KW Tips and Tricks: Increasing Within Charts

Working from charts seems to cause the most joy and consternation from knitters. We here at KW are fully on Team Chart. I would never consider knitting anything but the most straightforward and basic lace or cable pattern without a chart, and see no reason whatsoever to ever work stranded patterns without one. If something terrible were to happen to me tomorrow, my epitaph would most likely read Here Lies Kate. She Loved the Oxford Comma, Videos of Corgi Puppies, and Charts

We teach charts a lot in classes, and try to provide as much support as possible in our patterns if they include charts. Since a lot of our designs feature either colorwork or cable motifs, a lot of the designs also have charts. Many also incorporate integrated increases and decreases into the pattern. This means that while working from the chart, increases (or decreases) are worked within the stitch pattern to shape the piece. 

Both Delia and Jenny from the Andorra Collection feature shaping within the chart - on Delia, there are increases on the first round of the cable pattern and then decreases with in the cables at the crown. In Jenny, there are increases worked within the stranded patterning to shape the yoke. 

Bennett Creek by Kate Gagnon Osborn

Bennet Creek from the Luma Collection is another design that uses increases within the cable panel to shape the sweater. On both Delia and Bennet Creek, the increases serve to maintain proper width of the fabric once cables are incorporated into the knitting. (You can read more about gauge in cable pattern versus gauge in stockinette in our tutorial on measuring gauge in cable pattern if this concept is new to you, or you'd like some more in depth information.)

How To:

Below is a sample of a chart that includes increases within the pattern. On Row 1, increases are worked across the row outside of the cable pattern, and on Row 3 they are incorporated into the cable cross. 

chart sample increasing in pattern Kelbourne Woolens

Stitch Counts:

You begin working the chart with 16 stitches on your needles. I emphasized the word "begin" here with good reason:

The chart shows what your knitting looks like after the action as been completed.

This is why you count 20 boxes in that first row, even though you are starting with 16 stitches: after working Row 1, you will have 20 stitches on your needles. 

You begin working Row 2 with 20 stitches on your needles. There are no increases on Row 2, so after working Row 2, you will still have 20 stitches on your needles.

You begin working Row 3 with 20 stitches on your needles. After working Row 3, you will have 24 stitches on your needles, and will maintain the 24 stitches for the remainder of the chart. 

First Four Rows Written Out:

Row 1 / K2, p2, m1p, k2, m1p, p4, m1p, k2, m1p, p2, k2 - 20 sts. 
Row 2 / K5, p2, k6, p2, k5.
Row 3 / K2, p3, C2R2Inc, p6, C2L2Inc, p3, k2 - 24 sts.
Row 4 / K5, p4, k6, p4, k5.

And that's really all there is to it! Again, the key concept is to understand that the chart shows what your knitting looks like after the action as been completed. 

KW Style It: A Bernadette For My Every Mood

Normally when I put together the outfits for our Style It posts, I try to think outside my personal box a little beyond only items I would wear, while still incorporating pieces and elements that are true to the KW brand and aesthetic.

For my Bernadette sweater from the Andorra Collection, though, I went full-selfish and put together three very "Kate" outfits that I think both demonstrate the versatility of this classic turtleneck and show how easy it is to change up your style, if only a little bit!

STYLE ONE: City Living
This is probably the closest to an outfit that I'd wear every day (note to self: finally bite the bullet and buy a nice leather jacket). I love the mix of the worn in jeans, sneakers, and jacket with the pink water bottle and gold jewelry to show a little touch of feminine.

KW Style It: Bernadette City Living

STYLE TWO: Modern Feminine
If I am going to get "girly", this is about as far as I am willing to take it. I love the softness of the Ace&Jig skirt paired with a pair of classic clogs, a denim jacket, and some nice accessories that show a little bit of color and personality. (The earrings are by our dear friend Lila, and I own this exact pair - and, ahem, maybe a few others, too - and adore them all.)

KW Style It: Bernadette Modern Feminine

STYLE THREE: In The Country
We travel to Vermont and Maine a bit throughout the year and if I was headed up there now, all of these pieces would either be on me or in my suitcase. I don't buy much new clothing or shoes these days, but I treated myself to a pair of Blundstones this fall and now they're all I want to wear, especially as I find practicality plus a few small personal details to be key when fighting the insane weather New England seems to have 340+ days a year.

KW Style It Bernadette

I keep thinking if I was going to make a Bernadette for myself, I would use one of the neutral colors of Andorra, perhaps even the ink black. But now seeing haint blue here pair so well with all the neutrals I love, I'm not so sure!

Andorra Feature in Interweave Knits!

We were so thrilled to open the pages of the new Interweave Spring 2018 to find an article about our new yarn, Andorra

I mean, it's good business practice to send yarn to magazine editors if you want them to use your yarns, but we didn't think the yarn would speak to the editors so eloquently!

Writer Sarah Rothberg says:
"I am obsessed with its stunning color palette and soft, plump skeins. Andorra is so much more than a pretty yarn: it's strong, versatile, and inspiring." 

Thanks, Sarah! We are glad you like it as much as we do.
Click here to learn more about our new yarn, Andorra. We hope you like it too!