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Thursday, August 18, 2016

Rugged Knits Pattern Highlight: Surging River

I've got a thing for super bulky shawls, so I couldn't do an entire book without including one. This week's Rugged Knits pattern highlight, Surging River, has a simple but beautiful lace edging and a cozy Stockinette body. Work one up in no time for a gorgeous winter accessory for yourself or to give as a gift!






CONSTRUCTION
- Worked bottom-up, starting with the lace edging. 

- During the Stockinette section, the shawl is decreased at the center and sides to create a triangle shape.
- The final few stitches are grafted together using Kitchener stitch for a clean finish.

FIT
- This is a fairly large shawl - 66" (167.5 cm) across the top wingspan. Since it's a full triangle rather than a crescent, there's a lot of cozy fabric to keep you warm.


YARN
Imperial Yarn Native Twist (100% wool; 150 yd/4 oz hank) is a super bulky yarn (recommended gauge is 12-14 sts = 4" (10 cm)) that's lofty. It relaxes beautifully when washed.

- I worked it at an even looser gauge for this project - 10 sts = 4" (10 cm) - so that the resulting fabric is draping and airy.
- It's quite soft and cozy!


TIPS FOR SUBSTITUTING

- Last week's pattern, Textured Wisp, was also worked in super bulky yarn and the yarns for these two projects are mostly interchangeable.
- If you're going for lofty and airy, like is shown in the photos, I recommend loosely spun super bulky yarns like Quince and Co. Puffin, and Hinterland Watershed.
- This one could also be beautiful in a denser yarn like Malabrigo Rasta or Madelinetosh Home. Both of these yarns recommend a denser gauge than the sample yarn (8-10 sts = 4" (10 cm)), so you'd get a much heavier fabric, but the shine, drape, and depth of color could be incredible.
- I think this could be incredibly soft, light, and cozy in Rowan Brushed Fleece, though the lace would be more hinted at rather than popping since the yarn is very, very fluffy. Swatch before you knit, though! This is a really different yarn and it could be a bit hole-y at the pattern gauge since its recommended gauge is 13 sts = 4" (10 cm).


MY FAVORITE DETAIL
I never get tired of oversized lace motifs! They juxtapose elegant sweetness with boldness and that combination is pretty much my life goal.

GENERAL TIPS
You can easily change the size of this shawl by casting on more or fewer 14-stitch repeats of the lace pattern.

Be sure to use the hashtags #RuggedKnits, #SurgingRiver, and #AndreaRangelKnits when you post pics of your Surging River projects!

UPCOMING EVENTS
I'm teaching at Knit City in Vancouver October 1-2, 2016. Both sessions of my Finishing class have already sold out, but there's still space to sign up for my classes on pi shawls and yarn substitution! Click here to sign up.


I'll also be at Knit Fit in Seattle November 12-13, 2016. I'm teaching two new classes, one on cables and one on colorwork, and if you missed out taking finishing at Knit City, you can take it in Seattle! Click here to sign up!

PATTERN DETAILS


Finished Size

66” (167.5 cm) wide and 29” (73.5 cm) long.

Yarn 

544 yd (497 m) chunky weight (#5 Super Bulky).

Shown here: Imperial Yarn Native Twist (100% wool; 150 yd/4 oz hank): color #06 Cobalt Blue, 4 hanks.

Needles 

Needles 
Size U.S. 13 (9 mm) 40” (100 cm) or longer circular (cir). 
Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

Notions
Markers (m); removable marker; tapestry needle.

Gauge

10 sts and 15 rows = 4” (10 cm) over St st.

See it on Ravelry

Friday, August 12, 2016

Rugged Knits Pattern Highlight: Textured Wisp

Last weekend I got the chance to talk to a whole lot of knitters about Rugged Knits at Beehive Wool Shop. Thanks so much to those of you who came! I helped knitters pick out yarn for a bunch of projects, but I had a lot of fun figuring out the best yarn to substitute for this vest since the Imperial Yarn Bulky 2 Strand wasn't available. We ended up going with yarn from a local friend of mine - Hinterland Watershed





CONSTRUCTION
- Worked bottom-up in the round to the armholes, then front and back are worked back and forth. 

