Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Introducing: the Commuter Cowl Knit Along

Commuter Cowl Knit Along
Welcome to the Commuter Knit Along! This time our project is a pretty little cowl designed to be completed in a flash! It's the perfect purse project for anytime, anywhere knitting!  

The knit along begins on Thursday, September 4th. Gather your knitting supplies and meet us back here to get started!

A Little About This Knit Along
Commuter is a season spanning accessory with lots of visual appeal. We'll begin with a simple version of the Moebius cast-on, which will curl our circular needle into a compact figure eight shape, add an  interesting stitch pattern, and conclude with a polished i-cord finish. Our Commuter will measure in at 6.5" wide with a 20 inch drop. Not too big, not too small, just right for a quick knit!
KAL with NobleKnits
The Right Yarn
For this KAL, we're using Blue Sky Worsted Cotton. Imagine a yarn that is 100% organic, butter soft next to the skin, and glides through your fingers like silk. Great color choices too, ranging from delicate pastels to vibrant primary colors. Which will you choose?
Blue Sky Alpacas Worsted Cotton Yarn

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What Materials Will I Need?
What Will I Learn?
Day 1 - Thursday, September 4th
  • Moebius cast-on
  • Mirrored image stitches
  • Broken Rib pattern stitches
Day 2 - Thursday, September 11th
  • I-cord bind-off
  • I-cord join
What Skill Level?
Beginner and above. We'll include lots of images and tips you'll use often to make your projects enjoyable and a success!

How Do I Follow Along?
All of the posts will be on the here on the NobleKnits BlogAdd a bookmark! 
Join the KAL group on RavelryBe sure to follow nobleknits on InstagramTwitterTumblr, and Facebook
Use the hashtag #CommuterKAL to follow the knit along or post pictures of your progress.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Viva Glitz Cowl Free Knitting Pattern

Viva Glitz Cowl Free Knitting Pattern
There's a lot to like about Viva Glitz yarn. This hand dyed yarn from Feza has just a small hint of metallic glitz, enough to add some stitch definition, yet not so much that you can't wear it every day. The colors in this yarn are exquisite and the drape is very soft. I think it would be lovely for knitting a tank or tee as well as shawls and wraps. Since it's a dk weight rayon blend, Viva Glitz is also ideal for wearing nearly year round.

I decided to work up Viva Glitz in a simple basket weave cowl. That stitch is my favorite for seeing a yarn's texture and drape. This project is simple enough for beginners and perfect for a bit of mindless knitting.

Viva Glitz Cowl Free Knitting Pattern

Completed Measurements: 5.5" x 36" circumference

You will need:

  • 1 hank Feza Viva Glitz Yarn, shown in Color Pop #1020
  • Size US 6 circular 16" or 24" needles
  • Tapestry needle
Cast on 160 stitches, place marker and join in round being careful not to twist stitches

Rounds 1 - 5: *Knit 5, purl 5.* Repeat from * to * around.
Rounds 6 - 10: *Purl 5, knit 5.* Repeat from * to * around.
Repeat rounds 1-10 until panel measures approximately 5.5" from the beginning. Bind off after round 5 or 10 in established stitch pattern.
Weave in yarn ends.

Gauge: 17.5 sts to 4" in rib stitch after light blocking

Happy knitting!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Top 10 Reasons to Knit

Top 10 Reasons to Knit
Did you know knitting is good for you? Universities have even conducted studies on the zen-like properties of knitting. But just ask any knitter and she'll tell you all the positive changes that came from picking up two sticks and a skein of yarn.

Here's our Top 10 List of Reasons to Knit
  1. Calming and rhythmic
  2. Builds a sense of satisfaction and gratification
  3. Challenging
  4. You can make hand knitted gifts
  5. It's a great way to meet people and feel a sense of community
  6. Knitting is creative
  7. Skill you can pass on to others
  8. Keeps your hands busy
  9. Good use of time
  10. Portable and fun!
Why do you knit? Please share in the comments below!

Thursday, August 07, 2014

Day 3: Hantsuki Knit Along

Hantsuki Shawl Knit Along Day 3

Hello Hantsuki Knitters! Today our Hantsuki comes off of our needles, is steam blocked and unveiled! Are you ready? Let's get started!

Monday, July 28, 2014

Day 2: Hantsuki Shawl Knit Along

Day 1 Recap
At the conclusion of Day 1 we mastered the pattern stitches, worked on completing our swatch of Lace Panel 1, and moved on to knitting the actual project.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Nirvana Cowl Free Knitting Pattern

Perfect for warm weather wear, Nirvana is a 100% bamboo fiber. It's smooth, light, and breathable. Most of all, this Feza yarn has lovely drape. We used to to knit up a quick cowl.