Monday, November 6, 2017

Seattle and Beyond

In September my mom and went on another adventure and drove up the west coast USA and went to Seattle and Vancouver BC! So much knitting, driving, music, yarn and laughs happened on our 11 day trip.


Yes, that many yarn shops and Fiber events in 11 days (that includes all the driving too). Crazy fun!


Seattle is my favorite US city I have ever visited, usually cities give me major anxiety (Honolulu I'm looking at you) but Seattle was bright and open and super easy to navigate. I can't wait to go back and visit again along with Bainbridge Island.




We spent hours in Churchmouse looking at all their amazing samples, gadgets, and trinkets. All the women who were working were helpful and lovely, it made me so happy. 

After our visit to Seattle we headed up to Squamish BC and then down into Vancouver. We spent our evening on Granville Island and had a great time exploring all the individual shops and found a great fabric shop. Our last full day in Vancouver we headed to Knit City and about exploded with excitement.




I've spend quite a bit of time at fiber festivals and I appreciated the laid back vibe that came with Knit City. All the designers were mingling and checking out their designs on knitters. It felt like a small local festival but had the choices closer to a Stitches event in the US.


I have a finished object from my trip and that is my Seattle Socks! They are subtly Seattle Sea Hawks colors and my mom and bought and started them in Seattle. I love having these little memories in my everyday life.



I can't wait to show you more projects from my Knit City and West Coast yarn adventures!

For reading, I just finished Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly and really enjoyed it. The novel was based on real women and their experiences but with some artistic interpretation by the author. It was the first book I'd read that focused on women and their experiences during WWII and not men. I cannot recommend it enough!


Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Village Socks

The Village Socks are an easy to memorize squishy rib pattern that will fit multiple size legs/feet without having to change the stitch count! These socks are easy and fast to knit, perfect for catching up on your favorite tv show or making for holiday gifts. The pattern is needle ambiguous and easy to customize with your own heels and toes preference. I found them perfect to break up the funky color spiral I was getting from my Madtosh.


Village Socks 
All Knit Up Designs

Ravelry: sierrak2010
Instagram: allknitup



437 yards fingering weight yarn (Madtosh Twist Light used in sample) 
Needle: Hiya Hiya 9 inch circular US 1.5 / 2.5 mm 
Pattern uses Modified Eye of Partridge Heel Flap and Wedge Toe

K: knit 
P: Purl 
P2Tog: Purl two together
K2Tog: Knit two together
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 stitch marker at the beginning of the round) 

Knit 1, Purl 1 for nineteen rounds

Set-up round: Knit in 1x1 rib until last two stitches, P2Tog

Farrow Rib

Round 1: * Knit 2, Purl 1 * repeat across row
Round 2: * Knit 1, Purl 2 * repeat across row 

Repeat these two rounds for your preferred leg length. (I repeated for 3.5 inches, the leg length is now 5 inches from cast-on)

Tip: The top of the foot will have an odd number of stitches, the heel flap will have an even number.

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

 Tip: I switch to using a DPN for the heel flap and turn when using a 9 inch circ

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 purlwise wyif, P16, P2Tog, P1, turn
Row 2: 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) 

   Tip: Stitches picked up between gusset & foot should be knit 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 83 stitches on your needles, 31 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 

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

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

Round 1: K2TOG, K 1, sm, work in pattern to next marker, sm, knit (You are only decreasing on one side)

            (You now have 31 stitches between each marker)

Continue working in pattern across top of foot and knitting along the bottom until foot length measures 1.5 inches less than desired length. Cut yarn and start knitting the toe with contrast color. 

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

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 are links to two different tutorials) 



Monday, September 4, 2017

Tour de Sock Round 3

After having so much trouble with the last pair from the competition I was slightly worried about the third pattern coming out. I loved this one! The pattern is Indecisions and it was really enjoyable to knit, lacier than I usually choose to knit my socks but they'll look great with my wardrobe.


The yarn is my hand-dyed, originally intended for my marled fade but was kind of a failed dye job. I was looking for more of a light tan color with the speckles, obviously my over dye was too dark and I came out with more of a brown than tan.  Once I saw the pattern I knew this yarn would work great, it would show off the pattern while also showing off the yarn!


The pattern was really simple to follow and there were written instructions for the leg! Yes! The foot was charted but I was easily able to work with that. I first tried to cable these without a cable needle and didn't enjoy it at all so I just whipped out my cable needle and went to town.

This is the third pattern out of six, I'll have a post up later this week with the the fourth pattern!


Friday, August 18, 2017

Tour de Sock Round 2

Unfortunately this round was kind of a failure. There is an air of mystery surrounding the challenge because we (as the knitters) have no idea what the pattern is going to look like. We get an estimated yardage count and how many extras we have to have and then it's a waiting game until it's released.


Our mystery this stage was these amazing colorwork socks Kanteletar! Here's the down-low, I am not a color work knitter nor am I a chart knitter. Written instructions just work so much better for my brain function, but compete I did. Until I realized that I missed repeating a chart...in the cuff.



I was going to complete the sock in our allotted nine days, until I measured the sock against its mate to see if I could start the foot chart and realized the leg was short. I ripped back half the freakin sock!


So I've committed to working on the colorwork sock when I complete each stage early so that they will be done by the end of the competition. If I don't do this I'm not sure that they will get completed, but I really want some new Christmas socks! We got round 4 Monday night so I've been knitting my fingers off! Also, look at the cute new bag I made!




