The secret to a truly great-fitting sweater

Fringe Association

The secret to a truly great-fitting sweaterHopefully those of you participating in the #fringeandfriendsknitalong are knitting away at whatever pace suits your lifestyle and heart rate. Remember we’re not knitting to any particular schedule, but we will be continuing to post content here at what is likely a faster clip than most of us knit — that way the information is here when you need it, whether that’s next Thursday or next year. Last week we talked about the body and next week we’ll talk about the sleeves, but meanwhile let’s talk about row gauge! That under-discussed topic.

In knitting and measuring swatches (in the event that even happens), people tend to focus on stitch gauge. Of course, stitch gauge is what will determine the width of your fabric — or more specifically for our purposes, the circumference of your sweater. And when we talk about fit, we tend to talk about circumference (our own and…

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Granny stripes

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Hi Everyone!
Just a quick post about one of my latest projects. I am currently crocheting granny stripes, I have kept away from granny crochet as I wanted to try new stitches.  But when I saw the purple and cobalt blue cashmerino aran from Debbie Bliss and the natural bluefaced Leicester from West Yorkshire spinners in my stash, I knew I wanted to crochet stripes.

I have followed Lucy’s tutorial on Attic 24 and I haven’t stopped hooking since then. I hope to finish this in time for my visit to the Knitting and Stitching show in London this month.
What are you working on this weekend?
Thanks for visiting!

First love- Crochet

Finally getting back to my first love.. Crochet.

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For my birthday back in July,  I had a wonderful surprise.. The girls in work gave me new crochet hooks! Some time ago I lost sight of my crochet hooks.. so when my friend asked me what I was crocheting..  I said that I had lost them and thought nothing more of it. I was delighted to have a set again. I missed them. 
When I saw LuluLoves’ s Emma and her gorgeous monochrome v stitch cowl in Inside crochet,  I got my hooks out and made the cowl in one afternoon after a trip to the dentist.

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Not bad eh?
I made mine in Rowan Tweed and edged with Debbie Bliss cashmerino aran. But you could make it with dk, 4 ply or chunky.. a thought for winter.

Thanks for visiting!

Autumn knits

The Icelandic wool sweater – necessary in the cold winter ahead. I feel that summer will soon be leaving is here in the north of England very soon. Sweater weather will soon be with us again.

Feeling inspired by Lopi yarns and Icelandic patterns, Kate Davies and her new project on Yoke knitting and their individual patterns and histories, makes feel drawn to the lopi sweaters and the sweater knitting traditions of Iceland.

So when I saw this pattern and the new yarn from Wendy called Aspire Chunky with 80% wool and 20% alpaca fibre content means that a Lopi style sweater or in my case a cowl or shoulderwarmer could finally enter my hand knit wardrobe this autumn winter. I bought 3 balls in Mallard a dark teal green, pollen in a golden yellow and down, a pure white.
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I have new hand knits to add to my hand knit wardrobe to show you very soon.

(Photo courtesy from Pinterest.com)