Over the years, hearing the silky voice of radio dj’s (Casey Kasem, Dick Clark, Rick Dees, etc.) as they took us on a musical journey to review the year’s Top 40 Hits always seemed the perfect way to close out a year. Hearing all of the favorites we might have forgotten about as the months brought in new releases and with that, new favorites, it was great to be reminded of a few that may have dropped off the radar!
With that in mind, we thought it would be fun to look back and see what your favorites (and ours!) and some of your most requested colorways were in 2015. This will help us put together a rocking “playlist” for our “Goodbye, 2015!” and countdown to 2016 party! It’s the last update of the year, you guys! It’s a little bittersweet so let’s have some fun! So, what was your favorite colorway of 2015?
This Blog Update is going to be full of your most requested colors and bases – your favorites, our favorites – and will include some of the new favorites, like Grumpy Old Sailor (he sure made an impression on all of us)! Who remembers buying a 45-rpm record (I think there’s an entire generation out there who have never even seen a 45 rpm record!) and finding something interesting on the B side? Well, our version of the B side will be those colors and bases you post in the Wishlist thread over the next few days.
Here is a sneak peek of the colorways you can expect to see at this last update to send us off into 2016:
Here’s a taste of what to expect for bases in this update, but remember; the lists of favorite colors & bases aren’t finished just yet! Be sure to keep an eye on the Update News & Announcement thread in our Ravelry group as the weekend progresses to find out what other favorites will be added!
Another fun addition to this update will be the option to pre-order NEW Plucky Totes and Project Bags with our new collage graphic on them. You can pick from the Bases Design in grey, or the Colors Design in pink, blue or green!
So, what was your personal favorite of 2015? Please help us finalize the list of colors and bases for this (and every) update. Your input in the Wishlist thread is extremely helpful! Can’t recall offhand what you may have seen in the early updates of 2015? Be sure to download the Plucky Knitter app where you will find a huge collection of photos of Plucky colors, listed by name and color family, as well as color pairings that Hayley and I find work particularly well with all of our favorites.
This will be the last pre-order update of 2015, so your purchases will ship according to usual time-frames and will be headed your way the end of the third week in January, 2016. We hope 2015 was kind to you and we thank you so much for your warmth and friendship! As a quick housekeeping note, we will be off-grid (lights out at the barn) and take a bit of down time with family and friends. Although the barn may be dark after we get all the things shipped to you we promised before year-end, you can rest assured that we are plotting an planning a fun and festive 2016!
Can it really be mid-December next week? I keep hearing it, seeing it, and saying it, but I still have a hard time believing it. While we’ve been at the barn with shipping, dyeing and designing, time has been marching right along!
In between packing and shipping over the last few months, we’ve been taking inventory, pulling out some oldies that are certainly goodies and setting them aside for you. I’ve been holding back some fun, saving up for a special time and that time is now – it’s time to pull it all out for our very last IG Update of 2015 (can you believe it?)!
And, to make this update an extra special and fun time, we’re making it a two-part update so as many as possible can join in on the fun! We hope you’ll join us on Friday, December 11th at 9:00 a.m. EST and again on Sunday, December 13th at 7:00 p.m. EST in the Plucky Knitter Etsy Shop!
An important note:
Since all of the yarn available in Friday’s & Sunday’s update (and all other subsequent RTS or IG updates) has been carefully inventoried, dyed, and is ready to be shipped the following Tuesday, we will no longer be able to accommodate requests for cancellations or changes of orders. Please be absolutely certain that you fully intend to purchase and receive any yarn you check-out with from the update. It is administratively very difficult and impedes shipping times to allow for these changes. Thank you for your understanding!
If you are new to Plucky we invite you to read all about our Updates in the FAQs found HERE. Also, be sure to sign up for our eNewsletter and go to our Plucky Knitter app so you are always up-to-date on events and news.
