Nectar Knit Along: Day 3

We are all moving along nicely with our Nectar scarves. It seems like everyone has their increases and decreases down pat and are also doing a great job with their stripes. 

I love this hyacinth color combo that kayjaykreates is making. That's the same colorway as mine but she's done a different A, B, C order and it's looking amazing! 

Katie is doing an awesome job with this Lemon Chiffon and Teal combo. And I love how it's looking with the Wheat, too!

And this green grass kit by Monkeeknits is looking so good!

Be sure to hashtag your photos with #NectarKnitAlong to show your progress. If you're not on social media you can always email me a photo at heather@eweewe.com. I love to see your progress!

Keep working on your scarf and I'll be back on Thursday to wrap up this fun little project.

KAL: See Introduction, Day 1, Day 2.

 

Nectar Knit Along: Day 2

Hi, friends! I am a day behind in life because yesterday my dishwasher blew up. Just totally stopped working! It had been on the fritz for a couple of days and yesterday it decided that it had had enough. And in my house we don't call a repair man... My husband is an engineer and is happy to rip our appliances apart. Do you have a husband like that? 

Long story short, I was sitting at my desk happily thinking about knitting and yarn when I heard, "NEED MORE TOWELS!" and there went the rest of my day. But, you know what? He fixed it! He got a new pump and totally fixed the ailing dishwasher. Hooray! 

Let's get back to pretty, happy yarn. Ahhhh....

Today we're going to talk about how to count rows of garter stitch. Garter stitch makes these bumpy rows on each side of the fabric and we call them ridges. One ridge equals two rows of knit stitch. You've been working in sets of 10 rows; 8 rows of Color A and then 2 rows of Color B and your scarf looks something like mine does by now. 

We can see that for each two rows of A we have 1 ridge making 4 ridges of A. Our Color B needed 2 rows which makes 1 ridge. 

For the next part of the scarf we will work in decreasing, increasing and decreasing numbers of stripes of colors B and C. The first instruction says to work 10 rows of Color B so that will mean you'll have 5 ridges when you look at the work on the right side. Always count your garter ridges from the same side of the work. 

The pattern is written in rows but those can easily be divided by two and where it says 10 rows we know we do 5 ridges. We'll work 5 ridges of B and then 5 ridges of C, 4 ridges of B and 4 ridges of C and so on down the length of the scarf. 

I hope your scarf is going well! I'm going to work through to where the pattern says to Break Color B. On Monday we'll show progress photos of our scarves so be sure to hashtag them #NectarKnitAlong or just say hello directly with @eweeweyarns. 

You can find me on Instagram, Twitter and Ello

KAL: See Introduction, Day 1

Nectar Knit Along: Day 1

Here we go! Spring is officially here even if it doesn't feel like it just yet. But let's force the issue with our pretty new scarves. Today we cast on for the Nectar Knit Along and I share a few new tips, too.

The Nectar scarf uses three balls of Ewe So Sporty yarn. I am using the hyacinth color kit which includes Brushed Silver, Indigo and Soft Sage. Since the scarf uses three colors we call them Colors A, B and C in the pattern to differentiate which one you should be knitting with at a given time. For my scarf I'll be using Brushed Silver as my color A.

According to the instructions we begin by casting on with Color A and then we work in the Bias Design which consists of two pattern rows. Row 1 is just to knit.

For Row 2 we need to perform an increase at one end and a decrease at the other end. The increase we'll be using is called Kfb or knit into the front and the back of one stitch. Start by knitting this stitch as normal.

Leave the stitch on the left hand needle. Now we're going to twist and knit into the back leg of the stitch.

Like this... A slight twist of the left needle lets you see that back leg. Knit into it.

You'll have two stitches on the right hand needle. Once you have them up on the right needle you can slide the stitch off the left needle. One became two. On purpose!

The instructions then move you along knitting to the other end of the needle. Stop with two stitches to go.

Now we make a k2tog or simply, knit two stitches together. Slide your needle into two stitches at the same time, knit as normal. Now there's one where there was two, a decrease. 

Combining these two techniques, an increase at one edge and a decrease at the other and performing them consistently will over time make the knitting skew to create this unusual but easy design.

When you finish Row 2 and turn your work back over to work a Row 1 again, attach a clip ring marker to the front of the knitting. When you see this marker facing you then you know you get to perform an easy-breezy knit row. And it will also mean that you may start a new color.

Continue to work Rows 1 & 2 for 6 more rows -- 8 rows total. Now we add Color B. Don't cut Color A, just add B and work its two rows. 

When you get back to the the starting point you'll have Color A sitting down below.

Move Color A under B to capture B with a half twist. Begin knitting as normal with Color A again. 

We work with Color A again for 8 rows but we don't want to cut B each time we need a little stripe so we carry it up the side of the work. Every time you're ready to start a new Row 1 move the non-working color in front of the one you want to use and continue to knit as normal. This sort of locks the non-working strand to the edge of the work.

Here is how the scarf edge looks as you continue this. It might seem like a bit of contrast here but when the scarf is finished this edge will barely be noticeable. Take a look at the pattern photo, I used the same technique in that sample. Can you see the twists? Nope! It's a magical technique that prevents you from ending up with a ton of tiny cut ends to weave in. Hurrah! Also, remember to move your stitch marker up the work as you go so you don't ever have to wonder which design row you're supposed to work!

I hope you have a lot of fun getting started on your Nectar scarf. I'm going to work through this first section of the instructions until it calls for you to cut Color A. On Thursday we'll talk about counting garter ridges to make quick work of the section to follow. 

Remember to post photos! You can find me on Instagram, Twitter and Ello as @eweeweyarns. Use the hashtag #NectarKnitAlong.

Just joining us? See Introduction here.

 

Announcing: Nectar Knit Along

We can all feel the days getting longer and hear the birds happily chirping in the morning. That can only mean one thing, Spring is on its way! Join me in knitting this brand new lightweight scarf. Introducing the Nectar Knit Along!

Nectar Knit Along

The Nectar Scarf is an easy, fun-to-knit scarf that uses three balls of my Ewe So Sporty yarn. It's a great project for a new knitter because there's no purling (!!) and you'll learn some great techniques along the way. It's also a lovely and relaxing knit for the more experienced. Join me!

About the Nectar Knit Along

Pattern: Nectar Scarf – 25% off here and on Ravelry.
Yarn: Ewe Ewe Yarns, Ewe So Sporty; 1 ball of 3 colors.
Starts: March 21, 2016.
Techniques: Increasing, decreasing, counting garter stitch rows, carrying yarn up the edge for wayyy less ends to weave in!
Post dates: Monday 3/21, Thursday 3/24, Monday 3/28 and Thursday 3/31.
Hashtag: #NectarKnitAlong

Want to try it? We have kits!

Visit the yarn kits page or click on any of the images below.

OR! Choose your own colors of Ewe So Sporty yarn to match your spring wardrobe. These kits are simply an idea of some of the many color combinations you can put together. The kits include the Nectar Scarf knitting pattern so be sure to leave a note at checkout to receive it in your personalized kit. 

How to follow the Nectar Knit Along

I'll be posting all the updates here on this blog. You can follow along on Instagram and Facebook. Be sure to follow and like Ewe Ewe Yarns both places! Happy knitting.

See Day 1 here.