Monday, October 16, 2017

New Release! The Roundabout Shawlette!

Here's the third and final KUAS Designs release for October (can you hear me huff out of breath?):

the Roundabout Shawlette PDF

A shawlette is a smaller-scale shawl that resembles a scarf. This shawlette is quick and easy, with a clean I-cord edge and pretty lace border that is conveniently knit on one side of the shawlette. If you take care to block the lace edging out after you finish, the edging should resemble roundabout road paths.

Skill: intermediate

Materials: 
Yarn: Less than 375yds or 150g of sport weight wool yarn.  Note: Solid or tonal colorways will look best. For blocking purposes, use a blend with real fibers.
Pattern seen using Knitpicks’ Hawthorn Sport Multi Yarn in “Arbor Lodge” and “The Pearl.” Needles: US 6 (4 mm) straight or circular needles and a darning needle.
Notions: 2 st makers, 150+ Blocking pins, a blocking mat, 1-2 oz of no-rinse wool wash & a towel

Gauge and measurements:
Garter stitches: 20 sts= 4’’ 39 rows= 4’’
Prior to blocking: 53.5’’ long and 7.25’’ at widest point
After blocking: 78’’ long and 8’’ wide at the widest main body section; Roundabout lace edging width: 2.25’’ wide

This blue one marks my third time knitting this shawlette! Let's just say I did my fair share of test knitting it, along with other test knitters the past month or so!

Let's take a look into the past:
(the one that started them all, but had a crochet edging around the lace)
 I will be giving away these two beauts tomorrow to the person who I gave #1 to (she commissioned me to knit two more since she loved hers so much). So I photographed them as much as I could as they will later be out of my hands. I should think they look rather cozy next to eachother, no?
I find that the lace pattern is simple, yet mesmorizing in it's own way.
The sunlight can catch all of those beautiful eyelets surrounding the main garter roundabout section in just the right way.
Which color would you choose for this shawlette? 
I look forward to my next pattern writing endeavors (mittens? hat?). Until next time, happy knitting. Another podcast is coming your way soon.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

New Release! Beacon Hill Mittens!

 
My Beacon Hill Mittens have just been released on Ravelry this afternoon, and I am stoked to share this one with the knitting world. The texture is so lovely! This photo was taken on the Boston Tea Party Harbor, in case you were wondering. If you look at my KUAS Podcasts: Episode 10, there's a slideshow of Boston at the end.

Beacon Hill Mittens PDF

15% off now until 10/15 on both Beacon Hill Patterns! No coupon needed!
 
Beacon Hill Mittens  are a quick and easy pattern that is knit seamlessly from the cuff to fingertips. You will find that the Beacon Hill St pattern can be easily memorized within a couple of repeats!
This pattern was inspired by a 19th century Boston Gilded Age mystery series by P.B Ryan that I absolutely adore.

There are complete mitten charts and written out instructions for your convenience.

Pattern Notes:
Sizes: S(M)(L)
20cm(21.5cm)(23cm) hand circumference while worn.

Materials
Yarn: Size S: less than 165 yds/80g of worsted weight wool (recommended: Malabrigo Rios Yarn); Size M: less than 175 yds/85g of yarn; Size L: less than 185yds/90g of yarn.
Needles: set of five dpns, or one 32’’ circular needles:
       Small: US 6 (4mm)
       Medium: US 6 (4mm) and US 7 (5mm)
       Large: US 6 (4mm) and US 8 (4.5mm)
Notions: darning needle, 1 BOR m, 1 thumb m
Stockinette Gauge Swatch
       US 6—21 sts and 29 rds= 4’’
       US 7—20 sts and 28 rds= 4’’
       US 8—19 sts and 27 rds= 4’’

Measurements
Ribbed Cuff (all sizes): 6.5cm wide flat; Fits up to a 19cm diameter wrist – lower/raise needle size to adjust width
Small: 8.5cm wide flat; Fits up to 20cm circumference hand; 25.5cm long Medium: 9cm wide flat; Fits up to 21.5cm circumference hand; 26cm long Large: 9.5cm wide flat; fits up to 23cm circumference hand; 27cm long

It was such a pleasure knitting this up in Malabrigo Rios yarn. It was was so smooth and buttery, compared to the wool I have been knitting with lately.