The end of the year is upon us and I don’t know about you, but I still feel like there’s so much (knitting) to be done before 2015 is over! I have grand plans for so many projects I’ve had my eye on, but they’ll be bumped into the new year. That’s okay. Right now, as the weather is making its slow turn to winter (snow would be welcome here right now, it just makes the dark, dreary days so much prettier!), I want warm, quick, knits. I want to knit with (and be) Snug & Cozy. And, clearly you do too based on the polls for this update! We heard you loud and clear. Snug and Cozy it is! We’ll certainly have other options too, but Snug will be appearing in all 3 weights and Cozy will be making a rare appearance (and its last appearance for a good while!). Here’s the best part of this update – it’s all ready to ship!!
That’s right, ready to ship! Thursday, December 3, at the Plucky Blog, we’ll have all the Snugs, Cozy, and 6 other Plucky bases in a Ready-To-Ship Update. Oh, and how’s this for exciting?!? This update will be offered as a two-part update, too! You guys deserve it. Whether you’re planning a single color project or are getting ready to cast on a myriad of hats for friends and family, I hope you’ll find something in this update that will keep you Snug & Cozy through the end of the year and beyond!
Every one of the colorways will be available on each of the following bases:
And just for fun, we’ll have MYSTERY options available. These will be 1-skein & 3-skein and you choose your base! As always, we’ll take your color wishes into account, so be sure to include a note for us before you check-out. If we have it, we’ll do our best to grant your wish!
There’s bound to be something here for everyone! We hope you will join us on Thursday, December 3, 2015 at 9 am EST and again at 8 pm at the Plucky Blog.
If you are new to Plucky we invite you to read all about our Blog Updates in the FAQs found HERE. Also, be sure to sign up for our eNewsletter and go to our Plucky Knitter app so you are always up-to-date on events and news.
We love gradients. We love cowls. We love choices! This update is going to feature all 3!Are you a gradient lover too? If you are, we have an exciting new design to share with you. Michele Wang’s new cowl, Wollman Rink is a perfect fit for working with gradient color schemes. This slip-stitch colorwork cowl has quickly become a favorite of mine. Do you have a blanket in mind but you want to add extra colors and skeins to build on a gradient you’ve already put together? Or are you just ready to cast-on all of the new hats and gorgeous sweaters coming out for the winter season? You can! Here are the nuts & bolts of this update:
We are so excited about Wollman Rink, with its color play, gorgeous texture and timeless good looks, reminiscent of the venue for which it’s named. Whether you lace up your skates and take to the ice or watch from the sidelines with a steaming mug of something hot, Wollman Rink is the perfect accessory.
To help Michele celebrate the release of her pattern and upcoming Gauge and Tension Plucky trunk show this weekend, Hayley and I have put together a collection of fingering weight kits that we think are particularly fun and promise to be ever so pretty. Choose from gradients or play with color to create your own perfect cowl. The pattern will be available in Michele’s Ravelry shop beginning Friday, November 6 and she’s even offering 10% off through Sunday!
And, we’ve heard your requests for more gradient kits, and we are happy to oblige! In addition to the fingering kits, we will also have sport, worsted and bulkier (5) skein kits available.
I think it bears repeating that every color and base available in a kit is also available for pre-order in the quantity you want! Do you need a Quadri to go with your Wollman Rink? Pick up an extra skein of Bello Worsted or Snug Worsted, or even Scholar, and you’re good to go!
Before every update, please be sure to pop into the wishlist thread to let us know what colors and bases you are shopping for. This is such a great starting point for us in putting together update offerings of bases, single colors, collages and gradients. Then, we will post them in the locked update thread so you can easily scroll through to see what combos are speaking to Hayley and me!
Please join us on Friday, November 6 at 12 p.m. EST and again on Sunday, November 8 at 8 p.m. EST on the Plucky Blog for this multiple choice update! Here’s a recap of what you will find:
Wollman Rink Cowl kits:
This is going to be a fun one! An important note: This is one of the last blog updates that will ship prior to 12/23/2015. If you’re looking for yarn to gift or gifts to knit, now’s your chance! If you are new to Plucky we invite you to read all about our Blog Updates in the FAQs found HERE. Also, be sure to sign up for our eNewsletter and go to our Plucky Knitter app so you are always up-to-date on events and news.
It’s time for the Shindig After Party Instant Gratification update!
