Once Upon A Time MKAL - Clue 5

Well, we are getting near the end, and just in time for the holidays! If you haven't yet joined in on the MKAL fun, head over to Ravelry to get your pattern!

For the third section of the cowl, we are going back to knitting the slipped stitch pattern from the first section. The beginning of the row is moved over, creating a new, staggered tab closure. This time though, it is purely decorative, since it will be in the middle of your work! As with the other tabs, you can definitely use a button rather than a bobble, it is totally up to you!

Some people have been wondering about how to make the cowl wider. Before I give info on that, I want to stress one thing: you need to have more than 2 skeins of Shepherd Worsted. In clue 4 (section 2), the Star Stitch section, you can definitely add more repeats for a wider cowl, IF you have more yarn than called for. If you aren't sure how much extra you will have, you can wait to the end to widen the cowl. Since it is done in sections, it will be very easy to add more sections at the end, and you can potentially keep going until you are out of yarn. If you are unsure of which way will work best for you, send me a message on Ravelry or ask in the JBW group and hopefully I can help!

Have you finished your mitts yet? Spoiler Alert!! Here is a pic of my finished mitts so you can see what they look like :)

Once Upon A Time Mitts

 

Once Upon A Time MKAL - Clue 4

It's time for Clue 4 of the OUAT MKAL, we're over half way there! For those of you that guessed that we would be joining in the round, you were totally right! In this section of the cowl, after joining in the round and purling a row, you will be switching to star stitch. This continues the same texture from the mitts for a nice matching set. I know this stitch can be a little hard on the hands, and if you find that you are having trouble, you may want to go up a needle size for this section. Also, try and keep your stitches as loose as possible because that will help! I know some people insert the needle into the 3 stitches to be knit together purl-wise, and then pull on the stitches a bit to loosen them before doing the stitch. It is an extra step but it may be worth the time and effort to save your hands! If you find that you really don’t want to do star stitch than you can just keep doing the woven stitch from the first clue. It will still look nice with your mitts, and be much easier on the hands!

How is everyone liking how the Frozen characters are fitting into the Once Upon A Time plot so far? I am finding that I am really enjoying it and I am very intrigued to find out what happened to Anna and what the story is with the crazy snow queen! It is nice to have some fresh characters introduced into Storybrook and I'm excited to see how the story unfolds!

I found these comparison images between the movie and the OUAT characters. I think they did a pretty good job with the casting! What do you think?

Elsa from Frozen and OUAT.

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It's not to late to join in the fun! You can get the Frozen Upon a Time yarn from JBW and the OUAT MKAL pattern from Ravelry and easily catch up. Happy knitting everyone, and don't forget to head over to my Etsy shop and check out my  line of hand dyed yarn!

Once Upon A Time MKAL - Clue 3

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It’s time for the cowl! Shepherd Worsted is a wonderfully soft and fluffy yarn, and it knits up into a lovely drapey and snuggly cowl. Using similar design elements to the fingerless mitts, it will make a lovely matching set, but don’t worry, there are still some surprises! As with the mitts, there is a bobble, so if you plan to use a button be sure and skip it!

The instructions provided make a long loop cowl that measures 48” in circumference after blocking. If you would like to make different size, you can easily make this cowl smaller or larger. The trick is to add or remove stitches in quantities of 4. For example, if you would like a short cowl that is 24" around, simply cut the cast on number in half, and then choose the closest number that is divisible by 4. If you want a size that is somewhere in between, than as long as your cast on number is divisible by 4 than the cowl should work just fine! Also, if you don't want to change the cast on amount, but would like a wider cowl, it will be easy to do so at the end of the pattern. Feel free to pm me on Ravelry or email me if you need help with this, my contact info is at the bottom of the pattern!

Happy knitting on clue 3 everyone! Don't forget to head over to the JBW Ravelry group for chat, spoilers, etc! Also, I have a line of hand dyed yarn on Etsy, feel free to check it out!

 

Once Upon A Time MKAL - Clue 2

This week, for the OUAT MKAL,  you are receiving the remainder of the left mitt, plus the entire right mitt! I figure that you already know what the mitts look like, so there is no need to draw out the rest of the instructions. This will make the remaining 4 clues the cowl! I'm really enjoying how they are working the Frozen plot into the show so far!

You will notice that the only difference in the instructions between the left and right mitt is the cuff. This means that if you prefer to wear the mitts with the cuff flap facing down rather than up, you are completely welcome to do so. I think they look nice both ways, so it’s just a mater of personal preference!

A quick note for those of you using buttons rather than the bobble: You will need a total of 5 for the mitts and cowl together, and 3/4” - 1 inch should work just fine!

Also, on the finishing, you will want to block the mitts very gently, if at all. The star stitch is a squishy, puffy stitch, so when you are blocking it you don’t want to flatten it too much or you will loose the lovely three dimensionality and texture. I recommend just using a little steam to block the edges flat and open up the stitches. If you choose to wet block it than just make sure you don’t flatten it to much!

Well that's about it for this week, happy knitting and watching!

Be sure and check out my other designs on Ravelry, and my Etsy shop for my line of hand dyed yarn!

Patterns, Patterns, Everywhere!

I've had a flood of published patterns lately, both in print and self published so I wanted to do a quick run down of them for you all! First, a couple of months ago, the Zealana Luxuria Air Chunky booklet came out. I designed the Diagonal Mitts, which are fingerless mitts with a twisted stitch design traveling across the hand. The Air Chunky yarn from Zealana is absolutely amazing and a dream to work with! It is chunky weight, but somehow still light as a feather, as the name suggests, haha! The Australian possum (nothing like the American opossum!) is an incredibly soft fiber and working with it was truly a joy!

[Garter ridge Shawl by Rachel Roden] from Knit Noro 1 2 3 Skeins, published by Sixth&Spring Books. Photography by Rose Callahan and text copyright © 2014 by Sixth&Spring Books. Used by permissionNext, I am honored to be included in Knit Noro 1.2.3 Skeins! The next in the Knit Noro series, this book focuses on projects that use either 1, 2 or 3 skeins. For that reason, most of the projects are accessories, including mine, the Garter Ridge Shawl, which uses 3 skeins. Knit in Noro Ayatori, the yarn is super soft with the usual gorgeous color transitions. Added bonus: this yarn is on sale at JBW right now because it is discontinued!

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On the independent publishing side of things, I just released the Modicum Hat pattern. This stranded colorwork hat was designed specifically to go with the Madelinetosh DK Tea Cakes available at Jimmy Beans Wool. It uses the same stitch pattern as the Modicum Mitts I designed earlier this year and would coordinate well as a matching set! It's a great intro to stranded color work, and looks much more complicate than it actually is, I promise!

And finally, I also published the Scalloped Edge Dish Cloth! I knit this cotton dishcloth last summer, but I just finally got around to writing the pattern and

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publishing it! It uses 3 colors of worsted weight cotton yarn and is essentially just striped linen stitch with a scalloped border. It is very simple and makes a really cute wash cloth or dish cloth! It is free right now, and will be on sale for $3.00 after the fourth. Happy 4th of July everyone!

 

Unraveled Fingering - Cerise

Well that about wraps it up! Don't forget to check out my Etsy shop, UnraveledDesignsYarn, to see my new line of hand dyed yarn. I will be releasing colors in the next couple weeks so stay tuned for those!