Saturday, July 5, 2014

Dude Scarf - Rabat


Sometimes a yarn tells me what it wants to be.  In this case, the color screamed at me to make a Dude Scarf.  Something that would work up quickly, be reversible and perfect for the guys in your life.

Rabat is the newest addition to the Casablanca family and the first chunky.  There are 8 colors per colorway and 15 rich colorways to choose from.  This wool/acrylic/silk blend works up quickly and the color changes keep it interesting.
Materials:
 - 2 skeins Rabat (50% Wool/30% Acrylic/ 20% Silk - 109 yds/100 g) - shown in 10 (Glade)

- US 10.5 needles

- Yarn Needle

Abbreviations:
- K - Knit

- P - Purl
Cast on 27 stitches

1 - [P2, K1, P1, K1], repeat until last 2 stitches, end P2

2 - [K2, P3], repeat until last 2 stitches, end K2
Continue until desired length.

Bind off.
Weave in ends.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

April in Atlanta Shawl - in Heritage 150 Multis

I've been wanting to create something in Heritage 150 for a while.  When the samples for the new Multis came in I could not resist the color I named Valentine.  With almost 500 yards per 150 gram skein, it would work into a nice shawlette.  I knew the merino-nylon would block out nicely and show off a simple lace pattern.
In April, I attended Stitches South for the first time in several years and was reminded how valuable a shawl was everytime I went inside and was faced with the chill of the air-conditioner. Thus was the inspiration for a small shawl that would cover the shoulders, but be light enough to carry along when it was needed.  The merino would allow it to breathe while insulating.

In the pattern there is a 12 row Lace Section repeat and a 4 row Garter Stitch Section repeat.
Materials
- 1 skein Heritage 150 Multis (75% Superwash Merino Wool/25% Nylon; 492 yds/150 g) - shown in 103 (Valentine)

- US 6 circular needles (recommend at least 32" cord)

- 2 stitch markers

- Yarn Needle

Finished Measurements (after blocking)

52" across top; 17" deep from edge to edge


Abbreviations
K - Knit

pm - place marker

sm - slip marker

st - stitch

Kfb - Knit into the front & back of stitch (increase 1)

YO - Yarn Over (increase 1)

K2tog - Knit 2 Together

SKP - Slip 1, Knit 1, Pass slipped stitch over (decrease 1)

S1K2P- Knit 1, Slip 1, Knit 2 together, Pass slipped stitch over (decrease 2)


Cast on 4

Set-up:

1 - K1,Kfb,Kfb,K1
2 - K
3 - K1, Kfb, k to last 2 sts, Kfb, K1
4 - K
5 -K1, Kfb 2x, pm, Kfb 2x, pm, Kfb 2x, K1
6 - 8 - K
9 - K1, Kfb, K to st before Marker, Kfb, sm, Kfb, K to st before marker, Kfb, sm, Kfb, K to last 2 sts, Kfb, K1


Lace Section (12 rows)
1. K1,[K1, YO, SKP, K1, K2tog, YO] - repeat until last st, end K1

2. K

3. K1,[K2, YO, S1K2P, YO, K1] -
repeat until last st, end K1

4. K1, Kfb, K to st before Marker, Kfb, sm, Kfb, K to st before marker, Kfb, sm, Kfb, K to last 2 sts, Kfb, K1

5. K2, [K1, YO, SKP, K1, K2tog, YO] -  repeat until 1 st before marker, K1, sm, K1, [K1, YO, SKP, K1, K2tog, YO]-  repeat until 1 st before marker, K1,  sm, K1, [K1, YO, SKP, K1, K2tog, YO] - repeat until last 2 sts, K2

6. K

7. K2, [K2
, YO, S1K2P, YO, K1] -repeat until 1 st before marker, K1,  sm, K1, [K2, YO, S1K2P, YO, K1] - repeat until 1 st before marker, K1, sm, K1,[K2,YO, S1K2P, YO,K1],  repeat until last 2 sts, end K2

8. K1, KFb, K to st before Marker, Kfb, sm, Kfb, K to st before marker, Kfb, sm, Kfb, k to last 2 sts, Kfb, K1

9. K3, [K1, YO, SKP, K1, K2tog, YO] - repeat until 2 st before marker, K2, sm, K2, [K1, YO, SKP, K1, K2tog, YO] - repeat until 2 st before marker, K2, sm, K2, [K1, YO, SKP, K1, K2tog, YO] - repeat until last 3 sts, K3

