Friday, October 10, 2014

Glentrekker Cardigan & Hats

It started with some pretty skeins that the good folks over at Bare Naked Wools allowed me to spend some quality time with. I had heard about this yarn line and how Anne Hanson and her company had sourced local fiber and had it all spun locally in various blends, but had yet to try it out. 

Once I received this generous pile of yummy, I let the yarns talk to me, and I ended up swatching specific projects with each and every skein. However, I knew the first one I had to do was a cabled cardigan. You see, I have been dreaming of designing the perfect cardigan, the one you want to pull on every day, the one you can wear almost anywhere because it fits so well and feels so comfortable. I have come close a couple of times, but somehow had not hit the mark.

I think I got closer this time.

First I rounded up three cable patterns that worked well together mathematically and visually. They all had the basic C4B or 2/2 RC cable in common. I knew it would be easy to size up by using those same little cables to fill in extra areas. 

My first incarnation of the cardigan was too complicated--I envisioned a somewhat intense modular project. I got tired just thinking about it, so I quickly changed to a simple bottom-up raglan with shawl collar. I wanted to learn how to work a good attached shawl collar.

After I had the swatch and sketch, I contacted BNW to let them know my plans. While I waited for the decision and the yarn to arrive, I made a complete other sample to test it all out. When BNW decided to provide entire yarn support for the cardigan, I was thrilled! 

Then the Breakfast Blend DK arrived and I got busy! It was such a fun knit, and the yarn so satisfying to work with. The quality is exquisite. You can't see in this picture, or any of the pictures, actually, the warm, rich depth of color and spin of it. Let's have some closeups. 



I love this yarn and I love this cardigan. The first one I made? I wear it almost every day, just like in my dreams. 

There's a complimentary Glentrekker Hats pattern too, with two different style hats for you to use to swatch for the cardigan. The hat pattern is free with purchase of the cardigan pattern, but may be purchased alone, because you can also just make them for fun. 

You know what else? We're hosting a KAL of the cardigan or the hats starting November 1 and running through February 1. It will be moderated in the Figheadh Yarnworks group and the Bare Naked Wools group on Ravelry. We'd love for you to join us!

Read more about the project over at the Bare Naked Wools blog!

Now, go grab you a Glentrekker Cardigan! You get the hat pattern free when you load both into your cart. ETA Now you DO NOT need to put both into the cart when you purchase. My brilliant husband helped me to fix that glitch and now they both come together all at once!
Have fun with that!

Pssst...it's not too late to join my newsletter list (in sidebar) and get a discount coupon code for this pattern. It's good until close of day next Thursday, October 16. I'll be sending out another mailer with the code in a couple of days. Don't miss out!

Friday, October 03, 2014

Glentrekker Sneak!

PSST! 
(Can you whisper and shout at the same time? Shousper?)

It's almost time for the release of our newest cardigan pattern and I am so ready to give it to you!
Back

Front

Side

You likey? Well, go to the Sneak Peek page on Ravelry* and download the free PDF with details so you can get your yarn and needles ready to knit this cardigan. 

WAIT!
Before you go and grab that, go ahead and look up there -->
Yeah, in the sidebar where it says "Subscribe to Our Mailing List."
You may as well do it now, because the Sneak Peek is going to tell you that if you do, you'll get a message with a code for 50% off the Figheadh Glentrekker Cardigan pattern for the first week of the release. Aren't you glad I saved you that hop-skip?

Now, the Sneak Peek is also going to tell you to join our Figheadh Fans group and the Bare Naked Wools group so you can get in on both KAL opportunities coming up. This yummy cardigan was made with BNW Breakfast Blend DK. Believe me, you will want to use that yarn for this cardi. Scrumptious.

Hold on a second. For those of you who never heard of Ravelry and can't get in there, I will be back later to add a link to how you can get the Sneak Peek without going to Ravelry. For now, think about joining. You'll be glad you did.
See you soon with more info! 

* I just checked Ravelry, and this page has disappeared. Wow.
Here's another link to get to this document.

Monday, September 22, 2014

The Saddleback Cardigan

I was so excited to do this design for the fall 2014 issue of 
Interweave Knits. The Saddleback Cardigan.

bear with me--this is not a professional photo shoot. Just the detail shots I got of the sweater before I shipped it off to Colorado. The lovely yarn is Classic Elite Crestone in Umber.

I had been wanting to try making a cable sweater with the saddle in a different location, say, the upper back, for instance. I love modular pieces, the kind that start with a bit of something and the knitting picks up and branches off in different directions, magically coming together to form a wearable garment. 

The Saddleback Cardigan starts with this cabled panel, which is also your gauge swatch.

From there, you pick up stitches along one edge and work the cables that appear at the back.
Stitches are then picked up at the other side of the saddle to knit the fronts. When each arrives at the depth for the armhole, they are joined for knitting the lower body.
 This sweater features two more details I wanted to try--short-row sleeve caps and sleeve decreases worked at the center of the sleeve inside of hiding them at the inside seam. Both of these techniques produced a rather roomy upper sleeve for me, which gives it a unique silhouette, I think.  

For the finishing, I decided on a wide overlapped ribbed front with toggle buttons along the side. 
These wonderful rolled leather ones are from Fibers, Etc. here in Tacoma. Roberta Lowes, the owner, stocks one of the best button inventories I've ever seen. It's a treat just to go and shop for buttons there (if you can stop wondering at all the gorgeous yarn, that is).  

I hope you can try out the Saddleback for yourself!


Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Figheadh Fundamental Cardigan Updates

I have to crow about finishing an editing task that's been on my list for a while.

Yesterday I sent out updates to the Figheadh Fundamental Top-Down Women's Cardigan pattern. It has better wording for the raglan and neckline increases. It also has more sensible lower-body lengths. Today I sent out the rest of the cardigan pattern updates. I added the increase instruction update to the Men's Cardigan pattern, and the Baby Cardigan and Junior Cardigan patterns simply had their worksheet page overhauled, as did all four of the patterns.

If you're not familiar with our Fundamentals, they all have instruction for at least four different yarn weights. The women's cardigan pattern includes a whopping twelve sizes. You could use these patterns to make any human a cardigan with any yarn in your stash. And that's a promise.
Any human. Any yarn.
And what happens when I edit a pattern of mine? Yep, I cast on one, of course.
This one is particularly colorful, because I decided to use this Butternut Woolens Homegrown yarn I've had set aside for the perfect project for years. I consulted Margaret Radcliffe's wonderful book The Essential Guide to Color Knitting Techniques and chose this great hexad color combo and this beautiful slip-stitch color pattern. It's too much fun, y'all.
I already have the other colors of Homegrown arranged for another one. You see, the Fundamentals are just what they sound like--blank canvases for your own creation. Make it in stripes, add some cables, add some lace, do whatever you want!

Alas and however my cardi will have to wait. I just got yarn in the mail for a project for a magazine we all know and love, so time to cast on for that project. 
Too much fun to be had around here!

Thanks for stopping by!