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New Pattern: Charlie Pullover

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I am so excited to finally debut my first sweater pattern here on tentenknits! Introducing Charlie, a chunky bottom up sweater.

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Pattern Details

Finished Bust Measurements
Size 35 (37, 40, 44, 47, 50)” Pullover sample 37”. To be worn with 3” of ease

Yarn
Quince & Co. Osprey (100% wool; 170 yd [155 m]/200g]): peacock 5 (5, 6, 6, 7, 7) skeins.

Needles 
US 10.5 (6.5mm) 32” and set of double pointed needles (dpn) 
US 9 (5.5mm) 32” and 16” and set of double pointed needles for sleeve edging. 

Gauge: 14sts and 23 rnds = 4” in St st on larger needles; 13sts and 22 rnds= 4” in lacy grille st.  

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I first fell in love with the center bobble and lace motif. I wanted it to be front and center on an all over lacy top. The sweater is the perfect knit for that winter to spring transition. Not to mention, knit on 10.5 needles, it's a super fast knit! 


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Hope you enjoy knitting this as much as I did!
You can purchase the pattern via Ravelry!

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Friday Links: Beautiful Knitting

There are some really beautiful patterns and pattern books popping up around the interwebs recently. Here's a little rundown of what you should be casting on like yesterday.

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Yet another fabulous collaboration between Cecily Gowlick MacDonald and Melissa LaBarre for Quince & Co. Find the lookbook here and commence drooling.  

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photo courtesy of Quince & Co.

Kelbourne Woolens Volume 1
Looks like the ladies over at KW are giving us a "greatest hits" of their patterns. I love their asthetic and now you can have them all in one booklet! Check out the lookbook here.

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photo courtesy of Kelbourne Woolens

Mixed Drinks
While this is only a preview I cannot wait to see what the collaboration of Thea Coleman and Amy Christoffers brings! A new jist on your basic knitting pattern, Thea brings us Mixed Drinks. Taking one motif be it a shape, cable, lace pattern, etc. and allowing the designer to create what they may! I am so looking forward to all the "recipies"!

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photo courtesy of Babycocktails

Botanical Knits
Alana Dakos has just come out with 12 new patterns for us to oogle over. From hats to scarfs to sweaters her latest work features beautiful leaf motifs incorporated into modern and flattering knitwear.

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photo courtesy of NeverNotKnitting

I don't know about you but I've got a ton of queueing to do!!

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Guest Post: Knitting Tips from a Physical Therapist

I think we've all been there, knitting hours upon hours rarely getting up (or making eye contact with anyone) so that we can get through, "ONE MORE ROW!" Well, my preggo body can no longer stand these marathon knit sessions and really post preggo body shouldn't either. Today, I've got a guest post from Lindsay Haas, a physical therapist in San Francisco with tips for what us knitters should do in order to maintain good physical form!


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“Just one more row.”  I’ve thought it myself countless times- only to realize another 20 minutes has gone by without making any move to stop.  Regardless of your level of skill, anyone who knits has probably dealt with the aches and pains associated with working on a project for too long.  How can you avoid it?  One of the best things you can do is work on developing good habits so you can stop issues before they start.  As a knitter and a physical therapist, I see many patients with overuse injuries.  Here are some basic tips on how to stay comfortable while working:

Good Posture – I know we’ve all heard it time and time again but that doesn’t make it any easier to sit properly.  First, it is important to have good light when you are knitting so you do not need to ‘squint’ down at your project.  A good chair is key- not too hard, not too soft, but just right.  When sitting, your knees should be slightly lower than your hips, and your feet should be flat on the floor.  You should try to have your bottom at the back of the chair and have your weight shifted slightly forward.  Sometimes a towel or roll behind your low back can help provide proper lumbar support.  Your shoulders should be down away from your ears and your shoulder blades slightly squeezed together on your back.  Your elbows should be in at your sides and your chin slightly tucked.

Take Breaks – No one said it would be easy to maintain good posture, especially when you are just getting used to it.  Set a timer for 30-45 minutes and when it goes off, put your knitting down and get up to move around.  You should plan to take a 5-10 minute break.  Walk around, which helps with circulation, or do a few of the exercises below.  Changing your activity will keep you from developing repetitive strain injuries, and gives your body time to recover.

