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Fall 19 Knitalong: Swatching and Casting On

  Welcome back, knitters! Today we'll be talking all about swatching and casting on your Cilfor sweater.  Once you've got your yarn and needles in hand, fight the urge to immediately cast on - to ensure that your sweater will fit just right, you've got to start with a swatch. Making a swatch isn't just an arbitrary step in the process of knitting - it informs you of your gauge. Gauge is defined as the amount of stitches and rows/rounds that occur over a certain number of inches; for Cilfor, the gauge is 19 stitches & 28 rounds over 4" of stockinette stitch....

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Winter of Colorwork KAL Part 6: Steeking

Winter of Colorwork KAL Part 6: Steeking

Welcome back knitters! For those of you who have been knitting Pascal cardigans along with us, you should now be done knitting the body of your cardigan. If you are still working on your sweater, don't fret! We'll be here for you when you're ready. Before we secure and cut the steek, we’ll be grafting together our underarm stitches using a tapestry needle and the Kitchener Stitch. The Kitchener Stitch is used to sew live stitches together in a way that mimics a row of knitting. Pieces to be joined are live on needles, with right sides facing out and both...

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Winter of Colorwork KAL Part 5: Joining the Sleeves to the Body

Winter of Colorwork KAL Part 5: Joining the Sleeves to the Body

Welcome back knitters, this week we’ll be talking all about the steps needed to join your Pascal sleeves to your sweater body and then begin working through the yoke - the final steps before steeking! At this point you will have three knitted tubes to work with: two sleeve tubes, a right and a left, on waste yarn or stitch holders and a sweater body tube still live on your needles. To join these three pieces together first locate the “Union Round” section of your pattern, for the digital version of Pascal that will be page 10. TIP: Lay your...

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Winter of Colorwork KAL Part 3: Cast On & Sleeves

Winter of Colorwork KAL Part 3: Cast On & Sleeves

Let's Knit Along! We're so excited to finally start our Pascal Cardigans with you for our Winter of Colorwork KAL — are you?! Let's get to it...   Cast On & Sleeves This week we're starting with the sleeves. They're knit in the round, starting with a garter stitch band, so the Long Tail Cast On is a great choice to create a tidy edge. But first — have you swatched in garter stitch, stockinette, and colorwork to determine the needle sizes you’ll need? 14 stitches & 22 rounds = 4" in stockinette stitch with Size A needle(s), after blocking | Suggested Size:...

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Winter of Colorwork KAL Part 1: Selecting Colors

We wrote plenty of resources last year leading up to our Winter of Colorwork KAL, so we'll use this time before and during the KAL as opportunities to share our tips and techniques for working each part of your colorwork project — choosing colors, swatching for stranded colorwork, and sweater construction (if you're working on a sweater), to name just a few. Members of the Brooklyn Tweed Team are also knitting along with Gudrun Johnston's Pascal Cardigan in Quarry (to be released next week with our Winter 19 collection), so our posts each week will be focused on working the parts of this project...

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