Cableship – October KAL!

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Cables and I have long had a deep, loving relationship that I refer to as a “cableship”.  I bring the yarn and needles, while the cables bring the power to make my heart sing!

Join me October 6th for my next mystery knit along, Cableship.  This toe up sock pattern is full of great cable techniques, but also includes a heel new to the series.  Yes, I have uncovered another method for simple sock success!

I designed Cableship to showcase the vibrant hues of Zauberball sock yarn.  The sock knits up beautifully in every shade of this rich, gradient yarn.  My video tutorials and daily interaction make the sock knitting a snap.  The only hard part will be choosing just one color of Zauberball!

The KAL is FREE and no registration is required.  Simply go to knitpurlhunter.com anytime after 9 am on October 6th to download the first installment of the pattern.  I answer questions daily on my website and in my Ravelry group.

Prizes are generously provided by our sponsor, Skacel Collection.

Materials

  • Zauberball Socks, 75%wool/25%nylon, 100g/459 yards, 1 skein
  • US #2 (2.75mm) or size necessary to achieve desired gauge.  Pattern may be knit with double points, two circulars or Magic Loop method.
  • Cable needle
  • Markers

Gauge

Approx. 8 sts = 1″ in stockinette

Size

Small, Medium and Large.
Small – leg circumference measures approximately 5” unstretched and stretches comfortably to 10”.
Medium – leg circumference measures approximately 6” unstretched and stretches comfortably to 12”.
Large – leg circumference measures approximately 7” unstretched and stretches comfortably to 14”.

Further size adjustment may be made by changing needle sizes.

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Scoreboard 2.0

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Questions are also monitored daily through the end of the season in the Knit Purl Hunter group on Ravelry.

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Featured Yarn

HiKoo Simplicity, 55% Merino superwash, 28% acrylic, 17% nylon; 117 yds / 50g; uses two team colors, approx. 3 (6) skeins each.

Optional – one skein of a third color for a visual break between games.

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Two 4.5mm (approx. US 7) 16” circular needles

(Second needle is needed to graft stitches using Kitchener Stitch)

Additional Notions

Tapestry needle, stitch marker, approx. 1 yd of waste yarn, Size G crochet hook – for provisional cast on

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21 stitches and 27 rounds = 4” in Stockinette Stitch

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Small (Large)

Average cowl is 8” wide, approx. 40 (94)” around.

Length around varies with total number of points scored.

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MC – Main Color. Primary color that represents your favorite team.

CC – Contrasting Color. Secondary color that will always represent the opponent.

CC2 – Contrasting Color 2. Optional third color used to separate games.

Notes

  • Cowl is worked in the two colors of your favorite team.
  • Primary color represents your team (MC).
  • Secondary color will always represent the opponent (CC).
  • All stitches are worked in knit.
  • When changing colors, work the Jogless Stripe technique for smooth color transitions.  See Jogless Stripe video
  • When working stripes that are 4 or more rounds high, carry the unused yarn with the working yarn by twisting the yarns together on the wrong side at the beginning of every 4th round as in photo below.  See Carrying Yarns in Circular Knitting video

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All Sizes

With waste yarn, cast on 80 stitches using a Provisional Cast On.  See Provisional Cast On video

Place marker and join in the round, taking care not to twist the stitches.

Upon completion of first round (as described below), place a Lifeline through the stitches to aid in removal of provisional cast on at end of project. See Lifeline video

Short Version (shown above)

The striping sequence is determined by the order of the scores in each game. Knit two rounds in designated color each time a team scores. A score can be a field goal, touchdown (includes extra point), or safety.

Example game summary:

Favorite team scores a touchdown – knit 2 rounds MC

Favorite team scores a field goal – knit 2 rounds MC

Opponent scores a touchdown – knit 2 rounds CC

Favorite team scores a touchdown – knit 2 rounds MC

Opponent scores a field goal – knit 2 rounds CC

Total = 10 rounds knit for game.

Work as above for each game of the season.

 

Long Version (shown below)

The striping sequence is determined by the order and amount of the points scored in each game. Knit one round in designated color every time a team scores a point.

Example game summary:

Favorite team scores a touchdown – knit 6 rounds MC

Favorite team’s extra point is good – knit 1 round MC

Opponent scores a field goal – knit 3 rounds CC

Favorite team scores a touch down – knit 6 rounds MC

Favorite scores a 2-point conversion – knit 2 rounds MC

Opponent scores a touchdown and extra point – knit 7 rounds CC

Favorite team scores a field goal – knit 3 rounds MC

Total = 28 rounds knit for game.

Work rounds based on the points for each game of the season.

 

Both Sizes

If desired, a visual separation between the games of the season can be worked using the optional third color:

  • Option 1 Game Separation: At conclusion of game, and using CC2, knit one round, purl one round, knit one round to denote end of game with a textured break.
  • Option 2 Game Separation: At conclusion of game, and using CC2, knit one round to denote end of game with a small stripe of color 3.

