Thrifty Grey Day

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Feb 262014

With a little break in the snowing action, I took the opportunity for a bit of thrifting. Unlike my last Radiant Orchid haul, this interlude was all about the greys.

Thrifty Shoesday 2.24.2024 | The Knitting Vortex

Look at the pieces de resistance – the Carlos Santana heels! I’m putting them on as soon as I dont need snow boots anymore. Some nice knits, too; a curvy black sweaterdress with huge ribbed portrait cowl, an open-front long cardi from Old Navy with silver metallic bling, and a cashmere crew with black contrast sleeves. Add a couple tops and some really nice White House/Black Market black and white tiny check pants, and it’s a wardrobe. With snow leopard!

Thrifty stack 2.24.2014 | The Knitting Vortex


The Fisher Queen

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Feb 242014

The Fisher Queen cover | The Knitting Vortex

A modern take on the fisherman sweater, The Fisher Queen blends classic cable and rib elements with a non-traditional shape and construction. The modified dolman sleeves, scooped neck and curved hem are all updated details on a classic silhouette. Worked seamlessly from the top down, the shoulder saddles are knit first, with stitches picked up for front and back and worked flat to below the armhole, then joined to work in the round. Long, skinny sleeves are picked up and worked in rib, then finished with twisted rib cuffs, matching the hem and neckband. The Fisher Queen mixes traditional and modern, in a contemporary classic.

Techniques & Skills Used: backwards loop CO, knit/purl, cables, decreasing, short rows, picking up stitches, grafting. Body stitch patterns are both written and charted.
Size: 31 (35, 39, 43, 47, 51, 55)” bust; shown in third size with 4” ease. For a similar fit, choose a size with several inches of ease; the cables and rib will conform gently to the body, while still maintaining a relaxed silhouette.
Yarn: Cascade Yarns Ecological Wool (100% wool; 478 yards/250g), shown in 8014 Natural; 2 (2, 3, 3, 3, 3, 4) skeins, or approximately 875 (965, 1115, 1200, 1375, 1475, 1650) yards of heavy aran weight yarn. The yardage requirements for sizes 35, 47 and 51 are very close to requiring an additional skein of Eco Wool; consider purchasing an extra to be sure you have enough.
Other Materials: US 9 (5.5mm) 32” circular needle or size to match gauge; US 8 16” circular needle for picking up stitches; Cable needle, Stitch markers; Stitch holders; Yarn needle.
Gauge: 16 st and 22 rows/4” in stockinette stitch and in slightly stretched rib, with larger needle, after blocking. The central cable panel is 5.5” wide.

See it on Ravelry, to read more or purchase the pattern.   

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By the Fireside

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Feb 212014

Fireside Last Look | The Knitting Vortex

The Fireside blanket cardigan, my other design from Clotheshorse digital magazine which I posted about here, is now also available as an individual pattern.

A woolly mantle knit as a simple rectangle with sleeves, Fireside features seamless construction in a light-as-air alpaca blend yarn. The textured top edge is worked as a garter-based loop stitch, and becomes the collar of the sweater; the body is a canvas of stockinette with purl ridge details along the front, hem, and sleeve cuffs. The comforting shape, and modern bulky yet featherweight yarn come together in a new-fashioned garment to wear both at home and out into the chill.

Techniques & Skills Used: knit/purl, decreasing, picking up stitches.
Size: 30 (32, 34, 36, 38, 40, 42, 44)” bust; shown in third size with no ease. This blanket sweater is designed so that the cross-back measures 2” less than the front bust. For a good fit, choose a size with 0-2” ease at cross-back.
Yarn: Blue Sky Alpacas Techno (68% baby alpaca, 22% silk, 10% extrafine merino; 120 yards/50g); 10 (10, 11, 12, 14, 15, 16, 17) skeins, shown in #1970 Fame.
Other Materials: US 10.5 (6.5mm) 60” circular needle, or size to match gauge; Stitch markers; Yarn needle.
Gauge: 12 st and 20 rows/4” in stockinette stitch; 12 st and 10 rows/4” in Garter Loop stitch, after gentle blocking.

See it on Ravelry, to read more or purchase the pattern.  

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Snug in the Vortex

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Feb 192014

Snug cover | The Knitting Vortex

I first posted about Snug when it was published in Clotheshorse digital magazine, and I’m pleased to say that it is now also available as a self-published individual pattern download on Ravelry, with updated yarn information using Malabrigo Worsted, and a separate photo tutorial for the Tuck stitch.

A cozy sweater with ample tucked funnelneck, Snug is knit in one piece from the bottom up with flattering shoulder shaping. Gentle waist shaping and short dolman sleeves flatter the body, while grafted shoulders and an integrated slouchy funnelneck ensure seamless knitting. Short rows make the sleeves and shoulder comfortable, eliminating excess fabric at the underarm. Each front and back is knit with one continuous strand of yarn, with no binding off or picking up stitches at the neck. The substantial cowl frames the face with a series of narrowing tucks at the front neck, gently pulling down the front edge below the chin. Wear it alone in the transitional seasons, and as a Snug extra layer in the depths of winter.

Techniques & Skills Used: knit/purl, short rows, increasing/decreasing, picking up stitches, tucks. A tutorial is included for the Tuck stitch.
Size: 30 (32, 34, 36, 38, 40, 42, 44)” bust; shown in fourth size with 2” ease.
Yarn: Malabrigo Yarn Worsted (100% wool; 210 yards/100g); 3 (3, 4, 4, 4, 5, 5, 5) skeins, shown in Coco.
Other Materials: US 8 (5mm) 40” circular needle, or size to match gauge; US 8 (5mm) 16” circular needle or dpns for tucks, cowl and grafting; US 6 (4mm) 16” circular needle or dpns for cowl hem; Stitch markers (4); Stitch holders (3); Yarn needle.
Gauge: 16 st and 22 rows/4” in stockinette stitch, after blocking.

See it on Ravelry, to read more or purchase the pattern. 

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Superb Owl 2014

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Feb 032014

There was that big sports thing this weekend . . . y’know, football? Championship? Kind of exciting, because it was held at the MetLife Stadium in the Meadowlands, right here in my lovely state of New Jersey. Plus, even though we’re not real sports fans, DH was born and raised in Colorado so he’s for the Denver Broncos on principle – poor guy, that was a disappointment, but hey, at least there was a connection.

Did I mention pro sports aren’t a priority for us? Instead, there was skiing.

 Super Ski 2014 | The Knitting Vortex

And a visit to the excellent sale at my LYS, Down Cellar.

Superb Owl Yarn 2014 | The Knitting Vortex

And lots of time working on my OWL project for the Harry Potter Knit & Crochet House Cup on Ravelry, which is like knitting, with wizards. It’s more plaid! A sweater this time, with a nod to the purples of 2014. You might notice the vertical plaids aren’t in there, yet.

Truly Plaidly deeply WIP RS | The Knitting Vortex

Sure hope all those sporty people can get home the day after the game. Fortunately, my Superb Owl will continue along at home, while this is happening outside.

Super Snow 2014 | The Knitting Vortex