This will be my last post for our Strange Brew Knitalong. My sweater is all done! This is how that last few steps went.
The Strange Brew – design your own fairisle sweater pattern by Tin Can Knits is knit all in one piece from the bottom up. In my last post I showed how I knit my sleeves and body of my sweater together so that it was all in one piece. The last step is to knit the yoke of the sweater. This is also the part of the sweater that is the most fun to knit as it has all the colour-work patterns in it. Yahoo!
If you are new to fairisle knitting you might not recognize this as the back side of the sweater. All those long bits of yarn you see are called “floats” They are the bits of yarn that are carried with you across a row while you are knitting with another colour in the same row. The most crucial of tricks with fairisle knitting is to keep the tension of these floats relaxed. If they are too taut they will distort your knitting pattern and make you knitting projects too small. Try to make your floats a little loose. Your knitting should not look buckled, if it does you are too tight with your floats. If you swatched your fairisle knitting on a different size needle now is the time to switch to that needle size.
One thing to consider when you are using multiple colours in a fairisle project is whether you will “carry” your yarn colours up a row when you are not using it. It’s worth thinking about. How many rows will you carry? The more rows you carry the less ends you will have to weave in, but on the other hand the more rows you carry up will mean that your pattern may get distorted in that area or if you are carrying several colours if will add lots of extra bulk in that section. Me, personally, I will only carry a yarn over one row, and that’s why I have soooooo many ends to weave in.
This is quite a chore. Best to take a few breaths and make a cup of tea.
…and now the big reveal!
Volila! I just need to graft the underarm stitches and block this baby!
Thank you for knitting along with me. If you would like to make your own version of the Strange Brew Sweater you can find the pattern HERE.
The Knit Café has a fairisle knitting class
you can read all about it and register HERE
It’s time for casting on! Starting a new project is so fun especially when you have done all that prep work, swatching and charting and plotting.
The Strange Brew Pattern where we can design our own fairisle sweater project leaves a lot of the decision making to us – the knitters! For example you can choose the ribbing stitch for your bottom band and cuffs and neck band. Will it be 1×1, or 2×2 or 3×1? I chose a 1×1 ribbing stitch since I am knitting a small size and I thought the smaller rib would match the sweaters smaller stature.
If you like you can also add fairisle stitching to the body of your sweater and/or the sleeves. I have decided to do one motif just above the bottom band and a smaller version of the same just above the cuff.
Now it’s knit, knit, knit up to the arm pits!
Join us at The Knit Café for a Knitalong!
This past week Tin Can Knits released a new pattern called Strange Brew. It’s a design your own fairisle sweater! If you enjoy getting creative with your knitting you will love this idea. Tin Can Knits have laid out their pattern specs so you choose your size (baby to giant) and then mix and match a very nice collection of fairisle charts to create your colour pattern. As Tin Can Knits say – they have done all the math so you don’t have to.
Here, Lloyd and I are embarking on our sweater design. We have all the necessaries – knitters graph paper, pencil and eraser, coloured pencils and sharpener, knitting pattern with carts and scissors. Scissors? Why scissors?
The first thing I did when I received me Strange Brew pattern was make a second copy of all the fair isle knitting charts. Then I could cut out the ones I was interested in and mix and match them with others to see how they looked together without the trouble of drawing and redrawing.
A yoke on a fairisle pattern is usually divided into three sections with a row of decreases dividing each section. The Starnge Brew pattern tells you how many rows are in each of your sections and each chart clearly shows how many rows tall it is. All you need to do is match one to the other.
Once I had a combination of patterns I liked I sketched it out on my knitter’s graph paper in regular lead pencil so I could erase if needed. Once I was happy with that I started applying colour to my chart.
Above, you can see some of my handy work. The little X’s represent the decreases in the pattern. This is not absolutely necessary to add into your chart. I added it so that I could see how one pattern would sit on top of another after a decrease row. You can also see on the side how I kept track of my rows. The pattern size I am following said to do 8 pattern rows, followed by a decrease row, then 4 pattern rows, then a decrease, then four more pattern rows and a decrease for a total yoke height of 19 rows.
Now Tin Can Knits clearly states that applying your fairisle design to the sweater pattern is “squishy”. What they mean by that is as long as you fit in all of your decreases into the appropriate number of rows for your yoke you are doing AOK. I definitely made a “squishy” pattern. One initial row followed by 7 pattern rows, 1 decrease row, 3 pattern rows, 1 decrease, 5 pattern rows, 1 decrease = 19 rows!
