Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Simple Traditions



Simple Traditions 
All Knit Up Designs

Ravelry: sierrak2010 
Instagram: allknitup 
Blog: allknitup23.blogspot.com
Supplies:

437 yards/400 meters or 100 grams of fingering weight yarn
Needle: US 1.5/ 2.5 mm (Needle Ambiguous, you can use your preferred sock knitting method i.e. DPNs, magic loop, 9 inch circulars, two circulars.)
Pattern uses Modified Eye of Partridge Heel Flap and Wedge Toe
Gauge: 36 stitches by 48 rows = 4 inches/10 cm in stockinette
Size: Women’s Medium size foot: US 8.5 / EU 39


Notions Needed:

Two different stitch markers (One for A & B) 
Darning Needle for Kitchener and weaving in ends

Abbreviations:

K: knit
P: Purl
P2Tog: Purl two together 

K2Tog: Knit two together 
SSK: Slip, slip, knit
SM: Slip marker
PW: Purlwise
KW: Knitwise
WYIF: With yarn in front 

WYIB: With yarn in back 
WS: Wrong Side
RS: Right Side
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Starting Cuff:

Cast on 64 Stitches. (Place a marker at the beginning of the round) Knit 2, Purl 2 for 25 rounds

Leg:

Broken Rib
Row 1: * Knit 3, Purl 1 * repeat across round Row 2: Knit across round

Repeat these two rounds for your preferred leg length. (I repeated the pattern rows twenty nine times)

Heel Flap:

(You will be working flat on half of your stitches; right side and wrong side will now pertain)
Turn work with wrong side facing, you will be working back across the last 32 stitches

Tip: I switch to using DPNs for the heel flap and turn if using a 9 inch circular.

Row 1(WS): Knit 3, Purl 29
Row 2 (RS): Purl 3 * Knit 1, slip 1 knitwise with yarn in back * repeat to last 3 stitches, knit 3 Row 3: Knit 3, purl across
Row 4: Purl 3, * Slip 1 knitwise with yarn in back, Knit 1 * repeat to last 3 stitches, knit 3

Repeat these 4 rows eight times total (You will have 16 Garter bumps along the edge)

Heel Turn:

Row 1 (WS): Slip 1 purlwise wyif, P16, P2Tog, P1, turn 
Row 2 (RS): Slip 1 knitwise wyib, K3, SSK, K1, turn 
Row 3: Slip 1 pw wyif, P4, P2Tog, P1, turn
Row 4: Slip 1 kw wyib, K5, SSK, K1, turn

Row 5: Slip 1 pw wyif, P6, P2Tog, P1, turn 
Row 6: Slip 1 kw wyib, K7, SSK, K1, turn 
Row 7: Slip 1 pw wyif, P8, P2TOG, P1, turn 
Row 8: Slip 1 kw wyib, K9, SSK, K1, turn 
Row 9: Slip 1 pw wyif, P10, P2TOG, P1, turn 
Row 10: Slip 1 kw wyib, K11, SSK, K1, turn 
Row 11: Slip 1 pw wyif, P12, P2TOG, P1, turn 
Row 12: Slip 1 kw wyib, K13, SSK, K1, turn 
Row 13: Slip 1 pw wyif, P14, P2TOG, P1, turn 
Row 14: Slip 1 kw wyib, K 15, SSK, K1

(You should have closed all ‘gaps’ and have 18 stitches from the heel flap and turn)

Now you will pick up and knit 16 stitches along the heel flap (one stitch for every garter bump)

Once you’ve picked up the first side of the gusset, pick up one extra stitch in between the gusset and top of the foot (This helps close up any small hole between gusset and foot)

Place marker A after picking up and knitting the stitch between gusset and foot Work pattern across top of foot, place marker B.

Now pick up and knit one stitch between the top of the foot and the next side of the gusset, pick up and knit 16 garter bumps from heel flap. (You now have 84 stitches on your needles, 32 from marker A to B, 52 from marker B to A)

Knit one round plain (no increasing/decreasing, follow pattern at top of the foot)

After knitting this round, stop three stitches before marker A.