As something special for all of our Plucky Friends (and especially for those who weren’t able to join us at the recent Plucky Shindig) we are happy to announce an After Party IG update that will be full of creative and fun possibilities for your cool weather knitting (winter IS coming!). Many bases and colors will be available just perfect for jumping right into Plucktober or your favorite Fall Back pattern.
I can’t even begin to tell you how excited we are to begin to see new WIPs and FOs from the Fall Back collection pop up in the threads. What a thrill! If you’re looking for a few shopping ideas, Jill(aka Knitterella) is hosting an Omena KAL in the Ravelry group for this sure-to-be-a-wardrobe-staple vest! Or how about Michele Wang’s Quadri hat for that single skein of SNUG Worsted to ease you into building your cool weather wardrobe? And we can’t forget about the plethora of options that many amazing designers and Plucky friends are offering in the Plucktober 2015 Designer/Retailer thread. Oh, if I remember correctly, we definitely had a few skeins of cashmere left from the Shindig and while packing, I couldn’t help but think of the possibilities for a few pairs of Burning Leaves or a Freeze Warning by Amy Miller.
It’s not truly a Plucky After Party without those mystery kits! I’m thinking Peak Color mystery kits (five color and two color kits of assorted fingering weights – #mixthosebases!!!) would be a fun addition to the update as well as 3 and 6 skein tasting menus and our other mystery offerings.
The After Party IG update will be Friday morning, September 18th at 9:00 am EDT and, because I would hate for anyone to miss out on the party, again at 8:00 pm EDT Friday evening in the Plucky ETSY Shop. And please join us in the update chatter thread in the Plucky group on Ravelry on Friday morning (and again Friday evening) where we will be chatting away!
Shipping will begin on Tuesday, September 22nd. Please remember that it takes a little extra time to get the IG orders all out the door. Those mystery kits take us a while – we love to match them up to you as well as we possibly can – all the while trying to add in something unexpected (so fun!).
Sarah & the Plucky Crew
I’m so excited to announce that tomorrow morning, September 10th, we are going live with our third collection, FALL BACK. We have gathered together a wonderfully fun selection of all things transitional, taking you from early fall weather into deep winter. Now is the time to turn our thoughts and our needles to the changing season.
In Fall Back you’ll find sweaters that are perfect for this time of the year when you need something cozy to ward off the chill in the air. Of course there will be hats, scarves and cowls a plenty! Oh, and some fun ways to show your team spirit at the football game or to support your alma mater. You’ll find some eye-popping color work, of course, and marvelously decadent shawls.
We invite you to take your time and explore the entire collection. Whether you’re looking for quick fingerless mitts or a project that will help you expand your knitting repertoire, we hope you find it in the new Fall Back collection.
Something tells me this Friday would be the perfect time for an Instant Gratification update. I know that many of you are unable to attend the Shindig (we will miss you!) and I want to make sure as many of you as possible can join in the fun of the Shindig and have the yarn your hearts desire for the Plucktober festivities.
I love Instant Gratification updates as there truly is something for everyone and the project possibilities – they are simply endless. There will be mystery kits, tasting menus and, of course, some fantastic onesie-twosies and sweater quantities of your favorite Plucky bases.
So, please join us for an update in the Plucky ETSY shop, Friday, August 21st at 9:00 am EDT, filled with just about everything you can imagine – and maybe even a couple of our newest Shindig colorways will be available!
A note about the shipping of IG update:
The update is all ready-to-ship items. It is an assortment of goodies already dyed and available to ship. While the yarn is ready-to-ship, it does take us 24-48 hours to administer the shipping process to then print labels and begin shipping. Friday’s update will begin shipping on Tuesday, August 25th. Also, please note that the mystery kits and tastings menus will ship Monday, August 31st.
As per usual with Etsy updates there will be product that goes live right at the appointed time but I will be posting things as I go. If you have not yet found our update thread in Ravelry we have a great time chatting about the update while it’s happening.
If you are new to Plucky, please be sure to read through the “New to Plucky FAQ” thread for a full explanation of how the updates work. Also, please feel free to pop into the “Your Plucky Concierge” thread and ask away. We’re happy to help!
