Ursa KAL: Starting the neckline and working a half-brioche stitch

Welcome to the Ursa sweater knit-along! Today we’re kicking it off by casting on our sweater. Party!

Ursa Sweater Knit-Along: Starting the neckline and working a half-brioche stitch.

Ursa Sweater Knit-Along: Starting the neckline and working a half-brioche stitch.

Starting a new project is a ton of fun. So much hope! So much potential. I love it.

Casting on the Ursa sweater for our latest knit-along!

Casting on the Ursa sweater for our latest knit-along!

We start at the neckline for Ursa by casting on for our specific size. The next row is a wrong side row where we’ll add stitch markers for raglan shaping and start working the half-brioche stitch or HBS.

All the HBS sections at the start of the sweater are over 3 stitches. Jacqueline, the Ursa sweater pattern designer has a great video tutorial about working the HBS sections. Click here to watch the video.

Below I have a photo tutorial of how to work the HBS section. You can click the images to enlarge them.

And now we’ve worked across the setup row, creating brioche, adding markers, woohoo!

You can see the contrasting color stitch markers which signify the middle of the back of the sweater. There is a faux seam here and the added color helps remind us not to increase at those markers.

Working the setup row for the Ursa sweater.

Working the setup row for the Ursa sweater.

On the next row we start increasing for the V-neck and the raglan shaping. We’ll be using m1r and m1l increases which are also called bar increases. I have a great photo tutorial on working these increases here.

How to work an m1R in knitting

Instructions: With left needle pick up the strand between 2 stitches from back to front and knit through the front of the stitch.

How to work an m1L in knitting 

Instructions: With the left needle, pick up the strand between 2 stitches from front to back, and knit through the back of the stitch.

Getting started on the Ursa sweater by Jacqueline Cieslak

Getting started on the Ursa sweater by Jacqueline Cieslak

Keep in mind that we increase at the markers on every right side row and we increase at the neckline every other right side row. It’s good to keep track of your progress with a counter or a notepad.

Knitting the neckline of the Ursa sweater in Ewe Ewe Baa Baa Bulky merino yarn.

Knitting the neckline of the Ursa sweater in Ewe Ewe Baa Baa Bulky merino yarn.

I hope you’re off to a good start! Let me know if you have any questions or comments by leaving a note on this blog post or emailing me here.

Keep up with the KAL! Leave a comment on this post, join our Facebook KAL group, Ravelry group, and use hashtags any photos with #eweeweyarns, #BaaBaaUrsa and #ursasweater on Instagram.


How to check knitting gauge in the round

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It’s time to start a sweater (we’re making Ursa on our latest knit-along) and you know you want to check your gauge but the sweater is knit in the round. Since we won’t be turning our work and we’ll only be knitting this gauge might be a little different than normal.

As a knitter, I know that my tension is different when I purl than when I knit and since this project will be worked mostly in the round and I won’t be purling much I’d like to make sure I’m getting the stitch count the designer recommends.

I’ve put together some photos on how to knit and block a gauge swatch in the round.

How to Check Knitting Gauge in the Round

Yarn and needles for a gauge swatch

Yarn and needles for a gauge swatch

Step 1: Cast on

Step 1: Cast on

When knitting any swatch you want to start with the exact yarn the project will be made in and the same needles you plan to knit the sweater with. Variations on either of these items can result in a different gauge.

For the sweater I’m knitting I need a gauge of 11.5 stitches over 4 inches. I will have 20 stitches on size US 11 (8 mm) needles for this swatch.

Cast on normally. DO NOT TURN.

Slide stitches to the other end of the needle

Slide stitches to the other end of the needle

Hold working yarn to the back creating a long float

Hold working yarn to the back creating a long float

Now for the strange part! SLIDE your stitches to the other end of the needle so the front of the work is still facing you.

Hold the working yarn from the ball across the back of your hand and knit into the first stitch. Continue knitting across the row. This will create a long, loose float of yarn across the back of your work.

DO NOT TURN. Slide work back to the other end of the needle always keeping the knit side facing you.

