Tammy-Li’s Spring Cardigan ~ Cable&Rib instructions:

Tammy-Li's Easter Sweater

For our Easter post, we featured young knitters Brianna L. and Tammy-Li Carrick. Tammy-Li was wearing a new Easter sweater hot off the needles that week: a lavender coloured (#143) “Baby Soft” sportweight by Lion Brand* Yarn.

As promised, since this was my own design, I’m free to share the instructions with you. To begin, you will need 3 balls at 140gms each. Depending on your child’s size, you may require 2 or 4 balls, but I used 3. I also used 3.25 mm needles.

Always begin with the back panel

Starting with the back:
Cast on 88 stitches — Finished sweater will be approx 30 inches around.
Row 1: (Right Side) K2, P2 repeat till end.
Row 2: (Wrong Side) Purl all.
Repeat these 2 rows till base of back measures approx 3-1/2 inches, ending on wrong side. For purposes of these instructions, we will call this a “Flat Double Ribbed” stitch = FDR.

Begin Pattern:
Row 1: (Right Side) **(K1,P1) X4, P4, K4, P4** Repeat 4 times fr**to**, (K1,P1)X4
Row 2: **P8, (K1, P1)X2, P4, (K1,P1)X2** Repeat 4 times fr**to**, P8
Row 3: Repeat row 1
Row 4: Repeat row 2
Row 5: (Right Side) **(K1,P1) X4, P4, Cable 4 Behind, P4** Repeat 4 times fr**to**, (K1,P1)X4

NOTE: To Cable 4 behind, move 2 st onto cable needle and hold behind work, Knit 2 st, then knit the 2 from the cable needle.

Continue in pattern, repeating rows 2 – 5, until fabric reaches approx 12-1/2 inches from bottom.

Shape armhole at desired length

Shape armhole:
On Right Side: Cast off 8 stitches and continue working in pattern
On Wrong Side: Cast off 8 stitches and continue working in pattern
On Right Side: K3 Tog, continue in pattern till 3 st remaining, K3 Tog.
On Wrong Side: P3 Tog, continue in pattern till 3 st remaning, P3 Tog.
On Right Side: K2 Tog, continue in pattern till 2 st remaining, K2 Tog.
On Wrong Side: P2 Tog, continue in pattern till 2 st remaning, P2 Tog.
On Right Side: K2 Yog, continue in pattern till 2 st remaining, K2 Tog.
On Wrong Side: Work in pattern with no decreases. You should have 58 stitches remaining.

On Right Side: K1, P4, **(K1,P1)X4, P4,K4 (Or cable if pattern requires), P4** Repeat once from **to**, (K1,P1)X4, P4, K1
On Wrong Side: P1, (K1,P1)X2, **P8, (K1, P1)X2, P4, (K1,P1)X2** Repeat once fr**to**, P8, (K1,P1)X2, P1

Continue in pattern till fabric reaches approx 6-1/2 inches from where you began to shape armhole, or 19 inches from bottom, ending with a wrong side.

Remember, this sweater fits my 7-8 year old petite daughter. You may need to adjust your pattern to fit your child — and always knit a guage before you begin!

Shape Shoulder:
Right Side: Cast off 11 stiches, work rest of row in pattern.
Wrong Side: Cast off 11 stitches, work rest of row in pattern.
Right Side: Cast off 11 stiches, work rest of row in pattern.
Wrong Side: Cast off 11 stitches, work rest of row in pattern.
Cast off all remaining stitches.

Front Left Panel: (Note: Always work Left Panel before Right Panel!)
Cast on 40 stitches.
Begin in Flat Double Ribbed Stitch:
Row 1: (Right Side) K2, P2 repeat till end.
Row 2: (Wrong Side) Purl all.
Repeat these 2 rows till base of back measures approx 3-1/2 inches, ending on wrong side.

