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Friday, August 29, 2014

Dawn Chorus

This was a lovely surprise when I got back from Spain yesterday. My 'Dawn Chorus' sweater made the cover of the new Let's Knit

'Dawn Chorus' is knitted in West Yorkshire Spinners Bluefaced Leicester DK in natural colours. This yarn is beautiful to knit with. So soft. Perfect for sweaters that will be worn next to the skin.

'Dawn Chorus' is worked in the round. The body and sleeves are worked separately to the under arms then all the pieces are joined and the yoke is shaped. This type of sweater construction is perfect for a stranded colourwork (fair isle) band. 

I chose a band of birds for a fresh, modern look using traditional stranded colourwork techniques. If you are new to colourwork then this is the perfect sweater to start with as the bird band is small and easy.

The hems and neckline are worked in k1, p1 corrugated rib which is a look I love! I really enjoyed knitting this sweater. Stocking stitch in the round is very, very quick (remember no purling) especially when you're a continental knitter like me. Then when you get to the fair isle band, you can carry one colour in each hand.

Fancy learning continental knitting? I'm teaching my Continental Knitting with Norwegian Purl class at Spin A Yarn on Friday 5th Sept (contact the shop to book) and at Blacker Yarns on Friday 17 Oct (click on the link to book). 

Or if you can't make my local classes then consider taking my online class which starts on 12 Sept. Early booking discount if you book by Monday 1st Sept. 

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