Recently, I was able to knit up two sweaters in Woolfolk's yarns, Tov and Tynd. The Angelina Pullover by Mary Anne Bennedetto (which is YFE's current Knit-Along) was an easy pattern that just knit-up itself. This pattern is featured in the newest Interweave Fall 2017 magazine. The Fall 2017 edition is a great magazine as there are a number of structured sweaters that are perfect for Atlanta's cooler months. A beautiful wine hued Ruana is featured on the cover....it would be perfect to throw on while running around town! The Angelina Pullover is a top-down sweater that features a cabled yoke, A line shaping, and a curved hemline. I had kept putting off learning the Norwegian/Twisted german cast-on and as this was the preferred method to cast-on, it was fairly easy to pick up! This is a great project to learn how to cable, create increases, and read a chart. Since the weather gods have turned against me (it's still 75 degrees in November), my Angelina Pullover is patiently sitting on the sidelines, waiting anxiously to be worn.
Tynd just may be one of my new favorite yarns! This lighter than air fingering weight yarn works up beautifully on its own for shawls (check out Gard by Melanie Berg) or knit to strands together for these awesome garments or accessories (Skygge or Husly).
Skygge was my favorite Tynd pattern and I really enjoyed watching how each ombre section was created.
Our dream sweater. It's the first thing we grab for when we want something warm, soft, and stylish. It's flatters our body type on a good day and it fits us even better on a bad day. A top-down raglan sweater is a great solution for our perfect sweater woes.
The Cromwell by Bobby Intveld is great option for a customizable knit. It's the comfy stylish sweater you can knit to make sure its fits YOU. Knit it longer, shorter, add shaping, knit the sleeves as long as needed, or add a high-low hem line. That's what I did. The entire sweater is knit in the round so I made it into a tunic that can we worn a top a tank, tee, or a button down. There is a band of ribbing on the bottom where I divided front from back and knit the back longer than the front. A faux seam can also be added once the sleeve stitches have been separated from the body of the sweater. Once the stitches have been cast one for the underarm section, place a marker for the center of each underarm as you knit down for the body. For example, I made the small size and I need to cast on 5 stitches after the sleeve separation. After the third stitch cast-on, I place a marker, cast on two more stitches, and knit to the next the underarm section and repeat. That third stitch (which has a marker placed right after it) denotes the side seam. The faux seam is compromised of a stitch that is slipped for two rows (Yes, its counter-intuitive but you don't knit it for two rounds) and knit on the third round. Not knitting this stitch creates an elongated stitch that adds a decorative seam, making the sweater look like the front and back were knit separately. You can also add a bit of waist shaping should you choose. As this sweater is knit top-down, I love being able to try on the sweater mid-knit to see how long the sweater is and where it hits me. This allows me to add decreases for waist shaping to create a little bit of form fitting. This can be done by using the same marker placement I used for creating the faux seam. You will knit to three stitches before the marker, knit two together (K2tog), knit one stitch, slip marker, knit one stitch, slip, slip, knit (SSK) and repeat on other side of under arm. Knit for about 4-6 rows and repeat waist shaping decreases as you see fit. As you go through the process, keep trying the sweater on to see where the decreases can be made for waist shaping. For my body type, my waist is smaller than my hips so after waist shaping, I needed to start adding increases for my hips. Since this was knit into a tunic, I increased 4 stitches every round every 4 rows (Increase one round and knit in stockinette for 4 rows). The method stayed the same as decreasing- Knit to one stitch before underarm seam, make one right, knit one stitch, slip marker, knit one stitch, make one left and repeat on other side of underarm. As the bottom ribbing was knit flat for the front and back, the increases help the garment flow and not be to form fitting.
And Voila! You're perfect sweater is customized to fit your style!
The newest PomPom has landed! And I think you'll be captivated by each and every pattern. I've already bombarded you guys with tons of pattern ideas to keep you busy in the summer. But a few of these patterns can take you straight into fall with a little layering. Loose and comfortable, each pattern has versatility for different occasions.
My top 3 favs.
1. Olivette by Thea Coleman
This is my a favorite pattern from this book. I was initially thrown off by the simplicity of the name as most Thea Coleman patterns are named after cocktails. I imagine making this one in a powdery cotton, pairing it with dark jeans. My yarn of choice will be Azalea by Louisa Harding. It's a DK cotton yarn with a speckled variegation that won't take away from the lace work. Bonus-this pattern can be made as a regular top OR a tunic!
