Friday, January 24, 2014

My First (Sort-Of) Press Hit!

Okay, so I know I kind of suck at updating this blog (and Ravelry. And Tumblr. And Twitter), but sue me...I'd rather design or knit rather than writing about knitting. This homeboy only has so many hours in his day...also, my Theater website over yonder is a time guzzler-and-a-half. 

But I am gonna try this again (said for the thousandth time)...

So anyways, Vogue Knitting Live in Manhattan was incredibly fetch this year and I loved seeing the fashion shows and the yarn vendors and meeting up with my knitting mentor Amanda and...and....and...

THIS!!!!!



Obviously, I bee-lined for Knitwhits to check out their stock of yarn. The lovely people at the shop liked my Reverse Colorway Triangle using the Freia yarn I bought last year at the same event and place. We chatted, they snapped a photo and added it to their Vogue Knitting Live album on Facebook. Obviously, I was flattered. And I am also photographed wearing one of the turbans I knitted (a sentence I am so glad I can type!).

Check out their album and their website because I can't recommend their yarn selection enough. I love Freia yarn more than I do people. I totally did not buy six skeins of lace weight yarn totaling close to $200. Yeah, that didn't happen at all. Not. At. All.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Reverse Colorway Triangle

I was at Vogue Knitting Live in NYC this past January because reasons, all obvious. In addition to taking some design classes with the wonderful Josh Bennett a.k.a Boy Meets Purl, I purveyed the marketplace there. One of the pop-up stores there was Knitwich...you guys, I just can't even with that store. I fell in love at first sight of their entire stock of hand-painted, ombré Freia yarn. So obsessed, I can't even...

Because each skein was a small fortune (yarn-wise, that is) and I bought two of the same colorway, I cycled through two scarf/neckcessory designs and "tests" (translation: almost completed the project before I realized I hated the end result) before settling on this third one - a triangular scarf. I just got the idea that instead of stranding the two yarns for one gradual, tonal color change, it would be way cooler to reverse one of the colorways so each side of the triangle changes color in opposite directions (but also match up at one point!).

I love me a good triangle with a long wrap-around and tails and such. So, instead of doing 4 stitch increases at the center and ends of the RS rows, I did an increase on the first and last stitch of every RS and WS row. The result? Something more wider then it is longer.

You can use any two skeins of any self-striping or tonally-changing yarn, as well as alter the size to better fit you by adding/reducing the number of rows (I am a pretty big dude, so 61" wide is great for one wrap-around without looking like I am being swallowed by my creation).



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Reverse Colorway Triangle Pattern

Two Skeins of Freia Blue Velvet Ombré Fingering Weight Yarn 
(Fiber content: 75% wool, 25% nylon. Ball size: 75g/2.64 oz - 294 meters/322 yards)

Needle Size - 7 (4.5 mm) Needles

Gauge: 5 Stitches of Stockinette = 1" Wide (Gauge is not that important)

Finished Dimensions (After Blocking): 61" wide, 18.25" long

Key:
CO = Cast On
RS = Right Side
WS = Wrong Side
K = Knit
P = Purl
KFB = Knit in front and back of stitch (1 stitch increase)
PM = Place Marker
SM = Slip Marker
BO = Bind Off
K2T = Knit Two Stitches Together

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Pattern Notes

When you join the second skein (Yarn B during set up), start with the yarn on the opposite end of the colorway so there is a stark contrast between the two yarns (at first).

When changing yarn on the RS and WS, be sure to twist your yarns to avoid making holes.

The two markers indicate the center of the triangle and I love to call it the "color change zone." That keeps the triangle seamless and the pattern will always follow [(RS) Change to Yarn B], and [(WS) Change to Yarn A].