Knitting a gauge swatch in the round

Knitting a gauge swatch in the round

Knitting a gauge swatch in the round

Knitting a gauge swatch in the round

After a few rows this is what the piece will start to look like. You can see the knit side of the work on the left and the wrong side or purl side in the right photo.

Knitting a gauge swatch in the round

Knitting a gauge swatch in the round

How to trim a gauge swatch knit in the round

How to trim a gauge swatch knit in the round

When the swatch reaches a good height bind off as normal.

Flip the swatch to the wrong side and (YIKES!) cut the floats so the swatch opens flat.

Knitting a gauge swatch in the round

Knitting a gauge swatch in the round

Blocking a gauge swatch for knitting in the round

Blocking a gauge swatch for knitting in the round

Here’s my swatch. It looks crazy, doesn’t it?! All of those edges seem like they could just fall off but they don’t. Just be gentle.

Next we need to block the swatch. In a small bowl I added a touch of Soak wash and cool water. Submerge the swatch and leave to rest for 15-30 minutes.

Blocking a gauge swatch for knitting in the round

Blocking a gauge swatch for knitting in the round

Blocking a gauge swatch for knitting in the round

Blocking a gauge swatch for knitting in the round

Remove the swatch from the bath and gently lay it out on a towel.

Blocking a gauge swatch for knitting in the round

Blocking a gauge swatch for knitting in the round

Blocking a gauge swatch for knitting in the round

Blocking a gauge swatch for knitting in the round

Fold the towel over the swatch and lightly roll the towel pressing the water from the yarn.

On a dry towel straighten the swatch, leave it to rest and dry completely.

I block my knit swatch just like I plan to block the finished sweater. I don’t pin a swatch if I don’t plan to pin the sweater.

How to measure knitting gauge in the round

How to measure knitting gauge in the round

When the swatch is dry it’s time to measure the stitches. Exciting stuff for a knitter!

I like to use a stiff ruler and gently lay it across a row to count the stitches. I also measure in several locations around the swatch to be sure that one row wasn’t a fluke.

How to measure knitting gauge in the round

How to measure knitting gauge in the round

And here we are! Count the Vs of each knit stitch as one stitch. My swatch is measuring 11.5 stitches across 4 inches just like the pattern asked for.


I hope you’ll join me for the Ursa sweater knit-along starting on Thursday, August 1, 2019! Here’s the details:

  1. Thursday, August 1: KAL kickoff and cast-on with details about knitting the half-brioche stitch, neck and shoulders of the sweater.

  2. Thursday, August 8: Working the German short row bust darts and finishing the body of the sweater.

  3. Thursday, August 15: Knitting the sleeves, finishing the neckline and blocking.

  4. Thursday, August 22: Wrap photos!

Get your yarn: Find the yarn at a local yarn shop that carries Ewe Ewe Yarns or here on our website.

Let us know you’re joining the KAL! Leave a comment on this post, join our Facebook KAL group, Ravelry group, and use hashtags any photos with #eweeweyarns and #BaaBaaUrsa on Instagram.


Ursa KAL: Supply Buy

Get your Ewe Ewe yarn and supplies to knit the Ursa sweater by Jacqueline Cieslak

Get your Ewe Ewe yarn and supplies to knit the Ursa sweater by Jacqueline Cieslak

Want to knit the Ursa sweater pattern by Jacqueline Cieslak? We’re knitting it with our own Ewe Ewe Baa Baa Bulky merino wool yarn. Here is a list of the supplies you’ll need to knit this sweater.

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Ursa Sweater Supply List:

Baa Baa Bulky Merino Yarn
20.00
Color:
Quantity:
Add To Cart

Pattern: Ursa — on Ravelry.

Yarn requirements: Ewe Ewe Yarns Baa Baa Bulky merino wool yarn, 132 yards, 100g.
(4, 4, 5) [5, 6, 6] {7, 7, 8} skeins.

Finished Measurements: (34, 38, 42) [46, 50, 54] {58, 62, 66} inches at bust

Sizing notes from the designer: To choose your size, measure the circumference around the fullest part of your bust, then add 2-6” (depending on how much ease you want) and choose the closest size.

