Holli Yeoh

Knit City Recap and New Patterns

Happy Hallowe’en! We had a little fun during a photo shoot last week!

Knit City Recap

What an exciting, exhiliarating, exhausting weekend! I’m still high on the fumes of fibre and the contagious excitement that was all around me. One knitter visiting my booth was clutching her heart (in a good way) because she was just so excited by the atmosphere and what she was seeing.

I taught classes to wonderful students, met with new and old friends and fondled yarn all weekend long. I helped knitters find their true potential with seaming, inserting zippers and finding their way to becoming published designers. I enabled a few knitters with patterns, yarn and kits. And most importantly I had some fabulous conversations with so many knitters.

Cascadia photos by Alexa Ludeman © 2013 and used with permission.

The print version of Cascadia was available this weekend at Knit City and I got to meet so many of the other contributors. We ran around all weekend treating the book like a year book and signed one another’s copies. It was great fun.

New Patterns

We also had a “soft” release of eight—count them, EIGHT—new patterns on the weekend. Thank you everyone for being so receptive and offering great feedback on the new patterns.

For the first eight days of November, beginning tomorrow November 1st, we’ll be releasing a new pattern each day. The patterns will be available in our Ravelry shop and we’ll post about them here on the blog. You don’t need to be a Ravelry member to buy them.

 

 

 

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Mesh Wrap Cardigan

Noro Magazine Spring/Summer 2013, photo by Rose Callahan

The rain is upon us (in Vancouver anyways) which means that Fall is here. Although this is from the Spring 2013 issue of Noro Knitting Magazine, my Mesh Wrap Cardigan will perfectly segue into the cooler seasons as a perfect layering surplice wrap.

Noro Magazine Spring/Summer 2013, photo by Rose Callahan

So beautiful in Noro Taiyo Sock, I had fun planning the striping so it wouldn’t match up—not as easy as that sounds! The openwork lattice pattern is on the fronts, back and deep sleeve cuffs.

Louisa Harding Yarn’s Mulbery is used as a coordinating solid for the sleeves, edging and ties.

This is another one I would love to knit again for myself and I really love that skirt!

Mesh Wrap Cardigan
Publication: Noro Knitting Magazine Spring 2013
Sizes: Small, Medium, Large, X-Large, and 2X
Finished Bust Measurement: 36 (40, 44, 48, 52)” / 91.5 (101.5, 112, 122, 132) cm
Yarn: 3 (4, 4, 4, 5) skeins of Noro Taiyo Sock in #S46
4 (4, 4, 5, 5) hanks of Louisa Harding Yarns Mulberry Silk in #5 orange

 

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Cascadia

All photos by Alexa Ludeman © 2013 and used with permission.

New designs to look at! I’m excited to announce my inclusion in a new knitting book called Cascadia. It contains a fabulous collection of knitwear by West Coast designers including Jane Richmond, Tin Can Knits, Emily Wessel, Alexa Ludeman, Megan Goodacre, Judy Marples, Melissa Thomson, Amanda Kaffka, Amanda Milne and myself, of course. Even better we all had the opportunity to knit with yarn dyed by our local yarn dyers: SweetGeorgia, Kattikloo, Everything Old, Sweet Fiber and Indigo Moon.

Without further ado, let me present Wake knit with SweetGeorgia Yarns Tough Sock.

With knitting on my mind I was thrilled to see lacy stitch patterns in the wake behind the BC ferry while going through Active Pass. Every time I rode the ferry I just knew I had to recreate the frothy movement of the water in a sweater design.

The body is worked in one piece to the armholes before dividing to work the fronts and back separately. Waist shaping is achieved by using progressively smaller, then progressively larger needle sizes making an unbroken flow of lace to hug the curves. English tailored shoulders and fully-fashioned details finish off the polished, yet feminine look.

