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The Sweater with Kathleen Dames | Season Three, Episode Four : The Choices

The Sweater with Kathleen Dames

Release Date: 11/11/2016

The Sweater with Kathleen Dames | Season Four, Episode Seven : The Split show art The Sweater with Kathleen Dames | Season Four, Episode Seven : The Split

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Today (finally! the technical issues and building construction have been a thorn in my side - I’m so sorry!) we are talking about splitting the sleeves off from the body plus a clever use of the provisional caston *in the middle of the round*. You will love how this simple technique makes finishing your sweaters just a matter of weaving in some ends.

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Today I’m sharing some favorite colorwork techniques (two-handed knitting, anyone?) plus the way I do provisional castons. If  crocheting a chain takes you out of your comfort zone, my provisional two-tail long-tail cast-on might just do the trick for you.

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Time for some real-time Sweater talking! Some knitters have asked me questions already, and I will be taking whatever questions you have live Friday, April 26th, at 10:00 EDT. Don’t worry if you can’t join me on YouTube live, as this will become a video the minute it’s over (and then I’ll upload the audio podcast). Questions you have about colorwork, top-down construction, and any other knitting topics are encouraged. I love talking about knitting, so (as always) this should be a lot of fun.

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For some of us charts are the best, for others they are a big “no”. Today I talk a little bit about different ways to work with charts, clarifying where to start and giving you a little insight into how I think about colorwork rounds. Don’t forget that you are the boss of your knitting!

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Oh, swatching, you are not always our favorite, but you give us lots of good information (sometimes). Today we talk a little bit about different kinds of swatches, including my favorite: the swatch that is also a thing (like the Enwreathed Cowl or one of two sleeves). I also talk a little bit about needles and how you may only need one to knit a sweater (that’s how I do it, anyway).

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Ooh, it’s time to talk a little bit about yarn. My favorite! Today’s mantra is: Know thyself (or thy intended recipient). When choosing yarn, it helps to consider what kind of sweater you WANT and how you will take care of it. Different fibers and their preparation will affect the yarn and, in turn, your final knit.

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Today we are going to talk about choosing your size, what ease means, and how you can customize your sweater. Remember: You are the boss of your knitting :)

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Are you ready for a new sweater? How about giving colorwork a try? This season we will be knitting Enwreathed Pullover over the course of 12 weeks. Well, you’ll be knitting Enwreathed, and I will be working on a new design, The Heart Wants Pullover, which has similar elements (so I can show you what we are talking about) but with some differences that should be illuminating. I’m so excited and hope you are too! Visit http://www.kathleendames.com/thesweater for details.

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Check out The Blossom or the Bole, a three-color asymmetrical triangle shawl. Use the coupon code blossom20 for 20% off the pattern on Ravelry.com. Plus some straight talk on needle specifications in patterns. Got a knitting question? Just ask, and we can discuss on an upcoming episode.

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Audio from the YouTube Live podcast 5/25/17... Join me LIVE to discuss preparing your woolies for their summer's nap. I'll share my moth-fighting story from the end of last summer (now that the trauma is ten months behind me), plus lots of painful lessons learned.   Apologies for the naughty word late in the podcast, but moths are the worst!

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So many choices you can make! Of course, you can always just knit the pattern “as is”, but I know that many knitters like to make changes to make a sweater their own. I’ve outlined the choices I’ve made for my Premium Cable in the Ravelry thread, so join us over there and share your choices:
http://www.ravelry.com/discuss/kathleen-dames-design/topics/3527595


If you haven’t already, visit http://www.kathleendames.com/thesweater to sign up for the newsletter and get your free Basic Cable pattern*. Your link to download the PDF will be in your Welcome email. Be sure to create your project page on Ravelry http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/basic-cable-2


Thanks for being here, and happy knitting!
xoxo, Kathleen
P.S. Share your project on social media with hashtags #kdsweater and #basiccable
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*Free pattern available until 25 October 2016. After that use the discount code THESWEATER when purchasing Basic Cable from my Ravelry shop (discount varies over the season, code expires 6 January 2017): http://www.ravelry.com/stores/kathleen-dames-design


Purchase the Season One pattern, Solstice Cardi, from my Ravelry shop: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/solstice-cardi


Purchase the Season Two pattern, Purly Pullover, from my Ravelry shop: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/purly-pullover
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Lady Jane is wearing part of Premium Cable in Spirit Trail Fiberworks Zalti, colorways: Au Naturel and Scrimshaw. Premium Cable will be published in January 2017.
Kathleen is wearing Basic Cable in Malabrigo Rios, colorway: Reflecting Pool. See above for Ravelry link.


Yarn info:
-Spirit Trail Fiberworks http://www.spirit-trail.net/ - Kathleen will be knitting her Premium Cable in Spirit Trail Fiberworks Zalti in the Au Naturel and Scrimshaw colorways
-Malabrigo Yarn http://www.malabrigoyarn.com/ - the original Basic Cable was knit in Malabrigo Rios in the Reflecting Pool colorway


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