Sporty Forty KAL starts today!

Today’s the day we cast on our Sporty Forty shawls. And it’s also Elizabeth’s 40th birthday!

Happy Birthday, Elizabeth!

Sporty Forty  shawl designed by Elizabeth Smith

Sporty Forty shawl designed by Elizabeth Smith

Palm Beach Vibes yarn kit  for the Sporty Forty shawl

Palm Beach Vibes yarn kit for the Sporty Forty shawl

We have some helpful tips and tricks to get you started on your Sporty Forty shawl. The shawl features increases and stitches that are great for a beginning knitter or someone more advanced looking for a fun, relaxing project.

From Elizabeth, “When I was designing Sporty Forty, my goal was to use simple techniques so that the piece would not only be fun to make but also simple and relaxing. The kind of project you can curl up with at the end of a busy day, or enjoy working on while you’re binging on your latest Netflix obsession. “

Sounds perfect! Let’s get started.

Download your pattern if you haven’t yet. Grab a yarn kit if you’d like to knit this project!


Sporty Forty uses 2 types of increase techniques in order to create its shape. Yarn-overs (YO) are used on either side of the center stitch on right-side rows and the knit-front-and-back (kfb) technique is used on either end on both right-side and wrong-side rows.

How to work a knit front-and-back (kfb) in knitting

A kfb is an easy way to increase 1 stitch and looks especially well when worked in Garter Stitch (knitting every row). If you have never worked a kfb before, check out the photo tutorial below!

How to work a knit front-and-back (kfb) in knitting

How to work a knit front-and-back (kfb) in knitting


How to work a yarn-over (YO) in knitting

One of the most straight-forward types of increases used in shawls are yarn-overs (abbreviated “YO”). In Sporty Forty, I used YO’s on either side of the center stitch – it’s both an easy way to add stitches (which is what helps to shape the shawl), as well as provides a pretty eyelet detail (and in keeping with the “Forty” theme, I made sure there would be 40 eyelets down either side of the center of the shawl!).

YO’s are easy to make, but one little stumbling block can happen…

In this piece (and many other similar types of shawl/kerchiefs), you have a single center stitch that has markers on either side, and a YO is worked before the first marker and after the second marker on every right-side row.

What can be tricky about this is that when you work that first YO, and then you slip your marker, you have to be a little careful that as you knit that single center stitch, that the YO you are creating doesn’t slide over the marker, causing there to be an extra stitch in the center.

If you have never worked a YO in this way before, being aware of this potential issue and paying extra attention at this step can help you avoid possible issues and future ‘tinking’! Below is a photo tutorial that demonstrate this step in the process and might be especially helpful if you are new to yarn-overs:

How to work a yarn-over (YO) in knitting

How to work a yarn-over (YO) in knitting

Now you’re all set to knit your Sporty Forty shawl! Be sure to check in and say hello by either leaving a comment here or tagging #SportyFortyKAL on social media. We’d love to see your project!

Sporty Forty Knit-Along Details:

Elizabeth and Heather are hosting a fun, easy-going KAL starting on Elizabeth's birthday and ending on Heather's. Grab a kit and join in the fun!

KAL Kits + Pattern go live: Friday, March 1. Read the details.
KAL Start Date: Tuesday, March 12, 2019.
KAL End Date: Wednesday, March 20, 2019.

Get the pattern: Sporty Forty by Elizabeth Smith – on Ravelry

Get the yarn: We put together 8 yarn kits to work with this shawl pattern and guess what?! They’re $40! See the color options for the Sporty Forty yarn kits below.

Have a question? Contact us.

Thank you from Elizabeth and Heather. We hope you enjoy knitting with us to celebrate our big birthdays. Check back here to follow along! 💗💗


Introducing the Sporty Forty KAL with Elizabeth Smith!

Ewe Ewe Yarns owner Heather Walpole and designer Elizabeth Smith

Ewe Ewe Yarns owner Heather Walpole and designer Elizabeth Smith

Look who’s turning 40!

Elizabeth and I realized that our birthdays are just days apart and we’re both turning THE BIG FOUR-OH.

What better way to celebrate this milestone than with a collaboration between Elizabeth Smith and Ewe Ewe Yarns!

