Colormatic – Part 4

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Our second, and last section of mosaic knitting is complete and it is time to knit Section 4 and close our tube.  You may have already guessed that Section 4 returns us to the Saw Tooth Stripes pattern.  This section’s design brings continuity to the scale and color of the fabric.  This last section is worked on the smaller needle size in Colors B and D.  It is vital to end the last repeat of the pattern after Round 4 for an invisible join.

VERY IMPORTANT – Before closing the tube, weave in all ends on the wrong side except for the long 80″ tail.

Our tube is joined by grafting the live stitches at each end to each other with the Kitchener Stitch.  The 80″ tail in Color B at the beginning of the project will serve as the seaming yarn and will leave the cowl with an invisible join.  It is a thing of beauty! (see photo below)

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If you are new to the Kitchener Stitch, I recommend practicing the technique on a small piece before closing the cowl.  Make two swatches as follows:  Cast on a small number of stitches (10 or so) and work in stockinette for a few rows ending after a purl row.  Do not bind off.  With wrong sides together, work the Kitchener Stitch to join the two swatches.  See Kitchener Stitch Video

Before grafting, the waste yarn must be removed to reveal its live stitches.  Using your larger circular needle (it’s okay that the needles at each end are different sizes), go through each stitch in the first round below the the waste yarn.  This step is made very easy thanks to the lifeline that was placed in this round.  Simply follow the path of the lifeline yarn and you will perfectly capture each stitch.  Count the stitches on the needle to ensure that there are 84 stitches before removing the waste yarn.  To remove the waste yarn, unzip the extra chain stitches at the end of the cast on and gently pull out the cast on stitches.  Remove the lifeline yarn and you are ready to graft.

As promised, I have a video to guide you through grafting Colormatic.  It is best to work this step without interruption – so carve out some quiet time, pour a cup of tea and let the magic happen!  See Kitchener in the Round Video

To simplify the grafting of Colormatic, I found it a HUGE help to section groups of stitches with markers on both open ends of the cowl.  I placed a removable marker (a piece of tied yarn will suffice) after every 12 stitches on each needle.  If worked correctly, the markers will be reached simultaneously as you graft pairs of stitches.  This isolation of stitches allowed me to stay on track during the long Kitchener process.

When working the Kitchener Stitch in the round, it is not necessary to perform the usual set up stitches on the first stitch of each needle.  However, to keep the end of the round tidy I place a marker in each of these stitches and pass through them at the end of the round.  (This is demonstrated quite nicely in the video.)  As I work my way around the cowl, I pause after every few stitches to adjust the tension of the seaming yarn.  The goal is to have the stitches created in the grafting to be the same size as the stitches above and below.  Take your time and it will be great!

Once all the stitches have been grafted, weave the remaining tail into the right side of the cowl using the Duplicate Stitch.  This handy little technique is also fabulous to use in repair work or as an embellishment to stockinette.  See Duplicate Stitch Video

End your project with blocking.  This last step will even out the stitches and allow the yarn to soften and bloom.  Give the cowl a bath in cold water and gently squeeze out the excess water.  Lay the cowl flat – it will be doubled on itself.  Use this opportunity to straighten the rounds that may have spiraled a bit on you in the knitting process.  I place the beginning of the round at the side edge to mask the slight jog in the Saw Tooth sections.  You may pin through the layers if needed.  Allow your cowl to dry and then enjoy!

Whether your Colormatic is short or long, it can be twisted and turned to showcase the different stitch patterns in many ways.  I hope you love wearing yours as much as I do!

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Thank you so much for knitting with me!  Be sure to enter your cowl in the prize drawing by November 15th.  Every entry tells our sponsor, Skacel Collection, that you enjoy the KAL and want it to continue.  Scroll down to the end of the post for information on the January 2014 KAL.

Happy knitting,

Michelle

Part Four

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Section Four

Using Colors B and D, change to smaller needle and work Saw Tooth Stripes pattern (below) for 6 (16)” ending after Round 4.  DO NOT BIND OFF!

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Round 1.  With Color D – *sl 1, k1; repeat from * to end of round.

Round 2.  With Color D – knit.

Round 3.  With Color D –  knit.

Round 4.  With Color B – *k1, sl 1; repeat from * to end of round.

Round 5.  With Color B – knit.

Round 6.  With Color B – knit.

 

Finishing

Weave in all ends except for 80” tail at cast on edge.

Remove waste yarn and place resulting live stitches on second circular needle.

With Color B, graft live stitches using Kitchener Stitch.

See Kitchener in the Round Video

Wet block lightly to even stitches and allow yarn to soften and bloom.

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With so many color work patterns and designs, I may need more yarn!

(c)2013 Michelle Hunter

January KAL

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Join me in 2014 as we return to sock knitting with a unique two at a time sock pattern.  This pattern is suitable for men and women and features techniques new to the series.  Subscribe to my newsletter to receive an email reminder.

Supply List

  • 2 skeins, CoBaSi by HiKoo, 50g/220 yards each, 55% cotton, 16% bamboo, 8% silk, 21% elastic nylon
  • US #1 (2.5mm) 40″ circular needle or size necessary to achieve approx. gauge of 8.5 stitches per inch.

Sample knit with Cobasi color #12 on addi Sock Rockets.

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23 Comments

  1. Posted August 5, 2014 at 11:01 AM | Permalink

    Thank you for this lovely pattern. I have never made a “tube cowl” and closed with kitchener before. I can’t wait to make another one! Your tutorials, video and blog feeds were extremely helpful.
    It has been a wonderful summer project for me.

