Juneberry Cardigan (MTD Design)

I purchased this Juneberry Cardigan pattern and started knitting this week.

Lots of stop and go as it seems I still have so much to learn.

But just look at this cardigan, isn’t it worth it??

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So elegantly designed, and great pattern.

I’m just super slow, so messaged the designer just a bit too much. She was super nice and helpful, and responded to my (stupid and slow) questions right away!

I’m sharing what I learned, hoping it helps you. Please purchase this pattern!

LACE CHART:

Chart written out (for 37 st icord option):
R1 (RS): k, sl 1 wyif, k, (p, k, p, k, k) x 5, p, k, p, k
(NOTE: first 3 st are i cord selvedge, and last k st is regular selvedge)
R2: p, (k, p, k, ssk, yo) x 6, k, p, k, sl 1 wyif, k, sl 1 wyif
R3: as R1
R4: p, (k, p, k, yo, k2tog) x 6, k, p, k, sl 1 wyif, k, sl 1 wyif

Apparently the selvedge was already on the chart (the first and last st of the chart).

Some lace charts, the second row is all purl, and then the next row on the chart is back to right to left. Not the case here.

So Row 1 starts at bottom right, and Row 2 on the second row up from the left.

THEREFORE, when you look at the chart, if you are knitting a WS row (all the even rows), you have to k the purl stitches, and p the knit stitches (as indicated in the chart).

Hope that helps!

Triangle Scarf (Reblogged)

handmadestitchbystitch:

Easiest shawl EVER! Formula works for all triangle shawls :) Design your own!

It would appear that my cold symptoms are continuing apace, though in a milder form than they could be, in which case I will renew efforts with vitamins and rest and tylenol and tea. And a bit of knitting on the side of my stack of grading.

But this blog is long overdue for a project update, and I’m finally able to take a moment to tell you about the two scarves I’ve made since mid-October. These, a slouchy beret, and a pair of plain stockinette gloves have all been made with Berroco Ultra Alpaca, and are all part of my Operation: Don’t Freeze My Ass Off plan for this winter. (Always a good plan, I feel).

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The first of these scarves was a plain triangular shawl/scarf that I started on the plane to Rhinebeck in October. I finished it while I was there and it has proven a wonderful bit of emergency insulation, and since our November temperatures were stupidly unseasonably mild (o hai global warming nice to see you), I got more wear out of it than I might have expected.

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It’s fairly plain, easy to execute over a couple of days (say, on bleary plane and train rides), and I hadn’t thought much of it but every time I go out amongst knitters, someone comments on it and asks what the pattern is. Well, it’s pretty darned simple is what it is. If you want to make one of these too, here’s what you do:

So Easy I Can’t Even Stand it Triangular Scarf

1. Pick your yarn, any yarn (did I mention I love Ultra Alpaca?), and use an appropriate needle size. I went up to a 6mm for the worsted Ultra Alpaca because since it is 50% alpaca it can handle a bit of loose drapey-ness and still be warm.

2. Cast on 7 sts. [Note from the future: For extra stability, knit back and forth for a couple of rows of garter stitch before proceeding.]

and proceed as you would for a regular triangular shawl (increasing 1 st at each end, and 1 st each side of centre stitch, every RS row), something like this:

(RS) K2, yo, k to centre stitch, yo, k1, yo, k to 2 sts before end of row, yo, k2.
(WS) K2, p to 2 sts before end of row, k2.

Work these two rows for a while.

3. Whenever you feel like it, say, every 10-12 rows or so, insert one of the following beginning on the WS of work, while still maintaining the k2 at each end of each row, and yo increases on each RS row:

Paired garter ridges:
(WS) K all sts
(RS) K all sts
(WS) K all sts

Garter eyelet rib:
(WS) K all sts
(RS) [k2tog, yo] repeat
(WS) K all sts

4. Keep going in this combination of stockinette, garter ridges, and eyelet rib until you get the length you want, you run out of yarn, or until you just can’t stand it any more. Work another few garter ridges or a repeat of eyelet rib, and BO all sts. Block if you wish. (I used about 1.5 skeins of Ultra Alpaca for mine, it goes pretty far.)

