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welcome back

As many of you noticed, somebody’s been away from their desk for a little bit! :)

For the past few weeks, I’ve been busy moving Studio Chic to a new location in NE Portland! Chic Knits (and me!) are now peacefully, productively enjoying being settled into a quaint, OLD (heh, drafty, 100 year old) bungalow under the pines. Things have been in a tizzy as the painting, cleaning, flooring, and unpacking have unfolded.

But of course, it’s taken a lot longer than I’d anticipated and today, I’m happy to say this:

VOILA! Here’s my “new” workspace! It’s in the back of the building with a ton of windows so the light, for the photog in me, is so very exciting! I can’t wait to dress the mannies and start taking some new shots of budding projects!

Studio Chic Portland Oregon

Meanwhile, something many of you have asked for has started to gel together: a gathering of complimentary patterns that have been released by Chic Knits over the years.

It’s hard to believe that I started this blog in December of 2001 – and have grown and grown over the past decade+ in a way I never imagined!

So, in addition to a facelift of the entire site (to make it streamlined, crisp and fast) you’ll find this new page: FREE.

The patterns are collected from blog posts and articles and indie release; now they all have a unified legible look. I had a good giggle looking at some of the earlier images but have maintained them for continuity and archival interest. Please visit and explore!

Here’s one of the most popular, simple looks I first published:
Chic Cable Headband Free Knitting Pattern

Chic Cable Headband

I actually wear this All the Time here in damp rainy Portland – and am busy putting together stash remnants (it only takes about 160 yards) to Make More.

Stay tuned for more fun – over the next couple of weeks, I’ll be refreshing the Tips page in the same way. In fact, I will be digging through the thirteen years of posts and compiling the Best Of’s in the new clean interface.

Be sure to sign up for the Chic Knits Newsletter here for up-to-date notices and fun specials.

THANK YOU so much for visiting and using the Chic Knits site over the years – I hope you enjoy this new look! :)

Bonne Marie
Bonne Marie Burns of Studio Chic Knits Portland Oregon

New Threads Tuesday – September 30, 2014

Chic Knits Edin Eyelet Lace Cardigan

Early Fall Sweater Weather
oh yeah…

And here in the Pacific Northwest, it’s time for some cozy layers…

New for Early Fall 2014, Chic Knits® EDIN features our simple but elegant top-down techniques with minimal finishing.

Wear this to work for a crisp jacket finish or wrap it around you while you enjoy an outdoor stroll.

EDIN is knit at 4.5 sts per inch and a great match for all the wonderful worsted gauge wool yarns available today. Looks great in a solid or smashing in a kettle dye.

CLICK HERE for all the details…


Chic Knits Edin Eyelet Lace Cardigan

…more adorable sweater dressing from CHIC KNITS here in our Ravelry pattern store…

Knitting Tips & Techniques – June 5, 2014

Knitting Tips: Chic Knits Knit Blog
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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