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Let’s knit a Free Spirit Topper … announcing your 2015 Fall Knit-Along with host Kristy Glass!

October 14th, 2015

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KAL-badge-2015-Fall Each season we host a crochet- or knit-along, a virtual event in which knitters and crocheters come together here online to work on one pattern together, share their experiences, and to learn together. There’s no need to sign up! Simply follow along with the blog posts at your own pace as you knit your project, and feel free to share your comments and/or photos as you progress.
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Get Your Yarn!

We asked you to vote on what knit project you’d like to make, and you picked our Free Spirit Topper made using Scarfie, which comes in nine colorways to choose from! Thousands of you voted, so we’re so excited to knit-along with you.

To get this knit-along going, this week is about gathering your materials so that we can jump right on October 28th. Download the pattern for the Free Spirit Topper and then get your yarn! This topper is made in one of our newest and most popular yarns, Scarfie. You’ll love its sophisticated and tonal blend of solid and heathered hues. And there’s a coupon …

Save 20% at lionbrand.com until October 25th when you use coupon code: FALLKAL2015

Starting October 28th, our KAL host Kristy Glass will post her progress through the Free Spirit Topper project, with updates coming every Wednesday. You’ll know it’s a dedicated KAL blog post when you see our special badge in the upper right-hand corner of the post. Don’t forget to join our Ravelry group for this KAL as well!

In the meantime, say hi to Kristy and please introduce yourself in the comments too! Let us know who you are, where you’re from, and who you’re making this Free Spirit Topper for!

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I am Kristy Glass and I am so thrilled to be infiltrating the Lion Brand blog to lead you in the 2015 Fall Knit Along! Even though I learned to knit as a girl, my passion for fiber arts has escalated at a very steep rate these past several years.

I returned to knitting and began crocheting about 8 years ago after I suffered an unexpected health setback leaving me feeling completely out of control. Hand work was a healing salve for my body and soul as I suffered through a long healing process. Thankfully I continue to use knitting to aid meditation, solace and a feeling of accomplishment. I knit year round, despite weather changes, and I am highly anticipating us all knitting together on this project.

I have completed over 100 projects including scarves, cowls, hats, hand warmers, phone cozies, afghans, pillows, sweaters and yarn bombing. My most recent passion has been making sweaters and actually wearing what I make!

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Voting is open! Vote for our next Knit-Along Project!

October 2nd, 2015

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Hurry, voting ends this Sunday, October 11th!


Can’t see the video above? Click here: https://youtu.be/-R2gh3iMA-E

Here we go again! Come knit-along with us as we make one of the garments featured in this post. So let’s get started, shall we?

FIRST you have to help us pick the pattern! Learn more about each of the patterns by clicking on their photos/names below and then come back to cast your vote. Kristy Glass, your KAL leader, has a favorite but she’ll never tell … well, at least not until the votes are in! In the meantime she has her fingers crossed …

In any case, they’re all so good, we predict a very tight race!

Votes must be cast by 11:59pm Eastern Standard Time, Sunday, October 11th, 2015. You must use the voting tool below to vote; comments here on the blog do NOT count as votes.

THE PATTERNS

Palermo Poncho Textured Topper Free Spirit Topper Rustic Embroidered Wrap Colorwork Poncho & Fingerless Gloves

 

TIME TO VOTE!

(Can’t see the voting tool above? Click here to vote.)

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This knit-along is a virtual event, where all the participants make the same project together. Follow along with knit-along host Kristy Glass here on the blog and share your comments and photos. There’s no need to sign up, and it’s free to join! (New to knit-alongs? Check out our guide here.)

Remember, the winning pattern will be announced the week of Monday, October 12th, 2015 here on the blog and at that time we’ll also give you details on picking up your supplies and getting started on the project!

Votes must be cast by 11:59pm Eastern Standard Time, October 11th, 2015. You must use the voting tool above to vote; comments here on the blog do NOT count as votes.

Crocheters, look out for a winter crochet-along early next year, here on the Lion Brand Notebook.


Glamour Jacket Knit-Along: Styling … the fun part!

May 4th, 2015

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Editor’s note: LAST CHANCE to get your Knit-Along Kit — get your kit here now before it’s too late! There are four to choose from! Also we have a hashtag for this KAL, use #LBspringKAL2015 when you share your progress on social media. Have fun!