- Shoulders joined using 3-needle bind-off for a firm seam that adds durability.
- The armhole and neck edgings are picked up after joining the shoulders and are worked with short row shaping for a flattering sleeve cap look that's reflected in the neck trim.

FIT
- Wear this vest with
 +1-3 in/2.5-7.5 cm of positive ease. Avoid going too oversized - you don't want the relatively thick fabric to stand out from your body.
- Gentle waist shaping and short row shoulder shaping make for a great fit.

YARN
Imperial Yarn Bulky 2 Strand (100% wool; 200 yd 183 m/116 g skein) is an un-spun roving yarn that is very delicate as you knit with it, but creates a gorgeous and amazingly light fabric.

- I chose this one particularly for its loft, and it's why the pattern is called a "Wisp." 
- It knits up at a very chunky gauge - the recommended gauge is 12 sts = 4 in/10 cm and I knit it up with the textured stitch pattern at 9 sts = 4 in/10 cm.
- This yarn is really soft and the resulting fabric is incredibly cuddly.


TIPS FOR SUBSTITUTING

- Like last week's pattern, Elderberry Road, the textured stitch pattern used in Textured Wisp spreads out more than Stockinette fabric would, so I suggest choosing a yarn based on the recommended gauge of Bulky 2 Strand (12 sts = 4 in/10 cm) rather than the listed pattern gauge (9 sts = 4 in/10 cm) to get the desired fabric. 
- I recommend a super bulky yarn that's spun loosely rather than something super dense. That'll give you the lofty fabric that's shown in the sample. Dense, smooth yarns like Malabrigo Rasta are likely to give you a heavier vest that's more likely to grow out of shape over time.
- The yarn I picked out for a knitter last weekend at Beehive could be a great substitute: Hinterland Watershed is a 50/50 wool/alpaca blend (a singles) that's spun fairly loosely. It's pretty wooly and soft without being too smooth for this project. (Plus, the alpaca is produced right here in Victoria by my friend Hanahlie's alpaca herd and the wool is all Canadian. It's even milled in Alberta!)

- Another super bulky yarn I love is Quince and Co. Puffin. It's 100% wool, and soft while still feeling lofty and a bit rustic. It's a singles and it's sturdy, but the spin is still fairly gentle.
- Another option is actually another Imperial yarn: Native Twist. It's actually spun as a singles, unlike the un-spunBulky 2 Strand, but it puffs up a lot after wet blocking and calls for a similar gauge range. (I used it for the Surging River shawl.)  

MY FAVORITE DETAIL
I love that this vest looks chic, but is super fast to knit! It was probably the fasted garment I ever made - my sample size only took about 400 yards of yarn!

GENERAL TIPS
Like last week's sweater, parts of this vest are worked in the round and parts are worked in rows, so be sure your gauge is the same for both. It's helpful to swatch both in the round and in rows to confirm that you're getting gauge.

Be sure to use the hashtags #RuggedKnits, #TexturedWisp, and #AndreaRangelKnits when you post pics of your Textured Wisp projects!

UPCOMING EVENTS
I'm teaching at Knit City in Vancouver October 1-2, 2016. Both sessions of my Finishing class have already sold out, but there's still space to sign up for my classes on pi shawls and yarn substitution! Click here to sign up.


I'll also be at Knit Fit in Seattle November 12-13, 2016. I'm teaching two new classes, one on cables and one on colorwork, and if you missed out taking finishing at Knit City, you can take it in Seattle! Click here to sign up!

PATTERN DETAILS


Finished Sizes

32 (35.5, 41, 44.5, 48, 51.5)” (81.5 90, 104, 113, 122, 131 cm) bust circumference and 25 (25.5, 26.25, 26.25, 27, 27.5)” (63.5 65, 66.5, 66.5, 68.5, 70 cm) long.

Shown in size 35.5” (90 cm). 
Intended to be worn with 1–3” (2.5–7.5 cm) of positive ease.

Yarn 

Bulky weight (#6 Super Bulky). 
Main Color (MC): 296 (330, 378, 410, 442, 475) yd (271 302, 345, 375, 404, 434 m). 
Contrast Color (CC): 69 (74, 88, 95, 106, 111) yd (63 67, 80, 87, 97, 101 m).

