June 26, 2014

New pattern: Krewe!

I released a new single pattern – a lightweight cowl, perfect for some summer knitting!  (on ravelry here)

Krewe cowl

Krewe is made with slipped and twisted stitches (how-to included), and then full columns of stitches are dropped all the way down when you’re finished knitting, to make the beaded necklace inspired look:

Krewe cowl Krewe cowl

It’s designed to use multiple contrasting colors, as you see in my sample, but it also works well with the same 2 colors throughout, or with a self-striping or variegated color as the contrasting color (with a solid color as the main color, which is the outline color).  A version like mine uses approximately 280 yards / 256 meters total DK weight, close to half and half main color and contrasting.

Krewe cowl

This is my first pattern release in a long time that’s not part of a collection – that’s because this was designed in collaboration with Infinite Twist to make into kits!  Kits include 6 mini-balls for the contrasting colors, the main color yarn, needles and some other fun notions, this pattern, plus my new free mitts pattern (which I’ll blog about separately), Blur.  The amount of yarn included in the kit is enough to make both the Krewe cowl and a pair of mitts!

Infinite Twist Krewe kits!

There’s the Dawn Patrol colorway (above) to make the items just like mine, the Dusk colorway with 6 beautiful shades of different purples (with the same Dovecote grey main color as mine), and the Terra colorway with greens and blues for all the contrasting mini-balls and a dark brown for the main.

Infinite Twist Krewe kits! Infinite Twist Krewe kits!

The yarn is called Helix; it’s a springy plied DK weight, hand-painted – a perfect fit for the dropped stitch design!  I really love Infinite Twist (I blogged about the company awhile back) and I loved knitting with this yarn!

Krewe cowl

If you want to think outside the box a little with this design, on the other hand, it can be made really differently from my sample.  The pattern includes notes for how to make it any width in any weight yarn, and any size/weight can be made as long as you want by just stopping when you like the length.

Krewe cowl

You can even make your Krewe as a scarf or a big wrap instead of a cowl if you prefer.  The piece is a simple rectangle shape, so if you don’t seam the edges together into a loop, it works great as a flat piece as well.

Krewe cowl

My awesome test knitters made Krewe in a variety of different weights and sizes – since I only made the one sample, I’ll show you some of theirs!

Here are a couple more cowls in DK weights, like my sample – on the left is blissfulolivian’s in a few different DK yarns (218 yards total used) ; on the right is zigzaggyknits’ cowl with a variegated yarn as the contrasting color (247 yards total used):

Krewe by blissfulolivian Krewe by zigzaggyknits

Here’s a cowl in sport weight by likeleigh with a self-striping yarn as the contrasting color (165 yards total used); and a heavier cowl in worsted weight by annaknitsalot (180 yards total used):

Krewe by likeleigh Krewe by annaknitsalot

And a few lighter versions in fingering weight yarns.  First a small, airy cowl by drdomestiKated with a self-striping sock yarn as the contrasting (171 yards total used):

Krewe by drdomestiKated

A big lightweight cowl by rgoriginals (blog here) in fingering weight yarns (472 yards total used):

Krewe by rgoriginals

And a small scarflet version by knittinluv with a striping sock yarn as the contrasting (139 yards total used):

Krewe by knittinluv

A couple testers made awesome giant wrap versions!  Here’s a huge wrap by SadieLou in aran weights (650 yards total used):

Krewe by SadieLou

This measures 20″ wide by 65″ long!  So cozy!  This was made with 5 pattern repeats across and 22 pattern repeats long.

Krewe by SadieLou

And another wrap, by ChaoticK also in aran weights, just about the same giant size!  (21″ by 62″ to be exact; made with 6 pattern repeats across and 18 repeats long.  The yardage is very different – 341 yards total for this one.)  The photo on the right shows the piece with the stitches only partially dropped, so you can see how the knitted piece looks before the stitches are dropped:

Krewe by ChaoticK Krewe by ChaoticK

And speaking of how the piece looks as you’re knitting it, here’s a shot I took while knitting:

Silver lining to all day spent in the passenger seat: a big chunk of knitting got done! @infinitetwist yarn!

