Double the Fun KAL: Guildenstern Sleeves and Blocking

Ohmygoshohmygoshohmygosh! Can you believe we’re about to finish our lovely little summer shirt? I have had so much fun knitting up this cute little Guildenstern top; I hope you have, too! So, let’s get down to it so we can start wearing it and showing off to the Muggles!

Side Seams? Who needs ‘em!?

If you’re reading through the pattern and notice that I haven’t said anything to date about the Side Seams section, it’s because we won’t need to work them! Since we worked the Body of the sweater in the round until we divided for the armholes, that section is negated. So, yay! We get to move right on to the Sleeve Edging section!

WOO! THE SIDE SEAMS ARE ALREADY DONE!

WOO! THE SIDE SEAMS ARE ALREADY DONE!

 

Sleeve Edging - Pick It Up!

We’re going to continue using our smaller needles to knit our armhole / sleeve edging. Stitches are generally wider than they are tall so we do 2 things to compensate:

  1. we use a smaller needle than that used to knit the overall garment, AND,
  2. we pick up fewer stitches than there are rows to avoid puckering!

Since our stitches are so tiny, I’m going to route you over to a fabulous blog post that Heather wrote a little while ago when she hosted a Carbeth knit along. She used a nice bulky weight yarn so you’ll be able to see her stitches very clearly!

While we aren’t picking up for a front of sweater button band, the exact same principles apply: we want to pick up stitches with the RS of our work facing us so that the pick-up seam ends up on the inside of the sweater, and we want to pick up at a ratio of 3 sts to 4 rows of knitting. Our exact number of stitches doesn’t matter since we aren’t working in a ribbed pattern, we just want to be sure that the number is the same between the two sleeves. Be sure to count the number you pick up when you work the first sleeve so that the second sleeve matches!

VISIT HEATHER’S BLOG POST BY CLICKING HERE!

 

Finishing the Sleeves

Once you have all of your lovely little stitches picked up for the sleeve, whether you use Magic Loop or DPNs (or heck, even 2 circulars, however you prefer to work small circumference knitting) it’s smooth sailing to the end. Just two quick rows of garter before binding off purlwise.

sleeve stitches picked up at a 3 stitches to 4 rows ratio, using the Magic Loop technique

sleeve stitches picked up at a 3 stitches to 4 rows ratio, using the Magic Loop technique

Tip Time!

When binding off, I recommend going up a needle size or two unless you know you have a loose-ish bind off tension. If you work the bind off too tightly you could get some minor puckering, so stay loose on this one!

When the sleeves are all done, take the time to weave in your ends! I find it useful to weave everything in but not trimming the tails. If there’s any stretching that goes on during the blocking garment, you don’t want a trimmed tail coming loose which could mean you end up with tiny ends poking out everywhere.

 

Blocking Your Guildenstern

So, how many of you tried on your Guildenstern like 8 times before you even blocked it? No? No one? Just me… ok….

As  I was admiring my handiwork, I noticed that the armholes definitely tried to roll inwards despite the sleeve edging. That’s the nature of stockinette, baby! It’s gonna curl. Which is why blocking this out is so important!

Once again, I get to refer you to a blog post that Heather wrote about the steps needed to block a garment. It’s a great visual step by step to get you going if you’re new to blocking.

VISIT HEATHER’S FABULOUS BLOG POST ON BLOCKING!

What I will add to Heather’s post is specific to the Guildenstern. I’m not a big fan of pinning out sweaters when they block, as you’ll note that Heather didn’t with her sweater either. BUT! Since so much of this Guildenstern garment relies on straight lines, I decided to buckle down and block out my edges to they’d be nice and crisp.

Why don’t I like to pin?

Well, because the first time you block a sweater is the way in which you should wash/block it on all future cleanings/dryings. So, the least amount of work I have to do with a garment on subsequent washings the better.

But I reiterate, with the Guildenstern, it’s totally worth it to have clean, crisp edges to my sleeves, neckline and bottom hems.

 

What to pin, what not to pin, that is the question!

As I might have said ad nauseam above, I don’t like to pin garments. But when I do, I’m particular. I don’t want to pin more than I have to so I focus on what’s important. For this garment it’s the sleeves, hems and neckline. Here’s how I went about it after completing the soaking and rolling aspects of the blocking process from Heather’s blog post.

BLOCKING OUTSIDE IN THE SUMMER HEAT WILL HELP THIS DRY FAST!

