Carbeth Cardigan KAL: Increasing for the sleeves

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Just like our arms get wider from the wrist to the bicep so must our Carbeth Cardigan sleeves. We work the ribbing and then build each row increasing a set amount up the arm creating a beautiful triangle. 

The Carbeth Cardigan specifies working an m1 increase at the beginning and end of the round but there are two types of m1 -- one that leans left and one that leans right. I think we should work an m1L at the beginning of the round and an m1R at the end. Here's how that looks: 

M1L and M1R increases on a knitted sleeve

M1L and M1R increases on a knitted sleeve

By working these two increases in succession for the length of the sleeve you can see that it creates a tidy, uniform effect. The increase row will read as follows for this:

Step A: K1, m1L, k to 1 st before marker, m1R, k1.

How to work an m1L in knitting 

Instructions: With the left needle, pick up the strand between 2 stitches from front to back, and knit through the back of the stitch.

How to work an m1R in knitting

Instructions: With left needle pick up the strand between 2 stitches from back to front and knit through the front of the stitch.

One thing to keep in mind about these increases is that they should feel hard to work -- almost like you're doing it wrong. If the stitch feels easy then it might make a hole instead of a tight stitch. Take a minute and try again.

Update from Sohini, a fellow KALer:

A friend once told me a way to remember m1L versus m1R: m1leFt means your needle goes Front-to-rear and m1Right means your needle goes Rear-to-front.

Thanks, Sohini! I think this is a great memory tip and it will definitely help me to remember which is which for the rest of my knitting life. 

Continuing the sleeves

Work the sleeves until the increases are finished and your sleeves measures the suggested length. I added a few inches after I completed my increase because, much like my body, my arms are long. Try your sleeve on as you approach the last increase and decide if it's long enough or if you'd like to add a little more distance. 

And don't forget to make a second one!

More info: Have you decided if you're working the sleeves on double-points or with magic loop? Check out my other sleeve post >

Check in, ask questions, keep knitting!

Check in online on Instagram with the hashtags #BaaBaaCarbeth and #EweEweKAL. Follow @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.)


Carbeth Cardigan KAL: Finishing the body

We are knitting the  Carbeth Cardigan  by Kate Davies using  Ewe Ewe Baa Baa Bulky yarn . See our  knit-along posts .

We are knitting the Carbeth Cardigan by Kate Davies using Ewe Ewe Baa Baa Bulky yarn. See our knit-along posts.

Here we are at the place where we’re done with our sweater body. We need to move some stitches around before we move on to the sleeves. 

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The Carbeth Cardigan is knit from the bottom up to the neckline and at this point we are done with the body and we’re going to hold these stitches until it’s time to attach the sleeves to the body. At this point we will rearrange the stitches to set aside a few for the underarms. 

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We slip the stitches around the needle without knitting them — see my working yarn at the beginning of the row?

The size I’m working says that I remove 4 stitches on either side of the marker so I slipped over to that point. Be sure to slip your stitches purlwise for this because knitwise will twist them and it will be visible later.  

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I like to use scrap yarn to hold stitches because it’s usually softer when knitting near it later. I always choose a thinner smooth yarn in a contrasting color. (There are always scraps of Ewe So Sporty hanging around my studio so that works perfectly!) 

Thread a darning needle with some scrap yarn and move the required number of stitches — 8 for me — over to the yarn.

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I tie it in a little bow to secure.  

Now we continue moving around the sweater bridging the gap just created by the underarm. Slip to your next marker and move those stitches.  

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Now we have all of our body stitches sorted out! I’m going to leave the main stitches on my interchangeable needle cord. I attached the stoppers and I’ll set this whole piece aside until we need it again after the sleeves are knit. Sleeves start Wednesday!

Check in, ask questions, keep knitting!

Check in online on Instagram with the hashtags #BaaBaaCarbeth and #EweEweKAL. Follow @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.)


Measuring your knitting stitch gauge

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We are getting ready to start our Carbeth Cardigan and it’s important to check our gauge so we know our finished sweater will fit as expected. We want to make a nice piece to measure stitches.  

Creating a knitting gauge swatch

Creating a knitting gauge swatch

With my US 10.5 (6.5 mm) needles I cast on 20 stitches and made a tidy little swatch about 22 rows tall. The pattern calls for gauge to be worked in stockinette stitch so I needed a good section of that to measure. These stitch counts don’t matter too much, we just want a flat area to measure stitches but here's what I did:

CO 20 sts. Knit 4 rows.
Next row: K3, p14, k3.
Next row: K across.
Repeat these two rows 14 more times. 
Knit 4 rows.
Bind off.