Needles: US 11 (8 mm) 32” (if making sizes 34-46) or 40” (if making sizes 50-66) circular knitting needles.
— US 11 (8 mm) double-pointed needles for sleeves (or small circumference knitting method of your choice such as magic loop or 2 circulars).
Note: The pattern calls for size US 10.5 (6.5 mm) knitting needles but I got gauge on US 11 (8 mm) needles. Be sure to check your gauge before starting the sweater!

Notions: 7 coordinating stitch markers, 3 contrasting stitch markers, stitch holders or scrap yarn for holding stitches, darning needle for finishing.


I hope you’ll join me for the Ursa sweater knit-along starting on Thursday, August 1, 2019! Here’s the details:

  1. Thursday, August 1: KAL kickoff and cast-on with details about knitting the half-brioche stitch, neck and shoulders of the sweater.

  2. Thursday, August 8: Working the German short row bust darts and finishing the body of the sweater.

  3. Thursday, August 15: Knitting the sleeves, finishing the neckline and blocking.

  4. Thursday, August 22: Wrap photos!

Get your yarn: Find the yarn at a local yarn shop that carries Ewe Ewe Yarns or here on our website.

Let us know you’re joining the KAL! Leave a comment on this post, join our Facebook KAL group, Ravelry group, and use hashtags any photos with #eweeweyarns and #BaaBaaUrsa on Instagram.


What to Make: Ursa by Jacqueline Cieslak

Welcome to our weekly feature, What to Make Wednesday! The yarns here at Ewe Ewe are so versatile and I love to share ideas about what you can knit with them.

Ursa  sweater knitting pattern by Jacqueline Cieslak

Ursa sweater knitting pattern by Jacqueline Cieslak

Meet the Ursa sweater! The designer, Jacqueline Cieslak describes this as a “bear of a sweater – chunky, bold, snuggly, fierce,” and I totally agree! I love details on this cropped pullover and I am dying to knit it for myself.

I think it looks so fun to make and even better to wear. I can imagine throwing it on over a tunic and leggings or maybe a long sweeping dress just like Jacqueline. It’s so cute!

Ursa  sweater knitting pattern by Jacqueline Cielsak on Ravelry

Ursa sweater knitting pattern by Jacqueline Cielsak on Ravelry

Ursa will knit up perfectly using Ewe Ewe Baa Baa Bulky merino yarn. My friend Jesse at Knit One, Crochet Too started one in Sky Blue and, let’s be honest, I totally got cast-on-itis when I saw this photo:

Ursa  sweater in  Baa Baa Bulky merino yarn  from Ewe Ewe Yarns

Ursa sweater in Baa Baa Bulky merino yarn from Ewe Ewe Yarns

GAH! Don’t you just love it? I want it. The accent stitches really pop and the sweater looks like the squishy dressed-up sweatshirt of my knitting dreams.

I’m going to make Ursa and I hope you’ll join me for a new knit-along!

Ursa KAL Dates and Details

Ursa will be fast to knit and we can get it done in just a couple of weeks! Here’s the plan:

Wednesday, July 17: Announce the KAL!

Thursday, August 1: KAL kickoff and cast-on with details about knitting the half-brioche stitch, neck and shoulders of the sweater.

Thursday, August 8: Working the German short row bust darts and finishing the body of the sweater.

Thursday, August 15: Knitting the sleeves, finishing the neckline and blocking.

Thursday, August 22: Wrap photos!


How much yarn do I need?

Sizing notes from the designer: To choose your size, measure the circumference around the fullest part of your bust, then add 2-6” (depending on how much ease you want) and choose the closest size.

Finished Measurements: (34, 38, 42) [46, 50, 54] {58, 62, 66} inches at bust

Yarn requirements: (4, 4, 5) [5, 6, 6] {7, 7, 8} skeins of Baa Baa Bulky merino yarn

17 colors of  Baa Baa Bulky merino wool  yarn from Ewe Ewe Yarns

17 colors of Baa Baa Bulky merino wool yarn from Ewe Ewe Yarns

How to find the pattern, yarn and join the KAL

Pattern: Ursa — on Ravelry.