Thursday, August 10, 2017

Double Lines

Here is the last installment of the 2017 Summer Stripes Series! Here are pattern numbers one, two, and three of the series. I definitely think this is going to be a summer tradition, I'll save my self-striping designs for when the numbers start crawling up. Without further ado, here is Double Lines!


Double Lines
Self-Striping Sock Series
All Knit Up Designs

Ravelry: sierrak2010
Instagram: allknitup



437 yards fingering weight yarn (West Yorkshire Spinners used in sample)
Needle: Hiya Hiya 9 inch circular US 1.5 / 2.5 mm 
Pattern uses Modified Eye of Partridge Heel Flap and Wedge Toe

K: knit
P: Purl
P2Tog: Purl two together
K2Tog: Knit two together
SSK: Slip, slip, knit
SM: Slip marker
WYIF: With yarn in front
WYIB: With yarn in back
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Using contrast color: Cast on 60 Stitches. (Place a marker at the beginning of the round)

Knit 1, Purl 1 for 18 rounds

Cut contrast color and switch to main color before starting Twin Rib leg section.

Twin Rib
Round 1: * K3, P3; repeat from *  
Round 2: * K1, P1; repeat from *
Repeat these two rows for your preferred leg length. (I repeated the pattern rows twenty two times)

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

- Note: If you would like to add a contrast heel flap start knitting with your second color

Turn work with wrong side facing, you will be working back across the last 30 stitches

 Tip: I switch to using a DPN for the heel flap and turn when using a 9 inch circ

Row 1: Knit 3, Purl 27
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 purlwise wyif, P15, P2Tog, P1, turn
Row 2: 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, turn
Row 14: Slip 1 kw wyib, K 14, SSK

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

            If you used a contrast heel, you now cut your second color and add your first color back in before picking up your gusset stitches.

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: Stitches picked up between gusset & foot should be knit 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 80 stitches on your needles, 30 from marker A to B, 50 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

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

Repeat these two rounds until you have 30 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. Cut yarn and start knitting the toe with contrast color.

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

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 are links to two different tutorials)





Thursday, July 20, 2017

Tour de Sock Round 1

"We have to continue to stretch our brains" Sue Stokes from Legacy Knitz Podcast. These socks fit the bill. I'm competing in Tour-de-Sock for the rest of the summer and they are going to make my knitting brain work.


This sock had an afterthought leg. I have never in my knitting career heard of an afterthought leg, but I have now managed to knit a pair in five days. Tour-de-sock is a sock knitting competition that runs in conjunction with Tour-de-France (bike race) and is a challenge race. Each pair of socks (six of them) is going to be complicated and contain skills that most people don't use in their everyday knitting.




These weren't really complicated to knit but the construction made me actually look at the sock differently. Essentially the sock was knit from the toe up, insert waste yarn, knit the heel. So I ended up with a sock that didn't have any foot opening. As shown in the photo above I wove my 9inch circs on each side of the waste yarn and then took it out. At a couple of different stages we had to take photos as proof that we completed the pattern the way it was written. I'm am really excited to see what the next pattern is going to look like! I'll keep you updated, it's coming out on the 25th!




Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Calle Cables

It's Wednesday and time for the third installment of the Summer Stripes Sock Series! This sock was named while on my trip to Spain in April of this year. Calle is the Spanish word for street or road, seemed to fit with the titles of the other patterns.

Calle Cables is a simple pattern that uses a single cable (cabling without a cable needle), knits and purls. This pattern works great with self-striping yarn (I recommend a yarn that just stripes vs. one that has self-patterning) the pattern is easy to remember and addictive. If you have any questions or comments on the pattern please leave a comment on this post or message me on Ravelry.




Calle Cables 
Self-Striping Sock Series
All Knit Up Designs

Ravelry: sierrak2010
Instagram: allknitup


Supplies: 

437 yards/400 meters or 100 grams of fingering weight yarn (Knit Picks Felici used in sample) 
Needle: Hiya Hiya 9 Inch Circulars US 1.5/ 2.5 mm
Two different stitch markers
Darning Needle
Pattern uses Modified Eye of Partridge Heel Flap and Wedge Toe

Abbreviations: 

K: knit 
P: Purl 
P2Tog: Purl two together
K2Tog: Knit two together
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 being careful not to twist. (Place a marker at the beginning of the round)

Knit 2, Purl 2 for 12 rounds

Leg:

Baby Cable Rib
Round 1, 2, and 3: * Knit 2, Purl 2 * repeat across round
Round 4: * K2Tog and leave stitches on left hand needle, knit first stitch, and slip both stitches off needle, P2 * repeat across round.

Repeat these four rounds for your preferred leg length. (I repeated the pattern rows eleven times)

Heel Flap:

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

- Note: If you would like to add a contrast heel flap start knitting with your second color


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

          Tip: I switch to using a DPN for the heel flap and turn when using a 9 inch circ

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) 

            If you used a contrast heel, you now cut your second color and add your first color back in before picking up your gusset stitches. 

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: Stitches picked up between gusset & foot should be knit 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 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 

Gusset:

Round 1: K2TOG, P 1, sm, work in pattern to next marker, sm, K 1, SSK

Round 2: Knit to one stitch before marker A, P 1, 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)

Continue working in pattern across top of foot and knitting along the bottom (keep in mind to purl the stitch before marker A) 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

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 are links to two different tutorials)