 Here's size large. I plan on lining this with fleece, as it's very spacious.
Pair it with the Beacon Hill Infinity Scarf and you have yourself a wonderful ensemble!

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

KUAS PODCASTS: episode 10- I want your sweater Sven!

Upload attempt #2! Youtube uploaded the podcast so slowly, that eventually my computer restarted and erased the progress! Whoops. 

Here's my podcast from yesterday, and it is JAM-PACKED with FO'S and WIPs!


All music, video and photos are all copyrighted 2017 by Anna Maliszewski.
Please LIKE/SHARE/SUBSCRIBE to my podcast! :)

FO's:
Pumpkin spice "Flax Light" Sweater by Tin Can Knits
"Roundabout Shawlette" #2 by KUAS Designs-- will be released 10/16!
"Beacon Hill Mitts" by KUAS Designs-- will be released by 10/16
"Beacon Hill Infinity Scarf" by KUAS Designs--just released!
Regia (Arne & Carlos Design Line) Afterthought Heel Socks--no pattern

WIPS:
"Sven Scandinavian" by Cottage Creations
"Roundabout Shawlette" #3 by KUAS Designs
"Beacon Hill Mitts" -burgandy one
Fall cardigan- no pattern, just improvising
Prism cowl- no pattern, just improvising

Boston photo slideshow after the podcast.

Tuesday, October 03, 2017

NEW! Beacon Hill Infinity Scarf

I'm pleased to introduce the first of three KUAS patterns released in October!


Beacon Hill Infinity Scarf (Pattern PDF Download)
This Beacon Hill Infinity Scarf is a quick and easy pattern with a seamless construction. You will find that you can memorize the stitch texture within a couple of repeats!

Inspiration for this scarf came from P.B Ryan’s Gilded Age Boston mystery book series that I adore, that centers around the infamous Beacon Hill area. The garter st reminds me of the uneven cobblestone ground, and the hill-like texture is for all of the hills and row houses that make up Beacon Hill.

BEACON HILL MITTS will become available for purchase by the 2nd week of October. There will be also a scarf & mitt bundle available for $5.99. See the last photo for mitten preview.

Skill Level: late beginner

Materials:
Yarn: less than 320yds or 200g of a lighter weight bulky yarn (pattern seen in Mirasol Yarn Miski, 100% Baby Llama fiber in shade 107). An alpaca wool blend is a nice substitute.
Needles: size US 9 straight or circular needles, or size to meet the gauge
Notions: blocking pins, blocking mat, no- rinse wool wash, darning needle, waste yarn

Gauge:
18sts and 28 rows= 4’’ in the main body texture

Measurements: 50’’- 55’’ circumference and 9’’ wide after blocking

Abbreviations and Special Stitches:
CO= cast on K= knit P=purl St(s)= stitch(es) RS= right side WS=wrong side BO=bind off RH= right hand Sl= slip st (purl-wise) WYF: with yarn in front. This strand will loosely wrap around 5 sts. KWNUS (k with needle under strand): insert RH needle under the loose strand, wrap and k the next st, so that the loose strand is now behind that k st. See picture tutorial on last page.

Pattern Notes:
The infinity scarf is k flat, using an invisible CO method so that both ends of the scarf are grafted together after the blocking process. There will always be a Garter St (knit only) border of 5 sts on the right and left side of the scarf, which is already included in the written pattern and on the chart. For a cleaner edge, sl the first st of every row purl-wise.

If you are using synthetic fiber, skip the blocking phase. Instead, k the scarf to approx. 50-55,’’ cut the yarn, leaving a 20’’ tail, and continue to the Kitchener St sewing instructions.