Summer isn’t quite over yet and although we’re in full prep mode for fall (Shindig and other exciting plans!), we are still celebrating summer with our latest addition – Crewbie!
That’s right – Crewbie. Rhymes with Drewbie and is the namesake of our favorite “little brother”, Drew! He rolls his eyes and blushes when he hears it, but we know he loves it! If you’ve met Drew at the Shindig or one of our shows, you’ll understand why the name is so befitting.
Crewbie, little brother of Crew, is going to be hard-working, structured yet soft and will hold it’s shape thanks to the cotton/wool blend, just like Crew!
We are so excited to see a new twist on some already great fingering weight patterns using Crewbie. Here are a few we think will be great!:
Stripe Parade – the cotton in Crewbie will heather the colorways “just so” for that beachy-end-of-summer-look sweater you’ll pull out year after year…
Lake Effect – this fingering weight cardi will be an excellent transitional piece into the fall months when it’s not quite cold enough for a jacket but you need to ward off the chill.
Adrift – have a decadent pair in Bello? knit a utilitarian yet still soft pair with Crewbie!
Northport – When in doubt, knit a hat! You can never have or gift too many! I am 100% certain I must have a Northport in Crewbie – I mean, I love my Fly Swatter in Crew, & I love to play with color…yes, this one must happen! Perhaps colorwork isn’t what you’re wanting these days, what about this cute new pattern Stones On The Beach or the Hermaness hat? Perfect!
Plaits & Pines – what do I always say…?! Mix those bases! How about a Plaits & Pines with Crewbie & Bello … really play on the way the colors take to the different fibers/bases and make those cables POP!
To round out the family theme and to #mixthosebases, a Hayley’s Comet would be great! Pick a skein of Crewbie and let it play with any of the other Plucky Fingering weight bases in a Hayley’s Comet for textural interest or let it sub in for another base to create that oh so perfect and soothing gradient.
And, because hats are always a good idea (to knit. to wear. to gift.) I thought I might include a little something to jump start your Fall knitting! Off Grid is our newest Plucky hat pattern. This hat will be perfect for transitioning from early Fall into “I must wear a hat now” season. It’s a shoulder season hat! For this update, orders that include a purchase of Cachet, Primo Aran, Scholar, Snug Worsted or Traveler Aran will receive a digital copy of Off Grid! Oh, and I think we should also include the pattern in ANY order over $50!
If you are new to Plucky, please be sure to read through the ‘New To Plucky FAQ’ thread for a full explanation of how the updates work. Also, please feel free to pop into the ‘Your Plucky Concierge’ thread and ask away. We’re happy to help!
Go ahead, grab a skein or two or five of Crewbie and give it a go! However, Crewbie won’t be the only guy at this party on Friday, August 7th at Noon EDT and again on Sunday, August 9th at 8:00 PM EDT here on the Plucky BLOG. Here is the full list of bases that will be attending this two-part update. Bases available:
Cachet (Cashmere Aran)
Sarah & the Plucky Crew
Double The Fun!
Double your knitting pleasure, double your knitting fun….you guys have spoken! We just couldn’t decide which to debut first – Shatsu, the perfect tee from Michele Wang or the scrumptious Multiplicty wrap by Amy Miller. Whether you are an accessory knitter, a garment knitter or equal opportunity knitter, we have your bases covered. We are so happy to offer two kits in one update!
Multiplicity by Amy Miller, is a wrap that just begs to be knit more than once! Hayley’s already planning her second! My mind is spinning with two color combos and multi-colored eye popping possibilities. This pattern is a textured triangle and is written in a variety of size, base and color work options. And, I am happy to report that Multiplicity is that magic project… fun to knit, great conversational knitting and a gorgeous FO when done!
The Shatsu Tee, by Michele Wang, is destined to become a wardrobe must have! Knit in a heavy fingering or sport weight, this tee promises to work on every body shape under the sun! And, Shatsu knows no season. You can wear it as a lighter weight shell in the warmer months over a tank and yoga pants (which I have done and love it) or layer it over a button down (flannel or plaid for me please!) or long sleeved tee (stripe tee would be super cute!) when the temperatures drop.
