Knitumentary Project — Week #2: Let’s Cast On Mimosa!

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There’s nothing I like better than to cast on for a brand new project on a weekend! I just finished my gauge swatch and I simply love the drape and the super squishiness of Berroco Maya. If you’re working with this yarn, what do you think so far? It really has become my go-to yarn for many projects because it’s a cotton/alpaca mix, making it perfect for year round knitting. I like that :)

Mimosa pullover gauge swatch. (click image to see larger)

Mimosa pullover gauge swatch. I’m using color Hermosa #5646 (click image to see larger)

I’m dying to show you my gauge swatch “creation,” but I don’t want to spoil the excitement because yours are due tomorrow, Feb 9! Are you having fun thinking out of the box during this little Challenge? Taking my gauge swatches and transforming them into something completely different is fascinating because it forces us to get conceptual and figure out what we can do with a simple square.

Send your finished photos and the inspiration behind your idea to: editor@CreativeKnittingMagazine.com

I’m so excited that many of you are following along, and it feels so energizing for me because I’m committed to finishing my Mimosa pullover by the end of these four weeks. Are you going to stay accountable with me?

While you’re working on your top, just think with the end in mind– we get to wear a gorgeous knitted garment that spans the seasons, taking us from winter into spring!

Weekly Challenge:

Now that the Week #1 Challenge is (almost) in the bag, here’s your weekly assignment:

#1: Cast on the required number of stitches in your size for Mimosa, and work the Back until the piece measures 7 inches. If you can make to 13 inches, or up to the armhole measurement for your size, then you’re a ROCK STAR!

#2: Share a useful tip that you discovered this week and post it in the comments. Did you encounter difficulties with the stitch pattern? What did you struggle with? Or, was it a breeze because you prepared for success by gathering up all the necessary supplies, from stitch markers, safety pins and counters to a journal for accurate note-taking?

Cast on Mimosa!

Cast on Mimosa!

Join me on this Raverly thread on the Creative Knitting Fans Group page to talk about our progress!

See you next Sunday!

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Fiber Fun Friday — Enter the Gauge Swatch Challenge, Knitumentary Project Update and Quick Knit Tips!

Fibery fun EVERY Friday!

Fibery fun EVERY Friday!

The Knitumentary Project

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Join the Journey

Last Sunday, Feb 1, I kicked off Week #1 of  The Knitumenary Project. Your assignment was to work on your gauge swatch and I also presented you with a special challenge to transform your swatch into something innovative!

Here’s an example of what I did with with leftover gauge swatches collected over the years…yes I’ve got lots of swatches and there’s way more from where these came from!

Infinity cowl made from leftover gauge swatches.

Infinity cowl made from leftover gauge swatches.

If you find yourself not knowing what to do with those leftover gauge swatches, here’s your chance to get creative! If you show me something truly innovative, you may get your finished creation published in a future issue of Creative Knitting magazine. Entries are due on February 9th. Read more here and come back this Sunday for the Week #2 post!


 The Editor Wants to Know

The Editor Wants to Know Your BURNING Knitting Questions!

The Editor Wants to Know Your BURNING Knitting Questions!

If you didn’t catch my latest BURNING questions, here they are in one nice, neat place. Jump in and start a convo with me. I want to hear from you! Check out more from the archives here.

More Sweaters or Shawls?

More Sweaters or Shawls?

More Sweaters or Shawls?

Do You Partake in Knitalongs?

Do you like to take part in knitalongs?

Do you like to take part in knitalongs?

Pretty Notebooks or Journals?

Do you use notebooks or journals to keep you knitting notes tidy?

Do you use notebooks or journals to keep your knitting notes tidy?

Do You Go Freestyle and Knit Without a Pattern? 

Do you freestyle it?

Do you freestyle it?


Join the convo on Facebook!

Join the convo on Facebook!

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The Knitumentary Project- Let’s Share Our Progress on Ravelry!

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Join the Journey!

Hey Everyone!

In my week #1 post for the Knitumenary Project, I set you free with a special challenge. While you’re working busily on your gauge swatch creation, I just want to let you know that I’ve created a special thread on the Creative Knitting Fans Group on Ravelry, where you can share your progress and photos. You can find the thread here.

If you haven’t joined the Group yet, make sure you do so you can share your thoughts about the Mimosa Pullover and share what you’ve discovered so far. Have you come up with a special trick for using stitch markers, or how to remember not to miss a yarn over? Share it!

Head on over to the Creative Knitting Ravelry Fans Group and post your photos, findings and inspiration! Consider this our little “coffee shop” to chat about what’s happening during this exciting process! See you there!

