July 28, 2014

Faerie’s Workshop…

(c) In the Faerie Workshop (posted with permission)

Have a look at the wonderful yarney things that are being dyed in the Faerie’s Workshop. Carol does beautiful work — an amazing array of colour.

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July 23, 2014

Join Knitting in the Round

When joining knitting in the round, it’s imperative that the work is not twisted (unless it’s a desired effect). I thought I’d share a little tip on how to easily make sure that you can follow that “making sure cast on stitches are not twisted” direction. (For purposes of this demo I’ve knit a few extra rows.)
This is the correct configuration before joining the work:
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1. Lay the circular needle on a flat surface
2. Make sure the entire cast on edge i.e. “the bottom” is pointing into the centre of the circle
3. You are now ready to join the two ends and start knitting in the round

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This is What NOT to do:

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Although the beginning and the end of the cast on edge are pointing into the middle of the circle, notice that there is a twist about half-way around (at the bottom of the photo). Although this would work for a funky circular scarf, it’s not so good if you’re knitting a sweater or skirt.

July 15, 2014

Celebrate Canadian Designers KAL (Knit-a-long)

flag-of-canada_w128 Happening right now until the end of September 2014!

The Canada KAL 2014!

Lots of fun and prizes to be had – choose your favorite pattern by Canadian designer and come join the merriment!

July 7, 2014

Knotted Rib Hat (Free Pattern)

(This is an updated version of the pattern that was first published under my old PurpleSage Designs label in 2009. See the Original blog post here.)

 

Knotted Rib Hat Purl side

Knotted Rib Hat Purl side

Knotted Rib Hat Knit side

Knotted Rib Hat Knit side

Knotted Rib Hat

© 2009, 2014

This watchman’s style cap is reversible, so it will please those who like a lot of texture as well as those who don’t. It’s also long enough that you can fold up a generous brim — double layers to keep the ears warm! One size fits 20 – 24″ [51-61cm] head. This hat matches the Manly Scarf #8: Knotted Rib Scarf.

Size

To fit head: 20 – 24” / 51 – 61cm

Yarn

200 yds / 183 m worsted weight yarn; sample in Kertzer Northern Worsted (100% Acrylic; 230yds / 210m per 100g ball)

Needles

3.5 mm / US4 set of 4 DPN or size required to obtain gauge

Gauge

22 sts and 30 rows over 4″ / 10 cm in Stockinette stitch, blocked

Notions

Stitch marker, tapestry needle to weave in ends

Pattern Notes

Hat is knit in the round on DPNs. Stitch Pattern used: Knotted Rib from The Harmony Guides: 450 Knitting Stitches Volume 2 (2004).

Abbreviations

BO         bind off
cm         centimetre
CO         cast on
DPN       double pointed needle
EoR        end of round / row
in / ”      inch(es)
k            knit
k2tog     knit 2 sts together
kfb         knit into front and back of same stitch
p           purl
p2tog     purl 2 sts together
pfb        knit into front and back of same stitch
R           row
rep        repeat
Rnd        round
RS          Right Side (public)
st(s)       stitch(es)

 

Directions

This hat is knit long enough to allow for a generous fold up brim.

CO 110 sts.

 

Place an End of Round marker. Join in the round as you work the following round being careful that the cast on stitches are not twisted.

 

Rnd 1: * K4, pfb; rep from * to EoR.

Rnd 2: * K4, p2tog; rep from * to EoR.

 

Rep Rnd 1 – 2 until work measures 8.5 in / 22cm from beginning, ending having worked a Rnd 1 repeat i.e. there are 2 sts in each purl column.

 

Crown

The decreases on the crown are worked in a moving spiral pattern so that the integrity of the pattern is maintained and decreases are scattered over sets of 5 rows.

Decreases are worked thus:

maintaining the pfb / p2tog pattern of the purl rib section (i.e. if there is 1 stitch in the purl rib section, it’s a pfb round; if there are 2 sts in the purl rib section, it’s a p2tog round ), decrease 1 stitch every 5th knit section over the next 5 rounds {a total of 22 sts have been decreased over 5 rounds; there are 3 knit sts between the purl columns}

Repeat the above decrease sequence twice more; the first repeat will end with 2 knit sts between the purl columns, the second repeat will end with 1 knit st between the purl columns. The last round was a R2 i.e. p2tog repeat for the purl rib sts, therefore there are now 44 sts on the needles (22 knit and 22 purl sts).

 

Next rnd: * K2tog, rep from * to EoR.  22 sts.

Next rnd: * K2tog, rep from * to EoR.  11 sts.

Break yarn leaving a 6″ / 15cm tail.

