Wednesday, December 06, 2017

Show Us Your Glentrekkers!

Our Glentrekker Cardigan was published in October 2014 after a fun test knit on Ravelry. Some of the following FO's are from the testers. Let's have a look!

photo credit: houndsmum
 The first back-view pic is of Sue's Glentrekker. Sue was one of the test knitters for this sweater. She says it fits great and she plans to wear it a lot! She knit it with alpaca.

photo credit: krissy1401
Another of our testers, Kristiane, worked her Glentrekker in a beautiful shade of grey. Boy, does it show off the cables!

photo credit: needletime
Look at this great glamour shot of needletime's Glentrekker made with Bare Naked Wool's Breakfast Blend DK. She says in her notes that it grew with blocking, but that she likes how it ended up.

photo credit: somebunnyslove
Here's the now-famous picture of Kimberly's Glentrekker for the test knit. Famous? Because of her little peach peeking at us from the background! Kimberly knit her Glentrekker in Dale Garn Falk, and it looks so cozy and gorgeous!

photo credit: tangledude 
This is Tammy and she looks so happy because her husband Stephen knit this Glentrekker for her! Stephen played along in our knitalong and was a treat. He made this one with Stonehedge Fiber Mill Shepherd's Wool Worsted and it took him almost a year because of setbacks and timeouts. Real life, right? It's so rich and beautiful!

photo credit: woolpoetry
Here's another test knit by Katharina in a lovely purple wool. She chose to make regular buttonholes instead of the crocheted button loops suggested in the pattern. That is an option!

If you want a cable party, knit the Glentrekker Cardigan. As you can see from these great pictures, it's full of them!

Wednesday, November 08, 2017

Happy November--Here's Our POM's!

Hey, here come all the holidays and the wooly knitting! Let's help you with that.

The Figheadh Pattern of the Month (POM) is the Glentrekker Cardigan and it's 30% off all month long. It also includes two hat patterns--a toque and a slouchy beanie--both with the same luscious cables as the cardigan.

No code is needed for the discount. You'll automatically receive it when you buy.

The Mirth POM is the Ravenwood Lace Scarf, which has an easy feather-and-fan pattern edged with a ribbed flounce inserted on each end. It's knit in two parts and joined at the middle.

It's also 30% off through November 30, 2017, no code needed.

Lace or cables? Which will it be? 
Maybe both!

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Feather Lace Socks Tutorial: Toe Increases

My last blog post had you casting on your 24 stitches to begin the Feather Lace Socks. Now, let's get ready for the toe increases. We are working on two 16" circulars, but you can also work this on one long circular, or the Magic Loop.

Pull the needle holding the second half of the CO stitches so that those stitches lie on the flexible cord with its tips resting. Bring the working tip of the first-half stitches into place to be ready to work.

Before we get started, though, flip to the back and wrap the tail end over the working yarn to secure it. Otherwise, it could unravel and make you cry.

Knit across the first half of the stitches on needle one.

When you come to needle two, knit the first stitch. Then you will see that the rest of the stitches are mounted backward, so knit into the back of those to correct their mounts.

Now we're ready for our first increase. Next round, knit the first stitch, and then pick up the running thread between the first and second stitches with the right needle, front to back, and place it onto the left needle. Alternately, you can pick up that running thread from back to front with your left needle, but I often do it with my right needle because I find it easier. Either way--just so you get it onto the left needle positioned correctly.

You want it to to sit like this.

Now knit into the front of the picked-up stitch. You made a new stitch! And it's a right-leaning one, at that.

Knit the next stitch and take a second to look at your new stitch between the first and third ones. Nice! Now, knit all the way across to the last stitch. We want to add another stitch there before we knit the last one.

This time you want to pick up the running stitch between the next-to-last stitch and the last stitch front to back and knit into the back of it. If that little move is giving you fits, read on.

I have a little trick for this. Bring the two needle tips more in a parallel position, slide the right needle into the front of the stitch, then over and behind the left needle, and knit into the back. It seems easier to me. Maybe it will to you, too! You just made a left-leaning increase, by the way. Now knit the last stitch and get ready to work the same increases on the second needle.

Work this same set of increases every other round until there are 32 stitches on each needle.

It will look like this after the first set of increases. It will become more apparent that you are knitting rounds the more stitches you have on the needles.

Once you have increased the toe to 32 stitches on each needle (64 total), you are ready to begin the lace pattern. Have fun!

I'll be back next post to show you how to knit that double-wrap, short-row heel.

See you then!

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Feather Lace Socks Tutorial: Judy's Magic CO

This post is specifically written for the Mirth Feather Lace Socks, but it will help you with any toe-up sock with a plain toe. 

The Feather Lace Socks call for one of three CO methods--the figure-eight, the Turkish, and Judy's Magic CO. The last one is my favorite, and makes a very fine beginning to any toe-up sock. I thought I'd show you some tips. If my "tips" get muddy, you can always refer back to the link for the original "Judy's Magic" above.

Because I don't like the bump caused by a slip knot at the toe of my socks, I usually start this CO with the tail toward the back, and just lay the yarn over the needle.

Then, holding the tips of two 16" circular needles together, I wrap the yarn over the top needle, keeping the tail toward the back. I slip my pointer around the front strand with the back strand laying over it. Yes, I am about to twist it once to secure the yarn over that needle.

I then grab the two yarn strands and poke my pointer and thumb between them with the tail over my thumb and the working yarn over my pointer while twisting the tail toward the front. This secures the tail so that it does not get loose while I cast on the rest of the stitches. It also makes it stay in place when it's time to work the toe increases without having to make a slip knot.

We already have one stitch on the top needle, so it's time to cast on a stitch to the bottom needle to match. At this point, I take the working yarn on my pointer finger toward the front under the bottom needle and then over it and between needles. Then I give it a pull to secure it, but not TOO tightly that I cannot work into it later.

Tada! One stitch on each needle. 

Time for more! I take the tail that's over my thumb toward the back, over the top needle, and through the two needles to cast on the second stitch to the top needle.

Second stitch on top needle secured! After this, my pointer goes back in place to wrap the yarn under the lower needle and up and between the needles again to cast a second stitch on the lower needle.

I keep doing these two motions until there are 12 sts on each needle (or however many your pattern requires).

The Feather Lace is worked with superfine sock yarn, so it begins with 12 stitches on each needle and increases to 32 stitches on each.

I am eternally grateful to Judy Becker for "unventing" the Magic CO! It's my absolute favorite.

Next post I will show you how to set up for and work the toe increases.

Bye for now!