Friday, October 26, 2007
Our No Sew Vest Knit Along will be starting next Friday, November 2nd. This is a great project if you hate to sew seams, would like to try making a sweater, or are just looking for a really cool project! We PROMISE, NO SEWING!
Inspired a sweater at J.Crew vest which I love, love love (it looks great with a t-shirt and jeans, under a blazer, or paired with a button down shirt)....I created this one with the same awesome fit.
In this project you will learn how to knit in the round, work on circular needles, divide for front and back, the three-needle bind off, pick up stitches, and work armhole and neck edges.
What is your favorite color?
Look at this basket of yarn and choose your favorite color. Now, don't chicken out and be practical...use THAT color to make your No Sew Vest Knit Along Project. You will be suprised how much you will wear it! I will be making mine out of Underappreciated Green....("ooooohhh, so appropriate!" I told my husband).
Vest fits women sizes: 32 (34, 36, 38, 40)"
Sizes: XSmall (Small, Medium, Large, XLarge)
You will need:
- 3 (4, 4, 5, 6) balls La Gran Mohair 90 yards/42 gr ball
- 24" Circular, size US 10 1/2 needles
- 16" Circular size US 9 needles
- Stitch Markers
- Finishing Needles
Thursday, October 25, 2007
Please see the instructions below if you've never worked on double pointed needles. If you are familiar with double points, just skip this section and begin with Round 40.
Working from Circular Needles to Double Pointed Needles
Why do you need to switch to double pointed needles? As you begin decreasing sts as noted on the rounds below, the needles will become too long to accommodate such a small circle. Double pointed needles simply allow you to maker smaller and smaller circles. They are not much different than circular needles.
You will begin working on double pointed needles on Round 45. Pick up a double pointed needle in your right hand. Knit the first 23 sts on to that needle. Pick up a second double pointed needle and knit the next 23 sts on to that needle. Pick up a third double pointed needle and knit the remaining 23 sts on to that needle.
Now your circular needles should be empty and you will no longer use them. The photo below is how your project should look at the end of the round.
To begin the next round you will pick up a 4th needle and work the stitches from the first needle on to it. When you've finished knitting those stitches you will have an empty needle. Knit the stitches from the second needle on to the empty needle. See how easy this is? Just keep knitting the stitches from the next needle on to the empty needle. If it sounds confusing, just try it...needle by needle; it makes more sense when you are actually working the stitches.
Remaining Pattern using color Blue:
Round 40 (Knit 10, k2tog) repeat around - you should now have 88 sts remaining.
Round 41 Knit all stitches.
Round 42 (Knit 9, k2tog) repeat around - you should now have 80 sts remaining.
Round 43 Knit all stitches.
Round 44 (Knit 8, k2tog) repeat around - you should now have 72 sts remaining.
Round 45 Switch to double pointed needles (see tutorial above). Knit all stitches.
Round 46 (Knit 7, k2tog) repeat around - you should now have 64 sts remaining.
Round 47 Knit all stitches.
Round 48 (Knit 6, k2tog) repeat around - you should now have 56 sts remaining.
Round 49 Knit all stitches.
Round 50 (Knit 5, k2tog) repeat around - you should have 48 sts remaining.
Round 51 Knit all stitches.
Round 52 (Knit 4, k2tog) repeat around - you should have 40 sts remaining.
Round 53 Knit all stitches.
Round 54 (Knit 3, k2tog) repeat around - you should have 32 sts remaining.
Round 55 Knit all stitches.
Round 56 (Knit 2 sts, k2tog) repeat around - you should have 24 sts remaining.
Round 57 Knit all stitches.
Round 58 (Knit 1 stitch, k2tog) repeat around - you should have 16 sts remaining.
Round 59 Knit all stitches.
Round 60 (K2tog) repeat around. You should have 8 sts remaining. Cut yarn leaving a 12" tail. Using a finishing needle, weave yarn through remaining stitches and fasten. Weave in all yarn ends.
Any questions, please post and we will try to help!