Round 1: K2TOG, K 1, sm, work in pattern to next marker, sm, K 1, SSK, knit to end of round.
Round 2: Knit to marker, sm, work in pattern to next marker, sm, K1, knit to last three stitches before marker A.

Repeat these two rounds until you have 32 stitches left between marker B and A

Tip: Stitches picked up between gusset & foot should be knit through the back loop


(You now have 64 stitches total, stitch count will stay the same until you start the toe)
Continue working in pattern across top of foot and knitting along the bottom until foot length measures 1.5 inches less than desired length.

Toe:

Start toe decreases three stitches before marker A (When knitting in the round becomes uncomfortable, switch to Double Point Needles)

Round 1: K2TOG, K1, sm, K1, SSK, knit to three stitches before next marker, K2TOG, K1, sm, K1, SSK knit to the end of the round.
Round 2: Knit entire round

Repeat these two rounds until sock measures length of foot. (Stitch count will be determined by the length of your toe box.)

Complete the sock with a kitchener stitch.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SmgE7YQkrFw

When finished with the kitchener stitch, weave in all ends and wear with pride! Blocking makes your socks look amazing but is not necessary. 



Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Brioche is Back in Town

I have so many brioche shawls planned (with yarn purchased and all!) and I haven't knit any of them. After casting off my last shawl I decided that I really needed a Miss Babs fix and cast on Make Your Own Rainbow with Yowza and Big Silk.


OMG these yarns are amazing together; so soft and smooth and blissful to knit with! I had originally tried to knit the Deep Sea Jellyfish by itself and the colors were just taking over the pattern. A tone down was definitely needed and the black turned out to be the perfect color along with breaking up the stitches with brioche.


The pattern originally called for different colors for each section but I wanted an eye catching shawl as well as an easy knit so I opted out of using multiple.

The shawl is large and cozy, perfect to wrap around my neck and tuck my chin into.


Had I looked a little more at the pattern I would have made adjustments to which was the first color and which was the second. With brioche I really like the center stitch and how bold it is, with this shawl the main center stitch is on the backside.


Even though I would have made a few minor adjustments I really do love this shawl and can't wait for the cold weather to appear!

Saturday, October 6, 2018

I Went to China!

Yep! For the majority of April I visited the amazing country that hosts the Great Wall! And it's freakin phenomenal.

My family and I made the trip with a tour group and I got to meet some of the best people while I was there.

Here's a few photos from the trip because I can't even put into words how much I enjoyed this country...






All the photos above are from our trip to the Great Wall of China!




Hot Pot for dinner, what an awesome meal! Essentially, make your own ramen but way better!




Temple of Heaven 





Yellow Crane Tower 





These two are from our hike to the Purple Cloud Palace. 



Knitting anywhere and everywhere. 



Visiting the Three Lesser Gorges on our cruise.






One of many many Buddhist Temples.



Danzu Rock Carvings. 

Sunday, September 30, 2018

I Haven't Knit a Shawl in Forever!

That's right, I'm back, and with a finished shawl!

A little explanation for my absence. I live in Northern California which means that we end up with average 100 F temperatures with large wildfires all summer long, and I just lose my mojo.

I'm a fair-skinned redhead to I spend the majority of the summer in-doors so I'm not as red as a cherry tomato and struggling to regulate my body heat with the excessive summer heat. With this I tend to get seasonal depression in the summer versus the winter.

We've had a first wave of cool fall weather (about 80 degrees) and I'm finally starting to feel like it's time to write again and spend some time outside!

So, sorry to ditch out on everyone for a few months!

But I am back, and although I haven't been posting I have been knitting!

I recently finished the Pebble Beach Shawl by Helen Stewart out of stash yarn and I love it!


It's been what feels like close to a year since I've absolutley loved a shawl that I was knitting. This one hit quite a few of my 'favorite' markers.

  • Easy to memorize but not boring. 
  • Very well written (Have you knit a Helen Stewart pattern? If not, what are you waiting for! Go check one out) 
  • Easy to wrap but not too big.