Shown here: Imperial Yarn Bulky 2 Strand (100% wool; 200 yd/4 oz cake): colors #02 Pearl gray (MC), 2 (2, 2, 3, 3, 3) cakes; #46 Quail (CC), 1 cake.

Needles 

Size U.S. 11 (8 mm) 16” and 32” (40 and 80 cm) circular (cir). 
Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

Notions
Markers (m); stitch holders; 3 size U.S. 11 (8 mm) double-pointed needles (dpn) for shoulder bind-off; tapestry needle.

Gauge

9 sts and 16.5 rows = 4” (10 cm) over Broken Rib patt.

See it on Ravelry

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Thursday, August 4, 2016

Rugged Knits Pattern Highlight: Elderberry Road

I had a fantastic time at Tolt last weekend! It was great teaching knitters about color work, and I loved celebrating the launch of Rugged Knits with friends. I was particularly excited that my aunt who reminded me how to knit when I was 18 and two of my cousins came to the signing! My cousin Sophie wanted to cast on Elderberry Road asap, so with her as inspiration, that's today's pattern highlight.




CONSTRUCTION
- Worked bottom-up: the body is worked as one piece, then the sleeves are worked in the round to the sleeve caps, then worked back and forth in rows.

- Shoulders and sleeve caps are sewn in using mattress stitch to add stability.
- The button bands and neck trim are picked up and worked after seaming. A few rows of garter stitch between the pick-up and the ribbing add a nice, clean detail.

FIT
- This one is designed to be worn fairly fitted, so if you're in between sizes, I recommend rounding down. (The sleeve cap shape means that it probably won't look its best with an oversized fit.)

- The recommended ease is +1-3 in/2.5-7.5 cm.
- Gentle waist shaping adds to the flattering fit.

YARN
Berroco Blackstone Tweed (65% wool, 25% mohair, 10% angora; 130 yd 119 m/50 g skein) is an aran weight yarn with a recommended gauge of 18 sts = 4 in/10 cm.

- It's got a lovely tweedy look that makes this a classic, traditional-looking sweater.
- The mohair and angora content gives a lovely, soft halo.
- Majority wool content means this is a resilient yarn without a ton of drape.
- It's got 2 plies that are gently twisted, so there's a good amount of texture. The stitch definition is soft rather than crisp.


TIPS FOR SUBSTITUTING

- The gauge in the pattern is 16.5 sts = 4 in/10 cm, but I don't recommend using that to choose a yarn. The textured stitch pattern spreads out more than Stockinette fabric would, so I suggest choosing a yarn that recommends a gauge of 16-19 stitches = 4 in/10 cm instead to get a similar fabric to the sample.
- Sadly, the yarn used in the sample has been discontinued. Lots of yarn shops still have stock, though, so try your LYS to see if they've still got it!
- A possible substitute that Berroco recommends is Tuscan Tweed. It's a tweedy yarn that includes wool and mohair, like Blackstone Tweed, and the recommended gauge is the same, so the fabric is likely to be similar. The color palette is lovely too - I'd love to see this worked up in Oak and Cornflower!
- I think this could be a super cozy winter sweater in Imperial Yarn Columbia or Cestari Traditional 2-Ply. Both of those have a buttery lanolin-rich feel and combine ruggedness with softness in a way that makes my heart sing. They'd both make a denser fabric than in the sample and would likely have slightly less drape.

- For a crisp, clean look, Quince and Co. Lark. The tight twist and many plies will make for popping stitch definition and the clear, solid colors give a modern, understated feel.
- For a super soft lounge-y sweater, try Malabrigo Merino Worsted. It's so squishy and feels amazing worn. (Beware that this singles yarn pills like crazy, but it's so worth it! Just shave your sweater every now and then!)

MY FAVORITE DETAIL
The color blocking with garter ridges between the sweater body and ribbed edging add a modern touch to a classic silhouette.

GENERAL TIPS
Parts of this sweater are worked in the round and parts are worked in rows, so be sure your gauge is the same for both. It's helpful to swatch both in the round and in rows to confirm that you're getting gauge.