Originally posted on Glenna Knits:

It would appear that my cold symptoms are continuing apace, though in a milder form than they could be, in which case I will renew efforts with vitamins and rest and tylenol and tea. And a bit of knitting on the side of my stack of grading.

But this blog is long overdue for a project update, and I’m finally able to take a moment to tell you about the two scarves I’ve made since mid-October. These, a slouchy beret, and a pair of plain stockinette gloves have all been made with Berroco Ultra Alpaca, and are all part of my Operation: Don’t Freeze My Ass Off plan for this winter. (Always a good plan, I feel).

Dec3-TwoScarves

The first of these scarves was a plain triangular shawl/scarf that I started on the plane to Rhinebeck in October. I finished it while I was there and it has proven a wonderful…

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FREE Noro Pattern (June 1, 2015 – December 31, 2015)

In this month’s issue of NORO MAGAZINE, on page 2 it says to go to http://www.noromagazine.com between June 1 and December 31, 2015 to download a free pattern of your choice from issues 1-4 of the magazine.

Enter coupon code NORO6FREE in the shopping cart.

Apparently it works on Ravelry as well as NORO MAGAZINE uses the Ravelry shopping cart system.

http://www.ravelry.com/discuss/nuts-for-noro/3210473/1-25

http://www.noromagazine.com/

2015 STANLEY CUP CHAMPIONS…. THE CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS!!!!!!!!!!!!

WEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE ARE THE CHAMPIOOOOOOOOONNSSSS!!! MY FRIENDS!!!!!!!!!

AND WEEEEEEEEEEE’LLLL KEEEP ON FIIIIIIIIIGHTING!!!!! UNTIL THE EEEEENNND!!!!!!


PARADE DOWNTOWN ON THURSDAY!!!!!

CELEBRATE JOY!!!!!!!!!


CHICAGO — Save the date, Blackhawks fans.

The 2015 Stanley Cup champions’ parade has been scheduled for 10 a.m. Thursday, June 18.

This year, the championship win will be celebrated at a rally inside Soldier Field. While the city will not confirm the reason, soggy grass at Grant Park could damage the city’s outdoor green spaces and play places before summer has barely begun.

Tickets to the rally go on sale Wednesday at noon through Ticketmaster. There’s only room for 61,000 people inside the stadium.  While tickets are free, they are required.  According to Ticketmaster, the lot will open at 5 a.m. and doors will open at 8 a.m.

The victory parade starts at 10 a.m. at Jefferson Street and runs along Monroe to Michigan Avenue.

map

http://www.ticketmaster.com/official-chicago-blackhawks-rally-chicago-illinois-06-18-2015/event/04004ED0D4F45C74

http://blackhawks.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=771124

How To – Make Personalised Knitter’s Graph Paper

handmadestitchbystitch:

How to make your own knitter’s graph paper in Microsoft Excel!

Also, downloads of Knitter’s Graph Paper here: http://www.tidyform.com/graph-paper.html

Originally posted on :

I’m a big believer in never buying anything you can make yourself and knitter’s graph paper definitely falls into that category.

But first a quick explanation for the non-knitters. Sometimes a knitter will use graph paper to map out a design which will go into the knitting, either in a different colour or in a different stitch. However, ordinary graph paper just won’t do for this, it’s too symmetrical and knitted stitches are rarely symmetrical, usually stitches are wider than they are tall. Therefore knitter’s graph paper is made of small rectangles which are wider than they are tall.

I’ve been looking around for some explanations of how to make the paper using an Excel spreadsheet, but they seem to be generically sized. So I thought about it for a little while and in the end this is how I made the graph paper for my project. It’s really easy…

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Windy City Skirt

Windy City Skirt

(Formerly: Lanesplitter Skirt ITR, changed per Knitwhits on Ravelry’s request, as she is the designer of the original Lanesplitter Skirt)

Lanesplitter Stripes Pattern

Ravelry Link here: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/windy-city-skirt

In the Round, Bottom Up Skirt Pattern

Recommended Yarn: Noro Iro

Skeins needed: Depends on length of skirt, I’d pick up 6 to be safe, but I like below the knee skirt lengths.

