Posts Tagged ‘Austin Hoodie’

Show 202: Interview with Cathy Carron, Plus Finishing the KAL

Saturday, December 18th, 2010
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Guest: Cathy Carron, author of Cowl Girls. Kathy and Cathy chat about the book and all of the great projects in the book. They also chat about how Cathy got started and how she ended up where she is now.

KAL with LA

Hood

When starting the hood, the pattern has you place the held stitches from front and back onto needles and then knit the first row with some increases. I found there to be too big of a gap between the front and back stitches so I followed a suggestion from Connie. What I did instead was to pick up some extra stitches – the number will vary depending on what size you are knitting – between the front neck sts and the back neck sts. You want enough to close the gap but not too many. Then in the next couple rows work some decreases to get rid of the extra stitches.

Make sure you are maintaining the ribbing pattern. And be sure to place a marker to mark the center of the hood.

On the 5th row you will begin the hood increases at the center marker. You are working a double increase at this point. I kept it simple and worked ‘knit into front and back of stitch’ on the next two stitches on either side of the marker. You want to maintain your ribbing pattern as you add stitches – after you have added 4 purls, the next added stitch will be a knit.

Work until the hood is 11 ¾”, ending with a wrong side row. Then you will split the left and right sides of the hood, work some short rows to shape it and finish it by doing a 3-needle bind off.

That’s it! You’re done (well, don’t forget to weave in the ends). I blocked the sweater one more time so the sleeves and hood would get their turn at being blocked and the sweater would look whole.

WEBS is open 12/26 11:00am-5:00pm.

We’ll be closing at 4:00pm on 12/24.

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Show 201: Fun New Yarns and the Austin Hoodie KAL Continues

Saturday, December 11th, 2010
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Reminder: We’re open on Sundays through 12/26.

Make sure you check the website for shipping deadlines!

Hours after Christmas

12/26: 11:00am-5:00pm

M-Th: 10:00am-5:30pm

12/31: 10:00am-4:00pm (we may let our staff out a bit earlier)

1/1 and 1/2: WEBS is closed

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Work both fronts – remember to switch back to small needles for the woven section. Work as for back – woven section with armhole decreases, ribbed section and shoulder short rows.

Block your sweater. You can either steam it or – as I did- give it a soak with Eucalan and let it dry on a blocking board.

Do a three-needle bind off to seam shoulders together. With right sides together, hold 2 needles – one with back shoulder and one with front shoulder. With a third needle insert tip into first st on front needle and then first st on back needle and knit the two sts together. Work across the row this way, knitting sts from front and back needles together, binding off as you go. A good video of this is at: http://www.knittinghelp.com/videos/casting-of

Arms

The cap of the sleeve is worked with short rows. A good video to help see the wrap and turn is at http://www.knittinghelp.com/videos/advanced-techniques.

Check the length on the schematic to make sure it is right for you. Top-down sleeves are much simpler to adjust the length on, but you want to check it out ahead of time so you can adjust the rate of decreases if necessary.

Use Connie’s tip and knit into back loops on first row; this will tighten stitches and prevent holes.

Turned hem: The pattern has you knit 6 rows, fold the stitches to the inside and k2tog and bind off. I found it easier to execute by using a small dpn to pick up the sts from the first row. I did this in batches, picking up about 15 sts at a time. This made it more like a traditional three-needle bind off, which somehow made it easier for me to see what I was doing. You will also want to make sure your bind off is somewhat loose, so you can fit your hand through the bound off cuff.

Next week, we’ll review the hood.

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Show 199: Interview with Gudrun Johnston

Saturday, November 20th, 2010
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Make sure you enter our 200th episode giveaway!

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Guest: Gudrun Johnston, The Shetland Trader. Gudrun explains where the name The Shetland Trader comes from and she talks about her beautiful new collection of patterns. She tells us where she got the names of the patterns included in the book.

If you’re local, make sure you stop by on December 2nd to meet Gudrun!

KAL with Leslie Ann: This week LA discusses the woven section. You’ll be knitting with two strands of yarn AND the smaller needle. Work first two rows of woven pattern, work across front, bind off for underarm, and work across then turn to complete the back. Once the woven section is completed, you’ll drop the extra strand and go back to alternating strands if you are doing that.

Shaping the shoulders – work across the neckline stitches then place them on the holder after knitting them. You’ll begin short row shaping after this. Don’t be afraid of this! The instructions are super clear in the pattern.

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Show 198: New Yarns and the Austin Hoodie KAL Continues

Saturday, November 13th, 2010
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KAL with Leslie Ann

Body

Cast On

I used the provisional cast on using a second circular needle (the size 6) instead of waste yarn. This leaves the stitches ready to pick up for the hem.

Video from Knitting Daily TV w/ Eunny Jang: http://www.knittingdaily.com/blogs/daily/archive/2010/02/12/cast-ons-part-2.aspx

Hem

Knit 8 rows total, ending with having just finished a wrong side row (this is what they mean when they say “end with a WS row”). If you did another provisional cast on, unzip the stitches and place on needle. Turn work and fold wrong sides together, holding two needles together. The front needle will be the row just worked, with the yarn on the right (not left) end. The back needle will be the stitches from the cast on edge. Knit across the row – for each stitch you will knit through one stitch on the front needle and one stitch on the back needle, knitting the two stitches together as you go. Make sure you change needle sizes!

