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PROJECT Jessamin

Quince Kestrel Jessamin 4

Jessamin

Last summer we whipped up a sample of  Jessamin with Quince & Co Kestrel, I’ve been wearing it around the store and I’ve received a lot of positive feedback – so I figured I’d share with you!

Jessamin is a fairly fast & simple spring/summer cardie, a basic top-down raglan with a little bit of easy openwork detail on the lower sections. The pattern is easy to personalise, making it longer or shorter is a snap. An excellent Spring/Summer quickie!

Size

  • Bust Circumfrence: 30½ (33½, 36¾, 40, 43¼, 46½, 49½, 52¾)” OR 77.5 (85, 93.5, 101.5, 110, 118, 125.5, 134) cm
  • Armhole Depth: 6.75(7, 7.5, 8.25, 9, 9.75, 10.25, 11)” OR 17(18, 19, 21, 22.5, 24.5, 26.5, 28)cm
  • Upper Arm Circumference: 19.25(11.25, 11.75, 12.75, 12.75, 13.75, 15, 16, 17)” OR 27.5(28.5, 30, 32.5, 35, 38, 40.5, 43)cm

 

 

A Note on Size

In order to make a decision about which size to make I suggest you consider the measurements of the armhole depth and the upper arm circumference. We made Size 2, which was one size down from what I would normally wear for my bust. If I made this sweater again I  would make it in Size 1, one more size down – I’m slim, I have small shoulders and the fabric stretches quite a bit, so a total of two sizes smaller). After blocking and wear, the armhole circumference on my sweater is about an inch larger than the pattern, and the armhole depth is about 1.5 inches larger than the pattern. I find oversized armholes uncomfortable, but if you have large shoulders or a robust bust a deep armhole might improve the fit for you.

A Note on Fit

There isn’t any single right answer when it comes to fit, our bodies are all different and have different needs. What is flattering and comfortable for you may not be right for me, and people can fit a variety of different sizes at different parts of their body. Size is a construct of the off-the-rack garment industry that we are unfortunately stuck with  (at least until my dear friend Andrea launches her bespoke technology,  Lab 141, and changes the garment industry FOREVER). Until then, all we can do is get to know our personal measurements, take note of what kinds of fit we prefer, read the pattern schematics, and make educated choices based on that.

Materials

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Quince Kestrel Jessamin 3

Quince Kestrel Jessamin 1

Quince Kestrel Jessamin Combo

KNIT HACK Stash-Busting Sock (Part 2)

On Tuesday I talked about blanket projects that are perfect for sock weight stash-busting. Today I’m going to help you make your blanket look GREAT!  In 2014 I ploughed through my stash of bulky weight yarn and made my parents a magnificent house-warming blanket, and I’ll share my system with you.

NOTE: If you don’t have suitable stash yarn but want to make a Granny Stripe or Corner to Corner blanket (or something along those lines, I suggest using Cascade Ultra Pima and a 4mm hook (you’ll need at least 10 skeins for a lap blanket)

What You’ll Need

  • Large table or flat surface to work on
  • Large Ziploc bags, about 10 to 20
  • Masking tape & permanent marker
  • Digital kitchen scale (optional)

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Preparation

1. On a large table or flat surface lay out your stash and group yarns by colour: pink, red, orange, yellow, green, turquoise, blue, purple, brown, cream, grey. Personally, I have broken my stash down into subsets: light pink, dark pink, red, orange, peach, yellow, warm green, cool green, green-blue, turquoise & teal, blue, cool purple, warm purple, brown, cream, light grey, dark grey.

2. If you have variegated colours that you don’t know where to put them, hold them next to each colour group and choose the one it blends with. If it doesn’t match anything (I had one odd-ball), you can either keep it as a wildcard or leave it out of the project.

 

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3a. Bag your colour piles. Each subset gets it’s own bag.

 

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3b. If your project is going to be a gradient or ombre, label each bag with it’s order of sequence (1, 2, 3, 4, … etc) with masking and a sharpie, and leave space on the label to write the weight later.

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4a. Weigh each bag and write down the weight on the bag. I recommend using metric measurements (grams) if your sale allows, it is precise (you can always convert to imperial measurements afterwards) and I round down.

4b. Add up the total weight of your yarn, and subtract about 50 to 100g for good measure. My total is around 3800g, which is probably enough to make a Queen sized bedspread. This doesn’t mean I *will* make a queen sized bedspread, I may not use ALL of my yarn, I might get bored with some colours, or only want to use a portion of them because I have so much (I’m heavy on the greens). About 1000g is ok for a lap blanket.

5. Evaluate your spectrum for gaps. You may or may not have noticed that I have next to no red in my stash, so I’ve bought myself a skein of red Fleece Artist Merino 2/6 in Ruby. I don’t have much yellow, but that’s ok, it’s kind of an accent colour, so I won’t use a ton. I also don’t have much in terms of a medium ‘pinky’ pink, just light and dark pinks, but I think I can live with that (if it starts to bother me I’ll buy some).

6. Wind up skeined yarn, but keep the label with them. If you don’t end up using that skein you’ll want to know what it is and how much of it you have.

7. Choose a project and/or method, for example:

Crochet

Knit

OK, I think we’ve done enough work for a day, in upcoming posts I’ll discuss strategies for combining colours and swatching. I know, swatching is a total turn-off, but my suggestions are sincere and come from my own, actual experience – it’ll be fun and EXTREMELY helpful. Seriously, I promise, it’s so, so, so useful. So good.

 

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GIVEAWAY Wollmeise

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I love the soft, subtle hand of Wollmeise DK, so much that we are giving away one skein of this luxe yarn to a lucky winner! We will randomly choose a winner at 9am EST on June 26, 2017. The winner can choose their preferred colour from our inventory. Good luck!