Begin Pattern:
Row 1: (Right Side) **(K1,P1) X4, P4, K4, P4** Repeat once fr**to**
Row 2: **P8, (K1, P1)X2, P4, (K1,P1)X2** Repeat once fr**to**
Row 3: Repeat row 1
Row 4: Repeat row 2
Row 5: (Right Side) **(K1,P1) X4, P4, Cable 4 Behind, P4** Repeat once from **to**
Continue in pattern, repeating rows 2 – 5, until fabric reaches approx 12-1/2 inches from bottom.

Shape armhole:
On Right Side: Cast off 8 stitches and continue working in pattern
On Wrong Side: Work in pattern
On Right Side: K3 Tog, continue in pattern.
On Wrong Side: Work in pattern til last 2 st, K2 Tog.
On Right Side: K2 Tog, continue in pattern.
On Wrong Side: Work in pattern till last 2 st, K2 Tog.
On Right Side: K2 Tog, continue in pattern.
On Wrong Side: Work in pattern till last 2 st, K2 Tog. You should have 25 stitches remaining.
On Right Side: K1, P4, (K1,P1)X4, P4, K4(or Cable if pattern requires), P4
On Wrong Side: (K1,P1)X2, P4, (K1,P1)X2, P8, (K1,P1)X2, K1
Repeat these 2 rows till fabric reaches 17 inches from bottom, ending on Right Side.

Shape neckline to suit your child

Shape neckline:
On Wrong Side: K3Tog, continue in pattern.
On Right Side: Work in pattern till last 3 St., P3 Tog.
On Wrong Side: K3Tog, continue in pattern.
On Right Side: Work in pattern till last 3 St., K3 Tog.
Continue in pattern till fabric reaches 19 inches from bottom.

Shape Shoulder:
Right Side: Cast off 11 stiches, work rest of row in pattern.
Wrong Side: Work in pattern.
Right Side: Cast off 11 stiches, work rest of row in pattern.
Wrong Side: Work in pattern.
Cast off all remaining stitches.

Right Front Panel:
Cast on 40 Stitches.
Begin in Flat Double Ribbed Stitch:
Row 1: (Right Side) K2, P2 repeat till end.
Row 2: (Wrong Side) Purl all.
Repeat these 2 rows till base of back measures approx 3-1/2 inches, ending on wrong side.
Begin Pattern:
Row 1: (Right Side) **P4, K4, P4, (K1,P1)X4** Repeat once.
Row 2: **P8, (K1,P1)X2, P4, (K1,P1)X2** Repeat once.
Row 3: Repeat Row 1.
Row 4: Repeat Row 2.
Row 5: (Right Side) **P4, Cbl 4 Behind, P4, (K1,P1)X4** Repeat once.
Continue in pattern, repeating rows 2 – 5, until fabric reaches approx 12-1/2 inches from bottom. End on Right Side.

Shape armhole:
On Wrong Side: Cast off 8 stitches and continue working in pattern
On Right Side: Work in pattern
On Wrong Side: P3 Tog, work rest in pattern.
On Right Side: Work in pattern til last 2 st, K2 Tog.
On Wrong Side: P2 Tog, continue in pattern.
On Right Side: Work in pattern till last 2 st, K2 Tog.
On Wrong Side: P2 Tog, continue in pattern.
On Right Side: Work in pattern till last 2 st, K2 Tog. You should have 25 stitches remaining.
On Wrong Side: P1, (K1,P1)X2, P8, (K1,P1)X2, P4, (K1,P1)X2.
On Right Side: P4, K4(or cbl 4 behind if pattern requires), P4, (K1,P1)X4, P4, K1
Repeat these 2 rows till fabric reaches 17 inches from bottom, ending on Wrong Side.

Shape neckline:
On Right Side: K3Tog, continue in pattern.
On Wrong Side: Work in pattern till last 3 St., P3 Tog.
On Right Side: K3Tog, continue in pattern.
On Wrong Side: Work in pattern till last 3 St., K3 Tog.
Continue in pattern till fabric reaches 19 inches from bottom. End on Right Side.

Shape Shoulder:
Wrong Side: Cast off 11 stiches, work rest of row in pattern.
Right Side: Work in pattern.
Wrong Side: Cast off 11 stiches, work rest of row in pattern.
Right Side: Work in pattern.
Cast off all remaining stitches.

