Summer is winding to a close, but September in Pasadena can be quite warm. Even so is a fantastic time to start knitting, crocheting, and stitching in anticipation of the cooler weather and the upcoming holidays.
This September we highlight fingerless mitts which are perfect for our cooler evenings. Great to to knit or crochet as gifts and be sure to keep a pair for yourself. Stop by the shop and take a look at the samples of the mitts highlighted below and other samples as well. The patterns range from easy to intermediate and we included a quick crochet pattern.
Birds of a Feather will be highlighted in a Trunk Show that runs from September 19 - October 13. Stay tuned for more information on specials and a stitch-a-long.
It's back to school time and we have four different workshops to help you learn something new. This month J.R. of Juniortown Knits will teach the techniques used in her cute Tee. Kathi will show you how to block a variety of projects in a 1-hour demonstration class. If you have always wanted to learn crochet, come to the beginning crochet workshop to learn the basic stitches and then Kathi will help you start on the an Owl Crochet hat or the Make-in-one-Evening mitts.
And plan ahead to take Betty's beginning Cable Blanket workshop in October where you will learn the basics of cable knitting and start a fabulous throw. Stop by Abuelitas to see the sample and choose your color. You will need 7 skeins of Cascade 128 and will need to order your yarn if the color is not in stock so that it can be delivered before the class on October 12th.
Helpful Hint: Stitchmarkers
Stitch markers are an essential tool for knitters and crocheters. They can help identify the beginning of a round in circular knitting, indicate a garter stitch border of a shawl, mark the pattern repeats in lace, when to increase and decrease, and a variety of other uses.
Frequently a pattern may indicate what to do with the marker. Two common terms used in patterns are are pm (place marker) and sm (slip marker). Even if the pattern doesn't indicate that a marker is needed, the markers can indicate that something needs to be done. Shawls and scarves often have a garter edge of one or two stitches. A stitch marker placed at the edge of the border will help you remember to change to garter.
Lace patterns often repeat over an even number of stitches, for example, 12 stitches. Placing markers every 12 stitches will help you identify mistakes and allow you to determine where you are in a pattern.
Be careful to read the pattern thoroughly and understand the repeats. Sometime the marker must be removed and slipped a stitch or two at one of the rows. Designers don't always indicate this and if something seems off, read the pattern and chart, and if you need more help stop by Abuelita's for quick help or take a lesson from one of our instructors.
The above photos show a few versions of markers but, no matter what they look like there are two basic types. One is a closed circle which is placed in between two stitches on a knitting needle. It is slipped as the knitting comes to it and the row is complete. These closed markers will not work for crocheting.
The second type of marker is a split ring or open marker. These may look like a circle with a small opening or a small safety pin. These can be used like a closed marker or can be used to mark a stitch, for example, to mark an increase or to mark the right side of the piece. Because they can be removed, these markers are also perfect for crochet when you need to mark a stitch.
Make sure your knitting or crocheting kit of notions has a few of each type of marker so you are well prepared.
Each month we will offer a helpful hint submitted by our instructors or customers. So please send in any suggestions you have to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will share them.
September Workshop Schedule
In addition to our beginner and children's classes listed on our website under "Learn" we offer monthly workshops designed around a project or a skill. These change each month and if you have a suggestion for a future workshop, please let us know. Register early to ensure a spot as class size is limited and some classes require preparation.
Dates: Sunday, September 7, 2014 Time: 2 – 3 pm Cost: $25 (includes one-1 1/2 hour workshop and a detailed handout)
Blocking can change a hand knit item from good to great and turn a tangled mess of lace into a work of art. In this Demonstration of basic blocking tools and techniques, Kathi will show the steps for wet blocking projects, use of wires and pins, how block garments so they fit, and how to block lace shawls.
Come to watch the demonstration and bring your finished projects. After class Kathi will help you figure out the best way to block your knits.
Materials and Preparation: This is a demonstration, not a hands on class but bring questions.
Learn to Crochet
Dates: Sunday, September 14, 2014 Time: 2 – 4 pm Cost: $45 (includes one-2 hour workshop and a detailed handout)
Always wanted to to crochet? Learn the basic stitches, the tools, and how to read patterns. This class is hands on and by the end of two hours you will be ready to start a Crochet Owl Hat. (If you wish to start the fingerless mitts above instead, please email Kathi for materials)
This tank/vest features a wide v-neck and 2x2 rib waisband. It takes 2 hanks juniortown knits knitting aran. It has aknotted/woven open back. It is worked straight with only neckline shaping from front waistband up to shoulder and back waistband to shoulder then seamed up sides and grafted on shoulder AFTER the knotted weaving takes place.
Minimum 3 students. Register early.
This class that teaches you to finish the knotted/woven background. You must complete the knitting in the pattern before arrival. We will knot and seam in the class. Skill level: Any - but you must be able to complete the basic pattern prior to class
7 skeins of Cascade 128 Superwash. Please pick up your yarn at Abuelita's or place an order no later than September 23rd to make certain you have the skeins prior to the class.
Size 13 straight or circular needles. This is knit in panels so you do not need a long circular needle.
One cable needle.
Gift-ology (science of gift giving)
Each month we highlight projects to knit, crochet, or stitch. Keep them for yourself or start your holiday gifts. This Month we feature fingerless mitts that you can make in anticipation of the fall and winter. Keep your hands warm, but your fingers free. Perfect for our cool (but not freezing winter). These make great gifts for everyone!!! Start now and you can have a few pair ready for someone special this holiday season.
Published in Summer 2006 Knitty, this free pattern has over 20,000 projects on Ravelry. The mitts take 100 - 200 yards of aran weight yarn. Other knitters have used worsted and even DK. The cables at the wrist keep the knit close and warm. Be sure to read the helpful posts as there are several modifications you may wish to try. Not sure how to do search Ravelry for helpful posts? Come on a Thursday evening when Abuelita's is open late and someone can show you how search the projects other knitters have posted.
These wristwarmers are not only very pretty and cosy, they’re also a fun knit and only use a single ball of fingering weight yarn!
The front features a gorgeous fishtail lace pattern, and the palmside is knitted in a twisted, broken rib. The best thing is that although they look rather stylish and elegant, they are surprisingly simple and quick to knit.
Suggested yarns: Baah La Jolla, Berroco Ultra Alpaca Light, Knit Wit Cashy Wool, any fingering weight yarn.
The full name of these mitts is "Make-us-in-One-evening-With-a-great-movie-Mitts" and the designer says, "Such an easy pattern, you can do it in only one evening. Open a nice bottle of wine and get started with one of your favorite movies."
In case you don't crochet, Abuelita's is having a workshop on September 14th where you can learn the to crochet and make these the same evening. The pair of mitts take only 100 to 150 yards of worsted weight yarn.