#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 >


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#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.


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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!

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#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.)


Do you want to knit Threipmuir with me?

Have you been eyeing all the beautiful yoke sweaters on Ravelry lately?

Me too!

Thriepmuir  yoke sweater by Ysolda Teague

Thriepmuir yoke sweater by Ysolda Teague

I think Threipmuir by Ysolda Teague is so simple and pretty in its design. This sweater would work perfectly in our new Fluffy Fingering merino yarn and we can have so much fun with the color combinations!

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Let me know above if you’d enjoy knitting this with me! I’ll provide instructions and tutorials for each major step throughout the sweater, and I’ll be here for any questions you might have along the way.

I hope you’ll join me!

💗 Heather

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!


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! 

Email us if you have any questions! (We're just a click away.)


Announcing the Double the Fun KAL: We love them both so let's knit them both!

I am so shocked by the results of my summertime knit-along poll. In the first 24 hours we received 140 responses and the tally was even.

TOTALLY EVEN! 70 of you voted for The Shift and 70 voted for Guildenstern. Amazing!

Left:  The Shift  by Andrea Mowry. Right:  Guildenstern  by Cory Ellen Boberg

Left: The Shift by Andrea Mowry. Right: Guildenstern by Cory Ellen Boberg

I know I love both of these patterns and I'm so thrilled that YOU love them, too. It made me start thinking -- should we knit them both? Should we KAL both of these projects?

I ran the idea past Meaghan. Do you know Meaghan of The Unapologetic Knitter? She's my lead designer here at Ewe Ewe and has designed some spectacular pieces like the Wander Which Way and the Sporty Stripe Cardi. Anywho -- Meaghan said "Let's host them both and let's host them together!"

Meaghan and Heather ready to KAL!

Meaghan and Heather ready to KAL!

So here we go! We're going to knit both of these adorable projects at the same time. Heather will host The Shift cowl and Meaghan will host the Guildenstern shirt. We'll knit them at the same time over the course of the next few weeks. Choose one or the other and let's have good time!


Announcing: Double the Fun KAL!

The Shift  cowl by Andrea Mowry

The Shift cowl by Andrea Mowry

The Shift details

The Shift is a sport-weight cowl with an asymmetrical triangle edge. This is an accessible project for knitters of all skill levels. It's a little smaller and lighter for summer knitting and we'll be ready for cooler weather when it comes back. The color changing will be fun and we've put together some fun color combination ideas. 

Techniques: We'll go over mosaic knitting, increasing, decreasing, and lots of other tips.

Pattern: The Shift by Andrea Mowry. Download on Ravelry >

Yarn: Ewe Ewe Yarns, Ewe So Sporty merino yarn, 145 yards. 2 balls of 3 colors needed.
Find a local yarn store to get your yarn. If you don't have a store nearby, check out color kits here or choose your own color combo on the yarn page

Color combo ideas shown below. Click here to view kits >

Needles: US 4 (3.5 mm) 24" circular knitting needles. (Note: The pattern calls for a size US 5 needle but knowing my Ewe So Sporty yarn we will be knitting on a smaller needle to reach the gauge the designer recommends.)

Hosted by: Heather

The Shift Timeline

Now: Get your yarn! Download the pattern on Ravelry >

Tuesday, July 17: Kickoff + Cast On! Start with the setup and work Section One.

Tuesday, July 24: Sections 2, 3, 4.

Tuesday, July 31: Sections 5, 6, 7.

Tuesday, August 7: Binding off and blocking.

Tuesday, August 14: Seaming and styling!


Guildenstern  by cory ellen Boberg

Guildenstern by cory ellen Boberg

Guildenstern details

Guildenstern is a sweet striped top with an ombre color effect and split hem. The original pattern is knit flat but Meaghan will show you how to modify the design to knit this project in the round! Knitting a project like this in the round means it will go faster and we won't need to seam the sides. 

Techniques: Knitting in the round, jog-less stripes, increasing, checking gauge in the round, and more. 

Pattern: Guildenstern by Cory Ellen Boberg. Download on Ravelry >

Sizes: Finished size (at full bust): 30 (34, 38, 42, 46, 50, 54) inches.
To wear with 1-4” positive ease at full bust. Shown in 38" finished size, on 36" full bust.

Yarn: Ewe Ewe Yarns, Ewe So Sporty, 100% merino, 145 yards. 
Find a local yarn store to get your yarn. If you don't have a store nearby, check out color kits here or choose your own color combo on the yarn page.

Required Yardage:
Color A: (Black Licorice) - 150 (185, 205, 245, 275, 300, 345) yards, 2 (2, 2, 2, 2, 3, 3) balls
Color B: (Charcoal) - 180 (225, 250, 300, 340, 365, 420) yards, 2 (2, 2, 3, 3, 3, 3) balls
Color C: (Brushed Silver) - 180 (225, 250, 300, 340, 365, 420) yards, 2 (2, 2, 3, 3, 3, 3) balls
Color D: (Vanilla) - 130 (155, 175, 210, 235, 255, 295) yards, 1 (2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 3) balls

Color combo ideas shown below. Click here to view kits >

Needles: Size 3 US (3.25 mm) 32 - 40” (81 - 102 cm) circular needles
   Size 6 US (4 mm) 24 - 32” (61 - 81 cm) circular needles
   Size 3 US double-pointed needles
   or size to obtain correct gauge.

Supplies: Tapestry needle, one stitch marker, 4 locking stitch markers.

Gauge: 24 stitches and 32 rows / 4 inches (10 cm) in stockinette on larger needles, after blocking.
   Swatch using Color D.

Guildenstern Timeline

Now: Get your yarn! Download the pattern on Ravelry >

Thursday, July 19: Gauge swatch and cast on! Work the hems separately.

Thursday, July 26: Joining in the round, placing markers, slipping stitches, Body Stripe section 1. 

Thursday, August 2: Body Stripes sections 2 and 3.

Thursday, August 9: Neckline front and back. Shoulders.

Thursday, August 15: Sleeve edging and blocking.


Check in, encourage others, have fun!

Now's the time to choose your colors and get your yarn. 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! Plus you can join my Ewe Ewe Yarns Ravelry group if you like that type of thing. Whichever!

Email us if you have any questions! (We're just a click away.)