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Sweater of Broad Shoulders Now Available Individually!

Sweater of Broad Shoulders

Sweater of Broad Shoulders

If you’ve had your eye on my Sweater of Broad Shoulders pattern from Midwestern Knits but haven’t pulled the trigger on the book, you can grab it on Ravelry individually now!

Still Awesome!

Still Awesome!

The pattern has been updated with any errata and ready for download! Grab it today.

Mishigami FO!

GOOD MORNING KNITTERS!

Is anyone else having a rough time getting back into the swing?! Based on my twitter feed we’re all struggling. So I’m going to ease into it with a pic heavy post – we’re all into that anyway, right?

Mishigami FO!

Mishigami FO!

I finished my Mishigami finally! And how freaking cute is this sweater?!

Mishigami from the back

Mishigami from the back

I’m so thrilled! You know you all had to push me into these colors, and even as I was knitting it I was wishing I had traded out that second color, the mauve-y one, for something brighter or more fun. But it really came together so nicely! I actually really love it.

Cute Mishigami!

Cute Mishigami!

As good as it looks, the best part about this sweater is that it made me a better knitter and a better designer. I’ve never done a contiguous sleeve like this before and for 75% of it I was convinced it was wrong. But then it just magically worked! And I absolutely love how these sleeves look.

Faux Side Seam!

Faux Side Seam!

I also would have never picked this sweater to knit on my own. I just didn’t think it was my style really! As much as I love color, I hate a fiddly knit. This fingering weight monster on size 3s and 5s? No thanks! But I was forced to look at this beauty so much putting together Midwestern Knits, and got a chance to wear Jennifer’s sample a few times, too, that it just settled in my head and I couldn’t get it out. And I couldn’t be more excited that this sweater was forced on me!

A serious winner

A serious winner

So! Grab yourself a copy of Midwestern Knits, and go shopping. If you want to ball it out the Plucky Knitter sample is KILLER. If you need to knit it on a budget do what I did and grab some Knit Picks Gloss Fingering like I did. Either way I know you’ll love it!

Pattern: Mishigami by Jennifer Beaumont

Yarn: Knit Picks Gloss Fingering in 5 colors

Needles: Size 5s and size 3s, circular and dpns

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HUGE Midwestern Knits Book Sale!

MWK-BOGO

If you still haven’t grabbed a copy of Midwestern Knits now is the perfect time! OR if you’ve already got a copy and love it and want to gift it to everyone. Or if you just want a bunch of copies in your house! Whatever the reason, we’ve got a sale for you. Buy a copy, get a copy 50% off AND your books will ship free. Awesome right? Shop now!

Sweater of Broad Shoulders KAL FOs!

Sweater of Broad Shoulders KAL FOs!

And the Sweater of Broad Shoulders KAL is over and there were some great sweaters finished! Check out the thread and get tips and tricks for your own sweater! And a HUGE thank you to everyone who participated, and Stefanie for being our fearless host!

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Michigander Mitts FO!

The (very lonely) Michigander Mitts knit along hosted by me and Midwestern Knits ended Sunday and there were some lovely FOs was only me.

Michigander Mitts!

Michigander Mitts!

As disappointed as I was that no one else joined me for this KAL, I’m still so glad I knit them. They’re so fun, they fit perfectly, I absolutely LOVE the colors I chose!

Michigan Looking Good!

Michigan Looking Good!

Stranded colorwork is as addicting as ever, and even though I cast these on the day the KAL kicked off way back on Oct 12th and finished them the day before the KAL ended on Nov 29th, they didn’t take that long to knit. I powered through each chart in about 2 days I’d say! There was just a long time between mittens, hoping other people would hop into the KAL. Once I gave up hope the Upper Peninsula knit up quick!

Great Contrast!

Great Contrast!

The key to picking colors is pretty simple – you want HIGH contrast. I just love how my letters look, too!

X Marks the Spot!

X Marks the Spot!

I pulled a little scrap yarn and marked my hometown of Allendale OR as close as I could get it.

While no one knit along with me, I feel like you all were following along while I knit, or knitting vicariously! Which should count. So thanks for KALing along with me – should we create a mitten sharing system or something?!

Pattern: Michigander Mittens by Laura Ricketts, in Midwestern Knits

Yarn: Knit Picks Palette in Marine Heather (MC) and Celadon Heather (CC)

Needles: Size 2 dpns

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Midwestern Knits Knit Along Progress Update #2

First of all, congrats to Anne Marie on winning my Thing to Wear Cardigan giveaway! And thanks to everyone for checking out my new pattern.

Mishigami Progress!

Mishigami Progress!

Now let’s get to the good stuff! When we last visited my Mishigami I had just joined the 3rd color and was moving toward separating the sleeves. I’ve made pretty great progress since then!

Sleeve Separation!

Sleeve Separation!

I separated the sleeve and went full force past that point to get to the 4th color! And if you missed it, check out the Mishigami’s pattern here.

Yay Color Changes!

Yay Color Changes!

I’m still finding this stitch pattern very addicting so I’m going to town on it. It’s still a manageable size so I can take it around with me, which is really nice, and even though it’s a fingering weight sweater I feel like it’s going pretty quickly! It really helps I can see the stripes progress so clearly. I’m loving it so much!

BUT, I’m still alone in my knit along. Is this thing on?! I hope I get a straggler or two eventually! The KAL doesn’t end until January so there is lots of time to jump in.

Left Mitten Complete!

Left Mitten Complete!

And I’ve finished a mitten since the last time I checked in! And it looks amazing! I mean, look at that thumb detail?! Can you even believe it?! Michigander Mitts are looking Michigan-y!

Palm Side

Palm Side

It still needs a soak to even out those stitches, but I’m already in love! The size is perfect and I can’t wait to start wearing them.

Allendale, MI!

Allendale, MI!

I’ve even marked my hometown on them. That means they’re mine officially! Next up is the UP and actual English words, which might be easier? Who knows! I’m sure I’ll cast on this weekend.

And I’m also alone in this KAL! We’ve only got three weeks left – I mean these are super fast and addicting little mittens so anyone could catch up here, too. I just can’t believe I’m alone over here either since everyone flips there shit over this pattern! Ah well! I’ll keep knitting and hopefully someone joins me!

In any case, I’ll be back in a couple weeks with more progress. KAL alone-ing!