February 24, 2016

New pattern: Vire!

The Triyang collection is now complete (see the whole collection on my site here or on ravelry here)!  The cabled design is Vire, and it looks like this:

Vire!

It’s the most narrow of all the designs in the collection, more of a scarf than a shawl kind of, and it’s super squishy and cozy with all the cables!

Vire! Vire!

The bottom starts with a braided cable which gets wider as it grows sideways, then shrinks down to a point to finish the first section.  The growing braid was inspired by the concept of a french braid, which gathers a little more hair each time the braid crosses – this cable adds 1 more stitch to each part as it crosses, slowly getting thicker.

Vire!

The middle section has some twisty cables with purl eyelets between, helping the section to not pull in and mess with the shape, and adding a little openness to the dense cabley piece.

Vire!

And then the third section has a layered cables-over-cables design for a cozy warm top part.

Vire!

I’ll blog specifically about the Custom Triyang pattern later, but I used the top section of Vire in my sample, so here’s that section (the gold top part) in a different context, and in a heavier yarn weight:

Custom Triyang!

Like Twou, Vire is sized based on gauge; my sample is in worsted weight at a standard-ish (or a bit extra dense) gauge (approx 21 stitches per 4 inches stockinette), so use an aran or bulky weight yarn to get a larger piece.  Mine used 360 yards worsted; I estimate that you’d need about 420 yards of aran, or about 500 yards of bulky.  My sample is not huge, but because of the cables it’s plenty warm to wear!

Vire!

I used Blue Moon Fiber Arts Targhee Worsted for my sample, and I LOVE it.  It comes in a GIANT skein (616 yards) which means I have plenty left to make a matching hat and pair of mitts!  If you want a bigger Vire though, I have good news for you: Blue Moon also offers Targhee Bulky!  The yardage on that one is 462 yards, unfortunately, which means you might consider making your section 1 in a contrasting color, or you could buy 2 skeins and have plenty left over for matching accessories.  There’s a really good chance you’d be able to complete a Vire with that yardage, I just can’t guarantee it.  Blue Moon has amazing colorways, by the way, if you’re not familiar with them – this one is Blue Moonstone.

yarn being used in Triyang collection pattern sample

If you are new to learning about the Triyang collection, all the patterns use the same modular construction (with no picked up stitches) – you can learn more about that in the Triyang pattern blog post, and you can read about Twou here, which is the lace design.  All the collection pattern sections are mix-and-match-able with the Custom Triyang pattern, so if you love just one of the Vire sections, you can use that section along with garter stitch, or stockinette, or lace or colorwork designs from the Twou or Liy patterns.  (I haven’t blogged about Liy yet, that’s coming soon.)

Vire! Vire! Vire!

Check everything out on ravelry here (including lots of different Custom Triyangs by other knitters); and if you’re a leethal VIP club member you’ll get 20% off Vire or the full collection!

Vire!

Filed under: knitting,Triyang collection — Lee Meredith @ 12:51 pm

February 15, 2016

First VIP club 2016 hat pattern: Provocateur!

Provocateur!

The first leethal VIP club hat mini-mystery-knit-a-long happened early this month, beginning on February 2nd and (the mystery) ending last Tuesday the 9th.  The KAL continues a bit, as knitters can still post their projects to the forums, since a one-week KAL is so quick, but there’s no more mystery.  The hat, Provocateur (ravelry link), looks like this!

Provocateur

It’s constructed sideways, knit flat, with short rows making the crown shaping, decreases along the bottom and staggered increases making the bias design, with cables flaring down diagonally from their starting points squished together at the top.

Provocateur

It’s designed for worsted-aran weight yarns, with three different gauges making for three heights.  My grey sample (below) is the largest gauge, using Cestari Traditional Collection 2 Ply aran weight yarn, for the tallest/slouchiest height; my orange sample (above) is the medium gauge, using Harrisville Designs Highland worsted weight yarn, for a semi-slouchy height.

Provocateur

There are three different circumferences given, which vary depending on gauge/height (all details are included in the pattern), but you can also customize your circumference by stopping at any time, making it custom fit to your head by trying it on as you go.  Both of my samples are worked to the medium circumference row count, which is a medium circumference in the orange (medium-gauge) sample, and a kind of large or medium/large circumference in the grey (large-gauge) sample, for an extra loose, slouchy hat.

Provocateur

The whole pattern is written and charted, so knitters can work from whichever is easier for their brains.  The project starts with a provisional cast-on (instructions included), and ends with a 3-needle bind-off to seam the two edges together, which creates a pretty much invisible seam in the garter stitch, as you can see below.

Provocateur

I have tutorials for cabling without a cable needle here on my website, which will make the project go much more quickly!  The cables are basic – 2 front stitches twisting left over 1, 2, and 3 back stitches – but there are seven cables on every single right side row for awhile.  The rows go more quickly in the second half, as the cables hit the bottom edge and there are six, then five, then four, then three cables per row.

Provocateur

I recommend using either the shadow wraps or the German short rows method for the short rows – I have tutorials for both on my website here – because of how you’ll need to sometimes work wrapped stitches into cables.  I used shadow wraps on one sample and German short rows on the other, and they both worked well for me.

Provocateur

It’s meant to be worn this way, with the seam over the right ear, so that the cables shoot down from the top in front, and then are spread out in the back which helps the back slouch down nicely.  I am REALLY happy with how this pattern turned out – one of my favorite hats I’ve designed!

Provocateur

This pattern will continue to be a part of the leethal VIP club, going out to all new members, throughout the whole year.  Five more hat patterns will go out to club members, one every other month – they will all have different kinds of constructions, and different techniques and stuff.  Provocateur will be released for individual sale a year after its initial release, so in February 2017.

Provocateur

Check out all the awesome Provocateurs on ravelry to see what it looks like in different kinds of yarns, colors, sizes, etc.  I love them all!  And sign up for the club (on ravelry here) if you haven’t already, to get this pattern immediately and then the other five hats in time to join the knit-a-longs.  This first one has been so much fun!!

Filed under: hats,knit-a-longs,knitting,leethal VIP club — Lee Meredith @ 4:59 pm
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