Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Colorido - A Mystery KAL - Part 4

BODY

Slip front and back body sts + former seam sts on bigger size circular needle.
(58 sts + 58 sts = 116 sts)
With MC cast on 5 sts, work across front sts (58 sts), cast on 5 sts, pm (to mark side seam), cast on 5 sts, join front and back, work across back sts (58 sts), cast on 5 sts, pm (beginning of the rnd marker).  Join. (136 sts)
Work even in rnds (k) for 7” measured from underarm.

After this work following rounds:

Rnd 1: P all sts in MC.
Rnd 2: With CC1  (k1, sl1) repeat to the end of the rnd.
Rnd 3: K in MC
Rnd 4 -7: K in CC2
Rnd 8 & 9: K in CC3
Rnd 10: With CC1  (k1, sl1) repeat to the end of the rnd.
Rnd 11:  K in CC3
Rnd 12:  K in CC1
Rnd 13:  K in CC3
Rnd 14: With CC1  (k1, sl1) repeat to the end of the rnd.
Rnd 15 & 16: K in CC3
Rnd 17 -20: K in CC2
Rnd 21: K in MC
Rnd 22: With CC1  (k1, sl1) repeat to the end of the rnd.
Rnd 23: K in MC
Rnd 24: P in MC

Then work even (k) in MC until piece measures 12” from underarm.
In the next round decrease 12 sts evenly distributed. (124 sts)
Switch to smaller size needles and work in K2 P2 ribbing for 2.5 “
Bind off.

I will post more pictures soon....

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Colorido - A Mystery KAL - Part 3

Here a picture of part 1 & 2 finished



PART 3
This will be the part you're going to work both sleeves.


Slip the sts for each section onto separate pieces of scrap arn in following sequence:
44 sleeve sts
1 seam st + back sts + 1 seam st  = 58 sts
44 sleeve sts
1 seam st + front sts + 1 seam st  = 58 sts


SLEEVES:

With larger needle and MC cast on 5 sts, work sleeve sts, cast on 5 sts, pm, and join.
K one round.
Continue to work in st st.
Decrease 1 sts on each side of the marker every 5th row 8x in following way:
K2tog, k to last two stitches, SSK. (decreasing rnd)

Then work following rnds:

Rnd 1: P in MC
Rnd 2: With CC1  (k1, sl1) repeat to the end of the rnd.
Rnd 3: K in MC
Rnd 4-6: K in CC3
Rnd 7: With CC1  (k1, sl1) repeat to the end of the rnd.
Rnd 8: K in CC3
Rnd 9: K in CC1
Rnd 10: K in CC3
Rnd 11: With CC1  (k1, sl1) repeat to the end of the rnd.
Rnd 12-14: K in CC3
Rnd 15: K in MC
Rnd 16: With CC1  (k1, sl1) repeat to the end of the rnd.
Rnd 17: K in MC
Rnd 18: P in MC

Continue to work in st st using MC until sleeve measures 14”.
In the next round decrease 10 sts evenly distributed.
Switch to smaller size needles.
Work a K2 P2 ribbing in MC for 3”
BO

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Colorido - A Mystery KAL - Part 2

Here the second part of the pattern:


With MC cast on 36 sts with larger needle. (Do not join)
Neck shaping:
Row 1:  (RS) K1, pm, K1 (seam st), pm, k6 (sleeve sts), pm, k1 (seam st), pm, k18 (back sts), pm, k1 (seam st), pm, k6 (sleeve sts), pm, k1 (seam st), pm, k1.
Row 2:  P  to end.
Row 3:  [K to marker, M1, slm, k1, slm, M1] 4x, k to end. (44 sts)
Row 4:  P to end.
Row 5:  Kfb, [k to marker, M1, slm, k1, slm, M1] 4x, k to last st, kfb.
Row 6:  P to end.

Repeat row 5 & 6 another 3 x.  (10, 1,16, 1, 28, 1, 16, 1, 10 sts = 84 sts)

Abbreviations & Hints:
Increasing row/rnd (inc rnd): Increase before and after each seam stitch. If not mentioned differently use M1 as an increase technique. Unless mentioned differently these rows/rnds are worked with a k st.
M1 purlwise: Lift the running thread between the stitch on the left needle and the stitch on the right, from back to front, so that the left leg of that running thread (the leg attached to that purl st on the left needle) hangs over the front of the left needle. Purl through that front/left loop. That will twist the running thread so you don’t end up with an eyelet.
Seam stitch: Stitch sandwiched by stitch markers (you should have 4 seam sts every rnd)
Sl1: Slip one stitch purlwise.