Step 1: I used a blocking wire and placed it along the neckline/sleeves inside the garment so I had a nice straight edge to work with.

Step 2: Using T-pins, I pinned the neckline (both the Front and Back layers) just below the blocking wire so that they’re all pinned to the same height. I highly recommend using a pin every ½ to 1 inch so you don’t get scalloped edges.

Step 3: I used blocking combs (thought you could totally use T-pins if you don’t have combs) to pin out the edges of the sleeves. I used my ruler to measure out the width of the garment as per the schematic on page 2 of the pattern.

 Step 4: I used blocking combs again (and some T-pins since I ran out of combs) to pin out the two bottom hems). In this instance, I recommend pinning out the Back hem first and then the Front so you don’t pull any stitches.

I didn’t bother pinning out the sides. I could have, I suppose, used some blocking wires run vertically up the side seams but it didn’t seem worth the effort.

 

Rock Your Guildenstern

That’s it, folks! Once this baby dries (and mine did in less than 3 hours because it was 95 degrees in my yard) you just have to trim the ends from your woven-in ends and start showing off your handy-work. 

 

Share your Guildenstern!

We would love to see your finished garments! Heather and Meaghan are still here to answer any questions you might have about finishing up the Guildenstern shirt.

When you’re done, be sure to share yours online on Instagram with the hashtags #DoubleTheFunKAL and #EweEweKAL. Follow @eweeweyarns and @notsorryknitter on Instagram now! 

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Double the Fun KAL: Guildenstern Neckline and Shoulders

As I mentioned last week, if you’re not all caught up on your striping, it’s ok! This week is a bit of a light week since I know how things can build up and we get behind. This week we’re going to work the Neckline and Shoulders. Easy peasy!

Neckline - Front and Back

I found it easier to just work the Back first since it’s already on the needles from last week. If you prefer to work the Front first, that’s a-ok since they’re worked in exactly the same manner.

Since we didn’t break our Color D yarn from last week we’re all ready to go with the RS of the Back. Grab your Smaller needle and knit 3 rows. To clarify, we’re now working in garter: knit 1 RS row, knit 1 WS row and knit 1 more RS row!

Now, with the WS facing we’re going to work the Bind Off row that will create the neckline. We are knitting and binding off knitwise to maintain the garter ridges for a nice neckline detail.

Knit the number of stitches as per the pattern and then work a kfb. This KFB (knit into the front and back creating a new stitch) is my FAVORITE technique when binding off for a raw neckline like the Guildenstern has. This new stitch that we create will be the setup stitch to begin binding off. When you create the new stitch in the kfb, you also avoid the weird stitch distortion that inevitably happens when you bind off mid-row. It’s super dee-duper awesome.

The pattern says to “BO (bind off) knitwise until X number of sts remain”. The thing you want to keep in mind is that the “X” number of sts is the number remaining on the left hand (LH) needle.

For example!

On my size I knit 32 sts before working the kfb. The “kfb” created a new stitch on my right hand (RH) needle. Once I bound off my first stitch using the newly created stitch of the kfb, I had 33 sts on my RH needle.

SO! When I’m binding off, I want to bind off until I have 32 sts on my LH needle. There will still be one stitch on your RH needle so that you’ll have a total of 33 once you knit to the end of the row. Clear as mud? It will be super clear once you start working the bind off.

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Finishing the Neckline

When you are done working the bind off row, the pattern says to measure out 5 yds. You don’t need that much for the Shoulders. I recommend measuring our 2 yards, MAXIMUM, to work the shoulders (I used just over 1 yard but I never want you to be short). You can then Break Color D and move on to the Front Neckline.

Work the Front Neckline in exactly the same manner as above. When you break Color D, measure out the same yardage (approximately 2 yds) for the Shoulder.

 

Working the Shoulders

The shoulders are “bound off” using a 3-needle bind off which is both a bind off method and a grafting method all rolled into one. It’s a really slick way of finishing a shoulder with a strong seam so the shoulder won’t stretch with wear.

We’ll start with the Right Shoulder just because but they’re both worked in exactly the same manner.

Step 1: Place the stitches from the Front and Back right shoulders onto two Smaller needles. Turn the project inside out so that the Front and Back shoulders are parallel to one another on the two needles with the WS facing outwards (the purl side will be visible). The working yarn will be attached to the first stitch on the back needle (see image below).

