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Design Process: Plaited Tam


by Angela Hahn
originally posted to her blog.

Image Copyrigth Filati Lavori a Manglia, all rights reserved

Cardigan seen in a magazine of knitting patterns, found at a kiosk in the Milano Centrale train station,  FILATI Lavori a maglia #14

Recognize the Plaited Tam stitch pattern? (Maybe not--it looks a bit different in long, vertical panels like this!)  When I saw the photo of this sweater inside the magazine, I immediately fell in love with the bold combination of texture and openwork in this stitch pattern.  

I had also been imagining a tam in which the stitch pattern looked like ribbons, woven up the sides and across the top, so this seemed like a good swatching possibility.  Another thing I liked about the stitch pattern was that the decreases paired with yarnovers offered a perfect starting point for the crown decreases (always important in a hat!):  just omit the yarnovers.  




altOnce the design had been accepted and I got the yarn, SweetGeorgia Yarns Superwash Sport in a giddy green ("Savory"), the sample knitting proceeded unusually smoothly.  It was only after blocking what I thought was the finished sample that I realized I wasn't happy with the center of the top:  after the last "plait" crossing, I had tried to carry the central elements of the main stitch pattern as far as possible, and continue with purl sections which decreased rapidly to the center.  But with all the p2tog decreases needed, it looked sloppy to me.  So I ripped back the top, and instead tapered the stockinette "ribbons" to the center-- definitely an improvement.


In fact, I liked the tam so much, I decided to make myself one, but in a different yarn:  I chose Cascade Yarns 220 Superwash, in a heathered aqua (#1910--color is quite accurate in the photo above).  This is a light worsted weight yarn, versus the sport weight used in the original pattern, so I ended up making the smaller size*, with 7 repeats instead of 8.  (For more info on yarn requirements and finished size using Cascade 220, see my Ravelry projects page.)


alt*Actually I made the larger size first, but (surprise) it was TOO BIG. For more on that fiasco, see here.

Sweet Sale!

Who do we love? Our readers! So we've got a little sale going to make your February a wee bit sweeter.
sweet swag sale 

For a limited time, when you order a Twist Tote,
we’ll throw in a tape measure, two sticky note pads,
and a Twist Collective logo button.

12 oz cotton duck pocket tote. Six deep outside pockets, tape reinforced seams, double thickness base. Big enough for a full-on sweater project, or if you're anything like us, two full-on sweater projects.

Available in the shop.

We have a few totes left, but no more sticky notes. You can still get a tape measure, but the sale ends in 4 hours!

Sabbatical: Tubular Cast-On


by Connie Chang Chinchio

originally posted to her blog.

For Sabbatical, I worked a kind of tubular cast on for the hems. To work a 3×3 tubular cast on, it’s very important that the cast on has the same number of knit stitches as it does purl stitches. If it doesn’t, then the resulting edge will slant — not a very attractive look. For those sizes where the knits don’t equal the purls, work a regular long tail cast on. Otherwise, a 3×3 tubular cast on is worked by provisionally casting on half the number of stitches needed. Next, work 4 rows in stockinette with the 1st row worked a purl row. Then, unzip the provisional cast on and put the resultant live stitches on another needle; you now have both ends of the fabric on needles:


Fold the fabric up so the right sides (the knit sides) are facing out and the needles are parallel to each other:


With a third needle, k3 stitches from the front needle (silver needle) and then p3 stitches from the back needle (gold needle). Proceed until all stitches are worked. You then have a nice, rounded edge:


Sweetheart Scarf Fundraiser for Haiti

A couple months ago, my daughter was badly in need of a scarf. Being a four year old and in love with all that is girly, she requested a "Cinderella scarf" and supplied me with this illustration:

sweetheart scarf

Knowing that the reality of a knitted princess could never compete with what she imagined, we settled on a puffy heart that went through a hole to make putting it on and wearing it easy and comfortable. Thankfully she's in love with it. Here's the result:

sweetheart scarf

When the earthquake in Haiti happened I thought that this would be a great time to share the pattern. It's $4 and 100% of the proceeds will go to Habitat for Humanity's efforts in Haiti.

The pattern is written for a child's size, but includes plenty of information to make it for an adult. It's so fast that even I (who rarely gets to knit) whipped it out before my daughter's 4 year old patience ran out. There's plenty of time to knit them up as Valentine's gifts. Sweetheart Scarf Shop Page.

Never Hide, Yarn Division

Ray-Ban has a new campaign with their own production team called Never Hide Films.  The most recent one features a very big ball of yarn with a secret surprise inside.


Check out their flickr stream too, for Ball O' Yarn makin'-the-scene, uh, scenes.

"Hey . . . Can you guys break me off about 1600 yards for a Sylvi?"