After joining your new round starts after the first marker. (the one with the different color). This means that if you work an increasing round you will end the round with an increase before your first marker.

Instructions:

On the next right side row work an increasing row (M1 before and after each seam st).
At the end of this completed row cast on 8 sts.

Join and k to first marker. (This marker will show the beginning of you new round. It helps to make this marker a different color than the other ones.)
Your round sequence will be the following now: 
seam st, sleeve, seam st, back, seam st, sleeve, seam st, front  (1, 18, 1,  30, 1, 18, 1, 30 = 100 )

Bodice shaping:

Rnd 1: Increasing rnd in MC
Rnd 2: K in MC
Rnd 3: Inc rnd in MC
Rnd 4: K in MC
Rnd 5: Inc rnd in MC
Rnd 6: K in MC
Rnd 7: Inc rnd p all sts (do the M1 purlwise) in MC
Rnd 8: With CC1  (k1, sl1) repeat to the end of the rnd.
Rnd 9: Inc rnd in MC
Rnd 10: K in CC2
Rnd 11: Inc rnd in CC2
Rnd 12: K in CC2
Rnd 13: Inc rnd with CC2
Rnd 14: K in CC3
Rnd 15: Inc rnd in CC3
Rnd 16: With CC1  (k1, sl1) repeat to the end of the rnd.
Rnd 17: Inc rnd in CC3
Rnd 18: K in CC1
Rnd 19: Inc rnd in CC3
Rnd 20: With CC1  (k1, sl1) repeat to the end of the rnd.
Rnd 21: Inc rnd in CC3
Rnd 22: K in CC3
Rnd 23: Inc rnd with CC2
Rnd 24: K in CC2
Rnd 25: Inc rnd in CC2
Rnd 26: K in CC2
Rnd 27: K in MC
Rnd 28: With CC1  (k1, sl1) repeat to the end of the rnd.
Rnd 29: K in MC
Rnd 30: P in MC

Continue to k every rnd in MC until you have completed 46 rnds or your garment measures 10.5”.

I will post the first pictures soon. 

Monday, November 22, 2010

Colorido - A Mystery KAL - Part 1



This Mystery KAL is part of a Knit for Tibet campaign we do in the Wool-Aid ravelry group to help to provide as much warm knitted items for the earthquake victims as possible.
"Knit for Tibet is an outreach effort of the Kyegu Relief Fund, established in response to the devastating 7.1 magnitude earthquake that hit the eastern Tibetan town of Kyegu on April 14, 2010. The humanitarian need is ongoing and significant. Approximately 10,000 people were killed, 20,000 people are injured, and 100,000 people have been left homeless and destitute. More than 90% of the buildings were reduced to rubble. Many of the survivors have no family left."
Winters are harsh in Kyegu, and the people are facing desperate conditions. Many are currently living in lightweight tents. They are especially in need of vests, sweaters, and socks. The sizes most needed are for babies and teens. 
Please also check the Wool-Aid website for more info.

With the COLORIDO Mystery  KAL I hope to be able to help adding some more sweaters to the next shipment.
Here how it works:
I will post parts of the pattern on my blog every so often. If you have a questions please either post your questions on the Wool-Aid ravelry board, as a comment here or send an email to c.burkhard at gmail dot com.
COLORIDO
PART 1
COLORIDO is a top down raglan  sweater (no seeming) in a size 14 (34” finished circumference) 

You will need:
  • approx 850 yards of bulky weight yarn, a main color and 3 additional colors. Two CC’s could work too but better are three. I use Brown Sheep, Lambs Pride bulky, approx 5 skeins MC and 1 skein each for CC. If you plan to contribute this sweater to the Tibet campaign, please use a yarn which is at least 80% animal fiber.
  • Dpn US 10 and US 10.5, circular needles US 10 and US 10.5 
  • Stitchmarkers 
Gauge: 3.5 sts and 4.25 rows per inch
The sweater will be in the ravelry database under the name Colorido so that you can link your project page to it. Feel free to use my picture too.
Hints
• Use different color marker for the first pm if you have.
Abbreviations: RS: Right side WS: Wrong side M1: With left needle tip, lift strand in between needles from front to back. Knit the lifted loop  through the back to twist the stitch. CO: Cast on. BO: Bind off MC: Main Color CC: Contrasting color Pm: Place marker Kfb: Knit in front and back of the stitch
With MC cast on 36 sts with larger needle. (Do not join) 

Neck shaping:


Row 1: (RS) K1, pm, K1 (seam st), pm, k6 (sleeve sts), pm, k1 (seam st), pm, k18 (back sts), pm, k1 (seam st), pm, k6 (sleeve sts), pm, k1 (seam st), pm, k1.

