Pattern Release – Lady at the Airport

Lady - 1

Lady at the Airport is due to go live tomorrow!!! The pattern is worked with @koigu1 Koigu Pemium Merino in fingering weight. Look for the pattern in my Ravelry Store here: https://www.ravelry.com/stores/amanda-woeger-designs

I am offering a discount on the pattern for a limited time. You will be able to buy “Lady at the Airport” on Ravelry for just $2.50 with the coupon code Lady. This code will be valid until midnight MDT, Sunday the 22nd of October. 

—–

Lady at the Airport was inspired by the requests of two lovely neighbors! One of them had seen an elegant poncho worn by a lady passing her in the terminal at the airport. Thanks to you both for your support and encouragement with getting this design on the books!

This poncho is an innovative piece that is worked in two colors. It is knitted from the bottom up from the hem in one piece. The stitches for the cowl neck or optional crew neck are picked up around the neck edge after the body has been completed.

The “sleeves” fall just below the elbows, which helps to show off a lady’s figure, giving this poncho a very flattering look.

These instructions are easy to follow and require intermediate knitting skills such as short rows, grafting, and decreasing on both sides of the fabric.

Sizes
Small (Medium, Large)

Gauge
22 stitches x 32 rows = 4” (10 cm) in stockinette stitch on size US 6 (4.0 mm) needles; measured on a washed and blocked fat swatch. You are advised to ensure that both your stitch and row gauges are accurate.

Difficulty
Intermediate (knit and purl stitches, ssk, k2tog, p2tog and ssp-tbl decreases, m1R and m1L increases, bind off, grafting)

Needles
US Size 6 (4.0 mm) circular needles.

Yarn
Yardage depends on the yarn you decide to use. Estimated Requirements using KPM Premium Merino from Koigu (fngering weight); 175 yards / 160 meters per 50 gram skein:

Small: 4 skeins of the Main Color (MC) and 3 skeins of the Contrast Color (CC)
Medium: 4 skeins of the Main Color (MC) and 3 skeins of the Contrast Color (CC)
Large: 5 skeins of the Main Color (MC) and 4 skeins of the Contrast Color (CC)

Pattern Release – Pink

Pink - 1 (10)

Thank you to everyone who helped support me with this project. Especially my loyal testers! I love you!

I am excited to announce the release of my (current) favorite pullover! PINK

Pink by Amanda Woeger

You may use the following coupon code to get the pattern at a discounted price for the next week.

Code: PINK
Valid until: October 19
Discounted price: $3.99 (regularly $7.00)

Is that a wrap? Shadow wrap short rows

Shadow - 1.jpg

During my evolution as a knitter, I had always dreaded the short row  or wrap-and-turn. I found myself avoiding patterns that called for any type of short row. I always knew that I would be disappointed in the finished project, because the wrap-and-turn method would just not look neat enough.

Once I began writing my own patterns, I was determined to find a better way to work short rows. They are just so versatile and give the designer a lot of options when it comes to shaping. My research led me from the standard wrap & turn method (either picking up or leaving wraps) to German short rows and Japanese short rows. I do believe I looked up all possible short row methods and was always disappointed with the results.  In the end I found that the “shadow wrap” (AKA “twin stitch”) short row method was the neatest looking, as well as the easiest to knit.

Since discovering the shadow wrap method, it is the only method I have used and the only method I recommend in my patterns. Therefore, I thought it might be high time to make my own photo tutorial to refer back to.

Working a Shadow Wrap Knit Wise vs. Purl Wise
What does this mean exactly? Knit wise or Purl wise? Well, let me tell you! When using the shadow wrap method, it doesn’t matter if you are knitting the right side or the wrong side of the fabric. How the “to-be-wrapped” stitch presents itself determines how that stitch is wrapped.  So, if it is a knit stitch you will be working a shadow wrap knit wise; if it is a purl stitch, you will be working a shadow wrap purl wise.

What is this tutorial teaching me?
This tutorial will describe the individual skills needed to work shadow wrap short rows. These skills are: creating a shadow wrap & turn on a knitted stitch, creating a shadow wrap & turn on a purled stitch, working the shadow wrap of a knitted stitch,  and working the shadow wrap of a purled stitch. How these skills are put into practice varies from design to design. Which means that every knitting pattern will have you working short rows in various ways. Some will have you work a wrap every single stitch while others will call for wraps every 3rd stitch.  There are patterns that have wraps on both ends of the fabric, and others where only knitted wraps are required. Then there are designs with shaping that requires you to work the wraps all at once, while others have you working the wraps one at a time. It all depends on how the designer intends the length-wise shaping to occur.

So let’s get to learning our new skill set!

Creating a shadow wrap on a knitted stitch (shadow wrap knit wise)
Step 1:  Work until you reach the stitch which is to be wrapped. It should be the next stitch on your left needle.

Shadow - 2.jpg

Step 2:  With your right needle, pick up the right leg of the knitted stitch from the previous row and place it on the left needle.

Shadow - 3   Shadow - 4

Step 3:  Knit into the new loop on the left needle, to create the “shadow stitch”.

