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Abracadabra: Yarn that Changes Color in the Sunlight!

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HiKoo Abracadabra UV activated color-changing yarn

HiKoo Abracadabra UV activated color-changing yarn

This may just be cooler than my boyfriend's Hypercolor color-changing t-shirt from the early 90s! New from HiKoo, Abracadabra is a color changing yarn that's activated by UV rays. Inside, it's a calm shade of natural. But, take it out into the sunlight and it turns into a vibrant color! 

Use this dk weight yarn to knit shawls, wraps, sweaters, hats and more.

Abracadabra is available in two shades, Natural -> Pink and Natural -> Purple. Either color you choose will wow your friends and start conversations wherever you go.

Here's a free hat pattern featuring Abracadabra Yarn:

Alakazam Tam Free Pattern featuring UV color changing yarn, Abracadabra!

Alakazam Tam Free Pattern featuring UV color changing yarn, Abracadabra!

Happy knitting!

Balmoral Knit Along: Day 2

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Balmoral Knit Along - Day 2

Balmoral Knit Along - Day 2

Hello Knitters!  KnitDocDonna here to welcome you back to Day 2 of the Balmoral Knit Along!

How about those cables and corded edges? Weren't those cables fun, the edging easy, and what an elegant touch?! Well, today we are in for more knitting fun and here's our line-up for the day.  

  • More corded edges
  • Transition rows
  • Berry pattern

I'm also going to throw in a little repeat "cheat sheet" that I use with repetitive 
patterns. I think it's handy and maybe you'll think so too! 

Transition Rows
Let's take a look at our pattern and find the transition section. Why use transition rows?  

  • Clean definition between motifs, allowing each motif to pop 
  • Ideal location to compensate for motif width differences
If you are adventurous and planning a project with different stitch motifs, swatch each motif to ensure the widths are identical. If not, incorporate some transition rows to either decrease or add stitches to even the widths.
— Knitting Doctor Tip

Working the Transition Rows

Time to grab our pattern and go to work!

Row 1:  It's a wrong side row (ws), remembering the W Selvedge Cords, and work the row.
Row 2:  Is our right side (rs) and decrease row, so work that row, maintaining the selvedge edges, AND decrease with the knit 2 togethers (k2tog) as indicated in the pattern.

How to Knit 2 Together

  1. Insert the tip of the right hand needle into the next 2 stitches from bottom to top (image 1).
  2. Wrap the yarn, complete the knit stitch (image 2) and slide the combined stitch off the needle as usual (image 3).

 Rows 3 - 6:  Take a minute to count your stitches. Do you have the same number as shown on Row 2?  If the count is correct, it's time to work these rows ending with a right side (rs) row!

Here's what our transition rows look like.

Here's what our transition rows look like.

Now that we've transitioned, it time for our next motif, the Berry stitch.

Berry Panel
This is a great overall stitch pattern that is easy to learn and produces a beautiful effect on both the right and wrong side.  For Balmoral, which is worked on a larger needles than typical for this fiber, the look will be open and lacy. On smaller needles or a lighter weight fiber, the berries will be closer together and create a much denser fabric.

Another surprise is the berry stitch worked with Maxima semi-solid or space dyed yarns will produce a light and shadow effect which will be subtle or dramatic depending on your colorway choice. Half the fun is watching the color shift and blend!

How to Work the Berry Panel
We'll be starting with Row 1 which is a wrong side row (ws).
Row 1:  Start by working the W Selvedge and slipping the marker. Now we will be increasing in the next stitch by working a k1, yo, k1 followed with a decrease of p3tog (both stitches explained below). We'll repeat that sequence across the row to the next marker and then finish with the W Selvedge.

How to Work the K1, YO, K1

  1. Insert the tip of the right hand needle into the next stitch from bottom to top as if to knit and draw out a loop (image 1).
  2. Keeping the loop on the right hand needle, bring your yarn forward (image 2).
  3. Insert the tip of the right hand needle into the original stitch from bottom to top, wrap yarn, knit as usual and slide off (image 3).
  4. One stitch has become three stitches (image 4).

How to Work the P3tog

  1. Insert the tip of the right hand needle into the next 3 stitches from top to bottom (image 1).
  2. Wrap yarn as usual to purl (image 2).
  3. Draw through a loop and slide the combined stitches off the needle. The 3 stitches will become 1 (image 3).

That was easier than you thought right?  Rows 2 - 4 are really easy. Go ahead and work them.
Row 5:  These are the same stitches that we saw above, the sequence is just different.  Give them a try!
Rows 6 - 8  Easy ones again! Work through them and then it's time to start all over again. 