Row 2: P to end.


Row 3: (K to marker, M1, slm, k1, slm, M1) 4x, k to end. (44 sts)

Row 4: P to end.


Row 5: Kfb, (k to marker, M1, slm, k1, slm, M1) 4x, k to last st, kfb.

Row 6: P to end.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

The English version of Wavebird.....

................is now available in my shop.
Like for the German version all proceeds through December 24th will go to charity. (see previous post)
Thank you Barb for test knitting!! You rock.

knitted by Barb



Wavebird made my test knitters Juliane with her hand dyed yarn.
Here is her blog

 Test knitter Bine's version.



Coming up: Mystery KAL for a sweater. Stay tuned

My contribution to a family Thanksgiving dinner I'm invited to today:


Raspberry Mascarpone Cake made from scratch.


Tuesday, November 16, 2010

The German version of Wavebird is released

Thanks to my super fast German test knitters Karin, Juliane, Tina and Bine the German version of wavebird is now available in my ravelry shop.
From now through December 24th all the proceeds will go towards the microcredit program of
World Vision Microfinance.


"Microfinance loans foster small-scale entrepreneurship and act as a hand up in situations where a handout is not helpful. Small loans give impoverished individuals the working capital they need to start or grow a business. With one in five people worldwide surviving on less than $1.25 a day, the need is great."
I feel very lucky to be able to design. Through this program I hope somebody in less fortunate circumstances will be empowered to start his own business.
"Microfinance benefits ripple out to families and communities
As a business generate profits, small loan recipients build assets, save money, and are able to provide for their families. If the business expands to hire additional employees, then the entire community gets an economic development boost. Once repaid and recycled, microfinance loans can help family after family lift themselves out of poverty."

Friday, November 12, 2010

And the winner is

Wavebird 
as a name for my new design.


Quietsch who submitted it will receive the prize, a skein of yarn, which was donated by 
Dirty Waters DyeWorks , and a free pattern. Since Quietsch is living in Germany the yarn will have to travel across the Atlantic.
The pattern will be released in a few days and will be also in German and English.
Thank you everybody for participating in my contest!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Naming Contest

There is still almost one day left and there are already so many ingenious names posted in the comments of original contest post:
  • Aurora Borealis / Light's in the Sky   by Andrea
  • Vikare       by LaurieM
  • Cygnus    by Jouneyseeds
  • Coriolis    by Majorie
  • Blue Mountain  by Bienchensmama
  • Blue Balance    by Petunia
  • Gorgeous Gemstone  by Susanne
  • Northern Lights  by Claudia
  • Wavebird   by Quietsch
  • Montana    by Angela
  • Mountain Sunset  by Dmw
  • Phong Na  by Ili
  • Angle Wings Shawl / Snowbird Wrap / Winter Star by Kate
  • Sparkling Berries  by Karen
  • Ikran  by H.brueckner
  • Wings over New England  by Kay
  • Evening Sunset by Connie
  • Winged Victory  by Sam


To pic the name is going to be a hard decision. Thank you very much for your submissions!!! it's not to late to put one in. The contest will close 8:00 pm EST. Tonight I'm going to present them to my family to vote on. Besides their choice another criteria for me will be to select a name which is not used in a lot of other designs. Tomorrow morning I will post the winner's name. Thank you so much for participating. 

Monday, November 8, 2010

The Prize

Yesterday I had the nicest experience at the New England Fiber Festival. 
I met Stephanie Griego from Dirty Waters Dye Works.  Not only did she have a very nice both with beautiful yarn but also donated the prize for my running contest.



And here is the prize:
It's 490 yards of  80% Superwash Merino, 10 % Cashmere and 10% Nylon


Thank you Stephanie, you blew me away with your generosity. Your yarn is beautiful!

The New England Fiber Festival was very enjoyable for me. I was surprised by the amount of vendors and the huge variety of fiber, yarn, buttons, designs, shawl pins.... since there were mainly smaller companies and farms you could feel the creativity in the air. Very inspiring and less crowded than Rhinebeck or Stitches East which gave room to actually spend some time at a booth and get a much better idea what's out there. 

For people who read this post and don't now about the contest, please read the previous post.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Name My Newest Design Contest



I'm so excited to show you my newest  design. This shawl is winged and has a lace edging.
The pattern is with my test knitters right now and the only thing I need before I can publish it is a name. 
Post a comment with your suggestion. I will choose a name from there. The person who posted this name will get a free pattern of this shawl + the yarn to knit it.


I'm looking forward to your posts. I will pick the name and winner on Friday, November 12th, 2010.