New top-down raglan pattern - Bedrine September 16, 2020 17:24
Of all the types of sweater constructions, the seamless, top-down raglan construction is one of my all-time favorite ways to knit a sweater. Let me explain why:
- It's seamless! When you're done knitting, the sweater is done. There's no pieces to assemble, since they were all made during the knitting process.
- You get to try it on as it's being made. There's no doubt about whether or not it's going to fit when it's finished.
- The yoke shaping is simple and straight forward. Generally 4 markers are placed to divide the sleeves from the back and front. Increases are worked gradually at either side of these for markers during the yoke shaping until the correct number of stitches are on the needles for each section.
I've written and tech edited sooooo many raglan patterns since I started doing what I do, and I've streamlined my raglan instructions to be really easy to follow. There aren't any "at the same time" instructions (which always make my head hurt!). I write out every step along the way, and there are plenty of stitch counts included for double checking that things are still on the right path.
Now, why am I telling you all this?
Well, Valley Yarns (the yarn line produced by the mega-famous yarn store, WEBS) has just published the Bedrine Pullover pattern, using their Worthington yarn. And this stunning pullover is knitted using the construction I've just discussed!
The back and front are worked in ribbing, and have a central cable panel, and the sleeves are worked in Stockinette stitch. The change of stitch pattern draws attention to the raglan shaping, and makes for some interesting knitting.
The pattern is written for sizes 35.25" to 62.25"! Read more about sizing, yarn requirements, gauge, etc… here.
Drifter - New Pattern! September 3, 2020 03:10
Simple Stockinette stitch is so often underappreciated. I've waxed and waned with my attraction to it throughout my knitting experience. At the moment, with all that's going on in the world (2020 OMG!), I'm thoroughly appreciating the repetitive, simplicity of Stockinette. There are no surprises—it's always the same, and easy.
I just so happened to be knitting the Drifter sample garment when social isolation, quarantines, etc… began in the United States because of the global pandemic. Drifter was my refuge. The rhymthic nature of the knitting eased my body while I distracted my mind from the current reality with fiction.
The day I discovered I could read while knitting changed how much I appreciated reading. Until that day it was always either/or. But whether or not you can read while knitting doesn't matter. Drifter is a peaceful knit, with no surprises.
It begins with a tubular cast on, which creates a streamlined edge in 1x1 ribbing. Of course, any cast-on could be used, but the tubular method really kicks this design up a notch, IMO.
Miles of stockinette (ok, not that many) are worked, with some shaping for the neck hole, then the opposite edge is finished off using the Tubular bind-off, to mirror the beautiful cast-on edge.
The sample that I made used three beautiful colors of Superwash Worsted, by Sweet Georgia—Pine Tree, Deep Cove and Mink. I wasn't sure how the Deep Cove and Pine Tree would compliment each other, so I swatched the colorblock patterns in a few different ways before settling on the one I chose for the sample.
Charlotte Lee created a second sample that uses two strands of Tough Love Sock Yarn held together, to create a beautiful all-over marled look.
Of course, after indulging in the ease and peaceful knitting of Drifter, you'll have a finished sweater—a perfect layering piece for this years cooler seasons.
Read about sizing, yarn requirements, gauge, etc… here. And the Drifter pattern can be found in the Autumn with Sweet Georgia, vol 6, as well as an individual download.Take a look at the beautiful hand dyed colors of the Superwash Worsted yarn, and let me know which colors you would choose!
New Pattern - Sati Cardigan March 8, 2020 09:17
Knitting is as much about the experience of making something as it is about having a finished product. In the Sati Cardigan pattern, there are lots of interesting things going on, though the finished sweater appears pretty basic and simple. You can read all about the construction of this sweater in the Sati Cardigan Construction Class post.
The abundant stockinette stitch makes it easier to focus on the techniques, without the added complication of stitch patterns. This is a great pattern to use with a beautiful worsted-weight variegated, self-striping or hand-dyed yarn. The yarn will stand out, without getting muddled up with texture.
The pattern includes 12 pages of detailed, tech edited, tested instructions, with beautiful color photography by Carrie Bostick Hoge. There are diagrams to help clarify the pocket construction, and a schematic with imperial and metric measurements. There are clickable links to photo tutorials of the provisional cast-on and the three-needle bind-off.
While the sample I made for photography has long sleeves, there are instructions included in the pattern for making a short-sleeve version. You can see some examples on Ravelry, knitted by some of the pattern testers.
At a gauge of 17 sts to 4" / 10 cm and using worsted-weight yarn, this sweater knits up surprisingly fast. It's sized to fit between 28-59" bust circumferences. (That's the body measurement, not the sweater measurement).
Pattern InformationFinished Measurements
Bust Circumference: 30.25 (34, 37.75, 41.5, 45.25, 49, 53, 56.75, 60.5)" / 77 (86.5, 96, 105.5, 115, 124.5, 134.5, 144, 153.5) cm, buttoned. 1–3" / 2.5–7.5 cm positive ease recommended.
Shown in: 34" / 86.5 cm size.