Be sure to use the hashtags #RuggedKnits, #ElderberryRoad, and #AndreaRangelKnits when you post pics of your Elderberry Road projects!

UPCOMING EVENTS
My Canadian book launch event and intro to color work class using the Boreal Toque pattern are happening in Victoria this weekend!

Beehive Wool Shop, Victoria, BC - August 6-7, 2016
Book Launch Party & Signing, August 6, 11am-3pm
Boreal Toque Workshop, August 7, 1-4pm

PATTERN DETAILS


Finished Sizes

32.75 (36.75, 405, 44.75, 48.75, 53.75)” (83 93.5, 103.5, 113.5, 124, 136.5 cm) bust circumference with 2 (2, 25, 2.25, 2.75, 2.75)” (5 5, 5.5, 5.5, 7, 7 cm) overlap and 23.75 (24, 24.75, 25.25, 26.25, 26.25)” (60.5 61, 63, 64, 66.5, 68 cm) long.

Intended to be worn with 1–3” (2.5–7.5 cm) of positive ease. 
Shown in size 36.75” (93.5 cm).

Yarn 

Worsted weight (#4 medium). 
Main Color (MC): 702 (790, 876, 964, 1,053, 1,162) yd (642 722, 801, 881, 963, 1,062 m). 
Contrast Color (CC): 234 (262, 291, 322, 351, 387) yd (214 239, 266, 294, 321, 354 m).

Shown here: Berroco Blackstone Tweed (65% wool, 25% mohair, 10% angora; 130 yd 119 m/50 g skein): colors #2601 Clover Honey (MC), 6 (7, 7, 8, 8, 9) balls; #2646 Saltwater (CC), 2 (3, 3, 3, 3, 3) balls.

Needles 

Size U.S. 6 (4 mm): 32” (80 cm) circular (cir) and set of 4 or 5 double-pointed (dpn). 
Size U.S. 5 (3.75 mm): 32” (80 cm) circular (cir). 
Size U.S. 4 (3.5 mm): 32” (80 cm) circular (cir). 
Adjust needle sizes if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

Notions
Markers (m); stitch holders or waste yarn; tapestry needle; eight3⁄4” (20 mm) buttons.

Gauge

161⁄2 sts and 28 rows = 4” (10 cm) over Textured patt using size U.S. 6 (4 mm) needles.

See it on Ravelry

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Rugged Knits Pattern Highlight: Blueberry Paws

When I was designing this week's Rugged Knits pattern highlight, Blueberry Paws, I played around with gauge and fit a lot. Because the mitts are such a quick project, I was able to knit up several iterations of the pattern before I decided exactly how long I wanted them, how snug I wanted the gauge, and how I wanted them to fit. And I've actually been wearing the "not-quite" versions of these mitts since I finished them over a year ago. I'm planning to make myself a couple more pairs in different colors and yarns because they're so useful. (I was thrilled to see the first project pop up on Ravelry today in a cheery yellow!)


CONSTRUCTION
- Worked from the cuff to the finger with a shaped thumb gusset.
- Right and left mitts are different for a great fit, and the cable is placed on the outside of each hand rather than centered.

- A textured rib pattern adds durability, resilience, and a great rugged look.
- A tight gauge means these mitts will be long-lasting.

FIT
- The mitts have a snug ribbed cuff and are designed to be worn with a bit of negative ease. They come in two sizes and are very stretchy.

YARN
Hazel Knits Entice MCN (70% superwash merino wool, 20% cashmere, 10% nylon; 400 yd366 m/115 g)
- A heavy fingering weight plied yarn with a fairly tight twist gives great stitch definition.
- The semisolid color combined with the stitch pattern gives a lovely watercolor look.

- A merino/cashmere/nylon blend combines luxurious softness with durability. Since each pair only takes about 150 yards of yarn, you could make a couple pairs with a beautiful skein of sock yarn.

TIPS FOR SUBSTITUTING
- Use that special skein of yarn you've been saving! Keep in mind that if it's super soft without any nylon content, you might get some pilling since mitts get a lot of abrasion.
- Try a wooly tweed like Jamieson& Smith 2 Ply Jumper Weight for super rugged farm chore mitts.

- For extra warmth and a delicate halo, Berroco Ultra Alpaca Light could be a great choice.