The infinity scarf is long enough that you loop it twice around your neck. If you wish for a quicker project, feel free to knit half the length (25’’ or so inches long).
 
 These last couple of photos were actually taken at the infamous Acorn Street on Beacon Hill this past weekend! Our Boston trip was AMAZING! We were there Friday through Sunday to celebrate our 8 year wedding anniversary!
Can you see the inspiration in color, name and tent-like picture on the cover? Yes, I AM a big geek! It's a wonderful series, try it out if you are at all interested in the 1800's Boston (Gilded Age romance mystery).
 The matching mitten set is coming out in a few days! Stay tuned. You can purchase it seperately, or as a bundle with the scarf.

FO: Flax Light Sweater

It's been a while since I've posted here.

Too long.

I've been posting so heavily on Instagram and Facebook that I have forgotten to post here!

That's going to change. I have a few FO's to share, as well as three--yes, three new designs that will be published VERY soon!

First, I will start off with one of my first FOs, The Flax Light Sweater.


Needles: size US 3 and 6
Started: September 1st, 2016    Completed September 19th, 2017

But first, let's start back at the beginning (a year ago!) so you can see it develop:
I used a tubular cast on method in hopes that the neckline would be stretchy and professional looking.
Yeah, not so stretchy on my end. Something to work on...
I've been bringing this bad boy everywhere.
On walks to the garden/forest preserves,
camping,
knitting at the pool,
and of course, lots of home knitting sessions while watching Netflix.

I love it.
I finished right before my Boston trip, and wore it on a chilly misty day in New England!
This is not my most flattering of FO pictures, but this was after walking all day long in the rain, cold, while being utterly exhausted. We are right in front of the Revere statue in the North End.

I get so many compliments on this sweater already. It's such a wonderful pattern, and looks amazing in this colorway. LOVE.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

KUAS Podcasts: Episode 9- the one with all the wips

I just uploaded a podcast today!
There's lots of FOs and Wips. At 28:45, you can see my review of Noro's newest book (and the giveaway prize for our Hat KAL). 

P.S- because this book review is so late, I extended the "Quick Ombre Hat" KAL until April 8th!

If you like these podcasts and would like me to continue making more, please subscribe! <3

Sunday, March 12, 2017

FO: Quickie Ombre Hat

Good morning, readers.
This was one of those weekends where staying home and resting up was essential.

I started a hat KAL this March for the Quick Ombre Hat pattern as part of my Noro Knit Accessories Book 2 giveaway, and felt it was the perfect time to start that project. I ended up knitting all afternoon (and evening) on it and actually completed the hat in a day. Boy did that feel great!
 Pattern: Quickie Ombre Hat by Emily Dormier (free pattern)
Yarn: Paton's Classic Worsted Weight Wool in white and teal, about 1/3 of skein each 
(pattern calls for 100 yds each)
Needles: US 7 (16'' circular), US 8 (16'' circular) and size US 8 dpns
Started: 3/11/17    Completed: 3/11/17
Mods: see the end of this post
I knit this hat while catching up on some podcasts (and while discovering new ones). It was the perfect distraction from life.

I knit using the stranded method of holding the main color in my right hand (thrower's style), and holding the contrasting color in my left (continental style). When my hand cramped, I then separated the strands so that my contrasting color was always at my right, and I would switch off "throwing" the yarn, which is a little less efficient (but not too much slower since I don't don't really knit continental style anyways).
I'd say it was a success. The middle section was a little tighter than I'd like, but no harm to foul.
I did have a "whoopsie" moment with the color-work on the whiter half of the hat. Can you see it? I accidentally knit two blue stitches in a row, thus throwing off the pattern and lining up the blue stitches in the form of a column instead of staggered. Once I realized it, I cursed a bit, then moved on (having the "screw it" mentality). No one will notice.
I used my extra large Clover pom pom maker (which is always a treat). I wrapped 75 times per side, which made it full (but not overly dense). I think next time, I will go to 85 wraps.
This is a very easy and fun pattern, which I highly recommend to beginners and even well seasoned knitters. The pattern does run "small" on adults, so I casted on more stitches and lengthened it quite a bit. I also changed the ribbing pattern.