Worsted weight (CYCA #4 Medium):
Long Sleeves: approx 1010 (1110, 1210, 1310, 1420, 1510, 1610, 1730, 1840) yards / 920 (1020, 1110, 1200, 1300, 1380, 1480, 1590, 1680) meters
Short Sleeves: approx 750 (840, 930, 1025, 1120, 1210, 1300, 1400, 1490) yards / 690 (770, 850, 940, 1030, 1110, 1190, 1280, 1370) meters
Shown in: O-Wool’s Classic Worsted (100% certified organic merino; 50 gram hank = approx 99 yards:
Long Sleeves: 11 (12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19) skeins;
Short Sleeves: 8 (9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16) skeins
Color Shown: Peacock
Sizes US 5 and 6 / 3.75 and 4 mm: 32" / 80 cm circular and set of 4 or 5 double pointed needles, or size needed to obtain gauge.
Size US G/6 / 4 mm crochet hook and smooth waste yarn for provisional CO, stitch holders or waste yarn, stitch markers, six 1" / 25 mm buttons
17 sts and 25 rows = 4" / 10 cm in St st with larger needles. Take time to save time, check your gauge.
The Warm Things patterns are almost ready! January 28, 2020 16:45
I'm wrapping up the cool-weather patterns next week with another hat and mitt set that I call "Warm Things".
In my house, we have this trunk—a sort of chest—that was made by my partner’s grandfather. In it, we keep all the hats, scarves, mittens, gloves, cowls, etc... that we use throughout the cool seasons. We lovingly call it the “Warm Things Box”.
The name for these mitts and the matching hat is inspired by their belonging in this box.
They are knit using O-Wool's Local yarn—a beautiful (and warm) blend of locally sourced alpaca and certified organic merino.
The Patterns are coming!
On Tuesday, Feb 4, 2020 they go up for pre-order on Ravelry, and Patreon Members will gain access to them on that day. They’ll be available to the public on Feb 11.
Patreon members also get 15-100% off all my new patterns.
If you join before Saturday, Feb 1, you’ll get the discounts and early access too!
Watch this video on Instagram, to see more details of these pattern pages, and stay tuned for their debut next week!
Julie's Sweater KAL - January 10 – March 12, 2020 January 5, 2020 08:09
Maybe you're wondering: What's a KAL?
A KAL is a Knit-A-Long event where a bunch of knitters gather together (online, in this case) to knit the same pattern and discuss their project and experiences, share pictures, and win prizes.
In the Julie's Sweater KAL there are opportunities to win free copies of my patterns, as well as autographed copies of some of my books.
If you think you'd like to get started on your own Julie's Sweater next week, take a look at the Ravelry Thread where we'll be gathering online, and leave a post there, stating that you'd like to join! You don't need to finish by March 12, but if you do, you're eligible for some additional prizes!
Get 20% off the pattern!
Which means it's only $3.99—until March 12, 2020.
Use the code: JULIEKAL
on Ravelry or on kristentendyke.com
The sale ends March 12, 2020 at 11:59 EST.
Read all about and/or join Julie's Sweater Knit-A-Long here!
Spanra Color Ideas and Encircled Winner! October 6, 2017 05:42
Thanks to everyone for your comments on the post about Encircled and my Spanra Pullover! There are so many colors of Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Superwash to choose from, the possibilities for this sweater are endless! Below, you can take a look at my renditions of some of the other gorgeous color combos suggested in the comments. Read more…
Encircled Giveaway! September 30, 2017 07:22 25 Comments
The newest collection of patterns from Knit Picks, Encircled, is now available! In it you'll find 10 colorwork yoke pullovers, including my Spanra Pullover. Read more.
New Pattern - Silfa Cardigan July 28, 2016 19:07 4 Comments
Seamless knitting is somewhat of a passion of mine. Is it obvious? Maybe you're wondering what the big deal is about seamless knitting, or maybe you've tried it and love it as much as I do. If you haven't ever knit a seamless sweater, let me tell you what I love about it: Read more...
The Alice Hoodie Knit Along starts July 15th! July 8, 2016 06:00
I was feeling silly the night the Alice Hoodie was inspired. I swatched it in a single-ply bulky yarn, and tentatively named it "Squishy Wishy." I posted on twitter asking people if they would knit something with that name. I was surprised—people seemed pretty open to it. So I kept that title as I mailed the submission to Knitscene… Read more.
New Pattern - Eyelet Ridge Sweater May 23, 2016 06:22Read more.
New Pattern - Dunlin Jumper May 16, 2016 06:00
Issue #60 of Knit Now is out on shelves, and you can see the Dunlin Jumper on the corner of the cover. The pattern is inside, ready to be followed as you knit this sweater for your little friends. The pattern is sized to fit babies 3-months old to children up to 10 years old. It's a classic seamless raglan pattern that can be knit over and over and over… Read more.
New Pattern - Kanti Mama April 25, 2016 04:34
I'm really excited to be sharing this new pattern with you! Kanti Mama is the adult version of the Kanti Baby sweater that I published last year.
In fact, Kanti Mama was my original plan when I began knitting Kanti Baby. Kanti Baby started out as a swatch, to sample the construction for the Kanti Mama sweater. But I needed that swatch to be big enough to really… Read more
New Pattern - Eyelet Ridge Hat April 12, 2016 06:23
From Sketch to Stitches - The "Kristen" Sweater September 16, 2015 09:30
Once upon a time, Green Mountain Spinnery put out a design submission call for their Mountain Mohair yarn. It's such a cozy yarn! I was inspired to design something cozy to match how I feel when I think about the yarn. Read more