Sporty Forty  shawl designed by Elizabeth Smith

Sporty Forty shawl designed by Elizabeth Smith

Elizabeth designed Sporty Forty, a heart-shape-inspired shawl, with Ewe So Sporty Merino from Ewe Ewe Yarns. Her wonderful design skills are highlighted in this shawl with a simple garter stitch, surprising pops of color and an easy eyelet border edge. 

Isn’t it great? Look at those little hints of color happening. How fun!

Sporty Forty knitting pattern designed with Ewe So Sporty merino yarn from Ewe Ewe

Sporty Forty knitting pattern designed with Ewe So Sporty merino yarn from Ewe Ewe

To celebrate this great new collaboration (and our big birthdays!) we decided to have a birthday knit along. It’s a fun way for friends to have some birthday fun while being on opposite sides of the country. I hope you’ll join us!

Sporty Forty Knit-Along Details:

Elizabeth and Heather are hosting a fun, easy-going KAL starting on Elizabeth's birthday and ending on Heather's. Grab a kit and join in the fun!

KAL Kits + Pattern go live: Friday, March 1.
KAL Start Date: Tuesday, March 12.
KAL End Date: Wednesday, March 20.

Get the pattern: Sporty Forty by Elizabeth Smith – on Ravelry

Get the yarn: We put together 8 yarn kits to work with this shawl pattern and guess what?! They’re $40! See the color options for the Sporty Forty yarn kits below.

Sporty Forty Yarn Kits
40.00
Color Combo:
Quantity:
Add To Cart

Get Elizabeth’s pattern on Ravelry. Buy Sporty Forty >

Thank you from Elizabeth and Heather. We hope you’ll join us to celebrate our big birthdays. Check back here follow along! 💗💗


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Sporty Forty KAL details

Sporty Forty KAL details


#EweEweYokeAlong: Increasing in color work on the Threipmuir sweater

Thank you to those of you that wrote in asking about how to increase during the stranded knitting section of the Threipmuir sweater. Knitting an increase during color work can be a bit tricky but it’s not as bad as it seems so let’s give it a try!

On Round 3 of the chart there is a new stitch at the beginning of the chart that’s labeled as an increase. The designer asks that we work a “left lifted increase into the last KNIT stitch worked”. That sounds like a lot to unpack but it’s ok, I got you.

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In the color chart the first and second stitches are to be worked in our MC. By working this increase we are creating a stitch that means we have worked BOTH the first and second stitch by the time we’re done.

Step 1: Knit the first stitch in MC.

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Step 2: Insert the left needle from back to front through the stitch you just worked.

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Step 3: With MC, knit into the front of the loop on the left needle (creating a twist in the loop).

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This is how the stitch should look. There is a small bar under the new stitch but as you can see it fades away among the other stitches as you knit across the round.


On Round 6 of the color chart we encounter an increase at the end of the stitch pattern. In this case we will do the same thing but just knit the new stitch in a different color. Take a look.

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How to work LLI with 2 colors: Knit as instructed on the color work chart across to stitch 5. Work stitch 5 in CC1 as shown, work left leaning increase as shown above but rather than using the CC1, knit the new stitch using CC2.

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Let me know how it goes!

I’ve been answering some questions by email and a few have been the same so I decided to start a Facebook group for our KAL. This way we can all benefit in a collective way. We can easily share photos, talk about issues, ask questions, tell stories, whatever! Join the group >


Check in, stay motivated, encourage others:

A place for us to chat and post photos: Join the Ewe Ewe KAL Party!  

We'll check in online on Facebook, Instagram with the hashtags #EweEweYokeAlong and #EweEweKALFollow @eweeweyarns on Instagram now! Plus you can join my Ewe Ewe Yarns Ravelry group if you like that type of thing. Whichever!

Email me if you have any questions! (It's always me on the other side of that form.)


#EweEweYokeAlong: How to get started on a color work chart

Making a knitted chart clearer for your project

Making a knitted chart clearer for your project

We get to start with some coloring! The sweater I’m making is in different colors than the designer’s original project so rather than confusing myself with her colors, I decided to print the chart page in black and white and color it to match my project.