I'm so happy that my yarn choice worked so well with the pattern. The yarn isn't quite a variegate but obviously not a speckled. Also the name is 'You Can't Take the Honkeytonk Out of the Girl' which just about tops the name for yarn. The colors are so me I special ordered three hanks, two for a shawl and one for a pair of socks. Now I have matching shawl and socks to wear!


There is also three different lace patterns in the shawl that only use K2tog and YO. So simple and easy but great versatility, I've already worn it once this fall!

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Side Road

Pattern number two for the Self-Striping Summer Series! I love this one with its basic knit and purl repeats. I see another pair in my future soon! 



Side Road
Self-Striping Sock Summer
All Knit Up Designs

Ravelry: sierrak2010
Instagram: allknitup

Blog: allknitup23.blogspot.com


437 yards / 400 meters fingering weight yarn (Lilliput Yarn, Simple Sock Used in Sample)
Needle: US 1.5 / 2.5mm (Needle Ambiguous, you can use your preferred sock knitting method i.e. DPNs, magic loop, 9 inch circulars, two circulars.)
Pattern uses Modified Eye of Partridge Heel Flap and Wedge Toe
Gauge: 34 stitches by 32 rows = 4 inches/10 cm in stockinette
Size: Women’s Medium size foot: US 8.5 / EU 39

Notions needed:
Two different stitches markers (One each for A and B)
Darning Needle for Kitchener and weaving in ends 

K: knit
P: Purl
P2Tog: Purl two together
K2Tog: Knit two together
PW: Purlwise
KW: Knitwise
SSK: Slip, slip, knit
SM: Slip marker
WYIF: With yarn in front
WYIB: With yarn in back

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Cast on 64 Stitches and join in the round, being careful not to twist. (Place a marker at the beginning of the round)

Purl 1, Knit 1 for 16 rounds

Stansfield 12:

Round 1 & 2: P1, * K1, P3; repeat from *  
Round 3 & 4: P1, * K1, P1, K1, P1; repeat from *
Round 5 & 6: P1, * P2, K1, P1; repeat from *
Round 7 & 8: P1, * K1, P1, K1, P1; repeat from *

Repeat these eight rows for your preferred leg length.

Starting heel flap. (You will be working flat on half of your stitches)

Turn work with wrong side facing, you will be working back across the last 32 stitches.

Row 1: Knit 3, Purl 29
Row 2: Purl 3, * Knit 1, slip 1 knitwise with yarn in back * repeat to last 3 stitches, knit 3
Row 3: Knit 3, purl across
Row 4: Purl 3, * Slip 1 knitwise with yarn in back, Knit 1 * repeat to last 3 stitches, knit 3

Repeat these 4 rows eight times total (You will have 16 Garter bumps along the edge)

Starting the heel turn

Row 1: Slip 1 pw wyif, P16, P2TOG, P1, turn
Row 2: Slip 1 kw wyib, K3, SSK, k1, turn
Row 3: Slip 1 pw wyif, P4, P2TOG, P1, turn
Row 4: Slip 1 kw wyib, K5, SSK, k1, turn 
Row 5: Slip 1 pw wyif, P6, P2TOG, P1, turn
Row 6: Slip 1 kw wyib, K7, SSK, K1, turn
Row 7: Slip 1 pw wyif, P8, P2TOG, P1, turn
Row 8: Slip 1 kw wyib, K9, SSK, K1, turn
Row 9: Slip 1 pw wyif, P10, P2TOG, P1, turn
Row 10: Slip 1 kw wyib, K11, SSK, K1, turn
Row 11: Slip 1 pw wyif, P12, P2TOG, P1, turn
Row 12: Slip 1 kw wyib, K13, SSK, K1, turn
Row 13: Slip 1 pw wyif, P14, P2TOG, P1, turn
Row 14: Slip 1 kw wyib, K 15, SSK, K1

(You should have closed all ‘gaps’ and have 16 stitches from the heel flap and turn)

Now you will pick up and knit 16 stitches along the heel flap (one stitch for every garter bump)

Once you’ve picked up the first side of the gusset, pick up one extra stitch in between the gusset and top of the foot (This helps close up any small hole between gusset and foot)

               Tip: I knit this stitch through the back loop.