Just a few of the bases available so far for Multiplicity & Shatsu:
Please join us at 8:00 pm Eastern on Sunday, July 19th and again on Monday, July 20th at 9:00 am Eastern right here on the Plucky Blog for a double the fun update.
Shatsu and Multiplicity will have a drop down menu for the base and the colors of your choice. And, you can be sure that Hayley and I will have some pretty kicky mystery kits up our sleeves for those who want a Multiplicity surprise. I hope you will take a few minutes to pop into the Wishlist thread and let us know what colors are calling your name!
Keep an eye on the Update News & Announcements thread for the final list of color kits and options that will be offered and if there is something you would love to see, please be sure to post in the Wishlist thread and we will do our very best to make it happen! Oh, and I almost forgot…we will have 2 skein Multiplicity kits and just a few Shatsu kits in the 3 and 4 skein sizes as ready-to-ship!!!
Sarah & the Plucky Crew
The IG update will be full of creative and fun possibilities for warmer weather knitting! Many bases and colors that are perfect for jumping right into your favorite Spring Forward pattern as well as many of your tried and true favorites (some bulky will be there, sweater, SNUG bulky and many more).
I can’t even begin to tell you how exciting it is to see the new WIPs and FOs from the Spring Forward collection pop up in the threads. What a thrill! In fact, I am getting super excited about casting on my own Stripe Parade (really hoping that happens soon!) and my Beehive has been great fun to knit! I think everyone should treat themselves to a Hazy Morn cowl! Oh, and you would absolutely love a Tide Chart. It is sort of my dream pullover because it’s reminiscent of a comfy sweatshirt, but better! I have two that have been knit up in Sounds Like A Carnival – one a little more fitted and one the next size up for that cozy sweatshirt feel. And all those Lake Effect cardis already on your needles, look at you guys go!!
But it wouldn’t be truly festive without those mystery kits!!! I’m thinking Spring Fever mystery kits (8 skeins of assorted fingering weights – #mixthosebases!!!) would be a fun addition to the 6 skein tasting menus and our other mystery offerings.
Please note that the IG update is ready to ship and will begin shipping on Tuesday, May 12th. Please also remember that it takes a little extra time to get it all out the door. Those mystery kits take us a while – we love to match them up to you as well as we possibly can – all the while trying to add in something unexpected (so fun!).
So please join us in the update chatter thread in the Plucky group on Ravelry on Friday morning (and again Friday evening) where we will be chatting away!
The Plucky Knitter Shindig 2015
Friday and Saturday, September 11 and 12
Amway Grand Plaza Hotel
187 Monroe Avenue NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49506
It’s Shindig Sign-up Time!
The Plucky Shindig is a homecoming party for the Plucky Knitter community, a gathering of all the friends you’ve made (both in-person and online) and of course, the perfect time and place to bond with your fellow knitters and fiber loving folks. We so look forward to welcoming you all from near and far to learn, to shop, and to play together (photo booth, fashion show and karaoke anyone?!).
Sarah and the crew will be stocking the Plucky marketplace to the gills with all your favorite colors and bases (plus at least one or two new bases and countless new colors)! Hayley, Sarah and the fellas will also be standing by to help with color selection, project pairing and general merriment!
Below you will find all the details and there’s also lively discussion in the Plucky Knitter group at Ravelry. Won’t you please join us, we’d love to have you!
With warmth and gratitude from your grateful hosts for making the Shindig so fun and our community so special,
Sarah & Lorilee
Closest airport: Gerald Ford International Airport (GRR). Shuttles and taxis are easily arranged for the 20 minute trip downtown. A rental car is not needed.
Guests make their own reservations. Rate is $129 per night plus taxes for a guest room with two queen beds. The same rate applies whether 1, 2, 3 or 4 guests are in the room. Once successfully registered for either a class or the Shindig, you will receive an email with the link and phone number for reserving a hotel room in our block of discounted rooms. We will open up the block to everyone within a few days after registration by announcing it in the Ravelry forum. Mosts guests will book for Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights. Add a night before or after for the same rate.
The event and classes will be sold in an update on the Plucky Knitter blog at 8:00 pm eastern time on Sunday, May 3.
