Embroidery on Knits again
The new issue of Interweave Knits is almost out. I've got three projects this fall - two in print and one on the web. I'll write about the two print designs next week since I don't think the mag has even hit subscribers yet. But the website is up with all the new down-loadable patterns. I think this is a great thing for magazines to do - have free patterns on the web. As a former person who had to purchase and design printed pieces for a yarn company, I know how much space on paper costs. Sometimes there just isn't the space for long patterns and interesting technique articles. Here's the link to the adult cardigan - it's halfway down the page and there is a pdf file: LINK.
My new pattern is an adult version of Julia's Seeing Dots Cardigan from the Spring 2006 Knits issue. I wrote about it March 21st. I just love this sweater. I want it myself. It's the kind of design I would wear everyday. Knit in plain stockinette stitch with drop shoulder sleeves, this design is perfect for advanced beginners. No nasty shaping except for sleeve width increasing and neckline decreases.
The edging is picked up all the way around the sweater with a circular needle and worked in garter stitch in the round. To make the mitered corner, increases are worked on each side of a central stitch evey other row. It looks so smart and it's really easy. There's something else new for beginners to learn - embroidery on knits to make the polka dots. You'll only need to do one stitch (the spider web stitch) which you add after the whole sweater is complete. I added a separating zipper to give it a real Fred Rodgers feel - love that guy! I'm working on a little sewing in a zipper tutorial for those who haven't done it before.
It's knit in Julia Wool/Mohair/Alpaca - what else? - in three lovely colors of Espresso No. B118, Blue Thyme No. 3961, and Lady's Mantle 3961 with the Blue Thyme as the base. Your choice of colors is large - so pick one main color and two other favorites. This fall you may even find Julia at your LYS. Soon you'll have a classic, but chic zippered cardi. Now when am I going to make one for myself?
Here's a link to the embroidery article I wrote last spring that is also a pdf file to download. This will give you more How-To about stitching on knits:
How to Embroider on Knits Link.