Technique

Picking up Stitches from a 2-color Brioche Rib Tab

When I knit a shawl in two-color brioche, starting from the neck, I first make a tab in two-color brioche rib. Then I pick up stitches from the edges of the tab. Here is how I picked up the stitches for Humus shawl. I don’t know if there’s an official name for the method. I’m calling it brioche rib tab, since the tab is knitted in brioche rib, and the cast-on method resembles the garter tab cast-on.

Aloitan niskasta aloitettavat huivit neulomalla pienen neliön aina oikein -neuletta. Poimin sen jälkeen neliön reunasta silmukoita. Englanniksi menetelmä on nimeltään garter tab cast-on. Samaa menetelmää voi käyttää kaksiväristä patenttia neulottaessa, jolloin neliön voi tehdä joko yksivärisenä, perinteisenä joustinneuleena, tai kaksivärisenä patenttina (tarkemmin patenttijoustimena, sillä patenttineuletta on myös muunlaista), kuten tein Humus-huivissani.

Tässä videossa näkyy, miten poimin silmukat neliön reunasta Humus-huivissani.

Technique

Two-color Cable Cast-on

My method of casting on using two colors and the cable cast-on method is a bit different from what seems the standard two-color cable cast-on. There is a video on YouTube on how I do it.

For short, I make the slipknot in only one color – it is the color I knit first on later rows – and I pick up the yarn for the next stitch from under the other color. The latter makes the yarns twist around each other, so if you intend on casting on more than a dozen stitches, it’s more convenient to pick up one of the colors from over the other color.

Luon silmukat kaksiväristä patenttineuletta varten käyttäen kaksiväristä cable cast-on -menetelmää. Oma versioni eroaa siitä, jota ilmeisesti yleensä käytetään, joten otin videon omasta tavastani. Eroavaisuuksia tuohon normaaliin tapaan on kaksi: 1) teen vetosolmun vain yhdellä värillä kahden sijaan – vetosolmun väri on se, jolla neulon ensin, kun neulon myöhempiä kerroksia – ja 2) poimin langan aina toisen langan alta. Jälkimmäinen johtaa lankojen kiertymiseen toistensa ympäri, joten kovin monen silmukan luomiseen tuo ei ole kätevää.

Yarn

Festival Yarn

I attended the Jyväskylä Summer Knit Festival this weekend. I hadn’t bought any yarn in a year and a half and had started to run out of some specific colors and kinds of yarn. I had a shopping list, but didn’t even plan on being strict about it. Eventually I bought a bit over two kilos, so enough for quite some time.

Here’s a photo taken on the spot:

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At home I spread them out and took another photo to show them better:

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Right now they’re all in the freezer to reassure me that there won’t be any bugs in them when I start knitting. I doubt that any bug would have found them in just a couple of hours there outdoors, but I feel much better if I freeze all my yarn when it gets home.

I have an idea for most of those, and can’t wait to get them out of their cold treatment to cast on.

Tänä viikonloppuna olin Jyväskylän neulefestareilla. Menin perjantaina paikalle nimenomaan ostamaan lankaa, sillä olin päättänyt lopettaa reilut puolitoista vuotta kestäneen lankalakkoni. Olin kirjoittanut ostoslistan siltä varalta, että unohdan jotakin, mille on tarvetta. Enemmistö ostoksista olikin listalta, mutta mukaan mahtui myös kohtalainen määrä heräteostoksia.

Suurimmalle osalle langoista on jo selvä visio enkä malta odottaa, että pääsen kerimään langat ja aloittamaan.

Pattern

Kesäyö

As a kid I was often at weddings in the rural town where my dad grew up. Every time we left a wedding it was already night, but Finnish summer night is not dark at all, and while trying not to fall asleep on the back seat of the car, I watched the misty fields go by.

With the misty summer nights in mind, in Spring 2016 I designed Kesäyö shawl, the name meaning summer night in Finnish.

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The shawl was designed for fingering weight yarn. I used Hedgehog Fibres Sock (400 m/437 yd per 100 g) in Moss (green) and Silence (white). You will need 600 m/656 yd (150 g) of color A, 400 m/437 yd (100 g) of color B. In the model shawl the green is color A and the off-white is color B.

Since more than 100 g of the green was needed, I have added instructions on how to knit the shawl in three colors: color A is for the narrow, green stripes, color B for the white sections and color C is used in the wavy sections. A full skein of each should be plenty for colors B and C, and half a skein is enough for color A.

More detailed info can be found on the pattern’s Ravelry page.

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Introduction

My name is Eeva and I’ve been designing knitwear for a few years now. Thanks to my two lovely kids, there hasn’t been a lot of time for knitting, not to mention writing patterns, but I have managed to release a handful so far.

I live in Jyväskylä, central Finland, with my family. Currently it’s very green and there’s a lot of light, thanks to the summer solstice tomorrow morning. We’re technically in the middle of the night, but it’s nowhere near dark outdoors. The sun set at around 23 p.m. and will rise again at 3.23 a.m. It’s a pity it’s cloudy, otherwise I’d go and take a photo.

Since it’s already past midnight now that I’m typing this, and given the sun will rise in a bit over three(!) hours from now, I’d better get some sleep instead of writing all my personal history in one go.