Stretch – Now that you are taking breaks- use the time to move around.  Gently stretch your neck side to side, and slowly look over each shoulder.  Roll your shoulders forwards and backwards.  Try to touch your elbows behind your back.  Make circles with your wrists clockwise and counter clockwise.  Use one hand to gently stretch the other wrist down and up.  Repeat on the other side.   If it feels okay gently twist your torso to the right and the left.  Reach both arms up as if you were to touch the ceiling.  None of these movements should cause you any pain or discomfort, just gentle stretch.  If one bothers you, try to modify it or lessen the intensity, or just don’t do it.

Breathe – When your posture isn’t optimal you aren’t breathing as efficiently.  Many people become ‘chest breathers’ using the neck muscles and shoulders to elevate the ribs.  Ideally you should use the diaphragm (the muscle at the bottom of your ribs, right above the belly button) to fill your lungs.  To do so focus on pushing your belly button out as you breathe in.  No one should see your shoulders moving up and down.

Listen to your body – If you do find yourself getting symptoms, it is important to rest and give your body time to recover.  Otherwise you can be at risk to develop repetitive or chronic injury.  Icing the area may help calm any irritation and decrease soreness (but make sure to put something between the ice and your skin!)  If your symptoms to not resolve with a week of rest, or if they get worse, you should go see a health professional.  You should DEFINITELY go if you are experiencing any numbness or tingling, loss of strength, or radiating pain.

Making small modifications and developing good habits will help you avoid knitting related injuries and ensure healthy knitting.  And remember to stop knitting and rest if you begin to notice any symptoms.

Lindsay Haas is an amateur knitter and a professional physical therapist at San Francisco Sport and Spine Physical Therapy.  She enjoys helping knitters and other crafters ensure they can continue their projects pain free, as well as comparing notes on projects and learning new techniques from her patients.

For more of Lindsey and her team check out their blog SF Sport and Spine Physical Therapy

Do you have any specific knitting related injuries you would like to share? Leave a comment and Lindsay will help!

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A Lesson in Alternating Skeins

Yesterday I showed you all my newest WIP the Fable Cardigan from Kelbourne Woolens in Terra. I decided to use the Butternut colorway which is a light green yarn with tufts of purplely/pink in it. At first glance all the skeins (of the same dyelot) look alike but on closer review I noticed that some had more tufts than others making the yarn darker.

I didn't give it much thought at first and knitted away until I had finished the back and started on the fronts. It wasn't until I held up my front and back ribbings to see if they were matching* when I noticed such a dramatic color change. At that point I got out the back and laid it out and saw a definite line where I started a new ball.

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(apologies for the phone pic, I was a bit too lazy and anxious to rip!)

When it comes to a yarn like Terra I usually am of the mindset that if it is in the same dyelot it's "close enough" and rarely (if ever!) alternate skeins. However, seeing the stark difference in the back I decided to rip it out and start over alternating skeins.

Instead of alternating skeins for the ENTIRE sweater I decided to group the most similar skeins together, using the lighter ones for the body and the darker for the ribbing/buttonband. With that done, I am alternating skeins for a few inches where I am changing balls.

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Now the point where the new ball begins is harder to tell and I don't have to go about the business of untangling 4 to 6 balls as I still love doing the fronts and sleeves at the same time and usually have enough trouble keeping that straight alone.

I know this is a bit of a "cheat" and I perhaps won't have an overal blended sweater but it worked for me and I am happy with the way it is coming out.

Consider this Lesson Learned.

*When I work a sweater in pieces I will write down the number of rows I worked for a certain section (ribbing, after waist increasing/decreasing, etc) for the back so that I can do the same for the fronts BUT I always still hold the pieces together as an old habit to see if I am on target. Just incase you were wondering if I was winging it!

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Happy New Year!

I may be a day late but wanted to wish you all a wonderful new year!

2012 was filled with many events including two HUGE ones: moving back east and being pregnant with our first child! 

Professionally I've been so proud to have been published in both Interweave Knits and Knitscene! And although there wasn't much to show for it on the blog perse, I did a great deal of sample knitting for some of my favorite designers.

I am SO excited for 2013. As you can imagine I am beyond excited/nervous/saywah! about becoming a parent. It truly is going to be epic. I can't wait to introduce him to you all in a few months!

Until then I'm going to try to start off my new year with blogging more. I've done a ton of knitting the past few months and have many projects to share! 

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I'll start off with my first WIP of 2013. The Fable Cardigan by Kate Gagnon Osborn of the Fibre Company. The yarn is Terra, the color Butternut. It's a simple grandpa style cardigan perfect for the growing bump and post pregnancy outfits.

Here's to lots of knitting in 2013!!!
Wishing you and yours a wonderful year.

xo,
m

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