Wednesday, 18 September 2019

WIP Wednesday: Hooded Cardigan: Sleeves!

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the top of a sleeve on a circular needle.  There is a cable running up the sleeve marked off with two stitch markers with silver flower charms.

Welcome back to WIP Wed! And the Hooded Cardigan continues -- I'm onto the sleeves!  I'm still about worried about yarn chicken and having enough for the hood, but, we shall see!

Yarn is Tanis Fiber Arts PureWash Fingering in "Ravine Sea". The sleeve has been done in my third skein (there's still some of the second skein left that I'm planning to alternate with for the hood); and so far so good on that risk of yarn chicken. .  but it depends on how much yarn the second sleeve takes, too.

Needles are my Addi 3.75 mm needles, and I've been magic looping (and as the sleeve got bigger, I switched to travelling loop) along on the sleeve.  While given my first choice, I prefer double-pointed needles, for the sleeve, I'm glad I didn't.  It means that a) the sleeves were knit on the same needles as the rest of the sweater, so there's no chance for any tension weirdness because of different needles; and b) the top of the sleeve would have had enough stitches to risk falling off the double-pointed needles.   

The *Silver Rose stitch markers are still marking the cable for the sleeves -- I still seem to have trouble counting 10 stitches. It really does help just to keep me on track to have stitch markers for just about everything!  

With all that said, though, I've not been knitting on this, though, and instead, doing the math to shape the sleeve cap.  

From a fashion sense, I like set-in sleeves.  But from a design sense.  . well, it takes some work to make a sleeve cap that works.  So I've been doing the math for that, rather then actually knitting. I'm hoping that I might even finish the math today and can go back to knitting the rest of the sleeve today.   Wish me luck in the math-ing today!  

Wednesday, 11 September 2019

WIP Wednesday: Hooded Cardigan: It's starting to be a sweater?

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Well, welcome back to WIP Wed! And the Hooded Cardigan continues -- I'm finished the back and on to the right front!  I've been knitting away to try and get this done!  I'm quite happy with how the shoulders and back are coming together, with no small thanks to Techknitter's amazing tutorials

A dark blue sweater with the right front on a circular needle.  The other parts of the sweater are tucked in a yarn bowl under the right front.  The right front has been partially bound off for the armhole, and a single-twist cable runs along the other edge of the knitting.
Yarn is Tanis Fiber Arts PureWash Fingering in "Ravine Sea", and I did manage to find my third skein while cleaning up and sorting the yarn bins in my bedroom!  (See, it does sometimes pay to clean your room, folks!)   And I still think I can eek the sweater's smallest size out of 3 skeins.  I'm hoping I can, because there's no way for me to get more of this yarn! So, wish me luck on my potential game of Yarn Chicken!  

With only a bit on the Right Front to go, I plan to do the sleeves with the third skein, then alternate the last of skein 2 and skein 3 for the collar and hood, and that should work out, I hope!

Needles are my Addi 3.75 mm needles.  They're one of my few nickel-plated needles; and honestly, I don't notice that much of a difference between these and my aluminum Aeros.  But, they're still quite nice to work with!

And, in my search for Organic Cotton Zippers.  I found these *Organic Cotton Zippers from *The Sewing Retreat! I do wish they came in additional colours, but otherwise, those look like they should work just fine!  It's the same shop I got *the Ribbon for the Legwarmers from, so if the zippers are as nice, that will be perfect!

The *Silver Rose stitch marker that's marking my cable repeat is from *EfficientSense's Etsy Shop.   And yes, I need a stitch marker for a 10 stitch cable repeat.  Eve with the markers, I've still messed it up and had to correct on some rows!  Sometimes I suspect that the simpler something is, the easier it is to mess up! 

Anyway, my plan today is to do some more work on this (in additional to other things)  What are your crafty (or, non-crafty) plans for this Work-in-Progress Wednesday?  Let me know in the comments!

Until next week, and Happy Crafting!

Wednesday, 4 September 2019

WIP Wednesday: Collar of the Hooded Cardigan!

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Well, welcome back to WIP Wed! And the Hooded Cardigan continues -- I'm to the collar on the left front!  I've been knitting along during online workshops; Youtube Videos, and podcasts, trying to get this done for you folks!  It took a bit of figuring to get the collar to do what I want, so a huge thanks to Techknitter's amazing tutorials to get the collar edge right (and it looks like I can, in fact, have the cables carry up the hood like I wanted!)  The next step from what's in the photo is to take the border/cable stitches, put them on scrap yarn, and continue working up to the left shoulder. 
A sweater on a circular needle, knit in deep blue yarn. One side of the knitting is garter stitch and a simple cable, and then the rest is in stocking stitch.  On either side of the cable are two stitch markers with silver rose charms.