MY FAVORITE DETAIL
I love the cable and placement on the outside of each hand.

GENERAL TIPS
This is a great quick knit. Make a few pairs for gifts (and a few for yourself!)

Be sure to use the hashtags #RuggedKnits #BlueberryPaws, and #AndreaRangelKnits when you post pics of your Blueberry Paws projects!

UPCOMING EVENTS
Come to my book launch events and take my intro to color work class using the Boreal Toque pattern!

Tolt Yarn and Wool, Carnation, WA - July 30, 2016
Boreal Toque Workshop 10am-2pm
Book Launch Party & Signing 3-5pm

Beehive Wool Shop, Victoria, BC - August 6-7, 2016
Book Launch Party & Signing, August 6, 11am-3pm
Boreal Toque Workshop, August 7, 1-4pm

PATTERN DETAILS


Finished Size

To fit a hand circumference of 6–7 (7–8) in/15–18 (18–20.5) cm, mitts measure about 5.5 (6.25) in/14 (16) cm in circumference and 6.5 (7.5) in/16.5 (19) cm long. 
Shown in size 5.5 in/14 cm).

Yarn 

117 (153) yd (107 140 m) sock weight (#1 Super Fine).

Shown here: Hazel Knits Entice MCN (70% superwash merino wool, 20% cashmere, 10% nylon; 400 yd366 m/115 g): color Laguna, 1 skein.

Needles 

Size U.S. 3 (3.25 mm) set of 4 or 5 double- pointed (dpn). 
Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

Notions
Markers (m); stitch holder or waste yarn; tapestry needle.

Gauge

28 sts and 44 rows = 4” (10 cm) over Broken Rib. 
12-st cable panel = about 11⁄4” (3.2 cm) wide.

See it on Ravelry

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Rugged Knits Pattern Highlight: Sun Flare

This week's Rugged Knits pattern highlight is a fun one for summer! Sun Flare is a triangle kerchief with a subtle, intuitive, and fun textured pattern that's created with just knits and purls.


CONSTRUCTION
- Worked bottom-up, starting with just a few stitches for the tip of the triangle.
- Simple garter stitch borders the sides and top of the triangle

- The fabric lays flat because of the textured stitch pattern.
- Wrong side rows are easy - just knit the first and last few stitches for a garter edge and purl the rest!

FIT
- The triangle has a wingspan of 41 in/104 cm, so it's more of a shawlette than a shawl. I wear it kerchief-style with the point in the front and the fabric tied in the back

YARN
Swans Island Natural Colors Fingering (100% certified organic merino wool; 525 yd 480 m/100 g)
- A light fingering weight plied yarn with a fairly tight twist gives great stitch definition.
- I love how the semi-solid color gives the stitch pattern the subtle look of an antique tapestry. (You could use a more solid color for clearer texture if you prefer.)

- Soft Merino makes it wonderful to work with and perfect for wearing right next to the skin.

TIPS FOR SUBSTITUTING
- I used almost the entire skein for the sample, and Natural Colors Fingering comes with more yardage than is common in sock yarns - 525 yd/480 m). For more standard 400 yd sock yarn skeins, you'll need two skeins.
- If you want stitch definition, choose a yarn without a halo (so avoid alpaca and mohair).

- A solid-colored yarn with silk content like Quince and Co. Tern could make the texture bolder.
- For an affordable warm-weather option, consider Knit Picks Comfy Fingering Yarn.

MY FAVORITE DETAIL
The texture is so fun to work and adds such a great subtle look.

GENERAL TIPS
Don't be daunted by all the charts! They're there to help you maintain the edge pattern, but the center of the pattern is intuitive and doesn't change throughout.

Be sure to use the hashtags #RuggedKnits #Sunflare, and #AndreaRangelKnits when you post pics of your Sun Flare projects!

UPCOMING EVENTS
Come to my book launch events and take my intro to color work class using the Boreal Toque pattern!

Tolt Yarn and Wool, Carnation, WA - July 30, 2016
Boreal Toque Workshop 10am-2pm
Book Launch Party & Signing 3-5pm

Beehive Wool Shop, Victoria, BC - August 6-7, 2016
Book Launch Party & Signing, August 6, 11am-3pm
Boreal Toque Workshop, August 7, 1-4pm

PATTERN DETAILS


Finished Size
About 41 in/104 cm wide and 19.75 in/50 cm long.

