Interweave Knits, Spring 2017 issue has burst onto the scene with a beautiful collection of Spring themed knits. Nestled within these pages is the elegant Wickford Wrap.
The Wickford Wrap
The Wickford Wrap is the perfect accessory for having in your handbag, ready to pop on when those cooler Spring breezes appear. Its unique shape allows you to wrap it around your neck or to drape over your shoulders and tie at the front.
The unique shape of the wrap is what makes this so intriguing to knit. You start at the bottom tip of the triangle and the cables cross and flow along each side as you are increasing at the edges. When the triangle is completed the wrap is divided into 3 sections, the right and left wings and the centre stitches. The centre stitches are bound off and the beautiful interlocking cable motifs are worked in turn along the right and left wings. To complete the wrap a moss stitch border is added to frame the wrap and allow the cables to shine.
The Interweave Knits sample is worked in the fabulous Jo Sharp Silken Road Aran Tweed which is 85% Wool, 10% Silk, 5% Goat – Cashmere goat with a beautiful tweedy look. Which means that this wrap is beautifully soft to wear and won’t take you too long to knit on 5mm needles.
If you’re a little apprehensive about taking on these cables, Carol has some fabulous tutorial videos here along with other tutorials you might need to complete the wrap like cast on methods, bind offs, increasing and joining in those extra balls of yarn.
If you want to get started right now, you can pick up a digital copy of Interweave Knits here and you can peruse all of the Spring knits in this collection here. You can, of course, find more information on the Wickford Wrap here on Ravelry.
What are your favourite Spring Knits? Wraps, shawls, sweaters or long cardigans? Let us know in the comments.
Last week the new Knit.Purl magazine came out and I’ve got a sweater, Terra Garter Raglan, in it. This is the kind of sweater I like to live in, it’s got a few nice details, the yarn is super soft and the shape is flattering. It’s knit from the top down with raglan shoulder shaping. There are wide garter stitch panels at each raglan that continue right down the body.
Photos are copyright Harper Point Photography.
Dramatic garter-stitch panels flow from the neck, down raglan shaping, and into the body. This easy knit is worked from the top down. Smooth waist contours are emphasized by working them inside the garter-stitch panels.
Finished Size 35 (37¾, 41¼, 44, 46¾, 50¼)” bust circumference. Pullover shown measures 35″, modeled with 2″ of positive ease.
Yarn The Fibre Company Terra (40% baby alpaca, 40% wool, 20% silk; 98 yd 90 m/1¾ oz 50 g): #0391 iron, 10 (11, 12, 12, 13, 14) skeins. Yarn distributed by Kelbourne Woolens.
Needles Size 8 (5 mm): 16″ and 32″ circular (cir) and set of double-pointed (dpn). Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.
Notions Markers (m); stitch holders; tapestry needle.
Gauge 18 sts and 26 rnds = 4″ in St st.
Last Spring I had a shawl, Ribbon Tool Shawl, published in the spring issue of Interweave Knits. It’s not a very complex knit but starting the edging has got some knitters into problems so I thought I’d put a quick photo tutorial together to help them out.
First you finish the body of the shawl and break the yarn – in the swatch I’m working on that’s the little strip of garter stitch sitting on the table! Now for the edging with a double pointed needle you cast on the correct number of stitches and work the wrong-side set-up row. This is what’s pictured here.
Now in the pattern you work row 1 of the edging. This is what catches knitters out. You begin by working a Chain 6. The chain 6 is knitting the same stitch 6 times to form a ‘chain’ of knitted stitches similar to a crocheted chain.
Begin by knitting the first stitch and slipping it back to the left needle.
Now you knit this stitch 5 more times (slipping it back after each time you knit it).
When you are finished you will have a chain of stitches that looks like this, with the final stitch on your right needle.
Now you knit the next stitch so you will have 2 stitches on your right needle.
Now you lift the second stitch over the first, this will effective ‘close’ the chain loop that will be at the edge of your shawl.
Once this chain loop is complete work the remainder of Row 1 of the edging as written until you reach the final stitch. This is where you will join the body of the shawl with the edging. You want to knit this last edging stitch with the first stitch of the body.
As they are still on 2 needles you can either knit them together with the 2 needles or transfer the stitch from the dpn to the shawl body needle.
From this point you can also use just the circular needles for the remainder of the shawl if it is easier for you.
We’ve got some winners from our Among Stones KAL!
Congratulations to carolynba who knit Dacite, she’s won the stack of Dongeal Yarn.
And a second congratulations to mataharimau who has won the Maiden Hair and beads and here is her Gabbro:
Now for those new patterns I promised you yesterday.
The first pattern is Penrose Tile from a brand new spinning magazine, Ply:
Creating this pattern was a treat for me, I don’t have a lot of experience with hand spun yarns and it was daunting (but exciting!) getting to suggest colors and combinations that I wanted for the shawl. They created two yarns for me, one was a striped yarn that moved from yellow to brown and the second yarn was one of the browns from the stripes in a solid color. The shawl starts at the top and uses a series of short rows and increases to create ’tiles’ in garter and lace across the top of the shawl. You might be able to tell, I had a lot of fun playing with short rows on this shawl!
The second pattern of mine that has been released in the last month is Clear Creek Pullover from the Fall Issue of Interweave.
I love how this sweater has been photographed, the model is beautiful but earthy and you can’t beat outdoor photography. It was Lisa Shroyer’s first photo shoot as the editor of Interweave and I’m really looking forward to where she goes from here!
This design was kept deliberately simple, top down with dropped stitch details and a circular yoke. It’s in a yarn that I love to use, Madelinetosh ‘Pashmina’ that feels great to knit with. I was worried that the yarn color variations would dominate too much but I think it works in the end?
Due to the delightful changing weather here in Ireland our entire household appears to have come down with a cold. I imagine the 20 degree (C) temp difference between Ohio and Ireland may have played a part for me also though!
I did however have a very pleasant surprise this weekend – the new Interweave Weekend issue was out. As well has the excitement of having a pattern in the issue I discovered that my Spoked Cardigan made it to the front cover!
This cardigan brings back lots of memories of last December when I sent it in.Â I was working on it before Christmas when DH was away, we had freezing weather and no water due to frozen pipes.Â I had the knitting finished before Christmas but had to wait until the post offices opened again to sent it off to Interweave!
As you can probably see from the color striping this cardigan is knit from side to side.Â It starts at the front edge, works around one side (with stitches cast on for the sleeve) all the way around to the other front.Â The yoke of the cardigan uses a varying garter stitch pattern to create aÂ yoke that moves in and out as you work it.Â This yoke is charted for different sizes so it’s easy to combine the garter stitch pattern with the short row shaping.Â The bottom of the sleeve is grafted for a seamless finish and the only seam in the whole garment is across the underarm.
I’m getting really excited now about This Is Knit’s 5 year anniversary party next week, it’s so close.Â I’ll be among great company – there will be Debbie Bliss, Kieran Foley (designs amazing lace and colourwork) and Aoibhe Ni (very talented crochet designer).
I’m not certain if there are any tickets left for the event but check with TIK if you want to go, the full â‚¬5 cover charge will be donated to the Irish Cancer Society.Â Plus you’ll have the added bonus of seeing me embarrass myself by attempting a speech.Â I’ll be bringing a good selection of my self-published pattern samples for anyone who wants to try then on as well as a few sneak peeks from my new book ‘Contemporary Irish Knits‘ due out in August.