Snug in the Vortex

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Feb 192014
 
Snug in the 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, . . .

Folderol-over-and-over-again

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Oct 282013
 
Folderol-over-and-over-again

I promised another indie re-release of a design initially published in a magazine, and since it’s getting chilly, what’s better than a soft and warm tucked wrap made with worsted merino? The individual pattern download features a link to my video tutorial for the tuck stitch, and expanded notes and photos, all presented in my user- and printer-friendly format. Folderol means foolish nonsense, but this worsted crescent shawl is no trifle; the cozy wrap is made extra thick and warm with triple folds, curved gently with short rows, and finished neatly with applied I-cord. Knit from the bottom up and given texture and shape with tucks and decreases, Folderol is completely reversible and absolutely worthy. Techniques & Skills Used: knit/purl, tucks/picking up stitches, short rows, decreasing, cable & provisional CO, applied I-cord.Size: one size, 58” from end to end, and 10” deep. Yarn: Malabrigo Yarn Merino Worsted (100% Merino) 210 yards/100g; 3 skeins shown in Tuareg. The sample used approximately 525 yards. Other Materials: US 9 (5.5mm) 47” circular needle; US 7 (4.5mm) 47” circular . . .

Jan 142013
 
Snug

From the Winter 2012/2013 issue of Clotheshorse magazine online, Snug is a cozy sweater with ample tucked funnelneck, knit in one piece from the bottom up with flattering shoulder shaping. Cast on at the narrow 1×1 rib hem and knit in stockinette in the round with gentle waist shaping to the short dolman sleeve opening, the body is divided for front and back and knit flat to the neckline, then grafted at the shoulder and finished with an integrated slouchy funnelneck. Short rows make the sleeve opening and shoulder ergonomically correct, comfortable and without excess bunching fabric at the underarm. Each front and back is knit with one continuous strand of yarn, with no binding off, and no picking up stitches for the neck. The substantial funnelneck is made manageable by a series of narrowing tucks at the front, which gently pull down the front edge below the chin. The sleeve edges are picked up and finished with 1×1 rib.   Techniques & Skills Used: knit/purl, short rows, increasing/decreasing, picking up stitches, tucks. Size: 30 . . .

Sep 142012
 
Folderol

“Folderol” means foolish nonsense, but this worsted crescent shawl is no trifle; the cozy wrap is made extra thick and warm with triple folds, curved gently with short rows, and finished neatly with applied I-cord. Knit from the bottom up and given texture and shape with tucks and decreases, Folderol is completely reversible and absolutely worthy. Techniques & Skills Used: knit/purl, tucks/picking up stitches, short rows, decreasing, cable & provisional CO, applied I-cord. Size: one size, 58” from end to end, and 10” deep. Yarn: Malabrigo Yarn Merino Worsted (100% Merino) 210 yards/100g; 3 skeins shown in Tuareg. The sample used approximately 525 yards. Other Materials: US 9 (5.5mm) 47” circular needle; US 7 (4.5mm) 47” circular needle for picking up stitches; Stitch markers (2) optional, to mark SR turning points; Smooth scrap yarn for provisional CO and marking Tuck row; Yarn needle. Gauge: 14 st and 24 rows/4” in stockinette stitch on larger needle. Gauge is not critical for this project, however a different gauge may result in a smaller or larger finished shawl, . . .

Sneak Peek at Folderol

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Aug 202012
 
Sneak Peek at Folderol

Tucks and folds have been a little bit of an obsession of mine since last winter, and three weeks ago I got a lightning bolt idea for a soft, scrummy tucked shawl for the autumn season ahead. When something like this comes out of the blue, I like to go with it; thinking it might be a good fit, I sent off a pitch to Shannon at Cooperative Press, who is launching the new Knit Edge magazine. And so it comes about that Folderol is in issue 1, due to come out in the beginning of september. This piece takes those textural tucks like the ones used in the Crimp hat and Ruckle Mitts, and exaggerates them into long, deep folds along the curve of a thick crescent shawl. The top edge is finished with applied I-cord, making the entire wrap reversible, and lovely when wrapped around the neck. I’ve had these three skeins of Malabrigo Worsted in Tuareg hanging around in stash forever, and 2.5 of them are now this cozy schlarf (with enough . . .

