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!
June 5th was the official start date of a KAL featuring the Featherweight Cardigan, but it is not too late to join. Go to the Knit Cafe’s Ravelry Group to get connected with other knitters.
For those of you who have never participated in a Knitalong before, let me tell you some of the advantages.
– motivation to start a project you really want to try but have prior to not had the gumption to begin.
– sharing the experience with others; getting inspired by their design choices and colours. Basking in the comradery!
– getting tips along the way from helpful friends. Knitters always have tricks of the trade that they love sharing, or adjustments to a pattern that make it unique or a better fit.
– the same helpful friends come to your aid when times get tough; answering questions and giving advice acquired from their own experiences.
– you may finish your project sooner. Watching other knitters project grow is a persuading rallying cry.
This is what the Knitalongers have going on so far ↓
CaraMoo’s colour choice
Tosh Merino Light in Pop Rocks, Edison Bulb, and Tern
Cara has also posted pics of her other completed Featherweights. She has made her fair share and the pics are wonderful fodder for inspiration.
MichHaidar is really far along in such a short time. She is also using Tosh Merino Light
RobbieRobbie’s cardi in Flashdance Tosh Merino Light
diva2knit is also using 2 colours for her version but in the lace weight of Madeleinetosh – Graphite and Steam Age.
This is what the end result will be. Look for the pattern here, or come by the cafe to get a copy, and Knit Along!
A Knitalong is a nice way to keep summer-knitting slap-happy. Some of the folks who join us at the Knit Cafe regularly have started one. The Sexy Shrug knitalong began Tuesday May 31. Already the shrugs are well on their way. Take a gander!
This is the Knit Cafe’s already finished version of the Sexy Shrug just in case you were wondering what the end result might be. Knit-up in Dream in Colour Classy (which is a worsted weight yarn). The colour shown is “In Vino Veritas” which translates to “in wine there is truth” Indeed!
What do you need to start your own knitalong?
First you need a project.
Then you need some knitters.
Then you need a convenient and regular way to get in touch.
The internet is a great tool for a virtual knitalong. Meeting in person is nice too. Our Sexy Shrug Knitalong is being propelled by two types of communicators.
1. The knitters meet consistently at our Tuesday night Stitch and Bitch.
2. Email addresses were exchanged. Comments, concerns and status updates can be imparted this way. This is some of the chatter this week:
Hi Ladies, Are we starting this tonight at the KC? ~ C
I have a confession…I cast on for my shrug last night. I can never concentrate enough at the Knit Cafe to get the right number, so I am all ready! ~S
I vote this the most adorable confession of the day! ~R
I believe this project is not good for the subway either. Second try failed miserably in row 3. Will try again in the peacefulness of my hotel in room in Frankfurt. Good luck everyone. ~A
Haha, I had a very good row 3- 6, with branching out to Continental purl rows oh my!~E
If you are also knitting the Sexy Shrug and have some pics or some comments – send them along! ~ME!