#summerofbasics: Pattern Ideas In The Fibre Co. Terra

As I mentioned a few weeks ago, Karen Templer is hosting a casual sew-knit-crochet-along entitled the Summer of Basics. (Check out the link to her post if you're keen on more details about the whole thing.)

I'm in the (very exciting for me....I really do love it!) swatching phase of planning my projects. I'm still contemplating whether to design my own sweater or look to an already published one, and the deciding factor will most likely be the gauge I settle on for my marled Meadow. In an effort to help me decide, I did a few Ravelry searches for some nice basic patterns featuring The Fibre Co. yarns. In my search, I was reminded of some of the really great sweater designs that have been published using The Fibre Co. Terra, and many of them are really excellent wardrobe stables that would be perfect choices for the make-along. Find a few of my favorites below!

1 / CHARLOTTE CARDIGAN / Carrie Bostick Hoge

Carrie's Charlotte Cardigan is the epitome of a wardrobe basic. It is classic, easy to layer, features a few unique details (love that deep deep ribbing), and really lets the unique qualities of The Fibre Co. Terra stand out. As a bonus, Charlotte would make an excellent first sweater for someone looking to branch out.

2 / PURBECK DEUX / Beatrice Perron Dahlen

This classic turtleneck pullover has been on my "retirement plan selfish knitting" list since it was released in February of 2016. I am seriously considering making it my missing "3rd" piece for the knitalong. The large turtleneck and shaped hem make it modern, but the simple shape and lovely stockinette keep it classic. 

3 / FABLE CARDIGAN / Kate Gagnon Osborn

Is it weird to include one of your own designs in a "favorites" list? I hope not. The original sample of my Fable Cardigan is still one of my most-worn garments (it even took me through two pregnancies!) and a shawl collar cardigan is a must-have in any closet.

4 / BARN SWEATER / Carrie Bostick Hoge

It is no surprise that two of Carrie's designs featuring Terra made my list. She is known for her classic, simple designs, and many from her full catalog would make excellent wardrobe basics. I think the feature I love most on the Barn Sweater is the reverse stockinette. Such a nice texture paired with the garter hems and wide buttonband.

Now I just need to be super patient and actually wait until June to begin....thankfully I can just keep swatching!

Instagram Round Up: #kelbournewoolens

I have an Instagram themed Business Sense post I'll be sharing tomorrow, so I thought I would take a minute to showcase some of the lovely photos users have posted with the hashtag #kelbournewoolens.

ROW 1 / 
Lisa Downing recently took the train with her classic Fringe Field bag working on The Fibre Co. Arranmore in St. Claire.
• A lovely stockist, Laughing Sheep Yarns, set up this lovely display of Luma, including a sample of the Cloe Cardigan by Kristen Hipsky knit by Joanne.

ROW 2 /
• One of our wonderful sales reps, Narda, recently finished this shawl in The Fibre Co. Road to China Lace.
Wildfibers displayed this lovely pile of samples featuring The Fibre Co. Luma, including Bennett Creek, Stone Point, and Braidsmaid by Martina Behm.

ROW 3 /
• Our friend Maura from The Projectory wrapped herself up in a self-designed Fibre Co. Terra cowl while bundling up on one of Philly's cold snowy days.
Ding Ren's whole feed is lovely, but I'm especially biased towards this moody image of her in her St. Brendan pullover. (As a bonus, she is one half of the amazing Google Sheep View.)

ROW 4 /
• Philly yarn store Loop posted this Origami Top Hat by Lori Versaci knit in The Fibre Co. Cumbria
• It was wonderful to follow along with Kehley as she worked on her now recently finished Bennett Creek, and love this in-progress shot she took. 

Color stories: Tax time blues

Now that the last day of tax season has come to a close, we found ourselves talking about taxes in the office. We've got the tax-time blues! And thus the birth of this color story. I found this incredible resource of women illustrators and came across the photomontage pieces of artist Eleanore Shakespeare. The piece shown was used for an International Women's Day 2017 project.

