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January 18

Knitting Patterns on Ravelry

I know a few of you (in the past) had asked me if I had the freebie knitting/crochet patterns up on Ravelry… and I hadn’t.  I could never figure out how to add patterns that were published by another company, like Stitchcraft Magazine.

So I am now thrilled to announce that I’ve finally figured it out and I’ve begun posting up patterns from here onto Ravelry.  So you can now link to the pattern in Ravelry and save it to your favorites like you would any other pattern!

To search for a pattern you can type in the name of the pattern (same as the title that I have on my website) or you can search by the pattern designer which is technically Patons Uk.  If all else fails, just check out my favorites on Ravelry, and they’re all there too.

I should note…. ALL of my free patterns aren’t on Ravelry yet, but I’m getting there.  I’m going from the most recent back to the beginning.  So if the pattern you’re working on isn’t on Ravelry yet, it soon will be.

In other knitting news…

There’s currently a Knit-A-Long for the Striped Jumper Pattern.  This is such a classic pattern that could have either a vintage or a modern look depending on the fit and yarn you choose.

The lovely, Annabelle of Annabellebumps alerted me on this KAL earlier in January but I shortly left the country on the cruise and didn’t get time to post about it.   But there’s still plenty of time to join in to the KAL which is being hosted on Ravelry in the All Things Vintage Group (which I admit I just joined).

Even if you don’t join in the fun, you can still follow along with how others are knitting up this pattern, see what yarn they’ve choose, and more.

What’s on my Needles:

(sans makeup & post workout)

As you can see, it’s very much a work in progress.  I’ve worked one sleeve with the yarn that was left over from the bodice and I knit till the ball of yarn was mostly used up and left the live stitches on a scrap of yarn.  In the meantime, I’m working on the second sleeve and will continue knitting it up until it matches the length of sleeve #1 (just 1 more pattern repeat.)

You may ask why I’m doing it this way.  Well ladies…. I didn’t estimate the yardage that I would need for this sweater.  I bought 3 skeins of yarn since that’s all the yarn store had that was in the same colorway.  (And I generally only buy 2-3 skeins per project).  Shame on me, I know!  So what I’m doing is working the sleeves bit by bit to see how far I can get them without running out of yarn.

Once sleeve #2 matches sleeve #1, I’m going to make the collar since that is the next important piece I have to finish.  After the collar is completed, I’ll go back to working each sleeve, simultaneously, as long as I can get them.

So far I still think I have plenty of yarn, but I want to play it safe and complete the most important design features first: sleeves (till they’re a wearable length), collar, button placket, remaining sleeves, and lastly the pocket if there’s any yarn left over.

I’m a knitting rebel.  heh  I’ve gotten away with using 2 skeins of cascade for fitted, short sleeve jumpers before, so I figure 3 skeins should do it for 3/4 length sleeves since I’m such a shorty.  :)  Wish me luck!

  1. Ashley0107 / Jan 18 2013

    I love the jumper, such a lovely colour :) Also, I adore your glasses!

  2. Evie / Jan 18 2013

    Inspired solution – and the joy of knitting in the round! Good luck with eking out those sleeves.

  3. Tasha / Jan 18 2013

    Makes sense to me! Hey, you have to do what you have to do to make the yardage work. It’s looking gorgeous (the color is beautiful), can’t wait to see it finished!

  4. gMarie / Jan 18 2013

    It’s a stunning jumper. I love it! The yarn doesn’t look like Cascade 220 – is it? g

  5. Michelle / Jan 18 2013

    I had a similar moment of terror on a project I’m knitting. But instead of knitting back and forth between sleeves, I used a food scale to divide my remaining yarn into equally balls. And, now I’m knitting them from the sleeve cap- down. I have no idea how long they’ll end-up, but I know they’ll be the same in the end. I think you can get a gram scale for as inexpensive as $9. It comes in handy with knitting and yarn ALL THE TIME.

  6. joelle / Jan 18 2013

    oh! yes, the glasses are super pretty! i just ordered new ones too, i am impatiently waiting for them. you got me interested with the KAL, i’ll go check it out!

  7. Jenny / Jan 19 2013

    such a lovely, rich color! Can’t wait to see it finished ;)

  8. Jo / Jan 21 2013

    Thank you so much for putting your free patterns on Ravelry! This is a great idea and it will be very useful to us Ravelry fanatics!
    Your own knitting project is looking amazing :D

  9. Liz / Jan 21 2013

    Your jumper looks amazing and that colour really suits you!
    Thanks for the Ravelry patterns and the link to the KAL, might have to look into that one!

  10. Meg the Grand / Jan 28 2013

    Ooooo – your jumper is looking marvelous! I love you in this color so much!

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