Halloween Knits

Wednesday morning at Stitch ‘n’ Spin, Anne, one of our regulars, was crocheting a witch cap in orange and purple. I’d almost forgotten that Halloween was coming up! This time last year, Jennifer shared some fabulous knit and crocheted Halloween costume piece ideas and Catherine got into the Halloween knitting zone with some darling knit pumpkins. Halloween is a fun excuse to let loose in your real life and your knitting life – how about knitting something a little more playful than usual? There are so many ideas for Halloween decor and costumes big and small on Ravelry. It was hard to pick just a handful, so hopefully this post will be a feast for the eyes! Here are a few of my favorites, by theme.


First, Candy Corn!

Whether or not you love eating candy corn, you can’t deny its iconic shape and color scheme! Why not celebrate Halloween with some squishy candy corn decor (possibly with a face, because it’s more fun that way) or a candy corn striped hat?

 


Next, Pumpkins! Because pumpkins are a Fall classic. And they’re not just for Halloween – unless we give them Jack-o-Lantern faces. These stranded colorwork pumpkin mitts are quite elegant, and these pumpkin booties are adorable, like little elf shoes!


Next, Spooky Critters! 

Like ghosts, vampires, witches and spiders. For folks who like the scary side of Halloween – but really not too scary, when it comes to knitting. These stuffed toys are awfully cute, and these tiny Halloween stockings could grace your home straight through Christmas.

  


Last, Black and Orange!

The classic Halloween color scheme. If it’s black and orange, it screams Halloween no matter when you wear it. Since black and orange are highly contrasting colors, they’ll really make your stranded colorwork shine!

NaKniSweMo 2017 is right around the corner

NaKniSweMo is right around the corner. Are you ready? If you’ve never heard of NaKniSweMo, you can read about it in the group on Ravelry. As usual, we’ll be doing our month long series, NaKniSweMo Sweater Workshop, where we take you through the basics of sweater construction.

I haven’t even started looking at patterns, yet. I’ve been working so hard on 12 Weeks of Christmas patterns and samples, and The 2017 “I Love Yarn Day” Community Blanket 24 hour Knitting Marathon extravaganza that I haven’t even thought of knitting anything for myself or for fun, since early spring. And I have so many things in my queue.

Right after The Marathon, I’m going to start Spiral Euphoria a true mobius with switchback twists that make delightful spiral looking chevron things in both directions. It looks like a fun knit that will keep my attention, but not so hard it’s going to keep me from chatting or watching tele while I knit. If you’ve never done a true mobius, starting with the cast on, I’m inviting you to join me on Wednesday evening, October 15, 2017 to learn the mobius cast on and knit this fabulous thing with me.

 

 

 

And since I plan to knit it in Lang’s Mille Colori 200 gm, I’m even more excited about how it’s going to work up. So much delicious color, just when and where I need it most.

 

 

But none of that helps me make a decision about what I’m going to knit fir NaKniSweMo. If you remember back that far, I never finished my 2015 sweater. And I didn’t even start one in 2016. So, I’m due, and I want to make it a dusey. (And does anyone know where the word “dusey” came from?)

 

What do my lovelies think of these? Top to bottom, they are 

 

Field Study by Ann Kingstone   

    Love the color work and the shaping.  

 

 

 

 

Poema by Vera Sanon

Love the simple elegance of the shaping and the lace interest on the sleeves.

 

 

 

 

 

Khione by Elizabeth Sullivan

Love, love, love the square neckline and the little bit of texture detail. 

 

 

 

November is almost upon us and I will be starting a sweater on the first of the month. I’ll have to pick soon. Will you be starting a sweater for NaKniSweMo? Which one do you think you’ll do?

NaKniSweMo Sweater Workshop

November is National Knit a Sweater Month!

Or as it’s more commonly called, NaKniSweMo (na-nee-sway-mo). NaniSweMo is the knitters’ answer to NaNoWriMo (national novel-writing month) in which writers buckle down to complete a 50,000-word novel within the month of November. It began with Shannon “knitgrrl”Oakey in 2008. Now, there’s a Ravelry group with 1383 members and counting dedicated to NaKniSweMo.

We believe that everyone should knit a sweater this November, so we’re offering a four-week workshop throughout the month of November! Mim will instruct you from start to finish through the creation of a sweater. If you do your homework, you’ll have a complete sweater by the end of the month.

We know you can do it. Every knitter can knit a sweater! And we’re here to help.  Because we only have 4 classes to accomplish our goals, we’ll be limiting the choices to a simple set-in sleeve pullover in a worsted-weight yarn with either a v-neck, crew neck, or turtle neck. Sweaters will be knit flat in four pieces (front, back and sleeves) in order to clearly illustrate the shapes that comprise a knitted sweater. Throughout the workshop, we will address customization and design potential. By the time you finish this workshop, you will understand how a sweater is built, and feel empowered to make design choices in future knitted sweaters.

Week 1 (November 4, 4–6pm):

  • Figuring out your size
  • Finding your yarn
  • Swatching
  • Casting On
  • Choosing an edge treatment
  • Getting started

Week 2 (November 11,4–6pm):

  • Armhole shaping
  • Neck shaping

Week 3 (November 18,4–6pm):

  • Sleeves
  • Picking up stitches

Week 4 (November 25,4–6pm):

  • Seaming
  • Blocking
  • Finishing

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Prerequisites: We’ll be moving pretty fast through the material, so basic knitting skills are a prerequisite.  But if you’ve been wanting to knit your first sweater, this is the perfect class for you. Join the movement; knit a sweater during NaKniSweMo and wear it proudly!

Materials: Worsted-weight yarn, US 7-8 straight or circular knitting needles

Cost: For $100 you’ll get the Knitter’s Handy Book of Patterns by Ann Budd  ($29 retail) and 4 classes!

Please Note: If you sign up online, we will reserve a spot for you, but you’ll have to pay in-person when you arrive.