Soaking a knitting gauge swatch

Soaking a knitting gauge swatch

When finished with the swatch it’s time to block the swatch. I gave my swatch a good soak in cool water. I let it get fully saturated and sit in the bath for about 15 minutes.  

Drying a knitting gauge swatch

Drying a knitting gauge swatch

When you take the swatch out of the water it will be very wet and very out of shape. Simply set it on a towel and roll it up to soak the water. 

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When you unroll the towel the swatch will feel weak and floppy. That’s ok!

Allow knitting gauge swatch to dry completely 

Allow knitting gauge swatch to dry completely 

Carefully set the swatch on a fresh dry towel, shape it into its natural form and let it dry. This is not a swatch we are going to pin or stretch. We don’t want to pin or stretch our finished sweaters so we treat our swatch just how we would want to treat our sweater. 

Reading the stitch count on a knitting gauge swatch

Reading the stitch count on a knitting gauge swatch

How to count stitches when checking knitting gauge

How to count stitches when checking knitting gauge

Baa Baa Bulky yarn really bounces back during this process. It felt really wet and pathetic after its bath but when dry this yarn will fill in the gaps. When the swatch is fully dry — probably the next day — we check our stitch count. I like to use a firm ruler that can just sit on the knitting. Each stitch forms a “V” and I normally count from the 1 over 2 inches. 

I get 3.5 stitches per inch, or 7 stitches over 2 inches, or 14 stitches over 4 inches which is the requested gauge for the Carbeth Cardigan. 

If you find yourself with a looser gauge than 3.5 sts/in you will want to move down in needle size. Maybe swatch with a US 10 (6 mm) needle and check again. 

The Carbeth Cardigan calls for "gauge-size and below gauge-size needle(s) of appropriate lengths for working body" which means we want whatever size needle helps us get 14 sts/4 inches and also the needle one size below. So if you get gauge on a US 10.5 (6.5 mm) needle then you'll also want a US 10 (6 mm) needle for working the ribbing.

Check in, ask questions, keep knitting!

Check in online on Instagram with the hashtags #BaaBaaCarbeth 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.)


Doodle Stitch Beanie featured on MDK March Mayhem!

I'm excited to say that the Doodle Stitch Beanie designed by Meaghan Schmaltz is on the Mason-Dixon Knitting March Mayhem bracket. Like, so excited! Here's the Doodle Stitch Beanie:

Doodle Stitch Beanie  knitting pattern

Doodle Stitch Beanie knitting pattern

Doodle Stitch Beanie  knitting pattern

Doodle Stitch Beanie knitting pattern

It's one of my favorite designs that Meaghan has ever created and now it's getting some great focus. The MDK March Mayhem brackets feature some of the prettiest designs around! 

What's the MDK March Mayhem Bracket?

MDK March Mayhem 2018

MDK March Mayhem 2018

Think of the MDK March Mayhem like the famous NCAA basketball tournament. The best teams in the country compete against each other to see who is the best. The MDK March Mayhem does that for knitting patterns!

The Doodle Stitch Beanie is in the Mini Skeins category because the focus is small, fun projects that highlight a playful design (an adorable squiggle stitch in this case!) with a small amount of yarn (1 ball of 2 colors of Ewe So Sporty merino!).

Head over to the MDK March Mayhem page to vote for the Doodle Stitch and whichever other designs you love. I love this kind of fun competition! Vote by Sunday, March 18, 2018.

I want to make a Doodle Stitch Beanie!

It's seriously a fun pattern to knit so Meaghan and I put together some kits with more color options! See the Doodle Stitch Beanie Kits >

Doodle Stitch Beanie Knitting Kit
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Visit MDK March Mayhem 2018

Go to the MDK March Mayhem page and vote for the Doodle Stitch Beanie. You can also print out a bracket for yourself to keep track of your picks. Have fun!

UPDATE: Ok, I just went and voted and I found it easiest to do with two windows open. That way I could click on the photos to make them larger in one window and then make my selections in the other window. Remember, this round of selections closes Sunday, March 18, 2018 so be sure to vote right away.


8 Sweater Patterns to Knit using Wooly Worsted Yarn from Ewe Ewe

While we have a lot of knitting patterns here at Ewe Ewe Yarns we can't have every idea under the sun. Ewe Ewe Wooly Worsted yarn is a great worsted-weight merino yarn that can work for a variety of really popular knitting patterns. 