Use pins to mark where buttons go

Button Overlap — Left Front Panel (Do before right panel)
Use 3.25 mm circular needle to pick up 104 stitches.
Row 1: (Right Side) **P2, K2** Repeat till end.
Row 2: (Wrong Side) Purl all
Continue in Flat Double Ribbed Stitch till “Overlap” measures 1-1/2 inches, ending with wrong side. On Right Side, cast off all using a Purl stitch cast off. (This gives a smoother finish.)

USE PINS TO MARK WHERE YOUR BUTTONS WILL BE PLACED. THIS WILL HELP YOU PLACE YOUR BUTTONHOLES ON RIGHT OVERLAP.

Button Overlaps need to be well matched

Button Overlap — Right Front Panel (With Button Holes)
Use 3.25 mm circular needle to pick up 104 stitches.
Row 1: (Right Side) **k2, p2** Repeat till end.
Row 2: (Wrong Side) Purl all
Continue in Flat Double Ribbed Stitch till “Overlap” measures 3/4 inch, ending with wrong side.
On Right Side, (P2,K2)X3, K2, P1,Cast Off 5, **(K2,P2)X2, K2,P1,Cast Off 5**Repeat from **to** 4 more times, K2,P2
On Wrong Side: P4, **Cast on 5, P11** Repeat fr**to** 4 more times, Cast on 5, P15
Continue in Flat Double Ribbed Stitch till “Overlap” reaches 1-1/2 inches, ending on a Wrong Side.
On Right Side, cast off all using a Purl stitch cast off.

Sleeve picks up flat-rib&cable pattern

Sleeves: (Both are same)
Cast on 40 stitches.
Work in Flat Double Ribbed Stitch till fabric reaches 3-1/2 Inches.
Begin pattern:
Row 1: (Right Side) (K1,P1)X7, P4, K4, P4, (K1,P1)X7
Row 2: (Wrong Side) P14, (K1,P1)X2, P4, (K1,P1)X2, P14
Row 3: Repeat Row 1
Row 4: Repeat Row 2
Row 5: P1, Make 1, P1, (K1,P1)X6, P4, Cble 4 behind, P4, (K1,P1)X3, K1, Make one, K1 (You should have 42 stitches.
Repeat Rows 2-5, Increasing 1 stitch at each end on every Row5, till Fabric reaches approx 13-1/2 inches from bottom. You should have approx 68 stitches on needle. Be sure to measure your child’s arm from below wrist (add length to allow for growth) to underarm.
Right Side: Cast off 8 stitches. Continue in pattern till end.
Wrong Side: Cast off 8 stitches. Continue in Pattern till end.

Continue in pattern, reducing 1 stitch at each end of every row (reduce 2 st per row) until you have 12 st left. Cast off these stitches.

Make up sweater using “mattress” stitch before beginning collar.

Flaring collar allows it to sit flat

Collar:
Use 3.25 mm circular needle to pick up a multiple of 4 st plus 2. (I picked up 50 st.
Row 1: (Right Side) *K2,P2* repeat till last 2 st. K2.
Row2: (Wrong Side) Purl all.
Row3: **K1, Make1, K1,P2** Repeat till last 2, K1,Make 1, K1
Row 4:**P4,Make 1, P1**Repeat till last 2, P3
Row 5: **K3, P3** to end, K3
Row 6: **P5, Make 1, P1** till end, P3
Row 7: **K3, P4** to end, K3
Row 8: Purl all.
Repeat Rows 7 & 8 till collar reaches approx 2-1/2 inches. Cast off all stitches loosely.
If collar will not “fall” properly, continue to flare it by adding purl stitches. The more you flare it, the better it should fall. I found the above pattern worked with this yarn.

Fancy buttons make a great finishing touch!

Finishing touches:
Be sure to find buttons that will make your child’s eyes sparkle! Tammy-Li chose these lovely purple foral buttons to offset the lavender yarn.
Also, do not cut the strands too closely. Instead, weave them into your fabric to hide them. This will strengthen your fabric finishing and avoid unraveling down the road.