Here's my mods:
1.) CO 98sts using size US 7 circular needles (16'', or a long magic loop). Knit a 1x1 twisted rib for 2'' (*k1tbl,p1*). Change to size US 8 needles (16'' or a long magic loop needle).
2.) k2tog, k48, k2tog, knit to end. Knit the next rd straight.
3.) Work entire charted pattern as written.
4.) Knit 2 rds straight before decrease instructions. 
5.) Mod to the 1st decrease rd: *k5, k3tog, k5, k2tog* across the rd. Continue the pattern with NO more decrease mods. Use size US 8 DPNs when the stitches get too tight for 16'' needle.
6.) Make a multi-colored pom-pom.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Mardi Gras Freebie (today only)!

 
These socks were inspired by the Medieval "Carnival" tradition of everything being "topsy turvy" with the peasants and elite. Hence the reverse stockinette stitch on the heel, foot and toes. The ribbing is unique too. I hope you like the different takes on the sock.
 
Have a fun and safe day today!

Monday, February 27, 2017

Enter to WIN Noro's newest book!

Sixth&Spring contacted me several weeks ago to see if I would review their two newest books that are coming out this spring. Of course I jumped on it! They also mentioned that I can run a give-away for them. This book is filled with colorful and textured scarves, shawls, hats, gloves and more! You don't want to miss it.

I've been wanting to run a proper hat KAL from this blog, so what better way to kickstart one than to have a fabulous prize?!

March's HAT KAL: 
"Quick Ombre Hat" pattern by Emily Dormier (FREE pattern)

One winner will be chosen at random from this KAL to win the "Knit Noro Accessories 2" book that will be released this April.

Projects must be started between the frame of March 1st and completed & posted in the FO thread no later than March 31st. The winner will be announced April 1st.

Please click on the threads below to enter and read the complete "rules" information:
WIP thread (chatter thread)
FO (no chatter) thread

Please consider joining the KUAS Central Ravelry group as well. Have fun! I look forward to seeing your color combinations! :) I'm digging the dark and light effect. May the odds be ever in your favor!

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

FO: Zoe Hat

It's been a cold and mostly blistery winter (again) in the northern Chicagoland area. Today is the first mild day in a while (40 degrees F), and we are enjoy it every bit!

It's been dark and gloomy the past couple of days, so I've been waiting to photograph this FO in some natural light, but had to compromise with what little daylight is coming through this overcast day.

I just feels like a pour-yourself-a-steamy-cup-of-tea-and-finish-the-ending-of-your-book (which I did) kind of day.

This hat is one that I picked out for our 1/1-2/1 2017 KAL on my "Knitting up a storm, the blog" facebook page group. I have posted a video on how to work these 2-st cables without the use of a cable needle. If you attempt this pattern, or any with tons of 2-st cables, be sure to check out that video. You'll have to be part of the group first to see the video.

I enjoyed this knit. The cables were not hard, the texture is interesting. However, the hat itself is not long or slouchy. It almost needs a little bit of blocking to get more ease. At least using the yarn I did, it's almost suited more for the head size of a pre-teen.

If you're looking for a more slouchy hat, you'll want to throw in several more rounds before decreasing and/or use thicker worsted weight yarn than suggested (like an aran weight). The brim of the hat just reaches my ears.

Pattern: Zoe Hat by Alexandra Davidoff
Yarn: about 1/2 skein of Malibrigo Yarn Merino Worsted in "Mint" (approx. 100 yds used)
Needles: US size 5 & 7 (9'' circular needles), and US 7 dpns
Modifications: the ribbing-- I made a 1x1 twisted rib instead of 2x2 standard ribbing
Casted on: 1/1/17      Completed: 1/15/17

I used a fur pompom. It seems to be the all rage now for knitted hats. Ironically enough, it's hard to find at a franchized craft store. I ended up finding this pompom from HobbyLobby on a keychain, since they did not sell fur pompoms in the knitting or sewing section (No luck also at JoAnn's). 

