21 December 2015

Pattern: Solstice Cardi

Solstice Cardi by Kathleen Dames
Solstice Cardi on Ravelry (available free to subscribers)

You need one of those little cardigans that you throw on over everything. But wouldn’t you like it to have a v-neck, flatter your figure, and be fun to knit with little finishing?

Solstice Cardi is the one for you! Stockinette with shaping where you need it keeps things smooth and simple. Garter stitch edges and integrated button bands give a crisp finish and are easy to work. Join us on The Sweater with Kathleen Dames podcast to knit this pattern with me!

Solstice Cardi by Kathleen Dames

What you'll love about knitting Solstice Cardi

  • You can knit along with me over the 12-week podcast season beginning 8 January 2016! 
  • Both pattern and podcast are filled with tips and techniques that you'll use on all your knitting projects 
  • Integrated button bands cut down on finishing work, so you'll get to wear your sweater more quickly 

What you'll love about wearing Solstice Cardi

  • You'll look fabulous! 
  • Fingering-weight yarn makes this the cardigan you'll grab all year long 
  • Figure-flattering shaping is built into the pattern 

Solstice Cardi by Kathleen Dames

Size/Finished Measurements
28 (32, 36, 40, 44, 48, 52) inches circumference, closed. Shown in size 36-inch with two inches negative ease.

Julie Asselin Stella (84% Merino, 16% Metallic; 400 yds [366 m]/4.06 oz [115 g]): color, 2 (2, 2, 3, 3, 3, 4) skeins; {approx. 600 (700, 800, 950, 1100, 1250, 1450) yds fingering weight yarn}
US6 (4.0 mm) 24-inch (or longer) circular needle
Removable stitch markers
Stitch holders or waste yarn
Tapestry needle
6 (6, 6, 6, 7, 7, 7) 1/2" buttons

24 sts and 32 rows = 4 inches in St st

Skills Needed
Casting on
Binding off

Solstice Cardi by Kathleen Dames

Photography: Nicholas Dames
Technical Editing: Corrina Ferguson/Picnic Knits

Everything you need to create your own beautiful Solstice Cardi is provided in the professionally designed (by me!) pattern.

Don't forget to tag your project with hashtag #kdsweater on social media.

Sign up for The Sweater with Kathleen Dames newsletter to get your free copy of the Solstice Cardi pattern.

Thanks for stopping by, and happy knitting!

The Sweater with Kathleen Dames | Episode Zero: The Basics

Meet the Solstice Cardi!

Learn the basics of what you'll need to get started knitting your very own.
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*Free pattern available until 25 March 2016. After that date Solstice Cardi will be available for purchase from my Ravelry shop.
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In the video Kathleen is wearing Sotherton, originally published in Jane Austen Knits, Summer 2012. Pattern available here.

18 December 2015

The Sweater with Kathleen Dames trailer

The trailer is up now, my friends! Be sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel, so you won't miss an episode of The Sweater with Kathleen Dames. Newsletter sign-up and Episode Zero go live on 21 December 2015 - the Winter Solstice. 


Recording The Sweater with Kathleen Dames Episode Zero: The Basics #knitscope with Kathleen Dames

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14 December 2015

Planning The Sweater

If you watch me on Periscope (see the previous post for more) or follow me on Instagram/Twitter, you may have seen some stuff recently about my plans for a podcast (and sweater-knitting evangelism). I am busy wrestling technology into submission right now, awaiting feedback from my technical editor, and trying to decide which microphone will work best on camera (and with my camera). So many exciting things to do to get ready...

So, yes! I am planning on producing a podcast called The Sweater with Kathleen Dames. Eeeeee! It will be a video podcast on YouTube (you can subscribe to my channel from that link) with an iTunes audio version a little down the line (when I wrestle that technology to the ground).

