Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Sweet Tea Shawl - Tangier

A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of attending the DFW Fiber Fest at the Irving Convention Center. It was truly a wonderful show with amazing hospitality and a great variety of fiber arts. Going to another part of the country with a different climate provided great inspiration for my knitting. Fortunately I had brought 2 skeins of Tangier with me.
The shawl worked up fairly quickly over the weekend.  Tangier is a silk blend with 8 colors per colorway.  It plays well on the needles and blocks out beautifully.  A slightly modified Roman Stripe created a lovely, open pattern.

  • 2 skeins Tangier (Silk - Cotton - Rayon - Acrylic - 220 yds/100 g) - shown in color 6 - Galaxy
  • US 9 (recommend at least 36" long cord)
  • 2 stitch markers
  • Yarn Needle


  • K - Knit
  • YO - Yarn Over
  • K2tog - Knit 2 Together
  • pm - place marker
Cast on 6

1 - K2, YO, K2, YO, K2
2 - K
3 - K1, YO, K2, YO, pm, K2, pm, YO, K2, YO, K1
4 - K

Begin Pattern - 
1 - K1, YO, K1, [YO, K1], to st before marker, K1, YO, K2, YO, K1, 
[K1, YO] to last 2 sts, K1, YO, K1
2 - K
3 - K1, YO, K2, [K2tog], to 2 st before marker, K2, YO, K2, YO, K2,
 [K2tog], to last 3 sts - K2, YO, K1
4 - K4, [K2tog, YO], to 3 st before marker, K8, [YO, K2tog], to last 4 - K4
5 - K1, YO, K3, [YO, K2tog], to 3 sts before marker, K3, YO, K2, YO, K3, 
[K2tog, YO], to last 4, K3, YO, K1
6 - K
7 - K1, YO, K to last st, YO, K1
8 - K

Continue until desired size.
Bind off loosely.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Guest Post - Karen Whooley - Fair Isle Crochet: Demystifying Colorwork

Before I introduce you to my new Craftsy class, I’d like to thank Cascade Yarns for not only allowing me to share with you my class, but for also supporting it by providing me with their wonderful yarns to create two of the 3 projects in this class!  I love Cascade Yarns not only because they are local to me, but also because they are fantastic yarns to design with, and I know that you will love the projects I have for you in this class using Cascade 220® and 220 Superwash® Sport!

In my new Craftsy class, Fair Isle Crochet:Demystifying Colorwork, you will expertly navigate beautiful colorwork as you crochet classic Fair Isle patterns throughout three captivating projects. Join me, published author and professional designer, Karen Whooley, for my online Craftsy class and discover fun new techniques to crochet complex stranded projects with confidence.

In this class you will learn to translate traditional knitted Fair Isle Techniques to crochet in a way that allows the motifs to pop!  I will help you learn to read charts, change colors cleanly and how to handle all the ends that undoubtedly are created in any sort of colorwork. You’ll also learn to work colorwork in the round and I’ll highlight common mistakes and how to fix them! And as a bonus section, you will learn how to create your own charts and modify them for your own projects!

While you are learning all this, you will be working on 3 projects The Poet Shawl, a Fair Isle Trivet, and a Fair Isle hat, complete with pom-pom.

The Poet Shawl is made with Cascade 220®.  I discovered 220 many years ago when learning to felt.  It is my go to yarn whenever I need to felt a crochet project!  But in this project I wanted a warm and cozy yarn that had great stability, lots of colors to choose from and I knew would drape well.  I wanted the very first project in the class to be out of worsted weight yarn so that the new-to-fair-isle crocheter could easily see what (s)he needed to do and where to place the stitches.  I chose some traditional Fair Isle colors in the pinks and greys that I used for this shawl, but you can decide for yourself if those are the colors you want to use! And to make things convenient, Craftsy is offering kits with just the right amounts of yarn for your shawl.

 The Fair Isle Hat is worked with 220 Superwash® Sport yarn.  Again I chose some more traditional Fair Isle colors, but there are so many colors in this line to choose from!  I love this sport yarn because it is so soft, and that is what I want on my head.  But beyond that, choosing a sport weight yarn that is durable and tried and true was important to me.  This project is worked in a thinner yarn purposely so that my students will see the effect of using different weights as well. 220 Superwash Sport® is perfect for a hat because it also will not shrink, and that is important with a hat!  Think about those college students you might make this hat for that just toss everything in the dryer - It won’t shrink! And again, you can get the kit for this project on Craftsy as well.

Thanks for taking the time to get to know me and my class!  I have a gift for you!  Get 50% off my class by clicking this link!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Ready for Spring Shawl - Avalon

Avalon was one of my favorite yarns for this spring.  The Cotton blend plays well on the needles and has great stitch definition.  It took a while to tell me what it wanted to be.  Sometimes I touch and see a yarn and it is screaming at me.  Avalon needed some time to decide, but I think I am quite pleased with the results.

Top-down shawls are fun and great travel projects.  I discovered a new bind-off in the process - Icelandic bind off.  It is a great edge for a shawl - it has some give to it.  I used 2 colors for this shawl - you could easily use more or less.


  • Avalon (50% Cotton/50% Acrylic - 175 yds/100g) - 2 sks color A (18 - Turkish Sea) & 1 sk color B (25 - Georgia Peach)
  • US 8 Needles (I would suggest at least a 32-40" cord on the circular needles)
  • 2 Stitch Markers
  • Yarn Needle

Finished Measurements (after blocking):
58" across top edge
24" from point to top edge

Gauge unimportant


  • K - Knit
  • YO - Yarn Over
  • sl1-K1-psso - Slip 1 stitch (purl-wise), Knit 1 stitch, pass slipped stitch over knit stitch
  • K2tog - Knit 2 Together

Cast on 4 stitches


-K1, YO, K2, YO, K1
-K1, YO, K1, YO, pm, K2, pm, YO, K1, YO, K1

Begin Pattern:
1. K1, YO, K1, *[YO, sl1-K1-psso] - repeat until marker, YO, K2, YO, K1, *[YO, sl1-K1-psso] - repeat to last stitch, YO, K1
2. (all even rows) - K
3. K1, YO, K to marker, YO, K2, YO, K to last st, YO, K1
5. K1, YO, K1, *[YO, K2tog] - repeat until marker, YO, K2, YO, K1, *[YO, K2tog] - repeat until last stitch, YO, K1
7. K1, YO, K to marker, YO, K2, YO, K to last stitch, YO, K1

Repeat rows 1-8

Do 3 repeats of A and 1 repeat of B - 3 times

Do 2 repeats of A
Icelandic bind off (AKA - Stretchy Bind off) - Video and instructions available on
1 - With yarn in back, insert tip of right needle into 1st stitch on left needle as if to purl and catch right side of 2nd stitch
2 - Pull 2nd stitch through 1st stitch and knit it, slipping both stitches off the needle
3 - Slip the stitch from right needle to the left
Repeat steps 1-3 until all are bound off

Weave in ends.
Block using favorite method.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Third Time's the Charm in Tangier

Tangier is one of our newest yarns - a worsted weight silk blend.  Available in 14 vibrant colorways, the silk blend is soft and drapey, yet has this wonderful spongy, squishiness to it.

I knew that I wanted to make a short row scarf worked from end to end, creating a bit of a ruffle.  I also knew I wanted to limit it to 1 skein.  Unfortunately the first time around, I realized I went too wide and was running out of yarn before it was long enough, so I ripped it back.  The second time was going much better on length and width, but I was not thrilled with the shaping on the decreases, so I ripped it back again.  Fortunately, the third time, I got the shape I wanted in a fun scarf.
- 1 skein Tangier (50% Silk/ 16% Cotton/ 17% Rayon/17% Acrylic - 220 yds/100 g) - shown in color 01 - Fantasy

- US 8 Needles

- 1 stitch marker

- K - Knit

- YO - Yarn Over

- K2tog - Knit 2 Together

- w&t - Wrap and Turn - Bring yarn forward, slip next stitch purlwise, move yarn to back again, slip stitch back to Left needle, bring yarn forward

- sl1-K2tog-psso - Slip 1, Knit 2 Together, Pass Slipped Stitch over K2tog stitch


Co 4
1 - K1, YO, K2tog, YO, K1
2 - K
3 - K1, YO, K1, K2tog, YO, K1
4 - K
1 - K1, YO, K1, K2tog K to last st - YO, K1
2 - K
Continue until 20 sts

Begin Short Rows 
1 - K1, YO, K1, K2tog, K6, pm, K2tog, K to last st, YO, K1
2 - K10, w&t, Turn Work, K10
3 - K across
Repeat until almost desired length

Start decreases (remove marker)
  1. K1,YO, K1, K2tog, K5 , sl1-k2tog-psso, K to last st, YO, K1
  2. K
  3. K1 YO, k1, K2tog, K5, sl1-k2tog-psso, K to last St, YO, K1
  4. K
  5. K1, YO, K2tog, K4, sl1-k2tog-psso, K to last St, YO, K1
  6. K
  7. K1, YO, k1, K2tog, K4, sl1-k2tog-psso, K to last St, YO, K1
  8. K
  9. K1, YO, k1, K2tog, K3, sl1-k2tog-psso, K to last St, YO, K1
  10. K
  11. K1, YO, k1, K2tog, K3, sl1-k2tog-psso, K to last St, YO, K1
  12. K
  13. K1, YO, k1, K2tog, K2, sl1-k2tog-psso, K to last St, YO, K1
  14. K
  15. K1, YO, k1, K2tog, K2, sl1-k2tog-psso, K to last St, YO, K1
  16. K
  17. K1, YO, k1, K2tog, K1, sl1-k2tog-psso, K to last St, YO, K1
  18. K
  19. K1, YO, k1, K2tog, sl1-k2tog-psso, K to last St, YO, K1
  20. K
  21. K1, YO, K1, K2tog, sl1-k2tog-psso, K to last St, YO, K1
  22. K
  23. K1, YO, K2tog, sl1-k2tog-psso, K to last St, YO, K1
  24. K
  25. K1, YO, K2tog, sl1-k2tog-psso, K to last St, YO, K1
  26. K
  27. K1, YO, SL-K3tog-psso, YO, K1
  28. K
  29. K1, YO, sl1-k2tog
Bind off

