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Tuesday, March 20, 2007

It’s time to hood the Hoodie!


Gwen writes:”…Do you mattress seam everywhere, including the shoulders? Or do you backstitch the shoulders
for more stability?”

For the shoulder seams on this sweater, since it’s Going to Work (meaning heavy use), I like to seam with Slip Stitch Crochet. It is very flexible and sturdy (and wicked fast) – adds a little thickness, but after a blast of steam, it *renders* very flat. That’s one of the cool things about wool (and some other fibers). You can build multiple layers and upon application of heat, that bulk is greatly reduced.

the Knitter’s Companion
you can find this technique on page 78.

I always mattress stitch the side seams (page 73 of above book) – once you do it once or twice, it is very fast and is my favorite. Now that I’ve started teaching workshops, this is something I love to demonstrate. People usually are a little surprised at how fast it can be!

Each to their own, but I would rather spend 10 minutes mattress stitching than wrestling with a one-piece sweater of this size. The structure seaming adds to a garment of this type lends to greater durability and that’s what I’m after. I wear all my sweaters to work, at home, anywhere. This construction process gives me a lot of confidence that what I’m making will last and serve me well.


I especially liked the way the neckline turned out on this with the hood stitches picked up.

Jane writes: “Is this the Twist on your pattern site? I didn’t see the cables on the sleeves in the photo
–is there a variation of the pattern?”

This is a variation of the Twist pattern for sale; I’m thinking of releasing it as version II. What do you think?

Monday, March 19, 2007

  Monday Morning Mirth  

Meet Joe Dyton
Caveman at Large…

This site is pretty high-band but be sure to click around the apartment – I especially like the iPod!

March 17, 2007

Knitters and Yarn Stores form an irresistable force. It’s a

                                                                  Part One in a series…

Every knitter knows, while cruising in one’s car, that it’s virtually impossible to pass up a yarn store! Lucky me, in my little Jeep, I’ve been seen making U-turns at the speed of light never missing that opportunity to stop and shop and it’s two snaps up before I’m on a first name basis with my LYS and their stash. My stash…

And where there’s yarn, there’s PATTERNS. That’s where I come in – Chic Knits Patterns are popping up all over the place…

Meet my new (and old) friend Nathania Apple.

Nathania, Chloe & Sandi

She’s one of the owner’s of Purlescence Yarns, a fabulous shop in Sunnyvale, California.

Nathania (at left), along with Chloe Kestermont and Sandi Luck decided to merge their dreams and opened Purlescence in the Summer of 2006. Their passion for the craft has fashioned a warm and welcoming space –

Here’s what local Sunnyvale yarn connoisseur Silvia has to say…
"Question:  What makes a yarn store a "LYS"?

Sil Answer:  A store that stocks things you actually want to buy. I know that’s kind of a weird answer, but that’s the way I felt when I went to Purlescence.  The store is chock full of tempting yarns and is well lit, open, airy with big comfy chairs for a sit down and knit awhile vibe.

Sandi, Nathania and Chloe have melded their expertise and created an inviting space with a pleasing selection of yarns and patterns bound to make you spend your paycheck.”

from opening day 2006

“Did I mention that there’s parking…While I know everyone has different expectations for a fiber store, I find that Purlescence stocks some decent acrylic blends for washable baby gifts AND the yummiest of Malabrigo colorways.

Hot burning feeling for lace, they’re got your back.

A nice well rounded selection, clearly chosen by knitters on my same wavelength.  Often, I’ve found that the fiber emporiums assume that you’d really like to make a $200 sweater for every darn project.  Since that’s not my reality, I go for diversity.  Socks to nuts, so to speak.  STR to Encore…

Well worth the drive, even with the price of gas!"

Chic Knits Patterns available at:

Purlescence Yarns
586 S Murphy Ave
Sunnyvale, Ca 94086
408-735-YARN (9276)

Monday: 12 noon – 6 pm
Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday: 12 noon – 9 pm
Thursday: 12 noon – 9 pm
Friday: 12 noon – 6 pm
Saturday: 10 am – 5 pm
Sunday: 12 noon – 4 pm


Nathania recently finished a fabulous Ariann made from Malabrigo in the "Chesnut" colourway.

Get your copy of the Chic Knits Ribby Pulli at Purlescence which includes instructions for this very wearable hoodie…

Instructions for this fabulous scoop-neck Ribby Pulli included!

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