Pre-order No-Sew Knits!

Maybe you've heard? I have a another book, full of seamless sweaters, coming out this fall! It'll be available this November, and is available for pre-order now.

In No-Sew Knits, 20 Flattering finish-free garments I teach you how to knit the perfect sweater with no assembly required. Through clever planning and some clever techniques, projects are shaped and joined during knitting—all without sacrificing the pretty details.

No-Sew Knits  offers 20 garments that combine construction techniques and on-trend comfortable styling for everyday wear. While many sweaters are based on simple raglan and yoke construction, I take the opportunity to introduce you to a variety of other easier-than-they seem techniques, while keeping the patterns approachable for advanced beginners.

Chapters are focused around the concepts of basic no-sew patterns, interchangeable stitch patterns, cables and lace. The resulting pieces are beautifully constructed garmens that boast eye-catching details: the large focal cable and cowl of the Rejoice Tunic; the cozy foldover collar of the Dreamy Pullover; the delicate lace of the Enchanted Cardi. Each pattern features a Tip section that helps you learn new techniques for customizing your garments

Pretty and practical, the patterns in No-Sew Knits will teach you a variety of need-to-know skills, building your knitting repertoire as you build your wardrobe.

Stay tuned to learn more about each of the designs in the book, how their constructed and what inspired them.

20% off Sale!

As you may know, I'll soon be welcoming a new addition to my family. Our baby is due on June 8th!

To celebrate this exciting time (and in hopes of encouraging baby to make a debut), I'm offering 20% off all my patterns and e-book from my Ravelry store, including the Knitting Maine e-book!

The sale ends June 8th at midnight (EST). No coupon code required!

How to increase evenly along a set number of rows

This is an older post, from like 2006. It's something I've found pretty useful. I was recently sharing my Knitting Maine book with the Metro West Knitters Guild in Needham, MA and this old post came up in conversation. So, here it is again. Fresh and new.

Somehow, this little magic formula found it's way into my brain. It works EVERY TIME for increasing or decreasing evenly along a certain number of rows.

The first thing you need to do is figure out your gauge! This won't work if you don't know your gauge.

So, for our little example, our gauge is 5 sts and 7 rows = 1 inch in whatever stitch you feel like imagining.

The first thing we're going to shape is a sleeve.
With a stitch gauge of 5 sts/inch, figure out how many stitches you will have at the beginning of the shaping.

To do this, multiply 7¾" x 5 sts = 38.75 sts. Of course, we can't have a fraction of a stitch, so based on your stitch pattern, you'll need to round either up or down. I'm going to round down, I'll tell you why in a second. So, there are 38 sts at the cuff of the sleeve.

Now, lets figure out how many stitch there will be at the underarm: 12" x 5 sts = 60. That worked out perfectly, no fractions, and it's an even number. That's why I chose 38 over 39 sts for the cuff. You want to keep the numbers the same, either odd or even.

Now you want to figure out the difference between the two numbers.
60 - 38 = 22.

This tells us that we need to increase a total of 22 stitches to get to 12" from 7¾". Because we will be working our increases on each end of the rows, lets divide this in half so there will be 11 increase rows, with 1 st increased on each end on each row.

But how many rows do we have to increase in? 
The whole length of the sleeve will be 17½" from the cast-on edge to the underarm. The first 2 inches will be worked without shaping, so we don't want to include those rows in our increasing. That leaves us to increase in 15½", which multiplied by the row gauge of 7 is 108.5 rows. Rounded to an even number is: 108 rows.

Now comes the fun part… how often do we work these increase rows? 

Step 1: Take the number of rows (108) and divide it by the number of times we will be working an increase row (11):

108 ÷ 11 = 9.818181"
If you get a number that is between 1 and 2, see below **

Step 2: Now, take the two even numbers closest to this number. In this case they are 8 and 10. I set them up like this to keep things consistent (See diagram A). These are the row spans that you will be using, such as increase every 8 rows so many times then every 10 rows so many times.

Now we're going to figure out how many times for each of them.

Step 3: Multiply the larger of these two numbers (in this case, the 10) by the amount of times we need to increase: 10 x 11 = 110

Step 4: From this number, subtract the total amount of rows you will be increasing in 110 - 108 = 2

Step 5: Then divide that number in half 2 ÷ 2 = 1. Place that number beside the smaller of your two numbers (See diagram B).