Shadow - 5   Shadow - 6

Step 4:  Slip the remaining loop of the original “to-be-wrapped” stitch from the left needle to the right needle, as if to purl. Turn your work.

Shadow - 7   Shadow - 8   Shadow - 9.jpg

Step 5:  Slip the two loops of the wrapped stitch from the left needle to the right, as if to purl.

Shadow - 10

The next stitch on the left needle should be worked as normal, in the manner described in your pattern. In the example swatch, it would be a purl stitch/row.

Creating a shadow wrap on a purled stitch (shadow wrap purl wise)
Step 1:  Work until you reach the stitch which is to be wrapped. It should be the next stitch on your left needle.

Shadow - 11

Step 2:  Slip the “to-be-wrapped” stitch from the left needle to the right, as if to purl.

Shadow - 12.jpg

Step 3:  Pick up the purl bump of the slipped stitch and place it on the left needle. Do this by inserting your left needle from bottom to top into the bump.

Shadow - 13   Shadow - 14

Step 4:  Now purl this new loop from the left needle and turn your work.

Shadow - 15   Shadow - 16

Step 5:  Slip the two loops of the wrapped stitch from the left needle to the right, as if to purl.

Shadow - 17.jpg

The next stitch on the left needle should be worked as normal, in the manner described in your pattern. In the example swatch, it would be a knit stitch/row.



Now, at some point in your knitting, you are going to have to deal with the shadow wraps you have left behind on your needle. This is where most short row methods are lacking. If you pick up the wrap in the standard wrap & turn method, if you are not practiced, you often end up with uneven stitches and holes in your work. An alternative to picking up the wraps would be to leave them be. However, I find the remaining wraps to be very distracting to the eye. Neither of these solutions seems acceptable to me. The shadow wrap method solves these problems with a very simple solution: there are absolutely no wraps to pick up! Now you will learn how to simply and neatly integrate the shadow wraps into your knitting.

Working the shadow wrap of a knitted stitch
Work in the pattern as described until you reach a shadow wrapped stitch. Keep an eye out for the “double looped” stitch. Now, working the shadow wrapped stitch is as simple as knitting those two loops together!  That’s It!

Shadow - 18   Shadow - 19

Working the shadow wrap of a purled stitch
The same goes for the purled stitch, all you need to do is purl the two loops of the shadow wrapped stitch together.

Shadow - 20   Shadow - 21

 

I hope you will be as happy with your new short row knitting skills as I have been. I would bet some good yarn, that you will never want to return to another short row method!

Shadow - 22.jpg

 

High Tide Summer Top

High Tide Summer Top is finally live, after almost a year!  I can actually say this is really my favorite summer top, it is so comfortable and just so nice to wear.

For a limited time I am offering this pattern at $5.00 off. Use the code TIDAL at Ravelry checkout. Valid until May 16.

Or you may choose to use a Buy one, Get one coupon code to purchase both High Tide and Dreaming of Summer together:  BOGO at Ravelry checkout. Also valid until May 16.

High Tide - 1 (2)

High Tide is a summer top, perfect for those long, hot summer months. The cotton/bamboo/silk blend yarn combined with plenty of extra ease provides for a beautiful top that has a very comfortable feel.

This piece is worked seamlessly from the top down with a raglan yoke. The body is worked in the round down to the hem as the lace continues to grow towards the back section.

The model shown is a size M2 (36” bust) and is knit with CoBaSi in fingering weight.

GAUGE
24 stitches x 32 rows = 4” (10 cm) in stockinette stitch (worked flat), on US size 6 (4.0 mm) needles; measured on a washed and blocked swatch. You are advised to achieve both row and stitch gauges for this pattern.

SIZES
US-Size XS1 (XS2, S1, S2, M1)(M2, L1, L2, XL1, XL2)
Approximate bust measurement 28 (30, 32, 34, 36)(38, 40, 42, 44, 46) Inches or 71 (76, 81, 86.5, 91.5)(96.5, 101.5, 107, 112, 117) cm

DIFFICULTY
Intermediate (lace charts; knitting in the round, shadow wrap short rows)

YARN
Yardage varies depending on the yarn you decide to use. Estimated requirements using CoBaSi by HiKoo yarns 220 yards / 201 meters and 50 grams per skein.
CoBaSi is a fingering weight Cotton, Bamboo, Silk blend.

Estimated yarn requirements: 4 (4, 5, 5, 5)(5, 6, 6, 6, 7) skeins or approximately:
760 (810, 880, 940, 1010)(1070, 1140, 1210, 1280, 1350) yards /
690 (740, 800, 860, 920)(980, 1040, 1110, 1170, 1240) meters

NEEDLES
US size 6 (4.0 mm) circular needle (or size needed to achieve gauge); US size 4 (3.5 mm) circular needles for the neck edge / collar.

OTHER MATERIALS
Stitch markers in various colors
Tapestry needle
Waste yarn

Mad May 2017

It’s springtime again, and with it comes the Mad May knitting event on Ravelry.  If you haven’t heard of it, it is a fun way to interact with through Knit A-Longs and other activities.  For more information go to the madelinetosh Discussion Board on Ravelry to check it out! I am even considering jumping into the original design contest again this year.

