09.09.11

Friday Favourites


It’s an overcast grey day here in Brisbane and it seems to be like that with most of the East Coast of Australia…a perfect time to get in those last few weeks of heavier weight knitting!

Our Cascade Eco Wool is by far one of my favourite yarns with the combination of natural colours and its sheepy smell – just perfect for whipping up those quick gifts.

One of my favourite projects this year so far is my Wool Leaves Blanket that I made for my parents at Easter time.

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Stuck for ideas? Here is some pattern inspiration…


Vintage Candy Shawls by Cindy Myska Colbert

Shetland Triangle Lace Shawl by Evelyn A. Clark

Ariosa Wrap Cardi by Cecily Glowik Macdonald

See What Love Can Do by Lorie Klahn

Pick up some Cascade Eco Wool this week as our Friday Favourite!


Stitches on needles and yarn on hooks
Bright cotton colours and new pattern books
Tangled Yarns bundles tied up with string
These are a few of my favourite things!


Friday Favourite Conditions – No holds or lay-by. 10% Off does not apply to kits as they are already reduced. Special prices apply from launch of newsletter until 9am Monday.
 
 
September KAL

We have had such a great response for our Short Rows Knit-A-Long for September!

We thought we would go through a few different methods of short rows this week and show some of advantages and disadvantages for each.

Each method certainly has its place and like many techniques in knitting, is very much personal choice on what works best for you.

This is a great blog post by TechKnitter that has heaps of short row how-to information.

Basic Short Rows

This is the most basic method of short rows – it gives you the short row effect but it does leave holes in your work which may not be the look you desire. In some cases the short rows are right along an edge that is to be picked up and the holes will be essentially hidden or there are designs that use the holes created by this method of short rows as button holes.

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Knit to the turning point in the row.
Keeping the working yarn at the back, turn work.

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Purl back across your row.

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Gaps created by short rows.

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Knit across the entire row, note the ‘gaps’ joining with a small hole.

Wrap & Turn Short Rows

This method is one of the most well know methods when using short rows.

By knitting the wrap together with the next stitch, you hide the hole which creates a more invisible look.

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Knit to the turning point in the row.
Bring your working yarn to the front.


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Slip the next stitch on the left needle purlwise.

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Bring the working yarn to the back of the work.
Slip the ‘wrapped’ stitch back to the left needle.

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With the working yarn at the back.
Turn your work and purl back across the row.

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To close the gaps created by your short rows knit to the wrapped stitch.
Insert the right needle knitwise into the front loop of the wrap and the knit stitch.

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Knit the wrap and the stitch together.

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Nice smooth short rows!

Yarn Over Short Rows

Using a yarn over also gives you a small amount of yarn to help hide the wrap.

This is a reasonably straight forward method that gives a nice seamless look.

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Knit to the turning point in the row.
Keeping the working yarn at the back, turn work.
You are now on the purlside of your work with the yarn in front.
Take your working yarn to the back between the needles and back over the right needle to create a backward yarn over.

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Purl back across your row.
Note the gaps created by short rows and the grouped backwards yarn overs.

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To close the gaps created by your short rows knit to the wrapped stitch.
Then correct the mount of your yarn over by removing it from the left needle and bringing the right leg to the front of the needle.

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Knit the yarn over together with the next stitch.

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Japanese Short Rows

Japanese short rows were the first shaping technique that I tired. I was making wool soakers to go over my babes cloth nappies and the short rows were essential in creating extra room for the little cloth bottoms.

I like that this technique seems to work well for projects knitted in the round.


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Knit to the turning point in the row.
Keeping the working yarn at the back, turn work.
Slip the next stitch on the left needle purlwise and attach a locking stitch marker to the work yarn.
Continue, ignoring the locking stitch marker as it won’t be used until it is time to close the gap.

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To close the gaps created by your short rows knit to the first gap.
The stitch marker will be attached to the loop at the back of the stitch on the right needle.
Pull the stitch marker up and slide the loop created onto the left needle, taking care to correctly mount the stitch with the right leg in front.

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Knit the loop you created with the marker together with the next stitch.

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If you would like to try out these short row methods here are some pattern ideas –

D for Dog is Emily Ivey

Lazy Girl Shawl by Megan Peters

Lintilla by Martina Behm

Lizard Ridge by Laura Aylor

Tropical Fish Skirt by Elena Nodel

Classes

Our next Learn to Knit Socks class begins on Sunday 2ndand continues on 9th & 16th October, from 11-1pm.

The class gives you the choice of learning toe up or cuff down and does require homework between the weeks, but it is such a great skill to have!

This class is an intermediate class, meaning you do need prior knowledge of knowing how to knit in the round comfortably.

If October isn’t suitable, we do have another class coming up in November on Saturday 5th, 12th and 19th from 1-3pm.

Socks aren’t just for keeping your feet warm during winter – they are a great portable project during the warmer months and there are some very cute anklet socks that are perfect for wearing with shoes during summer!

Simple Summer Socks by Liz Pankratz

Forget-Me-Not by Laura Patterson

Spring Forward by Linda Welch

Breeze by Jennifer L. Appleby

Summer Sneakers No. 2 by Wollhuhn

Lacy Summer Socks by Stefanie Goodwin-Ritter

Summer Slice by Cassandra Dominick

Netherfield by Kristi Schueler

Bookings are essential for all of our classes, please call 07 3666 0276 or
email
tangled@tangledyarns.com.au
to register!
On the Needles at Tangled Yarns


Our Cascade Ultra Pima has certainly inspired many different projects since its arrival two weeks ago.

Derrin saw the beautiful combination of the Deep Coral, Taupe and Natural and quickly a Hexagon Cushion cover was created!

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We will be placing an order early next week, replenishing some popular colours that have already sold out and adding a few new colours.

Please let us know if there is something you are after!


Anita has been working on her Lightweight Pullover by Hannah Fettig in our Malabrigo Sock.

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It is working up beautifully and will be the perfect warm layer while she is in Sweden.

Our shipment of Malabrigo is in the dyepots in Uruguay and will be on its way in the next couple of weeks.

I know many of you are keen to get your hands on the luscious Malabrigo, its a good think the stunning colours make it well worth the wait!

After snipping away at my many ends I added a couple of rounds and some sweet little ties to finish off my stool cover from last week.

Now to get the time to give the raw stool a quick coat of whitewash to complete the look!

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I am totally smitten with our Cascade Ultra Pima,
it was an absolute delight to crochet with and the end result is super sweet.

With the unseasonably warm days we have had in the past week I quickly started to pull out my summer dresses and decided that I needed a little something to throw over the top in the air-conditioning.

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The pattern is Miette by Andi Satterlund and the yarn our Cascade Ultra Pima. I normally wouldn’t make something in white but with all of the pretty, bright dresses about this season I think it will be a great addition to my wardrobe.

Spring has sprung and the tree in our front window has bloomed with more adorable little flowers….

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The patterns we have used are

Fairy Rose Ring by Kristi Lea

Mini Cactus by A la Sascha
Watch out for more creations in our tree shortly!

 

Made by Megan


This week from Megan’s kitchen – some melt in your mouth Chocolate Shortbread and the very popular Blueberry Boy Bait!

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Inspiring your passion!
Kelly
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