Shoulder, WS facing out (turned inside out)

Shoulder, WS facing out (turned inside out)

Step 2: Grab a third needle of the same size (a DPN is really great for this). Insert this needle into the front (knitwise) of the first stitch on the Front needle and the first stitch on the Back needle.

insert rh needle into first stitch on front and back needles

insert rh needle into first stitch on front and back needles

Step 3: Knit these two stitches together like a k2tog. 1 stitch will now be on your RH needle.

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Step 4: Insert your needle into the first stitch on the Front and Back needles (like step 2). Knit these two stitches together like a k2tog (like Step 3). There will now be 2 stitches on your RH needle.

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Step 5: Using one of the two needles in your left hand, pull the first stitch on the RH needle over the second stitch (binding off 1 stitch). 1 stitch will remain on your RH needle.

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Repeat Steps 4 and 5 until 1 stitch remains on the RH needle (no stitches on the LH needle).
You will notice what looks like a braid forming where you have bound off your stitches.

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Once all the stitches are bound off and only 1 stitch remains on the RH needle, break the yarn and pull the tail through to close up the final stitch.

Work the second shoulder in exactly the same manner!

 

Noble Goals!

The goal this week is to get all caught up from Week 3 where we worked Stripe Sections 2 and 3 and divided for the armholes. Additionally, let’s get those shoulders finished! Once both shoulders are complete you can break the yarn and try your sweater on! Next week we’ll focus on working the armholes and blocking so you can show off your new summer sweater!

 

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Double the Fun KAL: Guildentern Stripes Sections 2 and 3

Ok - who had fun with the stripes this last week? I loved it! There’s something insanely satisfying about knitting stripes in the round. Maybe it’s the color change every 2 rows? I dunno… just keeps me super motivated to keep knitting those lovely little stitches.

Continuing with Stripes 2 and 3!

This week might feel a bit like last week when you get started but I promise that there’s a new step or two involved that will keep you hopping! So we’ll start out by breaking Color D and joining Color C and start knitting the Section 2 stripes.

BUT! Before you get too far along, we have to start looking ahead to the armholes. Remember week 1 when we talked about measuring gauge? Well, today we’re going to go back to our Row Gauge and do a wee bit of math to make sure our armholes are the right height!

 Step 1: Grab page 1 of the pattern that has the schematic on it. We’re looking for the height of “C” - the armhole depth.

Step 2: Work out how many rows it will take you to knit the height of the armhole. As an example: my armhole depth (for size 42) is 7.5”. My row gauge is 36 rows / 4”. So, the math on this is as follows:

  • 7.5” divided by 4” = 1.875
  • 1.875 multiplied by 36 rows = 67.5
    • (I’m going to round that up to 68 rows since we want an even, whole number).

Step 3: Now that we know how many rows we need to reserve for the armhole, we need to subtract those rows from the total length of Stripe Section 2 and 3 (starting with 3). Here’s how I math’d it out:

  • Stripe Section 3 for my size = 52 rows (13 repeats of 4 rows = 52 rows)
  • 52 rows minus 68 rows required for the armhole depth = -16 rows
  • Since I have negative rows on Stripe 3 it means that I have to make those 16 rows up in Stripe Section 2:
    • 52 rows of Stripe Section 2 minus 16 rows leftover = 36 rows. This means that I can work 36 rows of Stripe Section 2 in the round before we need to divide for the sleeves!

TIP TIME!

If you purchased a sweater kit from Ewe Ewe Yarns that only has 1 skein of yarn for Color D, I recommend weighing and splitting the skein! When we complete our Front half of the armhole, you won’t want to break the yarn to work the Back. So, divide that single skein into two even-weight skeins so you can work the Front and Back autonomously.

 

Dividing Front and Back for Armholes

Dividing for the sleeves: Front (left), back (unworked, right)

Dividing for the sleeves: Front (left), back (unworked, right)

Once you have completed your number of rows to work for Stripe Section 2 it’s time to divide for the armholes. To do this is really quite easy:

Step 1: Remove the beginning of round marker. Knit to next marker (do not slip any stitches).

Step 2: Remove the mid-round marker. Place the remaining stitches that will make up the Back of the armhole on a secondary needle or length of smooth waste yarn.

Step 3: Turn your work and purl the wrong side (WS) of the Front. From this point forward, the rest of the garment will be worked flat! Continue to carry your colors loosely up the edge of the work while striping!

Work your remaining rows for the Front of the garment. Through to the end of Stripe Section 3. Break Color C.
Do not break Color D and do not work the Neckline.

