YouTube and A Weekly Designing Vlog! May 12, 2020 19:52
A few years ago, I moved a few hours away from my weekly knitting group. While there are knitting groups near where I now live, I just haven't had the urge to get to know a whole new group of people. As some of the folks from my old knitting group might remember, getting me to come to the old knitting group was like pulling teeth. I'm just not all that social in real life.
But, I do LOVE to talk about what I'm making, and there hasn't really been an ear for it as I've been living in the woods, raising 2 young boys. Right now, with all the stay-at-home orders around the world, I'm sure so many of you can relate to how that might feel.
Maybe it's the state of the world that has inspired me to start this, or maybe it's something else—I can't say for sure. But my new(ish) phone has video capabilities, and we recently upgraded to high-speed internet and I'm feeling a surge to talk about everything that I'm knitting, crocheting and publishing.
So, this week I've started a couple really exciting things that I think you'll love:
• a weekly "Designing Update" video in which I tell you about all the things I've do in my knit & crochet designing world
• and a YouTube channel (to fill) with videos explaining how my sweaters are made!
In the weekly "Designing Update" video, I'm share things like WIP's, design submissions and acceptances, sneak peeks at WIP's and soon-to-publish designs, and behind-the-scenes glimpses of my working space(s), etc…
This weeks YouTube video will be about the Kanti Mama sweater! Subscribe and ring the notification bell 🔔 on YouTube to be sure you're informed when it's up!
And if you like what you see, please let me know! Hearing from you really inspires me to do more.
Summer Cast-on Magazine & the Mazar Pullover May 6, 2020 16:22
Something I love about hand-dyed yarn is that the beautiful and unique colors can make a basic stockinette sweater into a piece of art. However, I still need the knitting itself to be somewhat interesting—which is why I think the Mazar Pullover is the perfect pattern for hand-dyed yarn.
This Mazar Pullover pattern has just been published in the Summer 2020 issue of Cast on Magazine. This digital issue is packed with 26 new patterns, including the Longboat Key Tee by Donna Estin, and the Pyramid Top by Arenda Holladay and more.
This seamless pullover is worked from the top down, with ribbed shoulder tabs that flow down into the sleeves and contiguous set-in sleeve shaping. In the video below I explain the construction of this sweater in detail.
Mazar is knitted using Nettle Soft DK from Ancient Arts Fiber, in the Cave Art color. They have so many beautiful hand-dyed colors to choose from, and the drape and feel of the superwash Merino and nettle blend yarn is perfect for this warm-weather tee.
I'm wearing this top with 3" of negative ease, and it feels comfortable, however 0-2" of positive ease is recommended for the best fit.
And take a look at all the patterns in the Summer 2020 issue of Cast On Magazine on Ravelry. TKGA members get access to this whole issue, plus all the back issues ever published by Cast On, including all these patterns of mine. If you're not currently a member of TKGA (The Knitting Guild Association) you may join here.
Leave a comment below, to let me know what you think!
Summer Interweave Knits & the Hornbill Top April 30, 2020 16:34
The days here in Maine are finally becoming warmer and I've been enjoying spending time in the yard barefoot and without a coat. As the temps turn, my mind drifts toward summer knits, which is perfect since the Summer 2020 issue of Interweave Knits has just arrived!
This seamless pullover is a joyous lace project to knit. The body is worked in a stunning lace pattern, in the round on a circular needle from the hem to the underarm.
The back and front are divided at the underarms. Stitches are cast on for the back sleeves, then the back is worked to the shoulder. The front sleeve stitches are picked up along the back sleeve cast-on stitches, then the front is worked up to the shoulders. The shoulders are joined with a three-needle bind-off before adding trim to the neck and sleeve cuffs.
The lace pattern looks complex, but there's a rhythm to it that helps it stick to memory. There's a pleasant balance between eyelet/decrease rows and knit or purl rows.
The Ecopuna yarn by Lana Grossa is a beautiful blend of cotton, Merino and alpaca. There's a gentle halo and a luscious softness that turns this into a luxurious sweater.
