Posts Tagged ‘intarsia’

13
Oct

Ilsa Cardigan in Knitscene Winter 2014

Written by Sarah. Posted in design, FO, knits, KYC Presents, sweater

Did you miss me? I know it’s been a while. September was a crazy month and I just started a new job so I’ve been settling in. But it’s time to get back to business because I’ve got new pattern out!

ilsa

Ilsa is a drop-shoulder cardigan with color work details on the fronts. The sweater is part of Knit Scene’s Vinter Stickning spread which is all about Scandinavian-inspired pieces. I love Scandinavian design, it’s where I go for inspiration when I’m feeling stuck so I was very excited to make something directly informed by it.

I wanted to do something a little boxy and relaxed. The trends for simple lines really lead me to this shape. Of course, I’m obsessed with neutrals but the little pops of color give it that Scandinavian whimsy.

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The pattern is available in Knit Scene’s Winter 2014 issue which you can buy here (print or digital!). And don’t forget to favorite the pattern on Ravelry!

Are you casting on your own Ilsa?

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20
Mar

Fair Isle Almost FO

Written by Sarah. Posted in DIY, embroidery, FO, knits, sweater, technique

It’s been a long road but my fair isle sweater is pretty much finished. It feels like I’ve been working on this thing my whole life (since I started it while I was on my hurrication back in October), a lot of other pieces have been finished since I cast this thing on but it’s done.

Since I haven’t been able to take photos of the FO, I wanted to talk about the finishing of the garment and some of the cool details. One of the elements that really drew me in to this pattern were the embroidered parts on the front and back. I’ve never embroidered on a piece of knitting but I do like to do both things separately. The colorwork alone was full of little details but this part made it even more unique.

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The purple/grey flowers and pink hearts (which are up near the neckline) are knit by intarsia which is why the pieces are worked flat. (At least the front and back. I wish I’d worked the sleeves in the round but that’s life.) Then embroidery is added over them to make it pop. It was pretty fun. My French knots always throw me for a loop when I’m rusty but I finally got them to work.

It is mainly from exhaustion that my embroidery is messy. I really wanted this sweater to be finished and I was on the home stretch. (When I just had to seam and work the neckband I realized OH GOD I also had to do all of the embroidery details which added about four more hours of work.) I can be a perfectionist when the mood strikes me. I’m usually really particular about my knitting but I actually liked the folksy imperfections in the embroidery. It kind of has a home made Christmas sweater feeling which balances well with the anal colorwork sections. (All in all, I probably ripped out and re-knit about 7-10″ of colorwork in different parts of the sweater.) The pattern suggests a lot more embroidery. I did less because I’m a minimalist (read: I’m so over working on this sweater).

I can’t wait to show you more of this sweater. It’s definitely going to be my favorite thing to wear from now on.

Have you embroidered knitting?

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22
May

Intarsia in the Round

Written by Sarah. Posted in knits, movies, technique

Obviously when I was being all snarky and telling you “I know how knitting works”, I didn’t actually know. Meghan, who has an awesome quarterly out now, I can’t wait to get my hands on it, was nice enough to shoot me a message on Ravelry and share this amazing tip with me for doing intarsia in the round. And I’d love to share it with you. Even though now I’m embarassed and I’m starting to think this is something everyone might know about…

Well if you’re like me, listen up!

When knitting intarsia in the round, turn your work, purl and slip the stitches. Here’s a video that is a little more complicated but it explains the concept pretty well:

It’s so simple yet so brilliant and such a game-changer. I hope I’m not the only one that didn’t know this existed. Though, if I’d put my mind to it, maybe I would’ve figured it out myself. (Probably not.) I guess this is one of the things that keeps me loving this craft. Although I’ve been knitting for years and I like to consider myself a pretty advanced knitter, there is always something new to learn, some little surprise is out there to make life easier.

Thank you for actually explaining to me how knitting works, Meghan. You are free to judge me now.

I’m going to go re-knit those socks!

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07
May

FO: Triangle Triangle Socks

Written by Sarah. Posted in FO, knits, socks, yarn

I was doing very well working one project at a time. And then everything went wrong. I got second sock syndrome on my loft socks so I made a hamburger sweater. I’d still had these socks on the needles that I was working on for my dad since December. I dove into the Pomme de Pin but when it came to starting the collar, I got the urge to make these crazy socks.

So I ordered some Quince and Co Finch since I’ve never worked with their yarns before. I was hoping I’d have them in the mail by the time I was finished with my Pomme de Pin. When it came in just a few days later, I thought, I’ll just swatch and block and my swatch will be all finished by the time I finish my Pomme de Pin. But then I thought, well I’ll just test out the intarsia pattern to see if it looks odd. And when that swatch is done, I’ll be ready to start the socks when I’m finished with my Pomme de Pin.

Long story short, I knit a whole sock before I picked up my Pomme de Pin again. I was so ashamed, I didn’t want to tell anyone and I didn’t post about it here. (Though there is evidence on my instagram.) I feel less guilty about it now that my cardigan is all finished. But I had a hard time pulling myself away to set in the sleeves.

Oh but it was so worth it.

These socks look just like my original sketch so I’m really psyched. It’s an odd design that I hadn’t seen before so I had a really strong urge to make them.

Here’s the thing. I’m going to tell you straight up. Because I’m open like that.