Yarn: Ewe Ewe Yarns Baa Baa Bulky merino yarn.

Get your yarn: Find the yarn at a local yarn shop that carries Ewe Ewe Yarns or here on our website.

Let us know you’re joining the KAL! Leave a comment on this post, join our Facebook KAL group, and use hashtags any photos with #eweeweyarns and #BaaBaaUrsa on Instagram.

What color will you choose?!


Join Ewe Ewe for the 4 Day KAL with Olive Knits!

Marie Greene wearing her new Foxtrot Cardigan pattern

Marie Greene wearing her new Foxtrot Cardigan pattern

My friend Marie Greene of Olive Knits is kicking off the third annual 4 Day Knit Along on July 4th and I’m so excited! The new sweater pattern is called the Foxtrot Cardigan and it’s SO cute.

The Foxtrot Cardigan will knit up perfectly using Ewe Ewe Wooly Worsted yarn and I think the design looks like something I’d constantly want to wear. It has an easy fit, adorable wavy front bands and that fun dancing lace around the body.

This KAL will be a little bit different than the other ones we’ve done here at Ewe Ewe. Since Marie will be hosting this one you can follow along on her blog and get support on her amazing Facebook group. But! I’ll still be here, writing blog posts, posting photos, answering questions and knitting the Foxtrot Cardigan right along with you. YAY!


4 Day KAL Details

Ok, so you might be thinking… 4 DAY KAL? Four? Days? Really?

Yes, it’s a fun idea, but also, no, you can knit the sweater at your own pace. There are no rules, just a fun summer knitting party.

Marie has a schedule all planned out for us with a Kickoff Party on July 4th and the festivities run through July 18th where she’ll be hosting a Closing Ceremonies. You can read all about it on her blog.

Right now is the time to get your yarn, buy the pattern pre-order, and check your gauge!

Pattern: Foxtrot Cardigan pre-order packet — on Ravelry

Bust Sizes: 32 (34, 36, 38, 40, 42, 44, 48, 52) in/81 (91, 97, 102, 107, 112, 117, 122, 132) cm

Sizing details: The body is meant to have a swingy, relaxed fit with 6.4 in/16.26 cm positive ease built-in (which means you do not need to go up a size in order to get a comfortable fit).

Wooly Worsted yarn amounts: 9 (10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 17, 18) balls


Wooly Worsted yarn  in color Midnight Blue for the Foxtrot Cardigan 4 Day KAL.  Shop yarn kits.

Wooly Worsted yarn in color Midnight Blue for the Foxtrot Cardigan 4 Day KAL. Shop yarn kits.

Get your Wooly Worsted yarn!

Wooly Worsted merino yarn is perfect for this sweater. The beautiful twist of this yarn means the stitch definition of the dancing lace will really pop. I chose Midnight Blue for my cardigan and I’m loving it so far!

Find a yarn store: Wooly Worsted is stocked by yarn shops across the US. See our stockists!

Get a kit: If you don’t have an LYS that carries our yarn, I put together yarn kits in 8 colors that I think would work really well for a new fall cardigan. Just choose your size and color! Shop Foxtrot Cardigan yarn kits.


Foxtrot Cardigan Yarn Kit
from 90.00
Size:
Color:
Quantity:
Add To Cart

Notes and quick links

I hope you’ll join me on this next knitting adventure! I’m busy checking my gauge and getting a new blog post ready all about that. I’m here to answer any questions about yarn, yardage, color, finding a yarn store, or just anything about this knit along. Send me a message or leave a comment below!

4 Day KAL Details by Olive Knits: Get The Who, What, Where & Why of the Infamous 4 Day Sweater Knitalong

Pattern: Foxtrot Cardigan pre-order packet — on Ravelry.

Yarn Shops: Find a Ewe Ewe stockist.

Yarn Kits: Shop Foxtrot Cardigan yarn kits.

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! 💗💗