I know we just wrapped up the summer knit along not quite a month ago, but in case you missed me, I have great news: it’s time to vote for the fall knit along!

This go around there’s a mixture of garments and accessories, along with a few unfinished/mystery projects! I explain a bit about each option in the video, and you’re welcome to vote on multiple projects – Click here to vote. Voting closes end of day on the 20th of September. The KAL start at the beginning of October, and once a project has been chosen, I’ll be able to release firm details.

You can sign up by voting, but if you aren’t interested in voting, you can sign up generally by clicking here.

Available Patterns Mentioned:
Arosa Scarf
Wild Bramble Hat
Slouchy Lace Hat
Golden Classic Skirt

I love knitting, and I’m a huge proponent of always carrying your knitting with you, and especially of knitting in public.

But one of the things that really discouraged me from carrying my knitting with me when I first started was the lack of a knitting kit or go bag. There was nothing worse than pulling out my project and notes only to discover that I forgot scissors or a pen or even one of my markers!

I’ve gotten a lot better about making sure I have everything I need, but even today, I tend to just throw all my supplies in a bag and hope for the best!

That said, I’m always looking to be a bit more organized, and so I’ve been eyeing different knitting kits. I think I’ve narrowed it down to these!

Do you have a travel kit for your knitting? What do you always make sure to carry with your knitting?

This month I’m starting something new, and I hope you guys really love it!

 

I wanted to share what I’ve been working on here at my end of things and share more about what’s to come. So specifically in August’s video, I’m chatting about the future of the facebook group, the summer and fall Knit Alongs, my website and etsy shop and test knitters, current WIPs, and future designs.

 

I’d love this to be interactive so definitely let me know your thoughts!

 

 

Sweater Curse noun \swedər kers\ – The belief that if a knitter gifts a hand knit sweater to a significant other before being bound together in a ceremony such a marriage, the relationship will dissolve before the sweater is completed.

 

I don’t usually knit for other people. I’m pretty selfish when it comes to my knitting, with an exception for babies and charity, and I think it makes sense. I’m putting a lot of time, money, and ultimately love into a huge project, and if the recipient doesn’t understand and respect that, then I don’t know that I should be hand knitting objects for him or her – especially when big box stores are so cheap!

 

I fell into a knitting slump earlier this year where I didn’t feel inspired to make anything, and I could barely get past knitting a gauge swatch. So I’m as surprised as anyone else when I suddenly felt compelled to knit an entirely new project after a few innocent remarks by another person. But I figured if I couldn’t knit something for myself, I might as well knit something with another person in mind.

 

Now I should clarify that I’m not a huge believer in curses; I think a lot of curses and bad luck is a self-fulfilling prophecy. In the past, I definitely used the sweater curse as an excuse as to why I couldn’t ever knit my ex a sweater. In hindsight, I think I knew all along he wasn’t worth knitting a sweater for – but it took a little while for my heart to catch up to that…But that was different, and just an excuse, right? Still… when I had this idea to knit something with another person in mind, a lot of alarm bells went off in my head about the sweater curse.

 

Now I like to think I’m a rational person so I listed out all the reasons the sweater curse didn’t apply to this situation:
1. Our relationship seemed pretty solid in general.
2. This was part of an inside joke, and I was going to use super bulky yarn and just whip something up over the weekend – no big deal for anyone involved.
3. Technically, the knit object in question was for me. It was just inspired by the other person.

 

Easy. Curse avoided. And curses aren’t even real anyway, right?

 

So I set out to make a quick pair of shorts with a monkey on them. I googled images of monkeys on a grid, and I did a bit of math to make sure it would fit.

 

But then I’m really terrible at simple ideas. And didn’t I want this to look great even if it was a joke? So I redesigned my monkey, did several more drawings on my graph paper, picked out yarn with much better colors suited to shorts and monkeys, and did several different gauge swatches for the best fit. And I got started again. I’m now a week into this “quick” project, but I kept on.

 

 

Halfway through the project, the person in question stopped talking to me.

 

I was in a lot of denial. You saw my reasoning above – obviously the sweater curse can’t apply if I’m making a pair of shorts for myself.

 

At that point I thought, well, no need to rip it out. Maybe the problem with the victims of the sweater curse is that they just gave up halfway through the project.

 

 

I kept going, and I’m SO glad I did.

 

Like I said, I was in a knitting rut. This project really helped my creativity start flowing again. I started sketching and submitting my drawings for publication. I always thought I wasn’t interested in colorwork, but suddenly I had so many ideas – and they keep coming even now! I was really inspired to set aside time to knit because it was calling out to me every night. I also loved this project because I really adore sweaters and that’s what I tend to make, and here was this completely new idea, a pair of shorts. It was something I would have never made on my own.

 

To summarize, having a project outside of my norm really helped me get back on my path and back into the knitting and design world after a few months of feeling uninspired about everything around me.

 

 

But that’s all about my knitting. Is there a happy ending in the relationship? Was the lack in communication merely a hiccup that was perfectly timed with the middle of the project?