 

Thread tail yarn onto a tapestry (yarn) needle and pull tail yarn through remaining loops. Pull yarn tight and weave in the end  carefully so that the hat can be worn either side out. Weave in any remaining yarn ends carefully.

Please note: This pattern, like all content on this blog and our website www.impeccableknits.ca, is protected by copyright law. Please feel free to link back to this page if you’d like to share the pattern with others. :)

July 7, 2014

Manly Scarf #8: Knotted Rib Scarf (Free Pattern – Updated)

(This is an updated version of the pattern that was first published under my old PurpleSage Designs label in 2009. See the Original blog post here.)

knotted rib scarf

Knotted Rib Scarf

front and back resized and opt

RS and WS of scarf

close up of rib pattern

Close up of Right Side

Manly Scarf # 8: Knotted Rib Scarf

© 2009, 2014

SIZE
6.5 x 36(72) in / 17 x 91(182) cm

YARN
230 (460) yds / 210 (420) m worsted weight yarn; sample in Kertzer Northern Worsted (100% Acrylic; 230yds / 210m per 100g ball)

NEEDLES
4 mm / US6 or size required to obtain gauge

GAUGE
21 sts and 28 rows over 4″ / 10 cm in Stockinette stitch, blocked

NOTIONS
Tapestry needle to weave in ends

PATTERN NOTES

Scarf is knit flat.

Stitch Pattern used: Knotted Rib from The Harmony Guides: 450 Knitting Stitches Volume 2 (2004)

Abbreviations

BO         bind off
cm         centimetre
CO         cast on
DPN       double pointed needle
EoR        end of round / row
in / ”      inch(es)
k            knit
k2tog     knit 2 sts together
kfb         knit into front and back of same stitch
p           purl
p2tog     purl 2 sts together
pfb        knit into front and back of same stitch
R           row
rep        repeat
Rnd        round
RS          Right Side (public)
st(s)       stitch(es)

 

DIRECTIONS

CO 38 sts.

 

R1 (RS): [K1, p1] 2 times; p2, * kfb, p4; rep from * to last 7 sts; kfb, p2, [k1, p1] 2 times.

R2: [p1, k1] 2 times; k2, * p2tog, k4; rep from * to last 8 sts; p2tog, k2, [p1, k1] 2 times.

Repeat these 2 rows until scarf is desired length.

 

Bind off in pattern.

Cut yarn leaving a 6” / 15cm tail.

Weave in ends.

Since the scarf is mainly purl on the RS and knit on the WS, it does have a tendency to curl along the length of the scarf, so blocking is in order.

 

Please note: This pattern, like all content on this blog and our website www.impeccableknits.ca, is protected by copyright law. Please feel free to link back to this page if you’d like to share the pattern with others.  :)

July 3, 2014

Lost Kingdom: Riversong published

Lost Kingdom: Riversong

Lost Kingdom: Riversong

More cable-y goodness! Check out the Ravelry pattern page for full details — and the story!

July 3, 2014

Kfb (knit front-back) – avoiding the purl bump

kfb variations with text 20140703_2Using “knit front, back (kfb)” to increase stitch creates a purl bump which is not always desirable.

Recently via another blog (sadly I do not remember which  one) I came across a method that Meg Swansen published in a 2008 Schoolhouse Press Newsletter. This method involves knitting into the front of the stitch and then bringing the needle to the back and slipping the original stitch. Full details are in the linked newsletter article about halfway down the page.

Another method is to actually knit into the back of the stitch first and then into the front (kbf). This does have the fact of twisting the base stitch but it does avoid the purl bump created by the kfb.

June 25, 2014

Come Fly with Me Shawl

CFWM 4-150c 20140504_19Hot off the presses!

Come Fly with Me

is a crescent shaped cable and lace shawl that is knit side to side. The bottom edge is an interesting yarn-over cable while the top edge is finished with a built in I-cord. The shawl uses just over 700 yards/640 m of fingering weight yarn.

(the shawl pin is from Michelle’s  Assortment)

 

June 24, 2014

Pretty Row Counters

Don’t you just love getting little surprises in the mail? I ordered these little cuties from Michelle’s Assortment and just look at the love and care put into even the packaging – each item was bubble wrapped and then enclosed in its own little tissue envelope.  I ordered some of Michelle’s shawl pins in the past and as always my items arrived in less than a week.
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I can hardly wait to pop these on to my needles!

Michelle now has a Ravelry group, too.

June 8, 2014

Summer of Smalls KAL underway

Out latest knit-along (KAL) is underway!! This summer we’re knitting small Impeccable Knits patterns – light and airy, quick and fun!
Summer of Smalls KAL

Everyone who joins the KAL also receives a free spa cloth pattern — Organic Spa Cloth #7.

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