#EweEweYokeAlong: How to knit a swatch to check gauge in the round

Today we’re going to check gauge for our Threipmuir sweaters but we do it a little differently because this sweater is knit in the round. Normally we’d check gauge by knitting and purling back and forth but because we will only be knitting this sweater we should only knit our gauge. Here’s how to knit a gauge swatch in the round.

Choosing Fluffy Fingering colors for Threipmuir sweater

Choosing Fluffy Fingering colors for Threipmuir sweater

We’ll need to start with choosing our colors for the sweater and specifically which color will be CC1 and which is CC2. I am using the Red Velvet on the left for the MC body color of my sweater and I decided Berry will be CC1 and Saffron is CC2. According to the pattern specs we use the least amount of CC1 so that’s a good skein to knit our swatch!

Creating a swatch in the round

Creating a swatch in the round

We want to swatch on the larger size needles. I know that I knit a bit tight so I went up a needle size to a US 5 (3.75mm) needle to check my gauge. Knitting a swatch in the round is almost like making a loose i-cord. Check out this video by The Unapologetic Knitter below all about how to work that swatch.

Here’s what I ended up with!

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When it’s finished — trim those long strands and give it a soak in a gentle bath for about 15 minutes. Carefully press it in a towel to remove the water and then set it out flat to dry completely. This is not a swatch that we want to pin because we won’t be pinning our finished sweater so we want to treat our gauge the same way we’ll treat our knitted piece later.

Gauge swatch knitted in the round

Gauge swatch knitted in the round

And there’s my little knitted swatch all trimmed and dried! My stitch count is a tad bigger than I expected so I am going to make a smaller size sweater. If you have a question about your gauge size be sure to email me and I’ll help you figure it out!


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What do you think? We could finish our sweaters before the real cold sets in for the season.  

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Vickie Howell can show you how it's done!

Vickie Howell worked up a great class for our new Doodle Stitch Beanie! This hat features an alternating stitch pattern that is interesting to both knit and look at. Take a peek:

The Doodle Stitch Beanie uses two balls of Ewe So Sporty yarn in your favorite colors. Plus, Vickie teaches a free tutorial right on her Facebook page. Awesome! 

You can get the pattern here or on Ravelry and find Ewe So Sporty yarn at your favorite yarn store or online.

Watch the video with Vickie Howell below and then use those same steps to knit your own Doodle Stitch Beanie!

Tell us what you thought of Vickie's class in the comments below!

Learn it now! Brioche Knitting Tutorials

I think brioche knitting has to be one of the hottest trends I'm seeing this season. There's amazing patterns by designers like Stephen West and Mercedes Tarasovich-Clark that feature brioche knitting and purling. Look at these!

Brioche creates a fully reversible fabric and gives a very different effect from regular knits and purls. I have tried it a few times from reading different tutorials but I didn't have much success. But my friend Meaghan at the Unapologetic Knitter has put together an AMAZING video series on how to brioche knit. 

The five video series includes all you ever need to know to create a successful brioche project. The series is jam-packed with info:

The posts are filled with tips and helpful shots of exactly how to knit this trendy stitch pattern. I have never worked brioche before and look! Two colors!!

Brioche knitting in Wooly Worsted yarn

Success!! 

I did run into a few hiccups but they were my fault and not the fault of my teacher. Meaghan does recommend placing a marker on the right side of the work so you can tell when you need to be BRK-ing or BRP-ing (look at me with the lingo!) on a row. But after I put a little brain power behind it I could clearly see that if I was working with Color A and that color's knits were facing then I needed to BRK and if the purls were facing then I needed to brioche purl.

All in all, I think this video series is easy to learn from, well planned and beautifully presented. Meaghan does use both Ewe Ewe yarns, Ewe So Sporty and Wooly Worsted for these videos and for good reason! Says Meg,

"It's such a good yarn to learn new skills. It's springy so the knitter gets nice tension but tightly twisted enough that it takes a beating and doesn't get fuzzy if you need to rip out and try again. Love my Ewe Ewe!"

Wow! Thanks! Let's knit together, you bring the new skills and I'll bring the yarn! ;) 

But seriously, if you're looking to learn brioche, go watch Meaghan Schmaltz's amazing tutorials now!