As you take a look at all the patterns in the Summer 2020 issue of Interweave Knits on Ravelry think of all the warm weather coming our way this summer. What will you be adding to your summer wardrobe this year? Which projects could you complete with a yarn already in your stash?
And of course, remember to download your copy of the magazine.
Leave a comment below, to let me know what you think!
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.
Warm Things Pattern & Yarn Giveaway! February 7, 2020 08:59This giveaway has ended.
Njord Pullover in Cast on Spring 2020 February 1, 2020 02:48
I don't know about you, but the prospect of Spring has me thinking of warm-weather knits. Some of my favorite things about Spring and Summer knits are organic cotton, short sleeves and wearing pullovers instead of cardigans.
The Njord pullover is all of those! I'm really looking forward to having this top as part of my Spring and Summer wardrobe. The Skinny organic cotton from Blue Sky Fibers is so soft against the skin, it really feels so comfortable and cool to wear.
Njord is worked seamlessly (like most of my sweaters are), and from the bottom up. The back and front are divided at the underarms and worked separately to the shoulders, where they are shaped with short-rows and joined with the Three-needle bind-off. I also include instructions for bound-off shoulders if you'd prefer to seam them.
The sleeves are picked up and worked in the round. The caps are shaped using short-rows, in 2x2 ribbing. Then the neckband stitches are picked up around the neckline for a comfortable crew neck.
My favorite part about designing this, was figuring out how to incorporate the waist shaping into the diamond pattern. I cast on for this sample sweater three times before I got it just right.
I opted to create a faux seam by twisting a column of purl stitches all along each side of the body. This makes it so the increases and decreases may occur to either side of the faux seam resulting in a mirrored effect in the Diamond Pattern.
The Njord pullover pattern is available in the Spring 2020 issue of Cast on Magazine. It's available online as a digital issue and there are bunches of other great designs included, such as the Heartbeat Pullover, by Therese Chynoweth and Mandala Cowl by Manisha Gajria.
The Spring 2020 issue of Cast On Magazine has been recently published, and is available to all members of The Knitting Guild Association (TKGA). If you're not a member, you can sign up here, and gain access to TONS of valuable knitting info including these patterns of mine. Well worth the yearly membership price.
One of the things I love about Cast On is that they request designers include "Designer Notes" and "Technical Tips" throughout the patterns, to give a little bit more information about what's going on. Not a whole lot of publishers request nor include things like this, and I think it can be really helpful sometimes to explain further than simply "do this", and to explain the "why" and "what's going on" as well. Cast On really is an educational journal for knitters.
So, what do you think of this sweater? Leave a comment below!
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!
Spring 2020 Knitscene & the Arced Shawl January 3, 2020 09:36
We just entered 2020—a new decade—and I'm excited at the prospect of Spring! Knitscene has just published their Spring 2020 issue, filled with some great patterns to help us shift gears toward thinking of warmer days.
This shawl was an absolute joy for me to knit.
I loved the simplicity of the welt pattern as it's worked in whole rows, then it got even more fun and interesting to watch the shape form as the short-row sections curve, making shorter sections of the welt.
The cable panel at the lower edge adds a touch of visual interest to the hem of the shawl. Are there hems on shawls? I'm such a sweater knitter...
And the FRINGE! So, this fringe is great. It's made by knitting a few stitches after the cable panel throughout the entire shawl. Then when you get to the end, just before binding off, those knitted stitches are dropped and unraveled all the way back to the cast-on.
Maybe that sounds scary, but trust me, the rest of your knitting won't unravel, and it makes for some beautiful, equal-length, easy to attach fringe along the edge of your shawl.
Take a look at all the patterns in the Spring 2020 issue of Knitscene on Ravelry to start thinking of warm weather. The more we think about it, and FEEL how awesome it is to be warmed by the sun, the sooner it'll come, right? Hey, I'm a dreamer.
But still, go download your copy of the magazine.
And leave a comment below, to let me know what you think!
Jackson Cap is Now available! December 7, 2019 00:00
The Jackson Unisex Cap pattern is now available! It's a really quick-to-make and easy hat. I've made a few. They'll make great gifts this holiday season!
There is a little counting in the beginning, but once the crown is shaped it's easy breezy all the way down. I want to make a ton of these!
