How are you enjoying your summer so far? Are you enjoying car rides, trips to visit family, walks under clear blue skies and knitting outdoors in the sunshine?
Tops and tees are my favourite kind of knit but there are so many more beautiful patterns to choose from!
A Study in Pink by Melanie Berg is a lovely lace shirt or sweater worked seamlessly from the top down with a touch of lace at the yoke and the hem.
Measurements given are for the finished garment. Designed to fit with 4 - 6” [10 - 15 cm] of positive ease at the bust, less for larger sizes. Photos show size 2 on a 38” / 96.5 cm bust model.
(40, 42.75, 45.25) (48) (50.75, 53.25, 56)“ / (100, 106.5, 113.5) (120) (126.5, 133.5, 140) cm at bust
(938, 1025, 1117) (1170) (1240, 1306, 1376) yds / (856, 936, 1020) (1068) (1132, 1306, 1256) m
YARN WEIGHT - Fingering
GAUGE -30 stitches and 40 rows = 4 inches in stockinette stitch, blocked
NEEDLE SIZE -
Tracie Millar’s Slip Stripe Shorties are her newest sock pattern that are equally adorable with a full length leg worked in an addictive mix of simple stripes and a slip stitch.
The socks are worked top down using 2 colours (or more!) of yarn. Self striping yarn is so good with a solid in this pattern.
Sue (Suemccord) test knit the socks a self- striping yarn as her CC1 (19g) and 33g of her solid CC2.
Knit a blanket during the summer? Why not? This new pattern is Sea Star by the Berroco Design Team, available for free on Ravelry. They used Berroco Sesame but if you substitute it with Berroco Summer Sesame you will have a perfect summer blanket.
The Sea Star blanket is a pick-up-as-you-go hexagon design. Create the size that works for your space with our soft and machine washable Sesame yarn.
Approximately 46” / 117 cm wide x 69” / 175.5 cm long
Berroco Summer Sesame (100g): 5 balls of C1 and 6 balls of C2
NEEDLES and NOTIONS
5 mm (US 8) needles or size to obtain gauge
5 stitch markers
19 sts and 25 rows = 4” / 10 cm in St st
WIPs and FOs
I finished my Pink is for Power by Melanie Berg! I used 2.75 mm needles because I am a loose knitter. I cast on for the size 2 thinking I would get the size 3 since my gauge was bigger at 25 stitches instead of 26 stitches to 4 inches. Ancient Arts Socknado is Superwash but it didn’t grow at all. The unblocked and blocked measurements are almost the same.
As you can see I did not knit long sleeves on mine but kept them short! After finished the hem ribbing, I had 59g of Socknado and 5g of Silkpaca. Originally, I thought I wouldn’t have enough Silkpaca left to work a finish to the sleeves but since I still had some left, I picked up 94 stitches. I worked 8 rounds of stockinette and 8 rounds of twisted rib, binding off on the 9th round.
I picked up 94 on the other sleeve but on round 8 of stockinette, realized I wouldn’t have enough to work the matching ribbing! I frogged the stockinette back to the pick up round, worked 8 rounds of twisted rib and bound off. I then frogged the other sleeve back to the pick up round and worked the matching twisted rib. The above photo shows where I still had both sleeves before frogging the second sleeve to match!
In the end, I remembered that I still had my swatch that I could have used!
I love the lace even though blocking didn’t change it at all.
Also off my needles is my third adult sized Ranunculus by Midori Hirose! I knit the original size (3) on my first two but decided to knit a size 2 for this one using 5.0 mm (US 8) for my main needles. I used 4.0 mm (US 6) for the sleeve and bottom twisted rib.
I finished sewing in the ends this morning and I am wearing it even though it hasn’t been blocked yet! The body I knit to 7 inches with 3 inches of twisted rib. The sleeves are 15 rounds of stockinette and 9 rounds of twisted rib before binding off on round 10.
I really like the shadow painted tonal blue of the Schoppel Wolle El Linio that I chose to use which is 100% Linen yarn with a chainette cconstruction.
This is Sabina (@sabinaferrerteje)’s Ranunculus WIP for the #sue2knitsranunculuskal. The KAL runs until July 31st so there is still time to finish yours!
KNIT GROUP AND GALLERY
Here and at the top is Jen (zjewell)’s Interview With The Vampire by Lily Goknit using Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light and Miyuki Beads.
Claudia (@cgriffs01) also finished this tank top knit using Navia Bummull based on a Pinterest photo.
Brenda (@bmallat42) knit this cute accessory! Pattern is Winston Tweed Tie by Alexandra Tavel (Two of Wands). Yarn is Malabrigo Rios.
Sonia (Soniabknits) finished this beautiful Rock It Tee by Tanis Lavallee!
Tiff (climbthesky) finished this wonderfully summery Floodlight Tee by Tanis Lavallee!
Pre-Order ChiaoGoo’s newest Special Edition set coming this Fall 2022! ChiaoGoo’s newest Special Edition interchangeable set, Forté, includes tips that are an elegant combination of sleek, stainless steel and luxurious, African Blackwood. This limited-edition exclusive set also boasts new SWIV360 interchangeable cables. Silver in color, the cables have the same properties as the much-loved red and blue TWIST cables PLUS an added swivel feature! No more fighting with tangled cables - knitters have been hoping for this for years!
The Forté set includes 14 pairs of 5” (13 cm) tips US2 – 15 (2.75 – 10 mm). Each threaded steel join is laser etched with the tip diameter and join size which will not wear off ever. The set comes with six memory-free SWIV360 cables, steel scissors, a measuring tape, end stoppers, stitch markers, darning needles, a swatch/needle gauge and much more! Plus, all Forté parts and pieces have [S] or [L] size joins so they are switchable with all other similarly coded ChiaoGoo interchangeable parts.
Made of REACH compliant man-made material, the Forté case is just as elegant and functional as the tips and cables. It includes a double-sided, removable needle board that firmly houses all tips; elastic that securely holds but gives easy access to accessories; and four pockets to hold the rest of your knitting supplies including a spot for your pattern or notes. And, true to other ChiaoGoo cases, it opens book-style with a full zipper enclosure to ensure that nothing falls out. A beautiful addition to any makers tool kit, the Forté Set was thoughtfully created with the serious knitter in mind.
These are a special edition product. Our distributer has a limited number coming this Fall.
ChiaoGoo’s new SWIV 360 small and large cables are now in stock at our distributor! They should arrive in the shop soon!
Happy Friday, Happy Knitting, Crocheting and Crafting!