#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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NEW YARN: Fluffy Fingering merino yarn by Ewe Ewe

Oh my. I am beyond excited to show you my newest yarn.

Fluffy Fingering merino yarn

Fluffy Fingering merino yarn

Meet the newest member of the flock, Fluffy Fingering! She's a real stunner, isn't she? This great new yarn is 100% merino wool and features that special Ewe Ewe twist you've come to love. You might also notice that new color yarn in the photo, that's Red Velvet, a new color coming to Ewe Ewe!

Fluffy Fingering color palette for Fall 2018

Fluffy Fingering color palette for Fall 2018

Fluffy Fingering is launching for Fall of 2018 in 12 solid Ewe Ewe colors. If you've knit with Ewe Ewe yarns before you will recognize some of the colors above but you might also notice some new, never before seen colors, too! Red Velvet is new, Citrus Pop is (wow!) new, Forest Fern and Iris Blossom are new.

Fluffy Fingering in color way 83 Iris Blossom. Pattern: Fluffy Lace Skinny Scarf (free on the label!)

Fluffy Fingering in color way 83 Iris Blossom. Pattern: Fluffy Lace Skinny Scarf (free on the label!)

Yum, I really love this new Iris Blossom! I couldn't resist and started knitting the free pattern that's on every ball label of Fluffy. It's called the Fluffy Lace Skinny Scarf and it works up so fast and easy. One ball will make a nice scarf to tuck in your jacket or highlight an outfit. Two balls will make a lovely long scarf!

How to find Fluffy Fingering

Fluffy Fingering debuts right now! It's fall and the perfect time to start knitting. We have oodles of this new yarn and we're starting to ship it to yarn stores this week. See our list of yarn shops or ask your LYS when they're getting Fluffy Fingering in stock.

If you don't have a yarn store near you you can pre-order Fluffy Fingering yarn here. We expect to start shipping on Wednesday, September 10, 2018. Be the first to get your hands on it!

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Color Work: Help us add to the rainbow!

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I design the Ewe Ewe color palette to work as one unit. Each color has its place and purpose and as we grow I will continue to add colors that fit with this cheery bunch!

Fall is coming and that's when we add new yarns. What colors would you like to see? Any ideas? Tell us!

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January Events: Speaking + Teaching

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Hello, friends!

It's a fresh new year and I'm getting "out there"! I have two events scheduled for January and I'm really looking forward to them. I'll be speaking at the San Diego North Coast Knitters Guild on the 9th and teaching a color theory class at Yarning for You on the 20th. 

San Diego North Coast Knitters Guild

Meeting: Tuesday, January 9, 2018 1:00 to 3:30 pm

Where: San Dieguito United Methodist Church, 170 Calle Magdalena, Encinitas, CA 92024

I will be the guest speaker for the general guild meeting! I'll be talking for about an hour about how I started Ewe Ewe Yarns, we we've come, and looking toward the future. I'll also tie in a project that uses the fun color palette of our yarns.

Membership is required for this guild but the yearly fee is only $25 and they get great speakers through the year! 

See sandiegoknitters.com for more info about this event.

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Hues You Can Use: Choose the Right Colors for Your Knitting Project

Time: Saturday, January 20, 2018 from 9 am to 12 pm.

Where: Yarning for You, 1001 W San Marcos Blvd. Ste 180, San Marcos, CA 92078

What we're up to: As knitters and creative people, we often find ourselves drawn to a specific set of colors, but why? We can use the principles of color theory to explain this and even help choose which color should be the main color of a project and which should play a supporting roll. We’ll apply this new knowledge to a picking the colors for a scarf and swatch our new technique! The pattern is included in the cost of the class and will be provided at the class.

Skill level: Any level welcome!

Fee: $45

Materials: 1-2 balls of 3 colors of Ewe Ewe Yarns Ewe So Sporty yarn. (Picking out your colors is part of the class and will be done during class).
US 8 (4.0 mm) knitting needles

Sign up: See class page for more details and call Yarning for You at 760-744-5648 to register.

I hope to see you!


Toss and Go Clutch {knitting pattern}

Look at this perfect little clutch. The Toss and Go, designed by Meaghan Schmaltz, is a great little purse to hide your lady bits. There's always odds and ends at the bottom of a handbag or knitting project bag. The Toss and Go solves that! It's so cute and quick to knit that you'll want to make one for you and all your lady friends. Perfect!

Toss and Go is knit in Wooly Worsted yarn with Vanilla as the main color and Orange Peel and Teal accents. I love how Meaghan made the same contrast when sewing on the buttons, a great detail!

The Toss and Go pattern features a funky yet basic color work design. The bag is worked in the round and the pattern is written to either use Judy's Magic Cast-On (a toe-up sock cast-on technique that's fun to do!) or use DPNs and a provisional cast-on. Both are good skills to learn and practice! A great pattern and so useful! Perfect for gift knitting!

Get the Toss and Go pattern here

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New Sweater Knitting Pattern: Zoey Cardigan!

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Meet Zoey! She's a cute new cardigan that is sure to be a basic in your fall wardrobe. Her simple top-down raglan shaping is great for a beginner to knit and the pattern explains each step, too! Check out the cute alternating stripe detail, the sleeves are different! Knit with Wooly Worsted merino yarn, you can pick the color combo to suite your style the best. You'll be the talk of the town in your fabulous cardigan!

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