Step 6: Now take the total number of increase rows and subtract the number you're left with in Step 5: 11 - 1 = 10 and place this number beside the larger of your two numbers in your diagram (See diagram C)

Step 7: To double check all this to make sure everything is right: multiply the number on the left by the number on the right for both the smaller number and the larger number: 8 x 1 = 8 then 10 x 10 = 100 (See diagram D). Then add the two numbers 8 + 100 = 108 rows! Yay, the rows are right!

Now check the amount of increase rows: Add the two right-side numbers 1 + 10 = 11 times (See diagram E) That's right too! Amazing!

**If you get a number between 1 and 2 from Step 1 above, continue as follows:
Of course if you get a number that is between 1 and 2, then choosing the even numbers above and below that number won't work. 0 just isn't a number that works in knitting. In this case you'll need to use 1 and 2 rather than 2 even numbers.

You may run into this if you are increasing a lot of stitches in fewer rows.

I'm going to pick random numbers here: we've got 20 rows to increase 13 times.
So, 20 divided by 13 = 1.53846... So we'll be using 1 and 2 for our numbers

 
Step 1: Set up your diagram in the same was as above, with the smaller number (1) on the top, and the larger number (2) on the bottom (See diagram F).

Step 2: Subtract the increase times (13) from the number of total rows (20) = 7. Insert that number beside the larger number (See diagram G).

Step 3: Subtract the number from Step 2 (7) from the total number of increase times (13) = 6. Insert that number beside the smaller number (See diagram H).

Step 4: Double check everything as in Step 7 above (See diagrams I and J).
The formula is the same for figuring out how to decrease. Simply decrease instead of increase when you work the decrease rows. I hope this is helpful for you all.


Everything - Days Until Christmas Sale!

Knitting Maine
Today's sale consists of everything in my Ravelry Store!

It's all 50% off for TODAY ONLY.

This includes e-books such as Knitting Maine, and gifts—if you want to gift another Ravelry member a specific pattern.

If there were any patterns you missed over the last 24 days that you wished you could have bought on sale, now is your chance!

This sale is for today only, so don't miss out on this great deal.

Have a very Merry Christmas, everyone, and a Happy New Year! May 2014 be the best one yet!

Little Crochet Hearts - Days Until Christmas Sale

Today I'm offering another FREE pattern. These little crochet hearts are SUPER-DUPER fast to make. I like to stuff them with calming herbs, such as lavender, sage and rose petals, but you can stuff them with whatever you like!


Free
Tomorrow you guys are in for a treat! Stay tuned, and happy knitting!



Mug Cozy - Days Until Christmas Sale

Today's FREE pattern is this Mug Cozy.

The sample shown is for a Valentine's Day mug cozy, but if you knit it with a Christmas tree instead of a heart, it can be for Christmas! Christmas Tree charts are shown below.


Free

Finished Measurements:
10" wide x 4" tall

Yarn Requirements:
Renaissance by Classic Elite
100% wool
50 gram hank = approx 110 yards
• 1 hank 7155 Renaissance Red
• 1 hank 7119 Rose

Knitting Needles
• One pair size US 8 (5 mm)
Or size to obtain gauge.
• cable needle

Gauge: 
19 sts and 22 rows = 4" in Stockinette Stitch. Take time to save time, check your gauge.

Rasa Beret - Days Until Christmas Sale

Today's sale pattern is the Rasa Beret!

A quick-to-knit beret, with a lace pattern to match the Homa sweater. Rasa is knit in the round from the brim to the crown. Pattern includes written and charted instructions for the lace patterns.


$4.00 (original price)
$2.00 (sale price - TODAY ONLY)

Finished Measurements:
16 (20, 24)" (40.5 [51, 61] cm) head circumference

Yarn Requirements:
Shown in Berroco's Remix yarn
30% nylon, 27% cotton, 24% acrylic, 10% silk, 9% linen (100% recycled)
100 gram ball = approx 216 yards
1 (1, 1) ball in color #3922 Buttercup, or approx 100 (125, 150) yards in a comparable earth-friendly yarn.

Knitting Needles:
Size US 6 and 7 (4 and 4.5 mm): double pointed needles.
Or size to obtain gauge.

Gauge: 
 16 sts and 32 rows = 4" in circular garter stitch. Take time to save time, check your gauge.