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by Renée Callahan

A new kind of sweater pattern

Hello!

Today I’d like to introduce the pattern I wrote for the Machine Knitting, Sweater Basics. I have to say that I was really pleased with this pattern, and I hope it will be useful for both hand and machine knitters.

Sweater Blank schematic

My idea was to create a worksheet that could lead a knitter through making a pattern based on a fabric of any gauge. I wanted it to be super clear and easy enough for even a beginner knitter to understand and work through. It was particularly important for me that it would be easy to customise.

 

Sweater Blank worksheet by Renee Callahan

Peek of the Sweater Blank Worksheet courtesy of Craftsy.com

Initial indications suggest that the pattern has been really successful for the people who have used it and I am so excited about seeing the finished projects–sometimes a very first project for the knitter (!) coming through.

I knit several versions of the sweater, modelled here by the lovely Craftsy model:

A Sweater Blank Sweater by Renee Callahan

 

A Sweater Blank Sweater by Renee Callahan

A Sweater Blank Sweater by Renee Callahan

Photos courtesy of Craftsy

I have started a Ravelry project page for the sweater and I really look forward to seeing the projects progress.

If you haven’t signed up, but are interested in learning more about machine knitting or getting the Sweater Blank OR you would just like a 25% discount on any Craftsy.com class, please have a look at  my website.

Happy knitting,

Rx

by Renée Callahan

Wool Tribe 2017

Hello!

How is your knitting season going? I hear that mid-January is considered the most depressing time of the year. Do you find that to be the case? For me, once I have had a tiny tantrum about Christmas being over, really over, I get excited about the New Year and new resolutions and plans and fresh starts, etc. I had the launch of my Craftsy machine knitting class to keep me on my toes, and the pleasure of seeing the latest publication from the Edinburgh Yarn Fest ladies, so I didn’t feel the blues.

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You may have seen the previews for Wool Tribe 2017 are up and the magazine is available for pre-order now!

There are 6 lovely accessory designs from indie designers, including Amanda B. Collins, Jane Crowfoot, Francesca HughesClare DevineDonna Smith and my contribution; Belsyde, an asymmetrical triangular shawl worked with Kettle Yarn Co. Baskerville in Dawn and gorgeous Islington in Siren Call teal.

belsyde-shawl-by-renee-callahan

The shawl uses 3 different types of geometric lace to create a unisex shawl with lots of interest.

To get all 6 patterns, you can pre-order your copy of Wool Tribe here!

The shawl will be available as an individual digital download in June.

I hope you are knitting the blues away!

Happy knitting,

Rx

by Renée Callahan

Happy Holidays!

Hello!!

How are you? I love Christmas and am now in full holiday mode, but I do have a ton of exciting plans for 2017 that I can’t wait to share with you. Until then, I hope your holidays are wonderful and here is just a peek at what is coming up:

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This January, Craftsy will have a new class in machine knitting! Stay tuned for announcements and special discount codes!

boreal-forest-cowl-by-renee-callahan

If you are still looking for a holiday knit, I might have just the thing for you: the Boreal Hat and Cowl patterns are now available for individual purchase!

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Happy Holidays to all and to all a good knit!!

Rx

by Renée Callahan

The Asterisks Shawl

My pattern for February!

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The Asterisks Shawl info:

I was recently feeling the need to knit something substantial that would wrap around me and then some. I
wanted an easy, satisfying knit; something that was interesting but easily memorised and didn’t require too
much attention to the instructions and charts. This shawl is just the thing for comfort knitting: it begins with
a top down garter tab cast on, and then grows from plain stockinette stitch to a dual-coloured open stitch,
ending with a super-simple lace border.

Asterisks Shawl from behind.

The Asterisks Shawl in all its bum-covering glory.

I was really keen to make the increasing in the shawl as simple and repetitive as possible, and I think I have managed that.  One of the things I like about knitting is the aspect of physical meditation.  There are times when I want to be challenged by the knitting, to pay attention and to make something that looks really amazing, and there are times I want to enjoy the knitting for the physical act of knitting.  What I hope to have achieved here is an enjoyable knit that looks good.  Y’all will have to let me know if I managed it.

YARN
MC: Artesano Alpaca, Inca Cloud 100% Alpaca, 131 yards (120 m) per 50g ball.
4.23oz (120g) 312 yards (286 m) used.
CC: Kona Superwash 100% Merino, 70 yards/oz (228m/50g)
8.1oz (231g) 560 yards (512 m) used.
Note: The two yarns used here are are not exactly the same thickness: the merino is slightly thicker and
has less halo than the alpaca. Neither yarn is readily available now, but luckily the shawl pattern is forgiving,
and any fingering or 4 ply weight yarn can be substituted.

The shawl is generously sized at 62 inches (182 cm) across and 33 inches (83 cm) deep. The pattern includes instructions to easily increase or decrease the size.

Asterisks Shawl

Asterisks Shawl in East London sun

The Asterisks Shawl Pattern on Ravelry.

Talk about getting in under the wire. Everything I do is a little last minute at the moment, but that will all change this month, when surely things will get done early and efficiently.  A girl can dream…

ps do you ever get used to seeing your own face on patterns and websites?  I assume the weirdness/discomfort passes?