would be appropriate. Solution? Down!

Down by Allyson Dykhuizen

Down by Allyson Dykhuizen

Ravelry Pattern Page

 

These arm warmers are like throwing on a layer of down feathers to keep you extra warm. Sometimes you’ve just got to throw on a pair of big fringy ridiculous arm warmers! Your favorite cropped jacket will never be the same.

Fringy and Super Fun!

Fringy and Super Fun!

Finished Size: Small/Medium (Large/Extra Large) – 9 (11)” at top of arm, 12 (14)” throughout body of arm warmer, 9 (10)” hand.

Yarn: Lorna’s Laces Masham Worsted (70% British Wool, 30% Masham Wool; 170 yd / 100 g): Buffalo Grove, 2 (2) skeins.

Knit Up in Lorna's Laces Masham Worsted

Knit Up in Lorna’s Laces Masham Worsted

Needles: Size 5 (3.75 mm): double-pointed needles (dpns); Size 9 (5.5 mm): 16” circular (cir). Adjust needle sizes if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

Notions: Markers (m); stitch holder or scrap yarn; tapestry needle.

Add Some Fringe to Your Spring!

Add Some Fringe to Your Spring!

Gauge: 16 sts and 22 rows = 4″ (10 cm) in St st on larger needles.

Notes: Arm warmers are worked in the round from the top down. Fringe is added as a final detail.

The Perfect Arm Warmers!

The Perfect Arm Warmers!

Ravelry Pattern Page

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A Couple WIPs

I’m still working away on my Plaidscape for the Holla Knits Knit Along and I’m very close to finishing it!

Plaidscape!

Plaidscape!

As you can see I’ve made a lot of progress since last week! I’ve finished the body and am working on the sleeve hems now. With a little icord edging on the fronts I’ll be finished and ready to start working on the vertical plaid striping.

Short Row Side Shaping

Short Row Side Shaping

One of my favorite details of this sweater is the short row side shaping. It’s such a tiny detail, but I really love how it makes the sides of the cape look. When I block the sweater they will smooth out a little and look even better.

 

Stars!

Stars!

I’ve also got a little craft project going! Star stamped cut offs? It might just work! More on this soon.

Looks like I’ll have a couple FOs to show off soon!

Learn to Embroider with me and The Urbaness!

Chicago-Stitches

Last fall The Urbaness and I teamed up to teach a knitting event, and this spring we are teaming up again, but this time for embroidery!

For just $12 you’ll get an afternoon of embroidery including all of your materials, coffee, and snacks from Bake! Sounds pretty perfect right?

This class is now full. 

Embroidery 101: Learn how to embroider in this fun beginner class! Even if you’ve never threaded a needle we’ll have you stitching up adorable designs in no time. Learn straight stitch, back stitch, chain stitch, lazy daisies, French knots, long and short stitch, and satin stitch – all you need to get stitching patterns and working on samplers. We’ll also talk about transferring patterns, different thread and hoop options, and finding awesome patterns to keep you stitching like crazy.

Be sure to let me know if you have any questions, otherwise I can’t wait to see you there!