New Pattern: My Simple Solution

Confession time... I have 47 (FORTY SEVEN!!!!) single skeins of fingering weight yarn in my stash right now. Ugh... I can't even handle that. It sounds nuts. To be fair, I've amassed it over 5 years but still... 

Here's how I soothe myself when I berate myself for so much un-planned yarn: I remind myself that I'm not alone in single-skein heaven! We all (ok, MOST of us) are suckers for beautiful, fingering weight hand-dyed yarn. We buy it by the basket-full at shows and don't often have a plan for it. Well... here's My Simple Solution for those gorgeous skeins that deserve to be shown off (and if you can't bear to knit another pair of socks... *wild, hysterical laughing*  there's always room for more socks).

MY SIMPLE SOLUTION

One more confession? I'm a total TV knitter. I don't like fussy knits and want something that helps calm my mind after a busy day at the computer. This single-skein, asymmetrical shawl is just that for me. There is a rhythm to the knitting that soothes my soul and allows the yarn to absolutely sing! 

The Details

My Simple Solution is knit from tip to bind off edge where you add a bit of pizzazz with an adorable picot bind-off. The final dimensions of the shawl will depend whether you match gauge and how much yarn you actually use (i.e.: does your fingering skein have 400 yds, 380 yds or even 463 yds - some will go further than others). Whatever the case, this shawl is designed to use the maximum amount of yardage in  your skein to give you the biggest bang for your yarn-y buck! 

MATERIALS

  • KiwiPop Yarn Snazzy Pop (fingering weight; 80% superwash merino, 10% cashmere, 10% nylon; 435 yds / 398 m per 3.5 oz / 100g), 1 skein: ‘Midnight Beach’

  • US 6 (4 mm) 32” / 81 cm circular needle

  • Row counter (optional)

  • Tapestry needle

  • Yarn/kitchen scale (to measure final grams of skein for the picot bind off)

FINISHED SIZE

66” / 167.5 cm width along top edge, 14“ / 35.5 cm depth from top edge to bottom point (will vary somewhat based on yardage in skein)

PROJECT GAUGE

22 sts and 36 rows = 4” / 10 cm over stitch pattern, worked flat, taken after blocking

NOTES

  • This asymmetrical shawl is worked from the top right point, and increases in width along the top edge every WS row.
  • This pattern includes written instructions only.
  • Gauge is not critical for this project - we simply want a single skein to go as far as possible! You will use up all but 5 g of the skein knitting the shawl, reserving the final 5 g for the picot bind off.
  • Detailed instructions for the picot bind off are provided. 

Get My Simple Solution

My Simple Solution (and hopefully YOUR new simple solution for beautiful, single-skeins of yarn) is available on Ravelry or here on my website. This weekend only (until 11:59 pm PST on Sunday, May 13th), you can save 50% at checkout, no coupon code needed. Thats right - this beauty is half off! 

And! If you purchase a skein of Snazzy Pop (or other fingering base) from KiwiPop Yarn you'll receive a coupon code from Judy to snag an additional $1 savings. So... yeah. A fabulous new pattern for $2? Why the heck, not, right? 

Thank you so much for checking out my new offering! You're definitely one of my favorite people for allowing me to follow my passion and create things I love! Happy knitting! 

New Pattern: Point Reserve Cardigan

Well! That was a bit of a dry spell, wasn't it? Not literally, dry... it's been raining buckets here, but a dry spell on the ol' blog! I've been super busy creating new designs, many of which are top secret, so I haven't had much to share. But today! Man I'm excited. Today I can release my new favorite wardrobe item:

Point Reserve Cardigan

On a recent weekend getaway to the coast of the PNW, my husband and I discovered the Kilchis Point Reserve - a beautiful trail system nestled into a quaint little town (Bay City, Oregon). I knit up this easy-wearing cardigan to take back the next time we visit! And I kept the name short and sweet since "Kilchis" isn't super easy to say. If you're curious, it's 'kill-chiss' - like "chess" with an i. I thought it was Kill-kiss... the locals looked at me like I was crazy. 

The simplicity of the 6-row pattern makes this great TV knitting, or heck, road trip knitting as you journey to YOUR favorite getaway. The worsted weight yarn makes the Point Reserve not only a quick knit, but the perfect seasonal transition piece between winter and spring, and again between summer and fall. I picture myself wearing this not only on the walks through the Reserve, but around a bon fire with a glass of wine (or the odd dram of whisky if its really chilly). 

Materials List

  • YARN

    • Black Trillium Fibres Pebble Worsted (100% superwash merino; 190 yds / 178 m per 100g / 2.5 oz), 5 (6, 6, 7)[7, 8, 8] skeins: ‘Floo Powder’, OR,

    • Quince & Co Lark (100% American wool; 134 yds / 123 m per 50g), 9 (10, 11, 11)[12, 13, 13] skeins: ‘Twig’

  • US 5 (3.5 mm) 16” / 40 cm circular needle (or set of DPNs for small circumference work)

  • US 5 (3.5 mm) 47” / 120 cm circular needle

  • US 8 (5 mm) 40” / 100 cm circular needle

  • US 8 (5 mm) DPNs (2, for grafting)

  • Fixed/ring stitch markers (2)

  • Removable/locking stitch marker (1)

  • Row counter (optional, recommended)

  • Tapestry needle

  • Smooth waste yarn or additional needles to hold sts

 

FINISHED SIZES

1 (2, 3, 4)[5, 6, 7]: 37 (39, 41, 44)[47, 51, 54]” / 94 (99, 104, 112) [119.5, 129.5, 137] cm

  • To fit actual bust circumference: 32 (34, 36, 39)[42, 46, 49]”/81 (86, 91.5, 99)[106.5, 117, 124.5] cm
  • To be worn with up to 5”/13 cm positive ease.
    • Modeled with 2.5”/6.5 cm positive ease (Floo Powder) and 4.5“/11.5 cm positive ease (Twig).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PROJECT GAUGE

19 sts and 32 rows = 4” / 10 cm in even Stitch Pattern on Large needle, taken after blocking

 

NOTES

  • This sweater is worked seamlessly from the top-down, beginning with Judy’s Magic Cast-On at the top of the Left shoulder. Each shoulder is worked separately and then joined at the back of the neck to continue an almost-seamless construction to the bottom of the hem.

  • To create the kimono-style sleeves, a small number of sts are placed on hold and seamed before finishing the cuffs.

  • Adjust needle size as necessary to match gauge. The Small needle should be 3 needle sizes smaller than the Large needle when gauge is met (i.e.: a US 5 if gauge is met on a US 8, a US 6 if gauge is met on a US 9).
  • Written instructions are provided for the entirety of the garment. There is no charting necessary.

 

SPECIAL TECHNIQUES

Special techniques used in this pattern are the Kitchener Stitch, Judy's Magic Cast-On and the Cable Cast-On. Written instructions and/or links to video tutorials are provided for each skill.