I am also offering a promotion for 35% off all of my patterns.  This coupon code is valid from today until May 15th!

MadMay2017

Thank you very much for helping to support me as an independent designer!

Amanda

Isosceles Shawl

Introducing my newest pattern: Isosceles!

Get in on the introductory offer of 70% off the pattern price, by using the coupon code INTRO at Ravelry Checkout. Offer is valid until March 15th or for the first 200 purchases only!!

Isosceles - 1 (2)

Isosceles is a shawl that is worked from the “inside out” using modular knitting. The work begins with just one stitch as you cast on for the center piece. The colors are added in sequence, by picking up the stitches along the outside edges. Isosceles is finished off with binding all the way around and a picot bind off in a contrasting color.

The models shown are worked with madelinetosh sport and Merino Sport by Sunshine Yarns.

There are two sizes included in this pattern: small and large. Simply follow the directions for the size and style you are knitting.

Languages
This pattern is available in English and German.

Gauge
20 stitches x ~46-48 rows = 4” (10 cm) in garter stitch on size US 5 (3.75 mm) needles; measured on a washed and blocked flat swatch. You are advised to ensure that both your stitch and row gauges are accurate.

Difficulty
Easy (picking up stitches along a finished garter stitch edge, video tutorial provided).

Needles
US Size 5 (3.75 mm) circular needles.

Stitch Markers
RS marker: to denote the RS from the WS; mA: left corner marker; mB: bottom corner marker; mC: right corner marker; mD: beginning of round binding marker.

Yarn
Yardage depends on the yarn you decide to use. Estimated Requirements using tosh sport from Madelinetosh Yarns 270 yds (247 m) per skein or Merino Sport from Sunshine Yarns 225 yds (206 m) per skein.
Small – 2-Color or 6-Color Shawl ~495 yards (453 meters) in total
Large – 2-Color or 7-Color Shawl ~875 yards (800 meters) in total

Path to Wonderland Shawl

Free and/or Discount Codes for Wonderland Shawl/Wrap

100 uses only: Free copy of Path to Wonderland, use the code WONDERFREE at Ravelry checkout

200 uses only: Path to Wonderland Pattern for only $0.97, use the code WONDER97 at Ravelry checkout

Uses unlimited: Once those are used up, you can still get a great discount: 60% off, with the code WONDER

All three codes are valid until March 7, end of day.

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/path-to-wonderland

Buy 1, Get 1

Spreading the love for Valentine’s day I am offering all of my patterns for sale.  For a limited time, all off my patterns are buy one get one free.

Additionally, I am celebrating the fact that I have just released my 17th pattern in both English and German! Therefore, the code for this sale is GERMAN.  Use it at Ravelry checkout until the end of the day (MDT), February 14, 2017.

facebook-valentines17

Wings Poncho Pattern Release

I am really excited to finally be able to release my newest design, Wings!  It has been a long time coming, but that just means hat this pattern has been thoroughly “vetted” and tested.

For a limited time, I am offering this pattern at a discount:
Introductory Offer – Wings Poncho Pattern for only $2.99! Valid until Monday, January 23, 2017. Use code WINGS at checkout! Or just follow this link: Wings on Ravelry

img_5388

Wings is a poncho that is perfect for those chilly fall or spring days when a sweater is a little too warm or too confining. This is a very fashionable poncho that is worked from the top down in one piece.

The knitting is cast on at the top of the cowl neck collar. The collar is then worked in rounds down to the neckline in 2×2 ribbing. Short rows are worked back and forth after the ribbing to help shape the neckline by lowering the center front. Again, working in the round, raglan increases are worked throughout the yoke and down through the body. The braided cables along the raglan seams help to break up the monotonous stockinette stitch and give the poncho its character. Short rows are again used to shape the curved bottom hem of the poncho.

The model shown is a size Medium, worked Trusty from the Plucky Knitter in the colorway “Ps & Qs”.

DIFFICULTY
Intermediate
Required skills: neckline short rows, and body short rows; working button holes; working cables; raglan increases

GAUGE
18 stitches x 24 rows over 4 inches (10 cm) in stockinette stitch on size US 7 (4.5 mm) needles, measured on a washed and blocked swatch.

NEEDLES
Size US 7 (4.5 mm) for body (or size needed to get gauge);
Size US 5 (3.75 mm) for ribbing

MATERIALS
Buttons – 2 large buttons to close the side seams
Yarn – Yardage depends on the yarn you decide to use. Estimated requirements using Trusty from The Plucky Knitter yarns; 250 yards / 229 meters per 115 gram skein: 5 (6, 6, 7, 7) skeins or approximately
1200 (1300, 1400, 1500, 1600) yards /
1100 (1200, 1300, 1400, 1500) meters.

LANGUAGES
This pattern is only available in English. Should there be enough requests, I would gladly translate this pattern into German. Please contact me if you see a need for this.

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS
Poncho Length (shoulder to hem): 23 (24, 25, 26, 27.5) inches or 58.5 (61, 63.5, 66, 70) cm

Please contact me if you need any help with this or any of my patterns.