Sunday, October 27, 2013

Sundance Inspired Wrap


 My father in law once asked me if I could find anything I liked in a Sundance catalog.  My husband quickly replied, "the thing is to find something she doesn't like in a Sundance catalog".  He knows me so well.   I have a deep adoration for all things Sundance. The main problem is that most of their sweaters are made with wool.  Fortunately, there are some things I can be inspired by.


Sundance Inspired Wrap

8 Skeins Rowan RYC Cotton Jeans color: Canvas (This yarn is discontinued but I have quite a few skeins and I LOVE it.  I would think you could make this with most cotton or acrylic yarns.  Berroco Floret would work well.)
US 8 needles

4.5 stitches by 5 rows = 4 inches in rib stitch

Finished Measurements:
11 inches wide and 69 inches long

This wrap is knit bottom up in a ribbed stitch.  Once the wrap in completed a strap is made and sewn onto the wrap. 


Cast on 63
Row 1) *K,P* to the end of row
Row 2) *P, K* to the end of row

Repeat rows 1 and 2 until wrap measures 69 inches, bind off all stitches.



Cast on 10
Row 1) *K, P*
Row 2) *K, P*

Continue repeating rows 1 and 2 until strap measures 6.5 inches, bind off.

When sewing the strap on, measure 15 inches up from on edge of the wrap.  Align the strap vertically with the ribbing of the wrap.  Sew the strap onto the wrap.  (When I sewed the strap on, I measured where to sew it on by how it draped on me.  I am pretty short so where I would need it to sewed on probably would not be the same for most people.)

A special thanks to Ellie who always looks fabulous at a moments notice with her oldest sister realizes that she needs knit pics.

*Please excuse typos, my migraine is getting the better of me today.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Fall Yarns

As the leaves start to change color and a chill comes into the air, I head for my fall colored yarn.  Although I cannot touch any animal fibers, there are still plenty of cozy yarns in lovely colors.

Yarn Hollow Gemini, in Spiced Pumpkin, Espresso, Truffle and Bronze

 Yarn Hollow Quest, in coffee

 One of my most favorite yarns ever, Rowan Pure Life Revive 474 Silt

Another favorite, Rowan RYC Cotton Jeans in Canvas, this yarn is discontinued.   I have had luck finding it on ebay.

 Berroco Floret, in Cookies & Cream

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Lori Beth

Labor Day weekend a light went out of our world.  Our family lost my husband's nephew Joel.  Joel who smiled with his whole heart of gold and that smile that lit up every room he was in. He left behind his parents, six siblings and an extended family who adore him.  This is the shawl I made for his Mama, Lori.

Made from Queensland Collection Pima Fresca, this lace shawl is knit bottom up with a garter stitch edging. The 5 garter stitches on either side of the lace panel are knit every row. These 10 stitches (5 per side) are not marked on the chart.

Lori Beth

4 skeins Queensland Collection Pima Fresca ( I used color 107)
Size US 8 circular needles
2 markers

16 stitches by 16 rows = 4 inches

Finished Measurements:
27 inches wide
55 inches long

K: Knit
P: Purl
YO: Yarn Over
K3T: Knit 3 together
SK2P: Slip one stitch knit wise, knit next two stitches together, pass slipped stitch over
pm: place marker
sm: slip marker

CO 85


K 10 rows
Begin body of chart
Body of Chart:
Row 1: K5, pm, (k11, k3tog, yo, k1, yo) 5 times, pm, K5
Row 2: K5, sm, p to marker, sm, K5
Row 3: K5, sm, (k9, k3tog, k1, yo, k1, yo, k1) 5 times, pm, K5
Row 4: K5, sm, p to marker, sm, K5
Row 5: K5, sm, (k7, k3tog, k2, yo, k1, yo, k2) 5 times, sm, K5
Row 6: K5, sm, p to marker, sm, K5
Row 7: K5, sm, (k5, k3tog, k3, yo, k1, yo, k3) 5 times, sm, K5
Row 8: K5, sm, p to marker, sm, K5
Row 9: K5, sm, (k2, yo, k1, yo, sk2p, k9) 5 times, sm, K5
Row 10: K5, sm, p to marker, sm, K5
Row 11: K5, sm, (k3, yo, k1, yo, k1, sk2p, k7) 5 times, sm, K5
Row 12: K5, sm, p to marker, sm, K5
Row 13: K5, sm, (k4, yo, k1, yo, k2, sk2p, k5) 5 times, sm, K5
Row 14: K5, sm, p to marker, sm, K5
Row 15: K5, sm, (k5, yo, k1, yo, k3, sk2p, k3) 5 times, sm, K5
Row 16: K5, sm, p to marker, sm, K5

 Repeat this chart to desired length (I did 13 repeats).
K 10 rows (removing markers)
BO all stitches & weave in ends, block to fit measurements

For those of you who are like me and adore charts, here she is!