Showing posts with label vintage modern knits. Show all posts
Showing posts with label vintage modern knits. Show all posts

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Tutorial: 2-1-2 Left Leaning Cable with No Cable Needles

So I have been knitting the Bramble Beret from Vintage Modern Knits for my sister for the past month or so (we won't go into too much detail as to why it entered the UFO bin for the summer).

I got the book back in January. I didn't start the pattern until May even though I had yarn specifically for this purpose.

I was afraid of the 2-1-2 left leaning cable. This is a cable stitch that goes, "slip two stitches onto 1st cable needle, hold in front. Slip 1 stitch onto 2nd cable needle, hold in back. K2, p1 from 2nd cable needle, k2 from first cable needle."

Say what. TWO cable needles?

I finally did figure it out, and then when I worked on my Sea of Japan hat, came across the same cable again. That time, I figured out how to do it with just one cable needle.

Why not no cable needles at all?

It CAN be done. First, hie thee to Grumperina's website and familiarize yourself on how to cable without a cable needle in the first place. It's a great site and this is how I learned how to do cabling - I have never used a cable needle, except for one cowl in bulky weight yarn that had a cable with 16 stitches. Yikes.

So this is what the cable looks like in terms of setup: k2, p1, k2. We need to get the k2 stitches to cross, with the p1 still in the middle.
Here is how I did the 2-1-2 LC (red boxes are to help point out what I am doing with the stitches):

1. Slip the first 2 stitches onto the right needle.
2. Bring the yarn to the front of the next stitch (the purl stitch) and slip that onto the right needle.
3. Knit the next two stitches. All 5 stitches will be on the right needle.
4. This is where Grumperina's tutorial really comes in. First we need to get that purl stitch to the left side of the 2 stitches that were just knitted. Slip the left needle behind the purl stitch. "Pinch" the first two knit stitches with your left thumb and forefinger.
 5. This is why we "pinch": slip the right needle out from all 3 of those stitches (the two stitches already knitted on the left, and the purl stitch in the middle). The purl stitch will remain on the left needle, and the two knit stitches are hanging in the air. Bring the right needle in front of the purl stitch, and insert into the two knit stitches that are floating.
6. Purl the purl stitch on the left needle. Now on the right needle, you have 1 stitch purled, two stitches knit (that were originally on the right of the 2-1-2 combo) and two knit stitches still not yet knit all the way on the right. We need to bring those two knit stitches at the end all the way to the left.
7. Take the left needle and bring it to the front. Insert into those last two unknit knit stitches.
8. Pinch again, and slip the back right needle out from the stitches. The three stitches that were originally in the front of the two knit stitches now on the left needle are in the air; catch them with the right needle behind the left.
9. Knit the two stitches on the left needle and Voila! 2-1-2 left leaning cable with no cable needles.
Hope you enjoyed the tutorial - this is the first one that I've written so it's not quite perfect, but do drop a line if you have any questions.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Episode 9: Onto the Castle

Off the Needles

Completed Vasili's Socks - still need to weave in the ends and perhaps do a light steam block to open up the sock a bit more. Finished the toe while sitting in the front seat of my parent's car - had the opportunity to try out the Sea Bands and knitting at the same time since I didn't get a chance to do that while in Florida, despite the copius amount of time spent in the car.

On the Needles

Thanks to the generosity of a listener, I have recieved 6 skeins of Lorna's Laces Dove in the colorway Aslan! I knew that this was dying to be a sweater so I eventually cast on for the Castle Pullover, by Cecily Glowik MacDonald from Quince & Co.

Knitting Trainwrecks
I didn't actually get the yarn and immediately swatch for the Castle Pullover; according to the Ravelry database Lorna's Laces Dove is an Aran weight yarn. In reality it's not; I swatched for the Cadence Pullover on 10s and didn't get gauge, even though the fabric was to my taste. Then tried 11s to get gauge and it was too loose so I undid the swatch and pretty much threw my interchangeable needle case across the living room (not quite, but close enough). I took the yarn and wrapped it around my WPI measuring tool and instead of 8 WPI, I got...13 which is a heavy sport/light fingering. Definitely not aran.

Knitting Finds

Velvet Hippo - her stitch markers are so lovely! Like little bits of jewelry for your knitting, which is apt since Torii is also a jewelry maker and it shows in the quality of the stitch markers.

Little Red Bicycle - heard about this indie dyer from the Never Not Knitting podcast, really beautiful tonal and semi-solid colors as well as some variegated.

On Brooklyn Tweed's blog, Jared Flood discusses a recent trip he made to the mill in Maine where the Shelter line is made, and mentions that he is going to post a photo essay series this week on the entire process in which yarn is made at the mill which is very exciting. (not jsut for the gorgeous photography but to also see how yarn is made at a mill)

Events and Knit-a-Longs

Went to the first of Knitty City's Ravelry meet-ups, which are on the first Thursday of the month from 6-8pm. There were snacks, lots of knitting and a 10% discount. I had the pleasure of meeting one of the listeners from the show and learned something interesting about myself. Also met Jennie Gee who created the popular Keep Calm and Carry Yarn bags and recently brought a new series of bags to the shop. I picked up one of them which is a series of screenprinted quotes related to knitting from literature - the first quote was from Charles Dicken's Tale of Two Cities. Definitely plan to go to the next one!

