Wrapping up the KAL - Double Deco in action

Today's the day! The last day to finish up (or get as far as you can) with this lovely Knit Along. 

We've loved every stitch of it. Thank you for taking this knitting journey with us! Seeing your color ideas, progress shots, chatting about techniques-- it's been fabulous.

So... how did we do? Here's my Vanilla-Brushed Silver- Indigo -Orange Peel version:

I knit REALLY LOOSE on this one, and my wrap turned out big and long and luscious. Normally I am such a tight knitter, it was really liberating to just let 'er rip and not worry about my gauge at all. I love how it turned out!

It's been such fun. I hope to keep in touch with you guys for more fun knitting adventures! Follow me (Leah, aka Ruby Submarine) on Twitter, Instagram, Ravelry, and Facebook.

Here's hoping your knitting is going smoothly. I can't wait to see more completed projects! #DoubleDecoKAL

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Double Deco KAL Week 6

We're in the home stretch, friends!!! The KAL ends November 11th.

As you work your final stripes, take note of the difference in the last section of Wing 1 -- you will be working your Color A stripe and NOT the color C stripe until after the Wing 2 stripes are completed... then you'll pick up stitches with color C and work your final rows and bind off. This will create the lovely finished edge as shown (the final stripe, Color C, is in aquamarine here):

Make sure you bind off loosely as the pattern directs! A nice stretchy edge is key to keeping the lovely drape of the shawl.

Check in on our Ravelry thread to let us know how you're doing! It's ok if you're behind-- It's a lot of knitting. It'll be worth it!

Next week we'll post about our finished (or growing) shawls. I can't wait to show you how mine turns out-- I'm allllmost done!

 

Double Deco KAL Week 5

How's it coming, KALers?  Make sure you look carefully at your pattern for section 4 of both wings... there is a little difference in how you will complete the final stripes to ensure a nice finished border. We'll look at this more in-depth next week, just a heads up for those of you who might be speedy knitters.  If you aren't there yet, don't worry! You still have about 2 more weeks (until November 11th) to complete the wrap on time.

How's it coming, KALers?

Make sure you look carefully at your pattern for section 4 of both wings... there is a little difference in how you will complete the final stripes to ensure a nice finished border. We'll look at this more in-depth next week, just a heads up for those of you who might be speedy knitters.

If you aren't there yet, don't worry! You still have about 2 more weeks (until November 11th) to complete the wrap on time.

 

And now... drumroll please... the WINNERS!

For those of you who entered the drawing-- thanks for knitting along with us! With the help of a random number generator, we will pick three winners from the qualified Ravelers.

Prize 1: Cloudy With a Chance of Weather Scarf Kit

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Sweet, simple lace pattern and 3 skeins of Wooly Worsted in pretty Pistachio!

The winner is... Thuy aka fishgirl182!

 

Prize 2: Surfer Slouch Hat Kit

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Cool, slouchy hat pattern and 2 skeins of Wooly Worsted in bright Aquamarine!

The winner is... Esther aka tornangel012!

 

Prize 3: Any two Ruby Submarine/Leah Coccari-Swift patterns

Your choice! Any 2 of Leah's self-published knit and crochet patterns. Check them out here.

The winner is... Kimberly aka kimberlybuggie!

 

Congratulations to the lucky winners! We'll be in touch with you soon.

Thank you all for playing. And knitting. Keep it up! Don't forget to share your photos with the hashtag #DoubleDecoKAL on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, etc.

Double Deco KAL Week 4 - Prizes!

Look at all the pretty projects! 

Many thanks to those of you who have shared your Double Deco pictures... we love seeing your progress! Don't worry if you aren't caught up... just keep it up and knit when you can. It's a big wrap. Just think how cozy it will be once you can bundle up in it! I'm so excited to wear mine, it's getting chilly here in Chicago.

 

EXCITING NEWS! For those of you participating in the #DoubleDecoKAL, we're offering three lovely prizes!