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Berry Pattern Beginning to Grow
Working the rows before the k1,yo,k1 and p3tog loosely make it much easier to get under the 3 purls!  Try it.  They are Rows 4 & 8.

If your purl 3 together are really tight going, push the stitches closer to the needle tip where they will be easier to lift!

Keep at it, working the Selvedge Cords on each side and the Berry stitches in the center until there are 52" from the cast-on edge on your sticks ending with Row 1.

Sounds like forever? Nope! It will go quickly. I promise that after you've made a few berries this will be just as much fun and speedy as the Cable Panel!

KnitDoc's Shortcut
At the beginning of today I  promised to share my little cheat sheet. I like speedy and don't always like to carry a pattern around, so when I find a simple repetitive stitch pattern I'll do one of these.

I've typed out the Berry Panel Rows 1 through 8 with the Berry stitches. Just remember to work the edgings and repeat the stitch sequences and you're good to go!

BERRY PATTERN - Rows in BOLD Work Loosely

  • Row 1: k1, yo, k1 (in the same stitch)...p3tog ... rep from beg
  • Row 2: k1, p3 ... rep from beg
  • Row 3: k3, p1 ... rep from beg
  • Row 4: p1, k3 ... rep from beg
  • Row 5: p3tog, ....k1, yo, k1 (in the same stitch) ....rep from beg
  • Row 6: p3, k1 ... rep from beg 
  • Row 7: p1 k3 .. rep from beg 
  • Row 8: k3, p1 ... rep from beg

You could always print and cut out OR  you could also take a cell phone photo of this and keep it on your phone for easy reference.


We're on the Home Stretch
Well done!  We're at our 52" and ended with Row 1, wrong side (ws) row.

Now we are ready for our 2nd set of Transition Rows. The 2nd set is pretty much the same as our 1st set, but the sequence is reversed and we will be increasing instead of decreasing on Row 5.

Here is my favorite way of increasing.  It's easy and will be invisible (i.e. won't leave an unsightly hole).

  1. Locate the bar between the stitches. That's the strand I'm lifting with my finger (image 1).
  2. Insert the tip of the left needle (image 2) under this bar from front to back to lift it and knit into the back of the stitch (image 3). One stitch increased.

Work the last row of the transition section.

Cable Panel
This panel is the same as the 1st, but again, the sequence is reversed.  At the end of the 1st panel, we finished up with a twist. In order to mirror that we'll start this panel with a twist.

Follow the pattern and knit the row repeats as indicated and then work Rows 6 to 10.
Bind off working edge stitches as knit stitches.

If your bind-off appears tighter than your cast-on try binding-off with a larger needle.
— Knitting Doctor Tip

Thank you for knitting along with me today.  Well Done! Let's meet back here again next week as we take a look at blocking our Balmoral to full size.

In the meantime, Happy Knitting and may your ball of yarn never run out before your bind-off ends!
- KnitDocDonna
 

How Do I Follow Along

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Moss Stitch Cowl Free Knitting Pattern

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Moss Stitch Cowl Free Knitting Pattern

This interesting to knit moebius cowl features a moss stitch pattern and sawtooth edge. It's knitted all in once piece and the sawtooth edge is worked at the end.

Approximate Measurement: 7 ½” at widest x 51” circumference

You will need:

Gauge: 17 sts, 32 rows = 4” on size US 8 (5mm) in seed st.  

Happy knitting!
 

Mistake-Rib Hat Free Knitting Pattern

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Mistake Rib Hat Free Knitting Pattern

Using just one hank of Plymouth Worsted Merino Superwash Hand Dyed Yarn, you can make a hat for yourself or a child. The hand dyed yarn has a lovely stipple effect and the easy to knit "mistake-rib" stitch pattern is repetitive and works up fast. Perfect for knitting wherever you go: sporting events, doctors office, kid's car drop-off, the train, or while watching TV.

To Fit: Kids (Adult)
Approximate Circumference: 19.75 (21.5)"

You will need:

Gauge:  18 sts, 24 rows = 4” using US size 8 needles

Happy knitting!

Speckle Flared Scarf Free Knitting Pattern

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Speckle Flared Scarf Free Knitting Pattern

A hand dyed yarn and a simple pattern are a great knitting combination. Knit this scarf with flared edges and an easy-to-remember pattern repeat.

Completed Scarf Measures: 4" wide x 56" long

You will need:

Gauge: 15 sts to 4" on US 10.5 needle

Happy knitting!