Hello my fellow knitters! It’s Kristy Glass here – we’re coming to the end of this KAL!

While I was knitting this Glamour Jacket in my crazy pink colors, I would NEVER have imagined how versatile this piece would end up being.

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I legitimately cannot believe how many outfits this Glamour Jacket goes with, and this was just in a few minutes of scouring my closet. I honestly think I could come up with even more combinations!


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Since before the voting was even in, I have always been #teamtailback And look HOW awesome the back turned out:

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Thank you NYC wind for picking up the AWESOMENESS.

I want to see pix of your finished product and how YOU decided to style it! Post them in the comments below!

Thank you SO MUCH for participating, and if you haven’t quite finished yet, don’t give up! We can stay connected here and on Ravelry, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube and continue to support each other through the project.

Being your fearless leader this spring has REALLY made my year, and I look forward to knitting more together in the very near future!

NEVER STOP KNITTING!

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I am Kristy Glass and I am so thrilled to be infiltrating the Lion Brand blog to lead you in the 2015 Spring Knit Along! Even though I learned to knit as a girl, my passion for fiber arts has escalated at a very steep rate these past several years.I returned to knitting and began crocheting about 8 years ago after I suffered an unexpected health setback leaving me feeling completely out of control. Hand work was a healing salve for my body and soul as I suffered through a long healing process. Thankfully I continue to use knitting to aid meditation, solace and a feeling of accomplishment. I knit year round, despite weather changes, and I am highly anticipating us all knitting together on this project.I have completed over 100 projects including scarves, cowls, hats, hand warmers, phone cozies, afghans, pillows, sweaters and yarn bombing. My most recent passion has been making sweaters and actually wearing what I make! kristy_200px

Glamour Jacket Knit-Along: Sleeves and Blocking!

April 27th, 2015

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Editor’s note: There’s still time to get your Knit-Along Kit, get your kit here now – there are four to choose from! Also we have a hashtag for this KAL, use #LBspringKAL2015 when you share your progress on social media. Have fun!


Hello my fellow knitters! It’s Kristy Glass here and I’m hoping you’re still having fun!

I want to talk about the two lower sections for a minute.

PAY ATTENTION! After knitting SUCH a large piece (Right Lower Section), you are going to get into a groove and think you know how to repeat the lower section once more. Back in my novice days, I TOTALLY would have just knit the exact same side and ended up with 2 RIGHT lower sections instead of one of each. So I thought I would just point out the very subtle differences between the RIGHT and LEFT lower sections, with my Pink Arrows below:

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Compare your pieces as you go to make sure the bias stripes are sitting in opposite directions from each piece. After you have knitted your pieces, it’s time to put it all together. This is where your SEWING AN ACTUAL GARMENT skills come into good use. Knitting and Shaping is one skill, but taking these pieces of fabric we have made and forcing them into a wearable sweater is a whole different set of skills that sometimes challenge different parts of your brain (different from the parts that were challenged while you were trying to remember your ridge pattern increases! HA!)

For all aspects of sewing this together, I highly recommend using a flat surface. We are not sitting on the couch watching our favorite tv show and knitting anymore. Now we are down to business!

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Step 1: Sleeves! If you remembered to keep your stitch markers in place, this will be easy. Fold your fabric in half (right sides together) and sew from wrist to the markers. As you sew make sure you are checking in with those markers. You might want to use one of them to pin both sides of the fabric TOGETHER so that they don’t move. Try to keep tension the same on both sides while you sew it up. What stitch are you using? I used a running stitch. When you reach the markers, leave the tail of your yarn for now. Where the two sides come together will end up being a straight edge for the lower sections later.

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Step 2: Collar! If you left your collar live, now is the time to assess if you need to make any changes. With right sides together, pin the collar to the collar notch of the upper body. Since this is curved, it will seem a little awkward. There may be a bit of stretching here and there as you try to make it match up, but if the collar seems VERY short or VERY long, this is where you will adjust it and finish it off. I found I only needed to bind off my collar, I didn’t need to change the length after all!

