Posts Tagged ‘Caeles’

Caeles KAL Week 6 – We’re done!

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012
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Hi Everyone!

Did you finish your Caeles? We all completed ours and we’re excited to show you our finished project!

 We all used Valley Yarns Goshen, except for Tina (grey Caeles). She chose to create more of a layering piece by knitting hers our of Valley Yarns Northampton. It looks great in both yarns!

We all chose to shorten the top because we were more comfortable with a shorter style. Since it is knit from the top down, this wasn’t an issue. We kept trying it on until it was a length we were comfortable with.

Caeles is a great top that you can wear casually with jeans, or dress it up like Dena did with a skirt for this picture. You can also customize it by adding a picot edge like Lise did.

We hope you had fun knitting along with us. If you head over to the All Things WEBS group on Ravelry, make sure you post a picture of your finished project. We would love to see them!

Caeles KAL Week 5

Thursday, June 21st, 2012
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We took last week to work the body up to the hem in our Caeles KAL. We have four of us here at WEBS that are currently working on the Caeles, and we have three different options for the hem that we chose to do. Here are three videos that show the different hem options we chose to use.

Woven Hem for Top-Down Knitting

Bound-off Hem for Top-Down Knitting

Sewn Hem for Top-Down Knitting

Another tip for the hem is to run a length of yarn through your stitches at the point where your live stitches will meet the back after it’s folded, so you can sew your stitches down all along the same line.

Next, you’ll pick up stitches and work short rows on the sleeves and collar. We found that the best way to do attach the live stitches on this part is by sewing them down. It lays the flattest, and you don’t want any extra bulk at the collar or the arms, especially the underarms.

How is your Caeles coming?

Caeles KAL Week 4

Wednesday, June 6th, 2012
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I hope that your armhole shaping and neck shaping went swimmingly. Now, you’ll join the fronts and backs, including casting on for the front neckline and a few stitches for the underarms.

Make sure you place the safety pin on the stitch that the pattern calls for. You’ll need this spot later. You can use a safety pin, but it’s just as easy to use a locking stitch marker.

When you join the pieces, make sure nothing is twisted! One of use discovered this the hard way (and that knitting when you’re tired isn’t always the best decision!). It’s easy enough to go back and undo it, but it’s better to save the hassle before you get there.

As you continue the body, you’ll be using the make one increases again for the shaping on the body.

One of the best things about working a piece from the top down is that you can try it on as you go. We put our stitches on waste yarn and tried them on. (In the pictures below, you’ll notice Tina’s working her sweater in Valley Yarns Northampton for a fall/vest option.)

Next week, we’ll finish up the body and work the hem.

Happy Knitting!

Caeles KAL Week 3

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012
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How did the first part of the sweater go for you? Are you ready to move on to shaping the armholes? You’ll need to know how to work M1R, M1L, M1L-P, and M1R-P increases. This video should help:

Do you have any tips for remembering which one is which? I still haven’t figured out the best way to remember it myself!

Moving on to the fronts, you’ll pick up the stitches at the shoulders and begin working down. You’ll also notice the “dreaded” AT THE SAME TIME makes and appearance. The neck and armhole shaping is worked at the same time, so you’ll want to make sure you do this. I have found it’s handy to write out the directions with both sets of shaping and check them off as complete.

I have notes all over my pattern (and they’re color-coded!). I have highlighted the stitch counts and measurements for the size I’m knitting and I have counting marks and other various notes all over!

Next week, we’ll join the fronts to the back and begin working the body. Do you have any questions so far? Let us know and we’ll answer. Is there anything you’ve encountered so far that you would like to see a video for?

We’d love to see your progress. Head on over to the Ravelry group and share a picture!

Happy Knitting!

Caeles KAL Week 2

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012
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Hi Everyone!

How did the swatching go? Are you ready to cast-on? The pattern begins at the back and includes working a couple of short rows right at the beginning. If you’ve never worked short rows before, there’s nothing to be nervous about. They’re exactly what they sound like – knitting to a certain point in a row, stopping short, and turning and going back. For this pattern, you’ll also be wrapping and turning, so you don’t leave a hole.

Check out our video on short rows using wrap and turn:

We found that as we were working those short rows, we picked up and worked our wraps as we came to them instead of when the pattern indicates. This way, you don’t have a wrap spanning several rows. Once you get to the stitch you wrapped, just knit the wrap with the stitch you’re working as Dena shows in the video.

Continue working the pattern to the armhole shaping and next week, we’ll demonstrate the different increases that are used there.

If you haven’t had a chance to purchase the pattern yet from Twist Collective, you can do so here.

Happy Knitting!

Join Our Latest KAL!

Monday, May 14th, 2012
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If you’ve followed along on our podcast, Ready, Set, Knit, you know that we’ve featured many knitalongs and crochetalongs, and now it’s time for another. Instead of featuring it on the podcast, we’re going to run this one here on the blog. We hope you’ll join us!

So, what pattern are we doing? Well, when the latest issue of Twist Collective was release, we loved Caeles. This tank is a great choice for spring and summer, and it is sized 29¾” to 57 ¾”! Even better, it is knit in Valley Yarns Goshen, and Goshen happens to be part of our Anniversary Sale. Thanks to the sale price, the yarn cost for the project will be $19.53-$33.48 – a price that’s hard to beat.

I’m a big fan of Goshen. I knit a shrug out of it nearly four years ago and I still wear it, especially in the spring and summer. It’s great over a dress or a tank. I also love the color palette. The modal and silk add a touch of sheen and it is incredibly soft.

You’ll want to choose your size (the pattern recommends negative ease, so slightly smaller than your actual measurement), pick your color, and order the yarn and pattern (pattern is a download from Twist Collective). Now, we need to knit a gauge swatch. The pattern calls for a size 7 needle and 18 stitches and 23 rows for four inches. Make sure you wash and block your swatch before measuring. Mine loosened up a bit, so even though I thought I would have to go up a needle size, once I washed it, my gauge was fine. If you don’t get gauge, change your needle size and try again.

Next week, we’ll talk about casting on and working short rows.

We hope that you’ll join us!