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New Threads Friday: FISHER LASSIE

Chic Knits Fisher Lassie Cardigan

Autumn is peeking right around the corner and it’s time for a ramble in its lovely crisp air…

Perfect for that stroll? Chic Knits FISHER LASSIE a cardigan version of the gansey sweaters often worn by the 19th century fishermen of British coastline communities.

This design features the distinctive stitch patterning of that era but incorporates modern styling, fit and techniques.

Fisher Lassie is made from the top-down and has a neat shaped shawl collar making it a cozy cardigan for all your outdoor adventures, on land or sea.

This cardigan is knit at 5.5 sts per inch using DK weight yarn – a perfect year-round topper with a new look for a beloved tradition...

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Knitting Tips & Techniques – June 5, 2014

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v.4 Replacing Stitches Held on Scrap Yarn Back on Working Needle…

While I’ve been working on the longer version of the ABRIA cardigan, several of my favorite (and really useful) techniques have been in play.

Chic Knits Abria Cardigan Knitting Pattern

So far:

  • Provisional Cast-On (my fave? a Chained PCO!)
  • Slipped Edge Sts
  • Pick-Up-and-Knit (will be teaching a workshop on this soon at the Friends & Fiber Retreat)
  • m1L and m1R (slanting, low-profile directional increases)
  • Slip stitches to scrap yarn to hold
  • Replace held stitches back on working needle

After putting the Abria body stitches on scrap yarn to measure its length in the last session, it was time to do the technique last on the list above: replace the stitches held on scrap yarn back on the circular working needle so I could keep knitting.

From my casual, non-scientific chats with other knitters, taking live stitches off the needle like this, especially when it’s a large number, is something that many avoid like the plague! But when making no-sew garments (top-down sweaters we’re lookin’ at you here!) unless you are willing to resign yourself to living in sleeve-less sweaters (v.e.s.t.s.), there’s going to come a day that you are just going to have to Do It.

It’s been my experience, that in the long run, if you just jump right on it and get the Fear Factor out of the way, just like when you decide to RIP off that band-aid, most of the time you’ll find that there was very little to be afraid of!

Awkward? Yes.

Difficult? Not really…

Time Consuming? No – once you’ve done it a couple of times, replacing stitches from scrap yarn to a needle goes really FAST.

It is especially fool-proof when you’ve used Scrap Yarn as your Holder. :)

Secret Sauce: you do not have to remove the yarn while you replace the stitches! You just use your working needle and poke it through the center of the loop of the held stitch while the scrap yarn “lurks” behind that stitch.

Here’s how it works (and please excuse my Minnie Mouse voice! My little in-camera mic is wonky.)

That’s all there is too it!

Here’s my longer ABRIA ready for its sleeves…

Chic Knits Abria Knitting Pattern

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Monday Muse June 2, 2014

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…when I heard this month that the Met Museum was releasing a colleciton of digital images I couldn’t wait to to browsing…

One of the first things I found? A Downton Abbey era sweater – one of the first non-male cardigans that some fabulous chic woman wore circa 1915-1920.

Love the styling and the POP of spring color — it’s as fresh almost a century later as it was on Day One…

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