KnitXperience Lite

Posted by Caroline Hershey

Information and registration are ready now on our web site for KnitXperience lite, or Low Impact Techniques for Everyone, March 18-20th, here on Chincoteague Island. 

It’s all about knitting, shaking off the last of that cabin fever. There will be no organized workshops or classes, but topics for discussion. There are an incredible number of what you might consider hum drum knitting topics, which, on closer inspection, yield many areas where tidbits of information will improve your knitting.

The fee for the Retreat is $25 plus your lodging. Make lodging reservations directly with the Chincoteague Island Motor Inn by calling: 757-336-3141. Please tell them you are with the knitting retreat to receive the great rate they are offering us.

Cabled Sachet

Posted by Caroline Hershey

sachet
A simple but lovely knitted project, perfect for quick knitting and last minute gifts. Just fill with lavendar for a sweet, sweet fragrance.

Here’s the pattern I used for KnitXperience this fall when we were studying cables.

 
Cabled Sachet
Materials:
50g ball Cotton yarn
Size 6 knitting needles 

Front Cross (FC): sl 2 sts to dpn and hold in front, p1, then k2 from dpn.
Back Cross (BC): sl 1 st to dpn and hold in back, k2, then p1 from dpn.

Close Braid Cable (from Barbara Walker)
Panel of 13 sts
Row 1: (Wrong side) K3, p4, k2, p2, k2.
Row 2: P2, FC, BC, FC, P2.
Row 3: and all subsequent wrong-side rows, knit all knit sts and purl all purl sts.
Row 4: P3, sl next 2 sts to dpn and hold in back, k2, then k2 from dpn; p2, k2, p2.
Row 6: P2, BC, FC, BC, P2.
Row 8: P2, k2, p2, sl next 2 sts to dpn and hold in front, k2, then k2 from dpn; p3.
Repeat Rows 1-8

CO 31 sts
Work 4 rows in 1×1 rib.
Begin Row 1 working cable over center13 sts. On either side of the cable work 7 purl sts and 2 knit stitches and on subsequent rows knit the knit sts and purl the purl sts for these sts on either side of the cable panel.
Repeat cable panel 5 times or as long as you want.
Repeat 4 rows rib.
Bind off.
Fill with lavender (may put lavender in small bag inside the knitted bag)

Reversible Cabled Scarf pattern

Posted by Caroline Hershey

Here’s the pattern for the reversible cabled scarf we knitted at KnitXperience this November. We knitted it with Elsebeth Lavold’s Silky Flamme.

Cabled Scarf Pattern

 by Melissa Abbott 

Using heavy worsted weight or bulky wt yarn and size 10.5 needles
 CO 32 sts

Set Up Rows
2 rows K1, P1 rib

Pattern:

Row 1: 4/4 cable RC, (K1, P1) 4 times, 4/4 cable RC, (K1, P1) 4 times

Rows 2-4 Knit the knit stitches and purl the purl stitches

Row 5: (K1, P1) 4 times, 4/4 cable LC, (K1, P1) 4 times, 4/4 cable LC

Rows 6-8 Knit the knit stitches and purl the purl stitches

 Continue pattern repeat until several yards left,

End with 2 rows K1, P1 rib

4/4 RC – Sl 4 sts to cable needle & hold in back, [K1, P1] 2 times, [K1, P1] from cable needle
4/4 LC – Sl 4 sts to cable needle & hold in front, [K1, P1] 2 times, [K1, P1] from cable needle

 melissa-scarf1

Update on Changing Colors

Posted by Caroline Hershey

After watching the youtube video again, I thought I should say how I do the color change. Contrary to the video, I hold the new color in my left hand, current color in right and make about four sitches as they illustrate, then switch colors with old in left hand and new becomes current color in right hand and knit about four stitches carrying the yarn this way. The yarns seem more secure. At least in the video you can see the action of the hands as you make the change which would be very difficult to describe with words. Hope this helps and doesn’t confuse.

Socks and Cattails?

Posted by Caroline Hershey

Socks that last and last and last

cattailsHow come the cat thinks it’s all about her? I’m talking about the Regia sock yarns. These in the photo are some of the Kaffe Fassett Regia yarns which I have had 2-3 years. Over winter they are one of my favorite socks and get worn once a week for sure and washed and dried in the machine. They just keep going and going. 

 
regia-socks

 Here they are without the cat running interference.

 In one of the recent posts I talked about changing colors and weaving in the yarn ends as you go. Here’s a youtube video of changing colors.

The way I accomplish it is almost the same.

Fingerless Mittens

Posted by Caroline Hershey

After knitting 26 or more autumn leaves for the KnitXperience Retreat, I had a ton of odds and ends left over of the Silk Garden DK yarn because I wanted each one to be a different mittenscolor so I pulled the balls all apart to get to the colors I wanted. Needless to say I had a mess (which our cat Click loves) and I really did want to do something with the remains. I needed a pair of fingerless mittens for myself and voila, got one done and on to the next one. (The drawback being the nasty number of ends I had to secure at the end.)

I used this pattern I found on the internet (scroll down on the right side of her blog), changed it a little because I didn’t want the flip top and wanted my thumb to have some air. Other than that, I knitted it the same. I tell you, this is the easiest pattern for mittens. Try it out. And if you’re striping in the ribbing, don’t forget the neat trick when you change colors, to knit that first row with the new color to avoid the color change bumps. Oh yes, the magic loops is grand for this!

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