I removed the keychain part of the pompom and no one will be none the wiser. I just wished that I could have found a natural light brown pompom that would have matched this hat a little more. I think the contrast is a little too stark for me.

Saturday, January 07, 2017

FO: Antler Hat (Toque) #2

Last Thursday, I gifted my husband his very own Antler Hat (also refered as Anter Toque). I made his brother a silver one for Christmas, and he seemed to be eyeing it, so I decided to make the same pattern for him as well. I chose this color because he owns a pair of gloves that match pretty closely. This color really goes with everything.
Yarn: Cascade 220 in Charcoal Grey
Needles: Size US 6 and US 8 circular needles
Method: magic loop
Cast-on date: 1/1/17         Completed: 1/5/17
Modifications: 2.25'' ribbing and only 6 antlers before doing the decreases

While at the craft store, I decided to pick up a new set of cable needles. I own metal ones in various shapes, but I find that they are too slippery and long. Clover makes a set of plastic cable needles that are a bit shorter and with a square nook to hold the stitches. I found that they were a bit easier to work cables with, even though they were flimsier.
I tried all four needles, and found with this project, the medium white cable needle was the easiest to work with, and stitches didn't slip off. I just wish that the ends were a bit sharper.

My husband is very pleased with his gift. Now that it's done, I'm off knitting something from my pattern queue: the Zoe Hat. We are doing a KAL in my facebook group during this month. Join us!

Friday, January 06, 2017

FO: Flax Light #1 (4-6 yr old size)



The first of my Flax Light Sweaters for my 6 year old twins is done! This project took longer than I anticipated (especially with me also working ony my adult "Flax Light" sweater) Here's the first post about this sweater.

Pattern: Flax Light Sweater by Tincanknits
Size: 4-6 year old
Yarn: 4 skeins of Paton's Kroy Sock Yarn in the colorway "flax"
Needles: US 2 and US 5 circular needles (magic loop method)
Started:  August 19th 2016           Completed: December 30th 2016
Modifications: .5 inches longer on the arms. 

I haven't posted much about this project on this blog, so let me share some of the sweater's journey:
It was knit mostly during late summer and fall. I thought maybe I could finish it before Halloween. Whoops.
Acutally, most of it WAS finished by Halloween (you can see that it was still warm out), but I also wanted to have my pumpkin spice colored adult flax done in time for Halloween too. When that deadline passed, then it was for "Thanksgiving." That has passed too. EEK!
The sleeves only needed about 4 more inches to be completed! So, after working on my annual "Year in Review Post" around Christmastime, I realized how I have left a project that was nearly completed alone in a bin to languish. I was determined to complete it in time for the New Year...so I knit the rest of the sleeves around Christmastime. 

I decided to work the sleeve's two-at-a-time, like my socks, so they are the same length for sure. I may have been enjoying a few treats while knitting. :)
I love watching FOs soak in the tub, and seeing the yarn bloom as the bubbles dissipate. It's the little things in life, right?
I blocked out the sweater to be just an inch larger in the body. I am so pleased with the results. The sweater is absolutely beautiful. The texture on just the sleeves is very smart---it's just the right amount of detail in the right places, and so simple. Not busy, like some sweaters. I can't wait for my own sweater to be done!
The colorway for this yarn was gorgeous too! Since the name of this pattern has "flax" in it, I happend to stumble upon that color at the store and couldn't resist! 
Here's Sam modeling the sweater for you. Unfortunately, they think it's too scratchy, and I'll have to put a colored shirt on underneath. They don't care for it much, really though. It's a tragedy. Their opinion: it's scratchy and a boring color. *sigh* Next time, I'm going to use acyrillic for them!