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Finishing

Weave in all ends prior to closing tube.

Break yarn leaving 60” tail.

Using the Lifeline as a guide, thread the second circular needle through Round 1 and remove the waste yarn used for the provisional cast on.

Thread tail onto tapestry needle and close tube by grafting stitches with Kitchener Stitch.  See Kitchener Stitch in the Round video

If desired, weave in the tail onto the Right Side using Duplicate Stitch.  See Duplicate Stitch video

©2016 Michelle Hunter

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For an overview of the project, watch my Scoreboard KAL video.

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Namesake – Part 4

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Our lovely textured cowl is knit and ready for the bind off!  If you are like me, I’m always fussing with cowls to hide the less attractive wrong side from view.  Fuss no more!  In keeping with the reversible theme, I have devised a bind off to mimic the Channel Island Cast On to make Namesake reversible from every angle.

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In searching for the perfect bind off edge, I experimented with every picot bind off that I could find and none of them produced the same nubby effect as the cast on.  I finally morphed a picot bind off with a decrease bind off and was quite happy with the results.  Below is a photo of the two techniques – Channel Island Cast On is on the lower stitches and its paired bind off on the upper stitches.  I hope you will be as pleased as I am!

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The Channel Island Bind Off, like its counterpart, has several steps – but again, so worth the effort!  I have written out the instructions for you, but have a detailed video in place to help you finish in style.  See Channel Island Bind Off Video

Like many knitters learning new techniques, the tension in your cast on may be firm.  Any size discrepancies between the cast on and bind off edges can be easily corrected with blocking.  I recommend giving your cowl a bath in cool water and then laying flat to dry.  For a stubborn edge, try using some pins to help coax it into the desired shape.  If you are new to blocking, start by watching my Blocking video.

No matter which size you chose, wear your reversible beauty and be proud of all you have accomplished!  Pictured below are the Medium in Grassy (shown single and doubled), the Small in Grey Flannel and the Large in Deep Turquoise (doubled).

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Thank you again for knitting with me!  I enjoy following your progress and celebrating with you as you master new techniques.  I am humbled by your leap of faith as you continue to knit these mystery projects.  I hope you will join me in January for Endgame, a gorgeous new pattern to grow your skills.  Scroll down to the end of the post for more details.

Happy knitting,

Michelle

Part Four

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Bind Off using Channel Island Picot Bind Off. See Channel Island Bind Off Video

Channel Island Bind Off

1.  Cast on 2 sts using the Knitted Cast On.

2.  With right needle tip, lift the second stitch on the left needle over the first stitch and off the needle.

3.  With right needle tip, lift the now-second stitch on the left needle over the first and off the needle.

4.  Slip the first stitch to the right needle as if to purl.

5.  On left needle, k2tog. There are now 2 stitches on right needle.

6.  On right needle, lift the right stitch over the left stitch and off the needle.

7.  Slip the stitch on the right needle to the left needle.

Repeat Steps 1 – 7 to last stitch. Cut yarn and pull tail through last stitch.

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Knit and Purl –

Two simple stitches with endless possibilities!

©2014 Michelle Hunter

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January KAL – Endgame

Kick off the New Year with a gorgeous cabled scarf – Endgame. The pattern is full of beautiful stitches enhanced by the lovely tweed yarn, Kenzie.  End Game’s unisex design introduces a cast on and bind off new to the series along with other essential techniques. Continue to grow your knitting skills while creating a classic, yet modern, scarf.

Kenzie just may be the perfect tweed. New Zealand merino, angora and alpaca lend softness and body, nylon lends strength and silk noils contribute delicate texture and color accents. The smooth, round 3-ply yarn knits into a cohesive fabric that blooms when wet blocked. The angora haze is just fuzzy enough to lend a cozy feel, but not so fuzzy that it will obscure any stitch patterning. Kenzie is available in 30 beautiful colors – the hardest part is choosing just one!

Subscribe to my newsletter to receive an email reminder for the KAL – you won’t want to miss this one!

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  • Kenzie by HiKoo, 50% New Zealand merino, 25% nylon, 10% angora, 10% alpaca, 5% silk noils, 3(4) skeins – all the same color
  • Waste yarn -contrasting color in a similar weight to Kenzie, 10 yards
  • US #6 (4mm) needles or size needed to obtain gauge
  • US #7 (4.5mm) needles or size needed to obtain gauge
  • Cable needle
  • Tapestry needle

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Approximately 6 ½” wide, 56 (70)” long.

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20 stitches = 4” in stockinette using larger needle.

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Namesake – Part 3

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Wasn’t the Right Turn in last week’s section fun to knit?  I love how the twist played with the knits and purls to create a reversible pinwheel.

Part Three brings us the reverse of the design in Part One.  These stitches flow up from the center of the pinwheel to mirror the design below.  The best part – the cowl is reversible on both sides and upside down!

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Work this week’s short knit and try to wait patiently for next week.  Our last clue will bring you a new bind off to finish the cowl perfectly!