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Set-Up

CO 6 stitches (This skein will be referred to as Yarn A)

Row 1: KFB, K1, PM, K1, Join Yarn B and K1, PM, K1, KFB (8 stitches)

Row 2: KFB, K2, SM, P1, Change to Yarn A, P1, SM, K2, KFB (10 stitches)

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The Rest of the Pattern

Row 3: KFB, Knit to Marker, SM, K1, Change to Yarn B, K1, SM, P until the last 2 stitches, K1, KFB (12 stitches)

Row 4: KFB, K1, Knit to Marker, SM, P1, Change to Yarn A, P1, SM, P until the last 2 stitches, K, KFB (14 stitches)

Row 5: Repeat Row 3 (16 stitches)

Row 6: Repeat Row 4 (18 stitches)

Rows 3 - 6 on the RS, the right side of the triangle should be 4 rows of stockinette, while the left side should be reverse stockinette to create a textural contrast in addition to the color contrast.

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Row 7: KFB, K1, P to Marker, SM, K1, Change to Yarn B, K1, SM, K until the last 2 stitches, K1, KFB (20 stitches)

Row 8: KFB, K1, P to Marker, SM, P1, Change to Yarn A, P1, SM, K until the last 2 stitches, K1, KFB (22 stitches)

Row 9: Repeat Row 7 (24 stitches)

Row 10: Repeat Row 8 (26 stitches)

Rows 7 - 10 on the RS, the right side of the triangle should be 4 rows of reverse stockinette, while the left side should be stockinette. This is the exact opposite of Rows 3 - 6.

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Rows 11 - 147: Repeat Rows 3 - 10, 17 times (298 Stitches)

As the colors gradually change, both skeins of yarn will reach the same color at some point.

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Rows 148 - 151: Repeat Rows 3 - 6 (306 Stitches)

BO all stitches. I recommend *K2T, move completed stitch from the right needle to the left needle, repeat from the *.

Block aggressively for a loose, drape-y feel. Weave-in any loose strands of yarn.

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Another photo of me with some llamas. Because why not.

Many thanks to my knitting mentor/gal pal Amanda for providing photography support and pattern copyediting.

Monday, July 30, 2012

Basketweave Baby Blanket

One of my co-workers is going to be a grandmother for the first time in August. She (somewhat jokingly) asked me to knit something gender-neutral (her daughter does not know the sex of the baby). Like she had to ask me twice...

So, the task at hand? Something in yellow or a teal-ish color that a baby could use (meaning, nothing frilly, delicate or overdone). Pretty simple, no?

Looking through my ever-growing yarn stash, I had 2 Skeins of this "Red Heart Super Saver Economy" yellow (I think it is listed as "Lemon") and felt like this was the exact shade that one would think of a newborn. Sure, it is pretty low-end, but it has a lot of yardage for the buck and besides, I was not going to use a wool, cotton, alpaca or cashmere on someone that does not know the difference between the four.

I immediately thought of doing a blanket to use up the 2 skeins completely. I worked with a variation of a basket-weave technique that I have used in the past for a scarf and saw a lot of pictures and patterns on how I could refine it.

Looking online, most baby blankets vary from a small-ish size (16" x 32") to a large, bassonet size (38" x 50"). I always had the line of thought of going larger then smaller (so the baby can get as much use out of it as possible), and ultimately decided to cast on as many stitches as I can feasibly can. I lucked into the fact that with 2 Skeins, I had a 27" x 40", so I bought an additional skein and bumped up the dimensions to a 36" x 40".

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The Pattern

Needle Size - 10.5 (6.5 mm) Needles
Gauge: 8 stitches x 10 Rows = 2" x 2" (1 "Box")

Cast on 176 Stitches {(I cast on 178, so I can do the chain edging on the first and last stitch of every row (The third option from this YouTube Video)}.

Row 1: *K8, P8 - Repeat from *
Rows 2 thru 10: Repeat Row 1
Row 11: *P8, K8 - Repeat from *
Rows 12 thru 20: Repeat Row 11

Repeat Rows 1 - 20 for desired length.

Bind off, block and weave-in any loose strands of yarn.
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The project took me close to two months and I suppose that was to be expected. There are over 30,000 stitches in the project (all made with love!) and I was really happy with the result. It looks simple, but interesting enough and a lot more high end considering the monetary investment. My parents think I should keep this pattern in my repertoire for when I have children...

Bitch please, I'm 22, single and have more projects to complete first. I am not giving up my crafts closet yet. :)