November 24, 2008

Misti Neck Warmer

Misti Alpaca  Neckwarmer

Is that finally Autumn in the air? Snuggle into some alpaca with this wonderful neck warmer. All it takes is one skein of Misti Alpaca Hand Paint Chunky, pattern is free with yarn purchase. It makes a great gift idea!

Misti Alpaca Hand Paint Chunky

Filed under: beautiful things to make — Admin @ 8:31 pm

November 19, 2008

Still Life with Knitting

As I’ve written before, it is always such a pleasure to see customers return to the store with their finished projects. The yarn leaves the store as an idea and sometimes we are lucky enough to see it “all grown up.” When I write up a Customer Creation post, I usually fill in a basic description of the yarn used and pattern, that is until I came across the knitting of Jim Schram. Jim’s knitting boggles the mind. It is beautiful in its complexity. So to completely buck convention, here is Jim in his own words, a true artist talking about his work.

The shawl below was knit using Malabrigo brand 100% cotton on size 3, 5, 7, and 9 circular needles. The triangle starts at the center base of the neck with size 3 needles, increasing the needle size during every pattern transition — Leaf becomes Rose becomes Ripple then back to Leaf again. Knitting each row creates several individual increases, thus forming the finished triangle.

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The peach sweater below is a Christmas gift for my cousin, Michelle. It was knit using two colors of Malabrigo brand worsted 100% cotton on 24″ size 3 circular and dpns. The yarns were factory-dyed in solid and variegated pink, then later tinted peach using natural sandalwood powder, with alum and cream of tartar as the mordant. Two steeks were knit for the armholes which were later cut and machine-hemmed before joining the sleeves.

There are ten stitch patterns involved: Simple Seed, Lorgnette Cable, Twining Vine Leaf, Flame Chevron (sides under the arms), Diamond Cable-topped Crossed V, and Candelight stitches form the body, with frilly half-Horseshoe and Roman Stripe patterns at the waist, and Tulip Bud edged simple seeded cuffs. The princess-style sleeves have a Three-Leaf run with Diamond Cables containing a Double-Seed fill for visual interest. The background is simple reverse stockinette.

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The Fair Isle style men’s vest below was knitted using Cotton Classic brand 100% Mercerized cotton on size 5 and size 7 circulars. Seven colors were used (two per row) in a custom pattern inspired by traditional Fair Isle garments. Three steeks were knit for the neck and armholes which were later cut and machine-hemmed before adding the twisted ribbing. This allowed all work to continue in the round, resulting in more even yarn tension throughout.

BTW, the Cotton Classic yarns are PURE PLEASURE to work with… deep bold colors and a slight stretchy-ness, with NONE of the annoying “de- stranding” that sometimes occurs with looser-spun multi-ply yarns. The oversized “Jim” signature garment tag is really just for giggles. ;o) It was knit on size 2 dpns.

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Transitions? Ten stitch patterns? Steeks? Fair Isle in cotton? Just for giggles?! Jim, we are all in awe.

Filed under: customer creations — Admin @ 9:15 pm

November 16, 2008

Gusanito, another Malabrigo Exclusive











What you see is a gorgeous array of the latest test yarn from Malabrigo available exclusively at ImagiKnit

(Click on the photos for colorway information)

Gusanito, Spanish for “little caterpillar” is a multi-ply Aran weight yarn

Yardage – 130 yards

Gauge – 4 sts an inch

Fiber – 100% baby merino wool

Filed under: new and noteworthy yarn — Admin @ 2:26 pm

November 12, 2008

Getting to know you, Getting to know all about you…

Introducing the colorways of the new Malabrigo Sock Yarn, with more on the way!

Malabrigo Sock Yarn Chocolate Amargo, Violeta Africana, Velvet Grapes, and Eggplant
Impressionist Sky, Solis, Caribeño, and Indiecita
Lettuce, Turner, Alcaucil, and Stone Chat
Terracota, Cordovan, Ochre, and Archangel

Yardage – 440 yards

Gauge – 8 sts an inch

Fiber – 100% superwash merino wool

Filed under: new and noteworthy yarn — Admin @ 9:08 pm

November 10, 2008

Huge Garment Sale

Garment Sale

What to do when you’ve accumulated 6 years worth of knit and crochet garments? Well, we’re cleaning out our closets! ImagiKnit is having a huge Garment Sale starting Saturday, November 15th at 11am. Our own store models + yarn company models on sale.

Filed under: events and announcements — Admin @ 9:16 am

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