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

Join the Journey

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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Fiber Fun Friday – Knitalong Week #3 and Knitumentary Starts this Sunday!

Fibery fun on Friday!

Fibery fun on Friday!

Week #3 Learn a Stitch, Share the Love Knitalong

Week #3, Learn a Stitch, Share the Love Knitalong

Week #3, Learn a Stitch, Share the Love Knitalong

Here we are at week #3 and if you haven’t joined yet, you still have a chance. Things are really cooking over on the Creative Knitting Ravelry Fans Group!  Click on this link to join in on the fun…and share your finished washcloths with the group and on the Creative Knitting Facebook page here.


 

The Journey Begins This Sunday!

Join the Journey

Join the Journey

Sunday kicks off week #1 of my Knitumentary for the month of February. Don’t miss out on this candid, photographic look behind-the-scenes while I happily knitting my way through the gorgeous Mimosa pullover, made with yummy Berroco Maya and featured in the Spring 2015 issue of Creative Knitting magazine.

Mimosa Pullover, Spring 2015 Creative Knitting

Mimosa Pullover, Spring 2015 Creative Knitting

 

My first post will be thoughts about the gauge swatch and some tips to get you started. Also…I’m planning a special challenge that you don’t want to miss! See you on Sunday!


 

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The Editor Wants to Know- Do You Partake in Knitalongs?

The Editor Wants to Know Your BURNING Knitting Questions!

The Editor Wants to Know Your BURNING Knitting Questions!

Are you someone who likes to partake in knitalongs? Do you keep going all the way to the end or does your excitement fizzle at some point?

Do you like to join in on a knitalong, make friends and learn something new?

Do you like to join in on a knitalong, make friends and learn something new?

Speaking of knitalongs, we’ve got one going on right now. Click here to join in. There’s lots of interaction going and many knitters are participating! Visit the Creative Knitting Raverly Fans Group to learn more. You can get your free knitalong patterns here.

Have fun, and I can’t wait to hear from you!

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Fiber Fun Friday- Week #2 Kntialong, Knitumentary Update, Creative Spaces and More!

Fibery fun on Friday!

Fibery fun on Friday!

Learn a Stitch, Share the Love Knitalong Week #2

Week #2 is underway!

Week #2 is underway!

It’s officially week #2 for this knitalong, so if you haven’t taken part yet, don’t worry because it’s still going strong. You can pick up on the next washcloth today! Just hop on over to the Creative Knitting Ravelry Fans Group and click on this link to get started!


 

Knitumentary– Got Yarn?

Mimosa Pullover, Spring 2015 Creative Knitting

Mimosa Pullover, Spring 2015 Creative Knitting

I started talking about this special documentary of sorts that I’m about to embark on. I’ll be knitting the Mimosa cardigan. I hope you’ll join me on this fun journey for the month of February. Read more


 Creative Spaces

Tabetha Hedrick, editor of the Creative Knitting online newsletter and designer extraordinaire!

Tabetha Hedrick, editor of the Creative Knitting online newsletter and designer extraordinaire!

Back in May of 2014, I began Creative Spaces so you could get an inside look into the designer’s studio and see how they stay organized and what inspires creativity. Check out my first interview with Tabetha Hedrick here.

Coming soon in this series, you’ll meet Lena Skvagerson, associate producer of the Annie’s PBS TV show, Knit and Crochet Now! Lena is also the Annie’s Signature Collection designer.

Lena will open the doors of her studio space and show you her day-to-day routine and how she creates an environment that keeps her inspired and productive.  Stay posted for more on this in February!

Do you have a creative space that you would like featured on the Creative Knitting blog? If so, reach out to me at Editor@CreativeKnittingMagazine.com


 Knit and Crochet Now!

Ellen Gormley, editor of Crochet! and host, Brett Bara

Ellen Gormley, editor of Crochet! and host, Brett Bara

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The new season of Knit and Crochet Now! is live on a PBS station in your area. For a sneak peek, click here and also you must check out the new All-Access membership where at your fingertips you can watch any episode of the show 24/7. Read more

 


 Make Some Yarn Art

Don't feel like knitting? Create some yarn art!

Don’t feel like knitting? Create some yarn art!

In this post, I spent one quiet weekend allowing things to flow naturally, and I happened to notice beautiful rays of light streaming in through my window, which inspired me gather some yarn and capture a composition mixed with light before I lost my chance.

Going free form is a great release from the structured process of reading and following a pattern. This act of going with the flow allows me to disconnect and come back to a pattern with fresh eyes. Click here to read the post.


Until next time, please remember to chime in on our Facebook page!

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The Editor Wants to Know- Pretty Notebooks or Journals?

The Editor Wants to Know Your BURNING Knitting Questions!

The Editor Wants to Know Your BURNING Knitting Questions!

Do you love notebooks and journals so much that you have a different one for specific tasks?

If you keep one for your knitting projects, what kind of notes do you take about your progress?

Are you fanatical about notebooks?

Are you fanatical about notebooks?

 

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