Friday, July 10, 2020, Issue 156: What is on your needles?
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- By Susan Wong-Tsang
- Posted in crochet-along, July 2020, KAL, knit-along, make-along
Summer has definitely come and boy it has been hot! Today's rain has cooled it down outside but it is still stay inside and knit or make weather!
The V-Back Tee by Jamie Hoffmann of Knitosophy Designs is not a new pattern but has been popping up as a great summer tee to make on Instagram because the new DK version was released in June! Both Jen and Heidi have started one of the fingering weight version.
The V-Back Tee by Jamie Hoffmann is reversible! Worn in back the V offers a nonstandard back neckline with a scoop neck in front; worn in front the V becomes a v-neck with a fabric that accentuates the bust before subtly cascading to the hem. Wear it both ways for an equally flattering fit.
With a top-down construction this tee features back v-shaping that begins at the start of the ribbed neckband and continues all the way down to the hem. The v-shaping is created by a series of paired increases that surrounds a graceful spine, and side decreases offset the widening fabric. Two sets of German short rows even up the front hem with the back.
Knit it in four colours, five colours or even just one!! Gauge is 22 sts and 34 rows/rounds = 4 in/10 cm of stockinette using suggested needle sizes of 3.25 mm (US 3) for the ribbing and 4.0 mm (US 6) for the main fabric or as required to meet gauge.
Faded Frenzy by Andrea Yetman is another faded tee pattern! This one is available for free on Ravelry from Biscotte Yarns. This tee is knit top down starting with the back and then picking up stitches in the cast on edge of the back for the front which is worked flat to the arm holes. The front and back are then joined to work in the round. There is a little short row shaping for the neckline and for the hem. After the tee is knit there is no need to pick up stitches for the neckline or the cuffs of the sleeve. Once bound off at the hem the tee is complete!! This tee is meant to be worn with 2– 4 inches of positive ease.
Gauge is 24 stitches and 33 rows = 4 inches; 10 cm in stockinette using the recommended 3.5 mm (US 4) needles for ribbing and 3.75 mm (US 5) needles for the main fabric or as required to meet gauge.
Suggested yarns for both Tees are Ancient Arts Socknado, Lichen and Lace 80/20 Sock, SweetGeorgia Tough Love Sock, Hedgehog Fibres Hedgehog Sock. Mix and match fingering / sock yarns to get the fade you want!
Sweet summer socks! Pattern is Midsummer Blossoms by This Handmade Life including two versions of socks to knit! The lacy anklets are very pretty and take no time at all. The lace is intuitive, don’t let it intimidate you. The striped lace version is more fun, pick a solid and a speckled in bright colors for some summery stripes. The lace portion is short and then its all stripes. The pattern is 25% off until Sunday but even without the sale are very reasonably priced!
Melanie Berg’s Schnee is a heavenly soft shawl designed to be knit using Shibui Knits Silk Cloud and Lunar. The two halves of the rectangular shawl are individually knit on the bias, then joined together with a 3-needle bind-off. The shawl’s stripes come from alternating rows of Shibui Knits Silk Cloud with rows of Shibui Knits Lunar and Silk Cloud held together.
The resulting blend of silk, mohair, and merino create a fabric that’s as light and fluffy as a snowflake, and the shawl’s large size allows for countless styling options. Gauge is 20 stitches and 34 rows = 4 inches
in pattern stitch, blocked using a recommended needle size of 3.25 mm (US 3).
WIP's and FO's
My Soundtrack by Olive Knits (Marie Greene) for her 4 Day KAL is moving along! It really isn't too late if you want to join in too since you have until August 1 to finish!
I decided to knit mine with Stolen Stitches Nua Worsted, a bllend of merino, yak and linen for a soft, squishy and silky feel.
With a gauge of 21 stitches and 31 rows = 4 inches in stockinette, I would be farther than just an inch past the body and sleeve separation if I wasn't also working on my other WIP!
My Rock It Tee by Tanis Lavallee is getting close to finished...how many more stripes should I knit? The pattern says to knit the body to 15 inches from the armhole...I will try it on again so that I can decide.
KNIT GROUP AND GALLERY
The current Knit-Alongs are the Any Sweater / Shawl KAL and the Knit Your Project: the everlasting knit-along to encourage and support you to knit is running from July 1 to September 30, 2020. Don't forget to post your finished projects so that you will be included in our quarterly draw! We added the option of posting your finished project to Instagram using the #sue2knitskal so that I can find them!
The KAL that ran from April 1 to June 30 closed and I finally got everything into a list!
Congratulations to Michelina (@roadtripknits) for winning the June 30, 2020 draw!
Lovely simple rib stitch beanie knit with Bergere de France Eclair knit by Veronica (@xovee.knits)
Sandi (sandima) knit this stunning Katie's Kep by Wilma Malcolmson (free until next year's design for Shetland Wool Week) using Jamieson & Smith 2 Ply Jumper Weight she found in her stash!
This is the top of the hat!
Victoria (@sylvieandelliottsmama) knit this adorable Beloved by tincanknits and lined it too!!
Sylvie looks so sweet in her Beloved bonnet!
Linda wasn’t sure how she felt about the first time yarn that she hand spun but she used it for this Bulky Trellis by Kali Berg! Looks great!
Angie (@knittinggrapevines) knit Barley Light by tincanknits for her sister using the ZenYarnGarden Serenity 20 leftover from her Gather Round! Love the Pom Pom!
Paulette (@psknitting50) knit this beauty using stash yarn and hand spun dyed with avacados! Pattern is Point Richmond by Christina Danaee
Paulette (@psknitting50) knit the stunning Wilmot by Christina Danaee with her daughter in mind! Both patterns are from the book Modern Heritage Knits.
Marie (thecatsmom) knit this Simple Yet Effective Bulky by Laura Chau until it grew too big for her needles!
Samantha (KnittingDead) knit Katie’s Shawl by Cozy Up Knits for their Spring Cotton KAL/CAL - so pretty!
Judy, Jen’s mom finished her Nightshift by Andrea Mowry in her favourite colours!! Yarn is Kelbourne Woolens Scout and Schoppel Wolle Edition 3.
Lani (zanderlidy) knit a pair of socks for Alex!
Kathy (chantrykathy)'s panel...
She used it to make herself a wonderful and colourful basket using punch needle and inspiration from Arounna Khounnoraj’s Punch Needle book!
Anna (@kollar.annie) recently posted her Zweig by Caitlin Hunter that is off her needles! She knit hers with short sleeves!
New Stock In!
Newest shipment of The Fibre Company Arranmore Light in these colours! 328 yards of 80% merino, 10% silk, 10% cashmere.
A shipment of Schoppel Wolle El Linio in these colours arrived! Limited quantities in other colours too! 164 yards of 100% Linen per 50g.
Newest shipment of Malabrigo Sock! 440 yards per 100g of 100% Superwash Merino.
VIRTUAL SOCIAL KNITTING
Virtual social knitting using the Zoom app! It has been a great way to knit together through social distancing! Join in with us either Tuesday afternoon from 2 - 4 pm or Thursday nights from 7 - 9 pm. We are continuing to hold our Zoom meetings each week until we can meet again in person. Clicking on the link will take you to our Zoom meeting.
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Happy Friday. Happy Knitting, Crocheting and Crafting! Keep calm and keep on knitting and making!
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