This month I was honored to be featured in the Vogue Knitting as one of the “Makers.” I wanted to create something really special so I designed the cable cardigan of my dreams. Later this month I’ll write about how I designed the cables, but for now it’s time to look at a special cast on. Meet the
It was a busy fall / holiday season . . . not all finished, but hundreds of knitters picked up their pointy sticks a few months ago to begin another KAL / Sweater class, Rising Spades. In November we got to see what the knitters were up to. The KAL winners have been chosen and awarded!
If you are feeling inspired, Rising Spades KAL Sweater class + pattern comes with over 2 1/2 hours of video tutorials, all the sweater modifications and knitting how tos for only will be $14.00!!
Through it all, the help and support of every knitter on the Ravelry group was always there. Over 2100 amazing knitters let every first time sweater knitter know . . . they were not alone!
Now it’s time to discuss
Rising Spades KAL Final PRIZES
Last week clue #1 for the Rising Spades KAL / Sweater class hit the in box of 200 knitters. We’ve only just begun and there are new knitters joining us everyday!
Monday our first, of many, participation prizes will get awarded and of course, there are the grand prizes in December (and yes, one of them will be for a UFO!)
Knitters who join us before Dec 11 will still get 19 video tutorials (nearly 3 hours of filmed sweater instruction), all the sweater modifications and knitting how tos for just the price of the Rising Spades pattern – $8.00!! Let’s see how everyone’s doing.
Rising Spades KAL update
Welcome to Rising Spades Knit-Along (KAL)!
It’s time for the Fall Knit-Along!!! I am so excited to start another KAL on my Ravelry group. There will be tons of teaching and fun, prizes and a great garment! Think of it as a sweater class for the price of a pattern! There will be HOURS of video tutorials to help you every step of the way.
Use Promo code: RisingKAL During the pre-sale period before Oct 30 and get 10% off!
After Dec 11 the pattern alone will be $8, the KAL – sweater class versions (with all the how tos, video tutorials, and modification notes) will be $14.
Over the years I’ve written a lot about gauge (you can read them all here). From how to swatch for an in the round project, to special cast ons for gauge swatch to secrets of stitch gauge, row gauge and even secrets to measuring hard to see stitches. But today I want to talk about the real truth beyond gauge, the real reason we should be casting on . . .
Why We Swatch
I often get asked about my “design process,” and I feel sheepish and inadequate and usually make up some kind of nonsense about being inspired by the colors of the turning leaves or the way the light hits the brick of a New York building. . . but since it’s just us, I thought I’d give you a peek into how my days really go, and my real design process (and hi-tech tools!)
I’m a knitter, and I’m a knitting teacher, and I also design sweaters. I think more like a knitter than a great artist, so mostly my designs are wearable sweaters that I would want to knit for myself.
In design I do use a lot of fancy schmancy computer tools like Excel for pattern grading, charting software, and Illustrator for schematics . . . but since I didn’t go to fashion school, I approach my designs with several other highly professional tools (like twist ties, old t-shirts, scissors, paper, and scotch tape).
I thought it would be fun from time to time to peek under the hood and look at some of my silly tools . . . today’s exploration: