New Pattern! Playtime Cardigan

This is a cute, simple little cardigan pattern that I designed around a few custom colors of Haikoo SimpliWorsted that I created for Craftsy recently.

Playtime Cardigan MazieThe yarns are on sale right now, so if you like them, it’s a good time to pick some up. (Click on the link above, and you’ll go right there.)

Craftsy Custom ColorsThese self-striping colors are based on the colors that Mazie and Olive love to wear. Mazie loves pink. Any and every shade of pink. I like this colorway, because it has her pink — but also a couple of nice neutrals to tone it down just a little bit.  Skacel did such a great job dyeing these, I really love how freeform the stripes are!

Playtime Mazie

Here’s Olive in her sweater, and holding a few skeins of the yarn that I used to make hers:

Playtime Olive

Olive loves pink, but is more open to wearing other colors as well.  She’s a really happy, vibrant little girl, so I designed her colorway to be really bright and fun.

The girls really love their sweaters – and think that it’s so cool that the yarn is really THEIRS.

The pattern is for sale both at Craftsy and on Ravelry.

Sizes:  Child’s 2 (4, 6, 8, 10)

Finished chest circumference: 22 (25, 27, 29, 31) inches / 56 (63.5, 68.5, 74, 79) cm

Materials
Yarn: 3(4, 4, 5, 6)skeins Skacel HiKoo SimpiWorsted • 55%
Merino Superwash 28%

If working with a self- striping colorway, consider purchasing an extra skein to match stripes for sleeves.

Needles: US 10 (6mm) 24” or longer circular needle, US10 (6mm) DPN, Long circ., etc. for sleeves, US 8 (5mm) 24” or longer circular needle, US8 (5mm) DPN, Long circ., etc. for sleeves

Notions: six to ten 3⁄4 to 1” buttons, darning needle, four stitch markers

Gauge: 20 stitches and 24 rows in 4 inches (10 cm)

Blue Angel Shawl – new workshop on Craftsy!

Blue Angel Shawl Workshop on Craftsy

Come join me for a knit along! I’m hosting the July knit-along on Craftsy.  We’re making the shawl that you see in these pics – my new Blue Angel Shawl.

This project will teach you some fun new skills and explain some things that you may have been doing in your knitting for years, but maybe haven’t really understood why. The workshop includes the pattern, along with in-depth instructions and high quality close-up photos of each step. Craftsy will send you one beautiful skein of Cascade Heritage yarn in Como Blue to complete the project. Plus, I will be responding to questions and providing help along the way.

With my guidance, knitters intermediate and above will be able to participate in and enjoy the workshop. Won’t you join the fun? Grab a tall iced tea, your favorite patio chair, and knit along with me!  Click here to join!

Note: this is not a video class, it’s a photo-based knit-along.

Blue Angel Shawl Workshop on Craftsy

Blue Angel Shawl Workshop on Craftsy

 

Blue Angel Shawl Workshop on Craftsy

Icelandic sweater in progress!

Working at Craftsy definitely has its perks. One of which is getting to help create the great classes, and then TAKE them!

I’ve taken Craftsy classes on cake decorating, sewing, jewelry making, but as you can guess, my favorites are the online knitting classes.

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My most recent adventure has been with Ragga Eiriksdottir, in her Top Down Icelandic Sweater class.

Icelandic 1

I’m planning to take the class again and make the sweater from kit along with my friend Grace (Craftsy’s Acquisitions Editor for the Cake classes.) This time, for practice, I used yarn from my stash. I chose Green Mountain Spinnery Wonderfully Wooly in Natural Dark for the base, with Lichen for CC1. My CC2 is a bit of pink Imperial Stock Ranch worsted. Part of the yarn decision making process is finding a “sticky” yarn – one that will not come un-knit in the steeks. (You couldn’t use a silky merino or alpaca, for example.)

Hmm, the color work is a bit tight. Hoping it'll block out ok. Instinct is screaming at me to stop knitting, steam it, see how it looks before going on. There's another part of my brain screaming that surely it'll be Fine, and to keep knitting the body.

The color work seems a bit tight, I think because I was trying to knit too few sts on too long a needle and the tension was wonky…but I was able to put the whole thing on scrap yarn and try it on.  It’s going to be A-ok!

I’ll post updates as I have them!

Surfer tee finished and blocking

Finished it! I finished my surfer tee last night and couldn’t be happier with it.

Mazie took this pic of me trying it on:

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It’s a bit damp in this pic, I like to soak the knits in the sink, then spin out the excess water in the washing machine.

After that, the sweater’s still damp, moldable, and block able, but not so wet that it takes days to dry. I like to try it on at this point to see if I need to do anything special while blocking, like stretch the length or width.

I didn’t add the kangaroo pocket to mine, and I leave it up to you to decide if you want one on yours. I think it’s really cute with the pocket, but the look is a bit slimmer without.

I still need to weave in my ends. Usually I weave in ends before blocking, but I was too excited to see this one on!

Here it is blocking in the sun:

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I’m in love with these rusty colors. Probably because I’m a redhead., I just love the array of reddish browns and deep oranges.

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To think that I dyed this in my crockpot! So amazing.

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One thing to keep in mind after finishing a knit:

blocking will sometimes open up the yarn and change your gauge. Think about this before judging your FO for size and fit. Block to gauge and THEN judge! :)

Here’s another pic that Mazie took:

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Surfer tee: how to add waist shaping

This is a very poor sketch of the basic measurements that you’ll need to take:

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The measurements are:
1. Bust
2. Waist
3. High hip
A. Bust to waist
B. Waist to hip

Take these measurements and write them down.

Mine are:
42, 36, 41, 5, 4 inches, respectively. Now that I know these measurements, I can use my gauge to figure out how many sts to decrease for the waist and when to work them.

I don’t want a super fitted waistline, I just want to take it in about an inch on each side, and then increase back out for the hip.

Another measurement I’m going take is from under arm to waist, which on me is about 9 inches.

Gauge:4.5 sts & 6 rows to one inch.

If I want to take the sweater in by about an inch on each side, I’ll need to decrease 4 stitches before the piece is 9 inches (54 rows) long from the under arm.

I like the slope created by working the decreases about 8 rounds apart, so I want to start them 54 -16 = 38 rows from the under arm.

Then, I’ll need to increase back up to my desired number of stitches for the hip. I like this slope to be made of increases about 6 rows apart. I’ll work those increase rounds, then knit to desired length before hem.