Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Color Shift Shawl - knit in Cascade 220 Fingering

Fingering weight yarn is not usually on my needles.  It probably has something to do with a crazy schedule and getting distracted by all of the fabulous yarns I am surrounded by on a daily basis.  I was quite pleased that I figured out a project that I could complete in about a week on a US 9 needle.  Double stranding the Cascade 220 Fingering allowed me to play with the colors that had been having full blown conversations about wanting to be a shawl.  Originally I had 8 repeats of the garter stitch section, but ran slightly over on the yarn requirement.  However, with that modification, this shawl will only require 3 skeins!  Essentially you start with 2 strands of Color A, then switch to 1 strand of A and 1 of B, then 2 strands of B, then 1 strand of B and 1 strand of C, and end with 2 strands of color C.
Materials:

  • 1 skein each of 3 different colors of Cascade 220 Fingering (100% Peruvian Highland Wool; 273 yds/50 g) - shown in 9593(A). 9332(B), 9594(C)
  • US 9 needles - I used a 32" Circular so I wouldn't struggle with the stitches falling off as it grew
  • 2 Stitch Markers
  • Yarn Needle
Abbreviations:
YO - Yarn Over
pm - Place Marker
sm - Slip Marker
K2Tog - Knit 2 Together
SSK - Slip, Slip, Knit
K - Knit

With Color A, cast on 4 stitches (Double Stranded).
Set-up 
1 - K1, YO, pm, K2, pm, YO, K1
2 - K
3 - K1, YO, K1, YO, sm,  K2, sm, YO, K1, YO, K1
4 - K

Pattern A - 
1 - K1, YO, K to marker, YO, sm, K2, sm, YO, K to last stitch, YO, K1
2 - K
Repeat Rows 1 & 2 a total of 7 times (14 rows)
Pattern B - 
1 -  K1, YO, K1 *[YO, SSK] - repeat from * to marker, YO, sm, K2, sm, YO, *[SSK, YO] - repeat from * to last 2 stitches, K1, YO, K1
2 - K3, *[K2Tog, YO] - repeat from * to 1 stitch before marker, K1, sm, K2, sm, K1, *[YO, K2Tog] - repeat from * to last 3 stitches, K3
Knit rows 1 & 2 - 2 times (4 rows)

Complete Pattern A and Pattern B 2 times (total 40 rows from cast on edge) (A+A)

Cut 1 strand of Color A with enough tail to weave in and add 1 strand of Color B (A+B) - Complete Pattern A and Pattern B 1 time (18 rows)

Cut 1 strand of Color A with enough tail to weave in and add 1 strand of Color B (B+B)
- Complete Pattern A and Pattern B 1 time (18 rows)

Cut 1 strand of Color B with enough tail to weave in and add 1 strand of Color C (B+C) - Complete Pattern A and Pattern B 1 time (18 rows)

Cut 1 strand of Color C with enough tail to weave in and add 1 strand of Color C (C+C) - Complete Pattern A (14 rows)

Bind off loosely
Weave in ends.





Thursday, February 14, 2013

The Seamless Artesemia Sweater - designed by Mercedes Tarasovich-Clark

Mercedes approached me about being on her blog tour for her sweater pattern and class - The Seamless Artesemia Sweater and I fell in love with the her pattern.  I'm a big fan of top down sweaters as they are very easy to customize to your body type.  Even better, the sweater is knit in one of my favorite yarns - Venezia Worsted - a luscious blend of 70% Merino Wool and 30% Mulberry Silk.
Venezia Worsted is available in more than 40 rich colors.  Each 218 yard skein offer a subtle sheen and a complex twist that showcases stitch definition beautifully.  It is a personal favorite as I love the hand and can wear it next to my skin without any itchiness.  The Merino wool in Venezia Worsted, lends stability and memory, as the Mulberry Silk contributes drape and shine.
The Artemesia Sweater features a number of techniques that helps create a beautiful finished garment.  Set in sleeves, short row neck shaping and waist shaping help to flatter  any body.  The lace panel and set in pockets are lovely details that distinguish this pattern from others.  There are 2 sleeve length options for this sweater - although I am quite partial to the 3/4 length sleeve.
This feminine sweater is figure flattering and comes in a wide range of sizes from 30.25" - 55" finished bust measurement. Equally comfortable with your favorite jeans or a cute skirt, this will easily become your go-to sweater.