Wednesday, August 12, 2015

How to Knit a Larger Sentiment Shawl

Photo © Kathy Cadigan, 2013

Even though it's still summer here in the northern hemisphere, this bulky shawl, Sentiment, has been my best seller this month! The super chunky stitches are surprising and impressive, and make for a rewarding and quick knit. 

The wingspan is as it's written is 48 in/122, and lots of knitters have asked how to make a larger shawl. It isn't complicated and just takes a little bit of math. I wrote an easy formula below, along with a step-by-step explanation of how to use it.

The lace pattern repeat that starts off the shawl is 14 stitches (+1 edge stitch), if you want to increase the size of the shawl, you’ll need to add multiples of 14 to the cast-on number. You can then work the lace section of the shawl using the written or charted instructions given on page 3 of the pattern. When you finish that section, you’ll have worked some shaping, so you’ll end up with 12 fewer stitches than you cast on.

For the short row shaping section, you’ll want to have 7 center stitches that are not worked during short row shaping. Here’s the math for figuring out how many stitches to work in Row 1 of the Short Row Shaping:


Total Number of Stitches - 7 (center stitches) = A
A ÷  2 = B (the number of stitches on either side of the 7 center stitches)
B (first set of stitches) + 7 (center stitches) = C (number of stitches to work in Short Row 1)


So Short Row 1 would read, “KC (instead of 54), w&t.”  Then you could just work the remainder of the pattern as written, though with different stitch counts.

At the gauge given in the pattern, each lace repeat gives you about 6 inches of finished width. In order to make a shawl that’s a foot wider than given in the pattern (60 inches instead of 48), I’m going to start with 2 extra lace repeats. 

Pattern Cast-On Number: 113
Stitches in 1 Lace Repeat: 14

113 (CO #) + 28 (2 extra Lace Repeats) = 141

Cast-On Section
I need to cast on 141.

Lace Section
In the Lace Section, 12 stitches are decreased.
141 (cast-on number) - 12 (decreased in shaping) = 129

Short Row Section
129 (Total Stitches) - 7 (center stitches) = 122
122 ÷ 2 = 61 (number of stitches on either side of the center 7 stitches)
61 (first set of stitches) + 7 (center stitches) = 68

Short Row 1 would read, “K68 (instead of 54), w&t.” 

Then continue working the pattern to the end as directed, being aware that you’ll have different stitch counts than are given in the pattern.

If you do choose to make a larger shawl, you’ll need more yarn than called for in the pattern. Since I haven’t knit it larger, I can’t be sure how much more, and it can vary a lot, particularly if you’re using a different yarn than called for in the pattern. 

Please share your projects on Ravelry! I’d love to see some XXL Sentiments this fall!

Photo © Kathy Cadigan, 2013

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Friday, July 10, 2015

ARBRE - Brooklyn Tweed Wool People 9

Photo © Jared Flood/Brooklyn Tweed, 2015

Brooklyn Tweed is one of my favorite yarn companies and all of their collections are worth waiting for. I’m particularly excited about the latest one, Wool People 9, which includes a new pi shawl, Arbre. 

The pi shawl form is fascinating to me because the a formula can be used in an infinite variety of ways. You may remember my last pi shawl, also for Brooklyn Tweed (from Wool People 6) called Tree Rings. In that design I played around with texture and emphasized the round shape of the shawl using concentric rings of welting paired with directional sideways chevrons.

Photos © Jared Flood/Brooklyn Tweed, 2015
This time I wanted to explore the traditional lace pi shawl, so I chose just a few simple lace patterns to repeat for dramatic impact. The every-row lace pattern edging is just a 6-row pattern, so the scalloping of the edge is particularly lacy, adding to the overall heirloom feel of the shawl.

If you’re curious about how pi shawls work and want a little guidance getting started with your Arbre, please join me for a pi shawl workshop on Saturday, July 18 from 1-5pm at Tolt Yarn & Wool in Carnation, WA. Tolt has a wonderful selection of Brooklyn Tweed yarns and is an incredible destination yarn shop.

Space is limited, so call Tolt at (425) 333-4066 to reserve your spot!

Photos © Jared Flood/Brooklyn Tweed, 2015

Wool People 9 is an inspiring collection all around, and I'm particularly excited by Gyre, Element, and Grille. The Brooklyn Tweed blog is featuring short interviews with Wool People 9 designers, so you can read more about this design and lots more! The look book is also definitely worth browsing. Enjoy!

See Arbre:

Monday, May 18, 2015

#RangelKAL Wrap Up

It's not quite over yet, but I want to share some of the amazing projects knitters have created for the Rangel Knit Along. There were lots of lovely Pembroke Wraps:

From Top Left Clockwise: Pembroke Wraps knit by Ravelers
 bravesealpupsandragon72SweetBeej, and vjbeck

And some incredible garments! All of the projects below were made by the talented and prolific Raveler, kparise. I adore her color sense!

From Left Clockwise: Katie Summer Dress, Luxa, and Escalier Cardigan knit by Raveler kparise 

Knitters also worked up a bunch of lovely accessories. The shawl on the bottom right was made using Raveler MaryBear's handspun!