This is a great pattern for a beginning crocheter who might like to learn a new stitch—the front post double crochet. I've included photo tutorials in the pattern to avoid any places that might be confusing!
The Pattern on Ravelry
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New Pattern - Jackson Unisex Cap November 29, 2019 04:00
It begins at the center of the crown and is worked around and around in a spiral in single crochet. Then there is one round of increases to establish the front-post-double-crochet stitches. After that point the increases are done, and it's just simple stitching until the hat is your desired length.
This new crochet hat pattern will be available to my Patreon patrons tomorrow, and will be published publicly for everyone in just one more week.
If you'd like to join my Patreon before December 1st, you will also receive the 15% to 25% off discount codes for this pattern, as well as many of the other benefits of being one of my Patreon members, such as free patterns, giveaways, knit and crochet design tips and more!
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The Indie Designer Gift-a-long is about to begin! November 23, 2019 05:00
The annual gift-a-long (GAL) event on Ravelry is about to begin, and I'm really excited to be part of it this year! It's been happening just before the holidays for the last 7 years, but this is my first year participating.
Do you know about it? Let me tell you what I know!
There are about 300 participating knit and crochet designers who are each offering between 10–20 of their patterns for sale. That's a HUGE number of patterns on sale. This is the biggest sale event on Ravelry of the year.
The sale begins on Tuesday November 26 at 8pm eastern. Find out here what time that is for your time zone, so you don't miss it! It ends at 11:59pm Monday, December 2, 2019, eastern.
It's the perfect opportunity to stock up on whatever handmade gift patterns you'd like to make for this holiday season.
Check out the 20 knit & crochet designs that I'll be offering in this sale!
It starts on Tuesday! You may want to make a wish list...
But, the GAL doesn't end with the sale! That's only the beginning!
KALs and CALs, prizes, contests and more!!
Through the end of this year, there are knit-a-longs and crochet-a-longs that are on-going, including physical and/or pattern prizes from me and the other designers.
Cast-on for the KAL and CAL is on Tuesday! Plan ahead to get started right at the get-go!
Take a look in the GAL 2019 group on Ravelry for all you'll want to know about this fun annual event.
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I'd love to know which projects you plan on making! Please leave a comment to share your plans!
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 - Little Joy Dress! June 30, 2016 21:54
The Little Joy Dress was inspired many years ago when my niece was tiny. But, at that time I was much more focused on designing and knitting adult sweater garments more-so than for children. Thus, it turned into the adult Joy Lace Tunic.
Since the birth of my son however, my affinity for… Read More.
New Pattern - Treat Yourself Cardigan June 17, 2016 06:00 2 Comments
Short-sleeve, eyelets, and minimal shaping make the Treat Yourself Cardigan a treat to knit this summer! It's easy to carry along with you, and is relatively mindless knitting, great for knitting during car rides, at cook outs, ball games, etc… Read more.
New Crochet Pattern - Vines and Flowers Wrap May 30, 2016 06:00
Lattice-work, with traveling vines, graced with an edge of flowers, this wrap is simple, fun to make and oh-so-cozy to wear. The Vines and Flowers Wrap (or scarf) pattern is available in the June 2016 issue of I Like Crochet, along with my Rad in Red Tank pattern. Read more.
New Pattern - Ahoy May-Tee May 26, 2016 06:00
The Ahoy May-Tee (published in the June 2016 issue of I Like Knitting) is a lot of fun to knit! It begins by knitting the cable panel sideways, then joining the two ends together to make a ring. The lower and upper bodies are picked up and knit from either side of the cable panel. There's a little waist shaping for a flattering fit, and once the cable band is joined, it's completely seamless! 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 Crochet Pattern - Rad in Red Tank May 9, 2016 06:00
The June issue of I Like Crochet is out! If you subscribe (which I would recommend—they publish bi-monthly, and each issue is PACKED with a ton of great patterns), you can access my Rad in Red Tank pattern. Or, if you can endure waiting, I'll be self-publishing this eventually on this website and Ravlery. But who can wait, really? This sweater is just too awesome. Read more.
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