Laura

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Feb 242012
 

Laura | The Knitting Vortex

A close fitting cowl with alternating cables, Laura is worked seamlessly in ribbing from bottom edge to top. The clean, sculptural lines of the ribbed cables complement every style, and careful finishing makes the cowl completely reversible.

Techniques & Skills Used: cable CO, knit/purl, cables, knitting in the round; the cable is both written and charted.Size: 18” circumference and 8” height.
Yarn: Malabrigo Yarn Merino Worsted (100% merino wool, 210 yards/100g); 1 skein, shown in Uva. The sample as written used 130 yards.
Other Materials: US 9 (5.5mm) 16” circular needle, or size to match gauge; Cable needle; Stitch markers (8, one different color); Yarn needle.
Gauge: 21 st and 28 rows/4” in unstretched K1P1 Rib, after blocking.

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Laura Mitts

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Feb 242012
 

Laura Mitts cover | The Knitting Vortex

Fingerless handwarmers with mirrored ribbed cables, the Laura Mitts are worked from cuff to tip with a gusset thumb. The clean, sculptural lines of the ribbed cables offer a classic complement to every outfit.

Techniques & Skills Used: cable CO, knit/purl, increasing/decreasing, cables, knitting in the round; this pattern contains written instructions only.
Size: S/M (M/L), to fit 8 (9)” palm circumference.
Yarn: Malabrigo Yarn Merino Worsted (100% merino wool, 210 yards/100g); 1 skein, shown in Paris Night. The size M/L sample used 95 yards.
Other Materials: US 8 (5mm) 32” circular needle or dpns, or size to match gauge; Cable needle; Stitch markers (4, one different color); Yarn needle; Scrap yarn for thumb holder.
Gauge: 20 st and 30 rows/4” in stockinette st, after blocking.

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Azul

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Feb 242012
 

Azul cover | The Knitting Vortex

A close fitting, reversible ribbed hat, Azul has alternating cables that decrease in width until they disappear at the crown. The clean, sculptural lines of the ribbed cables and the beanie fit make Azul a perfect hat for everyday.

Techniques & Skills Used: cable CO, knit/purl, decreasing, cables, knitting in the round; this pattern contains written instructions only.
Size: 18” brim circumference and 8” crown, unstretched.
Yarn: Malabrigo Yarn Merino Worsted (100% merino wool, 210 yards/100g); 1 skein, shown in Azul Bolita. The sample as written used 125 yards.
Other Materials: US 9 (5.5mm) 16” circular needle or dpns, or size to match gauge; Cable needle; Stitch markers (8, one different color); Yarn needle.
Gauge: 21 st and 28 rows/4” in unstretched K1P1 Rib.

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Honey WIP

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Feb 152012
 

BLurHOney swatch

I’ve been a bit obsessed with the honeycomb brioche stitch pattern lately. It’s great for variegateds, helping to break up weird pooling and striping, and it makes a thick, fluffy fabric. I like it best in an accessory, or as an accent – as on the shoulder detail of my new sideways cardigan Blue Honey. The picture above shows lovely but challenging Malabrigo Rios in Azules, as stockinette, garter, and the honeycomb pattern.

When I say challenging, I mean the variegated nature of the color, particularly for garments. When Rios was first released, for some reason I bought a sweater quantity in this color. Why? I have no idea. It’s beautiful, and I love blue, but I dont make multi-colored sweaters, or wear them. Anyway, I finally decide this would be the right yarn for this sideways idea I’ve had for a while, and it’s really working out. The Rios is springy and lovely, and the little bit of patterning is just enough. Incarnation #1 is finished but the thing is still a WIP, because I strayed from my initial vision and added buttons, which are less than successful. I need to take them off and rip back to the buttonholes to redo the front band. You KNOW I’m not motivated when I choose to work on the grading before that.

It will be ready for testing soon, though, so maybe I ought to attempt making the redo my FO for friday.

shoulder

Sleeves, Contiguously

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Feb 072012
 

The Contiguous cardigan continues, although beset by various little problems. Of course it’s been knit flat, back and forth to the underarm and for the body. And of course I KNOW that my flat gauge is typically larger than my gauge in the round.. Well this sweater proved to be typical; after knitting what should have been almost to the cuff on the first sleeve, with my carefully calculated rate of decrease, I tried it on and found that it was about 3″ too short. No good fix available, except to rip and redo.

I decided first to do the other sleeve, using a larger needle and consciously looser tension – no pulling tight in a stranglehold around the Magic Loop! No excessive worrying about ladders! It came out much better, and true to desired gauge; see the difference:

      left sleeve

I was fairly immobilized on the couch with three separate balls of yarn attached, but happily managed to eliminate one by finishing the left cuff. It’s going to need a steam to stop the rolling, but I think the fullness is good.

cuff

It matches the couch! So now I’ve ripped the right and am about halfway re-done; the next issue is that I will certainly not have enough yarn. There looks to be some possible destash on Ravelry, so once the second sleeve is finished, I’ll try to calculate what’s needed and procure some.

Knitting: always a challenge.

River Union Cardi

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Feb 012012
 

River Union Cardi | The Knitting Vortex

Wide sleeves and a cropped silhouette bring stylish attitude to the River Union Cardi. Deep ribbing defines the waist for a fitted shape, and the three-quarter length balances out the fullness of the sleeves. Knit seamlessly from the top down with raglan shaping, it’s a fast knit with a fresh feel.

Techniques & Skills Used: provisional CO, knit/purl, increasing, picking up stitches; instructions include a photo tutorial for the buttonholes.
Size: 32.5 (35, 37.5, 40.5, 43.5, 47.5, 50.5)” bust; this boxy, cropped cardigan is designed to be worn with some positive ease. Sample shown in third size with 2.5” positive ease.
Yarn: Berocco Pure Merino (100% extra fine merino; 92 yards/50g); 7 (8, 8, 9, 9, 10, 10) skeins, shown in #8568 Teal. This yarn has been discontinued; see Designer’s Notes for suggested substitutions.
Other Materials: US 8 (5mm) 32” circular needle; US 6 (4mm) 32” circular needle for picking up stitches; Stitch markers (10); Stitch holders; Scrap yarn; Yarn needle; 3/4” buttons, 6 (6, 6, 6, 6, 6, 7); Matching sewing thread and needle.
Gauge: 16 st and 24 rows/4” in stockinette stitch with larger needle, after blocking.

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