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Chic Knits PNW #1

Lately, I’ve been living in a little something that, as they say, just hits the spot…

It is cozy and warm and pretty good looking to boot!

These are my plain verisons of the PNW #1 cardigan, from l. to r. in oatmeal color and navy chunky yarn…

Going through my stash, I found an extra skein of the oatmeal color and got a bee in my bonnet to add some length and pockets to make it even more like a jacket.

That’s the beauty of top-down knitting! You can just knit until the yarn runs out! I made the pockets first, then added the rest of the yarn to the length of the body. Because the gauge on this is 4 sts per inch, it’s pretty fast knitting, too!

So, I’m ready for a hike, raking the leaves (never ends here in Portland!) or just a nice cozy cuppa coffee in the morning wrapped in fluffy comfort…

find the details and pattern here
•••> PNW #1 <•••

Play Yarn Chicken Like a Pro

Not too long ago, I was adventuring in a great experiment. For over a year, I lived here in Portland Oregon without a car – taking public transportation and riding my bike everywhere.

Not only did lots of knitting get done at bus stops, etc. but on one lovely day, a fellow rider pointed me to an incredile house sale where I traded one dollar a skein for some glorious Harrisville Higland Heather wool…

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I wound it all up and gave it a little squeeze of fresh Portland air for good measure and then left it to linger in deep stash, waiting (and waiting, and waiting…)

But something in the changing weather and leaves all around me in recent weeks awoke my fascination with this lovely yarn. The color of the majority of it is actually named “FOLIAGE” and it has all the beautiful variations of the russet, gold and splashes of persimmon you see in the autumn landscape.

Chic Knits Knitting BlogI cast on an IBA cardigan – which is perfect for this yarn.

The Highland Heather has some nice body to it and I’m thinking will produce one of those essential wear-it-around-the-house-for-everything wrappers I love to put together.

My favorite yarns seem to be those that can last the test of time and don’t have to be babied but work for their room and board! So far, it’s turning out great – the front bands and back detail are lovely and dimensional with the heathery tones.

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The only problem (besides not having more hours in the day to knit knit knit and get it done faster), is I’m not really sure I have enough to make this as long as I’d really love it to be! Lately, I’ve be enthralled with Really Long Cardigans – and if this could go to almost knee-length, it would be awesome.

You know what that means, right?

It’s time for, drum roll, another edition of Yarn Chicken here at Studio Chic.

I have 5 skeins of the Foliage color; my estimates, based on years of making bottom-up sewn sweaters are roughly:
      • 1 skein for each sleeve = 2 skeins used
      • 2 skeins for the Back and
      • 1 skein each for the Fronts

Ooops. That’s 6 skeins (I only have 5 in Foliage) AND this is a top-down sweater! Hmmm. Would my normal theory hold?

To test it, once I finished the Yoke and its current ball of yarn, the Iba cardi was about 4″ beyond where you split for the Body. To that point, I’d used 2 skeins.

Next, I put all the Body stitches on scrap yarn, so I could knit the Sleeves and see how much yarn remained.

With whatever, if any, yarn was left over from them, I could add it to my 1-skein targeted for the lower Body and just knit until the yarn runs out! (Cue: FAVE knitting action!)

This time, I also basted the Body SHUT with some scrap yarn – one of my Pet Peeves with top-down sweaters is how they flop around when you’re knitting the sleeves – IMHO, lots of avoidable wear’n’tear cut down with this little detour. This means it can sit in my lap (nice bonus: a little warmth) and I can go to town on those sleeves.

When I’m ready to go on with the Body knitting, it’s an easy remove and back on the needles.

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Notice also, I might just have an ace-in-the-hole here too, IF I’m game enough.

I have one skein of Mustard (gold) which just might make a nice wide bottom band – it blends rather nicely with the Foliage and would be a brisk counterpoint to denim jeans.

stay tuned & find more details on the IBA CARDIGN here

the Denim Saga [part 6] – the Final Rose – After Shrinking Denim Yarn

After waiting for all the yarnie planets to align (and chores and whatnot finished), I’ve taken that Great Leap of Faith and SHRUNK my Cerisara indigo Den-M-Nit cardi…

The result?


in Yarnville today!

I have to admit, even after my great swatch experiment, I was Nervous! Knitting this cardi didn’t take longer and it wasn’t any more difficult than anything I’ve made before but just the thought of all those hours going Down the Drain, so to speak, if it went south at the very end, made me drag my feet.

But this week was not the week to be weak, and into the hot, hot sudsy water she bravely went (with two thick towels for moral support)!

After a nice spin in the dryer, checking every few minutes just like I’d do if I was felting wool, I removed the sweater when it was almost dry. (The body of the sweater was dry to the touch but the sleeves were the tiniest bit damp at the cuffs.)

I patted it out flat on a table and measured and VOILA! It came out as Planned!

Talk about happy dancing like nobody’s watching – well – you had to see it to believe it!

Chic Knits Den-M-Nit Cerisara

The fabric was crisp, textured, and a lovely bright navy hue:

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Most satisfying of all? My original dream that this design would work well with the indigo yarn came true!

Cerisara Knit Lace Cardigan

All the areas and details performed in a most lovely way: the lace patterning had lovely “polished-to-white” highlights and the reverse Stockinette stitch made a soft textured field of slightly variegated color.

All in all a most happy knit!

And how do we celebrate the HAPPY here at Studio Chic?
Denim Yarn Lace Cardi

How about a Giveaway! I have more of this lovely yarn and am going to cast on another (Gansey-inspired, shhh…) cardi very soon and would love to share a cone with YOU!

How to join in?
Visit this post on Instagram for all the giveaway details

HAPPY KNITTING (and shrinking)!!!

…here’s all the articles I’ve written on knitting with Den-M-Nit indigo denim cotton yarn…

The Denim Saga
[part 1] – About that Yarn
[part 2] – The Sweater Awakens
[part 3] – Knitting with Indigo Denim Yarn
[part 4] – Picking Up Stitches using Denim Yarn
[part 5] – Real-time Shrinkage in Denim Yarn
[part 6] – the Final Rose – After Shrinking Denim Yarn

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