January 2017 KALFH #2: Tilting Lines Cowl

Here we are at the second week of KALFH and today we're looking at German Short Rows by way of the Tilting Lines Cowl by Jennifer Dassau. 

Not gonna lie - when I was knitting up my class sample I was afraid the short rows were going to be too subtle. But when I bound this baby off, I think I actually said "WOAH!". They are some of the coolest short rows I've seen to date. The effect is subtle but stunning! 

For class my students were told to cast on and work as per pattern up to Row 4 of the Cowl Lace pattern - where the short rows begin. And this is where the fun really starts. 

If you joined me for last weeks project, Welter Hat, which features the standard Wrap and Turn (W&T) short row, you'll truly appreciate how easy a German Short row is not only worked, but processed after the short rows are complete! 

Here's a great video from Very Pink Knits to supplement the awesome pictorial in Jennifer's book (skip ahead to 1:00 minute to get through the chatter): http://tinyurl.com/q743qjc

German Short Rows – NO WRAPS, NO GAPS!

  1. To create a short row stitch, simply pull up on the working yarn to create a Double Stitch.
  2. The Double Stitch is created after the work is turned rather than before turning the work.
    1.  i.e.: Knit to the desired stitch. Turn the work. THEN create the double stitch with the purl side facing you.
  3. The Double Stitch is always created with the working yarn in front of the work.
    1. If you are creating a Double Stitch with the purl side facing you, pull up to create the Double Stitch.
    2. If you are creating a Double Stitch with the knit side facing you, bring the working yarn to the front of the project on the RIGHT side of the stitch that is to be doubled, then pull up to create the Double Stitch.

To identify a Double Stitch, look for:

  • An upside down V on the needle. To process the stitch, treat the Double Stitch as a K2tog (or P2tog on the purl side) and simply knit the 2 legs of the Double Stitch together. 

There's actually very little to add to this project in terms of notes or changes or tips. It's very well written, simple but incredibly effective in terms of creating something truly beautiful. I can only add some very minor notes: 

Additions to the Pattern

  1. Row 9 of the Cowl Lace Pattern, I would simply add "process the short row stitch similar to a k2tog as encountered". 
  2. You need to work a Rnd 14 as per Rnd 2 before beginning your repeats. It's not written into the pattern except at Rnd 2. 
  3. Lastly, after completing Rnd 14 of your final repeat of the Cowl Lace Pattern, knit 3 rounds instead of the 4 noted. This is a preference thing so the top and bottom of the cowl match. There's nothing wrong with what is written, just my own personal preference of symmetry at work.

Blocking

STEAM BLOCK ONLY! This cowl is very delicate and can be easily misshapen with wet blocking. Here’s a video on steam blocking: http://tinyurl.com/j9ky75a

Compared to the Wrap and Turn (W&T) technique of last week, it's getting easier, isn't it?! So you can substitute these German Short Rows for W&T's in patterns and get a similar effect with a less gap-py look (my W&T's always have little gaps, or uneven tension) and without those messy wraps. WAY COOL! 

Next week we're going to tackle Japanese Short Rows in Jennifer's Welts Apart Cowl. I think they're a riot! You know your 20-pack of removable stitch markers?! Get it ready! And then some. This technique is gonna knock your socks off! 

Keep in touch!

If you're on social media, feel free to tag #unapologeticknitter (or use @notsorryknitter on IG) so I can see your amazing creations! I can't wait to KALFH with you! 

 

January 2017 KALFH #1: Welter Hat

Here we go - our first installment of KALFH. I hope I'm not writing to no one. Hopefully SOMEONE will read this! 

Marco! 

Marco?!

Anyway, here we go. This first week is the Welter Hat by Jennifer Dassau. This project features the standard Wrap and Turn (W&T) short row. Here's a great video tutorial for those of you who like a video visual in addition to the awesome photo tutorials provided in Jennifer's book: 
http://tinyurl.com/hmkp775

For homework I assigned my students to knit the brim before class so we were ready to dive into the short rows right away. And here are the notes, tips and tricks I shared with them for the class: 

 

 

 

W&T – wrap and turn – in 5 easy steps: slip, move, slip, move, turn!