I think it helped a ton! This really gave me a good idea of how my chosen colors will look in my sweater. I grabbed 3 markers that resemble my yarn shades and had a fun five minutes of coloring time.

Getting started with stranded knitting

Getting started with stranded knitting

To work a color work chart we start from the bottom right edge at the box labeled 1. We read the chart from right to left and because that mimics how we knit — always working to the left. We’re only ever working on one particular row and in this pattern we’ll only ever have two colors on any given row which is great.

In this case on the first row the first stitch is in MC, the second stitch is in CC1, and the third and fourth stitches are in MC again. We repeat those four stitches around and around until we make it back to the beginning.

Knitting with two colors at the same time

Knitting with two colors at the same time

The second row has an alternating color pattern. One stitch CC1, one stitch MC, 1 CC1, 1 MC and so on around. I like to hold my yarn as one color in each hand and cruise along the row.

Carrying yarn behind the work

Carrying yarn behind the work

As you work the alternating colors be sure to carry or “float” the yarns loosely behind the other stitches. These floats should have a light tension that will allow the actual sweater stitches to still stretch as normal. If your floats become too tight you may see some puckering in the color work section that could make the sweater a bit out of shape. If you think this might be happening you may want to hold a finger behind the work to help loosen your floats or in some cases you may need to go up a needle size when working the color pattern.

Those are both OK things to do! Color work is something that takes a bit of practice so take your time and figure out what works best for you. Remember that the sweater and the stitches will relax when we block it so an irregularity here and there is normal just like in normal knitting.


NEW! A Facebook KAL Group. Join!

A place for us to chat and post photos: Join the Ewe Ewe KAL Party!  

We'll check in online on Facebook, Instagram with the hashtags #EweEweYokeAlong and #EweEweKALFollow @eweeweyarns on Instagram now! Plus you can join my Ewe Ewe Yarns Ravelry group if you like that type of thing. Whichever!

Email me if you have any questions! (It's always me on the other side of that form.)


#EweEweYokeAlong: How to knit a swatch to check gauge in the round

Today we’re going to check gauge for our Threipmuir sweaters but we do it a little differently because this sweater is knit in the round. Normally we’d check gauge by knitting and purling back and forth but because we will only be knitting this sweater we should only knit our gauge. Here’s how to knit a gauge swatch in the round.

Choosing Fluffy Fingering colors for Threipmuir sweater

Choosing Fluffy Fingering colors for Threipmuir sweater

We’ll need to start with choosing our colors for the sweater and specifically which color will be CC1 and which is CC2. I am using the Red Velvet on the left for the MC body color of my sweater and I decided Berry will be CC1 and Saffron is CC2. According to the pattern specs we use the least amount of CC1 so that’s a good skein to knit our swatch!

Creating a swatch in the round

Creating a swatch in the round

We want to swatch on the larger size needles. I know that I knit a bit tight so I went up a needle size to a US 5 (3.75mm) needle to check my gauge. Knitting a swatch in the round is almost like making a loose i-cord. Check out this video by The Unapologetic Knitter below all about how to work that swatch.

Here’s what I ended up with!

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When it’s finished — trim those long strands and give it a soak in a gentle bath for about 15 minutes. Carefully press it in a towel to remove the water and then set it out flat to dry completely. This is not a swatch that we want to pin because we won’t be pinning our finished sweater so we want to treat our gauge the same way we’ll treat our knitted piece later.

Gauge swatch knitted in the round

Gauge swatch knitted in the round

And there’s my little knitted swatch all trimmed and dried! My stitch count is a tad bigger than I expected so I am going to make a smaller size sweater. If you have a question about your gauge size be sure to email me and I’ll help you figure it out!


Check in, Stay Motivated, Encourage Others!

What do you think? We could finish our sweaters before the real cold sets in for the season.  

We'll check in online on Instagram with the hashtags #EweEweYokeAlong and #EweEweKALFollow @eweeweyarns on Instagram now! Plus you can join my Ewe Ewe Yarns Ravelry group if you like that type of thing. Whichever!

Email me if you have any questions! (It's always me on the other side of that form.)