Happy knitting,

Michelle

Part Three

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Rounds 45-56 may be worked from written instructions or from chart found below.

45.  P6, *k6, p6; repeat from * to last 6 sts in round, k6.

46.  P5, *k6, p6; repeat from * ending last repeat p1 instead of p6.

47.  P4, *k6, p6; repeat from * ending last repeat p2 instead of p6.

48.  P3, *k6, p6; repeat from * ending last repeat p3 instead of p6.

49.  P2, *k6, p6; repeat from * ending last repeat p4 instead of p6.

50.  P1, *k6, p6; repeat from * ending last repeat p5 instead of p6.

51.  Same as Round 50.

52.  P2, *k6, p6; repeat from * ending last repeat p4 instead of p6.

53.  P3, *k6, p6; repeat from * ending last repeat p3 instead of p6.

54.  P4, *k6, p6; repeat from * ending last repeat p2 instead of p6.

55.  P5, *k6, p6; repeat from * ending last repeat p1 instead of p6.

56.  P6, *k6, p6; repeat from * to last 6 sts in round, k6.

 

57.  Knit.

58.  Purl.

59.  Knit.

60.  Purl.

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Namesake – Part 2

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With the oh-so-beautiful Channel Island Cast On behind us, it is time to turn our attention to the main section of the cowl.  The design continues to focus on knit and purl stitches.  I am always amazed at the myriad of stitch patterns that can be made from these two simple stitches.

Before continuing with the next section, I recommend placing a Lifeline through the stitches to safeguard your hard earned work from Part One.  See Lifeline Video

The center of this section features a little used cousin to the cable stitch known as a Right Turn.  Like a cable stitch, stitches in a Right Turn are slipped to a cable needle.  Then, the cable needle is rotated 180 degrees counterclockwise.  Following this turn, the stitches are then worked directly off of the cable needle.  The Right Turn gives a twist to the stitches and simulates a cable.  In Namesake, we slip 4 stitches to the cable needle, turn counterclockwise and then work a k2, p2 from the cable needle.  The stitches on the cable needle will seem to be seated incorrectly, but resist the urge to untwist them to preserve the desired appearance.  It’s a quick and fun technique that I think you will enjoy.  Check out my Right Turn /Left Turn Video to “turn” a little bit of charm into your cowl.  The video also demonstrates the Left Turn which you may want to incorporate into a future project.

While Part Two is comprised of a fairly simple repeat, I found it very helpful to place a marker between the stitch repeats – every 12 sts.   Use markers that are a different color than your beginning of the round marker to eliminate confusion.  This sectioning of the stitch repeats will help to minimize errors.

As promised in last week’s post, the knitting is clear sailing from now on.  I especially like that with the exception of Round 32 (which directly follows the Right Turn round) every even numbered round is the same as its preceding round.  Hurray for mindless knitting!

Part Two may be worked from the written or charted instructions.  If knitting from the chart, notice that it does not include any edge stitches as found in Part One’s chart.  Simply work all 12 stitches in the chart, repeating until the end of the round.  Remember, every round is worked from right to left in circular knitting.

As you complete Part Two, take the time to admire our completely reversible work.  Below is a peek at this week’s stitch pattern.

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What is in store for next week?  See you on October 16th to find out!

Happy knitting,

Michelle

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RTn – (Right Turn) Slip 4 stitches to cable needle, turn cable needle 180° counterclockwise, k2, p2 from cable needle. See Right Turn/Left Turn Video

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At this point, I recommend placing markers every 12 sts for easy tracking of each repeat. Be sure that these markers are not the same color as the beginning of the round marker.

Work Rounds 17-44 from written instructions below or chart found below.

17.  *K6, p6; repeat from * to end of round.

18.  Same as Round 17.

19.  *K5, p1, k1, p5; repeat from * to end of round.

20.  Same as Round 19.

21.  *K4, p2, k2, p4; repeat from * to end of round.

22.  Same as Round 21.

23.  *K3, p3; repeat from * to end of round.

24.  Same as Round 23.

25.  *K2, p4, k4, p2; repeat from * to end of round.

26.  Same as Round 25.

27.  *K1, p5, k5, p1; repeat from * to end of round.

28.  Same as Round 27.

29.  *P6, k6; repeat from * to end of round.

30.  Same as Round 29.

31.  *K4, RTn, p4; repeat from * to end of round.

32.  *K6, p6; repeat from * to end of round.

33.  *P1, k5, p5, k1; repeat from * to end of round.

34.  Same as Round 33.

35.  *P2, k4, p4, k2; repeat from * to end of round,

36.  Same as Round 35.

37.  *P3, k3; repeat from * to end of round.

38.  Same as Round 37.

39.  *P4, k2, p2, k4; repeat from * to end of round.

40.  Same as Round 39.

41.  *P5, k1, p1, k5; repeat from * to end of round.

42.  Same as Round 41.

43.  *P6, k6; repeat from * to end of round.

44.  Same as Round 43.

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