Yarn 

541 yd (495 m) fingering weight (#1 Super Fine).

Shown here: Swans Island Natural Colors Fingering (100% certified organic merino wool; 525 yd 480 m/100 g): color #YF124 Bittersweet, 1 skein (sample shown uses almost an entire skein; to ensure sufficient amount of yarn for swatching, you may consider purchasing a second skein).

Needles 

Size U.S. 2 (2.75 mm): 40” (100 cm) circular (cir). 
Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

Notions
Size C-2 (2.75 mm) crochet hook; markers (m); tapestry needle; blocking wires.

Gauge
28 sts and 48 rows = 4 in/10 cm over Textured Stitch pattern.

See it on Ravelry

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Rugged Knits Pattern Highlight: Lilac Sky

Now that Rugged Knits is out in the world, I've been highlighting each one of the patterns so you can get a closer look at what makes them special. I've covered a couple sweaters and my Boreal Toque so far, and this week, I'm going to share Lilac Sky, a simple but stunning loop scarf.



CONSTRUCTION
- Worked in the round - no seams and very little finishing required!
- The wide borders on top and bottom are a variation of the center stitch pattern.

FIT
- The loop has a circumference of 44.5 in/113 cm and it's 16 in/40.5 cm deep, so it's long enough to double it up in chilly weather, but it looks beautiful and elegant just tossed on.

YARN
Malabrigo Lace is such a unique yarn. (100% merino wool, 470 yd 430 m/50 g)
- It's a very lightweight singles, but it's spun tightly so there's no danger of it coming apart while you work.
- It creates a fabric that has an extremely cohesive, velvety feel that's so light it floats and drapes at the same time.
- Because the yarn is so soft and delicate (and partly due to the singles construction), the finished fabric can tend to fuzz and pill, but scarves don't receive much abrasion, so I don't find this to be a problem. And I just love the fabric so much that I can't bring myself to be bothered much by that.

TIPS FOR SUBSTITUTING
- If you choose a plied yarn, keep in mind that it will probably create a fabric that's less cohesive, though it might also be less likely to pill.
- To maintain the clarity of the textured stitch pattern, avoid yarns with fibres like alpaca or mohair that have a lot of texture or halo. If you like that softer, more muted look, though, an alpaca blend lace weight could have a gorgeous drape.
- To transform this into a summer essential, work it up in Anzula Breeze. (65% Silk, 35% Linen; 750 yd/686 m per 114g skein)
- For a made-in-the-USA option, try Quince and Co. Piper (50% Texas super kid mohair, 50% Texas superfine merino; 305 yd/279 m per 50g skein) or Brooklyn Tweed Plains (100% Rambouillet; 440 yd/402 m per 50g skein)


MY FAVORITE DETAIL
The surprisingly soft and light textured fabric.

GENERAL TIPS
The row gauge in the textured drop stitch pattern is very dense, so this isn't a quick project, but it's very easy to memorize making it great for knit night or traveling. Also, did you notice the affordable price of Malabrigo Lace? You can make this scarf for under $30!

Be sure to use the hashtags #RuggedKnits #Lilacsky, and #AndreaRangelKnits when you post pics of your Lilac Sky projects!

UPCOMING EVENTS
Come to my book launch events and take my intro to color work class using the Boreal Toque pattern!

Tolt Yarn and Wool, Carnation, WA - July 30, 2016
Boreal Toque Workshop 10am-2pm
Book Launch Party & Signing 3-5pm

Beehive Wool Shop, Victoria, BC - August 6-7, 2016
Book Launch Party & Signing, August 6, 11am-3pm
Boreal Toque Workshop, August 7, 1-4pm

PATTERN DETAILS


Finished Size
About 44.5 in (113 cm) in circumference and 16 in (40.5 cm) long

Yarn
1344 yd (1229 m) laceweight (#0 Lace).

Shown here: Malabrigo Lace (100% merino wool, 470 yd 430 m/50 g): color #52 Paris Night, 3 skeins.

