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As far as knitting goes, I’ve got several other wips and, gladly, FOs! Each of them deserves an individual entry but before I could ever manage doing it, I’ve got some photos for one project I love most.

I started knitting this pair of gloves in spring this year, hoping to be able to submit it for Knitty’s early holiday knits. But, as always, I was distracted by several other projects. To make the matter slightly worse, a deep dark brown colour like that needs your extra attention, which I couldn’t afford sometimes. Only until September did I pick them up occasionally, with knitting done the week before the last.

It needs a name 1

It has lace. It has slip-stitch.

It needs a name 3

It has cable.

It needs a name 2

They are long!

I will try to finish up the pattern asap and offer the patter for sale–I do want to offer it for free but considering the amount of time I spent writing up, answering questions, and doing anything ever related to it, and I’ve never sold a pattern before, I’ll start with this one.

Before that, a name is needed for the pattern, and more photos should be taken. To be totally honest, I still have to tidy up yarn tails and everything. 🙂

Fichu break

I knitted two fichus earlier this year, and the pattern is now on the latest Popknits.

The first one, Caffè Latte, was a commission from a good friend of mine, using Wagtail’s mohair yarn. I love its luster, yet, after blocking, it does not always retain its shape like other yarn.
Afternoon Break

The second, Green Tea, was cast on during my break of my first job interview after getting the diploma. I used Malabrigo lace for it, and it was soft to the touch, beautiful to look at, and keep its shape! 🙂

Afternoon Break

I’d really love to write about it in more detail, not only because it’s my pattern and I knitted it twice and I should also do some self-promotion, but also that knitting it would be a very interesting experience for novice lace knitter. Such as, by manipulating your gauge, you can make the next trim smaller than the outer trim, and based on the same chart. Knitting it will help you to discover how flexible lace knitting is and the learning curve will for sure enable you to be more confident in lace knitting!

Yet my time can only bring me to the very point of this post, that a missing component, a schematic, is not included on the pattern page. The pattern is published in early June, I know, but I only discovered it now, because I am simply overwhlemed by lots of things… Maybe later I would have a long post, a FAQ sort of thing, but for now it’s the missing schematic only:

Fichu schematics

I know the digital drawing could be better, but that’s my first encounter with Adobe Illustrator. I would very much like to perfect my skill for sure.

ps. In fact, this post was drafted on 4th June.

This post is about a knitting technique that I used for the fichu Afternoon Break. The aim of this technique is to allow the continous knitting of two different sections from the same starting point, without picking up stitches there. Once you get the first few stitches done, you’ll find how easy it could be! Eventually the technique will save you some time and result in a smooth transition! (or at least I hope you’ll think the same!)

You can use this technique on both sides, and I am showing it from the right side, because I spilt the neck band and the upper trim from the right side in Afternoon Break. Apart from the pair of needles you’re using, you’ll need two other spare needles, preferably of smaller sizes (they don’t have to be same size), for seperating those stitches.

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This is the beginning of a right side row. I have 14 stitches on the needle (10 st st and 2 edge stitches on both sides).

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(RS) Simply knit back and front of each stitch (increase one each stitch). 28 stitches on the needle.

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(WS) Use the first spare needle to transfer the first stich on the left needle. The use the second spare needle to transfer the second stitch. To show this clearly, in the picture, I put the first needle in front of the WS and the second needle behind it. The following picutres are for the purpose of showing the transfer step by step.

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Transfer the third stitch on the left needle to the first spare needle (front needle).

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Transfer the fourth stitch on the left needle to the second spare needle (back needle).

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Continue putting the odd-numbered onto the first spare needle and the even-numbered onto the second. This picture shows that I have transferred 8 stitches onto both needles: four onto each spare needles. At this point, you should feel at ease transferring stitches this way!

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After doing this the whole row, now you’ll have odd-numbered on the first spare/front needle and the even-numbered on the second spare/back needle, if seeing from the WS. The picture shows it from RS, so the first spare needle is on the back (the one with yarn tail). If you don’t like the feeling of dangling needles, feel free to transfer the non-working row to a strand of waste yarn. Now you’re ready to continue the knitting of different session!

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This picture is just showing what it looks like if knitting the back session first–it will leave you with a row of live stitch in front of the piece.

I hope this tutorial would be helpful. ^_^