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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:

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

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

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

RECOMMENDED NEEDLES
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
Patterns

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
Patterns

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
Patterns

Knitting Boutique Passages Prize
Tolt Hat and Mitts Prize

Saturday, March 7, 2015

#RANGELKAL Prize Announcement 2


Thanks to all of you have have already posted in my Ravelry thread to participate in the upcoming KAL! We're casting on in just a few days (March 10) and I've got another prize to announce!

The Knitting Boutique has generously offered a kit for my latest pattern, Passages! The yarn for this one is extra special. Lustrous and rare, Teeswater wool has the sweetest, delicate halo. The two-ply structure is also perfect for lace. The Passages pattern and yarn are part of The Knitting Boutique's ongoing Rare Breeds Club.

Passages is worked sideways, starting with a provisional cast-on and then grafted. The lace pattern is made up of strong chevrons, but it's softened by the loft, drape, and delicacy of the yarn. 

If you're planning to knit Passages or any of my other designs, don't miss out on the KAL. I hope to chat with you soon!

Knitting Boutique Rare Breeds Club
#RangelKAL Ravelry Forum Thread
Patterns

Monday, March 2, 2015

#RANGELKAL

Top photo © Anna Dianich, 2013. Bottom photo © Andrea Rangel 2014.

There's been a lot of anticipatory conversation in my Ravelry group over the last week about our upcoming Knit Along! I'm excited to have a bunch of knitters on board and I hope you'll join us. KAL's are great fun because you get to be part of a community where you can ask questions, share ideas, and celebrate each other's achievements. They're also fun for the prizes!

I'm announcing the first prize today - a kit to knit my Tolt Hat and Mitts, including 3 skeins of Berroco Blackstone Tweed and both patterns (digital downloads.) I'll be announcing more prizes over the next few weeks.

Here's the KAL Info:

WHAT: 
Knit a project from any of my pattern, no matter where they're published. There's a coupon code for indie pattern in our Ravelry thread.

WHEN:
Cast on March 10. Post FO (finished object) photos in our Ravelry thread by May 20 to be eligible for prizes.

WHERE: 
Discussion and WIP (work in progress) photos will be shared on my group Ravelry thread, but I'll be sharing on this blog, and I'd love if you'd share on social media - use the tag #RangelKAL when posting to Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

So how about it? Join lots of other knitters and post in the forum thread to let us know what you'll be knitting and give us the scoop on your yarn choice. 


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