2.21.2015

Slipped Stitch Shawl (receipt)


I love wearing my alpaca shawl, it was one of my favourites this winter. After publishing pictures of my latest shawl I got lot of compliments and a commenter asked me if I was intend to share the pattern. Honestly I don't feel trained enough to write a colorwork pattern, so now I give just a receipt how to start the knitting, the basic steps and I share the chart of the work. 

It is a slipped stitch shawl that means you use just one color at one row. When the second color is picked up, main color stitches are passed without being knitted in front of the work. This method is ideal for those who are new into working with more colors and don't feel enough comfortable with stranded colorwork.


Materials

I used up 1.5 skeins of Drops Baby Alpaca Silk in colorways Dark Blue and Hellgrau and almost 2 skeins of Drops Alpaca in Pistacio. The edging is a real yarn-eater detail of the shawl. I knitted on 3.00 mm needles.

Beginning

With main color cast on 2 stitches and knit 8 rows in stockinette. Now you got a rectangle. Without turning the work pick up 4 stitches on the long side of the rectangle and 2 stitches on the next shorter side. Now you have 8 stitches on your needles. 

Increasing

Start increasing in next row. 
With main color {K2, Yo, K1, Yo} K2 {Yo, K1, Yo, K2}. You increased 2 sts on both sides. The increasing instructions highlighted between braces {} will be repeated in every second rows.
Next row: K2, P to last 2 sts, K2

Start working with two colors

I explain the first few rows to be familiar with reading the chart. 

Row 1 (C1): {K2, Yo, K1, Yo} K to last 3 sts {Yo, K1, Yo, K2}
Row 2 (C1): K2, P to last 2 sts, K2
Row 3 (C2): {K2, Yo, K1, Yo} K4, Sl 2 sts, K4, {Yo, K1, Yo, K2}
Row 4 (C2): K2, P7, Sl 2 sts, P7, K2
Row 5 (C1): and in ea 4th row repeat Row 1
Row 6 (C1): and in ea 4th row repeat Row 2
Row 7 (C2): {K2, Yo, K1, Yo} K2, Sl 2 sts, K4, Sl 4 sts, K4, Sl 2 sts, K2, {Yo, K1, Yo, K2}
Row 8 (C2): K2, P4, Sl 2 sts, P4, Sl 4 sts, P4, Sl 2 sts, P4, K2

Continue working the Chart.


Repeat Rows 19-50 one more time.

Edging

Keeping the increasing stitches on the sides knit a 12 more rows in garter stitch alternating the colors ending with WS row. Do not cast off. Total number of your stitches: 196. 

With the 3rd color cast on 20 sts. 
Row 1&3&5: Slip as if to purl, knit until last st, knit the next st together with the following body stitch
Row 2&4: Slip as if to purl, knit all sts.
Row 6: Slip as if to purl, purl all sts.

Repeat Rows 1-6 to the last 4 rows. Knit Rows 1-4 and cast off.

Abbreviations

K - knit, P - purl, Sl - slip stitch in front of the work, Yo - yarn over, st(s) - stitches, C1 - work with main color, C2 - work with second color

2.11.2015

At turning point

I am going with my new cardigan pretty well. I just reached a real turning point: I am done with the body and now need to cut it. This is the hardest part of colorwork, although I know it won't unravel, my hands are shaking.
In my latest post I asked your advice which side should I use. The original pattern shows a cool reverse stockinette cardigan, but I really love the nice chevron pattern on the 'right' side. So I decided I am going to use that side and maybe next time I'll create something with the reverse.

I also have some bad news. The stripe cardigan I made for months need to be unravelled, since it has turned out too small. All those working hours with 3.00 mm and 2.50 mm... what a huge waist.

I am not going to reknit it, I'll use up the yarn for an other project. Do you have any idea what to knit with Drops Fabel and Drops Delight? I am seeking for a longtime project, preferably a cardigan or a sweater. I have 6 skeins of Fabel and 4 skeins of Delight. It doesn't matter if it requires more yarn, since these colors are usually in stock in my favourite webshops.