10. K

11. K3,[K2, YO, S1K2P, YO, K1] -  repeat until 2 st before marker, K2, sm, K2, [K2, YO, S1K2P, YO, K1] - repeat until 2 st before marker, K2, sm, K2, [K2, YO, S1K2P, YO, K1], repeat until last 3 sts, end K3

12. K1, KFb, K to st before Marker, Kfb, sm, Kfb, K to st before marker, Kfb, Kfb, K to last 2 sts, Kfb, K1

Repeat Lace Section 3 more times (total of 4 times)

Then do 3 sets of Garter Stitch Section (12 rows)

Garter Stitch Section (4 rows)
1-3 - K
4 - K1, Kfb, K to st before Marker, Kfb, sm, Kfb, K to st before marker, Kfb, sm, Kfb, K to last 2 sts, Kfb, K1

Repeat Lace Section 3 times
3 sets of Garter Stitch Section (12 rows)

Repeat Lace Section 3 times
3 sets of Garter Stitch Section (12 rows)

Picot bind off

1: Cast on 2 stst
2: K 2
3: Pass 1st st over 2 st
4: K, pass 1st st over 2nd st
5: K, pass 1st st over 2nd st
6: K, pass 1st st over 2nd st
7: Slip st back to main needle

Continue until reach last stitch

Weave in ends.
Block

Monday, May 12, 2014

Pillar Openwork Cowl in Pluscious

Pluscious is soft and squishy and not just for kids.  Recently I made my grandmother a wrap since it was soft and had the added bonus of being easy care.  In addition, Pluscious works up quickly and comes in both solids and multis.
Just 1 skein is all that is needed to do this simple cowl that can be worn long and open or doubled up for cozy warmth.

Materials
-    1 skeins Pluscious (100% Polyester –148 yds/100 g) – shown in 30 (Summer Fog)
-  Size US 9 -  24” circular needle
-  Yarn needle
-  Stitch Marker

Abbreviations
-     K – Knit
-    Sl1-K2-psso – Slip 1 stitch, K2, pass slipped stitch over 2 knit stitches
-  YO – Yarn Over
Cast on 138 stitches.  Join in the round, careful not to twist.  Place marker to mark beginning of round. 

K 1 round

Begin Pattern:
Row 1: [YO, sl1-K2-psso] – continue until end of round
Row 2: K

Continue until desired width.
Bind off loosely.  Weave in ends.



Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Sweet Tea Shawl - Tangier

A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of attending the DFW Fiber Fest at the Irving Convention Center. It was truly a wonderful show with amazing hospitality and a great variety of fiber arts. Going to another part of the country with a different climate provided great inspiration for my knitting. Fortunately I had brought 2 skeins of Tangier with me.
The shawl worked up fairly quickly over the weekend.  Tangier is a silk blend with 8 colors per colorway.  It plays well on the needles and blocks out beautifully.  A slightly modified Roman Stripe created a lovely, open pattern.
Materials

  • 2 skeins Tangier (Silk - Cotton - Rayon - Acrylic - 220 yds/100 g) - shown in color 6 - Galaxy
  • US 9 (recommend at least 36" long cord)
  • 2 stitch markers
  • Yarn Needle

Abbreviations

  • K - Knit
  • YO - Yarn Over
  • K2tog - Knit 2 Together
  • pm - place marker
  • sm - slip marker
Cast on 6


1 - K2, YO, K2, YO, K2
2 - K
3 - K1, YO, K2, YO, pm, K2, pm, YO, K2, YO, K1
4 - K

Begin Pattern - 
1 - K1, YO, K1, [YO, K1], to st before marker, K1, YO, sm, K2, sm, YO, K1, 
[K1, YO] to last 2 sts, K1, YO, K1
2 - K
3 - K1, YO, K2, [K2tog], to 2 st before marker, K2, YO, sm, K2, sm, YO, K2,
 [K2tog], to last 3 sts - K2, YO, K1
4 - K4, [K2tog, YO], to 3 st before marker, K3, sm, K2, sm, K3, [YO, K2tog], to last 4 - K4
5 - K1, YO, K3, [YO, K2tog], to 3 sts before marker, K3, YO, sm, K2, sm, YO, K3, 
[K2tog, YO], to last 4, K3, YO, K1
6 - K
7 - K1, YO, K to marker, YO, sm, K2, sm, YO, K to last st, YO, K1
8 - K



Continue until desired size.
Bind off loosely.
Block.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Guest Post - Karen Whooley - Fair Isle Crochet: Demystifying Colorwork


Before I introduce you to my new Craftsy class, I’d like to thank Cascade Yarns for not only allowing me to share with you my class, but for also supporting it by providing me with their wonderful yarns to create two of the 3 projects in this class!  I love Cascade Yarns not only because they are local to me, but also because they are fantastic yarns to design with, and I know that you will love the projects I have for you in this class using Cascade 220® and 220 Superwash® Sport!