Yarn is Tanis Fiber Arts PureWash Fingering in "Ravine Sea", and I did manage to find my third skein (I had a bit of a worry I'd misplaced it somewhere!).  And yes, I think I can eek the sweater's smallest size out of 3 skeins -- 3 skeins at 450 yards each gives me 1050 yards, which should be enough though, it will be close. 

Needles are my Addi 3.75 mm needles.  They're one of the many needles where I've managed to bend them (I have no idea how, but I'm not the most organized person -- they could have easily been left on the couch at one point!)

The *Silver Rose Stitch Markers are marking the cable, because I was, somehow, constantly forgetting where exactly to put the cable. . . even though I've now done this cable for many many rows.  I chalk that up to the same part of my brain that can mess up a 8 stitch pattern repeat!.  

So, that's what I've been working on this week. And I'm hoping, with my Twitch Streams, to have the front and back done within the next couple of days, which would just leave the sleeves after that!

I'd love to see what you're working on, too, so, please, post links to your projects in the comments! Also, if you're working on one of my patterns, tag it as #sarahdawnsdesigns so I can find you on Social Media and stare at your awesome projects!

Until next week, and Happy Crafting!

Sunday, 1 September 2019

September Featured Pattern and KAL: Spiralling Star Fingerless Mittens!

Welcome to September folks! And, it's finally starting to cool down here (especially at night)

So, to keep fingers warm (and free) during the colder evenings, the Spiralling Star Fingerless Mittens are the September Featured Pattern! The pattern is now 50% off at $2.75 CAD (Regular Price $5.50 CAD) until 11:59, September 30th!

Someone wearing a pair of fingerless mittens. The mittens are knit in a dark green fingering-yarn and use a textured star stitch over the body of the mitten.
Photography: Stephanie Wallace
$2.75 CAD
They're knit from the bottom up in the round with fingering weight/sock weight yarn, and can be knit on dpns or magic loop, or any other method you prefer. The pattern has been test-knit and tech-edited, and is both charted and written. Sample was knit in MadelineTosh Eyre Light (60% Merino/20% Silk/20% Alpaca), but any fingering-weight yarn with a high wool content would work well for these!

You can buy the pattern through Ravelry or Etsy, the discount is available on both platforms. The discount should be applied automatically on Ravelry, and be visible on Etsy. As always, let me know if something doesn't work!

Now, the Mini-KAL!

For the month of September, any finished pair of Spiraling Star Fingerless Mittens has a chance to win a pattern from any of my self-published patterns! To enter on the blog, simply post a link to your completed Mittens in the comments of this post by September 30, 2019. Please note that the mittens don't have to have been started in September, just finished in September!

You can also win by posting to the giveaway on Facebook, my Ravelry Group, and on Instagram, giving 4 chances to win in total!**

I always look forward to seeing your Finished Objects! Please post them to various social media with #SarahDawnsDesigns, and/or to my Ravelry Group if you're on Ravelry. That way, I can see the awesome that you folks make!

**One entry per person for each project per platform (four possible entries total for each completed project). Winners will be drawn at random using random number generation. Winners must have a valid e-mail address to receive the patterns. Participants may enter the same project on more then one platform, but may only enter each project once per platform.

Wednesday, 28 August 2019

WIP Wednesday: Hooded Cardigan Continues!

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Well, welcome back to WIP Wed! And today, is further progress on the (creatively named) Hooded Cardigan!   Name suggestions are welcome --  hop on over to Patreon and suggest a name)!

A sweater on circular needles, resting overtop of a yarn bowl.  There are live stitches kept out of the stocking stitch-work and held on a scrap of red yarn.  At the top, a shell-and-purl stitch marker is looped over the needle.

So, with a solid day of knitting at a local coffee shop; I'm -almost- to the estimated point of splitting for the front and back. CYC Size Guidelines  tell me that neck to natural waist for this size should be 16 inches.  I'm working 17 inches to the underarms, to give a bit more length and some space for the pockets to sit -- this puts the pockets 2 inches above the natural waist (if I've done my math correctly!)   And, I'm currently at 16.5 inches of work, so, wish me luck!  I might even get there today (and if not, probably tomorrow on Twitch!)


