Friday, September 10, 2021, Issue 215: Is it sweater weather?
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- By Susan Wong-Tsang
- Posted in Fall Knitting, Gift Knitting, KAL, September 2021, sweater weather
I always look forward to fall with our colourful change in seasons. I'd like to spend as much time as possible on the back patio knitting but I hate the bees and wasps! It's hard to think about not being able to have our knit afternoons and nights because I have too self isolate for the week before my surgery. Since sweater weather is here, let's take advantage of our remaining outdoor knitting opportunities and enjoy it!
Sprawled atop a rocky peninsula, Kalamalka Lake Provincial Park boasts a network of winding trails leading over grassy meadows dotted with ponderosa pine, through groves of douglas fir, along scenic cliffsides, and finally down to one of the parks many peaceful beaches, including Juniper Bay.
With its squishy garter stitch and simple ripple lace edging, Juniper Bay by Knox Mountain Knit Co. is the perfect cozy shawl for cool fall walks.
72” / 180cm across by 25” / 63cm deep.
All measurements taken after blocking.
18 st over 4” / 10cm in garter stitch.
A different gauge will affect finished measurements and yardage requirements.
Suggested needles: 5.5mm (US 9) 40” / 100cm circular, or size needed to obtain above listed gauge.
Worsted weight yarn: 420y / 380m (200g) for MC and 190y / 170m (90g) for CC, or 610y / 550m (290g) of a solid colour.
Solid shawl shown in: Malabrigo Rios (100% superwash merino; plied; 210y / 190m per 100g) using Plomo.
Two colour shawl shown in: Malabrigo Rios (100% superwash merino; plied; 210y / 190m per 100g) using Pearl (MC) and Water Green (CC).
Humlebi means bumblebee in Danish and this shawl by Fiber Tales was inspired by the bees waking up after a long winter to seek the first flowers of spring.
The Humlebi shawl is a triangular textured shawl with little bees, flowers and a field of garter stitch. It’s worked bottom up in sections with written and charted instructions. You begin with a picot cast on, then shape the shawl with decreases along the center and the outer edges and at the end you graft a few stitches.
YARN & YARDAGE
DK Weight - approx. 600m / 656 yds
17 sts x 34 rows = 10 x 10 cm / 4 x 4” in garter stitch on 4 mm / US 6
4 mm / US 6 long circular needles
Wingspan: 160 cm / 63”
Spine: 60 cm / 23,5”
The pattern includes videos showing the most difficult techniques but is a fairly easy shawl.
This is Diane (@boujeeknits)’s Humlebi Shawl (Bumblebee) by Fiber Tales WIP!
Yarn Suggestion: Kelbourne Woolens Scout
The Douglas Cardi by Andrea Mowry is a grandpa-style cardigan complete with stripes, big pockets, and a relaxed fit. Named for my father, who is now fondly known as Grandpa Doug to my kiddos, it reminds me of when I spruced up my school uniform with my own grandpa’s golfing cardigan when I was in middle school. I love to amp up my cozy with this sweater no matter the outfit! This sweater is knit from the bottom up with afterthought pockets and a picked up button band.
Here is the Douglas Cardi that Lucinda of Mont Tricot knit. She has included photos of her husband and Julie Asselin wearing it!
1 (2, 3, 4, 5)(6, 7, 8, 9)
FINISHED BUST CIRCUMFERENCE
46 (50, 54, 56, 60)(62, 66, 68, 72)”
117 (127, 137, 142, 152.5)(157.5, 167.5, 172.5, 183) cm
Recommended ease is positive 16-10”/40.5 -25.5 cm; sample is shown in Size 2 on a 35”/89 cm bust with 15”/38 cm positive ease.
These are just approximations. Total yarn usage will depend on the yarn you use (fiber content, ply, etc.), your personal gauge, and any modifications you may make.
DK Weight (100 g/273 yds/250 m) in 5 colors
Yarn A: 115 (125, 134, 137, 145)(150, 158, 160, 166) g/315 (340, 366, 375, 395)(410, 430, 437, 454) yds/288 (311, 334, 343, 361)(375, 393, 400, 415) m
Yarn B: 84 (96, 111, 116, 132)(136, 152, 156, 165) g/229 (262, 301, 316, 359)(372, 415, 424, 450) yds/210 (239, 276, 289, 328)(340, 379, 388, 411) m
Yarns C & D/each: 74 (85, 98, 100, 116)(121, 135, 138, 146) g/203 (232, 267, 274, 317)(329, 367, 375, 398) yds/185 (212, 244, 250, 290)(301, 336, 343, 364) m
Yarn E: 97 (111, 128, 134, 152)(157, 175, 179, 190) g/264 (302, 348, 364, 414)(429, 479, 490, 519) yds/242 (276, 318, 333, 378)(393, 438, 448, 474) m
Main Fabric: US 7/4.5 mm – 32”/80 cm to 40”/100 cm circular and preferred needles for small circum. knitting (Magic Loop or DPNs), plus a spare for the 3-needle bind off.
Ribbing: US 5/3.75 mm - 32”/80 cm to 40”/100 cm circular and preferred needles for small circum. knitting (Magic Loop or DPNs)
Sleeve: US 8/5 mm – preferred needles for small circum. knitting (Magic Loop or DPNs). (Optional - if necessary to retain gauge.)
Use the needle size you need to achieve gauge.
5 - 1”/25 mm buttons, stitch markers (2 fixed, 1 clippable), row counter (recommended), scissors, smooth waste yarn for Afterthought pockets and lifelines.
