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Rio Rancho Cardigan Knit-Along Week 4: Onto The Sleeves!

May 18th, 2016

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Another week, another many hours spent in seed stitch! How are you all doing with the back and forth?  I confess, I had a little wrist fatigue with this pattern—anybody have any good stretches to share?

I wanted to talk about a few spots in the pattern.

“Continue in Seed st until armholes measure about 6 in.” found in CARDIGAN BACK

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“Work in pattern as established until armhole measures about 6 in.” found in the FRONT sections.

I matched gauge for this project, so if you did too, I imagine you will have found that no further knitting was required to get to the 6” mark.  In one case I even thought I was beyond 6”.  The bottom line is that this is a tricky spot to measure.  For your reference I took a pic of mine:

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Pictured here are both the back and one of the front sections on top of the other.  It measures 6-ish inches, but I thought it was important that the two sides were very similarly OFF the 6” mark.  Hopefully they will be similar to the sleeves when it’s time to construct the garment! (Fingers Crossed!)

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I attempted to match up my sleeve colors.  The yarn I had left only had 2 almost identical sections available, so I went with the grey into white. I wish I had known I only needed a small amount of yarn, or I might have attempted more purple sleeves with the yarn I had left.  Just know, it takes about 2 color changes to make the sleeve pattern as written.

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Here too, when I got to the instruction “Work in pattern as established until piece measures about 7 in.” I was already at the 7” mark, so I did not need to knit any additional rows.

I experimented binding off in the established ribbing and also in knitting all.  Knitting all makes a tighter edge, than binding off in the ribbed pattern.  I think that more flexibility is better for this particular garment, so I suggest binding off in the ribbed pattern.

Next week I will talk more about construction and binding off, but in case you are far along in the project, here is a preview of how you piece the garment together:

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5 Ways to Wear the Endless Possibilities Scarf

May 17th, 2016

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It’s the only accessory you’ll ever need! The Endless Possibilities Scarf can be worn in so many different ways, you’ll be able to pair it with any outfit. This scarf is constructed as a tube which makes it easy to convert it to a muff, cowl, or even a hat! Knit with Homespun® and Vanna’s Glamour®, the Endless Possibilities Scarf can be made in your choice for color for even more variety.

This convertible scarf is available now in a kit!

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Shira modeled five ways that you can rock this scarf. How will you wear yours?


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3 Most Popular Kitchen Cotton Patterns!

May 16th, 2016

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Don’t let the name fool you! Kitchen Cotton isn’t just for dish cloths and pot holders! This worsted weight cotton yarn comes in so many vibrant hues which makes it a great option for all of your favorite summer knit and crochet projects. Shira modeled the three patterns that you love the most made with Kitchen Cotton.

And don’t forget, all of Lion Brand®’s cotton yarns are ON SALE during May! Get Kitchen Cotton 20% off all month!

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Slip Stitch Mosaic Tote (knit) Open Air Shrug (crochet) Fireworks Hexagon Picnic Blanket (crochet)

 

His Knit Style: Harvard Square Pullover

May 15th, 2016

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Gentlemen, this one is for you! The Harvard Square Pullover is a great sweater for men. It’s a classic shape with those simple, handsome details. Made with 24/7 Cotton, it’s breathable and machine washable. And there are so many gorgeous colors to choose from!

Don’t worry, ladies! You can knit the Harvard Square Pullover for yourself, too! It’s an easy shape that works for women as well!

Check out this video featuring the Harvard Square Pullover!

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How to Rock the Boho Chic Look: Weekly Stitch Pattern Roundup!

May 13th, 2016

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From bright pops of color to flowing folk-inspired fabrics, the Boho Chic look is what’s hot this spring. Mixing elements of vintage fashion, indie fantasy & organic tonal palettes, Bohemian style is the perfect portal for you to express your creativity this season!

So we invite you to open your eyes, look up to the skies, see the colors all around you and be inspired. And don’t forget to share your creations with us!

Crochet Kit: Open Air Shrug in Kitchen Cotton Knit Kit: Modern Luncheon Mats in Kitchen Cotton Crochet Kit: Garden State Afghan in 24/7 Cotton
Loom Kit: Fiesta Wall Hanging available with or without loom! Crochet Kit: Boho Poncho in 6 sizes in Homespun® Knit Kit: Slip Stitch Mosaic Tote in Kitchen Cotton

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