Monday, December 31, 2018

Another Fall Shawl

Of course, now I'm on a roll with shawls and probably will be for the next 6 months. Hope you want to see them all!

I love a gradient or an ombre, they seem to have a yarn magic all their own. As much as I love them I don't always know what to knit with them. There either isn't enough yardage to use them with another yarn or the pattern is too intricate and doesn't show the colors well enough.

Upon searching my stash I decided that this gorgeous gradient from Duren Dyeworks and this lovely bright but saturated color from Lost City Knits, combining these two into Stephen West's Holey Chevron! This was the best decision!

The body of the shawl was social knitting and easy to work on while I was at the shop. Once I had done one repeat of the edging then I was able to do that at work as well! 

One of the things I'm happiest about this shawl was that it inspired a customer at the shop to start one.  She picked two gorgeous hanks of Malabrigo to knit hers in. 

As always, Stephen came up with a fabulous design that looks amazing with my wardrobe and was so fun to knit! This double YO edging makes the chevron stand out and be just a little different than other designs. Can't wait to see what he comes up with in 2019! 

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Simple Traditions

Simple Traditions 
All Knit Up Designs

Ravelry: sierrak2010 
Instagram: allknitup 

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


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
Starting Cuff:

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


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.


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.

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