For our Knitalong we will have a meet up time every week.
Come by on Saturday October 14, noon till 1pm. You can use my coloured pencils.
Expect a blog post every week with more of my Strange Brew insights.
A meet up every Saturday at noon
10% discount on supplies for purchased over $100
We recommend Brooklyn Tweed Arbor for this project. We have all 30 colours in stock!
Find the Strange Brew pattern right HERE
Brooklyn Tweed has just announced their very first KAL!
As the name implies this knitalong intends to get you knitting up a lacy project. You can choose the pattern that suits you best, just make it a Brooklyn Tweed yarn and/or a Brooklyn Tweed Pattern.
If you want to be au courant choose Brooklyn Tweed’s brand new pattern designed by their latest in house designer – the wonderful Gudrun Johnston. Gudrun has designed a sweet, textured shawl pattern that can be knit in either Vale (Brooklyn Tweed’s latest laceweight yarn) or Arbor. If you are new to lace-knitting choose the Arbor. The DK weight will knit up faster and it will be easier to follow your stitches with a thicker yarn. If you are an expert lace knitter, then what a great excuse to try out the new super-soft Vale!
Gudrun’s pattern is called Brora
I’m sure that this KAL will live up to the excellent quality I have come to expect when it comes to Brooklyn Tweed. Already they have announced their very detailed schedule of events.
June 28: Special Pattern Release
June 30: Project Planning, Part 1: Getting to know your pattern
July 3: Project Planning, Part 2: Tools and Swatching
July 7: Cast-On Day
July 14: Lace Knitting Q & A, Part 1
July 21: Heirloom Stitches
July 28: Lace Blocking
August 4: Lace Knitting Q & A, Part 2
August 11: KAL Wrap-Up
You can find out more about the Brooklyn Tweed Knitalong right HERE
Happy Knitting A Long!
We have every single colour of
Brooklyn Tweed Arbor in the shop!
Fairisle project anyone?
You can purchase the Arbor in our webshop too. Check it out HERE
The Knit Café has added Brooklyn Tweed Arbor to our online shop!
Now you can shop our collection of this beautiful DK weight wool from your sofa. Want some project inspiration for this excellent yarn? Look no further then Brooklyn Tweed itself!
Jared Flood recently added this photo to The Brooklyn Tweed Blog. It depicts all the hats he made for this past holiday season with Arbor yarn and Brooklyn Tweed’s pattern Burnaby. I made one of these hats this season too. It was a mighty fun knit and the pattern includes a version knit with bulky Quarry yarn which we have in store too.
Brooklyn Tweed has been busy making up patterns for this new yarn. You can check out the whole collection HERE
In addition you might want to have a look at Amirisu’s most recent magazine. Amirisu Winter 2017 has some real gems in it including this ↑ lovely sweater made with Brooklyn Tweed Arbor
Also new – a book of patterns from Brooklyn Tweed!
Capsule by Michele Wang was launched on January 18.
The book contains 8 new patterns that feature Michele Wang’s signature style garments. They are full of texture and glorious cables. The book contains some wonderful women’s sweaters like the one above called Aspen but there is also a terrific men’s sweater and a cute hat pattern too. Buy the book HERE or the patterns individually HERE.
Coincidentally we received a great big order of Brooklyn Tweed on the very same day this book was launched. We have refills of Shelter and Loft and Quarry and Arbor too. You can see all the stock of Shelter and Loft and now Arbor on The Knit Cafe’s website HERE.
It’s Launch Day!
Brooklyn Tweed has just announced a brand new yarn line and we have it, in store, ready for your inspection. The new yarn is called Arbor.
It is a new weight -DK
It is a new spin – worsted-spun
It comes in new colours – rich, solid hues
What is still the same is the terrific Brooklyn Tweed quality. It still is a 100% American made product that focuses on sustainable production.
Spun from American Targhee Sheep’s Wool this new yarn has a soft, squeezable hand and a very smooth look that will have excellent stitch definition. Each skein has 145 yards with a gauge of 5.25-6sts/inch on a 3.75-4.5mm needle, priced at $17 per skein.
This is a wonderful addition to the Brooklyn Tweed line. They have made some patterns for the Arbor too and you can see them on their website HERE.