Add stitch markers

Use different colored markers for seam and darts (green for the side, purple for the darts). This will make it easier for you to keep track of where you are. Here you can see LA’s stitch markers.

Begin body

Slip side seam stitches on right side rows.

Work until piece is 3 3/4 (4, 4, 4, 4 ½, 4 ½)” or your desired measurement from beginning (bottom of hem). If you want to add or decrease length, you’ll want to do it here before you start the decrease rows.

Decrease rows

Make sure you use the appropriate decrease – either k2tog or ssk – at each of the decrease points. This will make sure all stitches slant the same way and create a nice visual line.

Work until piece is 8 ¾ (9, 9, 9, 91/2, 9 ½)” OR your desired measurement.

Increase rows

Increases will be worked at stitch markers using a make one (M1) increase.

Here are some web links that show the M1:

http://www.knittingonthenet.com/learn/learnmake1.htm

http://www.knittinghelp.com/videos/increases (in this one I use the M1L)

Work until piece is 14 ¼ (14 1/2, 14 ½, 14 ½, 15, 15)” or desired measurement

Our 200th Episode!

The show is all about you, so we’re going to celebrate you! We’re giving away 200 prizes! Next Wednesday, you’ll find the entry form here, the WEBS blog, Facebook, Twitter, and Ravelry. You’ll win one of 20 prizes supplied by our vendors (three skeins of Noro not available in US plus a book signed by Mr. Noro, a needlefelters dream basket, Artyarns Mohair Shawl kit, a Knit Night at WEBS with Norah Gaughan, Cirilia Rose, and our Berroco rep Andra Asars, a AddiClick Set, one of a kind personal color with Lorna’s Laces, WEBS Gift Certificates ranging from $10 to $500). Contest ends 11/30. Come back for the link!

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Show 197: Interview with Lexie Barnes and the Austin Hoodie KAL

Saturday, November 6th, 2010
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Less than 50 days until Christmas! And less than 30 until Hanukkah!

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Guest: Lexie Barnes – Lexie talks about the new products coming out in her line, and also Twist Fair which is taking place in Northampton November 12th and 13th. At this year’s Twist Fair, there will also be a special vendor on Saturday made up of several kids who have created some fantastic projects for sale. They will be donating a portion of their proceeds to the National Arthritis Foundation to assist children diagnosed with arthritis.

Lexie also has a second book coming out soon. But, you don’t want to miss her newest collection of bags – Glitterati! Many of us at WEBS, including Kathy, love sparkle and these bags don’t disappoint. Two new bags are making their debut – Foxy and Queen B, plus a new notion bag, Pearl. They’ll be available in December.

KAL: Austin Hoodie by Connie Chang Chinchio knit in Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light

When you’re looking at sizing, Leslie Ann recommends no negative ease, so you’ll want to go for body size, or a bit of ease. She knit hers shorter, and is also going to shorten the sleeves a bit, so that’s something you want to think about.

3-5 skeins depending on what size you want. Leslie Ann made the largest size, and had yarn left. Our store sample was knit in the smallest size and used every bit of yarn. Make sure you purchase enough yarn, especially with a hand dyed yarn like this. The worst thing to happen would be that you have a skein left over. Better than not having enough!

Leslie Ann recommends you alternate skeins if using a hand dyed yarn like this. Knit 2 rows with one skein and 2 rows. Make the switch along one of the side “seams.” You simply wrap the yarns around each other so you don’t end up with a hole, and drop one and pick the other up. You’ll be very pleased that you did it so the colors will blend.

What You’ll Need:

  • US5 and US6 needles. LA used a 40″ circular and a 16″ circular and DPNs (for the sleeves)
  • Tapestry Needle
  • Stitch Holders, or spare yarn to hold stitches

Make sure you knit your swatch AND block it BEFORE you measure it because the yarn does bloom a bit.

The sleeves are worked from the top down with short rows, but make sure that you don’t let that scare you off. We’ll have lots of information on that, and it’s explained very well in the pattern.

Our 200th Episode is coming up, so stay tuned for details on the celebration we have planned for that!

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Show 196: Interview with Della Quimby of Della Q & Our Next KAL Starts

Saturday, October 30th, 2010
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If you’re local, make sure you try to make it down to Stitches East in Hartford, CT and say hello!

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Guest: Della Quimby of Della Q. Della talks about her line of wonderful needle and hook cases. She also shares a little bit of background about the Della Q brand.

Check out our selection of needle cases. (Some of the cases haven’t arrived yet because they are brand new, but they’ll be here soon!)

If you’re at Stitches East, make sure you stop by Della’s booth and say hi!

KAL: Our next KAL begins with Leslie Ann

Austin Hoodie in Tosh Merino Light by Connie Chang Chinchino

Advanced Beginner to Intermediate

Make sure you purchase enough yarn, and Leslie Ann suggests erring on the side of more yarn.

Reminder: Between Thanksgiving and Christmas, we’ll be open 12pm-5pm on Sundays.

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