Posts Tagged ‘cables’

Tidewater Twist

It’s summer, and that means new summer wear! I’m so excited to introduce you to my new sleeveless top, Tidewater Twist!

Whether you’re feeling a bit twisted up about summer or just trying to stay cool, this is the pattern for you! This lightweight tank feels extra cool and breezy in a soft cotton blend, while maintaining coverage in all the right places.

A cable twists up one side of the front to add interest and bring to mind the waves of your favorite beach. Which, by the way, is a great place to wear it!

Tidewater Twist is available on Ravelry, Payhip, and LoveCrafts. Be sure to check it out today!

Dryad

The weather is finally cooling down here in Virginia and it feels like the perfect time to release my new sweater pattern, Dryad.

This lightweight hooded cardigan is perfect for a walk in the autumn woods. The tunic-length sweater features cabled bands along the hems, fronts, and hood and a simple double moss-stich body.

Loose, drapey fabric makes for a great fit even over multiple layers. The pockets are deep enough to hold your keys, or just keep your hands warm on a frosty morning.

Check out Dryad on Ravelry or LoveKnitting today!

Road Trip Socks

Wow, it’s been a while since I posted here! I am fresh back from a road trip to New Orleans, and I have a new pattern for you! It’s summer in the northern hemisphere and for many of us that means road trips. I created this pair of Road Trip Socks on my own road trip and was sufficiently struck by how perfect for travel it is that I decided to share it!

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These quick and easy cabled socks are wonderfully portable and not too warm in your hands, making them perfect for that summer road trip! The pattern is easily memorized, and uses a maximum of about 450 yards of yarn – easy packing!

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Because the cables are only two stitches wide and repeat frequently, they’re also perfect for learning to cable without a needle, so you can leave one more piece of equipment at home! Instructions for no-needle cabling, if needed, are linked in the pattern and also available on this blog. If you’re doing a traveling this summer, I hope you’ll take Road Trip Socks along for the ride!

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Too Many Knits, Not Enough Time

I want to stay home and knit. Like, all day, for weeks. It’s pretty much all I want to do lately. Unfortunately, this thing called Life keeps getting in the way.

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I finished the first Eloina sock, and am midway down the leg of the other one. The complicated cables mean I haven’t memorized the chart, which means these socks don’t travel too well. It’s okay though, because after I finished sock one I took a “break” to cast on the Irish Moss gloves Hubby’s been asking for.

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Those are much better for when I can’t be looking at a chart all the time. However even those have limitations because I need to have the Husbeast on hand (pun totally intended!) to try them on all the time. So, when I’m really traveling somewhere I need something completely mindless, I have a big old stockinette sleeve for an upcoming design.

And yet I still feel like I’m not getting enough knitting time. This whole “having to work for a living” and “wanting to live in a clean house like a human being” business is really cramping my style!

 

Tangled

The next pattern in my series with Salt River Mills is the fun cabled cardigan Tangled!

tangled front

This great, slightly retro sweater is completely covered in awesomely tangled cables. Combine cables with the textured aplaca yarn, and you have one fabulously warm cardi. While its yarn twin Furrowed is ideal for beginning knitters, this one is designed for the more adventurous set.

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For more info and pictures, be sure to check out the pattern pages on Ravelry and the North American Suri Co. site.

Purple People Eater

That was my nickname as a child. While purple is no longer my favorite color, there certainly has been an abundance of it around here lately. We seem to be in the “purple period” in the garden. Literally the only things blooming right now are purple flowers.

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Specifically, while the crocus are pretty much done, we have hyacinths and anemone going. Please forgive the leaves everywhere; our white oak held on to some of its leaves all through the winter, but has apparently decided April seems like a good time to shed them.

In addition to the purple outside, a field trip and a party last weekend mean I had plenty of time to work on my purse socks. Indeed, one is finished!

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It uses the same cable as the Flutter sweater, with two of them on the instep and four on the leg. And of course, it’s purple!

Finally Flutter

It’s finally, finally done. Between the yarn mishap and the sheer number of days lately that I just haven’t had time to knit (or seam) a single stitch, I can not believe how long this sweater took. Thankfully it’s still juuuust cool enough to be able to wear this sweater a few times.

Flutter, pattern by Amy Herzog

Flutter, pattern by Amy Herzog

Unfortunately my camera went for a swim last weekend (thanks, cat) so you’ll have to make do with lousy cell phone photos. Maybe I’ll reshoot once I can afford a new camera, but it’ll be a while.

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Overall I’m pretty happy with this pullover. I don’t know that it’s any more or less flattering than most I wear, but it feels nice and I love that it’s something different. I definitely don’t have any other sweaters that are similar to this one.

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Happy Friday!