In my new Craftsy class, Fair Isle Crochet:Demystifying Colorwork, you will expertly navigate beautiful colorwork as you crochet classic Fair Isle patterns throughout three captivating projects. Join me, published author and professional designer, Karen Whooley, for my online Craftsy class and discover fun new techniques to crochet complex stranded projects with confidence.

In this class you will learn to translate traditional knitted Fair Isle Techniques to crochet in a way that allows the motifs to pop!  I will help you learn to read charts, change colors cleanly and how to handle all the ends that undoubtedly are created in any sort of colorwork. You’ll also learn to work colorwork in the round and I’ll highlight common mistakes and how to fix them! And as a bonus section, you will learn how to create your own charts and modify them for your own projects!

While you are learning all this, you will be working on 3 projects The Poet Shawl, a Fair Isle Trivet, and a Fair Isle hat, complete with pom-pom.

The Poet Shawl is made with Cascade 220®.  I discovered 220 many years ago when learning to felt.  It is my go to yarn whenever I need to felt a crochet project!  But in this project I wanted a warm and cozy yarn that had great stability, lots of colors to choose from and I knew would drape well.  I wanted the very first project in the class to be out of worsted weight yarn so that the new-to-fair-isle crocheter could easily see what (s)he needed to do and where to place the stitches.  I chose some traditional Fair Isle colors in the pinks and greys that I used for this shawl, but you can decide for yourself if those are the colors you want to use! And to make things convenient, Craftsy is offering kits with just the right amounts of yarn for your shawl.

 The Fair Isle Hat is worked with 220 Superwash® Sport yarn.  Again I chose some more traditional Fair Isle colors, but there are so many colors in this line to choose from!  I love this sport yarn because it is so soft, and that is what I want on my head.  But beyond that, choosing a sport weight yarn that is durable and tried and true was important to me.  This project is worked in a thinner yarn purposely so that my students will see the effect of using different weights as well. 220 Superwash Sport® is perfect for a hat because it also will not shrink, and that is important with a hat!  Think about those college students you might make this hat for that just toss everything in the dryer - It won’t shrink! And again, you can get the kit for this project on Craftsy as well.



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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Ready for Spring Shawl - Avalon

Avalon was one of my favorite yarns for this spring.  The Cotton blend plays well on the needles and has great stitch definition.  It took a while to tell me what it wanted to be.  Sometimes I touch and see a yarn and it is screaming at me.  Avalon needed some time to decide, but I think I am quite pleased with the results.

Top-down shawls are fun and great travel projects.  I discovered a new bind-off in the process - Icelandic bind off.  It is a great edge for a shawl - it has some give to it.  I used 2 colors for this shawl - you could easily use more or less.

Materials:

  • Avalon (50% Cotton/50% Acrylic - 175 yds/100g) - 2 sks color A (18 - Turkish Sea) & 1 sk color B (25 - Georgia Peach)
  • US 8 Needles (I would suggest at least a 32-40" cord on the circular needles)
  • 2 Stitch Markers
  • Yarn Needle


Finished Measurements (after blocking):
58" across top edge
24" from point to top edge

Gauge unimportant


Abbreviations:

  • K - Knit
  • YO - Yarn Over
  • sl1-K1-psso - Slip 1 stitch (purl-wise), Knit 1 stitch, pass slipped stitch over knit stitch
  • K2tog - Knit 2 Together

Pattern:
Cast on 4 stitches


Set-up

-K1, YO, K2, YO, K1
-K
-K1, YO, K1, YO, pm, K2, pm, YO, K1, YO, K1
-K

Begin Pattern:
1. K1, YO, K1, *[YO, sl1-K1-psso] - repeat until marker, YO, K2, YO, K1, *[YO, sl1-K1-psso] - repeat to last stitch, YO, K1
2. (all even rows) - K
3. K1, YO, K to marker, YO, K2, YO, K to last st, YO, K1
5. K1, YO, K1, *[YO, K2tog] - repeat until marker, YO, K2, YO, K1, *[YO, K2tog] - repeat until last stitch, YO, K1
7. K1, YO, K to marker, YO, K2, YO, K to last stitch, YO, K1

