more ways to use up yarn

I’ve picked up my rigid heddle loom (an Ashford) again, finally! It’s been sitting around for quite awhile, but I think various woven pretties around the web finally gave me the kick I needed!

i'm weaving! i'm weaving!

And damn, is it ever fast. Last night it took about 2 hours to warp up the loom (direct warping with a peg), and it’ll probably take a little less time next time I go at it, because I learned some things (like which way to turn the back dealie to wind on the warp).

Then I got down to the weaving, and after a few more hours today, it was off the loom!

fresh off the loom

Then I needed to finish the ends.

tying fringe

I decided to go with a medium length fringe (about six inches) and two rows of knots.

I used 2 skeins of Fleece Artist Cashlana for this wrap/scarfy thing, every last bit (although there’s quite a fair amount of waste in little pieces that gets cut off). It was a fairly variegated green mix, but I think the weaving shows off the colour variation really well! Last thing was to wet-finish the piece, so it’s hanging to dry now – finished photos soon.

Now I want to weave more stuff, but I can’t decide on what. Another wrap in a different colour? Dishtowels? A blanket? And what yarns shall I use? Decisions, decisions.

when in doubt…cashmere

I needed something new to knit (not like I don’t have piles of semi-knitted project already…but whatever) so I finally cast on for a project I’ve been thinking about for a long time.

A simple, plain, cardigan, out of cashmere.

long-awaited cashmere sweater

Handmaiden 4ply cashmere, to be exact! In a lovely natural taupey colour (it’s greyish, right ken?). And because it’s ever so captivating, I started this yesterday and am already done the yoke. Two hours of knitting during the Grey’s Anatomy finale helped!

I used Jody’s yoke from her Unwrapped sweater, and it looks great. There was a bit of pulling in the shoulder increases because of the increases right next to each other (and every row), but it’s only at the very top of the raglan.

neck increases

I do wish I’d modified the neckline for more of a true angled V rather than a rounded sweetheart neckline – the sudden increases every row make the line a little puckery. I’m sure it’ll work out though.

And check out that cashmere halo!

that cashmere halo

for sale: B-Side Cardigan

A couple of days of intensive editing, and here’s the pattern for the B-Side Cardigan!

More photos in my Flickr set.

B-Side Cardigan

Keep your cool with B-Side! The B-Side Cardigan features an easy to knit cable panel on the left front and shoulder, subtle waist shaping, ribbed sleeve detail and ribbed sailor-type collar. The body is worked in one piece to the underarm, then splits for the set in sleeve shaping.

This fun, lightweight cardigan is worked in a kettle-dyed, slightly thick and thin wool-silk blend yarn with lots of character. The sportweight gauge keeps the fabric thin and wearable all year long.

B-Side Cable Detail

Sizes
A [B, C, D, E]{F, G, H, I, J}
Shown in size C on a 36″ bust.

Finished Measurements
Bust: 32 [34, 36, 38, 40]{42, 44, 48, 52, 56}
Length: 19.75 [21, 21.25, 22, 22.75]{24, 25, 26.5, 28.25, 30.5} inches

Materials
Yarn: Manos Silk Blend [70% merino wool, 30% silk; 150 yd/135 m per 1.75 oz/50g skein]
7 [8, 9, 9, 10]{11, 11, 13, 14, 16} skeins
Shown in colour #3055

Other sport/Dk weight yarns: 1025 [1130, 1200, 1300, 1390]{1500, 1625, 1825, 2050, 2300} yards

3.5 mm/US 4 circular needles, length 24″, 29″, 32″ or 36″, depending on size
Approximately 7 [7, 7, 8, 8]{9, 9, 10, 10, 11} buttons, 3/4 inch diameter
Stitch Markers
Stitch Holders or smooth waste yarn
Tapestry needle

Gauge
24 stitches and 36 rows = 10 cm/4 in square in stockinette stitch
24 sts of Ensign’s Braid Cable = 2 3/8 inches wide

Difficulty
Adventurous Beginner or Intermediate. Skills: cast on, knit, purl, read a chart, cables, shaping, picking up stitches, sewing up, bind off.

B-Side Cardigan

Pattern Information

$6.50 CAD

This 9-page pattern contains photos, detailed cable chart and legend, schematics, abbreviations list and of course, the pattern information. 2 MB file size.

Ravelry Download
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Note: As of July 5, 2010, sales tax will be added to this price for all Canadian residents only. The rates are: British Columbia 12%; Ontario, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador 13%; Nova Scotia 15%; and everywhere else in Canada 5% GST. Tax will be added in the Paypal payment process.