I am officially done with my Helen cardigan! I love it so much, it may be my favorite sweater I have ever made for myself. I hope that you guys are loving your KAL pieces too! I've started wearing my Helen with my favorite worn in chinos, olive green rubber chelsea boots and my go-to black turtleneck.… Continue reading Emily Explains: Styling my Helen
My Helen cardigan is finished, and now it's time to block the sweater! Today I'm going to share some tips for blocking your knits. In our office we have a top-loader washing machine we use to soak and spin our knits. Before I began working here, I was hesitant to put anything hand made into a… Continue reading Emily Explains: Blocking Your Sweater
I love how the Ellen cardigan's sleeves have some pattern so much that I wanted to give my Helen cardigan some pattern too. I played around with Helen's chart to try a few patterns out on the wrist. Deciding after my first try, I wanted to keep the patterning simple. I decided… Continue reading Emily Explains: Colorwork on the sleeves
The Winter Knitalong is still going strong, but Alison has finished knitting her Helen sweater-dress! The finished project is absolutely stunning, because Alison truly made it her own. The original Helen, a sweater knitting pattern designed by Amy Christoffers, is a hip-length sweater with a stranded knitting pattern at the yoke. The pattern calls for Ultra Alpaca,… Continue reading Modifications to Stranded Knitting Pattern: Alison’s Finished Helen
As you saw in the last post, I worked the yoke in the round and the body of the cardigan flat, so that I only have to cut my yoke. Today I am ready to cut the steek! Following instructions from 150 Scandinavian Motifs by Mary Jane Mucklestone, I crocheted a chain on either side of my six-stitch… Continue reading Emily Explains: Cutting the Steek!
Hows the Berroco KAL going? With a little more than 7 weeks left, it is definitely not too late to start! Today's post demonstrates how to make left and right lifted increases used in Helen and Ellen. They are super simple, but if you have any trouble remembering what to do for which side (like me),… Continue reading Emily Explains: Left and Right Lifted Increases
I have decided that as much as I love Helen just the way it is, I think I will wear it more if it is a cardigan. So, with this in mind, I am going to cast on for my Helen just a bit differently than the pattern calls for and give steeking a try for… Continue reading Emily Explains: Turning a Pullover into a Cardigan
1. Swatch in your colors! Sometimes the dye can ever so slightly effect the weight of the yarn. Make a color work swatch and a stockinette swatch in the color you plan to knit the body of your sweater with. Measure these swatches. 2. Swatch in… Continue reading Emily Explains: Quick #BerrocoKAL Tips