Nov 282012
 

Almost a full month later than last year’s Halloween Snowtober, autumn 2012 segued into winter with an all day light snow here in the Delaware Valley. I was hoping for a shawl photoshoot, but snow days themselves are typically grey and dark. This morning, however, was beautiful.

snow on the fence

I love when leaves and berries are poking out from under cover.

vinca in the snow   thorns and berries

Unfortunately my lovely model is in school during the day, and the sun doesn’t come around the mountain where we live until after 9 a.m. – even if I could convince her to get up early. So a couple unmodeled shots are the best I could do. On the bright side, it’s fun to concentrate on landscape colors and how they can complement the knit; also, no fee negotiation means more dollars toward yarn!

Rufflebye closeup with berries  Picabeau flat in the ice

Nov 132012
 

Rondelay

Rondelay is a one-skein garter shawl constructed from three sequential half rounds or rondels, which grow from cast on stitches using short rows and strategically placed radial YO increases. Each rondel builds upon the previous one, creating a finished semi-circular shape that drapes beautifully as it wraps around the shoulders. Designed to show off the colors of a variegated or hand dyed skein, Rondelay looks equally fantastic in a solid color.

Techniques & Skills Used: cable CO, knit, short rows.

Size: one size; approximately 50” length along top edge and 9” depth at widest part of rondel.

Yarn: Yarn: Malabrigo Yarn Sock (100% superwash merino, 440 yards/100g); 1 skein, shown in Indiecita. Sample used approximately 410 yards of light fingering weight yarn.

Other Materials: US 6 40” circular needle, or size to match gauge; Yarn needle.

Gauge: 18 st and 36 rows/4” in garter stitch, after blocking. Gauge is not critical for this project, however a different gauge may result in a smaller or larger finished shawl, and different yardage requirements.

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back flat

Triangulate

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Nov 072012
 

Triangulate

The first in a series of small shawls exploring non-traditional shaping with short rows, Triangulate is a one-skein garter shawl composed of triangles with a chevron border, and designed to show off the colors of a variegated skein, using simple stitches and beautiful yarn. The central triangle begins with a provisional CO at the center, and is knit outwards in two halves using short rows. The wide edging is knit continuously from the live stitches with no picking up necessary, and may be made narrower or wider to accommodate varying yardages. The unusual construction results in a deceptively simple shape that is easy yet interesting to knit, and versatile to wear.

Techniques & Skills Used: provisional CO,knit,increasing,short rows.

Size: one size, approximately 58” wingspan and 19” depth from top edge to bottom point.

Yarn: Malabrigo Yarn Sock (100% superwash merino, 440 yards); 1 skein, shown in Archangel.

Other Materials: US 6 40” circular needle, or size to match gauge; Scrap yarn for provisional CO; Markers (2);Yarn needle.

Gauge: 18 st and 40 rows/4″ in garter stitch, after blocking. The triangular center and the edging may have different gauges once blocked, depending on whether the shawl is stretched longer or wider. Gauge is not critical for this project, however a different gauge may result in a smaller or larger finished shawl, and different yardage requirements.

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Triangulate back view Triangulate pensive pose Triangulate back view with leaves

Triangulate flat Triangulate shawl

Chunnel Mitts

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Nov 012012
 

Chunnel Mitts

The Chunnel Mitts are long armwarmers with fitted rib cuffs and hands, and deep textural gauntlet forearms which can be scrunched up or worn straight depending on the weather and your coat sleeve length. An easy and fast knit with a thumb slit and no increasing or decreasing, the deep channel tunnels of the gauntlet stitch pattern do an excellent job of breaking up pooling in variegated yarns. Weave the ends in neatly and the Chunnel Mitts are completely reversible, showing a different but equally attractive pattern on the reverse side.

Techniques & Skills Used: knit/purl, knitting into the stitch below, knitting in the round.

Size: S (M, L): to fit 6.5 (7.5, 8.5)” palm circumference; 4 (4, 5)” length from wrist and 7 (8.25, 9.25)” cuff length. The Chunnel Mitts are very stretchy, and size M will fit a wide range of hand sizes from teen to women’s large.

Yarn: Malabrigo Rios (100% superwash merino wool, 210 yards), 1 (1, 2) skeins. Size M shown in Candombe and Azules.

Other Materials:

US 7 (4.5mm) 32” circular needle if using Magic Loop, or dpns, or size to match gauge; Stitch markers (1); Yarn needle.

Gauge: 28 st and 28 rounds/4” in K1P1 Rib, unstretched; 16 st and 38 rounds/4” in Gauntlet Rib; 20 st and 28 rows/4” in stockinette stitch, for reference.

Chunnel Mitts The Knitting Vortex  Chunnel Mitts The Knitting Vortex

Chunnel Mitts The Knitting Vortex  Chunnel Mitts The Knitting Vortex

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