Samples Galore!

Samples abound at My Sister Knits!  Our samples are meant to be taken down, tried on, turned inside out, examined, and in general, used!  

We have several new ones that will be highlighted in this post.  We encourage you to come in and fondle them to your heart’s content!

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Tied Knots

This cabled hat is designed by Justyna Lorkowska and is a free Ravelry pattern!  It uses one skein of DK weight yarn with 232 yards and size 3 needles for the ribbing brim, switching to size 6 for the rest of the hat. You only put one or two stitches onto a cable needle so this hat is ideal for practicing cabling without a cable needle.  Here is a good video to show you how to do it!  

Justyna gives us both a chart and written directions for this hat which is useful for anyone learning how to read charts.  You can go back and forth between the two sets of directions to check your work and gain confidence in knitting from a chart.  If reading the chart makes you a little nuts, try color coding the symbols with colored pencils. Besides making your pattern pretty, you can see the design appear and some of us at the shop think it’s the best way to differentiate between the symbols.

If you decide to make this hat it is good to know that in the Abbreviations section, Justyna does not specify whether to slip stitches purl wise or knit wise.  In general, stitches are slipped purl wise unless otherwise noted. Slipping them knit wise will twist them. So slip your stitches purl wise!

Justyna thoroughly explains how to block a hat using a balloon which is a great trick!

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a girl’s best friend shawl

Designed by Isabell Kraemer, this triangular shawl uses one main color and two contrast colors of a fingering weight yarn and a size 4 needle.  A girl’s best friend uses a garter tab cast on which can be a little bit tricky. Kelbourne Woolens has a great tutorial to make it much, much easier here. Putting the locking stitch markers in the cast on stitches makes picking up those stitches a breeze! The Teardrop pattern body of this shawl is unusual and so pretty!  Needles with pointy tips will make working this textured design easy!

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Vedder

An asymmetrical triangle shawl designed by Willow Lott is brought to us by Knox Mountain Knit Co.  This uses about 355 yards of a main color and about 230 yards of a contrast color in fingering weight with size 6 needles.  Vedder is knit tip to end. Some knitters will be quite pleased to know there are no purl stitches in this shawl! Willow gives us a super tip for creating a stretchy wingspan!  Wrap the working yarn twice on the first stitch of each right-side row. Then drop the extra wrap when the stitch is worked next.  

In the middle section, the colorwork is achieved by slipping stitches.  This is a straightforward shawl that would be great as a first shawl knitting experience!  There are only a few different stitches and they are well explained!

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URSA

This is a top down cropped sweater with Raglan sleeves knit with Bulky weight yarn and size 10.5 needles.  There are several great things about this pattern! It’s a quick knit, it has flattering triangle shaped ribbing at the hem, and it has optional bust darts from size C to size H!  The ribbing is knit with a half brioche stitch that is plainly described and there is a link provided to a video tutorial. There are instructions on how to make it longer if cropped isn’t your thing. This could be your go-to pullover for the fall as it is quickly finished and so easy to wear! URSA was published in March and there are already over 580 projects listed on its pattern page!

We invite you to come in to the shop and try on all of our samples to get inspired for your fall knitting!