Friday, August 16th, 2013
It’s no secret- I love wool. I adore it all year round- when it is 90 degrees outside I sit in the air conditioning and knit knit knit! Nothing compares to the bounce and body you get from wool- whether knitting stockinette stitch, fairisle, and (a personal favorite of mine) cables.
Wearing wool, however, makes me super itchy. I have been blessed (ha…) with super sensitive skin. I can’t wear many wools next to my skin because of this. I was so excited when I discovered that the Grignasco line had a beautiful yarn with cotton and wool– Springfield Vintage. Imagine your favorite, most comfortable shirt- breathable, easy to wear, and holds its shape. Springfield Vintage offers this and more! It is a tightly spun dk weight that is smooth, soft, and has a slight sheen. The colors of the yarn resemble a worn vintage item with subtle color variation.
For those of you still in summer knitting mode or wanting to begin on next season’s fall fashions… you’ll love my newest design. My pullover is a romantic off-the shoulder, top down raglan. The cinched in cable-smocked waist ties in with the cables cascading down the raglan shaping. An easy to wear piece for the end of the summer into fall.
Springfield Vintage Women’s Top Down Raglan
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To Fit Ladies Size: S, (M, L, XL, XXL, XXXL)
Approximate Finished Chest Measurement:
35 ¼”, (38, 42, 44 ¾, 48 ½, 52)
Length: 19 ½”, (21, 22, 23, 24, 25)
Springfield Vintage: 6, (7, 8, 9, 10, 11)—50G balls, color 9626 Powder Blue
Gauge: 22 sts, 30 rows= 4” in st st on US size 6 (4mm) needles, 9 sts= 1 ½” in cable pattern on US size 6 (4mm) needles.
Needles: US Size 4 (3.5mm)-24” circular, US Size 6 (4mm)- 24” & 32” circular needles & size 6 (4mm) double points, 4 st markers (m), stitch holders, cable needle, Thin elastic in a clear or matching color to the yarn- approximately 30 yards.
Cable Pattern (Multiple of 7 sts + 2)
Rounds 1, 3, 4 and 5: P2, *k5, p2; rep from *
Round 2: P2, *sl 4 sts to cable needle and hold to back, k1, sl the last 3 sts from cable needle onto left hand needle, placing the last st on the cable needle to the front- with the working yarn to the left of the st, k3, k1 from cable needle, p2; rep from *
Round 6: P2, *k5, p2; rep from *
Rep these 6 rounds for cable pattern.
Pattern is written for smallest size, with larger sizes in parenthesis. If only one number is given, it applies to all sizes. Pullover is worked in the round from the neck down.
With smaller 24” length circular, CO using long tail method and 1 strand of elastic with the Springfield Yarn, 154 sts. Join in the round, being careful not to twist. PM.
Rib Round: *K1, p1; rep from * around. Rep this round 3 times more. Cut and secure the elastic.
Switch to larger 24” circular.
Raglan Setup: K10 (top of sleeve), pm, work 9 sts in cable pattern, k49 sts, work 9 sts in cable pattern (front), pm, k10 (top of sleeve), pm, work 9 sts in cable pattern, k49 sts, work 9 sts in cable pattern (back).
Increase Round: *K1, m1, k to 1 st before m, m1, k1, sl m, work 9 sts in cable pattern, k1, m1, k to 10 sts before m, m1, k1, work 9 sts in cable pattern, sl m; rep from * once more—8 sts inc’d. 162 sts.
Next Round: K across all sts, working the next round of the cable pattern across the cable sts.
Rep the last 2 rounds 14, (17, 21, 24, 28, 32) times more – Switch to longer circular needle when necessary.
112, (136, 168, 192, 224, 256) sts inc’d.
274, (298, 330, 354, 386, 418) sts total-
40, (46, 54, 60, 68, 76) sts for each sleeve +
97, (103, 111, 117, 125, 133) sts for each front and back.
Separate Sleeves from Body
(remove m as you get to them except the beg of the round m. The cables will now be divided in half and become part of the sleeve sts.) unknit 5 sts from previous round- placing these sts back onto the left hand needle, *Sl next 50, (56, 64, 70, 78, 86) sts onto a st holder for sleeve, CO 10, (12, 14, 16, 18, 20) sts onto right hand needle, k87, (93, 101, 107, 115, 123) sts; rep from * once more. 194, (210, 230, 246, 266, 286) sts on needle. Cont to work in st st for 12 ¼”, (12 ¾, 13, 13, 13, 13).
Dec 31, (33, 32, 34, 33, 32) sts evenly across next round. 163, (177, 198, 212, 233, 254) sts.
Beg working in cable pattern across all sts.
When cable pattern measures 2 ½”, BO all in k on next round loosely.
RS facing, Sl 50, (56, 64, 70, 78, 86) sts from the st holder onto double points, rejoin yarn & pick up and k 10, (12, 14, 16, 18, 20) sts from the underarm section- placing a m in the middle of the underarm sts to mark center of underarm. 60, (68, 78, 86, 96, 106) sts.
Beg working in st st, dec 1 st before and after the underarm m every 5th, (4th, 3rd, 3rd, 3rd, 2nd) round 5, (6, 8, 10, 10, 12) times. 50, (52, 56, 62, 66, 76, 82) sts.
Cont to work in st st until sleeve measures 4 ¼” from Separate Sleeves from Body.
Rib Round: *K1, p1; rep from * around.
Rep this round for 2 ¾” BO all sts in k on next round loosely. Rep for the other sleeve.
Weave in all ends. Block to measurements.
©2013 Plymouth Yarn Company. 081613vle
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Friday, June 14th, 2013
Many years ago, felting seemed to take over the knitting community. I would spend evenings with two of my friends, Amy and Gloria, working on knit and crochet backpacks, flowers, beads, petals, and hats to be felted. I remember in particular a large felt tote I made using super chunky wool and a lattice design. The bag was so large that I could actually sit in it (yes, comfortably!) before felting.
The magical part of felting was that it appealed to beginner and advanced knitters alike. Beginner knitters didn’t have to have perfect tension or wonderful seaming abilities. Pretty much any mistake could be hidden once the knit was felted. Advanced knitters could appreciate the smooth and rewarding fabric from doing intricate shaping or colorwork (think tartans and plaids!).
Felting is asking for a resurgence. I have designed for the month of June a felt hand bag that uses a fun, easy to memorize motif: the triangle. Plymouth Yarn’s Gina is a 100% wool roving yarn that has a delicious stripey color transition. Gina really makes the construction of the triangles POP. You won’t need to change colors, tie in ends, or any of the normal striping techniques for this yarn. It does the work for you- and it will keep you interested in knitting the bag just to see what color will come out of the ball next.
Are you going on any road trips this summer?I will be going to the shore several time this summer, and this will be an enjoyable travel companion to my car ride.
Gina Hexagon Felted Bag
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10” wide 10” tall
(not including handle)
Gina: 3—50G balls, color 11 Spring Flowers
Gauge: 16 sts, 16 rows= 4” in st st on size 10 (6mm) needles (before felting),
5” x 5” = 1 triangle, before and after felting.
Needles: US Size 10 (6mm) DPNs (double pointed needles), stitch marker, yarn needle for sewing.
CO 66 sts, placing 22 sts each onto 3 DPNs.
Join in the round, being careful not to twist. PM. K one round.
Round 1: *Ssk, k to last 2 sts on DPN, k2tog; rep from * twice more. (6 sts decreased)- 60 sts.
Repeat the last round until there are 6 sts remaining- 2 sts on each needle. Cut yarn and draw through remaining sts. Fasten off.
Make 11 more triangles. Make 2 hexagon motifs by working a small (not too bulky selvedge) mattress stitch- stitching 6 triangles together. Set aside.
CO 14 sts onto a DPN. Work in garter stitch (knit every row) for 25”- this “gusset” will go around the perimeter of the bag.
Rows 1, 3, 5, 7 (WS): P all sts
Rows 2, 6: K all sts.
Row 4: Sl 5 sts to spare DPN and hold to front, k5, k5 from DPN, k4.
