Free Pattern


Below are photos showing the newest shipment of Opal Sock Yarn, each color paired with a sample sock. The deepest of all those purples is really calling my name — which I attribute to the influence of my newest favorite knitting teacher, Amy Detjen. NOTE: She has a class on Craftsy and having listened attentively to her through knitting camp, this class is NOT TO BE MISSED! I saw the sweater in person and love it!

This week is also Jamie’s birthday–so send her good wishes! August 3rd is her special day!

Below is also a photo of a free cable sock pattern called: Helene. Love it and will knit it. Who will join in the fray?

Loads of Love and Happy Days,
xx M.E. and Summit Yarn Studio

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The completed blanket is now at the studio drying the rest of the way. It is so colorful and so very soft. I think this is my favorite superwash worsted yarn because of the loft of this yarn…it gives the pieces made from it an unexpected and wonderful cushiness — HiKoo Simpliworsted.

The next square is an easy lace pattern that is related to the basket weave stitch — a perennial favorite. The only new abbreviation you need to know is:

SK2P = slip one stitch, k two sts together, pass the slipped st over the k2tog (and off the needle) — leaving one stitch where before there were three. This is a Double Decrease.

Dewdrop Blanket Square
Cast on 51 sts and seed 5 (or 6) rows.

Row 1(RS): seed 4, p2, [k3, p3] X 6, end p2, seed 4.
Row 2(WS): seed 4, k2, [p3, k3] X 6, end p3, k2, seed 4.
Row 3: seed 4, k2, [yo, sk2p, yo, k3] X 6, end yo, sk2p, yo, k2, seed 4.
Row 4: seed 4, p2, [k3, p3] X 6, end k3, p2, seed 4.
Row 5: seed 4, k2, [p3, k3] X 6, end p3, k2, seed 4.
Row 6: seed 4, p2, [k3, p3] X 6, end k3, p2, seed 4.
Row 7: seed 4, k2tog, [yo, k3, yo, sk2p] X 6, end yo, k3, yo, ssk, seed 4.
Row 8: seed 4, k2, [p3, k3] X 6, end p3, k2, seed 4.

Complete rows 1 – 8 seven times, seed five rows and bind off loosely in seed.

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This is the second of four squares we here at Summit Yarn are adding to the Building Blocks Blanket published by Michelle Hunter for Skacel. The pattern is from Barbara Walker Volume Two and is adapted to include the twisted stitch frame which she shows in her photo but does not include in the stitch pattern. This makes for a multiple of nine stitches plus 6 as written in my pattern below. It was a fun stitch pattern and easy to memorize as it was only a four row repeat.

Framed Cross-Stitch Cable Square
Cast on 50 stitches and seed 5 (or 6 rows if you prefer).

Row 1(RS): seed 4, p2, [k1tbl, p2, k4, p2] X 4, k1tbl, p2, (FIRST TIME ONLY– k2tog, p1, k1, p1; ALL OTHER PATTERN REPEATS JUST SEED 4 at the end of this row/ 49 sts).

Row 2(WS): seed 4, k2, [p2, k2, p4 wrapping yarn 2X around ndl for each of these purl sts, k2] X4, last 7 sts: p1tbl, k2, seed 4.

Row 3(RS): seed 4, p2, [k1tbl, p2, slip 4 sts with yarn held at back of work dropping extra wraps, then with point of LH ndl pass 1st two elongated sts over the second two and place all four sts on the LH ndl -- k all 4 elongated sts in this crossed order, p2] X 4, last 7 sts: k1tbl, p2, seed 4.

Row 4(WS): seed 4, k2, [p1tbl, k2, p4, k2] X 4, last 7 sts: p1tbl, k2, seed 4.

Complete fourteen total repeats of rows 1- 4, seed five rows and bind off loosely in seed pattern as established.

In the photos below I have also shown the “seams” as they appear. They are smooth and completed the same way you would knit an edging onto a shawl. The idea worked better than anticipated without any lumpy ugly seams on the wrong side of the fabric.

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Jamie, Kathy and I have been working on the “Building Blocks” blanket, a pattern published by Skacel using their yarn, HiKoo Simplicity. We all, including Robin and Marybeth, love this cushy, true worsted weight superwash yarn. It comes in a myriad of wonderful colors and possesses a great hand. It has been WONDERFUL to work with. While the pattern is beautiful, we tweaked it. We knit each vertical column of squares as one piece — when you change to a new color start with right side facing and knit the first row, then five rows of seed. AND we cast directly on to each preceding vertical row and attached the next vertical row of squares at the beginning of each right side row to the panel before. There are not any seams and every square is precisely the same size. Now we are going to increase from twelve to sixteen squares for a better size blanket. I thought you might be interested in the patterns we come up with as we go. You could use these for washcloths, scarves, blanket squares, cowls, and so much more.

The first is one of my favorite stitches based on any multiple of four stitches plus one more (so if you want four repeats, 4 x 4= 16 + 1 more = 17 sts total. It has been referred to as faux honeycomb, royal quilted stitch, quilted stitch, and more. It is a SLIP STITCH TYPE PATTERN, which is where you will find it in Barbara Walker Volume One.