You can enter through any of these social media platforms:

Instagram

On Instagram @knitomaticyarns:, tag 3 yarny besties in the comments of the contest post OR repost and tag us (use your fave repost app).

Twitter

On Twitter @knitomatic: repost the contest post & tag 3 yarny friend in it.

Facebook

On Facebok @knitomaticyarns: repost the contest post & tag 3 yarny friend in it.

 

FREEBIE Busting Sock Stash (Part 1)

 

 

If you have a bit of a sock yarn (or fingering weight yarn) collection (and by collection I mean a hoard) you are in good company. Most of us are guilty of picking up something pretty on a whim but never getting around to using it. And then somehow that skein multiplies, and somehow you find yourself with a very large collection of pretty skeins. How many small shawls can a person wear? Do you really see yourself making that many pairs of socks? There are certainly people who can and will made those socks and shawls, but for the rest of us, we need an alternative.

The option I propose – a project that will utterly deplete your sock yarn stash and rid you of stash-shame – is a scrappy crocheted blanket. It’s simple, mostly brainless, and satisfying. The granny stripe version has been very popular on Instagram lately and I think it is a brilliant idea (plus, the people making them seem to be very happy and satisfied with their projects). You can also find ideas under the following hashtags:

How Much Yarn?

A lap blanket uses approximately 1000g (1kg) of yarn (the average skein of handpainted yarn is usually 100g, so you would need about 10 skeins).

Stash Busting Protocol

This type of project will use up a large portion of your sock/fingering weight stash, and banish stash-shame. That said,  many people (including myself) usually end up coming into the store for an extra skein or two of yarn to complete their project. Don’t feel bad, it’s very normal, your stash probably won’t have the full spectrum of colours you want to use, or you might not have quite enough yarn – whatever, it doesn’t matter because you get a gold star for using up your stash!

Hook Size

For sock weight yarn use a 3.5mm/E crochet hook.

Crochet vs Knit

I prefer crochet because it is faster, you weave in the ends as you go, it doesn’t require any seaming, and the aesthetic is well suited to a scrappy aesthetic. That said, you can certainly knit your blanket too … see our Easy Baby Blanket Pattern (a Corner to Corner style blanket) for an easy knitted option. To expedite the project I would hold 2 strands together and work with a 5mm/US8-36″ (or longer) needle.

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Granny Stripe Blanket

Attic24’s Granny Stripe Blanket is a great way to use up sock stash. If you have a really, really big stash you can group the colours before starting and create something in an ombre or chromatic style (above right, Scrappy Granny Stripe Blanket by louisap).

If you like a totally random, cottagey aesthetic, just go with the flow and grab whichever colour you like (above left,Molly Weasley Cozy Scrappy Granny Blanket by StitchingPlaza). When I do things like this I usually put colours together that have a high contrast, in both colour and intensity.

 

C2C COMBO

 

Corner to Corner Blanket (C2C)

A Corner to Corner type blanket is a great alternative to the Granny Stipe, especially if you don’t know how large you want your blanket to be. Like the Granny Stripe, you can organise your stash ahead of time and create a chromatic look (above left, Gradients C2C by GameCakes), or make it a bit more random (above right, Corner to Corner Stashbuster by coxabey).

granny stripe COMBO

Photos: Judymac21 and coxabey

 

 

SALE Fleece Artist 20% Off

 

 

All Fleece Artist Yarns are now 20% Off, but don’t procrastinate, they’ll go fast, and the sale ends June 30th!

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FADES Found

Manos Alegria FADE

Accidental Fade

One of the things I really like about working in the store is interacting with people. I learn a lot from my customers, I enjoy their different perspectives, it opens my mind and stretches me. There is an infinite diversity in people’s colour preferences, and while I’m pretty good at combining colours, their choices are sometimes things that I didn’t see or wouldn’t think of.

The yarn above is one of those instances. I was taking pictures of new colours of Manos Alegria that had just come in, and afterwards, put the skeins on our table before putting them away. A client (Deborah) popped in and said: “Oh, is that a fade?” And there is was, right under my nose, a great combination for a Find Your Fade wrap!

Colours (from top to bottom): 

  • A2349 Oxygen
  • A2463 Pescador
  • A2363 Tahiti
  • A9008 Orquidea
  • A2620 Thistle
  • A9453 Macachines
  • A2530 Nickel

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Amy’s Fade

Another client, Amy, came up with this fade in Mineville Merino Sock, perfect for the So Faded pullover. Love it!

Colours (from top to bottom): 

  • 16
  • 15
  • 17

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Daphne’s Fade

Another fade of Mineville Merino Sock from Daphne for a So Faded pullover.

Colours (from top to bottom): 

  • 02
  • 03
  • 13
  • 14

Mineville Merino Sock FADE COMBO

30% OFF CASCADE 220

 

30% OFF CASCADE 220

Cascade 220 is a great staple yarn (one of the most popular and commonly used on Ravelry.com), it’s especially good for sweaters, afghans, mitts, legwarmers, and felting. Unfortunately, it hasn’t been selling well for US, so we need to find it some good homes before the fall.

  • 100% Highland Peruvian Wool
  • 100g/200m (220yds)
  • Light Worsted weight
  • 4.5mm/US7 needles
  • 20 sts = 4″ (10cm)
  • Made in Peru
  • Project ideas from Ravelry

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Colours Shown Above

  • Top Row: (left to right): 9341, 4008, 2435, 2454, 9564, 4010
  • Bottom Row (left to right): 2452, 9447, 2434, 2448, 9453, 2420

I was just playing around with the stock (we have quite a few colours left, especially in the heathered colours) and realised we probably have enough shades to make a rockin’ Attic24 Blanket. Well, any kind of blanket that involves a bunch of colours.