Free for everyone – $0
Without registering or paying for anything, all guests may participate in:
Shindig Package- $330
You may purchase one registration, or two if buying for you and a friend.
Shindig registration includes:
Does not include:
Full class descriptions are found below. There are seven choices. Classes are limited to 20 participants each. Morning session is held from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon. Afternoon session is from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Please be careful to watch the class schedule so you do not double-book yourself. You may buy one or two seats each in one or more class(es), so as to be certain you can sign up with a friend. Remember to allow yourself free time to relax and enjoy your friends and the rest of the event.
Class registration includes:
Your Paypal receipt from the Plucky Knitter is your registration confirmation.
It is important to add Lorilee Beltman <Lorilee@city-knitting.com> to your email address book so that communications regarding hotel reservations first, then other items later in the coming months, will be received. We will use your PayPal email for this initially, then you’ll have an opportunity later to provide an alternate email address.
We will be attempting to contact confirmed Shindig and Class registrants within 24 hours to provide you with a link and phone number for making hotel room reservations in our reserved, discounted block of rooms. That email will come from Lorilee@city-knitting.com.
Once you have received your Paypal confirmation from the Plucky Knitter, please go ahead and reserve a room. We will open up the block to everyone in the Ravelry forum within a few days after registration, so please do not delay.
Amy Herzog | Knit to Flatter
JC Briar | Hook Hocus Pocus
Amy Herzog | Mindful Modifications
JC Briar | Slick Set-in Sleeves
Amy Herzog | Sweaters, Deconstructed
Lorilee Beltman | Professional-Looking Cuffs Using the Magic Cast On
JC Briar | Wedge Shawl Design
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Amy Herzog | Knit to Flatter
Location: Vandenberg Room B
Class Description: Consider these two truths: Your body has an inherent shape that will persist throughout your life and any weight changes, which forms a visual impression to the rest of the world, and clothing can change the way that shape looks, based on a few simple principles. Knitting yourself clothing that makes you look and feel gorgeous is all about figuring out what shape you have, what impression you want to give, and then picking patterns or designing ones that will follow suit. Amy will show you how in this engaging class.
Skills required: All levels welcome.
Materials: Measuring tape. Bring/wear a snug-fitting top.
JC Briar | Hook Hocus Pocus
Location: Atrium Room
Class Description: Maybe you’ve used a crochet hook to bind off, or to pick up a dropped stitch. But have you used one to join pieces together? To cast on provisionally? Or to stabilize an edge and provide a place from which to pick up stitches? Learn all of these techniques, plus embellishment, decorative edgings, and more.
Skills required: Basic knitting experience; no crochet experience
Materials: Smooth, light colored, worsted-weight yarn in two or more colors; needles of a size appropriate for your yarn; crochet hook roughly US size G (4mm)
If using Plucky Knitter yarn, JC recommends:
Homework: Using yarn of a single color, make three swatches as follows: Cast on 20 sts. Knit in stockinette for 4” (10 cm). Do not bind off. Cut yarn, leaving a 24” (60 cm) tail.
Location: Vandenberg Room B
Class Description: It’s one thing to look at a YouTube video on working short rows, and quite another to identify (a) when you need shaping, (b) what you’re trying to accomplish with your shaping, and (c) figure out the mechanics of carrying out a mod. In this class, we cover how to work, and when you need, all major modifications a knitter would make to a sweater. This includes:
This class is aimed at intermediate knitters, or beginning knitters who are adventurous and not shy about using their calculator. Students should feel comfortable with knitting, purling, increasing, and decreasing.
Skills required: Knit/purl; cast on/bind off; increase/decrease; have knit a few accessories
Location: Atrium Room
Class Description: Set-in sleeves give a sweater a crisp, tailored look. And for easy knitting, you just can’t beat sleeves knit from the top down. Pick up stitches from the body, shape the sleeve cap with short rows, and you avoid the bulk of a seam and the fuss of easing a sleeve cap into an armhole. Learn to adapt an existing pattern to this approach, or to design according to your measurements.
