My blog has moved!

Just wanted to let you know that my blog has moved to my fancy-shmancy new website, www.unraveleddesigns.com! Head over there for my latest blog bosts, and you can also check out my hand dyed yarn store 🙂

To celebrate my shiny new website and the onset of spring, I’m running a 20% off sale in my Etsy shop as well as on my website, so this is you chance to try out my hand dyed yarn! The coupon code in both places is APRILSHOWERS2015.

Also, if you’re an Outlander fan, check out the MKAL, it starts tomorrow, and we’re having so much fun!

Outlander MKAL 2015 – It’s Happening!

I am so excited to announce that I will be hosting another Outlander MKAL with Jimmy Beans Wool! This time, it will begin with the premiere of the second half of season 1 of Outlander on Starz, which I am sure we are all super excited to watch. I know I can’t wait!

Craigh Na Dun

In the beginning of Season 1, Claire’s journey begins when she steps through the standing stones at Craig Na Dun. The circle continues to play an important role in her story throughout the rest of the episodes, and of course it will continue to do so for the remainder of the story. For that reason, both the Lorna’s Laces limited edition color this month, as well as this mystery knit-a-long have been inspired by Craig Na Dun!

The shawl will be knit using 2 skeins of Shepherd Sock, and the pattern will be released over the course of 5 weeks, beginning with the premiere of the second half of season 1 of Outlander on April 4th.

I have included 2 different unblocked gauges,  1×1 ribbing and garter stitch. This will allow you to check your gauge in the the first few inches of clue 1 to see if you are on track!  Gauge is not super important with this pattern, so no need to stress too much about it 🙂 Below is a pic of what the color looks like knitted up…gorgeous, right?!

Craigh na Dun garter stitch swatch.

Craigh na Dun garter stitch swatch.

You will need a US 4-40″ circular needle for the MKAL, though you can of course start with a shorter circular, or even straight needles, and just move to the long circular as the shawl grows. Also, in the course of designing the pattern, I found that I was much happier on a “grabbier ” (technical term, right?) needle, rather than a super slippery metal one. I was dying to try out the Knitter’s Pride Marblz, mostly because they are so pretty. They were the perfect mix of smooth and a little grabby, plus a tip that is pointy, but not too much so. Plus, the size 4 is hot pink, so how can you go wrong!?

 

Everything you need for the MKAL, plus some of my favorite extras!

Everything you need for the MKAL, plus some of my favorite extras!

I hope you all join me and Jimmy Beans Wool for the MKAL, you can find an active, fun and friendly community in the JBW group on Ravelry. Happy knitting!

Once Upon A Time MKAL – Clue 6

Once Upon A Time MKAL

Once Upon A Time MKAL

Well, we’ve reached the final clue in the OUAT MKAL! There are 2 sections left to finish the cowl, and I decided to combine these 2 sections into 1 clue, that way you have lots of time to finish them since the MKAL is over now!  For those of you that have more yardage or chose to do a shorter version, you can add more width to your cowl by repeating sections 3 and 4 as many times as you want, and then finishing with section 5.

After you finish this clue, and block your cowl, it should measure approximately 50 inches around and 6 inches wide. Just enough to double it around your neck for a nice cozy winter accessory!

Thanks so much for participating in the Once Upon A Time MKAL! It has been super fun and I hope you enjoy your fingerless mitts and cowl set. It is just getting into the cold weather here in Reno, so I know mine are going to come in handy shortly 🙂

The set just doesn’t seem complete with out a matching hat, so I have a design in the works for that. Keep an eye on my blog for more info! Also check out my etsy shop because some new and exciting things will be coming out shortly!

Once Upon A Time MKAL – Clue 5

Well, we are getting near the end, and just in time for the holidays! If you haven’t yet joined in on the MKAL fun, head over to Ravelry to get your pattern!

For the third section of the cowl, we are going back to knitting the slipped stitch pattern from the first section. The beginning of the row is moved over, creating a new, staggered tab closure. This time though, it is purely decorative, since it will be in the middle of your work! As with the other tabs, you can definitely use a button rather than a bobble, it is totally up to you!

Some people have been wondering about how to make the cowl wider. Before I give info on that, I want to stress one thing: you need to have more than 2 skeins of Shepherd Worsted. In clue 4 (section 2), the Star Stitch section, you can definitely add more repeats for a wider cowl, IF you have more yarn than called for. If you aren’t sure how much extra you will have, you can wait to the end to widen the cowl. Since it is done in sections, it will be very easy to add more sections at the end, and you can potentially keep going until you are out of yarn. If you are unsure of which way will work best for you, send me a message on Ravelry or ask in the JBW group and hopefully I can help!