2.Windlass by Kiyomi Burgin
This is such a delicate design! This tank can be worn during the daytime with shorts, and easily taken to a night out with a skirt. The yarn suggested is Blue Sky Skinny Cotton, which is a breeze to work with. A light matte cotton yarn that will let the pattern speak volumes.
3. Nouri by Carol Feller
The perfect knitted garment to throw on when the temps cool. A simple detailed comfy tunic.
For summer- Faverito by SMC
For spring/fall- Maya or Remix by Berroco
When I picture a Rowan pattern, I think of simple designs that can be worn for years to come. Rowan epitomizes a clean elegance of unique patterns that can strike a chord at any age. Thumbing through Rowan's pattern books, it's easy for me to leave a trail of post-it notes that signal a "please make me" sign.
Currently, I am loving the spring collection of designs in the Softyak DK Collection book. Jumo and Sonam were the ones that caught my eye the most. I decided to give Jumo a try because the top is slightly longer and the lace pattern is very unique. My third favorite pattern is Norbu, a cozy cardigan with a cabled yoke. This cardigan is a classic but the small details really make it standout.
Working with the Softyak Dk has been an absolute dream. The yarn is light and cottony and the yak adds the feel of cashmere. Not only does this blend knit into an amazing soft fabric, but the yak has been sustainably sourced. Yak fibers have antistatic properties but it's also a antimicrobial...so your garment will be germ free!
Overall, between the pattern and the yarn, I'm on yak-cloud heaven!
If you usually put down your knitting needles as the temperature ticks up, you're in good company. Knitting when it's warm feels like sleeping with three blankets on top of you in 90-degree without air conditioning–It's not comfortable.
The truth is, you can comfortably knit in the summer, and you can even wear handknits in the summer too!
Knitting for warm weather takes only two considerations: fiber choice and garment. Trade in your soft merino, cashmere, and alpaca yarns for plant fibers like linen, hemp, and bamboo. Cast on for scarves and shawls full of yarn overs. Knit yourself a loose-knit tee and throw it on over a camisole.
Here are a few of my favorite yarns you can knit up into beautiful additions for your summer wardrobe.
- Sylph by Jade Sapphire – A laceweight blend of cashmere and linen, Sylph is the perfect yarn for a sheer tank or tee to throw over a camisole.
- Bambino by Be Sweet – Cotton and bamboo in aran weight form, bambino is great for warm-weather blankets and kids' knits.
- Hemp by Lucci – Lightweight and lacy, hold two strands together for a sportweight scarf or tee.
- XS-32 Bamboo by Habu Textiles – Sportweight, cool wearing, and unbelievably soft, Habu's bamboo will knit up into a comfortable tops with beautiful drape.
- Euroflax by Louet – The go-to linen yarn for years, Euroflax is machine-washable and dryable, softens with wear, and wears cool.
- Bella Lino by Class Elite Yarns – This richly textured and hued blend of cotton, linen, and bamboo knits up into the perfect summer scarf.
- CoBaSi by HiKoo – This wool-free yarn is ideal for socks, blankets, garments, and anything else you can think of. It's the all-natural animal-free workhorse yarn you've been looking for, and it comes in tonal and multi-colored flavors too!
- Soie et Lin by Knit One Crochet Too – This worsted-weight blend of linen, silk, and nylon is filled with tiny flecks of color for a tweedy look, and has a wonderful drape. Use it for your go-to summer cardi!
- Sandpiper by Classic Elite Yarns – Each ply of this DK-weight cotton yarn is a different color, forming a smooth, marled fabric. It's great for colorful–but not TOO colorful–garments.
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She also knows a lot about hats. Which styles of hats look best on you? On Saturday, March 19, Julie will teach you the ins and outs of sizing, fit, and embellishing the most flattering hat for you in her Hat Flattery workshop. Then, in her Brimming with Roaring Twenties Style workshop, she'll work even more magic by taking the most basic knit cap showing you how to add a unique, stylish brim.
Not into hats? On Sunday, March 20, you'll learn how to channel Downton Abbey's roaring twenties style in Julie's Embellish Your Knits with Vintage Style workshop. Add some sparkle with beads, or make a beautiful brooch of knitted flowers and leaves. Or, use ribbon vintage elegance to your project.
Interested? Stay posted for more information. Registration is now open!
Hey everybody! It's Rie checking in to tell you about our new site!
As you can see, we're making major updates to our beloved store. We have a brand new layout and there's much more to come, including
- Online shopping
- Blog posts from the Shahs about our current WIPs
- Spur-of-the-moment Instagram updates
- More in-store events
- And much, much more!
Stay tuned for my next update!
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