Skills required: Experience knitting sweaters
Materials: Smooth, light colored, worsted-weight yarn (400 yards, if you want to complete the class sample sweater); US size 7 (4.5 mm) needles, or size needed to obtain gauge of 20 sts = 4” (including dpns, two circs, or a long Magic Loop circ if you wish to knit the lower sleeves in the round; otherwise, straight needles are fine); clip-on stitch markers; smooth, contrast-color waste yarn; crochet hook roughly US size G/6 (4 mm)
If using Plucky Knitter yarn, JC recommends: Sweater, Primo Worsted
Homework: Knit the back and right front of a child-size cardigan from the top down as follows:
Back: Cast on 50 sts firmly. Keeping selvedge sts in stockinette (do not slip the first st of every row), work even in stockinette for 4¼” (11 cm), then increase 2 sts every RS row 4 times as follows: k1, M1, knit to last st, M1, k1 » 58 sts. After the last increase row, purl one WS row, then break the yarn and transfer all sts from needles to waste yarn.
Right front: Holding the back with its RS facing you, pick up and knit 13 sts from the back’s cast-on edge, starting at the right armhole edge and extending for 2½” (6.5 cm) across the right shoulder. Work even in stockinette for 5 rows, then increase 1 st at the neck edge every RS row 6 times as follows: knit to last st, M1, k1 » 19 sts. After the last increase row, purl one WS row, then cast on 6 more sts at the end of the following RS row » 25 sts. Work even in stockinette until the right front measures 4¼” (11 cm) from its initial pick-up row, then increase 1 st at the armhole edge every RS row 4 times as follows: k1, M1, knit to end of row » 29 sts. After the last increase row, purl one WS row, then break the yarn and transfer all sts from needles to waste yarn.
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Location: Atrium Room
Class Description: Even if the fit of your sweater is perfect, how much you love your finished garment depends on a lot of different things! In this class, we’ll talk about the three main things to consider when you’re planning a sweater: Silhouette, fabric, and stitch patterning.
Some individual topics include:
-How sweaters are constructed: Overviews of the different construction styles, what they’re good for, and what kinds of bodies they fit best.
-What goes into a great swatch: The proper way to construct and “read” a swatch, measuring your gauge, and how to account for tricky fibers
-Fabric: What should your sweater fabric feel like? What makes a “good” fabric, and how do you match it to design elements?
-Where is it easy to “add in” stitch patterning to your sweater? What are the consequences of adding stitch patterning in terms of shaping, gauge, and fabric?
Student Q&A is a big part of the class, too, so bring your own questions to class, and let’s talk sweaters!
Skills required: Knit/purl; cast on/bind off; this class is great for the prospective sweater knitter, the new sweater knitter, and the intermediate sweater knitter alike.
Materials: The homework swatches and a tape measure.
Homework: Please bring a few good-sized (4–6”/10–15cm square) swatches to class. They can be out of anything you like, in any gauge you like.
Location: Vandenberg Room B
Class Description: Learn to knit professional-looking cuffs and hems without crochet hook, waste yarn, or sewing. Class begins by learning Judy’s Magic Cast On. We proceed to knit in the round to learn first hand what a beautifully-tensioned invisible cast on can look like. Next we use JMCO to work a hemmed cuff, both plain and picot, without waste yarn nor sewing down bulky edges. Then create the professional and tidy tubular cast on in 1 x 1 and 2 x 2 rib, again without waste yarn nor crochet hook. These memorizable techniques will be your new “go-to” skills for provisional starts, and for sweater, hat and mitten cuffs. You’ll feel very clever.
Skills required: experience with knit, purl, and ribbing
Materials: 50 grams of worsted weight yarn. Yarn must be a multi-ply wool, smooth, and colored lightly enough to see well. Yarn must not be single ply, acrylic, fuzzy (no mohair), splitty, dark, nor thinner than worsted. One slippery circular needle 32″ long or longer in a size US 6 or US 7. Oneadditional circular needle of similar size. Gauge is not critical for class.