 

Knitting the Back / Back Armhole

When it’s time to work the Back / Back of the armhole, we will need to rejoin our working yarn and work in the same striping pattern as for the Front. When you get to Stripe Section 3, use the 2nd skein (or second half of 1 skein) of Color D. I found it far easier to work with separate skeins for the Neckline, which we’ll be working next week!

Place the held stitches from the Back onto your working needle. To rejoin the working yarn, grab the first color you’ll need to knit across the back and knit into the first stitch with the RS facing.

Knit across the row, turn the work and purl back on the WS to create your 2-row stripe. Continue to work the Back as you did the Front, ending with your Color C stripe to complete the Stripe Section 3. Break Color C. Do not break Color D and do not work the Neckline.

Front and back complete, divided for armhole

Front and back complete, divided for armhole

 

Noble Goals!

To stay on track with our original schedule, the goal of this week is to complete Stripe Sections 2 and 3 as per above, being sure to separate the work for the sleeves. However! Next week is a light week of working the Neckline and Shoulders only (so you can try the garment on - woot!) so if you need a bit of extra time to catch up, this week and next are the weeks to do it! Have so much fun!!!

 

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Heather and Meaghan are here to answer any questions you might have about the Guildenstern shirt! We hope you're having fun with us on this summertime knitting adventure!

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Double the Fun KAL: Guildenstern Joining in the Round and Striping

Alrighty Team Guildenstern! How did we do with Week 1? Did you have fun swatching in the round a la speed swatching? It’s my favorite wizarding moment to share with knitters. When I learned it from the inestimable Mary Jane Mucklestone my mind was completely blown! I hope you loved adding it to your little back of techniques!

Joining to work in the round

It’s one thing to cast-on a bunch of stitches and join to work in the round, say, like when making a hat. But I always find it a bit of a mental conundrum when I’m joining to work in the round after I’ve worked two pieces flat. I mean… they’re flat. There are tails everywhere. What the heck, man?

Ready to join Color B

Ready to join Color B

So, I’ve broken down each step and thankfully, because we’re using a new color to join in the round, it’s kind of color coded. Let’s get to it!

Step 1: Starting with the RS of the FRONT hem facing, and using your LARGER needle, join Color B and knit across the row.  

Make sure the needle in your right hand is the Large needle!

Make sure the needle in your right hand is the Large needle!

Step 2: When you get to the end of the Front hem, place a marker. Pick up the Back hem and with the RS facing you, continue to knit across the Back hem using Color B.

The front hem is shorter and is on the right, the back hem is on the left. 

The front hem is shorter and is on the right, the back hem is on the left. 

Step 3: When you reach the end of the Back hem, place a beginning of round (BOR) marker. I recommend that this marker be distinct from the marker you placed in Step 2. If they’re adorable hippo and dino markers, so much the better!

And that’s it! You’re officially joined to work in the round.

Be sure to use a distinct marker for BOR (beginning of round).

Be sure to use a distinct marker for BOR (beginning of round).

Jogless Stripes

This garment was originally designed to be worked flat, and I know exactly why! When working stripes in the round, because knitting is stacked like a coil or spring, our stitches tend to “jog” at the end of each round. Here’s an example of my mum, a newbie knitter, working on a simple striped cowl. It’s pretty obvious, right? She hasn't done anything wrong - it's the nature of knitting stripes in the round. I'll have to teach her about jogless stripes... 

Stripes doing their jog-thing!

Stripes doing their jog-thing!

A number of years ago I wrote a blog post about how simple jogless stripe modifications can be. In this garment, because we’re working in 2-row stripes, its even simpler.

Rnd 1: Knit.

Rnd 2: Slip 1 st purlwise with yarn in back, knit to 1 st before next marker, sl 1 st purlwise with yarn in back, slip marker, knit to end of round.

The first stitch that we slip on Rnd 2 will create a minor distortion by stretching that stitch vertically so that its the height of two rows. That puts enough tension on the fabric to pull up any “jog” between the beginning of Rnd 2 and the end of Rnd 2 so that the color change looks seamless.

So! Using the colors as per the pattern and continuing to work each color in 2-row stripes, work as per Rnd 1 and Rnd 2 above to continue the jogless stripe effect all the way up the sides of the project.

Look, Ma! No jogs! 

Look, Ma! No jogs! 