I know you can’t do proper intarsia like this in the round. I know how knitting works, guys. But listen up. I don’t care. I did it anyway. Well, I did some ghetto non-intarsia which involved just bringing the red yarn back to the right needle the way I did when I knit my first scarf and I didn’t know how to carry yarn behind. I made sure to keep it as loose as possible so it didn’t ruin everything. I think I did a pretty good job considering it was a less-than-perfect measure. (I should take a picture of the wrong side. It’s a little embarrassing. But I guess the cat’s out of the bag now!)

Listen, you can judge me all you want. I’d probably do the same.

But my socks look dope. You’re just jealous.

Now that I’ve gone over my ghetto intarsia and multiple WIPs, I kind of feel like these socks are the bastard step-children of my recent knitting. But they rebelled by being pretty awesome. They do what they want.

Pattern: my own toe-up sock pattern
Yarn: Quince and Co Finch in Egret and Peak’s Ferry
Needle: size 0

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03
Aug

FO: Baby Blanket

Written by Sarah. Posted in baby, knits, life

I just wanted to share some more of the beautiful photos that Jon took of the blanket that I made for his nephew-to-be. I am so proud of how it turned out!

Like I mentioned before, I don’t do much designing. I do like planning intarsia but I’ve never stressed over stitch counts and gauge as much as I did with this project. I really wanted to make something that was personal and soft and design-savy.

My plan had a lot to do with these ideas: I hate traditional gender colors. Blue was originally for girls, after all. And I really don’t like pastels. I know that Jon’s brother and sister-in-law feel the same way so that was a good start. For babies, I much prefer bold, bright, exciting colors and stimulating patterns. Minimalism is always a must, of course.

I’ve been experimenting with more intarsia to make fun patterned knit fabics. Intarsia is pretty simple but I really like the versatility. Of course, I’m obsessed with these hand-dyed Madeline Tosh yarns! They make it even more interesting.

So this is not the last you’ve seen of my intarsia-patterned, hand-dyed knit fabrics. I’m really excited and I’m just bubbling over with ideas. I can’t wait to tell you about what I have planned.

What do you prefer for babies? Traditional pastels or bold modern patterns? Knitters, how do you feel about intarsia?

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28
Jul

FO teaser

Written by Sarah. Posted in baby, baby, gift, knits, life

Good morning, lovelies! I revealed on twitter that I have already gifted the baby blanket that I have been working on. I am pleased to say that Daron and Romney (Jon’s brother and sister-in-law) loved it. I can’t wait for them to meet their son and wrap him in love and soft hand-dyed merino!

I had butterflies in my stomach waiting to hear what they’d think of it! I don’t design many of my own patterns. Up until recently, gauges and swatching really boggled my mind but it’s beginning to click (perhaps thanks to Little Red in the City…more on that soon!) and I can’t wait to do more complicated designs! Hopefully this blog will see many more original knits coming soon! But this really knit up exactly how I pictured it so I was a little scared to see if they liked my idea.

Anyway, I took a ton of photos before I let go of the blanket. I have so many to share, I thought I’d let you see some details today and then more later. I hope you don’t mind sticking with me!

I’m so excited about this knit. Intarsia is no longer scary and I’m ready to tackle some big designs!

Have any knitterly pride in a recent project?

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21
Jun

WIP: Teaser!

Written by Sarah. Posted in baby, knits

Hey, there! I hope you didn’t miss me too much but I had to give myself a Monday off. Aren’t Mondays just the worst!? Well, I’ve got some yummy knitting to celebrate the fact that Monday is over. For now.

Here’s a little peek at what I’m working on:

I can’t divulge all of the details because it’s a present. But here’s the basics. It’s made from the gorgeous Madeline Tosh I mentioned last week. I’m working on size 8 Lantern Moon rosewood needles which are like butter! This pattern is all about triangles and intarsia.

I can’t wait to show you more and tell you all about it but I hope you can see how great it is working up! I promise more photos and some wrong side pictures, too. I’m loving the way it’s turning out so far.

Come back soon for more on this WIP! And follow my Instagram feed to see more photos. What are you working on?

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15
Jun

Yarn, Finally.

Written by Sarah. Posted in knits, yarn

After all of that kvetching, Jon gets a big “I told you so” for telling me to wait for the perfect yarn. He’s right. I went to three LYSs before I found the one. And it is just absolutely fantastic.

On Thursday I picked up a few skeins of Madeline Tosh merino. It’s amazingly soft and hand dyed so the colors are amazing. It was a little pricey but it’s for a special gift so I wanted to spend a little extra. Worth every penny!

Here are two skeins in Chamomile and Antler. I must admit, goldenrod is my very favorite color right now. Things in that particular shade of yellow just make me feel like sunshine!

I am so excited to get this onto my needles. I didn’t even let them wind it at the store because I wanted to rush home and run my fingers through it. I am very proud of myself, though. With every project I tackle, I like to think that I am becoming a better knitter. Maybe I’ll be a Knitter with a capital K! I took the time to do some swatching and make sure that my pattern was how I wanted it. And a huge thanks to Amy at Threadpanda for reading my crazed email debating faire isle versus intarsia.

Here is the intarsia cast onto the amazing rosewood Lantern Moon needles Jon bought me. They feel like I’m knitting with liquid needles!

It looks like a mess, I know, but I promise it gets better.

I can’t wait to show you what I’m up to. It’s kind of a secret right now…can you guess?!

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