Friday, October 19th, 2012
Wow! Not only is this season great for knitting, but to create yet another Holiday Stocking for yet another grandbaby! My latest granddaughter Zoey is the recipient. This is the 4th holiday stocking I have made in less than 4 years! Four girls under the age of 4! I know!
….You can guess what holidays will be like when all of my grandgirls come to visit Nonnie and Papa.
If you can see the scale of this stocking you will see how I have learned to secretly spoil them every single year. It will take a tank load of treats to fill these!
One thing that can be done to this stocking is felt it if you would like it smaller and denser. And Galway is a perfect yarn to do that with. The array of 124 colors in the Galway palette give you an infinite number of possibilities for colorways.
With the large scale of this pattern, it could be a good tool to learn (or teach a class) on how to turn a heel, or shape a toe. Way fun!
Or if you are “old hat” at socks, make a pot of soup, put your feet up and enjoy the colors emerging.
–Cia Abbott Bullemer
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One Size –approx. Large 10”x 24”
Materials: Galway- 3 colors 1 skein each (100 gm)
Shown in Color A (# 185) Color B (#163) Color C (#145)
Gauge: 20 sts= 4” in st st on size 9 needles,
Needles: US size 9, (16”) circular, and size 9 dpn’s, 1 stitch marker.
Using Color A and circular needle, cast on 144 sts.
Row 1: Knit
Row 2: K4*[Sl2, k1, psso2], k9; repeat from *. (120) sts.
Row 3: K5 * P1, K9; repeat from * end k4.
Row 4: K3 *[sl2, k1, psso2], k7; repeat from * end k4. (96 sts).
Row 5: K4 *p1, k7; repeat from * end k3
Row 6: K2 *[sl2, l1, psso2], k5; repeat from *, end k3. (72 sts).
Row 7 & 9: k3 *p1, k5; repeat from *, end k2.
Row 8 & 10: Knit
Continue in Garter St until piece measures 4” from the points.
Purl one row for Folding Row.
Continue in Garter until piece measures 6”. Cut color A.
With WS facing, join in the round.
Stripe # 1: Using color B knit 2 rounds.
Next round k2 with B and k2 with C across entire row.
Repeat for 3 rounds total. Next work 2 more rounds with just color B. (Note: Carry Colors B and C snuggly along the inside to avoid gaps when changing colors)
Stripe # 2: Using color C, knit 2 rounds. Next round k2 with c and k2 with b across entire row. Repeat for 3 rounds total. Next work 2 rounds with just color C.
Alternate Stripe # 1 and Stripe # 2 for a total of 8 stripes. Cut colors B and C.
With Color A K18 on dpn. Turn and purl 18 sts and then purl an additional 18sts. (36 sts). With 2 dpn’s knit 36 sts. Turn (WS row) k5, p26, k5.
Repeat these 2 rows until you have 7 garter ridges on RS.
Next row: (RS) k13, k2tog, k6, ssk, k13.
Next 5 WS rows: K5, purl to last 5 sts, k5.
Next row: K12, k2tog, k6, ssk, k12. Continue in this decrease for every RS row by knitting 1 less st at beg and end of each row until you have 26 sts.
Then on next RS row K16, ssk, turn.
WS row: Sl1, p6, p2tog, turn.
RS row: Sl1, k6, ssk, turn.
Repeat this until 8 sts remaining.
With Color B and circular needle, k4, place marker, k4. Pick up and knit 13 sts along the ridges created for the heel. Pick up 1 at the corner. K36 across the instep that are waiting on the circular needle. Pick up 13 more sts along the other side of the heel, then one more at the corner. K4 to center of the heel. (72 sts).
Using Colors B and C return to established Stripe pattern starting with Stripe # 1.
When 5 stripes are completed for the foot, cut colors B and C.
With Color A, knit 18 sts onto each dpn.
Needle # 1and 3: knit to last 4 sts, k2tog, p2.
Needle 2 and 4: P2, ssk, knit to end of needle. Place a marker on the fabric under Needle # 1 to indicate beginning.
Next round: Knit.
Repeat these last 2 rounds until you have 9 Garter Ridges on the Toe. Then you decrease each round without the Knit row in between.
Stitch the cuff with RS facing. Weave in all ends.
If desired, add bobbles, bells, or tassels at the tips of all the points on the cuff.
With Color A and dpn, cast on sts and make an I-cord. [I-Cord directions: Using dpn’s, cast on 3 sts and knit. Without turning work, slide the sts to the other end of the needle, insert the rh needle, knitwise into that st and bring the yarn across the back of the piece and knit as usual. Repeat until desired length.] Leave a tail for attaching.
Attach I-Cord to heel side of the cuff.
Weave in all ends.
©2012 Plymouth Yarn Company. Designed by Cia Abbott Bullemer 101112cab
Monday, October 15th, 2012
One of my favorite things to do as a designer is to revamp Plymouth’s vast collection of classic yarns. Take Encore Worsted, for example. This yarn has been around since I was a little girl running around my mom’s yarn shop. Knitters were mostly picking out Encore for afghans, kids sweaters, and toys. Now, don’t get me wrong; Encore is terrific for all of these knits. But I think many people overlook this yarns vibrant colors (thanks acrylic!), it’s fluffy softness (thank you wool!), and durability.
Let me show you my newest creation using Encore Worsted. My draped cardigan is basically rectangle worked from side to side. The “afterthought” armhole stitches are picked up later and knit to an elbow length sleeve. Did anyone say layering?! The pattern stitch used along the hemline of the cardigan is an easy to memorize 6 row repeat.