You might have noticed we work a second slipped stitch on the round? Yep. We’re going to do this for 2 reasons:

  1. The slipped stitches stacked on top of each other at the beginning of the round create a minor shortening of that column of stitches. We want to mimic that shortening on the other side of the garment so one side of the shirt isn’t longer than the other.
  2. Visually, that column of slipped stitches also creates a faux-seam. Since I like symmetry in my garments it’s a great little detail to add the faux-seam to both sides of the shirt.

Carrying Colors Up!

The other beauty of working this garment in the round rather than flat, is our ability to carry our two colors of yarn up the inside of the project. Of course, you can always carry colors up the edge of a flat piece of knit fabric, too, but I happen to think it’s just easier and faster when worked in the round.

To do this, at each color change, simply bring the new color loosely up the inside and behind the new color. Behind? Maybe “to the right” makes more sense? Essentially you want to make sure you’re always twisting the yarn the same way. And when you knit the first stitch of the next round it “traps” the old color and locks it in place for the next color change.

TIP! Be sure you carry the colors loosely enough that the fabric will still lay flat and doesn’t pucker or curl.

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Noble Goals!

This week your goal will be to join your work in the round and complete the Stripe Section 1. Next week we’re going to get a bit fancy and talk about sleeve depth and working in the round AND flat. Have a great week of knitting!

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Double the Fun KAL: The Shift is moving along

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Hello from Ewe Ewe land! How is your cowl coming? I am in love with mine. I don't know what it is about this Teal and Pistachio combo that has me swooning but I can't believe I haven't done it before!

This was a fun section but not too different from Day 1. We're going line by line increasing each RS row. We started in the back at the seam edge that will eventually be at the back of the neck. The beautiful edge at the top is the neckline and I just rounded the corner and started working the bottom edge that will mimic the neckline. I can't wait to see where we go from here!

More projects!

I love to see your projects as they're growing. Instagram is an easy way to post them but if you don't use it then go ahead and send me an email at heather@eweewe.com!


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Heather and Meaghan are here to answer any questions you might have about these projects and how a knit-along works. We hope you'll join us on this summertime knitting adventure!

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Double the Fun KAL: Guildenstern Swatching and Hems

Happy first day of the Double the Fun KAL, Guildenstern edition! I hope you’re as excited as I am to make this adorable shirt by Cory Ellen Boberg! I chose to go with the Spruced Up color combo and can't wait to wear it this summer!

The first week of our KAL is a lot of housekeeping: designating colors, choosing size, swatching and measuring for gauge. So, let’s jump right in and get down to the business of making a fabulous shirt that fits!

Color Order!

When I think about the order of colors I think “Ok, lightest at the top, darkest at the bottom” so lightest color is Color A and darkest color is Color D. NOPE! It’s the reverse. Since this top is worked from the bottom-up, we need to make sure our darkest color is Color A. I found it helpful to grab a Sharpie actually write “Color A”, “Color B”, etc. on the ball band of each skein.

IMPORTANT! Cory makes specific note in the pattern to use Color D to swatch. Please be sure you know which color is your Color D and use that to knit up your swatch to avoid running out of yarn in the other colors!

Spruced Up Kit: Vanilla (D), Soft Sage (C), Pistachio (B) and Teal (A)

Spruced Up Kit: Vanilla (D), Soft Sage (C), Pistachio (B) and Teal (A)

Choosing a Size

You likely already have your yarn (though if you don't, there's still totally time to join us) - which means you probably have a general idea about the size of garment you plan to make. BUT! If you’re on the fence about sizing here’s a tip I offer to anyone who asks:

Go into your closet and find your most favorite garment - preferably knit, if possible. You know which one I’m talking about: the one that you’re always happy to see is clean, the one that you feel like a total Rockstar when you wear it. THAT one!
Lay it flat on a non-stick surface, like a countertop or kitchen table, not a bed or sofa that can “stick” to the fabric, and measure the dimension across the bust of the garment. Make the size of Guildenstern based on that!

As an example, I’m a 40.5” bust and one of my favorite favorite shirts measures 41.75” (the dimension across the bust when laid flat is around 20-7/8” - half of the total circumference). Now, obviously the top doesn’t come in quarter sizes, only full sizes every 2”, so I’m going to knit the size closest which comes in at 42”. Pretty perfect!

Let’s Talk Swatching ITR!

Before we get started with the knitting, I want to talk about swatching for gauge when working in the round (ITR). I know lots of knitters who will swatch flat for knitting in the round. I have BEEN one of those knitters. Lemme tell ya… it didn’t work out so well for the finished garment fitting me so I’m here to share my favorite knitting tip: SPEED SWATCHING!