    Greatly appreciated!!
    Donna

  2. Elaine
    Posted March 16, 2014 at 5:28 PM | Permalink

    I really enjoy your KALs. I’ve yet to finish one on time for the contest, but they’re fun all the same.
    Here’s my comment: In the Kitchner in the round video you identify the cast on edge as being on the back needle and the end of your knitting as being on the front needle, yet your long tail for grafting is on the front needle (the end of the knitting).
    I suspect this video was done before all the instructions for Colormatic were complete, since the 80″ tail for grafting is on the cast on edge. I’m just about to start the grafting and plan to simply make the cast on edge with the long tail my front needle.

    • Posted March 16, 2014 at 7:00 PM | Permalink

      You are absolutely correct! I wrote the instructions with the tail on the cast on edge to make sure you didn’t run out of yarn in the grafting.

  3. Meaghan Schmaltz
    Posted December 6, 2013 at 12:02 PM | Permalink

    Hi Michelle,

    Sadly I wasn’t able to finish in time to enter the prize drawing but I’ve persevered and love the cowl. Somehow it looks as though my cowl has twisted a bit. Not sure how it happened as it’s a tube but when I line up the ends they are off by 90 degrees. Have you heard of anyone else experiencing this and if so, how did they handle it? I’m not sure if I should seam it up with the twist or adjust the live stitches around so as to remove the twist. Any input would be most helpful!

    Love the sweater that came in the January KAL email. Will likey make that one. It’s gorgeous!
    Meg

    • Posted December 9, 2013 at 10:19 AM | Permalink

      I do not think that your cowl is twisted, but that it just spiraled. Block your cowl before seaming it. When the fabric is wet, follow a column of stitches from the cast on to the other end of the work keeping it in line. This should straighten out the twist you are perceiving. I hope to knit with you in January!

  4. Antonia
    Posted December 6, 2013 at 11:48 AM | Permalink

    Is this KAL possible as one at a time on 5 DPNs? I’ve never had luck with circulars or two at a time. Also, is it toe up or top down?

    • Posted December 9, 2013 at 10:20 AM | Permalink

      I love the magic loop method of sock knitting two at a time, but I know there are knitters who love their dpns. Yes, you may knit the sock one at a time on dpns and I am happy to assist. Toe up or top down? It’s a mystery:)

  5. Jannis
    Posted November 7, 2013 at 10:36 AM | Permalink

    Hi Michelle,
    Thanks for another great KAL. I’m really looking forward to the 2 at a time socks with magic loop. Is it possible to do the socks on a “32 instead of a “40?
    Jannis

    • Posted November 11, 2013 at 9:36 AM | Permalink

      I’m so happy you will be knitting sock with me in January! I have used a 32″ circ for two at a time, but the 40″ is a bit more comfortable. It is a personal preference.

  6. Lori
    Posted November 3, 2013 at 9:52 PM | Permalink

    Finished – woohoo!!! Tks for another great KAL Michelle – looking forward to the next one in January – happy holidays!!! 😀

    • Posted November 4, 2013 at 6:43 AM | Permalink

      Thanks so much for knitting with us! You are the first person to wish me a Happy Holiday – now I’m feeling behind already:) See you in January!

  7. Genevieve
    Posted November 1, 2013 at 8:21 AM | Permalink

    Thanks for your wonderful project. It was my first KAL and I really enjoyed your detailed explanations and videos! Is the contest open to Canadian? If so, where do
    I post my photo?

    • Posted November 1, 2013 at 9:04 AM | Permalink

      Yes, the prize drawing is open to Canadian knitters. Go to the Skacel website for contest info. Thanks for knitting with me and I hope to knit with you again in January!

  8. Tara Wright
    Posted October 27, 2013 at 8:46 PM | Permalink

    okay i have a problem!!! i wasnt thinking during section 3 and pulled out my life line at the bottom thinking i wouldn’t need it!! so any suggestions on how i can fix this.

    thanks

    • Posted October 28, 2013 at 11:26 AM | Permalink

      Knitters have long removed provisional cast ons without the aid of a lifeline so it is certainly possible to do. Watch my Provisional Cast On video to see how it is done. If you want to replace the lifeline, thread the waste yarn through the right leg of every “V” (knit stitch) below the cast on. This afterthought lifeline is demonstrated in my Lifeline video.

  9. terri
    Posted October 24, 2013 at 9:16 PM | Permalink

    I have been wanting to learn two at a time socks for a long time, I think with your videos I can do it. Your videos are great. Thank you so much

  10. Posted October 24, 2013 at 8:35 PM | Permalink

    Lovely design, Michelle. Congratulations on another great KAL. Thank you for your fine work.

    Wanda Eichler
    Graywood Knits

  11. Cindy
    Posted October 24, 2013 at 4:37 PM | Permalink

    I have a question for Colormatic part 4, which repeats the color scheme in part 1. Part 1 starts with one row knit as a foundation round. Do we need to knit one round of color D before starting the first row of part 4?

    • Posted October 24, 2013 at 4:46 PM | Permalink

      Part 4 is the same pattern as part 1 but it uses colors B and D. Part 1 used colors A and B. You do not need to knit a foundation row for part 4 since there are stitches on the needle. Keep me posted on your progress!

  12. terri
    Posted October 24, 2013 at 2:41 PM | Permalink

    I have enjoyed the colormatic knit along and it is the first kal i will actually have finished on time. I can’t wait for the next one.

    • Posted October 24, 2013 at 4:45 PM | Permalink

      Thanks for knitting with me! I look forward to our next project together in January.

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