Place marker A after picking up and knitting the stitch between gusset and foot

Work pattern across top of foot, place marker B.

Now pick up and knit one extra stitch between the top of the foot and the next side of the gusset, pick up and knit 16 garter bumps from heel flap. (You now have 84 stitches on your needles, 32 from marker A to B, 52 from marker B to A.)

Knit one round plain (no increasing/decreasing, follow pattern at top of the foot)

After knitting this round, stop three stitches before marker A.

Round 1: K2TOG, K 1, sm, work in pattern to next marker, sm, K1, SSK, knit to end of round.

Round 2: Knit to marker, sm, work in pattern to next marker, sm marker, K1, knit to three stitches before marker A.

Repeat these two rounds until you have 32 stitches left between marker B and A

Continue working in pattern across top of foot and knitting along the bottom until foot length measures 1.5 inches less than desired length.

Start toe decreases three stitches before marker A (When knitting in the round becomes uncomfortable, switch to Double Point Needles)

Round 1: K2TOG, K1, sm, K1, SSK, knit to three stitches before next marker, K2TOG, K1, sm, K1, SSK knit to the end of the round.

Round 2: Knit entire round

Repeat these two rounds until sock measures length of foot. (Stitch count will be determined by the length of your toe box.)

Complete the sock with a kitchener stitch.

Here’s a link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W7i5JwEReW0&t=5s


When finished with the kitchener stitch, weave in all ends and wear with pride! Blocking makes your socks look amazing but is not necessary.


Thursday, May 31, 2018

Underpass

Summer temps are here in California and that means Self-Striping Sock Series is here! This is the first installment of the pattern series for the summer, there will be four patterns released once a month from May through August. 

As always please let me know if you don't understand a portion of the pattern and need help! Leave a comment here on the post or send me a message through Ravelry. Happy start of Summer!   -Sierra 


Underpass
Self-Striping Socks Series
All Knit Up Designs

Ravelry: sierrak2010
Instagram: allknitup
Blog: allknitup23.blogspot.com


437 yards / 400 meters fingering weight yarn (KnitPicks Felici used in sample)
Needle: US 1.5 / 2.5mm (Needle Ambiguous, you can use your preferred sock knitting method i.e. DPNs, magic loop, 9 inch circulars, two circulars.)
Pattern uses Modified Eye of Partridge Heel Flap and Wedge Toe
Gauge: 32 stitches by 32 rows = 4 inches/10 cm in stockinette
Size: Women’s Medium size foot: US 8.5 / EU 39

Notions needed:
Two different stitches markers (One each for A and B)
Darning Needle for Kitchener and weaving in ends 

K: knit
P: Purl
P2Tog: Purl two together
K2Tog: Knit two together
PW: Purlwise
KW: Knitwise
SL: Slip
SSK: Slip, slip, knit
SM: Slip marker
WYIF: With yarn in front
WYIB: With yarn in back

Slip: Unless otherwise specified slip one stitch as if to purl with the yarn in back.

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Cast on 68 Stitches and join in the round, being careful not to twist. (Place a marker at the beginning of the round, if preferred.)

Knit 2, Purl 2 for 21 rounds

Faceted Rib:

Round 1 and 2: Knit.
Round 3: K1, * slip 1, K1; * repeat from *
Round 4: P1, * slip 1, P1; * repeat from *

Repeat these four rows for your preferred leg length.

Starting heel flap. (You will be working flat on half of your stitches)

If you want to use a contrast heel please start using contrast yarn.

Turn work with wrong side facing, you will be working back across the last 34 stitches.

