Knitting Short Rows

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Sep 132016
 
Knitting Short Rows

Knitting Short Rows: Techniques for Great Shapes and Angles is my new book with Interweave, and it’s available now from Amazon. From the book intro: Shape your knitwear seamlessly using short row techniques, including wrap & turn, yarnover, German and Japanese methods, and twin stitch shadow wraps. The beauty, ease and charm of knitwear comes in large part from its organic nature, from the curve of a sweater around the body, the depth and texture of a warm scarf, or the perfect slouch of a hat. I love designing knits that shape the fabric or create interesting detail using various knitting techniques. One of my favorite techniques of all is short rows. Short rows are an invaluable technique that allow the knitter to create curves, angles and depth, resulting in modern, seamless knitwear that is both engaging to knit and flattering to wear. Knitting Short Rows is both a technical learning resource with tutorials, and a beautiful design source that embodies modern, seamless knitting with 17 designs including garments, accessories and wraps. See all the . . .

Potions Mistress

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Sep 072016
 
Potions Mistress

Techniques & Skills Used: cable CO, knit/purl, increasing, easy lace; instructions for this pattern are both fully written and charted. Size: 80” wingspan and 40” depth; this shawl may be customized in length and depth to accommodate varying yardage. Yarn: Julie Asselin Milis (100% superwash merino wool; 475 yards/ 438m/115g); 1 skein each A, B and C, shown in Clair de Lune, Sunset and Arlequin, respectively. The sample used almost all of the yardage from each skein, but any amount of yarn in any combination may be used; see Designer’s Notes. Other Materials: US 6 (4mm) 32” circular needle, or size to match gauge; Yarn needle. Gauge: 18 st and 36 rows/4” in garter stitch and lace pattern, 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. See it on Ravelry, to read more or purchase the pattern.         Save Save

Block Theory

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Aug 042016
 
Block Theory

Bold blocks of intarsia decorate the front and back of this long and lean tank. Worked flat from the bottom up with a slightly longer back, the built-in rib edging is seamed at the sides, leaving slits at the hem. Waist shaping and an a-line flare at the hip emphasize the casual breeziness, and deep v-shaped armholes add to the linear styling. Techniques & Skills Used: Italian tubular CO, knit/purl, increasing/decreasing, intarsia, German short rows, cable CO, applied I-cord (provisional CO and grafting), 3-needle BO; links are provided to my techniques tutorials. Size: 32 (34, 36, 38, 40, 42, 44, 48, 52)” bust; shown in second size worn with 1” negative ease. Yarn: Cascade Yarns Ultra Pima (100% pima cotton; 220 yards/200m/100g), shown in MC 3718 Natural and CC 3729 Gray; 2 (3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 4, 4) skeins MC and 1 (2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2) skeins CC, or approximately 425 (475, 500, 525, 575, 600, 625, 725, 800) yards of MC and 210 (230, 250, 270, 290, 310, . . .

Indium

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Jul 062016
 
Indium

Worked simply in summer yarn with a bit of lace, Indium is a bubble tank perfect for lazy warm days. Topdown seamless construction with no shaping makes a carefree top with a casual fit; wear it longer like the sample, or make a cropped version and accentuate the easy shape. Techniques & Skills Used: provisional CO, I-cord, knit/purl, increasing/decreasing, cable CO, working in the round; pattern instructions are fully written, with a chart also provided for the lace stitch pattern. Size: 32 (34, 36, 38, 40, 44, 48)” bust; shown in second size with 1” negative ease at bust and 4” negative ease at hip. The straight body creates a bubble shape, fitted at the top and bottom, with positive ease between. Yarn: Knit Picks Shine Sport (60% pima cotton, 40% Modal; 110 yards/100m/50g), shown in Platinum; 5 (6, 6, 6, 7, 7, 8) skeins, or approximately 550 (575, 600, 650, 675, 750, 800) yards of sport weight cotton blend yarn. Other Materials: US 3 (3.25mm) dpns (optional) for icord; US 3 (3.25mm) and US . . .

Vamping

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Jun 162016
 
Vamping

In jazz music, vamping is playing the same short phrase over and over; in this shawl you create a glamorous vampy piece by working a simple syncopated eyelet repeat on a wrap with an intriguing shape. Knit asymmetrically from side to side, the long gradient color change builds slowly as it expands with the shawl. Techniques & Skills Used: longtail CO, knit/purl, increasing/decreasing, easy lace; instructions for this pattern are fully written. Size: 70” length and 20” depth. Yarn: KnitCircus Yarns Lavish (70% superwash merino wool, 20% cashmere, 10% nylon; 600 yards/548m/170g); 1 skein, shown in Vampire Boyfriend. The sample as written used approximately 585 yards, but instructions are included to customize your shawl for different amounts of yardage. Other Materials: US 6 (4mm) 32” circular needle, or size to match gauge; Removable marker (1); Yarn needle. Gauge: 20 st and 30 rows/4” in stockinette 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. See it on . . .

