Friday Follow-Up: Online Knitting Highlights for the Week of September 8th

This week saw some of the major publications putting out new issues:

  • Brooklyn Tweed published their fall collection – BT Fall 14: Fisherman-Inspired Knits for Autumn. It includes gorgeous sweaters, scarves, and hats by designers Jared Flood, Veronik Avery, Michele Wang, and Julie Hoover. Every pattern is beautiful, as always! If I had to pick a favourite, it would be Rowe by Michele Wang. The reason? Neutral grey, ribbing, and cables are exactly what I have been working on these last few weeks, as you can see in my latest cowl pattern being tested now. (Whew, I’m on the right track this season!)

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Paging through all these patterns will surely keep us all busy this weekend!

Michelle

What is Friday Follow-Up? My Friday Follow-Up is a weekly blog feature. Every Friday, I follow-up the online knitting events of the week with my own take on things.

Fall Patterns are Coming!

The weather is getting cooler and I am pulling on a sweater and socks more frequently these days. Soon it will be time for scarves, cowls, mittens, and hats. It must be time to design some new fall and winter accessories!

Here’s a glimpse at the colours and textures coming in 3 new LMD fall patterns. There are some classic neutrals, bold colours, cables, and lace. I’ve been drawn to heavier yarns this season – aran, bulky, and super bulky.

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I hope you enjoy the new fall patterns – watch for them in October!

Michelle

 

 

Friday Follow-Up: Online Knitting Highlights for the Week of September 1st

The fall season always brings a rush of new knitting patterns and this week didn’t disappoint:

  • Interweave’s new book, 3 Skeins or Less: Fresh Knitted Accessories, is available for pre-ordering. It contains lots of great fall accessory patterns by popular designers including Faina Goberstein, Kirsten Kapur, Ann Weaver, and others. A source for gift knitting ideas, maybe?

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So many beautiful knitted things to keep us warm this winter!

Michelle

What is Friday Follow-Up? My Friday Follow-Up is a weekly blog feature. Every Friday, I follow-up the online knitting events of the week with my own take on things.

Friday Follow-Up: Online Knitting Highlights for the Week of August 25th

As the weather cools, sweater season is drawing near. Lots of new sweater patterns popped up this week!

  • I have recently discovered Mel Ski’s Hawaiian inspired patterns and I love this sweater: Mauna Kea.
  • Thea Colman released Dirty Martini, a cute aran weight cardigan.
  • Amy Miller’s latest sweater is a striped v-neck pullover: Signature Stripes. I love Amy’s sweater patterns!
  • A Fine Tuesday is an asymmetrical cardigan designed by yellowcosmo.
  • Hanna Maciejewska’s Wisteria Lane is a cute fingering weight pullover with pretty lace details.
  • Here is a sport weight cardigan pattern by Laura Aylor: Robie Street.
  • And Tincanknits has a new ebook ready for pre-ordering: Road Trip. There are lots of great fall patterns including several sweaters.

Now, which of these great sweater patterns will I add to my ‘I Wish I Had Time to Knit This’ list? Decisions, decisions….

Michelle

What is Friday Follow-Up? My Friday Follow-Up is a weekly blog feature. Every Friday, I follow-up the online knitting events of the week with my own take on things.

Friday Follow-Up: Online Knitting Highlights for the Week of August 18th

I’m always noticing what other Canadian designers are doing. Here are some newly released Canadian designs this week:

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Yay Canada! Have a great weekend…. Michelle

What is Friday Follow-Up? My Friday Follow-Up is a weekly blog feature. Every Friday, I follow-up the online knitting events of the week with my own take on things.

Jogless Stripes and Underarm Gaps – Working on my ‘I Wish I Had Time to Knit This’ List

It’s been a while since I posted a progress update on my ‘I Wish I Had Time To Knit This’ list. Here’s my list:

And a new addition to the list….

I recently finished my Grace sweater. Yarn is Madelinetosh Sock in Antique Lace.