Mar 302012
 
Sleeve in a Day

Deadlines really motivate me; I suspect I might achieve close to zero if I didn’t utilize them. The current challenge is to finish my second contiguous cardigan by saturday midnight. It’s worsted, yes – but still a whole garment. I think there’s a good chance; I had to rip the first sleeve because it was too small, and I updated the sizing while knitting the second. Happily, sleeve in a day was achieved. Next challenge is the front edging; last night I ripped the 2″ I had because I decided some short-rowing would be just the thing. So less than 48 hours for around 25 long 200+ stitch rows. I hope it comes out well.

Jan 032012
 
Crimp Hat & Crimpy Mitts

Crimp Crimp is a hat with built-in slouch created by tuck stitches, and includes both a photo and video tutorial for this fun technique. Alternating sections of ribbing and stockinette add interest to the crown, making Crimp a unique hat and a perfect companion to the Crimpy Mitts. Techniques & Skills Used: Cable CO, knit/purl, tuck stitch, decreasing; both a photo and video tutorial are provided for the tuck stitch. Size: S (M); 18 (20)” unstretched, to fit 20 (22)” head circumference. Yarn: Malabrigo Yarn Rios (100% superwash merino wool, 210 yards/100g), 1 skein. Size M shown in Cumparsita. 2 skeins are needed to make both the hat and mitts. Other Materials: US 7 (4.5mm) dpns or 32” circular needle if using Magic Loop, or size to match gauge; Spare US 7 dpn for tucks; Stitch markers (8); Yarn needle. Gauge: 20 st and 28 rows/4” in stockinete stitch, after gentle blocking. See it on Ravelry, to read more or purchase the pattern.   Crimpy Mitts The Crimpy Mitts are long armwarmers with fun textural . . .

Dec 072011
 
Crimp it up - WIP Wednesday

Well, not exactly a WIP in terms of the knitting, but then that’s the easy part. These need to be sized and then organized for test knitting, which takes more focus. I’m still loving that tuck stitch, and it’s been turning up in other places too, so it feels like the zeitgeist is right. And with winter setting in, some textural ribbing and ruckling will bring a bit of warmth with interest. Also, maybe it’s the season, but I cant get enough of rich, dark red lately; not my usual type of thing at all, but so engaging. It looks purpley here, but that’s my lighting, trying to get a good shot of the variegation. Malabrigo Rios in Cumparsita, by the way.

Ruckowl

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Oct 262011
 
Ruckowl

A slouchy cowl with textural ruckles, Ruckowl features a three dimensional tucked body and tidy turned hems. For a fun and warm matched set, look for the companion Ruckle Hat and Mitts. Techniques & Skills Used: provisional CO, knit/purl, knitting in the round; this pattern includes written instructions, as well as a photo and video tutorial for the tuck stitch. Size: S/M (M/L); 21 (24)” circumference, and 7” depth. Yarn: Malabrigo Merino Worsted (100% Merino Wool; 210 yards/100g); 1 skein. Size M/L shown in Paris Night. Other Materials: US 9 (5.5mm) 16” circular needle, or size to match gauge; Spare US 9 circular needle, for hemming brim; Stitch marker (1); Yarn needle; Smooth cotton yarn for provisional CO and hem. Gauge: 16 stitches and 24 rows/4” in stockinette stitch, after gentle blocking. See it on Ravelry, to read more or purchase the pattern.     

Ruckle Mitts

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Oct 122011
 
Ruckle Mitts

Casual fingerless handwarmers, the Ruckle Mitts have a built-in scrunchy tucked cuff, with tidy hemmed edges finishing each end. Fun to make and fresh to wear, they add relaxed chic to your outfit. For a matched set, look for the companion Ruckle Hat and Mitts. Techniques & Skills Used: provisional CO, knit/purl, increasing/decreasing, knitting in the round; this pattern includes written instructions, as well as a photo and video tutorial for the tuck stitch. Size: S (M, L, XL); 6.5 (7.5, 8.25, 9)” palm circumference and 4.25 (5, 5.5, 6.25)” length from wrist. The cuff is approximately 3” long. Yarn: Malabrigo Rios (100% Superwash Merino Wool; 210 yards/100g); 1 skein. Size S shown in Azul Profundo. Other Materials: US 7 (4.5mm) dpns or 32” circular needle if using Magic Loop, or size to match gauge; Spare US 5 (3.75mm) circular needle for hems; Stitch markers (3); Yarn needle; Smooth cotton yarn for provisional CO and hem; Stitch holder. Gauge: 20 stitches and 28 rows/4” in stockinette stitch, after gentle blocking. See it on Ravelry, to . . .