Diamond Lanes

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Apr 192016
 
Diamond Lanes

Geometric lace forms textured diamond lanes leading upward and outward on this simple but stunning triangular shawl. Techniques & Skills Used: knit/purl, increasing/decreasing, easy lace; this pattern is both fully written and charted. Size: 52” wingspan and 21” depth, customizable. Yarn: Seven Sisters Arts Apex (60% superwash merino wool, 20% yak, 20% silk; 400 yards/366m/100g); 1 skein, or 400 yards of wool blend fingering weight yarn with good drape. The sample as written used the entire skein; you may want to have additional yardage on hand as insurance, and as the shawl may easily be enlarged. Other Materials: US 5 (3.75mm) 32″ circular needle or size to match gauge; Markers (3); Yarn needle. Gauge: 20 st and 40 rows/4” in garter stitch, 18 st and 34 rows/4” in diamond lace pattern, 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. See it on Ravelry, to read more or purchase the pattern.       

knit.wear Spring/Summer 2016

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Mar 282016
 
knit.wear Spring/Summer 2016

Interweave has relaunched what is my favorite of their magazines, knit.wear.  Premiering in Fall of 2011, the designs and aesthetic have always had that very clean, modern and sophisticated vibe. The semi annual publication changed its name in Fall of 2014 to knit.purl, but now has returned to its original name. The new issue is full of fashion-forward designs, modern technique tutorials and inspiring articles, and includes my Kline Shawl. From knit.wear, “The dual stripes in garter and stockinette stitch engage each other in stylistic play across this asymmetrical wrap. An electric pop of color is offset by a black-and-white speckled counterpoint as a nod to contemporary art.” On a personal note, I loved the speckle yarn – which is very on trend, but I wasn’t sure about at all, being a fan of solids and semisolids. It’s madelinetosh tosh merino light in Optic, paired with the vibrant Edison Bulb. The digital issue is available for download from Interweave, or you can order the print publication.

Sweet Chilly

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Mar 172016
 
Sweet Chilly

  As comfy as your favorite sweatshirt but made stylish with special details, Sweet Chilly uses seamless topdown construction and textured stitches in a modern knit sweater. Shifting Broken Rib panels create the look of a deep raglan, while the Twisted Rib featured on the dolman sleeves continues along the sides providing natural shaping. Techniques & Skills Used: knit/purl, increasing/decreasing, cable CO, backwards loop CO, 3-needle BO, working in the round, short rows. Pattern instructions are fully written, with charts also provided for the stitch patterns, and a link to my short row tutorials. Size: 32 (34, 36, 38, 40, 42, 44, 48, 52, 56)” bust; shown in fifth size with 5” positive ease. Yarn: Colour Adventures Sweet Merino DK (100% superwash merino wool; 250 yards/229m/115g), shown in Chilly; 4 (5, 5, 5, 5, 5, 6, 6, 7, 7) skeins, or approximately 950 (1000, 1050, 1100, 1200, 1250, 1350, 1450, 1550, 1650) yards of dk weight wool yarn. Other Materials: US 6 (4mm) 32″ circular needle or size to match gauge; US 6 (4mm) 24″ . . .

Shadowling

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Jan 192016
 
Shadowling

A topography of shadow cables is knit flat and folded, then two short seams form this cocoon cardigan. Short rows shape the wide ribbed edging, creating a warm and dramatic shawl collar; the ribbed edge and cuffs are finished with elegant applied I-cord. Techniques & Skills Used: provisional CO, knit/purl, cables, short rows, working in the round, applied I-cord; stitch pattern is both written and charted, and a link to my short row tutorials is included. Size: S (M, L); shown in size S on a 35” bust. Yarn: Rowan Cocoon (80% merino wool, 20% kid mohair; 126 yards/115m/100g), shown in Cloud; 6 (7, 8) skeins, or approximately 650 (775, 925) yards of bulky weight wool/mohair blend yarn; a fiber blend that blocks to a soft and drapey fabric is recommended to achieve the silhouette and ease of this cocoon-shaped garment. Other Materials: US 11 (8mm) 32” circular needle or size to match gauge; US 11 (8mm) 60” circular needle for ribbed edge; Stitch markers (1); Cable needle; Yarn needle. Gauge: 15 st and 20 . . .

Snowsweep

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Dec 012015
 
Snowsweep

Sweeping rows of eyelets, placed gradually further apart, curve along this reversible shawl. Worked from a few stitches at one tip, the garter stitch grows asymmetrically with picots at one edge, to a matching picot finish. A simple knit with dramatic results, Snowsweep may be customized to use any amount of yardage, and to adjust the frequency of eyelet accent rows. Techniques & Skills Used: cable CO, knit, increasing/decreasing, picots. Size: 74” length and 24” depth, customizable. Yarn: Woolfolk Sno (100% Ovis 21 ultimate merino wool; 223 yards/204m/50g), shown in Color No. 1+2 (pale grey and off white); 4 skeins. The sample as written used approximately 780 yards, but any amount of fingering weight yarn may be used; see Designer’s Notes. Other Materials: US 6 (4mm) 32” 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. See it on Ravelry, . . .