FAUX HONEYCOMB SQUARE
Cast on 50 stitches and seed 5 rows.
Row 1: seed 4, *yarn forward (yf), slip 3 sts as if to purl, yarn back (yb), k1; repeat x 10 total,
K1, (FIRST TIME YOU COMPLETE THIS ROW ONLY– k2tog, p1, k1, p1 = seed 4 edge
And 49 sts).
Row 2: seed 4, p to last 4, seed 4.
Row 3: seed 4, k1, *put RH needle UNDER carried yarn from previous row — from under up to LH ndl and knit carried yarn together with next st, k3; repeat x 10 total, end seed 4.
Row 4: seed 4, p to last 4, seed 4.
Row 5: seed 4, k2, *yf, sl 3 as if to purl, yb, k1; repeat x 9 total, yf, sl3 as if to purl, yb, seed 4.
Row 6: seed 4, p to last 4, seed 4.
Row 7: seed 4, *k3, k carried strand with stitch above as described before; repeat x 10 total, k1,
Seed 4.
Row 8: seed 4, p to last 4, seed 4.

Complete Rows 1-8 a total of 7 times, and rows 1-4 once more. Oblast row just before the seed edge make one to increase back to 50 sts.
Seed 5 rows and then bind off loosely in seed stitch.

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Welcome, to those of you who are new to this blog! Knitwear design is my passion and my Art. A recent adventure taught that how I make my whole life is my Art as well, so you will have to sift through the random stories, videos and photos as part of the experience of this blog. If you need a funny story just look back in the archives under posts entitled: Confessions…I have a tendency to get into the most baffling and embarrassing situations. However, I can also laugh at myself so I share.

This blog is read in 129 countries around the world (66% of the worlds countries). We have just passed the 200,000 views EVER landmark which was a real thrill for me in just four years. I extend my whole hearted gratitude to each and every viewer who made this rapid growth possible. Future plans, now that video is possible here, include both knitting and crochet instructional videos. Please send questions and suggestions for topics of interest, so we can share in this space together.

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    Here’s hoping you all have a happy knit and a great weekend. The Studio will be closed Sunday and Monday (my 24th wedding anniversary AND my husband has the day off!). I will continue to blog and will reopen the studio on Tuesday of next week! It looks like the next and final installment will appear here next Wednesday….I have to give some thought to the wording. Sometimes it is easier to see concepts silently inside my head than to write or speak them. I thank you for your patience in advance!

    Oh, in celebration of our anniversary we gave each other a new fridge and a new mattress. The cats think–no, believe, the mattress is some fabulous new cat tree and are loving it while it is propped in the hall. This is only the second refrigerator we have ever purchased, and in fact my father-in-law bought us our first which was just taken away today. Where does TIME get to anyway?

    xx M.E. and Summit Yarn

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Jamie was a super friend and knit a bunch of new ratty toys for Nikkers as George has eaten all the old hand knit toys except one which is brought only once George has been put in my sons room for the night. Nikkers is enthralled–eyes fully dilated.

I finished the Undertow Shawlette with one skein. It measures 40″ wide and 13.5″ deep. It is pinned and drying at the studio. Can hardly wait until it is dry! Here are some photos:

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The next part of the pattern is my own variation on an antique Shetland Lace stitch called: Crest of the Wave (a close relative of Old Shale aka Feather and Fan/a Victorian renaming of Old Shale). If you read about these old Shetland stitches, the stories are amazing and the stitches were very much inspired by the world around these past knitting relatives of ours — as we all of course, belong to each other in one big family of Knitters and Fiber Artists. Old Shale mimicked the waves of the ocean on a beach of shale, spider lace looks just like little wee spiders that must have been up in the ceiling corners of the cottages they lived and knit within. There’s so much more to this heritage. Sharon Miller is the best source I can think of. Martha probably will put other citations/authors in the comment section so take a look in a day or so.

Getting back to the business at hand, the next part of the shawl will draw down all those eyelets you just made in the garter section into a ripple that looks like the bubbles at the top of a wave; just as the undertow in the flow of the ocean would draw a swimmer down into its own natural movement. The technique uses what are called delayed decreases…all the increases are together in one place and all the decreases that balance out the increases (keeping the stitch count the same) come later all in one separate section. Depending on how you use delayed decreases you can bend a fabric in many ways; creating a bias (slanted) fabric, or zig zags, or wavy ripples as we are in this lively shawlette. (Thanks to Maggie Boga for the illustrative photograph!)

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You will begin with a piece of fabric that looks like this:

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And end with a much wider piece of fabric that looks like this:

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I think I might have been interested in physics and engineering if someone had only pointed out how the basic principles work in knitting! Instead, now it will always be some Higher Form of Magic.
And maybe that’s not such a bad thing either…

xx M.E. and Summit Yarn

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Please accept this invitation to an open house and yarn tasting at Summit Yarn Studio on Friday, May 17th beginning at 5 pm until closing. Joining us will be a new fabulous yarn rep from Euro Yarns to answer all our questions about the lines she carries and show us what will be new and exciting this coming Fall. Knitting Fever has kindly donated yarn samples and I will be making kits for each of you so please let me know if you plan to attend if you can, ahead of time. Please bring a pair of needles — something midrange (US 8-10) or a crochet hook. We look forward to the pleasure of your company that night!

Finished the Sunny Days Shawlette tonight. Will bury ends and block it tomorrow. Photo below…I love how it is neither striped nor variegated. It is very soft and tucks into my purse nicely for when I need just a little something. The pattern is free on Ravelry and there is a video tutorial on Carle’s blog for how to do the cast on. Back to the edging on a Hap shawl I began ages ago. Trying to kill off a few old projects.

Below is also a photo of our dogwood tree at home. The petals are intensely colored this year and I am loving seeing them out the window every morning.

We saw the latest Ironman movie — AWESOME. 😎
Have a great week!
xx M.E. and Summit Yarn

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