  1. Slip the stitch purlwise from LH to RH needle
  2. Move the working yarn into the opposite position
    1. If knitting, move working yarn from back to front
    2. If purling, move working yarn from front to back
  3. Slip the stitch purlwise from RH to LH needle
  4. Move the working yarn to its original position
    1. If knitting, move working yarn from front to back
    2. If purling, move working yarn from back to front
  5. Turn the project to work in the opposite direction you were just working

To identify a wrapped stitch, look for 2 things:

  1. A collar around a stitch

  2. A gap between stitches

Pattern Alternatives

Please note that these adjustments are not a criticism to the original pattern nor does it suggest that the pattern is wrong. It is not. I simply prefer an even number of rows over my welts, whereas the pattern, as written, is short partial rows. 

Brim

  • Next Row (RS, following the final W&T repeat): Work in pattern to end. <-- my change
  • Next Rnd: Purl (do not pick up wraps – no need). <-- my change
  • Inc Rnd: Work as written in pattern.
  • Next Rnd: Purl. <-- my change

Welt

  • Next Row (RS, following the final W&T repeat): knit to end of round, picking up and knitting the wrap with the stitch. <-- my change
  • Next Rnd: Work as written, processing the wrapped purl sts as encountered. <-- my change.

Blocking

This project is a fitted slouch, not a loose slouch. I highly recommend one of the following:

  1. Steam blocking: http://tinyurl.com/j9ky75a
  2. Wet blocking around a balloon blown up to about an 19” circumference.
  3. Wet blocking flat – do NOT block around a plate. It will make the hat too large and sloppy.

And that'll about do us for the first installment of KALFH. I hope you enjoyed the pattern and found the notes helpful. C'mon back next week when we worked on the Tilting Lines Cowl. It's GOR-JUS!!! 

Keep in touch!

If you're on social media, feel free to tag #unapologeticknitter (or use @notsorryknitter on IG) so I can see your amazing creations! I can't wait to KALFH with you! 

January 2017 KALFH Projects

KALFH?

I've decided for sake of space and repetition, to coin a new acronym: KALFH... knit along FROM HOME! If I could have everyone from all over the place come to my classes, that'd be awesome. But, time and costs being what they are, I'll never get that wish granted. So why not share some knowledge online so folks can knit from home, with me! 

IF! You are in the Portland/Beaverton area and want to join in the classes in person, here's a listing to this months classes: Short Rows by the Day or Month

The Dealio!

Every Monday and Tuesday i teach at Nitro Knitters in Beaverton, OR. And just about every week I teach a brand new project to my students. I've decided that each Tuesday, the day following my weekly project class (Tuesdays are always socks and don't have specific project instructions) I will share my tips, tricks and techniques I shared with my students the Monday before so YOU can knit along at home and have a years worth of learnin' and knittin' under your belt! 

So, to start out the year, I'm teaching 3 weeks of short rows to my students. All three of our projects feature a different type of short row: Wrap and Turn (W&T), German Short Rows and Japanese Short Rows. 

Each project comes from an amazing resource book by Jennifer Dassau: Knitting Short Rows: Techniques for Great Shapes & Angles. SO! If you want to knit along with us, you can order a copy of the book on Amazon and join in the short row fun! 

So here's what's dropping this month:

  • Tuesday, January 10th, 2017: Welter Hat (W&T project, dark grey hat)
  • Tuesday, January 17th, 2017: Tilting Lines Cowl (German Short row project, orange cowl)
  • Tuesday, January 24th: Welts Apart Cowl (Japanese Short Rows, dark blue cowl)

 

Short Rows.jpg

So? What do you have to do to KALFH? Not much. Get your supplies together and come back on the dates above to get my tips on completing the projects. If you're on social media, feel free to tag #unapologeticknitter (or use @notsorryknitter on IG) so I can see your amazing creations! I can't wait to KALFH with you!