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RESTOCKED Schoppel Edition 3 (get your SHIFT On!)

Schoppel Edition 3

We’ve been restocking our supply of Schoppel Edition 3 – it’s been drifting in in dribs & drabs, a small parcel every week as the distributor gets their hands on it. Schoppel Edition 3 is a 100% superwash merino yarn that knits in a long colour gradation that shifts through marled colours. Because of this special colouring, it’s a great substitute for the yarns used in Andrea Mowry’s ‘Shift‘ series of patterns (it also makes a great Baby Surprise Jacket by Elizabeth Zimmerman). Andrea has also graciously published some technical videos on youtube, so you don’t have to go searching far and wide for instructions for techniques you may not be familiar with (she has a sweet voice and I find them accessible). The skills required vary among these projects, I’ve ranked the projects from the easiest to the hardest skill-wise. For each project I’ve also linked to the finished projects in Schoppel Edition 3 on Ravelry, so you can see what other people have done and get colour inspiration … you never know what will catch your eye.

Shiftalong

Shiftalong is the smallest and in terms of skills required the simplest of the ‘Shifts’. The hat is made with two colours, one a solid or semi-solid, and the other a yarn that changes colour on it’s own.

Skill Level

  • Advanced beginner to intermediate.
  • The hardest skills in this pattern are keeping track of your rows and seaming – not big hurdles.
  • You should already have made at least one basic hat before starting this project

Size: Child (Adult Small, Adult Large)

Materials

  • Malabrigo Arroyo (main colour/solid): 1 skein
  • Schoppel Edition 3 (contrast colour/multi): 1 ball
  • 2.75 mm/US2 – 16”/40 cm circular needles
  • 3.5 mm/US4 – 16”/40 cm circular needles
  • 3.5 mm/US4 – DPNs (or a longer circular for Magic Loop)
  • stitch marker: 1
  • Pattern: Shiftalong

Inspiration

Techniques

Generally, I prefer to use the ‘German Twisted Cast On’ because it’s easier, but if you want a thicker, sturdier brim you should try the tubular cast on. If you kind both daunting you can skip them and do a regular cast-on, just be sure to make is looser so it will be stretchy enough to fit on your head! If you have a hard time casting on at a looser tension, try casting on with a needle that’s at least 1mm larger in size (possibly 2mm if you are very tight). This also works well for binding off loosely.

  • Tubular Cast On or Twisted German Cast On
  • Mosaic knitting (writtten directly into the pattern instructions)
  • Ribbing (writtten directly into the pattern instructions)
  • Slipping stitches
  • Decreasing
  • Knitting
  • Purling
  • Knitting in the round

The Shift

I made a Shift with Schoppel Edition 3 Last year and it was a great little project, it was immensely satisfying and I highly recommend it! As I worked I really had no idea how it was going to look, but it turned out gorgeous, the combination of the stitch pattern and the yarn really did most of the work for me.

Skill Level

  • Advanced beginner to intermediate
  • The hardest skills in this pattern are keeping track of your rows and seaming – not big hurdles.

Materials

Inspiration

Techniques

For good video tutorials for basic knitting skills see Knittinghelp.com, for everything else I usually start with a google search for the term I’m looking for + “Very Pink Knits” – she has lots of wonderful instructional videos!

  • I-cord edges (writtten directly into the pattern instructions)
  • Bias shaping (writtten directly into the pattern instructions)
  • Mosaic knitting (writtten directly into the pattern instructions)
  • Mattress stitch (seaming)
  • Increasing
  • Decreasing
  • Slipping Stitches

Nightshift

This wrap was super popular when it first came out, and for good reason – it’s gorgeous! The pattern calls for 6 colours, but their yarn is a bit thicker than ours, so to get yours larger you might want to bump it up to 9 colours, or repeat a few of your favourites.

Skill Level

  • Advanced beginner to intermediate.
  • The hardest skills in this pattern are keeping track of your rows and the I-Cord Bind off (just go slowly and you’ll be fine)

Materials

Inspiration

Techniques

For good video tutorials for basic knitting skills see Knittinghelp.com, for everything else I usually start with a google search for the term I’m looking for + “Very Pink Knits” – she has lots of wonderful instructional videos!

  • Sideways shawl construction (writtten directly into the pattern instructions)
  • Knitting
  • Purling
  • Mosaic knitting (writtten directly into the pattern instructions)
  • I-cord edging (writtten directly into the pattern instructions)
  • I-cord bind off
  • Increasing
  • Decreasing
  • Slipping Stitches
  • Changing colors

Shifty

Oh, how much do I love this sweater! Every time I settled in to figure out the colours I wanted to use for my own I sold them out …. this is not a complaint, it’s a problem I LOVE having.