Needles
Size U.S. 3 (3.25 mm): 40” (100 cm) circular (cir).
Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

Notions
Markers (m); tapestry needle.

Gauge
24.5 sts and 79 rnds = 4 in (10 cm) over Dropped St Stockinette pattern

See it on Ravelry

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Rugged Knits Pattern Highlight: Boreal Toque

I've been writing about the patterns in my new book Rugged Knits - previously I covered two sweaters, Hazy Cloud and Silhouette Baselayer. Today I'm going to get into one of the accessory patterns, Boreal Toque. Like the Silhouette Baselayer I envisioned Boreal Toque working equally well for men and women.


CONSTRUCTION
- Bottom-up
- Simple wide ribbed brim
- Easy to follow color pattern without any long floats - no float catching is necessary!

FIT
- Intended to be worn with a snug, beanie-style fit so it's comfortable under a helmet.
- For a slouchier fit, work more Stockinette after completing the color pattern and before beginning crown shaping.

YARN
I used one of my favorite yarns, Brooklyn Tweed Loft (100% Targhee-Columbia wool; 275 yd 251 m/50 g).
- Woolen spun construction makes a light, warm hat. Color work adds warmth and wind-resistance with very little added bulk.
- The tweedy color palette is gorgeous and extensive. There are so many girly, masculine, and neutral color combinations to choose from!
- Brooklyn Tweed Yarns are made in the USA. I love supporting North American yarn production!

Tips for Substituting
- Lots of yarns can work for this one. Fibres like alpaca, silk, and cotton may stretch out of shape over time, so wool may be best. But, that's not nearly as big of a concern as it would be with a garment.
- For a bright, saturated project, I'd love to see this worked up in your favorite hand dyed sock yarn like Hazel Knits Artisan Sock.
- For a natural, un-dyed look, try Bare Naked Wool Better Breakfast Fingering.
- If you like clean, smooth color work, I recommend Quince and Co. Finch.

MY FAVORITE DETAIL
The color pattern that's dramatic, but not difficult to work.

GENERAL TIPS
Color dominance is important for this project. Because the contrast color creates the pattern, I held it dominant for this hat. Like I mentioned in the post about Hazy Cloud, I love this article by Dianna Walla about color dominance in knitting.

Be sure to use the hashtags #RuggedKnits #Borealtoque, and #AndreaRangelKnits when you post pics of your Boreal Toque projects!

UPCOMING EVENTS

Come to my book launch events and take my intro to color work class using the Boreal Toque pattern!

Tolt Yarn and Wool, Carnation, WA - July 30, 2016

Boreal Toque Workshop 10am-2pm
Book Launch Party & Signing 3-5pm

Beehive Wool Shop, Victoria, BC - August 6-7, 2016

Book Launch Party & Signing, August 6, 11am-3pm
Boreal Toque Workshop, August 7, 1-4pm


PATTERN DETAILS


Finished Size 
About 201⁄4 (21, 22)” (51.5 53.5, 56 cm) head circumference and 71⁄2 (73⁄4, 81⁄4)” (19 19.5, 21 cm) long.

Example A shown on woman in size 21” (53.5 cm). 

Example B shown on man in size 22” (56 cm).

Yarn 
Sock weight (#1 Super Fine). Main Color (MC): 119 (128, 137) m. Contrast Color (CC): 36 (46, 55) m.

Shown here: Brooklyn Tweed Loft (100% Targhee-Columbia wool; 275 yd 251 m/50 g): colors for Example A: Old World (MC), 1 skein; Snowbound (CC), 1 skein; colors for Example B: Pumpernickel (MC), 1 skein; Hayloft (CC), 1 skein.


Needles 
Size U.S. 3 (3.25 mm): 16” (40 cm) circular (cir) and set of 4 or 5 double-pointed (dpn). 
Size U.S. 5 (3.75) mm 16” (40 cm) circular (cir). 
Adjust needle sizes if necessary to obtain the correct gauges.

Notions 
Markers (m); tapestry needle.

Gauge 
25 sts and 36 sts = 4” (10 cm) over St st using smaller needle. 
25 sts and 31 sts = 4” (10 cm) over color chart using larger needle.




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