46 thoughts on “Ridgely – Part 1

  1. I had some yarn that on hand that would work with this Ridgely pattern, but it only has 147 yards per ball. There are about 220 yards on the Cobasi. Will these smaller balls be enough or do you use most of the 220 yards? i actually have already started the project and don’t know if I can get more.

  2. Thanks for your interest in Ridgely. It is currently in its 4 part knit along format. Go to the KAL page on my website for each section. It will be in a condensed, one piece format for you to download for free next week.

  3. I saw this Ridgely scarfette at a yarn shoppe near my home. She didn’t have the pattern and said it was one I could download from you, but I am having trouble finding it. Where can I go to get the free copy?

  4. I am so proud of all your accomplishments! I’m happy Building Blocks was able to advance your knitting. Don’t worry about being late to the KAL – there is plenty of time to finish.

  5. Got a late start after finding no time to work on this over the weekend, but I can already see (after just the one repeat – better get chugging, huh?) that the lace is really quite attractive! I started knitting with your building blocks, and am just so happy to be back, a year later, as quite an accomplished knitter! You gave me the confidence right from the start, to just jump in and give it a go, and I’ve had so much fun. Thank you!

  6. hi Michelle!
    I made several errors in the lace pattern,tried “frogging”, but I saw the lace pattern wasn’t going to look right, so I tore it all back and started over. I am happier with it now, and I put in a LifeLine with dental floss after the 12 rows to mark repeat ending.
    I just will be behind for the next one. Thanks so much for the videos. Love being able to view and stop and view again! 🙂

  7. Hi Michelle – I’m starting late but am glad to be part of another of your KALs. I haven’t done any colourwork before so this is going to be exciting – your video is great (as always)! 🙂

  8. hi michelle!

    thanks so much for having another kal~ while i didn’t finish the crimple’s on time, i did finish them! i was excited to start a new project and one that uses methods i’ve not tackled before~if it weren’t for your video’s, i surely would have poked myself in the eye trying to figure out the first rows of ridgely~ i have found your video’s to helpful a number of times…thanks!

    happy knitting!

  9. I’m looking ahead and when you repeat all the 12 rows, 19 times. Do you just do the body and NOT the set up rows. Thanks

  10. You left your comment on the KAL page which is where I responded to you with this:

    You are off to a good start. The stitch count is not constant so you will have different #s for different rows. Keep up the good work!

    Sorry you had to wait to see this. You are doing well and you can knit on with confidence:)

  11. I can’t find my post to see if I’m doing right. Can’t go ahead until I find out. Thanks

  12. I love that you are having a good time learning new techniques. I think that is what keeps me forever interested in knitting – there is always something new to learn!

  13. Thanks you so much for inviting me to participate in this knit-along! I know I will learn a number of techniques that I have been keen to learn. Additionally, I want to thank you especially for information, not only about techniques, but organization. Your tips about the direction for turning your knitting based on whether you just completed a knitted or a purl row are invaluable. Also, although you did not mention it specifically, I found how you set up your 3 balls of yarn – the order, and the fact that you did not ever move them again or need to touch them for any reason while knitting, made me realize how important good organization is for obtaining great knitting results. I am really enjoying this. Thanks again!

  14. I am SO excited to start your new KAL! I did your last one and the socks look great. You do a wonderful job with your instructions and your videos. Thank you so much for teaching us different (and challenging) techniques.

  15. Just got my yarn yesterday when I was down in Columbus at Temptations! I’m using the off white and lavender! I can’t wait to get started!!

  16. I did not use a bobbin since my yarn skein served as a big bobbin. You will use more of the contrasting color as the shawl gets bigger.

  17. After tearing apart several and I mean several I finally have it going. My main complaint is the yarn keeps kinking and twisting..I would have chosen a different type of yarn if I had it to start over again..would a bobbin work for the CC yarn since it isn’t used as much and it does stay in one location..have 2 patterns finished so far and I do think it will be easier now since I have something to hold on to..it does look like a neat pattern..Nancy

  18. I will address finishing at the end of the project. I used pins for my shawl and it was just fine. I would not steam until the end of the project. I am very proud of you for sticking with it and challenging yourself!