Have you finished your mitts yet? Spoiler Alert!! Here is a pic of my finished mitts so you can see what they look like 🙂

Once Upon A Time Mitts

Once Upon A Time Mitts

 

Once Upon A Time MKAL – Clue 4

It’s time for Clue 4 of the OUAT MKAL, we’re over half way there!

For those of you that guessed that we would be joining in the round, you were totally right! In this section of the cowl, after joining in the round and purling a row, you will be switching to star stitch. This continues the same texture from the mitts for a nice matching set. I know this stitch can be a little hard on the hands, and if you find that you are having trouble, you may want to go up a needle size for this section. Also, try and keep your stitches as loose as possible because that will help! I know some people insert the needle into the 3 stitches to be knit together purl-wise, and then pull on the stitches a bit to loosen them before doing the stitch. It is an extra step but it may be worth the time and effort to save your hands! If you find that you really don’t want to do star stitch than you can just keep doing the woven stitch from the first clue. It will still look nice with your mitts, and be much easier on the hands!

How is everyone liking how the Frozen characters are fitting into the Once Upon A Time plot so far? I am finding that I am really enjoying it and I am very intrigued to find out what happened to Anna and what the story is with the crazy snow queen! It is nice to have some fresh characters introduced into Storybrook and I’m excited to see how the story unfolds!

I found these comparison images between the movie and the OUAT characters. I think they did a pretty good job with the casting! What do you think?

Elsa from Frozen and OUAT.

Elsa from Frozen and OUAT.

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Anna from OUAT and Frozen

It’s not to late to join in the fun! You can get the Frozen Upon a Time yarn from JBW and the OUAT MKAL pattern from Ravelry and easily catch up. Happy knitting everyone, and don’t forget to head over to my Etsy shop and check out my  line of hand dyed yarn!

Once Upon A Time MKAL – Clue 3

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It’s time for the cowl! Shepherd Worsted is a wonderfully soft and fluffy yarn, and it knits up into a lovely drapey and snuggly cowl. Using similar design elements to the fingerless mitts, it will make a lovely matching set, but don’t worry, there are still some surprises! As with the mitts, there is a bobble, so if you plan to use a button be sure and skip it!

The instructions provided make a long loop cowl that measures 48” in circumference after blocking. If you would like to make different size, you can easily make this cowl smaller or larger. The trick is to add or remove stitches in quantities of 4. For example, if you would like a short cowl that is 24″ around, simply cut the cast on number in half, and then choose the closest number that is divisible by 4. If you want a size that is somewhere in between, than as long as your cast on number is divisible by 4 than the cowl should work just fine! Also, if you don’t want to change the cast on amount, but would like a wider cowl, it will be easy to do so at the end of the pattern. Feel free to pm me on Ravelry or email me if you need help with this, my contact info is at the bottom of the pattern!

Happy knitting on clue 3 everyone! Don’t forget to head over to the JBW Ravelry group for chat, spoilers, etc! Also, I have a line of hand dyed yarn on Etsy, feel free to check it out!

 

Once Upon A Time MKAL – Clue 2

This week, for the OUAT MKAL,  you are receiving the remainder of the left mitt, plus the entire right mitt! I figure that you already know what the mitts look like, so there is no need to draw out the rest of the instructions. This will make the remaining 4 clues the cowl!

I'm really enjoying how they are working the Frozen plot into the show so far!

I’m really enjoying how they are working the Frozen plot into the show so far!

You will notice that the only difference in the instructions between the left and right mitt is the cuff. This means that if you prefer to wear the mitts with the cuff flap facing down rather than up, you are completely welcome to do so. I think they look nice both ways, so it’s just a mater of personal preference!

A quick note for those of you using buttons rather than the bobble: You will need a total of 5 for the mitts and cowl together, and 3/4” – 1 inch should work just fine!

Also, on the finishing, you will want to block the mitts very gently, if at all. The star stitch is a squishy, puffy stitch, so when you are blocking it you don’t want to flatten it too much or you will loose the lovely three dimensionality and texture. I recommend just using a little steam to block the edges flat and open up the stitches. If you choose to wet block it than just make sure you don’t flatten it to much!

Well that’s about it for this week, happy knitting and watching!

Be sure and check out my other designs on Ravelry, and my Etsy shop for my line of hand dyed yarn!