New Pattern: Punto Shawl

Punto Shawl is an asymmetric, crescent shaped which is easy to drape and interesting to knit. The shawl features plain garter rows interspersed with colorwork wedges with pointy edges half the way and curved edges on the other half. The shawl is worked sideways with wedges and the crescent shape achieved using short rows.

Punto Shawl uses the variegated yarns to its benefit by breaking up the colors using slipped stitches. Use the same CC yarn as shown in the sample or be adventurous and use different yarns for each wedge. Instead of using variegated yarn, you can use different solid yarns for each wedge.

Punto Shawl makes a great set with Punto Cowl and Punto Hat. You can buy the shawl pattern alone or grab all the three patterns in one ebook. You can get 30% off either the Punto Shawl pattern or on the Punto ebook using coupon code ‘PUNTO!‘. Hurry, sale will end May 11, midnight, India time.

Ravelry Pattern: Punto Shawl by Anjali M.
MC Yarn: Malabrigo Yarn Worsted
CC Yarn: Malabrigo Sellecion Privada
Needle Size: US #9 5.5 mm for the body

New Pattern: Penstemon

I am a great admirer of designers who churn out beautiful shawls, one after the other. I love the delicate lace and the airy fabric, but never had the courage to design one myself. On one of the casual page-turning of a Japanese lace stitchionary book, my eyes stopped at a particular stitch. I loved the combination of curved outline and the straight lines in the body. I started fantasizing about converting that into a shawl. After a long journey from swatching the stitch, adding a border and another transition lace stitch, Penstemon was born.

Penstemon is knit bottom-up, starting from the lace edge. The stockinette body is shaped into a crescent using short rows. The lace part comes as a chart and written instructions too. I knit this using the gorgeous SweetGeorgia Merino Silk Lace which is soft and squishy and has a beautiful shade of colors. Using fingering weight will yield a bigger shawl (and yardage will vary too).

Ravelry Pattern: Penstemon by Anjali M.
Yarn Suggested: SweetGeorgia Merino Silk Lace
Needle Size: US #6 4 mm

Name it and Win it: Pattern Giveaway

I am back with another giveaway. I have designed a crescent shaped lace shawl for which I don’t have a name. The shawl is knit bottom up and has pretty bell shaped flowers on the edge. I thought of naming it Campanula, but there are too many patterns with this name already. So, dear knitters, please help me name this pattern and you stand to win a copy of this pattern.

 

Here are the rules:

1. Leave a comment on this post with your suggestions. You can even tweet, if you want. I am affiknity on Twitter, so make sure you grab my attention if you decide to tweet your suggestions.
2. No limit on the number of names you can suggest
3. If I decide to use the name you suggested, you will win a copy of the pattern, sent to you as Ravelry gift or PDF e-mailed to you.
4. Contest ends on August 30 2013.
5. Winner will be announced once the pattern goes live.
6. As a thank you to the other participants, I will draw a name randomly who will win a copy of this pattern.

Put on your thinking cap and let me know what you would name this shawl.

Knitting in Brighton

I am at Brighton at the moment on a work related travel. The weather in Brighton is beautiful: bright and sunny during the day and cooler temperature late in the day. Took a walk down the beach and got to witness the exuberant night life here. Stag and hen parties all around with men dressed up in bikinis was worth a sight. The bikini-clad man did look ridiculous, but that’s the point I think. Have fun while you can, who knows how marriage will work for you, yeah?

While I am sick to the stomach that I am away from home and family for three weeks, I am trying to keep myself engaged with knitting. I am almost done with my lace shawl using the gorgeous yarn SweetGeorgia’s CashSilk. That is helping a little in keeping my spirits high. I am on the last few short rows now and the rows are just getting longer and longer with every iteration. Can’t wait to finish this.

Talking about knitting in Brighton, I was surprised to see Britain’s first woolen hotel is in Brighton.

Courtesy: The Gaurdian

The room looks cozy with the telephone cozy and lamp cozy. The bedspread is umm… epic. I wonder how long it took to knit the curtains! Don’t miss the stockinette print wallpaper! May be I should ask my office to book this room for me, huh?

New Pattern: Just Hatched Booties

Just Hatched Booties are designed to go with Just Hatched Cardigan. They both use the same stitch pattern which adds interest and texture. These booties knit up fast owing to the use of worsted weight yarn. They need so little yardage that they are ideal to use up left over yarn from other projects.