Row 1: Knit 3, Purl 31
Row 2: Purl 3, * Knit 1, slip 1 knitwise with yarn in back * repeat to last 3 stitches, knit 3
Row 3: Knit 3, purl across
Row 4: Purl 3, * Slip 1 knitwise with yarn in back, Knit 1 * repeat to last 3 stitches, knit 3

Repeat these 4 rows eight times total (You will have 16 Garter bumps along the edge)

Starting the heel turn

Row 1: Slip 1 pw wyif, P17, P2TOG, P1, turn
Row 2: Slip 1 kw wyib, K3, SSK, k1, turn
Row 3: Slip 1 pw wyif, P4, P2TOG, P1, turn
Row 4: Slip 1 kw wyib, K5, SSK, k1, turn 
Row 5: Slip 1 pw wyif, P6, P2TOG, P1, turn
Row 6: Slip 1 kw wyib, K7, SSK, K1, turn
Row 7: Slip 1 pw wyif, P8, P2TOG, P1, turn
Row 8: Slip 1 kw wyib, K9, SSK, K1, turn
Row 9: Slip 1 pw wyif, P10, P2TOG, P1, turn
Row 10: Slip 1 kw wyib, K11, SSK, K1, turn
Row 11: Slip 1 pw wyif, P12, P2TOG, P1, turn
Row 12: Slip 1 kw wyib, K13, SSK, K1, turn
Row 13: Slip 1 pw wyif, P14, P2TOG, P1, turn
Row 14: Slip 1 kw wyib, K15, SSK, K1, turn
Row 15: Slip 1 pw wyif, P16, P2TOG, turn
Row 16: Slip 1 kw wyib, K17, SSK,

(You should have closed all ‘gaps’ and have 19 stitches from the heel flap and turn)

Cut contrast yarn (if used) and pick up and knit with main color.

Now you will pick up and knit 16 stitches along the heel flap (one stitch for every garter bump)

Once you’ve picked up the first side of the gusset, pick up one extra stitch in between the gusset and top of the foot (This helps close up any small hole between gusset and foot)

           Tip: I knit this last picked up stitch through the back loop

Place marker A after picking up and knitting the stitch between gusset and foot

Work pattern across top of foot, place marker B.

Now pick up and knit one extra stitch between the top of the foot and the next side of the gusset, pick up and knit 16 garter bumps from heel flap. (You now have 87 stitches on your needles, 34 from marker A to B, 53 from marker B to A.)

Knit one round plain (no increasing/decreasing, follow pattern at top of the foot)

After knitting this round, stop three stitches before marker A.

Round 1: K2TOG, K 1, sm, work in pattern to next marker, sm, K1, SSK, knit to last three stitch before marker A.

Round 2: Knit to marker, sm, work in pattern to next marker, sm marker, K1, knit to three stitches before marker A.

Repeat these two rounds until you have 34 stitches left between marker B and A

Continue working in pattern across top of foot and knitting along the bottom until foot length measures 1.5 inches less than desired length.

Start toe decreases three stitches before marker A (When knitting in the round becomes uncomfortable, switch to Double Point Needles)

Round 1: K2TOG, K1, sm, K1, SSK, knit to three stitches before next marker, K2TOG, K1, sm, K1, SSK knit to the end of the round.

Round 2: Knit entire round

Repeat these two rounds until sock measures length of foot. (Stitch count will be determined by the length of your toe box.)

Complete the sock with a kitchener stitch.

Here’s a link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W7i5JwEReW0&t=5s

When finished with the kitchener stitch, weave in all ends and wear with pride! Blocking makes your socks look amazing but is not necessary.

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Hemenway Socks

This was an interesting one to test knit for because it took place while I was in China! Thank you so much to my amazing test knitters who had patience and awesome knit skills. Please enjoy my newest pattern and leave me a message if you have any questions! 


Hemenway Socks
All Knit Up Designs

Ravelry: sierrak2010
Instagram: allknitup
Blog: allknitup23.blogspot.com


Supplies:

400 yards/400 meters or 100 grams of fingering weight yarn (Spun Right Round Superwash Sock 80/20 used in sample)
Needle: US 1.5/ 2.5 mm
Two different stitch markers
Darning Needle
Pattern uses Modified Eye of Partridge Heel Flap and Wedge Toe

Gauge:

Gauge: 36 sts by 48 rows = 4” or 10 cm

Abbreviations:

K: knit
P: Purl
P2Tog: Purl two together
K2Tog: Knit two together
PW: Purlwise
KW: Knitwise
SSK: Slip, slip, knit
SM: Slip marker
WYIF: With yarn in front
WYIB: With yarn in back
WS: Wrong Side
RS: Right Side
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Starting Cuff:

Cast on 64 Stitches, join in the round while being careful not to twist. (Place a marker at the beginning of the round)

Knit 1, Purl 1 for 15 rounds

Leg:

Seed-Stitch Rib (Multiple of 4 Stitches)
Row 1: [Knit 1], * Purl 1, Knit 1, Purl 1, Knit 1, * repeat across round
Row 2: [Knit 1], * Purl 3, Knit 1, * repeat across round

Repeat these two rounds for your preferred leg length. (I repeated the pattern rows thirty-one times)

Heel Flap:

(You will be working flat on half of your stitches, right side and wrong side will now pertain)

Turn work with wrong side facing, you will be working back across the last 32 stitches

Row 1(WS): Knit 3, Purl 29
Row 2 (RS): Purl 3 * Knit 1, slip 1 knitwise with yarn in back * repeat to last 3 stitches, knit 3
Row 3: Knit 3, purl across
Row 4: Purl 3, * Slip 1 knitwise with yarn in back, Knit 1 * repeat to last 3 stitches, knit 3

Repeat these 4 rows eight times total (You will have 16 Garter bumps along the edge)

Heel Turn:

Row 1 (WS): Slip 1 ps wyif, P16, P2TOG, P1, turn
Row 2 (RS): Slip 1 ks wyib, K3, SSK, K1, turn
Row 3: Slip 1 pw wyif, P4, P2TOG, P1, turn
Row 4: Slip 1 kw wyib, K5, SSK, K1, turn 
Row 5: Slip 1 pw wyif, P6, P2TOG, P1, turn
Row 6: Slip 1 kw wyib, K7, SSK, K1, turn
Row 7: Slip 1 pw wyif, P8, P2TOG, P1, turn
Row 8: Slip 1 kw wyib, K9, SSK, K1, turn
Row 9: Slip 1 pw wyif, P10, P2TOG, P1, turn
Row 10: Slip 1 kw wyib, K11, SSK, K1, turn
Row 11: Slip 1 pw wyif, P12, P2TOG, P1, turn
Row 12: Slip 1 kw wyib, K13, SSK, K1, turn
Row 13: Slip 1 pw wyif, P14, P2TOG, P1, turn
Row 14: Slip 1 kw wyib, K 15, SSK, K1

(You should have closed all ‘gaps’ and have 18 stitches from the heel flap and turn)

Now you will pick up and knit 16 stitches along the heel flap (one stitch for every garter bump)

Once you’ve picked up the first side of the gusset, pick up one extra stitch in between the gusset and top of the foot (This helps close up any small hole between gusset and foot)

Place marker A after picking up and knitting the stitch between gusset and foot

Work pattern across top of foot, place marker B.

Now pick up and knit one stitch between the top of the foot and the next side of the gusset, pick up and knit 16 garter bumps from heel flap. (You now have 84 stitches on your needles, 32 from marker A to B, and 52 from marker B to A)

Gusset:

Knit one round plain (no increasing/decreasing, follow pattern at top of the foot)

After knitting this round, stop three stitches before marker A

Round 1: K2TOG, K 1, sm, work in pattern to next marker, sm, K 1, SSK, knit to the end of the round.

Round 2: Knit to marker A, sm, work in pattern to next marker, sm B knit to last three stitches before marker A.

Repeat these two rounds until you have 32 stitches left between marker B and A
(You now have 64 stitches total; stitch count will stay the same until you start the toe)

Foot:

Continue working in pattern across top of foot and knitting along the bottom until foot length measures 1.5 inches less than desired length.

Toe:

Start toe decreases three stitches before marker A (When knitting in the round becomes uncomfortable, switch to Double Point Needles)

Round 1: K2TOG, K1, sm, K1, SSK, knit to three stitches before next marker, K2TOG, K1, sm, K1, SSK, knit to the end of the round.

Round 2: Knit entire round

Repeat these two rounds until sock measures length of foot.

Complete the sock with a kitchener stitch. (Here are links to two different tutorials)