Hope you will enjoy making this lovely sweater!

If you have questions about this or any other project, feel free to reach me directly through my contact page.
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Something different: The annual “Beaster Bunny Awards”, Carrick Easter 2010

Beaster Bunny Awards 2010

You be the judge! Leave a comment to cast your vote on the Best Beaster Bunny of Easter 2010! Sadly, the judges (our golden retriever Daisy and Dora the Cat) were split on their vote, so we have to leave it to you to decide on a winner. We had a great time with our annual contest. Hope you enjoy the results!

Contestant #1: Alex Carrick

Alex is a 2-time winner and 6 time nominee in these awards. He has won for most original drawing, as well as for worst rendition of a rabbit. He rocked the Easter Art World with his smash rendition of “Harley Bunny”, the loveable cigar smoking hog-riding rabbit of 2006.

Contestant #2: Donna Carrick

Donna won easily in 2008 for her portraly of “Osama Bin Bunny”, but has been out of the winners’ circle since then.

Contestant #3: Ted Carrick

Ted won hands down in 2009 with his offering of “Arnold Scwartze-bunny”, who promised, “I’ll be ba-a-ack!”

Contestant #4: Tammy-Li Carrick

Tammy won in 2007 for her artistic portrayal of “Good Bunny vs Evil Bunny”.

“The Evil Buggs Bunny” by Tammy-Li Carrick“Columbo Bunny” by Ted Carrick
“Barack OBunny” by Donna Carrick
“Ski” Jumpin Jack Rabbit by Alex Carrick

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Crafty Friends ~ Spotlight on Brianna & Tammy-Li

Crafty friend Brianna L., newest member of circle!

At Thematic Stitchings, we’re all about bringing new crafters into the fold! So imagine our excitement when we discover a new young talent to join our circle!

Meet Brianna L., the latest knitter to join our break-time circle! Brianna’s Dad brought her into the office a couple of weeks ago, and she was thrilled to share her love for knitting with us. Brianna’s Mom has been teaching her the 2-needled craft, so she was able to show the ladies what she’d learned.

Tammy is knitting a scarf for me!

Tammy-Li has been watching me knit for years. Finally, this year, she decided to give the needles a try. While I worked on this lovely lilac Easter sweater, Tammy-Li has been getting the hang of the yarn by making me a scarf to match my skating sweater!

Knitting is fun!

Both Brianna and Tammy are at the beginning stages, where crafting requires more patience than skill. However, we hope they will keep it up! So many happy hours can be spent creating beautiful fabrics — I can’t help but smile thinking of them both as grown ladies, remembering how they learned to knit!

Let's find Easter Eggs!


Keep up the good work, girls!

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Cable & Rib pattern sits nice and flat

Notice how flat and smooth the back of the sweater lies, despite the use of a ribbed stitch!

Tammy-Li models her new Easter sweater!

Tammy-Li was happy to model her new sweater — just in time for the big Easter Egg Hunt!

Happy Easter, everyone, from all of the gang in the Crafty Friends circle at Thematic Stitchings!

If you have questions about this or any other project, feel free to reach me directly through my contact page.
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Crafty Friends ~ Spotlight on Marcella Reyes

Crafty friend Marcella Reyes

When it comes to needlecrafts, I’m in awe of the wide variety of fabrics just waiting to be created. This week, “Crafty Friends” turns its welcoming light on Marcella Reyes! An E.C.E. Specialist here in Toronto, Marcella has been enjoying needlecrafts since her own childhood days.

Marcella: In Santiago, Chile where I grew up, crafts were taught in elementary school. We learned to sew, knit and crochet as part of our education.

Fabulous heirloom ~ crocheted tablecloth

This stunning crocheted tablecloth was made long ago in Santiago by Marcella’s aunt. It would have been typical of a project for the ladies in Santiago, most of whom were highly-skilled at decorative lace needlework.

What a gift for any bride!