This Sunday, Courtney Kelley and Kate Gagnon Osborn from Kelbourne Woolens, who are distributors of the Fibre Company Yarns will be at Purl SoHo teaching an Intro to Cables and Arans Workshop from 12-3 and a book signing of Vintage Modern Knits and trunk show will follow from 3-6 pm.

Maryland Sheep and Wool is coming! Hooray! Who will be going? Unfortunately the vendors are still not up, so I can not make my plan of attack (via Excel spreadsheet) just yet.


Thanks for listening!

Closing Song: "The Car Song," by The Cat Empire from the album Two Shoes. 

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Episode 5: From the West to the East

Off the Needles:

Vintage Baby Cardigan: all that's missing is the finishing - sewing on the bow to close the front and seaming the underarms. Love the 3-Needle bind-off, I may be closing the toes on my socks with this more often. The Patons Grace is a bit drapey; might not knit this pattern again with cotton, but it would work great with wool or wool-blend. Still have some leftover - might make a baby hat and another pair of booties.

On the Needles:

Knitmore Girls Vanilla Sock: while switching back and forth from the purple to the red Koigu KPM on the first sock, I ended up with gaps on both sides of the heel - how to fix this? I did the trick that Cosmic Pluto suggested to wrap the final stitch on her tutorial, but it didn't work. Have half of the second sock completed - I cast on 60 stitches to see how a 60 stitch sock fits on my foot; 56 stitches is ok, but stretched out a bit. 

Knitting Trainwrecks:

Saartje's Booties - the lesson learned here is to NEVER, EVER delete a project page. I remembered I knit these on size 2s, but forgot if I made the larger or the smaller size of the bootie. I cast on for the large and realized it was way too big. Frogging commenced, bootie reknit...and it's still too big. Have to frog it again and knit on size 1s perhaps. Second lesson learned: yes, your gauge can definitely change over the course of 3 years.

Knitting Finds:

Vintage Modern Knits and corresponding KAL by Kate Gagnon Osborn and Courtney Kelley of Kelbourne Woolens/The Fibre Company - what caught my eye was the Adelaide Yoke Pullover which is featured on the cover. Reminded me alot of one of my favorite sweaters, which is a 100% lambswool JCrew raglan sweater in brown with a cream, orange and pink fair-isle motif along the yoke. Also loved the Ajiro Scarf, Abigail Mitts, Maple Bay Cardigan and the Whitby Stockings.

Definitely one of those books that I want to knit about 90% of the patterns in, so it's a great buy if you like the "vintage modern" aesthetic. They will be doing a classes, signings and trunkshows to go along with the release of the book, the schedule of which is here - planning to go to the 3/13 one at Purl SoHo.

EZ Read Along with the Knitmore Girls - one of my favorite EZ quotes so far has been "Perhaps, then, pass by the [acrylic] department, with your nose in the air." Definitely chuckling along to the Knitter's Almanac, if freaking out about how the patterns are written because it's not a format that I am used to; however she does include the "pithy" instructions.

Knitting Travels:

Off to Japan! Part one of a two part series wherein I talk about Japanese yarn and yarn shops and ways to get it both in Japan and in the United States. Some of my local LYS' back in Japan include Masuzakiya (located also in Tokyo, Osaka and Kobe), another craft shop located in the basement of Kyoto Tower, which is across the street from Kyoto Station, Avril (known as Habu in the United States with a NYC location and also locations in Tokyo, Osaka and Kobe), Nomura Tailor (with awesome fabric and sewing notions that made me want to learn how to sew).

If you are there in the summer, check out the noryo-yuka at the Sanjo Starbucks. You can get a Red Bean Frappucino (yum!):
If you need help with translating the Japanese, let me know and I'll do my best - I can also point out on Google maps where most of these places are (which except for Masuzakiya and Yoshikawa in Kyoto Tower, are all in the downtown area between Shijo and Sanjo Dori).

There are also the Japanese Knitting and Crochet and Knitters in Japan group which are great resources (especially the latter for yarn shops since the majority of the group's members live in Japan).

One place that you can buy Japanese yarn from is from Pierrot. You can also order yarn via Rakuten, which is a massive Japanese site that sells almost everything under the sun. Here are some of my favorites:

Puppy Silk Blend
Puppy British Eroika
Puppy Maurice (pretty similar to Lion Brand's Amazing yarn)
Make Make (6 balls will make a pair of socks). Can also find this on kpixie.
Puppy Alpaca Rimisto
Hamanaka Fugue

I have not tried ordering yet but here is the Rakuten Shipping Information. Definitely plan to restock on my favs in the future. In the next episode, I'll be talking about Japanese patterns.

Here is a map of the 4 yarn shops I mentioned that are located in Kyoto.


Thanks to Kristin of the Yarngasm podcast and Abby of the KnitKnit Cafe podcast for mentioning me in their latest episodes!

Closing Song: "Love Letter to Japan" by The Bird and the Bee from their album Ray Guns are Not the Future
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