My second design in Cascadia is a man’s pullover called Wickaninnish, knit in an organic merino aran dyed by Saltspring Island’s Kattikloo Fibre Studio. The fine details of design and much of the knitting for this sweater were done at Long Beach in Pacific Rim National Park Reserve on the West Coast of Vancouver Island. The weathered tones of driftwood, beach grass, wet sand, grey skies and rolling waves are inexorably linked with the design in my mind. Inset sleeves, a shawl collar, and English tailored shoulders give it the comfort a man wants for serious beachcombing. The rugged location just calls out for a sweater like this to brave the challenge of the waves and the wind.

Pre-orders for both the print and digital versions of the book have begun over at Cooperative Press. The digital copies will be available later this month and the print copies will be shipped mid-October in anticipation of Knit City.

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Waste Yarn Placeholder

After all this sunny hot weather, it’s time to look at a some photos with a little snow and ice! It’s also a great time to work on small projects such as mittens. Winter is coming!

I like to create openings in my knitting for things like thumb holes, pockets and afterthought heels, although in this case perhaps ‘afterthought’ is a misnomer. I plan in advance for the opening and place a line of stitches in a contrasting colour that reserve the spot for the hole.

The number of waste yarn stitches should be equivalent to the width of the opening. After working the waste yarn stitches, transfer them back to the LH needle and using your main yarn from your project, knit into the waste yarn stitches and then continue on and finish the row or round.

This tutorial demonstrates the technique for the thumb on mittens, but as mentioned, it can equally be at home reserving the spot for pockets on a sweater front or the heel of a sock.

So, how do you remove the waste yarn stitches without creating any runs or unravellings?

Tutorial

1. Insert your knitting needle into the stitches below the waste yarn. It’s easiest to consistently pick up the same “leg” of the stitch. The stitches look like little V’s and I always pick up the right leg. Pick up one stitch for each waste yarn stitch.

Then I turn my knitting upside down and do the same with the sts on the other side of the waste yarn. This time there will appear to be a half stitch at each end of the line of waste yarn. Just choose one of those half stitches and leave the other one alone. You should have the same number of stitches on each needle.

Hint: it’s easier to use smaller sized needles to pick up those stitches. Just remember when you begin knitting to switch to the appropriate sized needles.

2. Once all the stitches are securely on the needles start at one end and begin unpicking the waste yarn. You could also clip the waste yarn (be careful not to clip your knitting!) and pick out the pieces or unravel from both ends. Whatever works the best for you.

3. Once the waste yarn is removed you’ll have a nice big hole in your knitting with the stitches safely on two needles. At this point it’s a good idea to take another close look at the stitches on the needles to make sure you haven’t missed one.

4. For this mitten, I transferred some of the stitches to another dpn so I could work in the round. You could also work with 2 circular needles or magic loop. If working a pocket, the pocket edging would be worked on the lower needle and the pocket lining would be worked top-down from the upper needle.

The following patterns all employ this technique:

Tobie’s Mittens

JoJo (for the pockets)

Annie’s Mittens

and a soon-to-be-published sock pattern

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Knit Simple Hat and Cowl

Knit Simple Fall 2013, photo by Paul Amato for LVARepresents.com and Jack Deutsch (cover)

The Fall issue of Knit Simple has two more of my designs along with scarf and fingerless mitts on the cover. Don’t forget, it’s hitting the newsstands next week.

My Checkerboard Beanie is included in the “10 hats for under $20” feature. The editors sent me Softknit Cotton by Rowan Yarns in sunset red and dark lime–an interesting yarn choice for a Fall project.

I would probably consider using wool as I did for the swatch I knit for the submission; I used Cascade 22o in three colours. You could easily use up left overs from other projects for this hat. Imagine each stripe as a different colour!

The Coral Cables story features my Giant Cowl in Koigu Wool Designs’ Bulky. I enjoyed knitting with it and although it doesn’t really remind me of Koigu’s signature colour style, the colourway was lovely. I call the cable pattern snakes and ladders.