8 Sweater Patterns to knit using Wooly Worsted yarn from Ewe Ewe

Changing yarns, or substituting the yarn is easy when you know what you need. Luckily most sweater pattern descriptions on Ravelry tell you how much yardage it takes to complete a project. Ewe Ewe Wooly Worsted yarn has 95 yards per ball so if a sweater takes 915 yards to complete then you would buy 10 balls of yarn. (915 yards needed ÷ 95 yards on a ball = 9.63 or 10 balls of yarn).

The Weekender by Andrea Mowry

The Weekender  by Andrea Mowry

The Weekender by Andrea Mowry

The Weekender  by Andrea Mowry

The Weekender by Andrea Mowry

The Weekender is a pullover sweater pattern designed by Andrea Mowry. I love the top shoulder detail and relaxed fit! Here is the sizing per the Ravelry page: 

Sizes: XS (S, M, L)XL, XXL, XXXL
Wooly Worsted Yarn Amounts: 10 (11, 12, 14)15, 16, 18 skeins
Get the pattern here. See the yarn here. Visit a Ewe Ewe yarn shop.

Humulus by Isabell Kraemer

Humulus  by Isabell Kraemer

Humulus by Isabell Kraemer

Humulus is a gorgeous yoke sweater with a single color Fair Isle color work stitch design. It would look stunning in Brushed Silver and Saffron Wooly Worsted yarn.

Sizes: XS (S, M1, M2, L, XL, XXL)
Wooly Worsted Yarn Amounts: 12 (12, 15, 15, 15, 18, 18) skeins in MC; 1 (1, 1, 1, 2, 2, 2) skeins in CC.
Get the pattern here. See the yarn here. Visit a Ewe Ewe yarn shop.

Big Sister by Hinterm Stein

Big Sister  by Hinterm Stein

Big Sister by Hinterm Stein

Big Sister is a relaxed open-front cardigan with awesome huge pockets. It's a seamless knit from the top down and it looks easy to make and even easier to wear!

Sizes: 33.3, 36.3, 39, 42.9, 46.4, 49" bust measurement
Wooly Worsted Yarn Amounts: 13, 14, 15, 16, 18, 20 skeins.
Get the pattern here. See the yarn here. Visit a Ewe Ewe yarn shop.

Stillwater by Marie Greene

Stillwater  by Marie Greene

Stillwater by Marie Greene

Stillwater is another seamless top-down sweater but this one looks fast to knit! The pattern looks so comfortable and Pistachio Wooly Worsted yarn would look perfect in this one.

Sizes: 32 (34, 36, 38, 40, 42, 44, 46, 48, 52)“ bust measurement
Wooly Worsted Yarn Amounts: 8 (9, 9, 10, 11, 11, 12, 13, 14, 16) skeins.
Get the pattern here. See the yarn here. Visit a Ewe Ewe yarn shop.

Harvest by Tincanknits

Harvest  by tincanknits

Harvest by tincanknits

Harvest is designed for anyone and everyone that you can think of! This sweater would look great on any age and so they've designed it to fit from an infant to a 4XL. Crazy awesome!

Sizes: 0-6 mo (6-12 mo, 1-2 yrs, 2-4 yrs, 4-6 yrs, 6-8 yrs, 8-10 yrs, XS, S, S/M, M, M/L, L, XL, XXL, 3XL, 4XL)
Wooly Worsted Yarn Amounts: 3 (4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20) skeins.
Get the pattern here. See the yarn here. Visit a Ewe Ewe yarn shop.

Veronika Cardigan by Shannon Cook

Veronika Cardigan  by Shannon Cook

Veronika Cardigan by Shannon Cook

Big and relaxed is so in right now. The Veronika Cardigan seems like the best thing to throw on and run out the door because it will look fabulous with everything.

Sizes: SIZE 1 (30-38 in/76-96.5cm), SIZE 2 (40-46 in / 102-117cm), SIZE 3(48-54 in / 122-137cm)
Wooly Worsted Yarn Amounts: Size 1: 14 skeins, Size 2: 17 skeins, Size 3: 18 skeins.
Get the pattern here. See the yarn here. Visit a Ewe Ewe yarn shop.

Worsted Boxy by Joji Locatelli

Worsted Boxy  by Joji Locatelli

Worsted Boxy by Joji Locatelli

Worsted Boxy  by Joji Locatelli

Worsted Boxy by Joji Locatelli

Oh man, do you have any knitting friends that haven't made a project by Joji? Worsted Boxy is so cool and would knit up perfectly in Ewe Ewe Wooly Worsted. Just choose your favorite color!

