Introducing our Fall 2021 Knit-Along
The Riverside Bricks Shawl/ Scarf, designed by Nancy Lekx.
To register, please send an email before Sept. 9 to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are so happy to once again collaborate with local knit designer Nancy Lekx, who has created two projects for this Knit-Along. Each project features four different stitch patterns, so swatching will be necessary! This KAL is a great opportunity to learn new techniques and get handy tips from the designer. Nancy will lead each 90-minute Zoom session, and sign-up is free.
The project is knit up in Estelle Eco Tweed DK, a 50% Wool, 25% Alpaca, 25% Lyocell blend that is soft yet rustic. We have it in 12 colours, with endless matching possibilities.
For those taking part in the KAL, we are offering the pattern for free with your purchase of yarn at Riverside Yarns. If you prefer to use yarn you already have, Nancy will be offering the pattern for 1/2 price until the end of the day on September 16 from her Ravelry store at:
Some Notes on Skills
To participate in this Knit-Along, knitters should already be able to cast on, knit, purl, and bind off.
During the KAL, there will be opportunities to develop the following skills:
knitting swatches and getting gauge;
choosing techniques (cast-ons, increases) to suit your purpose;
slipping stitches and mosaic knitting;
finishing your knitted item (blocking, weaving in ends).
To Prepare for the Knit-Along
It would be helpful if you have obtained the pattern, chosen your yarn, and knit a swatch in the first stitch pattern, but you don’t really need to work on anything ahead of time to participate productively in the knitalong.
Knit- Along Topics
Week One: Getting Started
This design asks you to knit four different stitch patterns to the same gauge. Swatching will be key. We’ll set you up for success by discussing the characteristics of each stitch pattern, and helping you choose needle sizes for swatching.
The project starts with some rows of garter stitch, so we’ll talk about different methods for casting on stitches, and which of them transition well into plain knitting. Then we’ll look at the instructions for the knit-purl textured stitch, and how to read the accompanying chart.
We’ll also look at some options for increasing stitches for those who are knitting the asymmetrical shawl.
Week Two: Slip Stitch and Mosaic Knitting
The second section features a slip-stitch brick pattern in two colours. It’s easy knitting because you use just one colour in any given row—knitting in one colour and slipping the stiches you want to appear in the other colour. We’ll look at ways of joining the second colour at the start of a row, and how to carry the yarns up the side of your knitting, so you don’t have to weave in dozens of ends later.
Because the same skills are used in the mosaic section, we’ll talk about mosaic knitting as well, and discuss why following a chart might be better than written instructions for these kinds of stitch patterns.
Week Three: Lace Knitting
The “Little Arrowhead” stitch pattern is a simple lace stitch with a 6-stitch, 4-row repeat. We’ll show you the techniques you need to know in order to knit this stitch pattern: yo increase, k2tog decrease, ssk decrease, s2kp central double decrease. Those techniques are the building blocks of all lace knitting, and you’ll be able to apply them to all sorts of more complex patterns. But if you would rather work an even simpler stitch, we have a simple knit-purl chevron pattern that you can substitute easily—it even has the same 6-stitch, 4-row repeat.
Week Four: Finishing
While people continue knitting their projects, we’ll look ahead to binding off and other finishing techniques. The project ends with a few rows of garter stitch so the standard bind-off works just fine, but we’ll look at a couple of tricks that can help you bind off more loosely if you find your bound-off edges pull in and won’t lay flat. We’ll also demonstrate how to block your project and weave in all those loose ends.
Week Five: Show and Tell
The final night of the Knit-Along will give you an opportunity to show off your progress, and hopefully, we’ll be able to see lots of beautiful finished projects. You can share some of the tips and tricks you’ve picked up along the way that made the knitting easier, and how you can apply the techniques you’ve used here in future projects. We’ll also be able to discuss ideas for future Knit-Alongs.
Photos by Nancy Lekx