From Top Left Clockwise: Tolt Hat knit by Raveler shantiknits, Sentiment knit by Raveler fabfemme, Fietser Mitts knit by Raveler sushipie, Resin knit by Raveler iownapaint, Wendee knit by Raveler SweetBeej, and Sunlight on the Forest Floor spun & knit by Raveler MaryBear 

This KAL was a bit impromptu to begin with, but so many knitters participated and the finished objects are just beautiful! 

You've still got until the end of the day on Wednesday, May 20 to post your FO photo to the Ravelry thread to be eligible to win one of our fantastic prizes! 

Thursday, May 14, 2015

New Pattern - Melisseus

Photo © Craftsy 2015
I love when a stitch pattern looks great on both sides, particularly if I plan to use it for a scarf or cowl. That way I can just throw it on without thinking if the "good" side is showing, which makes it a more practical accessory. For my latest design, Melisseus, I chose a fun honeycomb stitch pattern that's easy to work, and creates a cuddly bubble texture on the other side.

To visually divide up the pattern, I used a welting technique that creates these great clean ridges on the fabric. Instructions for how to do it are given in the pattern, and it's a handy skill to add to your repertoire. The whole cowl is worked in the round as a loop, so finishing is minimal.

Photo © Craftsy 2015
This pattern is now available as a kit from Craftsy, and you can also get it as part of Craftsy's Exclusive Spring Wraps Bundle, which includes designs from the brilliant Romi Hill and Melanie Blerg. 

Pattern Specs:

Rowan Pure Wool Worsted (100% Wool; 219 yd/200 m per 100 g skein) Color: Damson; 3 skeins

12.25 in/32 cm deep, 44 in/112 cm circumference

19 stitches and 38 rows = 4 inches in Dimple Stitch Pattern after blocking

US #8/5 mm 40 in/100 cm circular needle

On a quick note of business, we have just about a week left to go in my Knit Along! Head over to my Ravelry group to post Finished Object photos for your chance to win one of a bunch a fantastic prizes.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

#RangelKAL Prize Announcement 5

Can you guess what the next KAL prize is? If you're familiar with Fringe Association, you knew as soon as you saw that picture! If you don't know about Fringe, you're in for a treat. Style genius and maker/blogger Karen Templer also curates the perfect little shop for knitters and other creative folks. The bags shown above are handmade by another favorite (and Canadian!), Bookhou. The shop also carries wonderful notions like buttons made of horn and bone, the incredibly useful Fashionary notebook, and lots of other beautiful and well-made goods.

Karen has generously agreed to give a $25 gift certificate to one lucky knitter. To be eligible to win this and lots more amazing prizes, you just have to join our Knit Along currently in progress, post a Ravelry project, and post photos of your finished project in the forum thread by May 20, 2015. 

This could be the perfect motivation to start working on that sweater you've been pining after (Luxa is a springtime favorite). Or, if you're short on time, check out my Quick Knits Pinterest board for ideas on projects that provide a little bit more instant gratification. (Have you knit a Pembroke yet? It's a lace triangle in super bulky yarn, so you'll finish it up in no time!)

A few knitters have already finished their projects, so you can scroll through the forum thread for a little inspirations. It's not too late to join and I'd love to have you!

#RangelKAL Ravelry Forum Thread

Fringe Association
Knitter's Pride Needle Set Prize
Knit Crate Ume Kit Prize
Knitting Boutique Passages Prize
Tolt Hat and Mitts Prize

Monday, March 16, 2015

#RANGELKAL Prize Announcement 4

The Rangel KAL is now well underway, but I'm going to keep announcing prizes! This next one is a sampler set of Knitter's Pride interchangeable needles. Thank you, Knitter's Pride for your contribution! 

The set includes three kinds of tips - Karbonz, Bamboo, and Nova Cubics (they're square!) - so you can try them all out and see which ones you like. You'll also get 2 cords - 24" and 40", making this a really versatile little kit. I love this sampler concept because it lets you try out the whole interchangeable thing without committing to a whole set the first time around. 

Now that the cast-on day has passed, please join us at any time! You just have to add your project to Ravelry & share FO pics before May 20th to be eligible to win this needle set (and lots of yarny prizes too!) 

#RangelKAL Ravelry Forum Thread

Knit Crate Ume Kit PrizeKnitting Boutique Passages Prize
Tolt Hat and Mitts Prize

Monday, March 9, 2015

#RANGELKAL Prize Announcement 3

The good folks at KnitCrate are very kindly contributing a kit for one of my most popular patterns, Ume and a coveted color of Hazel Knits Artisan Sock that'll be perfect to celebrate spring!

The KAL kicks off tomorrow, so get ready to cast on! To be eligible to win a prize, you just have to add your project to Ravelry and post at least one FO picture to the Ravelry thread. I'd love to add you to our list of participants too, so head over to the forum to check out what everyone else is planning to make and share your own plans!

Knit Crate
#RangelKAL Ravelry Forum Thread

Knitting Boutique Passages Prize
Tolt Hat and Mitts Prize

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