Sizes: 64 (68, 68, 68, 76, 76, 76) inches (remember it's boxy!)
Wooly Worsted Yarn Amounts: 11 (11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16) skeins.
Get the pattern here. See the yarn here. Visit a Ewe Ewe yarn shop.

Fog Cutter by Thea Colman

Fog Cutter  by Thea Colman

Fog Cutter by Thea Colman

Fog Cutter  by Thea Colman

Fog Cutter by Thea Colman

Fog Cutter is just to die for! I adore this sweater and I'm sitting here wondering why I haven't cast one on for myself. It would look stunning in Vanilla Wooly Worsted or just about any color.

Sizes: 37.75 (41.5, 44.25, 47.5, 50.5) (53.75, 57, 59.75) inches
Wooly Worsted Yarn Amounts: 13 (14, 15, 15, 16)(17, 17, 18) skeins.
Get the pattern here. See the yarn here. Visit a Ewe Ewe yarn shop.


About the yarn

Wooly Worsted merino yarn comes in a beautiful palette. Take a look at our Brushed Silver or Wheat for a pretty neutral shade. Or maybe you'd like a rich Sapphire blue or Teal green sweater.

See Wooly Worsted yarn. Find a yarn shop near you that carries Ewe Ewe yarns >


Southwest Stockings KAL: Supplies

Southwest Stockings KAL

Southwest Stockings KAL

Here's a roundup of what you'll need to knit the Southwest Stockings. First decide on a project. Your choice is the Christmas Stocking or the Cozy Socks:

Christmas Stocking for the Southwest Stockings KAL

Christmas Stocking for the Southwest Stockings KAL

Cozy Socks for the Southwest Stockings KAL

Cozy Socks for the Southwest Stockings KAL

The pattern is exactly the same for both projects. The only difference is the needle size and yarn weight (and if you knit the Cozy Socks you need to knit two!). 

Christmas Stocking Supplies

Sizes: Santa size!
Measurements: 8" wide x 24" long
Pattern: Southwest Stockings by Heather Walpole for The Knit Show (Free!)

Yarn: Ewe Ewe Yarns Baa Baa Bulky, 132 yards, 100% merino superwash
   Color A: 1 skein (60 Teal)
   Color B: 1 skein (20 Red Poppy)
   Color C: 1 skein (97 Brushed Silver)
   Color D: 1 skein (90 Vanilla)

Needles: US 10.5 (6.5 mm) double-pointed knitting needles
Gauge: 14 sts to 4" in stockinette stitch.
Supplies: Clip ring stitch marker, darning needle, large pom pom maker (optional)

Christmas Stocking supplies

Christmas Stocking supplies

You can choose any colors of Baa Baa Bulky to fit your home or take a look at the color combo kits we put together. These kits contain enough yarn to complete the project. 


Cozy Socks Supplies

Sizes: Casual size
Measurements: 10" foot circumference
Pattern: Southwest Stockings by Heather Walpole for The Knit Show (Free!)

arn: Ewe Ewe Yarns Wooly Worsted, 95 yards, 100% merino superwash
   Color A: 2 skeins (30 Saffron)
   Color B: 1 skein (10 Berry)
   Color C: 1 skein (50 Pistachio)
   Color D: 1 skein (95 Chocolate)

Needles: US 6 (4 mm) double-pointed knitting needles
Gauge: 22 sts to 4" in stockinette stitch.
Supplies: Clip ring stitch marker, darning needle.

Cozy Socks supplies

Cozy Socks supplies

You can choose any colors of Wooly Worsted to fit your style or take a look at the color combo kits we put together. These kits contain enough yarn to complete the project. 


Where to buy your supplies

We've heard from a lot of our local yarn stores that they're ready to knit along! These shops have let us know they have yarns in stock to make one or both of the Southwest Stockings projects. Stop in or shop their websites for your yarn:

...have you any wool?, Berkley, MI
Cream City Yarn, Brookfield, WI
Gather Here, Cambridge, MA
The Hillsborough Yarn Shop, Hillsborough, NC
NobleKnits.com, Exton, PA (warehouse pickup available)
Park Avenue Yarns, League City, TX
The Tinsmith's Wife, Comfort, TX
Wasatch and Wool, Park City, UT
Yarn It & Haberdashery, Grandview Heights, OH
Yarnover Truck, Los Angeles, CA

If you want to browse through our color kit ideas you can take a look at the Christmas Stocking kits and the Cozy Sock kits here on our website then buy at your favorite shop.