If using Plucky Knitter yarn, Lorilee recommends: Sweater, Primo Worsted
Location: Vandenberg Room B
Stunning shawls are often formed of lace “wedges,” sections that gradually grow wider as the knitting progresses. Triangular shawls formed of two wedges are a familiar option. But shawls of three or more wedges are also possible, and often sit more securely on the wearer’s shoulders. Take this class to learn how to design a wedge shawl of your own. Pick from a selection of lace wedges, or learn to tweak your favorite lace pattern into a wedge shape. Choose your edgings, and a “spine” to appear between the wedges. By the end of class, you’ll be well on your way to a new, unique shawl.
Skills required: Experience knitting lace and reading chart
Materials: fingering-weight, DK-weight, or laceweight yarn for starting a shawl project (please do not select laceweight if you have never used it before!); needles of a size appropriate for your yarn; clip-on stitch markers; a small scrap of contrast-color waste yarn; crochet hook; pencil and eraser (graph paper will be provided); stitch dictionaries (optional)
If using Plucky Knitter yarn, JC recommends: Primo Fingering, Sweater, Feet, Lace
Nashville – we love you!
The dust has mostly settled, the pups have been cuddled, the suitcases have been mostly unpacked and the biscuit detox has begun!
Back at the barn, we are continuing to unpack, ship classics and get ready for some fun things coming next week. But, first, thank you. THANK YOU.
Stitches South was special because of all the friendship and kindness you brought with you. Even if you weren’t able to physically get to Nashville, you were road trippin’ with us. You took the time to post wonderful reports of your road trip knitting or how your life might have gotten in the way of actual yardage and were always there to cheer each other (and us) on. We loved having you in the back seat of our virtual station wagon!
To all those who brought us treats, you are the fuel that kept us going! The chocolates, chips, nuts, biscuits (see above), baked goods, beverages, (coffee, tea & adult) and even some super interesting jerky (a huge hit with the fellas!), we loved it all. I will have to do some double time on the treadmill this next week, but it was so worth it! You guys are the absolute best.
But, most of all, thank you for your enthusiasm and energy. We loved helping with your project planning and finding your personal colors. Thank you for every hug, every group photo and for being so warm and sweet to our Dad. This was his very first Stitches trip with us and I think he was a bit overwhelmed. But, so many of you took the time to chat with him and make him feel welcome. He sure does love knitters – and so do we!
You guys are the best. Ever. A zillion thank you hugs to everybody.
The Spring Forward collection is in full bloom and here at the studio we are slowly catching our collective breath following our return from Stitches South. Reading and feeling all the enthusiasm, smiles and kind words you have all shared makes the hard work by our entire Plucky crew so very rewarding. Good gravy but you guys are great – thank you from ALL OF US!!
It was great fun to unveil the Spring Forward collection at Stitches. We were able to display all the samples that were modeled in the book. We brought Screen Door knit up in Miss Manners, Tin Type, Camomile and Splendor! The Porch Swing by Amy Miller and Rip Tide infinity scarf, by Jill Zielinski, were big hits. It was super fun to watch people as they picked up the samples and experienced Sophisticate held double for the first time…very swoon worthy! Speaking of swooning…. The Fresh Air eyelet cardigan in cashmere. That was very popular! If cashmere is not your cuppa tea, might I suggest Traveler Sport – it would be divine! The Spring Forward bug even bit us again!! Hayley, Amy and, goodness, I couldn’t help myself either…. we snuck in a little knitting at Stitches by casting on a Fiddlehead on Saturday because we all need a light-weight hat this time of year. And, most definitely, I need a Stripe Parade in Snug Fingering and I think you do too! Oh, and a Beach Walk. Everyone needs a Beach Walk. Sheesh! Where to stop?!
Please join us Friday, May 1st at 9:00 AM EST and 8:00 PM EST here on the plucky BLOG as we bring you an update full of many of the new colorways, as well as your tried and true favorites. I will announce the full list of colors and bases in plenty of time for you to find your next project and to make your list. If you haven’t already had a chance to look over the Spring Forward collection, we invite you to have a look! I hope you find a pattern by Amy Miller, Jill Zielinski or the Plucky Knitter that will inspire you.
Sarah & the Plucky Crew
P.S. Please note that the sophisticate in this order may run a few days behind.