We had another wonderful but hot week to knit and make and I do admit to taking advantage of it! It was also a week where many of you returned to work with the stress of another new normal.
Today marks Juneteenth, a day celebrating the end of slavery in the United States on June 19, 1865.
Many people are familiar with the celebration of the Fourth of July, but Black people were not declared free from slavery for another 87 years.
The last slaves were not freed for another 2 years in Galveston, TX. An additional 2 years after Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation.
June 19, 1865 – Juneteenth – is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. Read more about Juneteenth HERE.
Here is EweKnit Toronto’s new Meridian Top! It is a free Ravelry download pattern for a versatile top down summer sweater with a lacy eyelet yoke. The pattern includes different sleeve and body lengths so you can choose what suits you. It is designed for a DK weight yarn with a gauge of 22 stitches and 30 rows = 4 inches in stockinette stitch using 4.0 mm (US 6) needles or as required to get gauge.
Here is katiemh2 on Ravelry’s stunning Meridian Top test knit using the suggested yarn Shibui Knits Echo! I think it would also look stunning knit using El D Mouzakis Butterfly Super 10 cotton, Rowan Creative Linen, Schoppel Wolle El Linio or LoftyFibre Euroflax Linen.
Andrea Mowry’s The Weekender Light is now available on Ravelry!
Andrea Mowry - The Weekender (above), originally designed for worsted weight yarn and released a few years ago, is my most popular pattern to date and it may not surprise you that a lighter weight version has been the most frequent request in my inbox! While these 2 patterns are very similar, The Weekender Light has been adjusted for its very different gauge and with a larger range of size options! The Weekender Light is available in 10 sizes, is knit up in fingering weight yarn and has a few adjustments that I hope will result in another favorite sweater for your handknit wardrobe!
The Weekender Light sweater is intended to be worn with approx. 10”/25.5 cm positive ease. To pick your best size, measure your full bust and add your desired ease, then pick the finished bust circumference closest to that number. The gauge is 24 sts & 38 rows = 4”/10 cm on 3.5 mm (US 4) needles used for the main fabric or as required to get gauge. 2.75 mm (US 2) are the suggested needles for cuffs and collar ribbing.
Berroco had so much fun hosting our Spring Cardi House Party KAL/CAL, they decided to keep the fun going with a Summer MAL (make-a-long) dedicated to Tees! Join their Ravelry group,
Like their Spring knit along, Margaux will be going live in their Facebook group on Thursdays at 11am EST this summer to cheer you all on, answer questions and to share her own tee progress.
No party is complete without gifts!
Use code BerrocoTeeParty to purchase one tee pattern via Berroco.com or Ravelry.com.
One code per person.
The official cast on date is TODAY!
Sountrack is Olive Knits 4th Annual 4 Day KAL which will run July 1st - August 1st. Have you ordered your yarn and swatched yet?
Alexandra Davidoff is starting her starting June 20th - the first day of summer! KAL#18 Pétale de Rose has pretty pink petals adorning the lower edge while diamond eyelet lace runs along the body of this one sleeve wrap. This wrap begins with the petal stitch edge, and ends with a shaped sleeve with a twisted rib cuff. It was designed using two Koigu Pencil Boxes in the colourway Silent Purple. If I don't have the colour you want, just let me know!
WIP's and FO's
Last week, I commented that I really want to knit another Deschain by Leila Raven. Pictured above is my first one that I knit using Lana Grossa Roma. I only have one colour left in stock of Roma. I commented that I wanted to knit one using Berroco Estiva!
It is a fairly quick knit because of the gauge which is 14 stitches and 19 rows = 4 inches in stockinette stitch, after blocking using 6.5 mm (US 10.5) needles. I am using 5.5 mm (US 9) needles because I am such a loose knitter.
I cast on a smaller size than my first one 87 instead of 97 stitches and working seven repeats of the shale pattern. I also decided to knit the back the same as the front instead of plain stockinette. I can't wait to finish this one!
My Rock It Tee by Tanis Lavallee is only a few inches below the split in the body so I still have a long way to go! It is so delicate and pretty though! I am using Berroco Ultra Alpaca Fine and Garnstudio Drops Kid Silk and 3.0 mm (US 2.5) needles.
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 April 1 to June 30, 2020. Don't forget to post your finished projects so that you will be included in our quarterly draw! We will also add the option of posting your finished project to Instagram using the #sue2knitskal so that I can find them!
This one isn't knitting but this Biscornu was still "made" by Linda M R.
Connie (knitnut246) modified her Pure Joy Shawl by Joji Locatelli to leave out the last section because she ran out of her main colour. The photo at the top is Connie wearing her shawl!
Rita finished her Worsted Boxy by Joji Locatelli using a hand dyed cotton yarn!
Christina knit this Silver Springs Tank by Jenny With in time for this hot, humid weather!
Lucie (@alpomy) set aside the Venezia Shawl is knitting to knit this Baker’s Twine by DUCATHI on Ravelry. She loves that cute and useful little loop!
Diane (@boujeeknits) socks knit using Leo & Roxy and a Mason-Dixon Knitting Field Guide No. 11: Wanderlust mix and match sock design!
Sandi (sandima)’s Market to Market Bag test knit
Here is the back of Linda’s Wanderling with that mock cable panel running down the back!
Unboxing a re-stock of more ZenYarnGarden Serenity 20!! Serenity 20 from Zen Yarn Garden is made of soft superwash merino with a generous 20% of luxurious cashmere. This 3 ply, fingering weight yarn is dyed in rich, deep colorways with a little sheen and a very subtle halo. Each hank is hand-dyed and unique. Treat yourself to a decadently soft and smooth shawl made from one hank of Serenity 20!
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 will continue each week until we can meet again in person. Clicking on the link will take you to our Zoom meeting.
Join our Cloud HD Video Meeting
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Happy Friday. Happy Knitting, Crocheting and Crafting! Keep calm and keep on knitting and making!
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