Wednesday, January 20, 2016

18 Mystery Monday Patterns

sharing: WARM WINTER KNITS from Knit Picky Pattern

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Knitting Closed Cables from KNITTING DAILY

 By Kmathleen Cubley
Editor, Knitting Daily
Knitting Closed Cables

Considering how much I love cables, you’d think I’d have a cabled something on the needles. As I’m going through my projects (remember those resolutions?), I’ve discovered that I have no cable patterns in progress! This must be remedied ASAP, if not on the needles, high up in my queue.

I think I’ve found my pattern, too. It’s the Kissel Hill Dolman from Unexpected Cables by Heather Zoppetti. This book’s subtitle is "feminine knitted garments featuring modern cable knitting." I love that, and it’s true; these patterns are so flattering, with a touch of that vintage-modern flair that's so popular.

Kissel Hill is a short-sleeved sweater, which I like because I run hot, and this style would be unique to my wardrobe. It’s knit from side to side in two T-shaped pieces, and the cable panel is the same on the front and back, so I can wow people coming and going! This is a casual piece that packs a punch with its beautiful cable work.

Kissel Hill is designed with “closed cables,” or pretzel cables, which twist and turn on the knitted fabric with seemingly no beginning or end. Here’s Heather to tell you how closed cables are created:

Working Closed, or "Pretzel" Cables

Some of the most interesting cable patterns appear to spring from nowhere in the fabric, twist around in knots, and then disappear again. These are called closed, or pretzel, cables. Closed cables are especially useful when creating shapes like circles or cables that run sideways.

Kissel Hill uses closed cables across the yoke in both the front and back. To create this magical effect, we start with a dramatic increase in stitches.

Now we have extra stitches to work our cable pattern. At the end, to close the cable we work an equally dramatic decrease in stitches.

At left are the increases and decreases used to add and take away the stitches necessary to knit the closed cable panel in the Kissel Hill Dolman.

The top increase stitch makes 3 stitches from 1 stitch, and the bottom decrease stitch makes 1 stitch from 5.

—Heather Zoppetti, from Unexpected CablesThis book is just full of an amazing variety of cable patterns. Here's a taste of the rest of the fab pieces from Heather:
Clockwise from left: Penryn Pullover, Warwick Tam, Bainbridge Armwarmers,
Safe Harbor Cowl, Drumore Socks, Holtwood Vest
As you can see, there are many must-have garments in this book. So many that it was hard for me to choose just one to put in my queue. So I chose two.

Refton Cloche
At left is the Refton Cloche. Heather's cleverness is really on stage here; she uses a large cable and draws it in to create a ruffle of sorts. LOVE IT.

And since there's no tight brim, there's no hat hair. Thanks, Heather!

Heather wants you to be a cable expert like she is, so she recorded a video where she demonstrates all of the cable techniques in her book.

For a short time, when you order the Unexpected CablesVideo, you'll get the Unexpected Cables eBook for free. It'll magically appear in your cart when you check out!

Take advantage of this super deal while you can—get your Unexpected Cables video-eBook combo today!
Kmathleen Cubley
Editor, Knitting Daily
P.S. Leave a comment and tell me about your favorite cable-knit project! Mine was a heavily-cabled vest that I made for my mom.

More Lazy Weekend Knits from all free knitting

Entirely copied and pasted from ALL FREE PATTERN Emails I receive.

Edgy Knit Tee
It doesn't matter how much of a pro you are at knitting; sometimes you just want to kick back, relax, and knit something mindless.
We've collected for you fifteen patterns featuring easy-to-memorize repeats, simple stitches, and gorgeous designs so you don't have to sacrifice simplicity for fashion.


16 Printable Patterns from Knit Picky Patterns, ALL FREE KNITTING

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We love the companies we work withLion BrandRed HeartCaron—all of them! To celebrate these amazing companies full of spectacular knitting designs, we're bringing you 16 printable patterns!
It's as easy as this: click the link, check out the pattern, love the pattern, and click "print." I don't know about you, but I love having the pattern next to me so I can cross out parts I've already finished and leave myself notes for when I put my project down, whether it's something as quick as a hat or as complicated as a cardigan. Better turn on those printers, knitters!
More Printable Patterns
  1. Mix it Up Knit Wristers -NEW
  2. Charismatic Knit Scarf Pattern
  3. Tranquil Dusk Poncho
  4. Mint Fringed Shawl -Editor's Pick!
  5. Cabled Shoulder Shrug
  6. French Trapper Hat -NEW
  7. Party Stripes Dishcloth Pattern
  8. Sea Glass Scarf
  1. Everyday Knit Hat
  2. Woodland Nightfall Snood -Reader Favorite!
  3. Shimmering Jade Knit Poncho
  4. Lace and Cables Cardi
  5. Trinity Poncho Pattern -OMG
  6. Out For a Picnic Throw
  7. Misty Night Knit Cowl
  8. All About That Hat -His favorite!

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Happy Knitting, from the Editor of Knit Picky Patterns

Great knitwear I like to share with you all.  
copied and pasted from all free knitting

Giving Hearts HatIt might be mid-January, but the end of winter is still a long ways off, especially for those of us who live in a northern climate. If you haven't cast on a cozy hat yet, now is the perfect time to try out a new pattern before summer is upon us once more. Fun patterns like the Giving Hearts Hatare a great way to keep your knitting skills sharp.
More Winter Proof Hats