Yarn is Tanis Fiber Arts PureWash Fingering in "Ravine Sea", and it's a wonderful colour, though there's a subtle-but-visible difference between my two skeins -- I'm glad I chose to alternate skeins!   It's a OOAK (One of a Kind) colour that I got from *Tanis' Etsy Shop, and I'm glad I was lucky enough to get some!

Needles are my Addi 3.75 mm needles, and yes, they're a touch bent.   I'm not entirely sure when that happened, but, those needles are old enough I'm not surprised! 

The red yarn hanging free is holding live stitches, that will be done up as a pocket as part of the finishing -- and the *shell stitch markers are from *WineMakersSister's Etsy Shop -- they are on lobster claws, but, in this case, I've just hooked the clap over the needle and am using it like a ring stitch marker.

So, that's what I've been working on this week! And, as always, I'd love to see what you're working on, too, so, please, feel free to post links to your projects in the comments, so I can see all the amazing things that you folks make! Also, if you're working on one of my patterns, tag it as #sarahdawnsdesigns so I can find you on Social Media and stare at your awesome projects!


Until next week, and Happy Crafting!

Friday, 23 August 2019

FO Friday -- Legwarmers!

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Yeay!  I finished a thing!  These are the fished Legwarmers that I've been working on.  And no, they're -still- not named!   Want to name them? Suggest names over on Patreon!

Someone wearing a blue-green lace knit legwarmer, tied at the top with a pale blue ribbon.
Photography: Stephanie Wallace
I finally got *the ribbon, got all *the buttons sewn on, and got everything finished up! 

Yarn is *Dream in Color Smooshy in "Brilliant", and I'm really happy with how it worked up in these!   Both Legwarmers need about one-and-a-half skeins of yarn for the size shown (that's the smallest).  And, they will be sized for seven sizes!  (Yes, seven!)

They're quite snug, as you can probably tell from the photo -- but they're supposed to be.  I have a personal and quite intense dislike of legwarmers that sag at the top of the leg, so I specifically made them to be snugger then most legwarmer patterns would usually be.  But, the bottom section is loose enough that it will button (or zipper, other option), up over winter boots!  Again, that's by design.

So, stay tuned here on the blog (or on other social media spots), for the upcoming test-knit call!     And please, show off your own finished objects in the comments!  I'd love to see what you've finished! 

Wednesday, 21 August 2019

WIP Wednesday: Hooded Cardigan (now with Pockets!)

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Well, welcome back to WIP Wed!  And today, I'm showing process on my first-ever sweater design!  It's not named yet (if you want to name it, hop on over to Patreon and suggest a name)!

I got the pocket flaps knit up and put in -- I don't have -that- much more to go on the body before I split for the underarms!  So far, this is knitting up well!  (And, I finally figured out that I've been twisting some of my purl stitches, so this is my practice piece not to do that!) 

Yarn is Tanis Fiber Arts PureWash Fingering in "Ravine Sea", and I'm liking the yarn and the colour!  It's an OOAK (One of a Kind) colour that I got from *Tanis' Etsy Shop (that's where the one-off colours and experiments end up!) 

Needles are my Addi 3.75 mm needles; and they're working up well for this, but the tips are sharper then my usual *HiyaHiyas. and so I'm splitting the yarn a bit.  Possibly not the best combination, but it's working out ok so far. 

a large piece of stocking stitch in dark blue yarn.  Two 4 stitch cables are centered in the knitting.
The cable you're seeing is actually two 4-stitch cables that are the centre back of the cardigan.  I'm hoping I can continue them right up to the hood -- this is where prototyping really helps!  It will help me figure out the best way for those cables to work up onto the hood. 

The little *silver wing stitch markers are from EfficientSense's Etsy Shop.    It's nice ordering from someone who's local-ish to me -- it means that Canada Post is super quick, and I don't have to worry about customs (99% of the time, stitch markers aren't a problem for customs; but that 1% of the time, a package takes a while from the US). 

Ok, that's it for this week's WIP!   And, as always, I'd love to see what you're working on, too, so, please, feel free to post links to your projects in the comments, so I can see all the amazing things that you folks make! Also, if you're working on one of my patterns, tag it as #sarahdawnsdesigns so I can find you on Social Media and stare at your awesome projects!

Until next week, and Happy Crafting!