August 2010


The Carry on, cover up is a shawl, scarf and shrug, all in one piece of knitting. The sides of the shawl can be buttoned together where ever one wishes, trough paired buttons that can be removed when used a shawl. It is the perfect travel garment that will give you a warming scarf, shawl or a light cover up in the form of a shrug, when only packing a few items for a quick get-away.

The pattern is easy and even though there are increases (actually just skipped over decreases) and decreases to keep track of, it will be a walk in the park to knit. The extended pattern instructions include both written instructions, charts and a working order listing complete with row and stitch counts for all three sizes. A perfect easy knitting project for travelling both during and after knitting.

Sizing

Size: XS/S (M/L, XL/XXL)
End width: 29 (29, 29) cm, 11.25 (11.25, 11.25) inches
Middle width: 32 (35, 38) cm, 12.5 (13.75, 15) inches
Length: 150 (155, 160) cm, 59 (61, 63) inches
The shawl will stretch slightly lengthwise when worn as a shrug.

About the yarn

Marks & Kattens Fame trend is a colour variegated yarn with long colour reports. Look at both ends of your skeins before you start knitting so that you can decide which ends that match the best to make sure that the join in of the new skein will follow the colour changes.

Main Yarn:  Marks och Kattens Fame trend, 2 skeins (total: 200 g, ca 840 m)
Additional yarn:   Garnstudio Drops Alpaca, 1 skein (or other alpaca yarn, ca10 g/35 m is used for the pattern)
Colours:   Multicoloured yarn with long colour reports (Marks & Kattens Fame trend)
Purple or other matching colour (Garnstudio Drops Alpaca, edge yarn)
Other materials:   32 buttons with hanks, size 13 mm/0.5”
Needle:   4 mm/US 6 or size required to achieve stated gauge (main yarn).
3.5 mm/US 4 or size required to achieve stated gauge (additional yarn).
Tension/Gauge: 24 st = 10 cm/4” in stockinette using main yarn (needle 4 mm/US 6).
24 st= 10 cm/4” in pattern B using main yarn (needle 4 mm/US 6).
22 st = 10 cm/4” in garter stitch using additional yarn (needle 3.5 mm /US 4).

Technique

Difficulty: Easy
Stitches used: knit, purl, yarn over, decreasing, double decreasing

Getting it!

The pattern for the Carry on, over up is available as a pdf-file for $5 at my Etsyshop or through  Ravelry (available without an account). It has instructions for both cabled and ribbed edge in three sizes. The pattern has written instructions a well as a chart for the cables.

Ravelry – pattern listing with option to buy and download
Etsy – buy trough my store

We are half way through august all ready and autumn is just around the corner with its colour changes, crispy clear days and the return of wool knitting. I really love knitting in the autumn, and when ever I have in years past slipped away from the web of knitting it is always the coming of autumn that has brought me back again. This year I am working on patterns with lots of colours that will pick up both leaves and sky and join them together in this best of knitting seasons. I promise you that there will be wool and bright colours in patterns to come.

But before that we still have the last days of summer knitting and, as promised, I am now publishing my travel shawl the Carry on, Cover up shawl, scarf and shrug all-in-one in time for the last days of summer and the first needs of scarves and shrugs. It is an easy knit so it is also a perfect travel knitting for these last vacation days. The pattern was my entry in the Project Yarnway challenge for the month of June and I seem to be doing well because I won with that pattern, my second win in a row!

Speaking of Project Yarnway, I can give you a sneak peek at an upcoming pattern, that was last month’s entry for me: the Little Luxuries slippers. They are meant to both cover the need for slippers when the floors starts to get cold as well as add a little bit of luxury when curling up in the colder months to come. They are also a perfect last minute gift since the pattern will have individual sizes, so no need to try them on the unknowing gift receiver, and they are a really quick knit. I timed my last pair to four hours, from cast on to the tying of the bow, so when in need you can always knit a pair of slippers this winter.

Apart from that I have the great pleasure to tell you that in a month and a half there will be an exhibition of my knitted design at Tändsticksmusseet (the Match Museum) in Jönköping, Sweden, where I grew up. It will open on October 2, and last until the end of the year. So apart from the pattern workings I am now knitting day and night to get all the special pieces ready for the exhibition. If you are close by I hope you will come and see my things! Look for updates on times and links to the museums web page ahead.

Until next time I wish you all very wooly autumn.