I hope you all enjoy my cheerful design in a Plymouth classic. –Vanessa
Encore Worsted Women’s Draped Cardigan
To Fit Women’s Size: S, (M, L, XL, XXL)
Shoulder to Shoulder Measurement (across back): 12 ¼”, (12 ¾, 14, 14 ½, 15)
Length: 23”, (24 ¾, 26 ¾, 28 ¾, 31 ¼)
Sleeve Length: 14”
Encore Worsted: 5, (5, 6, 6, 7)—100G balls, color 0473 Light Aqua
Gauge: 20 sts, 28 rows = 4” on size 7s over st st, 16 sts= 4” in 2×2 rib on size 7s (slightly stretched), 24 sts= 5” in pattern stitch on size 7s.
Needles: Size US 7 long circular and double points, stitch markers, scrap yarn
Pattern Stitch (Multiple of 18 sts + 6)
Row 1 (RS): p1, k2, yo, ssk, p1, *k4, k2tog, yo, ssk, k4, p1, k2, yo, ssk, p1; rep from * across.
Row 2: k1, p2, yo, p2tog, k1, *p3, p2togtbl, drop the yo of previous row, (yo)2x, p2tog, p3, k1, p2, yo, p2tog, k1; rep from * across.
Row 3: p1, k2, yo, ssk, p1, *k2, k2tog, drop the yo’s of the previous row, (yo)3x, ssk, k2, p1, k2, yo, ssk, p1; rep from * across.
Row 4: k1, p2, yo, p2tog, k1, *p1, p2togtbl, drop the yo’s of the previous row, (yo)4x, p2tog, p1, k1, p2, yo, p2tog, k1; rep from * across.
Row 5: p1, k2, yo, ssk, p1, *k2tog, drop the yo’s of the previous row, cast on 4 sts onto right hand needle, k1 under the 4 loose strands of the dropped yo’s, yo, k1 under the 4 strands again, cast on 4 sts onto right hand needle, ssk, p1, k2, yo, ssk, p1; rep from * across.
Row 6: k1, p2, yo, p2tog, k1, *p5, p2tog, p6, k1, p2, yo, p2tog, k1; rep from * across.
Repeat these 6 rows for pattern.
Pattern is written for smallest size, with larger sizes in parenthesis. If only one number is given, it applies to all sizes.
Cardigan is made all in one piece, without seams. Afterthought armholes are set in place with scrap yarn, and picked up and knit in the round after the body of the cardigan is finished.
Body (starting with left front)
(sl the first stitch of every row)
With circular needle, Cast on 86, (90, 94, 98, 102) sts.
Row 1 (WS): p2, *k2, p2; rep from * across.
Row 2: k2, *p2, k2; rep from * across.
Repeat these 2 rows 3 times more. (8 rows total).
Increase Row (WS): (p2, k2)2x, p across to last 8 sts- increasing 18, (19, 20, 21, 22) sts evenly across to last 8 sts, (k2, p2)2x. 104, (109, 114, 119, 124) sts.
Pattern Setup Row (RS): (k2, p2)2x, pm, work row 1 of pattern stitch across 42 sts, pm, k last 8 sts, (p2, k2)2x.
Next Row (WS): (p2, k2)2x, p to m, sl m, work next row of pattern stitch to m, sl m, (k2, p2)2x.
Next Row (RS): (k2, p2)2x, sl m, work next row of pattern stitch to m, sl m, k to last 8 sts, (p2, k2)2x.
Repeat the last 2 rows, progressing in the pattern stitch. When piece measures 11”, (11 ¾, 12 ¾, 13 ¾, 15 ¼), end having worked a WS Row.
Sleeve Row (RS): work in established pattern to second marker, sl m, (mark this area as the underarm), then with scrap yarn- k38, (40, 43, 45, 48) sts, cut scrap yarn (leaving a tail), place these 38, (40, 43, 45, 48) sts back onto the left hand needle and continue across row as established with main yarn.
Repeat sleeve row once more when piece measures 12 ¼”, (12 ¾, 14, 14 ½, 15) from previous sleeve row. Then, work even until piece measures 11”, (11¾, 12 ¾, 13 ¾, 15 ¼) from last sleeve row, end having worked a WS Row.
Decrease Row (RS): (remove markers as you get to them) (k2, p2)2x, k across to last 8 sts- decreasing so that there are 86, (90, 94, 98, 102) sts on the needles altogether, (k2, p2)2x.
Row 1 (WS): p2, *k2, p2; rep from * across.
Row 2: k2, *p2, k2; rep from * across.
Repeat these 2 rows 3 times more. (8 rows total). Bind off in rib on next row to match cast on rows tension.
Unpick the scrap yarn from one sleeve and divide the sts (from both the top and bottom) onto double points. 76, (80, 86, 90, 96) sts.
Join yarn at the underarm and pm.
Decrease 1 st before and after the underarm marker
every 5th, (4th, 4th, 3rd, 3rd) round 15, (17, 19, 21, 23)
times. 46, (46, 48, 48, 50) sts. Continue to work in st st until sleeve measures 12 ¾” from beginning of sleeve. Knit across next round, decreasing 10, (10, 8, 8, 10) sts evenly across. 36, (36, 40, 40, 40) sts.
Work in 2×2 ribbing for 9 rounds. Bind off all sts on next round. Repeat for the other sleeve.
Weave in all ends. Block lightly.
©2012 Plymouth Yarn Company. Designed by Vanessa Ewing. Modeled by Cia Abbott Bullemer. 092512vle
ABBREVIATIONS: dec = decrease, inc = increase, k = knit, pm= place marker, psso = pass slip stitch over, p = purl, RS= right side, sl = slip, SSK = slip 1 st as if to knit, slip a second st as if to knit, knit them together through the back loop, st(s) = stitch(es), st st = stockinette st, tbl = through back loop, tog = together, WS = Wrong Side, yo = yarn over, wyif = with yarn in front, wyib = with yarn in back
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