Have you started thinking about Fall knitting projects yet? For me, I feel like it’s still too early in the summer. I don’t want to wish it away with woolly sweaters quite yet.

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Cover Girl

Knit Simple Fall 2013, photo by Jack Deutsch

I’ve made the cover of the upcoming Knit Simple Fall 2013 issue! It should hit the newsstands on July 23rd. This is my second cover and I’m thrilled.

The Sideways Garter Scarf is worked from end to end in very long rows, but there aren’t very many of them. Eight inch (20.5 cm) tails are left at each end of the row, later to be tied together to form a fringe.

The yarn is Debbie Bliss Rialto Chunky and it’s so squishy, cozy and soft when knitted up. I can imagine wearing around my neck this coming winter. Right now with 30 degree temperatures in Vancouver it’s hard to believe it will ever be cold again, but soon enough it will be time for scarves and mitts.

There are also matching garter stitch fingerless mitts to accompany the scarf which are also worked sideways. Short rows form the thumb gusset.

Both of these projects hold so much potential for stash busting. Or better yet, enter the Knit Simple contest to win the cover kit.

Sideways Garter Scarf and Mitts
publication: Knit Simple Fall 2013
Yarn: Debbie Bliss/KFI Rialto Chunky
Scarf Amounts: 5 balls in #22 storm, 2 balls each in #2 silver, #11 denim and #16 rose
Mitts Amounts: 1 ball each in #22 storm, #2 silver, #11 denim and #16 rose

I have two more designs in this issue. Can you guess which ones? Hint: you can see all the yarn I used in the top photo collage in this post.

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Blues, Teals, Aquas & Turquoise

There seems to be a colour trend happening with many of my freelance designs these days.

When the package of yarn arrives at my door, it’s always a surprise to see what colours they’ve sent me this time.

Luckily I really love blues! Unfortunately, I don’t get to keep any of the projects. That’s not true, one of the projects will return to me after a busy life of photo shoots, trunk shows and gallivanting around.

Nine projects; some have been released to the knitting world and others are with the tech editors, photographers and publishers. From top to bottom:

Row 1: Koigu Kersti in Light Aqua (K2135) (watch for it in Vogue Knitting this fall!)

Row 2: Double-Breasted Jacket published in 60 More Quick Baby Knits, knit with Cascade 220 Superwash Sport in Blue Velvet (813)

Row 3: Garter Stripe Jacket published in Knit Simple Winter 2012/2013, knit with Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran in Mallard (56) and Noro Kureyon #259

Row 4: Classic Lace Cardigan published in Vogue Knitting Spring 2013, knit with Kolláge Creamy Flamé in Aqua Marine (7112); SweetGeorgia Yarns Tough Love Sock in Hush for a design that will be published this fall in time for Knit City

Row 5: Ribbed Cardigan published in Knit Simple Winter 2011/2012, knit with Cascade Baby Alpaca Chunky in Stratosphere (585)

Row 6: Raglan Hoodie published in Knit Simple Fall 2012, knit with Valley Yarns Berkshire Bulky in Light Blue (24) and Dark Teal (31); Zealana Rimu DK in Oceanwave (R05) for a pattern booklet that was to be released at the TNNA trade show this month

Row 7: Reversible Cable Vest published in Noro Magazine 2012, knit with Noro Silk Garden in Royal (8)

Do you see a colour trend in your knitting projects?

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Modular Chevron Tutorial

I love this technique of joining strips of garter stitch to create a larger piece. I first used it in the Jamie sweater and now in the Zig and Zag baby blanket featured in 60 Quick Baby Blankets.

How To Make a Right-Leaning Modular Strip

Beginning on a RS row, knit into the front and back of the first stitch.

You’ve increased one stitch.

Knit across the row until there are 3 stitches remaining.

Knit the next 2 stitches together.

Yarn forward between the knitting needles so it’s at the front. Slip the next stitch as if to purl.