#EweEweYokeAlong: Threipmuir Sweater KAL Introduction

Threipmuir  sweater by Ysolda Teague

Threipmuir sweater by Ysolda Teague

It’s time for a fresh and fun knit-along here at Ewe Ewe! This fall we’re going to knit Threipmuir by Ysolda Teague which is a colorful stranded knitting yoke sweater. We’ll be using the new Ewe Ewe Fluffy Fingering merino yarn to knit this sweater.

Ewe Ewe knit-alongs are great because we take a popular project and break it down into manageable steps with tutorials and check-ins throughout the project. The whole goal is to knit something you will love, finish, and actually wear!

About the Pattern

From the designer Ysolda Teague: Threipmuir is a top-down pullover with a dramatic round yoke. This yoke is inspired by Icelandic Lopapeysas but the finer gauge provides a larger canvas for more intricate patterning. The fairly deep yoke and slightly dropped underarm combine with positive ease for a slouchy, comfortable fit. The colourwork slowly feathers into the main colour avoiding the heaviness and unflattering line across the chest that can sometimes result from deeper yoke patterns. This results in wide gaps between the contrast colour in the last few rounds of the yoke. Long floats are avoided with a fun slipped stitch trick.

Sizing: 36 (38, 40, 42, 44) [46, 48, 50, 52] (54, 56, 58, 60)" finished chest circumference. Shown in size 40" with 4" positive ease.

I measure 37” at the bust so I think I’ll be making a size 40 to have a little room. It’s good to think about how you’ll wear your sweater and what you might wear under the sweater on a given day to decide how much ease you’d like in the finished product.

Get the pattern: Download Threipmuir on Ravelry >

Yarn and Supplies

Yarn: Ewe Ewe Fluffy Fingering, 100% merino, 200 yards.
Skeins:

  • MC: 6 (6, 6, 6, 7) [7, 7, 7, 8] (8, 8, 8, 9) skeins of Fluffy Fingering yarn

  • CC1: 1 skein of Fluffy Fingering yarn

  • CC2: 1 skein of Fluffy Fingering yarn

Choose your sweater colors! Now for the fun part, Fluffy Fingering comes in 12 beautiful shades and the color combinations you can use are endless.

Where to get the yarn: Fluffy Fingering yarn is available direct from Ewe Ewe on this website AND it's available from many retailers across the US! See our list of online and local yarn shops on our Stockists page.

I put together a few ideas for color combinations you can use to knit your sweater. Look at the yarn amounts for your size above and then scroll through these ideas to see what you’d like to knit! I’m kind of leaning toward the Winter White.

Needles: 

  • Size US 2½ (3mm) 16” and 32” circular needles

  • Size US 4 (3.5mm) 16”, 24” and 32” circular needles

  • Size US 2½ (3mm) double-pointed needles or circulars for your preferred method of working small circumferences in the round

  • Size US 4 (3.5mm) double-pointed needles or circulars for your preferred method of working small circumferences in the round

Notions: One regular stitch marker, 4 removable stitch markers, scrap yarn for putting stitches on hold, tapestry needle.

Timeline

Now: Getting yarn and checking gauge. We’ll be working a gauge swatch in the round so I’ll be posting about how to do this ahead of the start of the KAL.

Thursday, November 1: Kickoff + Cast On! Neckline short rows and start the color work.

Thursday, November 8: Divide for Sleeves. Start working the body of the sweater.

Thursday, November 15: Check in and progress. We’re gonna be knitting the body.

Thursday, November 22: Gorge on turkey. It’s Thanksgiving but let’s knit a bit after we eat!

Thursday, November 29: Sleeves. I’ll give some tips on adjust the sleeve length if needed.

Thursday, December 6: Finish! Sweater blocking party!

Check in, Stay Motivated, Encourage Others!

What do you think? We could finish our sweaters before the real cold sets in for the season.  

We'll check in online on Instagram with the hashtags #EweEweYokeAlong and #EweEweKALFollow @eweeweyarns on Instagram now! Plus you can join my Ewe Ewe Yarns Ravelry group if you like that type of thing. Whichever!

Email me if you have any questions! (It's always me on the other side of that form.)