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Glamour Jacket Knit-Along: Knitting the Upper Body

April 20th, 2015

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Editor’s note: There’s still time to get your Knit-Along Kit, get your kit here now – there are four to choose from! Also we have a hashtag for this KAL, use #LBspringKAL2015 when you share your progress on social media. Have fun!


Hello my fellow knitters! It’s Kristy Glass here and I’m hoping you’re still having fun!

Now that we have gotten comfortable with our materials … it’s time to REALLY dig in to this pattern!

This week I worked on the UPPER BODY section of the pattern.

Under Right Sleeve It says “with 1 strand of A only, cast on __” The sample garment that I have has a cast on edge with both strands held together. I like the look of that, so I am following suit by casting on with BOTH strands. I feel like I will like how this looks as my cuff. If you choose to do this, don’t forget to bind off the left sleeve with both strands held together!

The eyelet pattern does NOT specify what strand of yarn to hold when. The single strand is the darker color (Grey Stone, Lapis, Garnet, Jewel) and both strands is one of each yarn held together.

Remember the first yarn over (Row 2) is a yo knit wise, but you go right into a purl, so circle around ONE more time so that the yarn is around the needle and ALSO in front so that you are ready to p2tog. If you don’t make this extra loop around, you will miss the yo and just be ready to purl. It looks like this:

When I begin a project where RS and WS is important, I place a marker on the RS so that I always know where it is. If you would prefer to eyeball it, the RS is when the k,p rows look like stockinette (as opposed to a bumpy garter look). Or just remember, every even row is the WRONG side.

Whenever you have to knit with both strands held together, both strands will be on the correct side — if you find that it’s time to knit with 2 and there is a string on either end, you have made a mistake! You probably just skipped a row of instructions… On this project, I would suggest reverse knitting back to the spot where you messed up, instead of taking out the needle and ripping back — with the yarn overs, this gets tricky to save!

Don’t make the mistake I did one night when knitting in bed — I was knitting to the light of my computer monitor instead of full light, and when I looked at my work in the morning, I had gotten off by one row so the section I worked on in the dark looked like the WRONG SIDE!

Something to keep in mind if you are a meticulously even and balanced person:

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See the k,p rows that are coming out of each side of the collar in this photo?

Having the same part of the pattern appear on each side of the collar makes for a beautifully symmetrical design. As I was knitting, and measuring according to the pattern, it turned out that my rows on the left side of the collar were also k,p rows, but my row on the right side of the collar was the eyelet row. I am totally ok with this! I thought I would point it out in the event you didn’t pay attention to what your rows were looking like at the cast off and cast on points of this pattern. If it matters to you, it may be worth it to take away or add in order to have the two sides be even—this may mean you need more or less length in your collar.

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As you knit to make both sleeves even, I would recommend knitting the same amount of pattern repeats as the left sleeve, as you had for the right sleeve. I was folding my piece in half to see how far I had left to knit, but found that I would have been several pattern repeats short if I had eye-balled it, and I think in the end, after blocking, I would have had mismatched sleeves.

Don’t forget to LEAVE THE SLEEVE MARKERS in this finished piece. You need them there for reference when FINISHING the garment!

I love how this section of the glamour jacket turned out. I plan on using this Eyelet Pattern for future scarves!

Speaking of scarves, if you find that you lose steam on this project….this Upper body section makes a great one. My scarfie:

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I want to hear from you! How is your UPPER BODY section going? Are you getting stuck anywhere? Don’t forget to check out our Ravelry group where we are chatting about our progress! Never Stop Knitting!

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I am Kristy Glass and I am so thrilled to be infiltrating the Lion Brand blog to lead you in the 2015 Spring Knit Along! Even though I learned to knit as a girl, my passion for fiber arts has escalated at a very steep rate these past several years.

I returned to knitting and began crocheting about 8 years ago after I suffered an unexpected health setback leaving me feeling completely out of control. Hand work was a healing salve for my body and soul as I suffered through a long healing process. Thankfully I continue to use knitting to aid meditation, solace and a feeling of accomplishment. I knit year round, despite weather changes, and I am highly anticipating us all knitting together on this project.

I have completed over 100 projects including scarves, cowls, hats, hand warmers, phone cozies, afghans, pillows, sweaters and yarn bombing. My most recent passion has been making sweaters and actually wearing what I make!

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