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 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.

New! Anthologie Crochet Scarf Pattern

It's high time you collect your favorite five colors of Ewe So Sporty yarn and crochet yourself a new scarf. The Anthologie scarf makes a super-funky oversize scarf with lots of fringe and flair. You'll start the scarf with the Vanilla panel seen above and somehow wind your way around and around and all the way to the other end. It's a crochet joy ride!

Anthologie crochet scarf pattern

Up, down, turn around, add some braids, make some fringe, wear this fun piece with pride! You can find the Anthologie scarf PDF crochet pattern here on Ewe Ewe or add it to your library on Ravelry.com

Anthologie is a fun and not-too-challenging crochet pattern. If you know basic crochet stitches you can crochet this scarf! Anthologie uses five colors of Ewe So Sporty yarn so you can make this scarf as funky and fun as you'd like! 

To buy Ewe So Sporty yarn, find a Ewe Ewe yarn shop near you or see our online retailers on the Where to Buy page. Thanks!

Designer Duo: Freckles Scarf & Hat Pattern

Look at this beauty! Meet the Freckles Scarf & Hat Set designed by Amanda Rios. Amanda created this amazing knitting pattern in our Ewe So Sporty yarn and I'm simply in love! 

The Freckles scarf is a modified keyhole scarf with a loop at one end and an incredible lace trim accent knit in Saffron at the opposite end. So clever! 

Amanda designed a the hat with a folded ribbed hem and a sweet color work stitch that almost looks like little bunnies. The top of the hat is tipped in Vanilla and I just adore the two color pom pom! 

To buy the Freckles Scarf & Hat pattern see more on Ravelry >

To find Ewe So Sporty merino yarn near you see our Where to Buy link >

Check out more designers using Ewe Ewe yarns!