May 13, 2013
The EarthSea Cowl was first published in 2008.
It’s a lovely lace and cable design that begins with a Twisted Latvian cast on and ends in a rolled hem creating two entirely different looks. It is worked in two colors, one color for each end with the two colors being interlaced in the center.
All of our migrated patterns have charts created using Stitch Mastery as well as our new template design. Every pattern page now also shows the pattern cover page and the pattern details page, like this:
This way knitters can see all of the requirements including all of the stitch abbreviations and special pattern notes.
See the EarthSea Cowl pattern page here on Ravelry.
May 9, 2013
Padua Cabled Socks
The latest in our migrated patterns are the Padua Cabled Socks.
See the magnificent sailing ship these socks were named after!
Socks are worked cuff down and begin with an Estonian Cast On (tutorial here on this blog), have a slipped stitch heel and conventional wide toe.
These socks belong to a series of five patterns that all focus on sock leg details and leave the foot — the part hidden in your shoes — in plain Stockinette stitch for ease and comfort.
Padua Cable Socks are also available on Patternfish.
Other socks is this series are (some still to be migrated, so they appear under our South Mountain ~ Naturally label):
Flying V Socks
Secret Tattoo Socks
Wandering Minstrel Socks
March 26, 2013
Here’s the overall view of the cable panel I’m working on – stitch patterns are from Annie Maloney’s Stitch Definition and The Cable Knitting Handbook. It will need some tweaking – the side cable panels in particular.
So, below are closeups of the result of this new cable increase described in my post of March 23, 2013. I quite like the sway the stitches are lying and so far it seems a good pick up ratio.
Close up of results of new Cable Increase method
Close up of results of new Cable Increase method
March 23, 2013
New (to me) cable increase
I love cables!
When starting a cabled design, there’s always the issue of ’cable splay’ – cables pull knitted fabric together and any non-cabled fabric above or below will be wider than the cabled section; if this is not the desired result, stitch counts need to be adjusted. How much depends on the type of cable, how often it’s crossed, yarn and needles used, and other non-definable factors known only to the universe.
Based on other increases I’ve read about – the kind where you work your increases into the back purl bump of a stitch (Annie Maloney and Barbara Walker use these types of increases) – I thought it might be something to try with cables.
So, here’s my experiment:
These 2/2 cables started as K2 rib columns in the ribbing portion of this swatch (close up pic below).
To create the 2 over 2 Left Cross Cable (2/2 LC), when I reached the 2 st rib column:
- With the Right Needle (RN) tip, I reached behind the Knit sts on the Left Needle (LN) and picked up and knit 1 stitch in the purl bump 1 row below the first stitch on the LN,
- then I picked up and knit a second stitch in the purl bump 1 row below the second stitch on the LN,
- then K2 from the LN.
To create the 2 over 2 Right Cross Cable (2/2 RC), when I reached the 2 st rib column:
- K2 from the LN
- With the LN tip, I reached behind the two sts just worked on the RN and picked up and knit 1 stitch in the purl bump 1 row below the second stitch on the RN,
- then I picked up and knit a second stitch in the purl bump 1 row below the first stitch on the RN.
Below are a close-up of the base of the 2/2LC cable and a close-up of the back of that same cable. I think I like it!
Close up of new (to me) cable increase
WS of swatch showing cable increase
March 20, 2013
Sneak Peek #3: Guilty Feet Socks
Guilty Feet Socks
Available March 27, 2013
The excitement continues! about this brand new collection of six knitting patterns “In Tune” that will be published March 27, 2013 by Knit Picks.
So, from the pattern collection intro:
“From the ethereal voice of Enya to the heart-stirring Irish airs of Tommy Makem to the social harmonies of Ultimate Spinach, music stirs our emotions and influences our being.”
This pattern came into being as a result of George Michael’s song Careless Whisper. How could you not create a pattern from a song that mentions ‘guilty feet’? These socks feature a twisted-stitch design (complicated relationships, anyone?) on the front and back leg and the top of the foot; these socks are top-down, mid-calf socks and begin with an Estonian Cast On.
I love the intricate look of twisted stitch patterns and yet they’re really not difficult at all! The only yarn choice for this pattern really is Knit Picks Capretta (80% Fine Merino Wool, 10% Cashmere, 10% Nylon) – cashmere, talk about guilty pleasures!
On March 27th, check the Impeccable Knits Ravelry Storefront for the pattern listings and links and check out the Knit Picks books selection.
March 14, 2013
Adela was the winner of the Elann Winter 2012 Designer Contest!
Now the pattern is featured on the Elann website for their Peruvian Baby Cashmere yarn. It was a beautiful yarn to work with.
The central stitch pattern is an adaptation of one from The Stitch Creation Genius – Annie Maloney. Come and join her Ravelry group to see what’s new. (she just published a new book – Stitch Definition!)
March 6, 2013
So excited to get this in the mail today!
It’s Annie Maloney’s newest stitch dictionary – a fantastic collection of 111 original stitches from this brilliant designer. And that’s not all — true to MzAnnie’s inimitable style, also included is a chapter on technical elements of stitch design, tips on designing projects – like how to shape through patterning and how to change from one pattern to another – , how to combine stitch patterns, and much more.
Another fantastic stitch collection from the author of The Cable Knitting Handbook, Knitter’s Guide to Stitch Design and Mastering Lacework, among others.
You can find lots of fans in the Ravelry group Annie Maloney & Friends.