Monday
Jun042012

woman's cardigan: mary lou holds your hand

Through the mitered band variation, that is. Says Mary Lou:

I love to knit things with hems and mitered band facings—hats, mittens, or sweaters—like the Pediboo version of the woman’s cardigan. 

The photo above (not Gale Zucker quality, of course) shows the foldover stockinette hem and front bands.

For the hem

You begin the fronts or back with the inside of the hem like this.

With the smaller needles and contrast color, work in stockinette for 9 rows. The next wrong-side row is knit, making a purl ridge on the public (knit side) of the sweater. Change to the larger needles and main color, and continue in stockinette stitch. The hem takes advantage of the strong desire of stockinette to curl—in this case on the purl ridge. It will fold itself into place quite nicely.

At this point, you join the hem to the main part of the sweater. Using the smaller needle, pick up each stitch from the cast-on edge. Knit each stitch of the main color with the corresponding stitch of the cast-on. Continue on with the rest of the sweater.

One variation for knitted hems is to knit the inside portion of the hem with a thinner yarn than the main yarn to reduce the bulk of the hem and help it to lie flat. I have used Koigu or Claudia for hat hems, and Shetland for front bands of a Kuryeon cardigan. For this sweater, I used a different color of the same yarn as the body, but on a smaller needle, so the tighter gauge mimics a finer yarn and makes a slightly smaller hem.

For the facing

The front and neck facing is worked in reverse. Using the larger needles and the main color, you pick up stitches along the fronts and the neckline, placing markers for the mitered corners. After working the front band as described in the pattern for 8 rows total. Change to the contrast color and knit one row. Then, knit the next wrong-side row, forming the purl ridge on the right side. Change to the smaller needles and follow the mitered band directions in the pattern. Bind off loosely. I like to use the knit 2 together through the back loops bind off, but knitter’s choice. Some knitters like to sew down loose stitches, rather than bound-off stitches. That never ends well for me, but if it works for you, go for it.

Since the contrast facing on the Pediboo version of the woman’s cardigan will be visible, you want to sew the facing down nicely. If you sew it down where the stitches were picked up for the front bands, the seam isn’t obvious at all on the outside.

Have fun.

 

Monday
Jun042012

All the news that's fit to print

If all press is good press, what's great press?? We're humbled, honored, and thrilled by the press we've been getting. Our friends Kay and Ann at Mason-Dixon Knitting gave away a couple copies of the book, and in the process wrote crazy-nice things about it. And then! Then, the doyenne of Knitter's Review, Clara Parkes, made us positively blush with her generous review of Wearwithall. We're so grateful, and so is the postal service. We're sending out orders as fast as we can fill them. Thanks to all who are supporting our efforts so far!

Monday
May072012

stealing the show

We admit it, we weren't exactly sure which Wearwithall design would be the fan favorite, but the early money seems to be on Theresa Gaffey's ribbed stole, created out of nine gorgeous (and unusual) shades of Isager's Alpaca 2. It doesn't hurt that Malika wears it so beautifully, amiright? The color palette has been such a hit we've been selling out of it regularly (not to worry—we're reordering regularly, so shop with confidence).

Not to be outdone by Theresa's impeccable color sense, Mary Lou, Shelly, and Sarah have curated their own stole color palettes. We hope you'll be inspired by these as well, and come up with your own perfect stole. Since I'm the only boy on the team, I evidently didn't get to play. Instead, I named their collections, combining color choices and personalities—much more fun for me!

We'd love to see what you come up with; share your own stole palette here or on Ravelry

The Calm and Collected (Shelly)
Marine Blue-Green (#16)  2 skeins
Light Blue (#11)  2 skeins
Natural White (#0) 2 skeins
Charcoal Gray (#4s) 2 skeins
Black (#30) 1 skein


Where Pasture Meets Party (Mary Lou) 
Black (#30)
Wine (#36)
Dusty Plum (#52)
Marine Blue-Green (#16)
Light Blue (#11)
Green Gray (#23)
Light Natural Brown (#7s)
Blue Gray (#47)
Medium Natural Brown (#8s)

I Enjoy Being A Girl (Sarah)
Shrimp (#39)
Dusty Plum (#52)
Light Green (#46)
Green Gray (#23)
Light Chartreuse (#29)
Dark Chartreuse (#40)
Light Blue (#11)
Marine Blue-Green (#16)
Blue Gray (#47)

Monday
Apr302012

when soft launch meets whirlwind

The past few days have been crazy, in a very good way. With Wearwithall's patterns now up on Ravelry, our quiet launch has become, well, louder! We've enjoyed some definite buzz as Theresa Gaffey's fabulous multi-colored stole shot up the What's Hot Now list, followed closely by Mary Lou Egan's Kidsilk Haze cardigan. Orders for the book spiked, we welcomed our first customers from Canada and the U.K., and Wearwithall is officially spreading across the globe! Okay, perhaps that's a bit overblown, but still, we're on our way. Thanks for your support.

Here in Minnesota, at a fabulous annual event, Yarnover, the book did very well as excited knitters saw it for the first time. And again, that stole meant a brisk business in Isager's Alpaca 2. We're ordering it as fast as we can, and are excited to show you some alternate color combinations next week. Alpaca 2 comes in such gorgeous colorways that choosing just the right nine for you is easy. Or difficult, depending on your resolve.

We're continuing to get the word out to other shops about carrying Wearwithall, and we really appreciate all of you mentioning it to your favorite LYS. Wearwithall Nation, here we come!

Tuesday
Apr242012

Ready, Set, LAUNCH


How do you know when a book has arrived? When you have a party, of course! And a party we had, this past week in the cozy confines of The Yarnery, St. Paul, Minnesota. You're probably picturing limousines, red carpets, and paparazzi. Close. Think good food, lots of supportive friends and customers, and shelves of wool; now you have an accurate snapshot of the evening.

Truth be told, an intimate gathering of all those who have supported us over the past year—and shared our excitement at the birth of Wearwithall—is the only way we could have imagined launching this book. It's a cliché to use the term family to describe a group that works together so closely, but in many ways that's what we've become (bickering and all!). It felt exactly right to be gathered in the shop where we've had countless meetings, working on making this book real.

And now it IS real. Very real. Boxes and boxes of real. We also know that our job is just beginning, creating buzz for this book about which we're so proud. We hope you'll help! Tell friends about it, post it on Facebook, watch for us on Ravelry, and ask your local yarn store to consider ordering the book. Now that the book is launched, we're ready to spread the word.