Insert the right hand needle through the selvage stitch of the adjoining strip from back to front, wrap the yarn around the needle purlwise and pull the stitch out through the back of the selvage. This is basically a “pick up and purl” maneuver (similar to pick up and knit).

Pass the slipped stitch over the last stitch on the needle. The RS row is complete.

Turn the work over so the WS row is facing.

Slip the first stitch as if to knit.

Knit across the row until there’s one stitch left.

Yarn forward. Slip the last stitch purlwise.

Rep those two rows make up the right-leaning modular strip.

Jamie uses the same joining technique except there’s no shaping at the beginning and end of the RS rows. The whole sweater is assembled modularly. There is no sewing in Jamie except for weaving in a few ends.

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Zig and Zag Baby Blanket

#15 Zig and Zag designed by Holli Yeoh from 60 Quick Baby Blankets, published by Sixth&Spring Books. Photos by Jack Deutsch copyright © 2013 by Sixth&Spring Books/Cascade Yarns. All rights reserved. Used by permission.

I got to work with a wonderful selection of colours for one of my baby blanket contributions in 60 Quick Baby Blankets: eight heathered shades of purples, greens and teals in the Cascade 220 Superwash collection.

I particularly love the modular construction of this blanket. There are only 14 sts in each row which you can work with your favourite needles: double-pointed, straight or circular. The chevron shapes are worked by increasing along one edge and decreasing on the other edge for every right side row.

Joining one modular strip to the next is not complicated. Next time I’ll have a tutorial for some of the techniques in this blanket.

While the back side is definitely the back, it is still appealing with the strong lines created by the selvage edges. When I studied jewellery in art college, my instructor  stressed the importance of making the back side of a brooch or the inside of a ring just as attractive as the other side. It demonstrates good craftsmanship. I carry that advice with me and apply it to anything I make.

Really, the only drawback to this design is all the ends. But you could easily circumnavigate that problem by choosing a different yarn. How about a self-striping yarn or one with a slow gradation of colour like Noro. Some of the gradient and ombre yarns could make for some really interesting effects.

When I submitted designs for the book project I offered some other examples of both colourways and orientation of the chevrons. I particularly like the grey and white one. I see it in a light heathered grey and natural cream colour with hits of bright heathered colours. The colourful version would be a great stash buster.

book: 60 Quick Baby Blankets: Cute & Cuddly Knits in 220 Superwash® and 128 Superwash® from Cascade
publisher: Sixth&Spring
paperback, 176 pages

 

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Little Heroes

The new issue of Petite Purls is live and it has a great collection of kids designs all with a super hero theme. I’m delighted to have my Onomatopoeia sweater included in the collection.

Comic books, The Big Bang Theory, Ronald McDonald, Roy Lichtenstein … all were inspirations for Onomatopoeia. I’ve always been intrigued by onomatopoetic words and POW! fits the bill.

Onomatopoeia is a long word to describe the often one-syllable words that suggest sounds in our written language. Intarsia colourwork is a bit like that - it takes more work but packs a great visual punch.

Striped sleeves complement the graphics on the front and back. I’ve really been drawn to stripes lately, both wide and narrow. Sheldon’s wardrobe on The Big Bang Theory inspired the striped and layered look in this fun sweater.

 

If intarsia isn’t your speed, then consider working the chart—in whole or in part—in duplicate stitch. When test knitting the chart, I outlined the letters in duplicate stitch, but the colourwork of the letters was done in intarsia. It was a great compromise.

Other than the chart, the sweater’s a breeze to knit which makes up for the challenging intarsia. You could even get away with just the exclamation point featured on the back!

This was the first time I worked with Spud and Chloë Sweater and it really is the perfect yarn for kids’ garments. It’s soft and comes in great colours and you can’t beat the fact that it can be thrown in the washing machine. As far as colourways for this sweater are concerned, the sky’s the limit! Here are several I was playing with using the Spud and Chloë colour palette.