And my piece immediately after dropping the stitches, before blocking:

Post dropping, pre blocking. So wiggly!

All that kinkiness blocks out nice and smoothly!

Krewe cowl Krewe cowl

If you make Krewe, whether with the Infinite Twist kit yarns or other yarns, as a cowl or a scarf or wrap, etc, be sure to post your project on ravelry so we can all see your interpretation!

Krewe cowl

Happy warm weather knitting!

Filed under: knitting,yarn — leethal @ 6:03 pm

June 4, 2014

New pattern in the Betiko Collection: Lerro!

Lerro is here!  (on ravelry here)

Lerro shawl Lerro shawl

The twisted+slipped stitch colorwork shawl design for the Betiko Collection (that means it has the same kind of modular construction as Betiko and Biratu; on ravelry here) has a fully patterned version, with twisted stitch patterns all throughout the body, and a simple variation with twisted stitch designs only around the edges and garter stitch stripes in the body.  As with all Betiko Collection patterns, the modular sections are made with short rows, no picked up stitches, no seaming, and you’ll only ever cast on and bind off a few inches worth of stitches.

Lerro shawl

The fully patterned shawl is designed for fingering weight yarn – the sample is in Anzula Squishy (love!).  It measures 55 inches / 140 cm across the length (with the top edging laying flat in a straight line) and about 12 inches / 30 cm tall in the center.  The size of the fully patterned version can be adjusted by changing your gauge – use a yarn heavier than fingering if you want a bigger finished shawl.

Lerro shawl

This version is definitely an advanced level pattern – the slipped and twisted stitches are not hard to do, but there’s a lot to keep track of.  The big shawl body stitch patterns are only charted, and you need to be able to read your stitches.  But, once you get the hang of how it works, you only need to pay attention to the chart for the main color right side rows (every 4 rows) – there are pattern guidelines given that make it so you can knit the main color wrong side / contrasting color right and wrong side rows by reading your knitting and mostly ignoring the charts.  It’s a huge project, but it goes smoothly once you get on a roll with it, and it’s so much fun to watch the patterns grow!

Lerro shawl

If that’s still too much going on, there’s also the simple variation pattern!  This one is for any weight yarn, any gauge, and can be made pretty much any size, custom sized/shaped to your preferences.  My sample is in Anzula Cricket DK weight (wow I really love this yarn so much!!).

Lerro shawl

My sample happened to turn out to be the exact same length as the fully patterned sample – 55 inches / 140 cm long – and the height is a little bigger, about 13 inches / 33 cm tall in the center.  This version of the pattern is designed for 3 colors, as you see here – one main color throughout and 2 different contrasting colors.  But, because it’s simple stripes in the body, you can definitely play around with other kinds of color combos, like a self-striping yarn for the contrasting throughout, or completely different yarns for both outer edging colors… using the same main color for the first three sections is recommended, but beyond that you can totally experiment with colors on this one!

Lerro shawl

The edging stitch patterns (top edge diamonds and outer edge) are both charted and written, so for the simple variation you don’t have to read charts if you don’t want to.  You do need to read your knitting, to keep track of the wedges and things, and it’s a bit complex, so it’s probably an intermediate level pattern.

Lerro shawl Lerro shawl

The pattern pdf includes process photos and diagrams, how-tos for twisted stitches and other techniques used, notes given on chart pages to help prevent you from needing to constantly flip between pages (also quick links between pattern pages for if you’re using the pattern digitally)… it was thoroughly test knit by many awesome testers to make it the best it can be!  Check out all the different kind of versions made by testers over here on ravelry – some awesome color combos!!

Lerro shawl Lerro shawl

To go with the pattern, I made a few new tutorial videos for my sitetwisted stitches, and fixing some basic knitting mistakes.

Lerro shawl

If you’re wondering about the name, Betiko is a Basque name meaning eternal, as that shawl is forever customizable, and Lerro is a Basque word for line (and Biratu is a Basque word for twist or rotate).

Filed under: knitting — leethal @ 2:21 pm
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