Marcella: The women would make all of the lace pieces by hand. They would save the pieces, and when anyone got married, the bride would receive hand-made gifts of tablecloths and other lace items.

Notice the impeccable edge details

Notice the edge-work on this heirloom cloth. Every square inch is filled with attractive detail. On close inspection, you can see how the individual wedges are perfectly fitted together to create the whole table cover.

Marcella: I had 4 sisters. We all had our own hobbies, from needlecraft to painting. One of my sisters still paints. I paint as well, but I also crochet — recently I’ve been making baby blankets as gifts.

Marcella created these at the age of 14

These lovely lace doilies were created by Marcella when she was around 14 years old. At that time, the girls did not use written patterns to create items. Instead, once they learned to do decorative crochet, they ‘counted’ stitches to build the fabrics.

An exquisitely patterned lace doily

Marcella: My children are not crafty. In Santiago it was different: there was time to do these things. Now, everyone is so busy, always racing around.

My tip to new crafters is to be bold. Have fun, and don’t be afraid. If you make a mistake, you can always rip it out.

My personal favourite!

One of the things I hope our generation can accomplish is to spark a new interest among the young people for the joys of hand-crafts. In a coming segment, Thematic Stitchings will introduce a couple of young crafters. We will also ask Marcella to join us again later this year, to share with us a needlepoint canvas she created that depicts her country of Chile as she sees it!

Thanks to Marcella Reyes for sharing!

Meanwhile, it’s been a tremendous pleasure talking with Marcella about her love of crafts. Thank you for sharing your treasures with Thematic Stitchings, Marcella!

If you have questions about this or any other project, feel free to reach me directly through my contact page.

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Tammy-Li’s favourite cardigan ~ Easy-peasy and mega-fun!

It’s time once again to lose those parkas, people! Here at Thematic Stitchings, we love the North country, especially in spring. Nature lightens up its colours, tossing forth crocuses and new shoots of grass framed by sapphire skies.

The kids are thrilled to lighten up their wardrobes, trading coats and boots for sweaters and running shoes.

Blue variegated baby weight in garter stitch

This baby-soft sweater was so easy to create, it was almost embarrasing. For the newbie who wants to graduate from scarves to sweaters, I recommend a project like this. Using a high quality variegated Double Knit-weight acrylic (I used King Cole “Splash” variegated) build the back first. I used a 3.25 mm needle, but be sure to make a guage swatch before you begin to check for tension and size. Cast on 76 stitches for the back and knit in a simple garter stitch, knit every row.

When casting on, match variegated yarn colours

My tip #1: When using a high quality variegated yarn, always cast on from the same point in the colour variegations. This way, your colours will flow in tandem for the project.

Shape armholes by casting off 8 st

Depending on your child’s age and height, continue in garter stitch for approximately 12 inches. Then shape the armholes. Cast off 8 stitches on the right side, knit the rest of the row. Then cast off 8 stitches on the wrong side and knit the rest of the row.

My tip #2: Use your child’s size as a guide for how and when to shape the armholes.

For next 4 rows, decrease 1 stitch at each end of row by knitting 2 together. Continue in garter stitch till back = approx 17-1/2 to 18 inches from bottom, or 5-1/2 to 6 inches from armhole shaping.

To shape shoulders, cast off 11 stitches on right side and knit rest of row. Next row, cast off 11 st on wrong side, knit rest of row. Next 2 rows, repeat this. Then cast of all remaining stitches.

For front, left side panel, cast on 40 stitches.
Row 1 (right side): Knit 34 st, Purl 6
Row 2 (wrong side): Knit all
Row 3 (right side): Knit all
Row 4 (wrong side): Purl 6, knit 34

Continue till panel = approx 12 inches. (Be sure to measure against Back panel.) Then shape left armhole to match armhole on back panel. Continue in pattern for 2-1/2 inches, then shape neckline.
On wrong side, cast off 6 stitches, knit remaining.
On right side, knit all till 2 st remain, knit 2 together.
On wrong side, knit 2 tog, knit remaining.

