FO: Koolhaas

Totally loved making this hat! I hadn’t done cables in a while and it was excellent practice in doing them without a cable needle. A little challenging to do that while knitting through the back loop, but it can be done! It helps to have sharp needle tips. Details about the yarn and so forth are posted at Ravelry.

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Free Pattern: Summer Love Wrap

The Summer Love Wrap has recently been getting a lot of attention at Ravelry (by my modest standards, anyway)!   I’ve been getting emails from people who have various questions about making it, and so forth.  It looks like it will be the feature of a knit-along sometime soon, how about that?

Some inquirers have had questions about how to form the SK2P stitch.  It’s a double-decrease.  Slip two stitches to the right needle. Knit a third stitch (which will also move it to the right needle).  Using the left needle, lift the two slipped stitches over the knitted stitch.  You could substitute a double-decrease of your own choice for the three stitches in question, if you prefer.

Some knitters also prefer a chart.  I made the one below a while ago, but I don’t think I formatted it correctly. I think the chart should show every row as if it’s from the right side.  My chart shows wrong side rows as if they’re from the wrong side.  But it may still be helpful, so I’m including it here. If I get a chance, I’ll try to make a better one and repost.

Finally,  I also had an offer from a nice fellow Raveler to translate the pattern into Italian! Molto bello! If you want to translate into any other languages, please let me know and I will post them here too.

Summer Love Wrap (PDF)

Summer Love Chart (PDF)

Summer Love Wrap – Italian (PDF)

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Free Pattern: Streamliner Mitts

I promised a couple of people at Ravelry that I would write this pattern up, so here it is!

Pattern – Streamliner Mitts

If you can knit striped mitts, then you can make these.  I’ve made two pairs and given both away (they’re popular!).  I hope you like it.  If you find any mistakes or have ideas on how to improve the pattern, please share — either here or at Ravelry.

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Hi There!

I’m still a busy lady, ha ha!  I do have time for some knitting but little time to write!  And when I do have time to write, I post at my other blog (reflections on teaching English to speakers of other languages).

Same goes for reading your knitting blog, dear fellow knitter!  I do hope to get back into reading knitting blogs, admiring your work, and learning from you.

I also want to set up a “free patterns” page here. (There’s one on my old blog, but I don’t have access to it anymore and can’t maintain it!)  But right now, I have a pattern to share and am just going to put it in a post.  Here it comes … !

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It’s been a while, huh?

A free pattern of mine (pdf here) seems to be somewhat popular at Ravelry.  I like it too!  It’s easy, the required yarn is inexpensive, and the results are great looking.  But the pattern is in text and I think some people like charts better (they’re less confusing, that’s for sure!).  Posting a quick chart here in case anyone finds it more helpful:  Summer Love Chart

I hope you like it, please let me know if it makes sense!

Summer Love Wrap

Summer Love Wrap

Deciding Time

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Isn’t it pretty? This is KnitPicks Swish in the Blue Violet Tonal colorway. I bought 10 hanks some time ago with the intention of making a sweater. These colors make me think of hyacinths and violets, which I hope to see blooming soon!

My plan is to make a bottom-up raglan with an overall decorative pattern of some kind. I’ll probably pick a stitch pattern that doesn’t use extra yarn (should have bought 12 hanks?) … maybe a knit-purl combination.

Last two times I made a sweater, I swatched by starting a sleeve with my best guess. It’s not too painful to rip a few inches of sleeve, and once it looks good you can keep going!

By the way, my scarf is off the needles and half of the fringe is tidied up. Once I finish the fringe, it needs to be blocked and then it’s picture time! I already wore it out to dinner last night (couldn’t wait, ha ha!)

Getting There!

My colorful linen-stitch scarf is almost finished. I’m binding it off now … And what a process when it’s 424 stitches, ha ha! It’s a cloudy day, sorry about the quality of the photo:

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The stitch pattern is ridiculously easy. It’s pretty much like seed stitch, but you replace the purls with slipped stitches. Barbara G. Walker calls it “Fabric Stitch” in her first Treasury of Knitting Patterns. She calls for a cast-on of an odd number of stitches so as not to have to begin or end a row with a slipped stitch:

R1 (RS): K1 *SL1 wyif K1*
R2: : K1 P1 *SL1 wyib P1* K1

For this scarf, I don’t think it matters much. I happened to cast on an even number, and when the first or last stitch was a slip, I just purled it and got on with life! Another option: if you get to the end of the first pattern row and discover you are ending with a slip, just add a stitch with a backward loop and proceed with R2 as directed.

I think the first pattern row is the hardest part of the scarf, just because it’s so long. You’re likely to put the work down a couple of times and you may mess up the sequence of stitches when you pick up again if you’re not careful. Later, it’s easier because you can see what to do from what’s already been done (if there’s a slipped stitch waiting, knit it … and vice versa). I found it helpful to put a marker at every 50 stitches. That forced me to pause and count and I could check my work at the same time. If I messed up, I would end up tinking fewer than 50 stitches. The markers are helpful later, too. When the rows are so long, it can feel as if you’re knitting and knitting and getting nowhere. But when you hit a marker, it feels like progress!

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New things for me: knitted cast-on, decrease bind-off (k2tog through back loops), fringe, knitting the front side only on a flat piece. Yes, the fact that you’re starting with a new piece of yarn on every row (that’s how you get the fringe) means you can slide the whole work back to the first needle and knit only on the right side. That changes R2 above, of course:

R2 (RS): P1 *K1 SL1 wyif* end with P1 instead of SL1

Those two purl stitches are the only purls you will have to do over 800 or 900 stitches, yay!