First: Cloudy With a Chance of Weather Scarf Kit

It's getting weather-y...

It's getting weather-y...

Sweet, simple lace pattern and 3 skeins of Wooly Worsted in pretty Pistachio!

Second: Surfer Slouch Hat Kit

Dude! It's a cute hat!

Dude! It's a cute hat!

Cool, slouchy hat pattern and 2 skeins of Wooly Worsted in bright Aquamarine!

Third: Any two Ruby Submarine/Leah Coccari-Swift patterns

Your choice! Any 2 of Leah's self-published knit and crochet patterns. Check them out here.

So, how do you enter?

To qualify, please make sure you have done the following:

1. Purchased the pattern.

2. Added a project on Ravelry, linked to the Double Deco pattern, with at least one photo of your progress.

If you've done these things, you've entered! Stop by our Ravelry Thread to let us know how it's going. We'll draw winners on Wednesday, October 29th, so make sure you're entered before then.

As always, share your experience with the crafty world on social media with the hashtag #DoubleDecoKAL ... happy knitting!

Double Deco KAL Week 3

Hi there! Is your wrap growing? Mine is getting big, and is starting to keep my lap nice and warm (I'm in Chicago where it's raining, so this is quite welcome)! By the end of the week, we should finish sections 1 and 2 of both wings. Don't worry if you're running behind! Just keep on knittin'.

This week, let's talk about increases. 

There are many, many ways to add stitches to your work to expand the shape, and some are more appropriate than others depending on the project. As we showed you a couple weeks ago, casting on additional stitches is one way to increase your stitch count.

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But what if you want to increase gradually, incorporated into the work? (Click on the stitch names below to see videos demonstrating each increase)

yarn over that needle, gurl!

yarn over that needle, gurl!

If you're knitting a lace pattern, a yarn over (yo) will create an additional stitch AND a decorative eyelet. These increases are usually balanced out with a decrease (such as knit two together) to create lovely and often complex textures and patterns.

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making stitches left and right

If you're knitting a stockinette project (which is smooth on the right side, bumpy on the wrong side) you may want to use make one left (m1L) and make one right (m1r) which are symmetrical increases worked into the strand or "bar" between stitches. These methods leave no holes when done correctly, and blend in fairly well. 

do the bumpty-bump (kfb)

do the bumpty-bump (kfb)

For this project, Double Deco, we're working in garter stitch which is bumpy on both sides. Because of this, we will use an increase that blends in to this type of fabric- the kfb or "knit into the front and back loops of the stitch." This method leaves a small bump that looks right at home in a garter stitch project. 

Thanks to knittinghelp.com whose excellent videos I'm linking to in this post.

How's it coming? Don't forget to share your progress in our Ravelry thread, or on social media using #DoubleDecoKAL ... and if you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask!

Double Deco KAL Week 2

What's up knitters? How are your wraps coming along?

This week we will complete the first section of both wings. As you incorporate all 4 colors into the work, you may find yourself juggling yarn balls. Juggling is great if you're a carnival performer, but not if you're just trying to get some nice, relaxing knitting done! As I showed you last week, a simple clothespin can help keep things neat by holding the "resting" pair of yarn balls onto one side of the circular needle.

This leaves us free to concentrate on just the working pair of yarnballs. Make sure that after each 2 rows, when both strands are on the same side, you twist them around each other to keep the edge neat and each color ready to go. It's not super critical how you twist them as long as you are consistent. I like to bring the current color up towards me from under the other strand, like so:

Now we're ready to keep on striping!

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If you keep doing this each time you'll get a nice-looking edge.

Please excuse the color switcheroo... this was the best shot I had of the edging!

Please excuse the color switcheroo... this was the best shot I had of the edging!

Stop in to our Ravelry thread or reply to this post to let us know how you're doing! Don't forget to tag your social media posts with #DoubleDecoKAL ... show it off, baby!