P.S. Stop by tomorrow to view our NEW KNIT ALONG PROJECT and Materials!!!!!
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Monday, October 22, 2007
Anyway, here it is...Part III of the Fair Isle Mystery Hat!
Round 24 Use colors coral and natural. (Knit 1 coral, 5 cream) repeat around.
Round 25 Use colors coral, natural and blue. (Knit 2 coral, 1 natural, 1 blue, 1 natural, 1 coral) repeat around.
Round 26 Use colors coral, natural, and brown. (Knit 1 brown, 2 coral, 1 cream, 2 coral) repeat around.
Round 27 Use colors coral and brown. (Knit 2 brown, 3 coral, 1 brown) repeat around.
Round 28 Use colors green, brown, and coral. (Knit 1 green, 2 brown, 1 coral, 2 brown) repeat around.
Round 29 Using brown, knit all stitches around.
Round 30 Using brown, knit all stitches around.
Round 31 Using brown, knit all stitches around.
Round 32 Using natural, knit all stitches around.
Round 33 Use colors coral and green. (Knit 1 coral, 1 green) repeat around.
Round 34 Using natural, knit all stitches around.
Round 35 Use colors natural and brown. (Knit 1 brown, 5 natural) repeat around.
Round 36 Use colors natural, brown, and green. (Knit 2 brown, 1 natural, 1 green, 1 natural, 1 brown) repeat around.
Round 37 Use colors brown, blue, and natural. (Knit 1 blue, 2 brown, 1 natural, 2 brown) repeat around.
Round 38 Use colors brown and blue. (Knit 2 blue, 3 brown, 1 blue) repeat around.
Round 39 Use colors brown, blue and coral. (Knit 1 coral, 2 blue, 1 brown, 2 blue) repeat around.
More to come on Thursday!
Get ready for PART III coming later today!
Friday, October 19, 2007
Here is the best news...the rest of this project is entirely KNIT, that means NO PURLING, woo hoo!
If you're not sure what fair isle is, I guess now is a good time to let you know. It's just a way of changing colors in your knitting. Traditional fair isle is worked in the round, providing a RIGHT SIDE as shown above, and a WRONG SIDE, shown below. The RIGHT SIDE is very nice and clean, the WRONG SIDE shows the yarns that you have carried along the back while not using. They are called "floats." Now don't be scared, this is REALLY FUN, I promise! Let's take a look at "fair isle-ing" step by step below.
At the beginning of each round I will let you know what colors you will be using. Simply tie on the new colors on the WRONG SIDE of your work as shown below with a simple slip knot.
- Always remember to keep you yarn in the back of your work.
- When changing to a new color, do NOT pull on the stitches...maintain an even tension.
- Here's how I keep an even tension when working with a new color...I leave a lot of space between the stitches I just worked so that the "floats" in the back are not tight.
The photo below shows the WRONG SIDE and that I knit one Brown stitch, then 5 Coral stitches, now I'm about to knit another Brown stitch. See how it will create a brown float (no pun intended) along the back?
The tutorial is over. If you feel like I've missed anything, please feel free to post your questions. Seasoned knitters, I know there is other info regarding Fair Isle...but I'm keeping this post BASIC.
- Brown - Mission Falls Earth
- Coral - Mission Falls Zinnia
- Natural - Mission Falls Natural
- Green - Mission Falls Curry
- Blue - Mission Falls Spruce
Thursday, October 18, 2007
Happy Mystery Hat Day! I hope you've gotten your supplies and you are as anxious as I am to get started! Let's get going! It's not to late to get your supplies - click here to view the list!
Hat Size: Women's Medium
The photo, shown above, is the bottom of the hat and the section we are covering today.
Casting On Circular Needles
Using Spruce yarn, cast on 96 sts on circular needles
Allow the stitches to slide all the way around the needles. The FIRST stitch you cast on will be the first stitch that you knit. This is different from straight knitting because you usually start the LAST stitch you cast on.
