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Monday, December 23, 2013

Introducing Kate from Let's Knit

The new issue of Let's Knit is in the shops now and it's a great issue if you fancy something to read and some new patterns to drool over for Christmas. And my design, 'Kate', is on the cover which was very exciting.
 'Kate' is knitted in Stylecraft Alpaca DK, which is a budget friendly yarn, making it perfect for a January knitting project. It's also a cozy sweater which is perfect teamed with jeans for cold winter weekends. The big cowl collar can be worn across the shoulders as seen in the photos or bunched up around your neck to keep you warm.

This sweater is worked in the round to the underarm. Then the front and back are split and worked separately to the shoulders which are joined by working a three needle cast off. Stitches are picked up around the armholes and the sleeve caps are shaped using short rows. The sweater has an all over 4x2 rib pattern with a deep cowl neck, 3/4 length sleeves and waist shaping. 

By the way, if you're new to short rows (which i use a lot in my patterns), I'm teaching my 'Knitting Short Rows' class in a few venues this spring (keep an eye on my workshop page as I'm listing all my winter/spring workshops over the next couple of days).

Because you're knitting the sleeves from the top down, lengthening them is very easy. Just try the sweater on as you go to achieve the perfect fit. You may wish to decrease a few more stitches if you decide to lengthen the sleeves. The body can be lenghtened too. Just knit additional rounds before starting the waist shaping. If you decide to lengthen either sleeves or body, you will need more yarn.

The big cowl collar is picked up around the neck and worked in garter stitch with regular increase round to make a big cozy collar. If you'd like a slightly smaller cowl collar, just work less rounds and you may wish to omit the final increase round too.

Judy knitted 'Kate' for me and she did a great job. Thank you Judy.

There are some other fab patterns in this issue. I was showing this magazine to a friend last week and we both fell in love with this little baby dress by Julie Ferguson. So pretty! I don't have any little girls to knit for though.

See all the other patterns here.

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