Continue to knit all till panel reaches approx 17-1/2 to 18 inches from bottom, then:
On right side, cast off 11 st, knit rest.
On wrong side, knit all
On right side, cast off 11 st, knit rest
On wrong side, knit all
On right side, cast off all.

Right panel will be a mirror image of left panel, except that you will insert 6 buttonholes in the panel
Row 1 (right side): Purl 6, knit rest.
Row 2 (wrong side): Knit all
Row 3 (right side): Knit all
Row 4 (wrong side): Knit 34, purl 6

My tip #3: Always create the left front panel first, so you can determine where to place buttonholes when you create right front panel.

To create buttonholes, place safetypin markers on the left panel to ensure spacing is exact. When you are ready to place a buttonhole:
On right side: Knit 2, cast off 2, knit 2 (Or if pattern calls for it, P2, Cast off 2, P2)
On wrong side: Knit 34, K2, make 2 stitches, K2 (Or if pattern calls for it, P2, make 2, P2)
Continue in pattern throughout, till right panel shapes into a mirrored version of the left panel.

Sleeves: Cast on 36 stitches. Work in Garter st, knit all rows, increasing 1 st at each end every 8th row till you have 54 stitches on needle. Continue in garter without increasing till sleeve reaches from your child’s wrist to chld’s underarm. I always leave a little growing room — you can always roll the sleeve up if needed.

Then:
On right side: Cast off 8 stitches, knit rest.
On wrong side: Cast off 8 st, knit rest.
Continue knitting for 2 more inches, reducing 1 st at each end of every row. (reduce 2 st each row.)
Cast off all remaining stitches.

My tip #4: To make up, I prefer using a darning needle and a mattress stitch. You can find “how-to” on mattress stitching in almost any knitting reference guide. The reason I prefer it is that it allows the garment pieces to fit together smoothly, without a lot of seam-bulk.

Tack collar down with matching buttons

When sweater is made up, use a 3.25 mm circular needle to pick up stitches around the neckline to create the collar. Pick up a multiple of 4 st plus 2.
Row 1 (right side): *Purl 2, Knit 2,* continue to last 2 st, Purl 2
Row 2 (wrong side): *Knit 2, Purl 2,* continue to last 2 st, Knit 2

Continue this 2-row pattern till collar is desired length, approx 2-1/2 or 3 inches. I used extra matching buttons to tack down the collars.

Tammy-Li's favourite blue cardigan

Tammy very graciously agreed to model the sweater for us, so here it is!
If you have questions about this or any other project, feel free to reach me directly through my contact page.

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Best in knitting and living passionately,
Donna Carrick

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Crafty Friends ~ Spotlight on Sheila Marbella

Crafty Friend Sheila Marbella

Well, folks, I hate to admit it, but we still have a foot of the white stuff on the ground here in the North country. So long as we see snow, Thematic Stitchings can justify a couple more winter projects before we kick our Spring-time crafts into high gear.

This week I’d like to introduce another member of our office break-time knitting circle, Sheila Marbella. Sheila enjoys creating colourful knitted fabrics, especially for her daughters.

Hatband is created in 2 stages

This wonderful tri-colour hat (red, white and blue) was built in 3 parts. First, the base of the hat band (white) is about 2 1/2 inches wide, or approximately 10 stitches using heavy worsted and 5mm needles. It is worked in stocking stich. (Knit 1 row, purl the next.) The edges will curl, but that’s ok. You want them to curl to provide a frame for the red ‘belt portion’. The belt loops are made by dragging the yarn across the band width at even intervals. Continue in stocking stitch till the white band is long enough to fit comfortably around your child’s head.

Sheila: I’ve been knitting for about 6 years, since Silva first got me into it. Before that I used to crochet.

The red ‘belt’ for the hat band is narrower than the white band — approximately 7-8 stitches. It is worked in garter stitch (knit all rows) and will be longer than the white band by approx. 1 – 1/2 inches. It will also be tapered at one end. To create this effect, when the red ‘belt’ is about an inch longer than the white band, reduce 1 stitch at each end for the next few rows, until only two stitches remain. Cast those 2 stitches off. The belt is then inserted into the loops on the white band, and a matching button is added to hold it in place.