Weave in ends


Sunday, January 19, 2014

Rebecca's Slouch - knit in Elysian

In December, my Pilates instructor Rebecca came into the studio wearing a hat - it was both cute and simple.  She was kind enough to let me take a picture of it.  Meanwhile, I had been wanting to make a hat in our new yarn Elysian - a superwash Merino - acrylic blend with a springy twist and it was a good pairing.  I had figured it would be reverse stockinette and double mock rib in bands.

Gauge & Measurements:
- 6 sts = 1" in 1x1 rib on smaller needles

- Band approximately 17" unstretched

- Hat approximately 9" long (from edge of band)
- 1 skein Elysian - (60% Superwash Merino Wool/ 40% Acrylic - 219 yds/100 g) - shown in 12 - Twilight Purple

- US 6 - 16" Circular Needle

- US 8 - 16" Circular Needle

- US 8 DPNs

- Stitch Marker

- Yarn Needle
- K - Knit

- P - Purl

- sl1 wyib - Slip 1 with yarn in back

- Kfb - Knit into the front and back of a stitch (Increase 1)

- P2tog - Purl 2 together

Cast on 100 stitches with the smaller (US 6) needle.
Join in the round, careful not to twist.  Place marker.

K1, P1 for 1.5"

Increase round (adding 12 stitches):
[Kfb, K7] - 11 times, end Kfb, K3

Change to larger (US 8) needles

P for 8 rounds

4 repeats of Double Mock Rib (do 1 & 2 4 times):
1 - [P1, K1]
2 - [P1, sl1 wyib]

P for 8 rounds

Double Mock Rib for 8 rounds (4 repeats)

P for 8 rounds

Double Mock Rib for 8 rounds (4 repeats)
P 1 round

Begin Decreases - change to DPNs when necessary (you will decrease 14 times per round):
1 - [P6, P2tog] (98 stitches)
2 - [P5, 
P2tog] (84 stitches)
3 - [P4, 
P2tog] (70 stitches)
4 - [P3, 
P2tog] (56 stitches)
5 - [P2, 
P2tog] (42 stitches)
6 - [P1, 
P2tog] (28 stitches)
7 - [P2tog] (14 stitches)
8 - [P2tog] (7 stitches)

Cut yarn, pull through remaining 7 stitches.  Weave in ends.

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Double Woven Stitch Scarf - Pure Alpaca Paints

Slip-stitch patterns work up beautifully in hand-dyed yarns.  It helps the colorway show itself off a bit differently and adds some texture.
Pure Alpaca Paints is soft and warm - begging to be a cowl.  There was some very interesting pooling and texture with this stitch.  If you do not want a rolled edge, I would suggest several rows of moss stitch on each edge.
-1 hank Pure Alpaca Paints (100% Baby Alpaca - 220 yds/100 g) - shown in 9377 - Rose Garden

- US 6 circular needles (at least 24" circumference)

- Stitch Marker

- Yarn Needle

- K - Knit

- sl2 - Slip 2 stitches

- wyif - with yarn in front

22 stitches = 3.75"
Finished Circumference approximately 31" before blocking

Cast on 180 stitches
Join in the round (careful not to twist)
Place marker

1 - K
2 - sl2 wyif, K2
3 - K
4 - K2, sl2 wyif

Continue until desired width. Bind off loosely.  
Weave in ends.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Reversible Cabled Mega Scarf - knit in Magnum Paints

Tis the season for quick knits.  Decided it was time to play with Magnum again - our extra bulky wool that is the epitome of instant gratification.  So I grabbed one of my favorite colorways of Magnum Paints and decided on a reversible cabled scarf.  The result has been a quick and warm scarf with interesting color pooling.
- 1 skein Magnum Paints (100% Peruvian Highland Wool - 123 yards/250 g) - shown in 9735 - Gems

- US 17 needles (use US 19 if you tend to knit on the tight side)

- Cable Needle

- Yarn Needle
- K - Knit

- P - Purl

- C4FRib – Slip 4 stitches to CN, Hold in front; [K1, P1] x 2; [K1, P1] x 2 from CN

- C4BRib – Slip 4 stitches to CN, Hold in back; [K1, P1] x 2; [K1, P1] x 2 from CN
Cast on 16 stitches
K1, P1 for 2 rows

Start Pattern:
1 - K1, P1, C4FRib, [K1, P1] x 3
2 - 4 - K1, P1
5 - [K1, P1] x 3, C4BRib, K1, P1
6-10 - K1, P1

Continue until almost desired length.
1 - K1, P1, C4FRib, [K1, P1] x 3
2 - 3 - K1, P1

Bind off loosely.
Weave in ends.