 

Sadly, no. But I’m not convinced it was the sweater curse. It could have been any number of factors, and perhaps even my interest in this project caused me to withdraw from the relationship, and that’s what contributed to its demise. I really think there needs to be a more objective analysis done, so if you’d like to donate to science, you can do so here. 😉

 

Have you ever been affected by the sweater curse?

 

And what do we think of the shorts? I wouldn’t release the monkey design, but would anyone be interested in a nice set of lounge wear? Perhaps shorts and a robe?

 

In case you’re new around these parts, I am so excited about and have been promoting amirisu’s summer 2017 issue with my Demoiselle pattern.

I’m really excited to have an extra copy, and I’d love to offer a giveaway for you guys! This issue features articles on natural dying and offers 7 knitting patterns and 1 crochet pattern in both Japanese and English. There’s also a code for the PDF patterns on Ravelry if you prefer!

(And if you already bought my pattern or this issue because you signed up for my Knit Along, go ahead and enter – I have something extra special for you if you win!)

ENTER THE GIVEAWAY

To enter here on the blog, leave a comment below with your Ravelry or Instagram username – or some other way for me to get in touch with you! That’s it!

You can get more entries by:

  1. Facebook: Like the page We All Knit Here and comment on this post for an entry!
  2. Instagram: Follow @kristincreates and leave a comment on this picture. Extra entries for every friend you tag in the comments.
  3. Instagram: Repost my picture and giveaway details (and tag me in the comments so I can see and count it)!

The giveaway ends August 2nd at 11:59 pm, CST. I’ll contact the winner on August 3rd – please get back to me with your information by August 7th or another winner will be chosen. Thanks and good luck!

The giveaway is CLOSED. Karen was selected as the winner via a random number generator, and she has been contacted. Due to a lack of response, a new winner was chosen – congrats to Cecilia, and thank you to everyone who entered!

This week we’re talking about the Siren Seafoam, which will always have a special place in my heart because it’s the first garment I ever designed. I was so eager for the beach (not much has changed) and I wanted to knit something for it!

 

One of my goals this year is to update all of my older patterns in more sizes. I started off withe an update of the Rockaway Cardigan, but for this one I wanted to do something a bit more special than just increase the sizes. I ended up adding different length options, as well as the option for color blocking.

 

If you scroll through the pictures above, you’ll see the different lengths include a dress, a hip length, and a cropped top version. Even though this was designed with the beach in mind, and I’m wearing it over a swimsuit in 2 photos, I really loved the hip length version with jeans for a day in the garden – or in my case, a day studying and reading.

 

If you love it as much as I do and you buy the pattern within the next week on Ravelry, there’s a 25% off discount already in effect, just add it to your cart!

 

One thing that every pattern has is a yarn recommendation under supplies. And every single knitter at one time or another has looked at that yarn recommendation and said, “Nope, I’m using another brand.”

But which brand to use if you want the same outcome as the designer?

There aren’t hard and fast rules, but I made a few guidelines for you. Have the pattern handy because you’re going to most of your information from the pattern supplies.

  1. Weight.

    Typically, if the original yarn is listed as bulky, you can start your search looking for other bulky yarns. I say typically because there aren’t exactly industry standards, and yarn companies are free to classify their yarn as they see fit.

  2. Fiber.

    Finding the same fiber content (i.e. 100% wool) as the original yarn is best if you want an exact substitution. If you’re looking for something completely different (i.e. acrylic or cotton), you can still substitute, but keep in mind the drape will differ from the designer’s original project.

  3. Yardage/Meterage.

    Let’s say you’ve found a yarn that seems like it will work, don’t forget to double check the yards/meters to make sure you’re ordering the correct amount of yarn. If the original yarn has 200 yards/skein and your replacement yarn has 150 yards/skein, you’re going to need more than the 2 skeins the pattern calls for.

  4. Gauge Swatch!
    1. If you’re not sure about the yarn you want to purchase, check out what the recommended gauge swatch is on the label. It should be fairly close to the designer’s gauge swatch, also listed on the pattern.
    2. Gauge swatch when you get your new yarn! We’ve come this far, might as well make sure the yarn will work perfectly. You might need to go up or down a needle size.
  5. Resources. 
    1. Yarnsub.com is a great website. You type in the original yarn and it gives you recommended substitutions. They don’t have every yarn in their database, but they have a lot.
    2. Ravelry.com has so much to offer. You can go to the pattern page, and check to see what other yarn people have substituted. You can also search the yarn section or search by fiber content.

As I mentioned in my video last week, I’ve had a few comments about the Demoiselle along the lines of, “Oh, I love it, but I’m just not sure how to style it…”

Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered! I came up with a couple of different fashion boards with ideas on how to style it. Whether your style is fancy or super casual, I have a few ideas for you. This is the first time I’ve done this, and I would LOVE to hear your thoughts on this!

Because I used Wool and the Gang’s Shiny Happy Cotton for the Demoiselle, I decided to use their colors here as well. If you see one you like, head over to Wool and the Gang (or your local yarn shop) and check out the wide variety of other colors.

