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Modern Heritage Knits: Sweaters, Shawls and Accessories Inspired by American-Made Yarns

Modern Heritage Knits: Sweaters, Shawls and Accessories Inspired by American-Made Yarns

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Modern Heritage Knits: Sweaters, Shawls and Accessories Inspired by American-Made Yarns

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Sep 24, 2019
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9781624148736
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Create Beautiful, Long-Lasting Knits with a Story to Tell

Take a journey to more thoughtful, sustainable knitting with Christina Danaee’s gorgeous patterns. Discover the story behind your knits, from the way the fiber was produced to the yarn that inspired the design. Striking details like easy-to-execute lace, clever colorwork and extra-plush ribbing turn these simple projects into handmade heirlooms you’ll wear today and keep forever.

The classic striped sweater gets an update in the Odiorne Point Pullover, complete with a comfortable, flattering shape and a cinching cowl neck for blustery days. Style blends with function in the Point Richmond Cap, a warm, double-layered hat topped with a modern Nordic-inspired pattern. The Trescott Slippers, featuring a chevron texture that knits up quickly using bulky yarn, are perfect for beginners. If you’re looking for a masterpiece, try the Celo Cardigan: the allover hexagon pattern creates a stretchy, luxurious fabric that’s easier to make than it looks!

With accessories, shawls and even tunics, these are versatile patterns you’ll return to through the seasons. Christina’s tips for creating meaningful, durable knits, substituting yarns and sourcing local fiber at any price point make this an essential guide for any knitter.

Pubblicato:
Sep 24, 2019
ISBN:
9781624148736
Formato:
Libro

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Patterns Inspired by Yarns of the Northeast

WHEN I THINK OF THE NORTHEASTERN PART OF THE country my first thoughts are always of fishermen in handknit sweaters. Wool sweaters were knit for fishermen to help them stay insulated and warm. These wool fiber sweaters are known for repelling water and being super durable. In the last few decades, they have been replaced with modern, synthetic materials that can do those jobs, but the traditional garments hold a place of importance and style in the Northeast. I felt inspired to create pieces that honored these historic needs, while updating shapes and patterns for a more modern knitter.

Since the seventeenth century when Europeans settled the area and brought over their tools and techniques for milling wool for clothing and home textiles, the Northeast has maintained a strong position in the wool market. In fact, many of the mills still in operation in this area of the country were established in the 1700s. I wanted to take these historic ties to the fiber industry and design pieces that evoke traditional styles and textures.

Texture and cables became my main focus for these pieces, working in muted colors in shades that reminded me of the ocean. Techniques such as Fisherman’s Rib, Cable Knitting and Bobbles are all featured in this section because they reminded me of traditional knitwear that may have been knit for people in this area long ago. The following patterns were designed with these ideas in mind—waves, knots and all the history of this gateway connecting the Old World with our New World. The yarns chosen for each pattern were produced with great care in the northeastern part of America.

Kinney Shores Shawl

SKILL LEVEL: Intermediate

The Kinney Shores Shawl combines two techniques that I really love. The first technique is a Fisherman’s Rib, which produces deep, incredibly squishy texture. The second is Cabling (knitting cables), and it comes from traditional Irish knitting. The combination of these techniques creates a rich wave-like appearance that is both warm and stylish. This shawl makes the perfect layering piece, something you’ll want to grab in any season to keep the breeze off your shoulders or add a little texture to your outfit.

The Kinney Shores Shawl is a large triangular shawl started at the center top. It increases at the center and the ends of the shawl every other row. The shawl is worked like this until reaching its maximum size at which point all stitches are bound off in an I-cord Bind-off.

SIZE

• One Size: 70″ (178 cm) wide at the widest point, 30″ (76 cm) long at the center point

YARN

• Stone Wool – Cormo (100% Cormo wool) 100 g (200 yards) per skein

4 skeins, color: Shale 01

Or 800 yards (732 meters) of equivalent worsted weight yarn (see here for substitutions)

NEEDLES

• US 9 (5.5 mm) circular needle, 32″ (81 cm) or longer, or size needed to obtain gauge

• US 10 (6.0 mm) DPN, or one size larger than needle used to achieve gauge, for bind-off

OTHER MATERIALS

• Cable needle

• Stitch markers (at least 2)

• Scissors

• Tapestry needle

GAUGE

• 18 sts × 20 rows = 4″ (10 cm) over cable pattern, blocked

ABBREVIATIONS USED

• CN, K, K1B, K2TOG, M, M1L, M1R, P, PSSO, PTBL, SL, SM

• Find more information about these abbreviations in the Glossary of Terms and Abbreviations.

CABLE STITCH ABBREVIATIONS

• Cable 8 Rib Stitches to the Front – Right Leaning (C8F-RL): Slip 4 sts to cn, hold to front. (P1, k1b) twice. (P1, k1b) twice from cn.

• Cable 8 Rib Stitches to the Back – Right Leaning (C8B-RL): Slip 4 sts to cn, hold to back. (P1, k1b) twice. (P1, k1b) twice from cn.

• Cable 8 Rib Stitches to the Front – Left Leaning (C8F-LL): Slip 4 sts to cn, hold to front. (K1b, p1) twice. (K1b, p1) twice from cn.

• Cable 8 Rib Stitches to the Back – Left Leaning (C8B-LL): Slip 4 sts to cn, hold to back. (K1b, p1) twice. (K1b, p1) twice from cn.

SPECIAL TECHNIQUES

Cable Knitting

Fisherman’s Rib

Worked over any number of stitches, a Fisherman’s Rib is just like a normal rib stitch except that the k stitches are knit into the row below. This creates a dense, squishy texture perfect for winter garments and blankets.

I-cord Bind-off

Supporting Small Farms

One of the most important things yarn producers can do to preserve our American fiber industry is to source their fiber from small farms in the United States. Over the years these small farms have lost valuable outlets to sell their fiber with so much production moving overseas. The rebirth of this industry depends on providing small, local farms with a way to profit from the hard work of raising sheep. That’s just what Whitney Hayward set out to do when she founded Stone Wool in Portland, Maine, in 2014. Named after her own small family farm, Stone Wool sources small batches of fiber from farms in the US and creates unique blends of minimally processed yarns. The yarn used for this pattern is their Cormo yarn, which is warm and dense but light as a cloud. Stone Wool doesn’t use harsh chemicals to treat their fiber, which can strip the wool of lanolin and other features that make it so special. The natural color palette for this yarn reflects the care with which this fiber was selected and treated, echoing the earth’s natural colors. Stone Wool’s Cormo yarn holds texture and shape elegantly, making it the perfect yarn for the Kinney Shores

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