Pretty soon you will see a link to it in the top navigation on the site (actually, it's there now but will be wrestled/prettified and occupied with more info soon). There will be a newsletter that will not only deliver a free copy of the pattern (available during the season), but that will also deliver direct YouTube links to you once episodes go live. (More technology to wrestle!) After the season is finished, the pattern will be available to purchase in my Ravelry shop (and subscribers will receive a coupon for a substantial discount off that version of the pattern should you wish to store it in your Ravelry library). And if you enjoy the first season, I'll produce more seasons going forward with more patterns (pullovers! cables! lace!).

There will be 12 episodes that will cover all aspects of knitting my Solstice Cardi pattern (coming soon!) from measuring your bodacious self to binding off the neck stitches and everything in-between. Even if you choose not to knit the Solstice Cardi, you will find lots of helpful tips and tricks to apply to all your knitting projects (especially largely-seamless bottom-up sweaters).

The episodes will include:
  1. the pattern
  2. the swatch (yarn and needles)
  3. the cast on (first sleeve)
  4. the body
  5. the shaping
  6. the body (again)
  7. the second sleeve
  8. the yoke
  9. the bind off
  10. the finishing
  11. the blocking
  12. the sweater

I will knit a new version of the pattern along with you, and I'm getting the yarn sorted for that as I type. I'm also thinking of including one or two live chat sessions on YouTube if you are interested in that. And I will broadcast my recording the episodes on Periscope (but not all the editing), so if you want to watch in advance, you'll be able to do that. I hope to bring episodes in around 25 minutes each, though I expect recording sessions to go longer than that.

Next Monday I will release Episode Zero, which will give you a little intro to what we are going to do and give you time to finish your obligation knitting and get through the holidays before we begin. The first actual episode will go live (tentatively) on January 8th, which will have us wrapping up just in time for the Vernal Equinox.

So, what do you think? Let me know in the comments below.

Thanks for stopping by, and happy knitting!

Monday chat: The Sweater planning + naming patterns #knitscope with @kathleendames

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04 December 2015

#FOfriday an oldie but goodie: Turn of the Glass (free on @knittymag) #knitscope

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Knit JOY (50% off coupon)

Join me for some fun, clever, easy knitting with the JOY garland this holiday season! Follow this link to get your copy of the pattern for 50% off. Or use code joy2015 in my Ravelry store.

I plan to knit a long garland as a sort of Advent project for our tree in sock yarn, but you can easily follow the pattern to knit yours with worsted weight yarn for a quick holiday door decoration.

Thanks for stopping by, and happy knitting!

P.S. I shared this with my newsletter yesterday, so sign up here to get the good stuff first!

03 December 2015

Designer resources

In yesterday morning's Periscope broadcast I mentioned some resources I turn to when writing and grading patterns. As I mentioned, I usually follow Knitty standards, as I like how wide-ranging they are (seven sizes from XS to 3X in 4-inch increments). Most magazines I've worked with publish patterns in five sizes, but I do prefer seven -- it's not too much more work while giving more knitters the opportunity to knit a pattern from the instructions.

When grading my patterns I often refer to:
I love all the measurements included in Ysolda's chart -- it's very thorough, although it does not contain a key number for my pattern writing: sleeve length from wrist to underarm. Since I write patterns from cuff and hem upwards to join body and sleeves together and work yokes seamlessly, this number is of more use to me than the given sleeve length measurement (from wrist to shoulder). Happily I can find that number in the CYCA standards.

As for the books I mention above, Ann Budd's book is a great starting point, even if I find the amount of ease included to be much larger than I generally design for. The proportions are helpful, though, as are the impressive spectrum of pattern grading from baby to large adult man. And EZ's books are so helpful in thinking about the body in a three-dimensional way, as well as the interconnectedness of our parts thanks to her EPS (Elizabeth's Percentage System). I couldn't do without Knitting Workshop and re-read Knitter's Almanac on a regular basis.

I hope you find these helpful/interesting. Let me know in the comments if you have any other knitting design resources you turn to regularly.

Thanks for stopping by, and happy knitting!

Why I knit seamlessly plus a little bit of holiday knitting #knitscope

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