Lorem Ipsum

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May 292014

Lorem Ipsum | The Knitting Vortex

A feminine cropped cardigan with geometric eyelets, Lorem Ipsum is knit seamlessly from the top down incorporating simple lace with the techniques of raglan sweater knitting. In graphic design, Lorem Ipsum dolor sit amet begins the scrambled Latin text often used as a placeholder, to focus attention on the style elements of a document. Likewise, this easily memorized, small scale pattern highlights the raglan sleeve and deeply scooped neck shaping, without competing. The lace is designed to flow without interruption around the cardi, transitioning to flattering single rib hem, cuffs and neckline. With a simultaneously worked garter button band and minimal finishing, the focus is on style in this flattering little sweater.

Techniques & Skills Used: raglan construction, knit/purl, increasing/decreasing in pattern, cable CO, backwards loop CO. Stitch patterns are both written and charted, and include instructions for shaping the raglan sleeves in pattern.
Size: 32.75 (34.5, 36, 37.75, 39.25, 42.5, 44.75, 48, 50.5)” bust; shown in third size with 1” of positive ease.
Yarn: Malabrigo Yarn Finito (100% merino wool; 200 yards/50g), shown in Plomo; 4 (4, 4, 4, 5, 5, 6, 6, 7) skeins, or approximately 650 (700, 750, 800, 850, 1000, 1100, 1200, 1300) yards of fingering weight yarn.
Other Materials: US 5 (3.75mm) 32” circular needle or size to match gauge; Stitch markers (10); Stitch holders (2); Yarn needle; ½” buttons, 12 (12, 13, 14, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18 ); Matching sewing thread and needle.
Gauge: 20 st and 32 rows/4” in Eyelet pattern; after steam blocking.

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New Yarn . . .

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May 072014

and mixed feelings. Exultant over the fabulous stash enhancement, at excellent prices. And despairing at the reason for the sale – my fave LYS is closing. It’s always sad when a small, indie business shuts its doors, and it makes me re-commit to buying local in the effort to prevent more of the same from happening. In this case, the owner of Down Cellar is relocating for family reasons, and there’s no one to step in and take over. Even though as a consumer I cant really help with that in this case, maybe I can in others. That’s a thought to sticky-note to the computer as a reminder during future surfing sessions.

sad yarn

May 012014

Crossfire Last Look | The Knitting Vortex

Diagonal lines fire across this elongated, asymmetrical shawl, creating striking contrasts in angles and colors. Textural stripes are worked using simple knit and purl stitches, while the intersecting columns are created by slipping stitches at regular intervals; only one color is ever worked at a time. The sample pairs a neutral main color with a long, self-striping yarn as the contrast color, but using a variegated yarn or leftovers to create your own custom stripe colors as the contrast would be equally lovely. The long, bias shape shows off the dramatic pattern while being easy to wear, and the simple construction adapts to varying amounts of yardage.

Techniques & Skills Used: knit/purl, increasing/decreasing, slipped stitches; this pattern is both written and charted.
Size: 92” on longest side and 18” deep at point; see schematic.
Yarn: Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light (100% merino wool; 420 yards/100g); 1 skein MC; Crystal Palace Yarns Mini Mochi (80% merino wool, 20% nylon; 195 yards/50g); 2 skeins CC. Shown in Natural (MC) and 120 Fireworks (CC), and using about 420 and 350 yards respectively. This pattern may be adapted to any amount of yarn in two colors; see Designer’s Notes.
Other Materials: US 5 (3.75mm) 32” circular needle, or size to match gauge; Yarn needle.
Gauge: 24 st and 38 rows/4” in Body stitch pattern, after gentle 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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