Pattern: Just Hatched Booties
Needles: US 9 (5.5 mm)
Yarn: Any Worsted Weight Yarn
Sizes offered: Newborn, 3 months, 6 months
Yardage: 60 – 90 yards

When I knit up a baby cardigan, I am usually left with some yarn from the skein which I use to knit up these booties. Hope you all enjoy knitting this one as much as I did.

Pingu

My little one was never much of a TV watcher. We had to work on his TV watching skills until he started enjoying a bit of Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, Chhota Bheem and Bugs Bunny. I am a cartoon lover myself and used to love watching Pingu when I was a kid. I later introduced this to my husband and it was only natural N became a part of our gang. It was love at first sight for N and boy, is he hooked. He needs a daily dose of Pingu to complete his day. While watching one of the episodes, he casually mentioned if we can buy a stuffed Penguin for him. A mother would have replied, ‘Sure, we will buy one’. A knitter’s reply is of course, ‘Why buy? I will make you one.’ So, here is Pingu.

 

Pattern: Pasha by Alexandra Virgiel
Project Page

I used our standard 4-ply acrylic yarn, held double. The pattern is simple and easy to follow. It uses short rows to shape the back and the tummy. The back and the front are knit separately and then seamed together. Wings and feet are attached to the finished body. I hate seaming and am not very good at it, which shows in this project. I don’t think the little guy minds. Pingu has received a lot of hugs already.

Set-in Sleeves: How to

I had been hearing great things about set-in sleeves for sweaters. They say it fits really well and gives more room for movement and so on, but when I heard it uses short rows to shape the sleeve cap, I was hesitant to give it a try. Definitely not an adult sweater because if I goofed up, it would mean redoing all the work and my knitting time is already at a premium. So I decided to give it a try with a child’s pullover. I made a pullover for N and made set-in sleeves and I really love the look of it. The shoulders do not droop like in raglan, and neither do they look puffed up like drop shoulders. This is a neat technique to avoid sewing them in (which I hate).

Here is the sleeve in all its glory. Can you see the wraps which I left unpicked? I actually like that look.

Now that I tried it, it turned out to be simple. You pick up X number of stitches around the armhole. Divide that by 3. Place one marker after x/3 stitches and another one after x/3 stitches, so you basically divide your sleeve into three parts. On the right side, knit to the second marker, wrap and turn the next stitch and knit back to the first marker and wrap and turn the next stitch. Continue doing this until you work all the unworked stitches and reach the beginning of the round. Then on, knit around and do the standard decreases. It may sound complicated, but trust me, it is very simple. Once you visualize how this is done, it is a piece of cake. Also, I was advised not to pick up the wraps and I am glad I followed this advice. The wraps make such a nice ‘lining’ around the armhole edge and does not alter the look of the pullover.

Here are some diagrams I made when I was learning this technique. I included an example to make it easy to understand.

 

Let us say you picked up 51 stitches around the armhole. It need not be a multiple of 3, but you can always go up/down a stitch or two without compromising on the fit, so let us assume you have a multiple of 3. Divide that by 3. 51/3 will give me 17. Place a marker (red) after 17 stitches from the underarm. Place antoher marker (blue) after 17 sts from the red marker.

 

After you pick up all the stitches, you will be back at the beginning of the round. Now, you will be knitting your first RS row. Knit till the blue marker. Remove the marker, wrap  the next stitch, place the blue marker (so that it is placed after the wrapped stitch) and turn the work. The marker’s position is changed so that you always turn the stitch after the marker. If you are experienced enough to know a wrapped stitch when you see one, then you don’t need to reposition your markers. You can as well remove the markers after your first wrap.

 

 

All WS rows will be the same. Knit till the red marker. Remove the marker, wrap the next stitch, place the  marker and turn the work.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All subsequent RS rows follow the same pattern. Knit till the blue marker. Remove the marker, wrap the next stitch, place the marker and turn the work.

 

 

 

 

You continue doing this until you have reached the beginning of the round by wrapping all the remaining stitches. At this point, you should have a neat sleeve cap and you are ready to begin knitting the sleeve in round. Follow your standard decrease methods and in the end, you should have one well-fitting sleeve. Admire your work and the fit.

I am glad I mastered another skill in the knitting world. I know, there are many more to go.