Support Local Yarn Guy (SLY Guy)

 

Support Local Yarn Guy or Sly Guy for short is a cowl and fingerless mittens pattern worked in MJ yarns. The cowl features a color work in a variety of textures including stockinette stitch, garter stitch, Andalusian stitch and lace.

The cowl is worked in rounds to length and then folded, so that the top and bottom edges are closed together using the three needle bind off. This results in a piece that hides the wrong side of the fabric, without having to double knit. The fingerless mittens are worked from the cuff in rounds.

Finished Measurements
Cowl: Width: 30” / 76 cm, Height: 10” / 25.5 cm
Fingerless mittens: Palm Width: 3” / 7.5 cm, Length cuff to top: 9.5” / 24 cm

Gauge
24 stitches x 40 rows = 4” (10 cm) in stockinette stitch on size US 4 (3.5 mm) needles; measured on a washed and blocked flat swatch.

Difficulty
Beginner (knit stitches, purl stitches, lace stitches, m1R, m1L, 3-needle bind off)

Needles
US Size 4 (3.5 mm) circular needles.

Stitch Markers
Cowl: one marker to denote the beginning of the round, Mittens: no markers necessary.

Yarn Yardage depends on the yarn you decide to use. Estimated Requirements using Sophistisock from MJ Yarns (fingering weight); 390 yards / 357 meters per 100g skein:
Grey – 2 skeins of the Main Color (MC), about 780 yards (714 meters)
Pink – 1 skein of the Contrast Color (CC), about 390 yards (357 meters)

SLY Guy will be available on Ravelry tomorrow, January 24, 2018!  Use the coupon code HALF to get this and all of my other patterns at half price. This code is valid until the 27th of January.

Happy Knitting!

Lady at the Airport Knit Along

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There is still time to join in the “Lady at the Airport” Knit-Along fun!

We will start on November 6, 2017. There will be no deadline for finishing, the thread will remain open for questions and comments after everyone has has completed their projects.

Prizes will be awarded to the first 3 completed projects.
1st Prize: 3 skeins of Malabrigo Finito
2nd Prize: 1 skein of Merino DK from Rohrspatz & Wollmeise
3rd Prize: 2 free patterns from Amanda Woeger Designs

Please sign up by visiting the KAL thread on revelry here. There you can get your name in the hat by replying to the thread. Also, please create a project page on Ravelry. If you would like to use the above photo, by all means! Just right click to download and then add to your project photos on Ravelry.

For those of you who still need to get a copy of the pattern, I have a Fall Sale promotion going on right now.  This sale is for 50% off all of my patterns using the code FALL at Ravelry checkout (valid until October 30, 2017, midnight MDT).  Just visit my Ravelry Store and see what the exciting possibilities are!

Happy Knitting!
-Amanda

 

 

Is that a wrap? Shadow wrap short rows

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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.

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

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

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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

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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.