And in case you’ve been busy, I’m hosting a Knit Along with the Demoiselle and we start next week! Be sure to sign up here and join the facebook group so you don’t miss any info.

A few things to note: All items shown are linked starting in the top left corner and working clockwise. All links are affiliate links.

  1. Demoiselle pattern in Ultra Violet
  2. Micmall Camisole
  3. Steve Madden Choker Necklace
  4. LIYT Denim Shorts
  5. Nine West Gladiator Sandals
  6. Calvin Klein Hobo Purse

 

  1. Demoiselle pattern in Fern Green
  2. Vialumi Cami Bralette in Charcoal
  3. Tri Color Bangle Bracelets
  4. Elliott Lucca Cordoba Clutch
  5. BCBG Max Azria Skirt
  6. Sam Edelman Gladiator Sandal

  1. Aisa Floppy Hat
  2. Emmalise Gray Cami
  3. Demoiselle pattern in Coral Crush
  4. Vince Camuto Leila Tote
  5. Riders Capri Pants
  6. Miz Mooz Flats
  7. Lux Anchor Watch
  8. House of Harlow Sunburst Earrings

I’m so excited to finally announce the summer Knit Along! We’re going to be making the Demoiselle, one of my newer releases.

If you want to follow along with the KAL, you have to sign up for the KAL email as the information and reminders are not going to be posted on the blog. You can also join the KAL facebook group.

Our schedule:

July 12th – Start the KAL! Cast on and work the 3″ of ribbing
July 19th – Begin working the lace pattern and increases.
July 26th – Continue in lace pattern, begin the sleeves
August 2nd – Finish the sleeves. Seam, rib, block, and weave in the ends.
August 9th – Celebrate!!

This is an unofficial schedule, and if you knit ahead or fall behind, it’s perfectly okay. As always, I will be in the facebook group if you have any questions or concerns. And of course, you’re welcome to show off your progress in the group!

If you want me to see your progress on social media, either tag me @kristincreates or use #weallknithere.

All the supplies needed are below. Let me know if you have any questions!

Supplies
Grab the pattern by itself here – or order a copy of the magazine.

Yarn
Bulky weight yarn
Approximately 600 (690, 770, 860, 950, 1040) yards, 549 (630, 705, 785, 870, 950) m
4 (5, 5, 6, 7, 7) balls of Wool and the Gang Shiny Happy Cotton* (100% Peruvian pima cotton; 155 yards / 100g)
Sample is shown in Lipstick Red

Needles
A US 9 (5.5 mm) 24” / 60 cm (or longer) circular needle, or a set of US 9 (5.5 mm) double pointed needles (for sleeves)
A US 10 (6 mm) 24” / 60 cm (or longer) circular needle
Or needles required to obtain gauge

Sizes
Finished hip measurements: XS (S, M, L, XL, XXL) = 35 (37, 39, 43, 47, 51)” / 89 (94, 99, 109, 119, 130) cm

Tools
Stitch markers A (2), Stitch markers B (4), tapestry needle

*Affiliate link

The Demoiselle Top is my latest release in the summer issue of Amirisu. It’s my first time working with the magazine, and I’m so honored to be a part of it. Amirisu is a Japanese based magazine with absolutely stunning designs and photography. It’s in English and Japanese, in print and online. The summer issue features natural yarn dying, which has got me in the mood to take a class!

Demoiselle is a fun spring and summer top with a bold lace motif. It’s oversized with batwing sleeves for total style and comfort. Amirisu paired it with linen shorts for a hot summer day – if you’ve been following me for any length of time, you know my first thought is to wear it on the beach!

I’m actually going to put together a series of fashion boards for this top for various looks in the next few weeks so stayed tuned for that!

Details

Yarn
Bulky weight yarn
Approximately 600 (690, 770, 860, 950, 1040) yards, 549 (630, 705, 785, 870, 950) m
4 (5, 5, 6, 7, 7) balls of Wool and the Gang Shiny Happy Cotton (100% Peruvian pima cotton; 155 yards / 100g)
Sample is shown in Lipstick Red

Needles
A US 9 (5.5 mm) 24” / 60 cm (or longer) circular needle, or a set of US 9 (5.5 mm) double pointed needles (for sleeves)
A US 10 (6 mm) 24” / 60 cm (or longer) circular needle
Or needles required to obtain gauge

Gauge (after blocking)
16 sts & 24 rows = 4”/10 cm in St st with US 10(6mm) needle
19 sts & 20 rows = 5 1⁄2”/14 cm in pattern with US 10(6 mm) needle

Sizes
Finished hip measurements: XS (S, M, L, XL, XXL) = 35 (37, 39, 43, 47, 51)” / 89 (94, 99, 109, 119, 130) cm
The sample was knit in size S with 4 3⁄4” / 12 cm positive ease.

Tools
Stitch markers A (2), Stitch markers B (4), tapestry needle

Skill Level
3/5

Want to favorite it or queue it up? Click here for the Ravelry page. Want the entire issue? Head on over to Amirisu’s website.

ALSO:  The Demoiselle is an option for the summer Knit Along. Click here to fill out the survey. Voting closes on the 21st of June.