Messy Memorial Day

Memorial Day is always a bit “messy” in our household because it’s not an abstract holiday for us, but there’s a bit of extra messy going on today. The shawl is coming along,

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Unblocked lace is boring.

but I’ve had to order another pack of beads because there seems to be a disproportionate lack of purple beads in this particular pack. Because this part of the shawl has lace on both sides (as opposed to simply purling, or knitting, the WS rows) it’s also been really slow going. Well, that’s the excuse I’m using anyway. 😉

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Additionally, another upcoming design is now ready for test-knitting. This one’s a little adventurous compared to many of my patterns, in part because there are so many suggestions for personalizing it. These cabled knee-highs are not a first-sock pattern, but especially if you participated in my calf poll, we’d love to have you!

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Sneak peek of the pattern!

Finally, my apartment is incredibly messy today because we are packing! Our offer has been accepted on a very cute rambler much closer to work, so barring any disasters during the inspection, we are going to become homeowners! I’m suddenly very aware of what an absolute disaster my fiber “corner” has become. Might be time to do a “before and after” for future Messy Mondays!

Grafting Non-stockinette

I’m a big fan of Kitchener stitch, and like to use it to make nice, seamless joins in my stockinette. However, like most knitters I don’t always use stockinette. What if you’re doing sometime more complicated, where the fabric switches back and forth between knits and purls? Something like ribbing, or cables? Can you still graft? Absolutely!

First, a word about garter-stitch grafting. If you can already graft stockinette (click the link above if you need a refresher), you can easily graft garter. All you do is work the back needle’s stitches exactly the same as the front. So, your chant would go “knit, purl, knit, purl” rather than “knit, purl, purl, knit”. Both of your set-up stitches would be identical (as if to purl) as well.

Now, on to the “fancy” stuff.

Set-up Step: Look at the first stitch on the front needle. If it is a knit stitch, slip the needle into it as if to purl, and pull the tail through. If it is a purl stitch, slip the needle into it as if to knit and pull the yarn through. Basically, you will do the opposite of whatever the stitch on the needle is. For the first stitch on the back needle, match your yarn needle to the stitch (if the public side of the yarn is a knit, move as if to knit. For a purl, move as if to purl.)

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The order of your next steps will vary based on what you’re knitting. Pick the one that matches what you see on the public side of the next two stitches for each needle. This means that garter stitch and reverse stockinette are both treated as purls.

If your next two stitches are knits:

Work standard Kitchener stitch. Knit, purl, purl, knit.

standard Kitchener

If your next two stitches are purls:

Work as for the garter instructions above. Knit, purl, knit, purl.

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If your next two stitches switch from knit to purl:

This is the only situation you will work differently than if you were grafting stockinette or garter.  Both of your back needle stitches will be worked as if to purl. So, knit, purl, purl, purl.

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If your next two stitches switch from purl to knit:

This is like working in stockinette. Knit, purl, purl, knit.

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You’ll notice that your treatment of the front needle never changes – you always move as if to knit, then purl. Only your treatment of the back needle ever changes. Additionally, there’s only one specific situation where you don’t work the back needle as you would for stockinette or garter, and that’s when you’re moving from knits to purls. It’s really not at all as complicated as it looks. Try it with the step-by-step a few times, and once you’ve seen yourself do it once or twice it will quickly become intuitive. Go on, try it!

Need a project to practice on? Try my Brambleton.

Cabling Without a Cable Needle

I used to think cabling was an obnoxiously slow process, and I could never find the darn cable needle when I needed one. Then I discovered that I don’t actually need one, and my knitting life was changed forever. Cabling is one of my favorite knitting techniques, and since I’ve been on a serious cabling kick lately, I figure I’ll share the magic. Here are two simple cables you can make without a needle:

Right Leaning 4-Stitch Cables

Step 1

Step 1

Skipping over the first 2 stitches in your cable, insert the right needle into the front of the 3rd and 4th stitches as if to purl.

Step 2

Step 2

This is the heart-stopping part, at least the first couple times you do it. Pinch your first 2 stitches tightly, then pull the left needle out of all 4 stitches. As long as you’ve got a good pinch, I promise your stitches will not unravel.

Step 3

Step 3

Slip the 2 pinched stitches back onto the left needle as if to knit.

Step 4

Step 4

Slip the other 2 stitches back onto the left needle (also as if to knit), then knit all 4 as normal.

Left Leaning 4-Stitch Cables

Step 1

Step 1

Skipping over the first 2 stitches in the cable, insert the needle into the back of the 3rd and 4th stitches as if to purl.

Step 2

Step 2

Pinch the stitches tightly and (gulp!) pull the left needle out of all 4 of them.

Step 3

Step 3

Slip the pinched stitches back onto the left needle as if to knit.

Step 4

Step 4

Slip the remaining 2 stitches back onto the left needle (also as if to knit) and knit all 4 as normal.

Et voilà! Cable needle, thou art obsolete. 😉

Need a project to practice on? Try my Crush.

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