Row 8: K4, sl 5 sts to spare DPN and hold to back, k5, k5 from DPN. Repeat these 8 rows for braided strap until desired length- ours is approximately 26” + 25” for the gusset. End having worked row 3 of cable. BO in k on next row.
Sew the 25” of the gusset’s sides to the sides of the hexagons. Sew the CO and BO edges of the strap together- making sure there isn’t a twist in the strap.
Felting: Gina felts quickly and easily by hand.
Fill your sink with hot soapy water so that the bag is just submerged. Using your hands (put on some rubber gloves to protect them from the heat!) agitate the hand bag, rubbing it against the sides of the sink and against itself. You can shock the bag by running it in some very cold water to help merge the fibers together, but it isn’t mandatory. When the stitches of the handbag have disappeared and the bag has stiffened a bit from felting, wring out the excess water and roll in a towel to get most of the moisture out. Shape and let air dry.
©2013 Plymouth Yarn Company. 061213vle
ABBREVIATIONS: BO= bind off, CO= cast on, dec= decrease, DPN= double pointed needle(s), k = knit, m= marker, pm= place marker, psso= pass slipped 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.
Gina bag before felting
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Wednesday, June 5th, 2013
It’s that time of year again! Fall yarns are blooming! We have a wonderful mix of exclusive classics. This season is sure to bring bold, rich and intoxicating colors just waiting to jump on your needles and hooks. If you are ready to explore, let’s go!
First up, meet the Cape Town Collection, brought to you from the finest spinners and dyers in South Africa. Johanne is Dk weight and 327 yard per skein. Contents are 40% Wool, 30% Acrylic, 30% Mohair blend.
Also from the Cape Town Collection, we have Toria. Light and delicate, lace weight 80% Kid Mohair, 20% Nylon blend. The 229 yards per ball will knock your shawl off!
I won’t lie, Revel from Grignasco is my personal favorite of the season. 275 yards of 85% Baby Alpaca, 15% Merino Wool sport weight delight.
Revel knit swatch
Bamtastic is 248 yards and 60% Bamboo Rayon, 40% Nylon. You will love the drape with this cozy, machine wash and dry yarn.
Beauty and warmth await you in Colca Canyon. This chunky and soft 80% Baby Alpaca, 20% Merino Wool blend has a unique construction that will make every project a work of art.
Next we have Just Fur Kicks, all the delight of fur without the guilt! 88 yards of Nylon/Polyester blend fluffy goodness. Perfect for all of your trims, boot cuffs and accessories!
Last but surely not least, we bring you Monte Donegal and Monte Donegal Hand Dyed. A lush blend of 40% Alpaca, 40% Merino Wool, 14% Acrylic, 6% Rayon. These indulgent yarns are worsted weight with 109 yards per ball, perfect for so many projects.
Color Cards and samples will be at your local yarn shop soon. Check out plymouthyarn.com to see available patterns and news.
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Tuesday, May 21st, 2013
How about a quick & easy afghan that is wash & dry, and just downright beautiful? I hope you like it.
Feather & Fan Mega Afghan
Encore Mega Afghan PDF Download
Measurements: Approx 40” x 55”
Materials: 12 Balls Encore Mega, size 17 (or 19 if you are a tight knitter) 32″ circular needles
Pattern repeat is a multiple of 18 (i.e. 36, 54, 72, etc.), plus 4 stitches for border.
Cast on 94 sts.
Rows 1-6: K 92, then work border as follows: bring yarn to the front as if to purl (YF), then slip last 2 stitches as if to purl.
Row 1: K2, K2tog 3 times, *(YF, K1) 6 times, (K2tog)6 times, repeat from * until 8 stitches remain, then K2tog 3 times, last 2 stitches: border as above.
Row 2: K to last 2 stitches, YF then slip last 2 stitches as if to purl.
Row 3: same as row 2
Row 4: K 2, P to last 2 stitches, YF then slip last 2 stitches as if to purl.
Repeat rows 1-4 until almost desired length. Then do row 1 of pattern, 5 rows of Garter Stitch (K every row, continuing border), then bind off and get cozy.
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