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The Editor Wants to Know – More Sweaters or Shawls?

I’m seeing a surge in sweater-making lately and my theory is that we are inundated with shawls. How many more do we really need? Are you up to your neck in neckerchiefs? Our closets are bursting with one for every day of the week it seems.

If you had to choose between sweaters or shawls, which would you pick and why?

Meshy Tee, Spring 2015 Creative Knitting

Meshy Tee, Spring 2015 Creative Knitting

So chime in with your answers here. I can’t wait to hear from you!

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Knitumentary Project — Week #1: The Journey Begins and Gauge Swatch Challenge!

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Join the Journey

Well, here we are at week #1 of the Knitumentary Project! I’m so excited that you decided to join me as we take an exciting journey through the Mimosa top. I hope you’re ready for an exciting five weeks as I share my insights and discoveries while I create this stunning pullover.

Not Your Typical Knitalong

This is definitely different than a typical knitalong because I’ll share behind the scenes, candid moments and insights while I knit my way through Mimosa.We’ll go on a little knitting exploration together, and I invite you to also share your discoveries and ah-ha moments that surface along the way.

I’ll also give you special “homework” assignments each week. The first one is a special challenge with I think you’ll really enjoy, so keep on reading to the end to find out!

You’ll also get a chance to chime in on the Creative Knitting Facebook page each Sunday when I launch each new post. It will be your turn to talk about your progress and what you like best about the pattern, what you like least and any other thoughts you may have.

Mimosa Pullover, Spring 2015 Creative Knitting

Mimosa Pullover, Spring 2015 Creative Knitting

This lovely piece was designed by the Berroco Design Team, and it is becoming on just about any body type. I think it’s perfect for this time of year because we can add a long-sleeved top underneath and as the temps warm up, layer with a simple cami. The sample above is made with Maya in color jicama. I chose to work with hermosa, shown below.”

Berroco Maya, color: hermosa

Berroco Maya in hermosa (click to see larger)

The Gauge Swatch Challenge

OK, so today I’m going to talk about… the dreaded gauge swatch. I know it’s a love-hate thing for some of us, but I personally enjoy this beginning phase so much because it provides many clues about the pattern.

If anything confuses me, or if I mess up, I’d much rather figure it out on the gauge swatch. There’s nothing worse than discovering an error that could have easily been resolved on your gauge swatch.

Learn to fall in love with the swatching process.

Fall in love with the swatching process.

While I was working on  my swatch this weekend, some thoughts surfaced, which I think will help make the process a bit easier  for you:

  • Use Stitch Markers

The stitch pattern is a multiple of 14 + 9 stitches. Place a marker every 14 stitches, and then before the last 9 stitches. This will greatly help you keep track of your stitches. If you lose count, you only have to count the stitches in the repeat instead of from the beginning of your work.

For my gauge swatch, I cast on a total of 37 sts with 1 marker placed after each repeat, then ending with 9 stitches to balance the pattern.

  • Use a Safety Pin Reminder

At a glance, I know if I’m working on the right or wrong side. If I see a safety pin on the work facing me, then I know it’s the right side of the work.

  • Read Your Work

The cool thing about this pattern, is that once you get in the groove, you’ll notice that you will be able to tell which stitches you need to work without referring to the pattern or chart. Aside from the yarn overs and decreases on the right side rows, you knit the knits and purl the purls. Once you establish the first few rows, the rest can go on autopilot.

  • Definitely Block Your Swatch

I’m a stickler for blocking the gauge swatch because think about it — it should mimic the fabric of your finished garment which you will likely (and should) block!

Blocking creates a more uniform and neater look to your stitches, and since your stitches do relax a bit after blocking, your work can “grow,” which increases the size of your finished swatch. The blocked swatch is what you should measure to determine your final gauge. Do take shortcuts. You’ll regret it later.

The gauge swatch provides you with clue about the project before you even start.

The gauge swatch provides you with clues about the project before you even start.

Weekly Challenge:

I want you to get creative with your gauge swatch! Show me an innovative way to transform your swatch into something new. Let’s get the creative juices flowing…and I’ll show you what I come up with too. I’ve got ideas swimming around in my head now!

Send your photos to: editor@creativeknittingmagazine.com by February 9th! Extended to March 1st!

I will show off your finished creations here on the editor’s blog. The craftiest of all may even get published in a Creative Knitting magazine article about the unlimited ways you can use your leftover gauge swatches!

See you next Sunday!

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