Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Double Woven Stitch Scarf - Pure Alpaca Paints

Slip-stitch patterns work up beautifully in hand-dyed yarns.  It helps the colorway show itself off a bit differently and adds some texture.
Pure Alpaca Paints is soft and warm - begging to be a cowl.  There was some very interesting pooling and texture with this stitch.  If you do not want a rolled edge, I would suggest several rows of moss stitch on each edge.
Materials:
-1 hank Pure Alpaca Paints (100% Baby Alpaca - 220 yds/100 g) - shown in 9377 - Rose Garden

- US 6 circular needles (at least 24" circumference)

- Stitch Marker

- Yarn Needle

Abbreviations:
- K - Knit

- sl2 - Slip 2 stitches

- wyif - with yarn in front

Gauge:
22 stitches = 3.75"
Finished Circumference approximately 31" before blocking


Pattern:
Cast on 180 stitches
Join in the round (careful not to twist)
Place marker

1 - K
2 - sl2 wyif, K2
3 - K
4 - K2, sl2 wyif

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

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Reversible Cabled Mega Scarf - knit in Magnum Paints


Tis the season for quick knits.  Decided it was time to play with Magnum again - our extra bulky wool that is the epitome of instant gratification.  So I grabbed one of my favorite colorways of Magnum Paints and decided on a reversible cabled scarf.  The result has been a quick and warm scarf with interesting color pooling.
Materials
- 1 skein Magnum Paints (100% Peruvian Highland Wool - 123 yards/250 g) - shown in 9735 - Gems

- US 17 needles (use US 19 if you tend to knit on the tight side)

- Cable Needle

- Yarn Needle
Abbreviations
- K - Knit

- P - Purl

- C4FRib – Slip 4 stitches to CN, Hold in front; [K1, P1] x 2; [K1, P1] x 2 from CN

- C4BRib – Slip 4 stitches to CN, Hold in back; [K1, P1] x 2; [K1, P1] x 2 from CN
Pattern:
Cast on 16 stitches
K1, P1 for 2 rows

Start Pattern:
1 - K1, P1, C4FRib, [K1, P1] x 3
2 - 4 - K1, P1
5 - [K1, P1] x 3, C4BRib, K1, P1
6-10 - K1, P1

Continue until almost desired length.
End:
1 - K1, P1, C4FRib, [K1, P1] x 3
2 - 3 - K1, P1

Bind off loosely.
Weave in ends.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Gradient Sparkle Shawl - knit in Kid Seta Noir

I enjoy playing with color. Double stranding a fine yarn and shifting 1 strand at a time is a fun (and easy) way to gradiate through colors. Top-down shawls are simple, yet provide a fabulous template to add some details.  In this case, I chose a yarn with a subtle sparkle, double stranded it, gradiated through the 2 colors and added a bottom ruffle.

 Materials:
- 1 skein each of 2 different colors of Kid Seta Noir (60% Super Kid Mohair - 22% Silk - 11% Nylon - 7% Metallic Yarn (Lurex) - 232 yds/25 g) - shown in A - 11(Platinum) & B - 20 (Cerise) 

- US 10 1/2 needles
- 4 stitch markers
- Yarn Needle
Abbreviations:

- K - Knit
- YO - Yarn Over
- pm - Place Marker
- sm - Slip Marker
- KFB - Knit into the front and back of a stitch

Gauge is unimportant for this project
I divided the balls of Kid Seta approximately in half.

With 2 strands A (2A)
CO 3

Set-Up:
1 - K1, YO, K1, YO, K1
2 - K
3 - K1, YO, K to last stitch, YO, K1
4 - K
5 - K1, YO, K1, YO, pm, K1, YO, K1, YO, pm, K1, YO, K1, YO, K1
6-8 - K

Main Pattern:
9 - K1, YO, *[K to marker, YO, sm,  K1, YO] repeat from * K to last st YO, K1
10 - 12 - K

Do Rows 9-12 9 times

Change 1 strand to B (AB)
Do Rows 9-12 6 times

Change other strand to B (2B)
Do 9-12 3 times

Ruffle:
K 1 row
Change to 1 A, 1 B (AB)
KFB - 1 Row
K 1 Row
Change to 2 strands of A
KFB - 1 Row
Bind off Loosely

Weave in Ends
Block

Finished Measurements after Blocking:
Approximately 45" across the top and 16" from the top edge to the ruffle




Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Holiday Sparkle Cowl - Hollywood

Sparkle is fun and perfect for the holiday season.  Hollywood is a superwash wool with a hint of sparkle.  Combined with a simple 4 row (3 stitch repeat) pattern, it worked up quickly into a lacey cowl that can be worn long and open or doubled around the neck.


Materials
- 1 skein Hollywood (87% Superwash Wool -10% Acrylic - 3% Polyester - 208 yds/100 g) - shown in color 11 (Ruby)

- US 8 circular needles

- 1 stitch marker

- 1 yarn needle
Abbreviations
- K - Knit

- P - Purl

- Sl1 - Slip 1 Stitch

- K2tog - Knit 2 Together

- PSSO - Pass Slipped Stitch Over

- YO - Yarn Over
Cast on 150 stitches

Join in the round, careful not to twist.  Place marker at beginning of round.

K 2 rows

Start pattern:

1 - [Sl1 - K2Tog - PSSO, YO, YO]

2- [K1, (P1, K1 into double YO)]
3 - K

4 - K

Continue until desired width.

Bind off loosely.  Weave in ends.  Block.