Alright, so "speed swatching" it’s a bit of a misnomer based on the fact that you don’t actually knit any faster, but you can create a gauge swatch that is appropriate for measuring gauge in the round faster than if you did it the traditional way: casting on an entire tube and knitting the whole thing.

Here’s a video tutorial on how to knit a speed swatch for this project since we’re going to be working this in the round once the hems are complete.

How to Measure Gauge

Once your swatch is dry, dry, dry, it’s time to measure your gauge so you know that your finished garment will fit.

I’m going to refer to you to a handy-dandy blog post that Heather shared back in May when she hosted another knit along with a few reminders/tips:

  1. Be sure to use Color D!
  2. Use a needle size that is close to the size you estimate you’ll need for this project. Cory calls for a US 6 in the pattern. I know from experience with Ewe Ewe Yarns that to get 24 sts / 4” using a sport weight yarn I need to go down a needle size or two. I swatched using my US 4 needle and am bang on 24 sts / 4”. If you don’t know, start with a US 6. If you swatch a couple of inches (pre-blocking) and measure and you’re already getting fewer stitches per inch, go down a needle size and restart.
  3. Cast on at least 30 sts (Heather’s blog post calls for 20 but they were using a Bulky-weight yarn). You want to make sure you have a good sample to take your gauge over.

Ok, with that said, head on over to Heather’s previous blog post about measuring your stitch gauge by clicking HERE.

Choosing Needle Sizes

Once you have determined your gauge for your Larger needle size, you'll need to determine what your Smaller needle size is (if you didn’t get gauge on at US 6).

My first assumption was to go down 3 needle sizes as per Cory’s pattern, however, after some trial and error on my part, I decided it was best to go down the metric number of sizes, as closely as possible.

For example, you’ll notice that Cory uses a US 6 (4 mm) for the Larger needle and her Smaller needle is a US 3 (3.25 mm). That’s a metric diameter difference of 0.75 mm. So I highly recommend just going down the 0.75 mm in size rather than 3 needle sizes.

  • If you’re using a US 6 for your Larger needle, obviously use a US 3 for your Smaller needle.
  • If you’re using a US 5 for your Larger needle, I would still recommend using a US 3 for your Smaller needle. Going down to a US 2 would be too small compared to your Larger needle gauge.
  • If you’re like me and need to use a US 4 to meet gauge, go down to a US 2 (2.75 mm) needle to get the 0.75 mm diameter difference.

Casting On!

Whew! That felt like a lot of work just to get to the magical part of casting on. But we’re finally there!

For week 1 (that's today!) we’re going to work the Cast On - Front and Back using our Smaller needles, exactly as Cory has it written. Mostly!

TIP TIME! I highly recommend knitting the Back hem first. You can work the back Hem, and break the yarn then work the Front hem leaving the working yarn attached for joining in the round next week.

If you don’t have 2 needles of the same size you can knit the Back hem and place the stitches on a stitch holder or length of smooth waste yarn while you work the Front hem. You’ll be able to tell the difference between the two because the Front is shorter than the Back. Next week we’ll talk about joining the Front and the Back and working the shirt in the round (so much faster!).

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Until next week...

Week 2 of the Guildenstern edition of the Double the Fun KAL will be next Thursday, July 26th where we'll tackle joining in the round and Body Stripes Section 1. But before I sign off the blog post for the week, I have two more tips for you as you get those busy little fingers a-knittin’!

  1. Grab a highlighter or red pen and go through the pattern and highlight or circle your size of instructions throughout the pattern. It’ll make the process moving forward a lot easier - far less counting each set of instructions to get your size.
  2. Clip a removable marker to the RS of your garter stitch hems. You’ll notice that in the instructions Cory says “Beginning with WS facing” - so you’ll want to make sure you know RS from WS so that when you start the Body you’ve got the correct side of the garter ridges facing you!

Noble Goals!

This week your goal will be to swatch, measure your gauge and knit the Front and Back hems.

Next week we’re going to start working the shirt in the round so be sure you have a 32” circular needle with which to join the work and a couple of stitch markers. Have a great week of knitting!


Check in, encourage others, have fun!

Heather and Meaghan are here to answer any questions you might have about these projects and how a knit-along works. We hope you'll join us on this summertime knitting adventure!

We'll check in online on Instagram with the hashtags #DoubleTheFunKAL and #EweEweKALFollow @eweeweyarns and @notsorryknitter on Instagram now! 

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