Monthly Archives: September 2009

Centrique shawl

A few months ago I got a hank of Sea Wool to experiment with. I knit a small swatch with it for a submission to a magazine and then I went to put the rest of it away on the shelf. But I couldn’t! I enjoyed knitting it so much I wanted to keep going so this shawlette is the result.

It is a simple lace shawl, but it’s fun to knit and I’m finding it very useful.  At the moment Sue is finishing a larger version in Fyberspates Scrumptious DK (a lovely gold) and I should have photos of that shortly.  It is so cosy you just want to wrap yourself in it and never take it off!

In the next few weeks the tech editing on this should be done and I can finishing putting the pdf together so you can all enjoy!  If you want to make sure you don’t miss the release of the pattern make sure you are signed up to my twitter account Stolen Stitches to get the update.

Lots of visits

I’ve had a busy day of people visiting today..all knitting related! Sue who I am doing the Knitting Workshop with in November came over for some knitting and breakfast in the morning and I had a lovely visit from Woolly Wormhead in the afternoon.  It’s not too often that you have a fellow designer passing right by your doorstep (especially in West Cork!).  We had lot of fun talking design and here little boy is so very cute!

Knitting Basics workshop

If there are any of you in Cork who know of someone who would love to get started knitting but doesn’t know where to begin maybe you’ll let them know about a free workshop I’ll be doing in a few weeks.

Have you always wanted to knit but don’t know where to get started?

Come join us on Sunday 27th September from 3-4 pm to learn the basics of knitting.
We’ll show you how to cast on, the basic knit stitch and how to bind off. With these three simple steps you can knit your first scarf!
You can practice what you learned from 4-6 pm where Carol and other knitters will be available to help you along. If you’ve got the knitting basics and have some other questions come join us for this informal session where refreshments will be served.
This workshop will be held by Carol Feller a knitwear designer based in Cork (www.stolenstitches.com) at Vibes and Scribes craft shop, Lavitts Quay, Cork.

Ziggy Zag

I bought this pretty sock yarn at Ravelry day 2009 in June and my son fell in love with the colors. It seemed like a really good idea to knit a light weight sweater for him as he never leaves heavy ones on. (Plus the colors were so pretty it seemed a shame to hide them in a shoe.)
As this sweater is knit at a looser gauge than normal for sock yarn it give a lovely stretchy light material and he loves the sweater.  If you wanted a slightly heavier weight sweater it would be very simple to use a sport/4-ply weight yarn to get the same gauge.

Ziggy Zag $5.95

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Description
Children love to run, jump and are in constant motion. Even in winter they never seem to get very cold! Because of this I have designed a lightweight sweater from sock yarn that is knit at a loose gauge. This creates a sweater that is easy to wear and can be thrown in the washing machine will no ill effect!
If you want to create a slightly heavier sweater I would suggest using a sports weight yarn that knits up at the same gauge.
Knit from the top down, this zig-zag yoked ribbing pullover is knit all in one piece so you will have minimal finishing when the knitting is done.

SIZES

6 months [12 months, 18 months, 2 years, 3, 4 / 5, 6, 7, 8, 10]

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS

Chest circumference: 19.25 (20, 22, 23, 24.25, 25 / 26.5, 27.25, 28, 29.5, 30) inches
Length:
11.25 (12.5, 13.25, 14, 15, 16 / 17, 17.75, 18.75, 20, 22) inches
2-3 inches of positive ease recommended.

MATERIALS

BabyLongLegs Sock yarn (75% Blue Faced Leiscester, 25% Nylon) 464 yds /425m per 100g color: Spring Greens; 1 (1, 2, 2, 2, 2 / 2, 2, 2, 3, 3) skeins
1 set 3.75mm/US size 5 and 3.5mm/US size 4 double-pointed needles
1 set 3.5mm/US 4 double-pointed needles
1 3.75mm/US size 5 circular needle, 16-inch or 24-inch length (depending on the size you are making) and
3.5mm/US size 4 circular needle, 16-inch or 24-inch length, 16-inch (or 24-inch) length depending on size being made.

Knitting Workshop in Cork!