  19. I may be getting ahead of myself but I can see that a lace patern will need to be blocked; would you please – and perhaps you planned that with the finishing instructions- tell us if wires will be needed and where to get them. Will pinning be enough? When would you recommend steaming?
    I kept looking for the 3rd tail to tie and thought I was doing it wrong. But it must have been that my casting-on keeps it at the other end and I only had two tails. For me as a beginner this pattern had me on the verge of tears last night :0 I was tired and it was late, had to begin again 5 times. I have done two repeats and they’re perfect, however, I don’t dare work on this in front of the tv. My brain hurts but it is such a beautiful pattern and I’m chugging right along now. I love how I’m acquiring new skills. Thank you so much, Michelle.

  20. Congratulations on your successes! You are a perfect example of what this KAL is all about – furthering knitting education. Keep up the good work!

  21. I read this over and said I will never be able to do that. Then I watched the video’s and thought maybe I can do this. Then I cast on the first 16 stitches and started to try and follow the video. I ripped out my first attempt after the first 5 rows and started again. I am now on my 2nd attempted and it is going much better. I may be able to do this after all. Thanks so much for the video. I would not have managed without it. This is my third KAL and I have already learned a lot that I didn’t know about knitting. The video postings are a great teaching tool. as a postscript I am on my third pair of socks thanks to the previous KAL and improvising as well.

  22. Again a great start to a KAl-this looks to be fun. Please do speak more loudly into the mike as I have the vol all the way up and kept losing the comments. Solved by looking at those portions again. Also. swatched with 5 and 4 needles, the 4’s gave me 13/2″. So am using these for starters. Thank you for the suggestion and the great tips. Alex

  23. I am delighted to have you knitting with us! You must be a whiz knitter with only learning to knit in January. Let’s answer your questions to keep you on track:
    1. The chart can be daunting for new knitters which is why I provided written instructions as well. Use which format suits you.
    2. I did use chunky yarn in the video so it was easier for you to see the stitches. I did knit quickly or else the video would have been 40 min. long.
    3. The Set Up Rows are only done ONCE and never again. After the Set Up Rows you go to Row 3 in the Striped Body/Lace section and work it through Row 12. This counts as one repeat. You will then work Rows 1-12 18 more times for a total of 19 repeats. I will post Part 2 instructions next Thursday.
    Keep up the good work!

  24. I just started knitting in January and wondered if I’d be able to do this. And, yes, this is also my first KAL. As long as I can stop and restart your video (mostly for placing the yarn when interlocking), I seem to be keeping up. I’ve never encountered a chart so that looks Greek to me so I’ll have to study that a bit.

    Are you using the same yarn specified for the project in the video? Yours seems much chunkier than mine. During the video I paused quite a bit to catch up with you since you’re such a quick knitter.

    Now that we’re finished with the first 12 rows (the 1st repeat), am I understanding this correctly that I should work those 12 rows (using the set up 1 & 2 rows OR the body/border 1 & 2 rows) another 19 times? Ending with 59 sts in Body area and wait for next Thursday’s posting?

    Thank you for sharing your knowledge and excellent videos with this new knitter!

  25. I guess you have completed filming, so my comment is late. In the future, please speak louder and directly into mike…your voice often fades. I have my iPad sound turned to the max and I do wear hearing aids. I think there may be others like me. The video is excellent but I miss some of your comments.

  26. It was just brought to my attention and the chart has been corrected in both the post and the download. I am so sorry for the error, but good I-spy eyes on you!

  27. It looks like row 11 on the chart is missing the k3tog… Unless maybe I am not reading it correctly?

  28. I just viewed your video and WOW it is fantastic! I just might be able to do this! I don’t have the yarn yet . I have to say your teaching is so clear and easy to follow.
    What type of needles are you using? They have a clear cable and I can see the size! They looked very nice. I hope I can get the yarn this weekend and start. Thank you for your encouragement .
    Sharon

  29. Just viewed your video for Ridgely and there are a lot of First for me..I have my yarn and needles and will give it a try later today..I purchased the yarn you used in your sample colors for class but a different color from Fiber ..sure hope I can do it..yarn and needles are much smaller than what you used in video but I understand the reason..I may have questions later..Thanks!

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