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Instead of the Gradient Pullover by Amy Miller, I decided to knit her Sperry sweater. The yarn I am using is Cascade Superwash Sport in grey with white stripes. Here’s a progress pic:

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What I really want to share here is the two techniques that have proven invaluable. First of all, both sweaters are top-down patterns and both require the picking up of stitches for working the sleeves. The stitches are picked up in the underarm area, easy enough, but I struggled with the gaps left on either side of the picked up stitches. This is a similar problem to picking up stitches at the heel on socks. Of course, we can pick up an extra stitch at each gap and then decrease it. I found this Youtube video that shows a particularly easy and invisible way of doing it: www.youtube.com/watch?v=LIUeMvFlkok. It worked beautifully for me!

The Sperry sweater has helped me to perfect the jogless stripe technique described here at the TECHknitting blog. The sweater is worked in the round and the white stripes are only two rows each. Hiding the jog is tricky. This finally ‘clicked’ for me and I have been working flawless traveling jogless stripes ever since!

Michelle

Friday Follow-Up: Online Knitting Highlights for the Week of August 11th

I’m back from holidays and back at work this week. Here’s what I’ve been watching in the online knitting world….

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  • Fellow Canadian designer, Andrea Rangel, released her Fietser Mitts and Cowl patterns. They are worked in the beautiful Anzula Cloud. I might just have to make these. They are simple and classic, just my style!
  • One of my favourite designers, Amy Miller, released a new shawl pattern: Elizabeth.
  • Malabrigo released a new MFPP collection, Berlin – Wrapped in Red, with patterns by 6 different designers as well as a new Quickie pattern in Rios:  Tiltawhirl Cowl by Stephannie Tallent.

Have a great weekend! Michelle

What is Friday Follow-Up? My Friday Follow-Up is a weekly blog feature. Every Friday, I follow-up the online knitting events of the week with my own take on things.

Friday Follow-Up: Online Knitting Highlights for the Week of July 28th

It’s been a busy week in the online knitting world – fall is in the air!

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Have a great weekend! Michelle

What is Friday Follow-Up? My Friday Follow-Up is a weekly blog feature. Every Friday, I follow-up the online knitting events of the week with my own take on things.

Spotting the kfb Stitch 101

If you, like me, get distracted while knitting and frequently lose your place, you might appreciate this little hint for working the Totally Triangular Scarf. If you can’t remember if it’s time to work the kfb increase or not, (do I work it on this right side row? or did I just work it on the previous right side row? darn, I can’t remember…) learn how to spot it in your knitting. That way, you will know exactly which row you worked it on and which row needs it next.

The kfb increase leaves a little bar in your knitting each time it is worked. It’s not very visible, particularly in garter stitch (which is why I like to use it in garter stitch), but it can be seen if you look for it. Here’s a photo of my Totally Triangular Scarf in progress. The arrows point to the kfb bars. The kfb increase is worked every four rows.

kfbstitchThe above photo shows the right side of the knitting, ready to work a right side row. We are repeating Rows 3 – 6, but did I just work Row 3 or 5? I can’t remember. As you can see by the arrow, I worked Row 6 with the kfb two rows ago, so that means I must have just worked Row 3 and Row 4 is next. Whew. But look at this next photo. Where am I now?

kfbstitch2I can see that I worked Row 6 with the kfb four rows ago, so Row 6 is up next.

Similarly, when you are working the decreases, you can spot the k2tog stitches by looking closely for two stitches knitted together.

I hope these photos help you to identify where your kfbs are in your knitting. It sure helps me to keep track of where I am in the Totally Triangular pattern!

Michelle

 

 

Friday Follow-Up: Online Knitting Highlights for the Week of July 21st

Here’s what I’ve been watching this week in the online knitting world:

  • Two new surprises were added to Knitty.com’s First Fall 2014 issue: Thisbe – socks by Nancy Green, and Change of Heart – a cowl by Justyna Lorkowska.
  • Sweaters remained popular on Ravelry’s Hot Right Now list with Amy Miller’s Victoria, Thea Colman’s Amaro, and the Purl Bee’s Bamboo Shell.
  • And Knitpicks is having a site-wide sale: 10% off!

Have a great weekend! Michelle

What is Friday Follow-Up? My Friday Follow-Up is a weekly blog feature. Every Friday, I follow-up the online knitting events of the week with my own take on things.