I am organising a knitting workshop with Sue Cullen for Saturday the 21st of November.  We will be teaching two classes, Finishing Touches – Edging with a difference and Knitting Socks from the Top Down.  The classes will be taught in both the morning and the afternoon and if you want to take both classes there is a reduced price (€30 for one class and €50 for both).

We want to keep the classes fairly small so numbers will be limited, please get in contact early if you are interested.

For more details on the classes see http://www.stolenstitches.com/classes/

I’m really looking forward to teaching this class, I get to teach one of my favourite subjects – edging!  The two edging techniques that I’ll be focusing on create very professional and clean finishes and with can be achieved without much difficulty by all knitters.


Seamless Saddle shoulder

For an upcoming design I’ve been researching all the various different ways you can knit a saddle shoulder sweater.  Now, the idea of sewing seams for a saddle shoulder doesn’t seem like such a fun idea so I’ve confined myself to bottom-up and top down.

Two of the old favourites that detail different methods are Barbara Walkers ‘Knitting from the Top’ that shows the top down method and in Elizabeth Zimmermann ‘Knitting Workshop’ (and I’m sure several more of her books) she describes the bottom up method.

For a sweater I made my husband last winter I tried the top down method.  It is actually a very intuitive and straightforward way of doing it – you begin by knitting a strip for each saddle starting at  the neck, for both the back and front you pick up stitches along the side of the saddle (plus extra between them for the neck).  Next you work some short rows to slope the shoulders and knit both front and back down to the underarm (adding some shaping around the armhole).  Then you cast-on your underarm stitches and work down the body.  For the sleeves, if you have ever worked set-in sleeves from the top down it is the same method – you have live saddle stitches at the top, and you pick-up stitches around the armhole.  Working from the saddle around the armhole you work short rows (usually adding 1 st at a time) until you reach the desired length of your sleeve cap.  From my own experience you need to be careful to keep the saddle a little shorter than the shoulder or you end up with a ‘puff-sleeve’ effect.  Now while this is sometimes desirable for my husband’s sweater not so much!

I was all set to do top-down saddle construction for this design until I picked up the knitting workshop and I’m fascinated by the bottom-up method.  The way Elisabeth Zimmermann has worked the shoulder decreases in this is really fascinating.  Both the body and sleeves are worked in the round from the bottom up.  Then they are all joined at the armhole level (after removing underarm stitches) and worked for around 1 inch together without shaping.  Next each of the start and end body stitches are marked, and for every round body stitches are decrease each side.  After the shoulder width is reached it switches to the arm stitches being decreased – but the reason that the decrease lines work so nicely is that both of the body end stitches are effectively your seam lines and are always included in your decreases.  So even though you are alternating between body and sleeve decreases all that seems to change visually is a change in the direction of the seam line.  Very pretty.  Next you decrease a few more body stitches and finally the top of the saddle is worked.  This is effectively like turning a heel – except you’re turning a shoulder.  You are working short rows across the top of the saddle, at each end decreasing and turning until you’ve decreased enough stitches to reach the neck size you need.  I’m going to have lots of fun designing this saddle shoulder!  With of course the added benefit that you can easily carry your stitch pattern all the way up the sleeeves to the neck.

Little Boys

I love knitting for my boys but rarely get a chance these days.  At Ravelry day this summer I got sock yarn in a wonderful bright Spring Green colorway from Baby Long Legs stand.

Now my 3 year old saw this yarn, and completely fell in love with it.  I haven’t knit anything for him all year because he won’t wear anything warm.  Even in the coldest of weather he takes jackets/cardigans/sweaters off as soon as is physically possible.  The sock yarn looked as though it might actually work for him.  I got a second skein from Sarah and knit him this sweater.

I think I’m going to call it Ziggy Zag.  I just love the colors in this yarn, however as I got the second hank a few weeks after the first and couldn’t see them together the colors were different.  The first ranged from yellow to a blue/green but there were no blue tones in the second.  I worked the two together every second row and ended up with some lovely color blends.

The sock yarn is knit on larger needles (3.75mm/US size 5) which give a very lightweight pullover.  But best of all as it is sock yarn I can put it in the washing machine!

I should have the pattern up for sale in a week or two.  Even though this is knit for my son I think that this is a very uni-sex pattern.  With a little pastels thrown in it would be perfect for little girls as well (although poor little boys are in need of some fun patterns out there, it all seems to be for girls!)