Petite Purls—Issue 15 * Little Heroes
Onomatopoeia
Sizes: 12-24 months, 2 yrs, 3 yrs, 4 yrs, 6 yrs (shown in size 3 yrs, modeled on a petite 3 yr old)
Finished Measurements:

  • Chest: 26¼ (27, 28, 29¾, 31½) inches
  • Length: 14 (15, 15¾, 16½, 18) inches
  • Sleeve Length: 8¼ (12, 12½, 13, 13¾) inches

Intended to fit with 6 inches positive ease.
Yarn: Spud and Chloë®Sweater (55% wool, 45% organic cotton; 160 yards / 146 meters per 100 gram hank)

  •     Skydiver #7520 (A); 2 (2, 2, 3, 3) skeins
  •     Splash #7510 (B); 1 (1, 1, 1, 2) skeins
  •     Firecracker #7509 (C); 1 (1, 1, 1, 2) skeins
  •     Pollen #7508 (D); 1 skein for all sizes
  •     Root Beer #7503 (E); 1 skein for all sizes

Needles: 3.5 and 4 mm (US 4 and 6)

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Modern Art Baby Blanket

 

#17 Modern Art designed by Holli Yeoh from 60 Quick Baby Blankets, published by Sixth&Spring Books. Photos by Jack Deutsch copyright © 2013 by Sixth&Spring Books/Cascade Yarns. All rights reserved. Used by permission.

Stripes—they are so simple and they look terrific. What an easy way to introduce colour and visual interest to a project.

60 Quick Baby Blankets was published in April and contains two of my designs. Modern Art is project #17 and calls for four colours of  Cascade 220 Superwash.

The charcoal grey stocking stitch stripes alternate with light grey garter stitch ones. Every now and then along the edges there’s a hit of colour to mix things up. This could be a stash buster project—imagine working the main stripes in different colours while keeping the accents consistently the same, conversely keep the light/dark stripes and use oddments for the accent blocks of colours.

 

I had fun dreaming up different colourways. My favourite is black and white stripes with hot pink and bright orange highlights.

book: 60 Quick Baby Blankets: Cute & Cuddly Knits in 220 Superwash® and 128 Superwash® from Cascade
publisher: Sixth&Spring
paperback, 176 pages

 

Next up: Zig and Zag, my other design in the book.

 

 

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Honeybee Cardigan

It’s a glorious, sunny day out there and the beautiful pink cherry trees are in bloom and lining my favourite streets in Vancouver. It’s the perfect day for some lacy spring knitting.

Knit Simple Spring/Summer 2013, photo by Paul Amato for LVARepresents.com

The 2013 Spring issue of Knit Simple hit the newsstands earlier this month and the first featured pattern (a two-page spread, no less) is mine! It’s a sweet, feminine cardigan with 3/4 length sleeves and lacy honeybees flying in formation on the fronts and back and down the sleeves.

Slight waist shaping and inset sleeves contribute to the shapely look.

No edging at the hems and cuffs required and it’s finished off with a simple, narrow garter stitch edging for the neck and front bands.

If you work in a chilly, air-conditioned office, the pattern could be easily adapted for full-length sleeves.

Knit Simple Spring/Summer 2013, photo by Paul Amato for LVARepresents.com

Knit Simple Magazine Spring/Summer 2013
Lace Detail Cardigan (#01) p. 24-25
Sizes: Small, Medium, Large, X-Large (shown in size Small)
Finished Measurements:
Bust (closed) 36 (38, 40, 42)”/91.5 (96.5, 101.5, 106.5) cm
Length 22 (22½, 23, 23½)”/56 (57, 58.5, 59.5) cm
Upper arm 11½ (12½, 13, 13½)”/29 (32, 33, 34) cm
Yarn: 9 (10, 11, 12) balls of Schulana/Skacel Collection Merino Cotton 135 in white (#001)
Needles: 3.25 and 3.5 mm (US 3 and 4)

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