Skirt width at bottom hem: 40 inches (this is the length of your walking stride)

Skirt length from waist to hem: 18 inches (for just above the knee) and 20 inches (for at the knee) – NOTE: Skirts grow lengthwise and shrink widthwise as you wear them. Bear this in mind when doing measurements!!

Skirt width at top waist: 37 inches (measure where your waist is the smallest, because this is where the elastic will tuck in)

Special materials needed: Four feet of 2 inch thick elastic, needle and thread

Needle size: 10, circular

Gauge: 4 st to 1 in over stockinette
Desired ease: None or positive ease (none means the skirt is the exact same size you are, positive ease means the skirt is bigger than you)(negative ease means the skirt is smaller than you are and you need to wiggle a bit to get it to fit). [I recommend knitting this skirt with positive ease of two inches]
Note to anyone knitting this pattern: See the above measurements? Those are my measurements. You need to figure out your own measurements so that you can make a skirt that fits you. So, get a measure tape and start measuring! You need three measurements: width at top waist, width at bottom hem, and length of skirt.
About yarn, needle size and gauge: These things can change. Pick out the yarn you like, the needle you like, and knit a stockinette gauge swatch. You will get a number of stitches per one inch of stockinette. This is your horizontal gauge. Remember it.
A little math: The number of your cast on stitches is calculated as follows: horizontal gauge (x) width of skirt at bottom hem. For me, that is 4 st to 1 in (x) [40 inches width at bottom hem + 2 inches positive ease] = 168 stitches. The pattern for the skirt is knit in multiples of three, so I have to check that 168 can be EVENLY divided into three. It CAN, so we are good to go. If your math does not come up with a cast on stitch number that can be divided by three, keep adding stitches until it does divide evenly.

PLEASE NOTE (At the request of Knitwhits, creator of Lanesplitter Skirt, to avoid confusion with her design): Windy City Skirt is a wholly original design, knit with a different construction, stitch, and fit from the Lanesplitter Skirt.

PATTERN DIRECTIONS:
(I am using the number of cast on stitches that matches my measurements and the calculations above – you should cast on the number of stitches from the “A Little Math” section that are tailored to your measurements):
1. CO 168 st using long tail, two color long tail, or knitted cast on.
2. Join knitting in the round.
3. Using A, purl one round.
4. Using B, *k2, sl1
5. Using B, *sl1, k2
6. Using A, *sl1, k2
7. Using A, *k2, sl1
8. Using B, *sl1, k2
9. Using B, *sl1, k2
10. Using A, *k2, sl1
11. Using A, *sl1, k2
12. Using B, *sl1, k2
13. Using B, *k2, sl1
14. Using A, *sl1, k2
15. Using A, *sl1, k2
16. Repeat rows 4-15 until skirt is the length you want it. For me, that is 20 inches.
WAISTBAND:
17. Using A, p one row.
18. Using A, k. (This row stops the pattern stitch above and changes to stockinette stich for the inside of the waistband).
19. Repeat row 18 until stockinette stitch measures 1.25 inch.
20. Bind off loosely, nothing fancy, using a bind off that is stretchy and flat. Leave a long 6 foot tail of yarn attached to the skirt. This will be used to whip stitch the waistband.
21. Fold over waistband at row 17’s p row. That purl row is the top of the waistband and will sit at your waist.
22. Whip stitch the bind off row to the skirt. There should be a 2.5 inch space. Make the stitches fine and neat so they don’t show on the pattern side.
23. When you finish whip stitching the bind off row, you will still have a small 2.5 inch vertical slit left open in the skirt. This is where the elastic waistband will be inserted.
24. Measure out elastic waistband to your waist – it should be comfortable. Don’t cut it yet! Tie one end with a big baby sized safety pin, and thread through the 2.5 inch space all around the waistband of the skirt. When you get to the beginning, try it on. Make the elastic tighter or looser depending on how you like the fit. Sew the two sides of the elastic waistband together.
25. Using your yarn, sew that 2.5 inch gap in the waist closed. Weave in any loose ends.
26. Enjoy your new skirt!