With the Waves Collection KAL starting, I thought maybe I'll cast on the Portinscale shawl with The Fibre Co. Road to China Lace in Sapphire! 

Are you casting on anything to celebrate the end of the tax season?  Let us know in the comments!

Artwork by Eleanor Shakespeare. The Fibre Co. Wave Collection image © Tommy Martin

Killybegs KAL Tips and Tricks: Inserting a Vertical Pocket

Remember the Killybegs KAL? While we have fallen a little behind, we are back on track and I'm delighted to share this tutorial with you today.

When I was designing Killybegs, I really wanted pockets, but I also wanted the design to be easy to make for people looking to add a classic closet staple to their wardrobe. In the interest of simplicity, I let the pockets go. Now that I am making my own cardigan as part of the Killybegs KAL, I decided to add hand-warmer pockets and I wrote up the modification so you can too! After all, who wouldn't love cosy cardigan pockets?

The pocket hole is made vertically while knitting the cardigan fronts. Stitches are then picked up  on the center front edge to work the pocket flap. This is an easy way to add pockets to any cardigan or pullover you like! 

PART ONE: THE POCKET HOLE

CREATE THE POCKET HOLE:
Step 1 / After the cast on, place a stitch marker 10 stitches in from the side seam edge. Work the fronts until 3.25” (8.25cm) from cast on edge, ending after working a wrong side row.
Step 2 / Knit to the marker, place the stitches on holder, knit to the end of row. Work back and forth for 25 rows; put these stitches on a holder or waste yarn, break yarn. Return previously held stitches to needles, join yarn in preparation to knit a wrong side row and work back and forth for 25 rows. Do not break the working yarn.
Step 3 / Return the held stitches to same needle as current stitches, knit across all stitches; continue with the instructions in the pattern for the fronts. The hole for the pocket has been formed.

PICK UP FOR THE POCKET FLAP:
Step 1 / With the RS facing, and beginning at the center front edge, pick up and knit 3 stitches for every 4 rows up the pocket opening. Once complete, there will be 21 stitches on your needles.

Part two: work the pocket flap

The pocket flap is worked in a twisted knit 1, purl 1 ribbing to match the ribbing on the cuffs, hem, and shawl collar. Work the ribbing as follows:
Row 1 (WS): Ktbl, *p1, ktbl; rep from * to end.
Row 2 (RS): Ptbl, *k1, ptbl; rep to end.
Repeat Rows 1 and 2 until pocket flap measures 1.25” (3 cm). Bind off in pattern.

Note: If you make your pocket larger or smaller than these instructions indicate, use Kate’s super helpful “Perfectly Picked Up Stitches” tutorial. An odd number of stitches on the flap insures a nice clean look that begins and ends with a knit stitch.

Part Three: The Pocket Lining

PICK UP FOR THE POCKET LINING
STEP 1 / Position the cardigan front horizontally in front of you with the wrong side facing up. Starting at the bottom of the opening, pick up and knit 20 stitches up the pocket opening. Rotate the piece, and pick up and knit 20 stitches down the pocket opening. 40 stitches will be on your needles. 

STEP 2 / If working on double pointed needles, arrange the needles on the stitches in order to work in the round. Knit in stockinette stitch until the pocket length reaches the side edge of the sweater front. 

STEP 3 / Transfer stitches evenly onto two double pointed needles so that the stitches align evenly with the pocket opening (the first 20 picked up stitched on one needle, and last 20 picked up stitches on the other.) Bind off all stitches using a 3-needle bind off.

FINISHING THE POCKET

Using the mattress stitch, sew the pocket flap down to the cardigan fronts. Weave in ends. When assembling the sweater, tack the inside pocket to the side of the sweater and seam using mattress stitch.

Voila! You now have hand-warming pockets on your cardigan!