Before you start knitting - Take a look at your stitches and make sure none of the stitches are twisted around the needle. Any easy way to check is just make sure all the little ridges are facing down.
The photo shown ABOVE is how the stitches should look.
The photo shown BELOW is WRONG! It has a TWIST - make sure your stitches are not twisted!
Before you make your first stitch, place a stitch marker, shown below, on your RIGHT needle. The stitch marker just slides around the needle. Whenever you come to it, you have completed one ROUND! Each time you get to it, just slide marker from the left needle to the right needle.
Round 1 Knit all stitches around.
Round 2 Purl all stitches around.
Round 3 Purl all stitches around.
Round 4 Change to Curry (green) yarn. Knit all stitches around.
Round 5 Purl all stitches around.
Round 6 Purl all stitches around.
Round 7 Change to Zinnia (coral) yarn. Knit all stitches around.
Round 8 Knit all stitches around.
Round 9 Knit all stitches around.
If you have questions, chances are someone else does too! Please POST them as a COMMENT,(you don't have to be a member to post) and I'll get to them as quickly as possible!
Here's a quick hint for not mixing up what round you are on: Print this page or a take a sheet of paper and number it from 1-9 for each round. AFTER you finish a round, check it off. You'll never loose your place if you follow this simple tip.
FRIDAY - Starts the Fair Isle!!!!
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Monday, October 15, 2007
Mystery Hat Supplies Unveiled!
Here is what you'll need:
- 1 ball each Mission Falls 1824 Wool (50gr/ball 85 yds) in Zinnia, Spruce, Earth, Natural, and Curry
- Size US 7 double pointed needles
- Size US 7, 16" circular needles
- Stitch markers
Save 15% when you buy the supplies from us! Click here to buy the kit for this project at NobleKnits.com
Get your supplies today - the knitting begins on Thursday!
Today is a day to stop and think how we can better take care of our world. Each of us can help provide a cleaner, greener Earth for our children and our children's children. I have always considered knitters a pretty environmentally conscious group. Afterall, we are so passionate about fibers; and the plants and animals that provide these luxuries.
Knitting makes us slow down. It reminds us of a gentler time when our sweaters and socks had to be made by hand to keep us warm. And even though most of us aren't able to see the entire process from start to finish; raising the sheep, sheering, carding, spinning, etc. We certainly have an appreciation for it.
Today is a great day to be alive for a knitter! Renewable resources abound in fiber, some of them age old and some fibers are just being developed.
Wool - the sheering process helps aid in the health of the sheep as well as provides a warm wonderful fiber
Bamboo - A new kid in the world of fiber and a wonderful renewable resource. Bamboo has the look of silk and the durability of cotton, amazing! Even our favorite knitting needles are made from...bamboo.
HAPPY BLOG ACTION DAY
Sunday, October 14, 2007
Since we all have MONDAY knocking on our door, I figured we could all use a little laugh.
Anne Taintor, just when I thought you couldn't get any funnier...
We just received these new notepads: "It would, of course, have to look like an accident"
Shop this and more Anne Taintor Notepads
And her newest magnet:
"She wanted to look good for the trial"
Thursday, October 11, 2007
My daughter, Hadley spent most of last Sunday afternoon Hula Hooping. That girl can hula hoop like nobody's business! Whenever I've hula hooped, I just try to keep that hoop up as long as possible and hope for the best. Not her! She can hula and hula and usually stops because she's decided to do someithing else, not because the hula drops. I asked her how she was able to keep the hula up so long and she said, "Oh, it's easy...I'll just show you the trick my teacher taught us." It made me think of how much hula hooping and knitting have in common. Once you know the tricks and give yourself time to master a technique, you can knit anything you want. So just open your mind and remind yourself that you can do it...just keep practicing!
And then there's HULA HOOPING!!!
If plain ol' knitting isn't enough, keep at it and you'll be moving on to more advanced techniques in no time! Plain ol' hula hooping got a little boring for Hadley, so she decided she needed to add a little flag that she balanced on her head until she got the hoop going and then waved the flag around while hula-ing! You go girl!