Stitch body of hat in round st-st

The body of the hat (blue) is knitted in the round using a 5mm medium length circular needle. Depending on your yarn weight and guage, pick up approximately 60-70 stitches. Remember to measure your child’s head and knit a guage first. Sheila tried several methods of joining the white band to the hat body, but finally simply picked up stitches around the upper back of the hatband to begin knitting the hat.

The hat is a simple stocking stitch, continued for approximately 4 inches (or to fit your child). After 4 inches, reduce 10 st each row in a random fashion to avoid obvious ‘clumping’.

Finished Tri-colour hat in heavy worsted

When you have approximately 8-12 stitches remaining, use a darning needle or crochet hook to feed a long strand of yarn through the final stitches and pull them together in “drawstring” fashion to close the hole at the top of the hat.

The red, white and blue colours contrast so nicely — this is a great sporty hat to make any young girl smile!

Sheila models her daughter's hat

Sheila was kind enough to model the hat for us, so here it is! On behalf of Thematic Stitchings, I want to thank Sheila for sharing this winter project with us.

If you have questions about this or any other project, feel free to reach me directly through my contact page.

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End Of Winter Fun ~ Cabled Skating Sweater & Matching Scarf

Sweater/Scarf set in Red Variegated Worsted Acrylic

With winter nearing its inevitable conclusion (YAY), Thematic Stitchings has only a few more cold-weather projects to share. Very soon, we’ll be moving on to lighter colours, fabrics and, well, attitudes!

For now, though, with March still undecided about its Lion/Lamb status, I’d like to present a sweater/scarf set that is as much fun to wear as it was to create. For this project, I used a variegated worsted acrylic in a dominant warm red with strains of green, ivory and blue running throughout.

Edging is Double-Ribbed for 2 inches

First the sweater — I began by casting on a multiple of 4 stitches. The base is a simple double rib: K2, P2 to end. Continue till ribbed base reaches desired length, I like a base that is 2″ or more for ladies’ wear.

My Tip #1: Always knit your main garment first when making a matching set. Use your leftover yarn for the scarf. A scarf can be any reasonable length, but the garment must fit.

The back and front of the sweater are both worked in a stocking stich (K one row, P the next), but the centre of both front and back features an elaborate braided cable. You can find various braided cables in any knitting magazine or digest.

When the sweater body reached 2″ more, I added an upward-fan cable on either side of the braided cable. This feature made the overall garment more interesting.

Sleeves pick up matching ribbing and cable

The sleeves are also cast on in a multiple of 4 st and worked in double ribbing for 2″, then the same stocking stitch with the braided cable up the centre. To create the raglan effect, I increase on each side of the sleeve till I reach the armhole.

Armhole is shaped using Raglan method

I shape the armhole by casting off approx 8 stiches on both sides. Then, on the right side only: K2, K2Tog through back of sts, continue pattern till 4 sts remain, K2Tog Knitwise, K2. This easy shaping creates a professional looking ‘joint’ for any garment. I do the same thing when shaping the raglan into the body of the garment.

My Tip #2: Be creative when shaping your raglan sleeves. I’ve seen garments that feature a cabled ‘joint’, for example. I’m fond of the “K2, K2Tog” method, especially for casual sweaters.

On the wrong side, simply purl and continue the cable pattern. Do not reduce stitches on the wrong side.

Collar is double ribbed

For this sweater, I raised the neckline higher than I normally do, because I was going for warmth. I wanted a casual garment I could wear at the cottage during snowy winter weekends. The collar is built by picking up stitches after the entire garment has been sewn together. I opted for a simple double rib to match the base of the sweater, then I used a darning needle to create the “V” effect.

The finished sweater

Next, the scarf — this especially soft fabric was created using my favourite scarf stitch: a simple “staggered” double rib. Cast on a multiple of 4 stitches, plus 1. For each row, K2, P2, to final stitch, then K1. The effect is plush and warm, easy to wear on a daily basis.

Remaining yarn used on scarf


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