Repeat rows 1-8

Do 3 repeats of A and 1 repeat of B - 3 times

Do 2 repeats of A
Icelandic bind off (AKA - Stretchy Bind off) - Video and instructions available on verypink.com
1 - With yarn in back, insert tip of right needle into 1st stitch on left needle as if to purl and catch right side of 2nd stitch
2 - Pull 2nd stitch through 1st stitch and knit it, slipping both stitches off the needle
3 - Slip the stitch from right needle to the left
Repeat steps 1-3 until all are bound off



Weave in ends.
Block using favorite method.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Third Time's the Charm in Tangier

Tangier is one of our newest yarns - a worsted weight silk blend.  Available in 14 vibrant colorways, the silk blend is soft and drapey, yet has this wonderful spongy, squishiness to it.

I knew that I wanted to make a short row scarf worked from end to end, creating a bit of a ruffle.  I also knew I wanted to limit it to 1 skein.  Unfortunately the first time around, I realized I went too wide and was running out of yarn before it was long enough, so I ripped it back.  The second time was going much better on length and width, but I was not thrilled with the shaping on the decreases, so I ripped it back again.  Fortunately, the third time, I got the shape I wanted in a fun scarf.
Materials
- 1 skein Tangier (50% Silk/ 16% Cotton/ 17% Rayon/17% Acrylic - 220 yds/100 g) - shown in color 01 - Fantasy

- US 8 Needles

- 1 stitch marker

Abbreviations
- K - Knit

- YO - Yarn Over

- K2tog - Knit 2 Together

- w&t - Wrap and Turn - Bring yarn forward, slip next stitch purlwise, move yarn to back again, slip stitch back to Left needle, bring yarn forward

- sl1-K2tog-psso - Slip 1, Knit 2 Together, Pass Slipped Stitch over K2tog stitch

Set-Up:

Co 4
1 - K1, YO, K2tog, YO, K1
2 - K
3 - K1, YO, K1, K2tog, YO, K1
4 - K
Continue
1 - K1, YO, K1, K2tog K to last st - YO, K1
2 - K
Continue until 20 sts

Begin Short Rows 
1 - K1, YO, K1, K2tog, K6, pm, K2tog, K to last st, YO, K1
2 - K10, w&t, Turn Work, K10
3 - K across
Repeat until almost desired length

Start decreases (remove marker)
  1. K1,YO, K1, K2tog, K5 , sl1-k2tog-psso, K to last st, YO, K1
  2. K
  3. K1 YO, k1, K2tog, K5, sl1-k2tog-psso, K to last St, YO, K1
  4. K
  5. K1, YO, K2tog, K4, sl1-k2tog-psso, K to last St, YO, K1
  6. K
  7. K1, YO, k1, K2tog, K4, sl1-k2tog-psso, K to last St, YO, K1
  8. K
  9. K1, YO, k1, K2tog, K3, sl1-k2tog-psso, K to last St, YO, K1
  10. K
  11. K1, YO, k1, K2tog, K3, sl1-k2tog-psso, K to last St, YO, K1
  12. K
  13. K1, YO, k1, K2tog, K2, sl1-k2tog-psso, K to last St, YO, K1
  14. K
  15. K1, YO, k1, K2tog, K2, sl1-k2tog-psso, K to last St, YO, K1
  16. K
  17. K1, YO, k1, K2tog, K1, sl1-k2tog-psso, K to last St, YO, K1
  18. K
  19. K1, YO, k1, K2tog, sl1-k2tog-psso, K to last St, YO, K1
  20. K
  21. K1, YO, K1, K2tog, sl1-k2tog-psso, K to last St, YO, K1
  22. K
  23. K1, YO, K2tog, sl1-k2tog-psso, K to last St, YO, K1
  24. K
  25. K1, YO, K2tog, sl1-k2tog-psso, K to last St, YO, K1
  26. K
  27. K1, YO, SL-K3tog-psso, YO, K1
  28. K
  29. K1, YO, sl1-k2tog
Bind off

Weave in ends

Block