18 sts & 27 rows = 4”/10 cm on Main Fabric needle.
Measured over stockinette stitch knit flat, after blocking.
Yarn Suggestion: Kelbourne Woolens Scout and Rowan Felted Tweed. The gauge is a worsted gauge so other suggestions include The Fibre Co. Cumbria Worsted and Stolen Stitches Nua Worsted.
Yarn and colour Kit suggestions for Andrea Mowry’s Douglas Cardi:
A - The Fibre Co. Cumbria Worsted in Barrow, Threlkeld, Catbells, St Bees Beach and Coniston
B - Kelbourne Woolens Scout in Charcoal, Graphite, Gray, Oatmeal Heathers and Natural
C - Kelbourne Woolens Scout in Mulberry, Strawberry, Sunflower, Meadow and Juniper Heathers
D - Stolen Stitches Nua Worsted in Rolling Bales, Harvest Moon, Sea Veggies, Hatter's Teal Party and August Storms
E - Stolen Stitches Nua Worsted in Harvest Moon, Rolling Bales, Cafe Flamingo, Sea Veggies and Hatter's Teal Pparty
F - Stolen Stitches Nua Worsted in Bare Necessities, August Storms, Unexpected Macaw, Hatter's Teal Party and Sea Veggies
WIPs and FOs
Off my needles is my Da Crofter’s Kep by Wilma Malcolmson that I knit using leftover Jamieson’s of Shetland Spindrift and Jamieson & Smith 2 Ply Jumper Weight.
I love the way the colours that I chose to use pop! What do you think?
I have about an inch or so to go before I start the shoulder shaping on the back of my Tegna by Caitlin Hunter. I keep thinking that I'd like to put itt on hold again...I really wantt to cast on a fall sweater weather project!
KNIT GROUP AND GALLERY
The newest Knit-Alongs are the Any Sweater / Shawl KAL and the Knit Any Project: our everlasting knit-along to encourage and support you to knit is running from September 1 to December 31, 2021. I will get a thread started soon!
Remember to post photos to the finished object (FO) thread when you finish a project during the Knit-Along so that you will be included in the next draw! We will also add the option of posting your finished project to Instagram using the #sue2knitskal so that I can find them!
The previous Knit-Along ran from May 1 to August 31, 2021. Congratulations to Rosemary (@coolknitsbyrose) for winning the August 31st draw!
Rosemary (@coolknitsbyrose) came to Tuesday’s Knit Afternoon wearing one of the three Rock It Tees by Tanis Lavallee that she has knit.
Paulette (@psknitting50) finished this gorgeous Soldotna Crop by Caitlin Hunter using her handspun and Cascade 220 Sport in Natural as her main colour.
Paulette (@psknitting50) spent a few hours sewing Estelle Snap-on Pompoms onto all of these hats she knit this year!
Here a couple of Winterfell 2.0 Beanies by Smeeny Beanie Knits made by Brenda (@bmallet42) with Malabrigo Rasta.
Beverley knit this pair of Adult Basic Knit Socks by Bernat Sox using her favourite Zen Yarn Garden Serenity 20.
Sharon (Sharbooski)’s spring vanilla socks knit with Timber Tarns Twin Sock in Tea Thyme.
Jen’s mom Judy finished this beautiful Hitchhiker by Martina Behm using a sock blank in Aurora Borealis from Michelina (@roadtripknits).
Lise (Mattedcat) finished this lovely Alice Jan by Taiga Hilliard with modified sleeves knit using Garnstudio Drops Baby Merino.
On Katherine (kelsworthy)’s needles is this modified Community Tunic by Joji to incorporate bluebirds!
Three of the backordered Noro Akari arrived today!
"Akari" is a soft, worsted weight multi fiber blend that features organic silk and cotton. Translated to "light" or "glimmer" in English, the silk adds a beautiful sheen to this yarn. It is a delightful choice for knitting and crocheting multi-season garments.
- 26% Silk, 21% Cotton, 15% Viscose, 14% Mohair, 12% Wool, 12% Polyamide
- Worsted weight
- 528 yards (483 meters) per 200 grams (7.05 ounces)
- 16 - 20 sts = 4 inches
- 4.5 - 5.5mm (US 7 - 9) needles
- 5.5mm (I) hook
- Gentle, cold hand wash only, dry flat
Now there are six colours from which you can put together two to knit Andrea Mowry’s Nightshift or something else! KITS are also available HERE.
PATTERN IDEAS FOR NORO AKARI
Gusty by Laura Aylor is knit using one ball of Noro Akari. Shown in #17 Yachimata
#20 Peach Blossom from Noro Knitting Magazine 18 or as a Ravelry download.
thetangledstitch’s Nightshift by Andrea Mowry knit using Noro Akari in 1 Kitakata and 2 Ashiya.
scbetz’s Nightshift by Andrea Mowry knit using Noro Akari in 1 Kitakata and 5 Hamura.
Fortunately I got some news early…unfortunately I need to self isolate for a week prior to surgery so from Thursday, September 9 until September 20th, there will be curbside pickups and shipping ONLY.
Temporary New Fall Hours Starting September 21
Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays: 10 am to 4 pm
Tuesday Knit Afternoons: Cancelled September 14th only.
Thursday Knit Nights: Virtual social knitting using the Zoom app
Happy Friday, Happy Knitting, Crocheting and Crafting! Keep calm and keep on knitting and making!
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