Skill Level

  • Intermediate
  • This pattern is a bit more advanced than the ones above.
  • It’s a good idea to have already made at least one basic sweater with a round yoke construction before starting this project.

Size

  • 1 (2, 3, 4)(5, 6, 7, 8)
  • Finished Bust: 30 (34, 38, 42)(46, 50, 54, 58)” or 76 (86.5, 96.5, 107)(117, 127, 137, 147.5) cm
  • Recommended ease is -2 to +2”/-5 to +5 cm; Sample is shown in Size 2 on a 34”/86.5 cm bust with no ease. It is highly recommended to size down instead of up if you are between sizes so that the yoke fits properly.

Yarn

Schoppel Edition 3

  • Colour A: 5(6, 7, 7)(8, 9, 10, 11) balls
  • Colour B: 1(2, 2, 2, 2)(2, 2, 2, 3) balls
  • Colour C: 1(2, 2, 2, 2)(2, 2, 2, 3) balls
  • Colour D: 1(1, 2, 2)(2, 2, 2, 2) balls

Other Materials

  • 3.5 mm/US4 –24”/60 cm to 40”/100 cm circular
  • 3.5 mm/US4 double pointed or 12″ circular needles (or use magic loop technique)
  • 2.75 mm/US2 – 16”/40 cm circular 
  • 2.75 mm/US2 – 32”/80 cm 
  • 2.75 mm/US2 double pointed or 12″ circular needles (or use magic loop technique)
  • Spare 2.75 mm/US2 needle for tubular bind-off
  • Row counter (optional but useful)
  • stitch marker
  • row counter (recommended)
  • waste yarn or stitch holders
  • Pattern: Shifty

Inspiration

Other people’s Shiftys made with Schoppel Edition 3

Techniques

  • Tubular Cast On
  • Tubular Bind Off
  • Round yoke shaping (writtten directly into the pattern instructions)
  • Mosaic knitting (writtten directly into the pattern instructions)
  • A little bit of stranded color knitting
  • Increasing
  • Decreasing
  • Knitting
  • Purling
  • Short Rows
  • Knitting from the top down, seamlessly (writtten directly into the pattern instructions)
  • Picking up a few stitches

PROJECT The Shift with Schoppel

The Shift

So you’ve likely seen Andrea Mowry’s “Shift” series of patterns by now .. they’re beautiful and awesome and gorgeous and … yeah, stunning. The only thing is they are made with an excruciatingly expensive yarn that’s also hard to find and hard to substitute … NO LONGER! Schoppel’s line of self-striping, marled yarns are an excellent sub. So I am going to make a Shift neck-thingy (see picture above) and try my hand at being shifty.

Materials

Schoppel Edition 3

Schoppel Edition 3 is a very soft and very pretty merino wool that knits up in a marled ombre striping colourway (it’s a shifty kinda yarn). It is very reasonably priced at $15.97 a skein (compared with $44 per skein, it’s a very civilized price). Schoppel products are made in Germany, so there’s no child labour, undue polluting or other kinds of suffering associated with the yarns manufacturing. It should only take 3 balls of Schoppel Edition 3 to make “The Shift” (based on the numbers from other knitters on Ravelry), so it isn’t a massive investment of time or energy … a nice little summer project.

The only problem with “The Shift” and Schoppel Edition 3 is the yarn is balled, not skeined, so its hard to visualize what the colours will look like. I’ve trolled the projects on Ravelry and picked out some of the more successful and beautiful colour combinations that other knitters have come up with for the project (the colour codes are below).

Photo: Tanya927 on Ravelry.com
Photos: suegriot, remylaio, daners33 on Ravelry.com
Photos: annili13, KnitPurlBake, craftynanlady on Ravelry.com
Pantone Fall 2019 Colours: New York Fashion Week

I haven’t decided on which colour combo I’m going to go with … maybe the top-left, or maybe I’ll come up with something all my own. I like the dark, moody, warm colour inspiration above on the left, so maybe 2299, 2328, and 2361. I also like the cool colours on the right with the blues, neutrals, and orange, in which case I’d do 2329, 2349, and 2362. If I wanted to go for the full cool palette on the right I’d try 2298, 2333, and 2349. Or combine the two, go for the reds and pinks from 2361, the leafy green and orange from 2328, and the neutrals from 2349. I’ll have to let it marinate.

Since you’ve read to the end, what do you think? Should I be safe and go with one of the combos in the project samples from Ravelry? Or should I blaze my own trail, come up with something of my own, but risk making a smelly fart of a colour combination? What would you do? What would you want to do? Let me know in the comments!