Visit the Unapologetic Knitter >

Hot tip: Jogless stripes in knitting

I just learned a new knitting tip from my friend Meaghan, how to have jog-less stripes! 

Whenever I knit stripes in the round I find there's always a little skip and a jump when I transition from one color to the next. Sometimes I pull the last stitch of the previous color a little tighter to help hide this but there is actually a good method for avoiding these jogs and it's easy to do!

I have been trying it on my Easy As ABC baby sweater for the knit along and I thought you might like to try it, too.

Jog-less stripes in knitting. Woohoo!

Here's how it's worked for our sweater. 

Knit as normal to your color change, change to the next color and knit around. On the second round of a color do this: 
Row 2: Sl 1 purlwise (wyib), knit to end. 
Row 3 through the next color change: Knit as normal carrying the other color up the inside.

Head over to The Unapologetic Knitter read the article. Magic!

Welcome! 1-Skein Zigzag Cowl KAL Starts Now!

Spring has sprung and it's a great time to knit a lighter weight cowl so let's do it together! The new 1-Skein Zigzag Cowl is the perfect neck warmer size cowl to throw on to keep you just warm enough. Sometimes those spring days still have a little nip in the air and this lacy cowl will be a pretty addition to your wardrobe for days like that!

1-Skein Zigzag Cowl

So pretty! Grab your needles and Ewe So Sporty yarn. Go! Or if you haven't gotten your supplies yet, you can get the 1-Skein Zigzag Cowl on Ravelry. Use code: zigzag for a discount! Plus, choose your color of Ewe So Sporty merino yarn and find a Ewe Ewe yarn store near you with our handy map.

Let's cast on!

Cast on in the way you normally would. I use the long-tail cast on as my go-to. One little tip here is to add stitch markers as you are casting on. Try placing one every 25 stitches and this helps you easily keep track of your stitch count. I find it easier because there's always something to distract me... someone asks me a question, I get sucked in to a good TV show, I get a text message and suddenly it's a half hour later and I've made plans for Friday night?? Anyway, add some extra stitch markers, they make life so much easier!

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I keep one more spare marker to use for joining the cowl in the round. Notice how it's a little different than the others? I'll add this marker in the next step and then remove the other four markers as I knit around the first row of the pattern. 

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Knitting in the round is as simple as connecting the two ends of the cast on. Stretch your cast on stitches around your circular needle and make sure they're not twisted over the needle. Take the working yarn coming from the skein and knit in to the first stitch at the other end of the needle. For me, using a long-tail cast on I am knitting in to the first loop where I made the slipknot. Bam! Your knitting is connected and you're knitting in the round!

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Our first instruction tells us to knit 6 stitches then k2tog. Knitting two stitches together is as easy as it sounds. Just put your needle through two stitches instead of one. They'll combine and decrease your stitches from two to one.

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After the k2tog decrease we need to increase one stitch and make those pretty lace holes in the cowl. That's done with a yarn over or YO. To YO you just wrap your yarn around the righthand needle, no stitch needed! 

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Here's the trickiest (but still easy) part of this pattern. After the YO we need to start purling and that means we need to get the working yarn to the front of the work. To do this you'll bring your yarn around the needle once again. It almost looks like there's a double loop on the needle but, don't worry, there's not. Now start purling and it all works out!

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And there you have it! Knits, k2tog, YO and purls. Now just keep doing that around and around. Let's try and work through Row 14 and I'll be back on Thursday to show you some more fun stuff!

Follow along by checking eweewe.comInstagramRavelryFacebook and Twitter. Pretty much anywhere! Be sure to post photos of your cowl as you knit or when your finished. Use hashtag #ZigzagKAL.

Happy knitting! 

Tutorial: Knitting with two colors + a free pattern!

Check out my newest knitting tutorial over at Creative Knitting Magazine! Have you ever wanted to try knitting with more than one color of yarn? If so, this tutorial is perfect for you. There's a simple free baby hat pattern using two skeins of Ewe Ewe Wooly Worsted yarn.

Wooly Worsted is washable so it's great for baby hats. It's a soft merino that won't irritate baby's skin. Plus, it comes in 20 great colors that mix-and-match perfectly! 

Click here for the two color knitting tutorial. And here for the Happy Baby knitting pattern.

Click here to check out Wooly Worsted yarn!