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January 31, 2011

Steek Alert

Hi Spud & Chloë Friends,

I took a steeking adventure with TC’s Easy Top-Down Raglan Knitalong sweater from this past fall. She decided that she prefers a cardigan and really, I knew that before I even made the sweater. She has always adored cardigans both zipped up and buttoned up.

The other thing is that I shortened the sleeves to 3/4 length by her request.

The best part? Now we can share! I made a video of the cutting of the sweater to steek. I read all kinds of stuff on steeking and I watched a video about steeking, too. Click here to see the instructional video on steeking I watched before steeking my sweater. Here’s what happened:

January 27, 2011

Sleeve Instructions for the Camp Hoodie

Hi Spud & Chloë Friends,

I have the sleeve instructions for the Camp Hoodie all set. It is an add on to the original Camp Hoodie pattern so you need the printed pattern (purchased at local shops and online, click here for stockists) to make the sweater in the photo.

I will have an instructional video on short rows that are used in the cap of the sleeve coming up. If you are anxious to get going before I have the video available just google “wrap and turn knitting” and you will find a ton of videos and tutorials on this technique. Wrap and turn or wrp & t or w&t is the technique you use when making short rows. Short rows add fabric without adding length to what you are knitting, sort of like a pocket.  Click here to see the page on google for wrap and turn knitting!

One more note about the sleeve instructions, I used a technique I found in Wendy Bernard’s Custom Knits and adapted it to create the sleeve for the Camp Hoodie. Custom Knits is packed full of wonderful information and techniques and I like to give full credit when credit is due. Wendy Bernard is a genius at top-down sweater construction and I adore her smart and practical techniques. Her picked up top-down sleeve technique is the best I’ve seen.

If you have this book already (I know most of you do from our last knitalong) look on page 164 to learn more about short row shaping. Also, Wendy now has a top-down sweater knitting instructional video made by Interweave. I purchased her video and it is fantastic. Wendy gives clear, step-by-step instruction on creating a custom fit top-down sweater. I have to give this video a quick shout out along with the book. The more resources and studying we do as knitters, the better we get. Keep adding to your bag of tricks. Click here to see Wendy’s video or download. I ordered the download version. Two thumbs up!

Anyway, my video will be coming soon on wrap and turn and short rows as I get the second sleeve on my Camp Hoodie Sweater.

Without further ado…

Click here for the add-on sleeve pdf for the Camp Hoodie!

Can you believe it is Thursday already? I can’t. Talk to you soon.

January 26, 2011

Brandy’s Serendipity

(all photography by Brandy Fortune)

Hi Spud & Chloë Friends,

I want to share a new free pattern from Brandy who is also known as Pixie Purls or as Brandy Fortune the photographer or as the co-founder of Petite Purls. You can see that Brandy wears many hats. Her lucky little girls wear many of her knit hats as well. Brandy happens to love Spud & Chloë yarns. She especially loves our Outer yarn. Awhile ago I shared the fun and spirited Serendipity Hat (in the photos above) by Brandy worked up in Outer.

Click here to see more about the hat and to see how to purchase the pattern!

Now Brandy is offering a free pattern to make a matching pair of mittens called the Serendipity Mittens.

Click here for Brandy’s blog post with information about this free pattern!

Brandy, thanks for sharing your photos, your beautiful girls and your patterns with us today. What a treat!

January 24, 2011


Hi Spud & Chloë Friends,


This little thing is turning out to be my new all-time favorite sweater. Really.

I’ll be back soon with more on the sleeves.

January 23, 2011

Checking In…

Hi Spud & Chloë Friends,

How’s everyone doing out there? I’ve had a lot of interaction on the Friends of Spud & Chloë Camp Hoodie Knitalong thread. Things seem to be moving along smoothly. I heard from many knitters who didn’t have their materials gathered up yet by last Wednesday. That’s just fine! Join in whenever you are ready. The thread will be going strong for quite some time as people work and have comments and questions. There is not a finishing date so there is no pressure.

I’ve had a few questions about switching out the fair isle pattern. You can either find a pattern that will fit into your stitch count when you want to insert the fair isle or you can adjust the pattern to fit your stitch numbers by adding or subtracting stitches on the pattern OR you can change your stitch count on the sweater to match the fair isle pattern.

For the sample pictured here I found a fair isle pattern that fit the stitch count of my sweater. That made things really simple and I didn’t have to alter the shape of my sweater. You have to decide what would work best for you. The stitch pattern for this sample in the photos is on page 230 in Super Stitches Knitting by Karen Hemingway. I used the Flowering Trellis border and the Crown peerie. I didn’t do the waist shaping on the size medium and the numbers worked out perfectly.

Now for the sleeves… I am pretty excited about how this sleeve is turning out. I went back to my trusty Custom Knits book by Wendy Bernard to see how she picked up and knit sleeves down from the armhole and in the round. You really need to get this book if you are interested in sweater construction and also if you are interested in knitting cute and stylish sweaters. I can’t recommend it enough as I think it is one of the most valuable knitting books I own as far as a reference for sweater knitting and patterns. I used Wendy’s technique for creating a cap sleeve using short rows (her instruction is phenomenal). Then after the cap was knit I did a rapid decrease sequence using double-decreases on the underside of the sleeve because the armhole is pretty generous and I wanted a fitted sleeve. It is looking really good. I am going to knit straight for about four more inches and then add a couple of inches of the k2,p2 ribbing before casting off. I will keep you posted.

I will write up the instructions for the sleeves and have it available in a pdf for you if you want to add sleeves to your Camp Hoodie. It is pretty fun! I should have this ready by the middle of the week coming up here. I want to do a couple of tutorials on the short row shaping for you, too. I will use the second sleeve to do this.

I’ll be back soon with a couple of non-Camp Hoodie posts, too. I have a lot of posts and fun things I need to share with you so stay tuned for that.