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1.21.2015

A finished project

It's been a while since I shared something finished. Well, it is time to shine. As I mentioned in my latest post I enjoy working with more strands, focusing on holding the tension and altering colors switch my brain off. I feel like a knitting yogi
I started this shawl in July during our vacation. It was the first time I made something with slipped-stitch knitting and I am satisfied with my results.
I didn't followed any instructions, just chosed a nice 2-color pattern and turned into this shawlette. The edges were adjusted seamlessly with short-rows method. The yarns (Drops Babyalpaca Silk & Drops Alpaca) behaved better than I expected since there was no problems with slippery stitches.
As most knitters I also love this season when I can wear my knitted neckwarmer and wrap collection which keep me warm and cozy all day long. Picking the right shawl every morning is just a joyful dilemma for me. 

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1.14.2015

My first WIP in 2015

Before Christmas I started a new project, a really challenging one. One of my greatest knitting goals is becoming better at colorwork. I have already knitted a cardigan using two colors and a pair of Selbu mittens. Working with more strands is a little bit tricky and I really enjoy that each stitch requires focusing and deep concentration - a great therapy for me.
I was afraid of going too deep into colorwork and working with more than two strands at one row but wanted to create something colorful. Besides my fair isle goal, I also wanted to knit something from the bottom up. The cardigan I picked is Conifer using two strands, eight colors and worked bottom up, it has been designed by Rosee Woodland. I felt in love with the reverse stockinette texture and the unusual cuffs are really cool as well. 


Though the construction is just perfect, I am planning a few modifications. First of all I chosed darker colors: the main color is grey with contrasting shades of red, orange, grey and light lime. 
I am ready with the arms and working on the body. Inspite of working flat I prefer working in the round and at the end I am going to steek it. 
Although I felt in love with the reverse stockinette as I progress with the work, I love the regular side a little bit more. So now I am still hesitating which side I will use. The reverse is so cool, but I also love the neat stich definition at the stockinette side. What is your opinion? Which one would you chose?


These days my knitting time is very limited. My life has changed a lot during the last couple months. I have been promoted and my new job exhausts me that much mentally and emotionally that I don't feel enough energy to make anything at nights. A few weeks ago I visited my doctor because of reoccuring belly aches and other stomach-related issues. The biopsy showed coeliac disease so now I am keeping a one-month long gluten free diet to confirm the diagnosis. Christmas was a little bit challenging because I had to miss traditional sweet bites. Since I am not allowed to eat out in the restaurants I used to, I have to prepare all meals for myself. Anway I find it rather exciting and love my new lifestyle. I really miss knitting and blogging and hopefully I can find its place in my new routine. 


9.03.2014

A setback and a new WIP to go

I haven't completed any of my projects showed you two weeks ago. The cardigan is a long-term challange because on the collar I have more than 500 stitchen on my needles, so in an hour I can manage to complete just 4 or 5 rows. Since the progress is not spectacular, I haven't taken a new one. Anyway I am working on the cardi and I am going to finish during next few weeks.

The other project I was writing about last time was my colorwork shawl. I suffer a setback, because just a few inches before the end I ran out of yarn and none of my country retailers has this color in stock. It was completely my fault, I haven't estimated the yardage correctly - somehow I forgot that Drops Alpaca is deeply under 200yd per ball. So now I am waiting my webshop to receive the shipment and keep my fingers crossed to have Lime color in the package.

Otherwise I am pretty satisfied with the color combination. What do you think about? Do the lime match to the grey and blue? 

To replace my shawl project I casted on a new shawl as well. This design has been in my head from a while, lets see how can I realize it. Just a few words: cables, textured, sideways... I am using the amazing Malabrigo Silky Merino in Lavander colorway.


I am curious about how other knitters spend this early fall days. 

Wishing you happy knitting!


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