Row Stitch Demos for Solar Flare MKAL

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Hey knitters in the Solar Flare Mystery Knit-a-long. Here is your final how-to video demonstrating some of the unique stitches used in the row section of the Solar Flare Circular Shawl. With just one more MKAL release to come, I’m excited to see all your completed projects!! Be sure to post them in the appropriate spoiler thread in the Knit Eco Chic group. Also to be eligible for prizes, make sure your project pages are linked to the pattern! The sun is closer than you think .

Uniquely Unique “The Unique Sheep”

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You’ve heard me say it, tweet it, & pin it before, “If I could only knit with one yarn the rest of my life, organic Green Sheep Cotton Bamboo hand-dyed by Kelly from The Unique Sheep is on the short list!” So it is with pleasurable yarn-loving bias that I bring you today’s interview with Kelly & Laura from The Unique Sheep and reveal the next Solar Flare MKAL prize. 1. After perusing your website I discovered that environmental impact is an important to you. You highlight the following areas in which you strive to be eco: Re-use water multiple times in our dyeing process Use recycled boxes and bags to pack and ship our yarn whenever possible Use recycled …

Swapping Out Beads

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Who else is a perfectionist? Well, at least when it comes to knitting I am. While I was working on my own Solar Flare I realized I had used the wrong bead color on one of the ssk, yo sections. Not wanting to rip out multiple rounds of 700 stitches each, I determined to figure out another way. Hey, if it didn’t work out, I’d still have to frog, but if it did, oh how I’d rejoice! I came up with several convoluted methods, until, surprise, could it really be that easy?? Check out the you tube video on how to swap out beads & you’ll never cringe when it comes to swapping out beads again… well, at least not …

Inside Knit With Attitude

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Hey blog readers, today the first Solar Flare MKAL prize is revealed. Both functional and beautiful, this prize sparkles too! In addition to the prize donation, Maya Bang from Knit With Attitude in London, graciously allowed me to interview her. Enjoy! 1. How long have you been an LYS owner & what drew you to the knitting world? I’ve been a knitter ‘ my whole life’ ever since my Nan put me on her lap and taught me how to knit at the age of 4. Knitting has always been a life style of mine, it never occurred to me that it would become my livelihood as well, but here I am running a yarn shop in London on the …

The Road to Solar Flare

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Solar Flare MKAL: The History Aside: This blog featuring a non-Pi circular shawl is intentionally brought to you on this day 3.14.15 9:26:53 (the Pi Day of the 21st century – yep, it only happens once every 100 years) A long time ago in a galaxy far, far, away (okay actually August, 2011 just outside Toronto, Ontario)… I attended a lecture at the David Dunlap Observatory on Solar Flares. It was fascinating & I was enchanted. Little did I know that this would be an impetus behind the Solar Flare Circular Shawl. I was just beginning my knitting career – in fact working on writing my first pattern, Black Willow Cowl & Scarf. But the images from the enthralling lecture …

Inside the Self-hemming Cast On

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Welcome to the Louet North America Spring 2015 Collection blog tour! I’m the designer behind Olea, a seamless tank with lace detail in Louet’s Euroflax Sport. Information on the giveaway is at the end of the post. “Minimal finishing work is key to the design,” but how exactly do you created a bottom-up hemmed tank with this philosophy in mind? After a bit of trial and error & experience from top down seamless designs, the solution was my self-hemming cast on. Note: when picking up, do not pick up from the first row of stitches as this adds bulk to the hem. Instead, pick up the “CO bar,” which is that length of yarn that runs beneath each stitch holding …



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Stay cool and fashionable through the spring and summer with this light weight linen and open back knit top. Olea features a high neckline in front and deep scoop in the back accentuated with an undulating lace wave lace pattern. The top is knit in the round from the bottom-up and begins with a self-hemming cast on. It is worked in the round up to the underarm and then worked flat with a self-edging lace. Three needle bind off completes the seamless design. Minimal finishing work is key to the design. Special Notes:

Solar Flare MKAL

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Join the Solar Flare Circular Shawl MKAL on Ravelry! The MKAL runs in the Knit Eco Chic group on Ravelry from the Spring Equinox (March 20, 2015) to Earth Day (April 22, 2015). Join us and knit your own solar inspired non-pi circular shawl in organic cotton & bamboo yarn! The tech edited & test knit intermediate level pattern is fully written & charted with stitch demos too. MKAL highlights: prizes, interviews, video demos, chatting, and of course, knitting fun! To kick of the MKAL, the pattern is on 50% off crack of dawn special. No coupon needed!! The crack of dawn special runs through March 15, 2015. From March 16th -20th the pattern will be on a morning light …

Solar Flare

Solar Flare Circular Shawl

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A sudden flash of brightness observed over the Sun’s surface, Solar Flare Circular Shawl electrifies your knitting with twisted flame stitches and sun-shaping lace. Add optional beading for even greater solar energy releasing bursts of color as they sparkle in the sun. Construction: This non-pi circular shawl is knit in the round until the flame tops which are worked flat individually. Special Notes: