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Thursday, April 18, 2019

Seedy Winston Pullover

Winston Pullover by Jane Richmond

I finished knitting my seed stitch Winston Pullover this week for the knit-along! I was soooo close to the finish line, I'd reached the ribbing at the end of the second sleeve, when I realized I'd missed my last set of decreases for the shaping and had to rip half of the sleeve out and redo it. I was tempted to leave it but the perfectionist in me talked me out of it. The re-knitting took no time at all—I'm glad I forced myself to do it. And now I can finally wear my clay coloured Winston! YAY!

I promised to share my modifications with you once I was done! I've typed them up below, but you can also find them on my project page here on Ravelry.

Winston Pullover by Jane Richmond


MODIFICATIONS


1 — Same Gauge
Because seed stitch has an identical gauge to Stockinette, I was able to substitute without having to do any math!

2 — Raglan Increases
For seed stitch to be "unbroken" the paired increases for the raglan shaping need to be side by side (instead of having stitches in between them) so I swapped in “kfb, sm, kfb” for all of the raglan increases.

3 — Added 1 extra stitch to front neck cast-on
For the seed stitch to be continuous in the round there needed to be an uneven number of stitches in every round. I added an extra stitch to (C) when I cast on the front neck.

4 — Added 2 extra stitches per sleeve
My size had an additional increase round for the body and not the sleeves. To maintain those paired increases and not break up the seed stitch I did an additional round of sleeve increases to match the body. This meant the sleeves ended up with an added two stitches to their final stitch count.

5 — Sleeve Decreases
For the seed stitch to be continuous in the round I decreased 1 stitch at the beginning-of-round marker to achieve an odd number.

Again the decreases for the sleeve shaping needed to be side by side to maintain the seed stitch pattern. I used p2tog for both decreases when the round began with a purl stitch, and k2tog for both decreases when the round began with a knit stitch.

I decreased 1 stitch at the beginning of the first round of the cuff because the ribbing needed to be an even number.



6 — OPTIONAL - Short-row shaping / back hem
I was inspired by my friend Karen's Winston — she'd added short row shaping to her back hem and it looked amazing!

Here's how I did mine:
When (L) = 11” work short rows as follows:
Row 1: Work across body until all right underarm stitches have been worked, wrap and turn.
Row 2: Work across back until all left underarm stitches have been worked, wrap and turn.
Row 3: Work across back until 5 stitches remain before gap, wrap and turn.
Row 4: Repeat Short Row 3.
Next: Work across to BOR marker working wraps from right underarm as you go.
Next: Work across, working wraps from left underarm as you go, and ending round at right underarm.
Change to smaller circular needle and work as written in pattern for ribbed hem.
Remember to decrease away your extra stitch from (C) as you’ll now need an even number for the 1x1 rib!



Winston Pullover by Jane Richmond

It's been fun watching new Winston's pop up on social media—I'm constantly finding inspiration in the #WINSTONpullover feed. If you've been wanting to cast on but need a little extra inspiration, scroll through for yourself! I've also added my absolute faves to my Instagram highlights here.





The knit-along is still wide open and everyone is welcome! Because this is a casual knit along there are no rules and no deadlines so please, bring your project to cast-on or your work-in-progress, modifications are welcomed and encouraged, and join us in this laid back Winston knit-along!

Winston Pullover by Jane Richmond



Thursday, February 28, 2019

Knit Along with Me / WINSTON PULLOVER

Winston Pullover by Jane Richmond

Knitting with friends is fun! Way more fun than knitting alone. It's motivating and uplifting and can be a source of inspiration as well as a help with problem solving.

I've noticed so many amazing Winston Pullovers popping up in my feed since the pattern was published I've been inspired to cast on again.

If you'd like to join me please jump on in!! The pattern is a super quick and easy knit. It's perfect for beginners or those who want to try garment knitting or top-down construction. The recommended yarn is also inexpensive and accessible.

This will be a fun casual knit-along with no cast on date or deadline so feel free to bring works in progress, modifications, etc to the group. Everyone is welcome!

For pattern details visit — Winston Pullover. To join the knit-along group hop over to Ravelry.

Winston Pullover by Jane Richmond

I'm knitting mine in seed stitch (notes on my ravelry project page) and loving the result! The pattern is such a perfect blank slate for fun personalization like a cropped version, colour blocking, stripes, or an all over seed stitch!


I'm excited to see your Winstons — I hope you'll join me!






Thursday, February 21, 2019

Sew much Sewing ♥


A few years ago I began sewing my own clothes. I never really realized how much that sewing had amounted to until I was reorganizing my fabric swatch book (below) and thought to add finished projects to my notes to give each swatch a little more context. I thought I could fill this in from memory because who can't remember all of the things they've hand made?? Only a few things came to mind until I started pulling things out of drawers and off of hangers — by the end I had a massive pile of me-made clothes on the bed and very little left in my drawers (most of which doesn't really get worn since I started sewing for myself)!!!

The nerd in me needed to make an itemized list of the stack above but I've spared you having to scroll through all 59 pieces and moved it to the bottom of this post! Putting this post together has me begging the question — is there not a Ravelry-like-site for those who sew????

ETA — since posting I've had a ton of people suggest Textillia! I've signed up and am in the process of adding my sewing projects!! If you're already a member or decide to sign up come find me — I'd love to see what you're making!  




A lot of my clothing is made from self drafted patterns. The photo above shows just how many pairs of undies I had to make (clear tote) before getting a pair just right. My self drafted underwear pattern is what I used to make all of my bikini bottoms.

This year is the 10 year anniversary of Me-Made May. Below is a post I made on Instagram just 5 days before I had my accident, confessing all of the reasons I've shied away from participating, and vowing to make 2019 the year I finally take part. I'd like to make good on that promise — and I think I've got enough in my wardrobe to do it!



Have you ever participated in Me-Made May?  
Sewists — what are your favorite sewing patterns?!  










MY ME-MADE CLOSET


Beach Cover Up — Peppermint Magazine / blue chambray from Fabricland, size 1
Bikini Top — My Little Nook / clearance coral spandex from Dressew
Blackwood Cardigan — Helen's Closet / blue sweater knit from Fabricland, size S
Boxer Pajama Shorts — Melly Sews / white cotton bedsheet from Value Village
Brassie Joggers — Greenstyle Creations / blue rib knit fabric from Dressew, mid-rise, size S
Brassie Joggers — Greenstyle Creations / moss fabric from Dressew, low-rise, size S
Briar T-Shirt — Megan Nielsen / speckled cream stretch from Dressew, modified hem
Briar T-Shirt — Megan Nielsen / white jersey from Dressew, modified hem
Briar T-Shirt — Megan Nielsen / white light weight jersey from Dressew, modified unfinished hem
Briar T-Shirt — Megan Nielsen / dusty mauve, wearable muslin
Cheyenne Tunic — Hey June / plaid flannel bedsheet from Value Village, size XS
Day Tripper Top — Shwin Designs / light blue jersey from Dressew, heavily modified, size S
Ginger Jeans — Closet Case Patterns / dark stretch denim, view B, size 6
Kirsten Kimono tee — Maria Denmark / white jersey from Value Village, modified, size L
Kirsten Kimono tee — Maria Denmark / dusty mauve, wearable muslin, size S
Linden Sweatshirt — Grainline Studio / yellow tri-blend from Fabricland, size 4
Linden Sweatshirt — Grainline Studio / large loop terry from Dry Goods Design, size 4
Linden Sweatshirt — Grainline Studio / dark grey jersey bedsheet from Value Village, size 4
Linden Sweatshirt — Grainline Studio / moss fabric from Dressew, size 4
Linden Sweatshirt — Grainline Studio / moss fabric from Dressew, modified neckline, size 4
Linden Sweatshirt — Grainline Studio / medium blue jersey bedsheet, size 4, modified neckline
Linden Sweatshirt — Grainline Studio / grey polyester from Dressew, modified pattern, size 4
Penny Raglan — Grainline Studio / yellow tri-blend from Fabricland, size XS
Penny Raglan — Grainline Studio / white jersey from Dressew, size S
Phinney Ridge — Straight Stitch Designs / blue rib knit fabric from Dressew, size 4
Phinney Ridge — Straight Stitch Designs / blue rib knit fabric from Dressew, size 0
Plantain tee — Deer and Doe / medium grey jersey bedsheet from Value Village, size 38
Strata Top — Sew Liberated / patterned woven vintage bed sheet from Value Village
Strata Top — Sew Liberated / slub jersey from Dressew
Strata Top — Sew Liberated / black jersey from Fabricland, size S
Washi Dress — Made by Rae / poka dot woven cotton from Fabricland, size XS

SELF DRAFTED ~
bikini bottom — clearance coral spandex from Dressew
bikini bottom — stripped pink-purple swim remnants from Fabricland
bikini bottom — stripped orange-white swim remnants from Fabricland
boxy high-low tee — dark grey jersey bedsheet from Value Village
boxy high-low tee — white jersey from Dressew
racer back tank — cream jersey with lace
racer back tank — white jersey from Dressew
racer back tank — blue-white jersey from Girl Charlee
racer back tank — medium grey jersey from Dressew
racer back tank — blue-purple light jersey from Girl Charlee
rounded v-neck tee — white light weight jersey from Dressew
rounded v-neck tee — light grey jersey bedsheet from Value Village
scoop neck tank — medium grey jersey bedsheet from Value Village
scoop neck tank — medium grey jersey bedsheet from Value Village
scoop neck tank — blue-white jersey from Girl Charlee
scoop neck tank — white jersey from Dressew
scoop neck tank — blue-purple light jersey from Girl Charlee
scoop neck tank — deep royal blue jersey bedsheet from Value Village
scoop neck tee — cream and black speckles from Dressew
scoop neck tee — light grey jersey bedsheet from Value Village
scoop neck tee — medium grey jersey bedsheet from Value Village
scoop neck tee — blue linen slub from Dry Goods Design
scoop neck tee — blue-purple light jersey from Girl Charlee
sleep shorts — vintage pillowcase from Value Village
sleep shorts — vintage bedsheet from Value Village
sleep shorts — pale pink floral bedsheet from Value Village
sports bra — pink spandex from Dressew
sports bra — clearance light grey spandex from Dressew

Friday, December 21, 2018

NEW PATTERN / Winston Pullover

Winston Pullover — by Jane Richmond

I'm thrilled to introduce to you the Winston Pullover! This sweater has been off the needles since March but a lot has happened since then and so the pattern was delayed in making it's way out into the world.

I cast on last winter after getting this really strong urge to knit something super bulky, ultra simple, and comfortably over-sized. I've been struck with this urge before and every time, it leads me to Michael's for an arm full of Thick & Quick yarn.

Winston Pullover — by Jane Richmond

Once I had knit enough yoke to try on, Elsie claimed the sweater as hers. It was simple enough to make my size 34 into an Elsie size, I just decreased the sleeves more quickly and stopped short on the length  ...and then I immediately cast on pullover #2 for me!

And as soon as I'd bound off I began living in this sweater. It was exactly the warm and cozy hug I was hoping it would be. And because it knit up so quickly and cost so little (thank you Michael's coupons!) I've put it through the ringer! Say what you will about acrylic blends but there's something to be said for a hand knit that can survive the washer and dryer!!

Everyone was so enthusiastic about the pullover it encouraged me to write up a proper pattern. I dove into the grading and pattern writing before my accident and had nearly completed it when things came to a grinding halt.

The sweater itself has been a huge comfort during my recovery. For the first 3 months, post-surgery, I had to wear a body brace that made my body look lumpy and weird under my clothes. I could really only wear a few things that would conceal it — the Strata tops I'd made right before the crash were in constant rotation. And my over-sized pullover hid my brace perfectly which made me feel a little more like myself.

Winston Pullover — by Jane Richmond

Winston Pullover — by Jane Richmond

Winston Pullover — by Jane Richmond

And so finally, here it is to share with all of you, my over-sized, warm and fuzzy hug, Winston
I truly hope that this sweater brings you or someone who needs it, great comfort in whichever way is needed.

Winston Pullover — by Jane Richmond


Sending BIG hugs from me to you — happy knitting friends ♥




Wednesday, November 21, 2018

NEW PATTERN / Shepherd Toque


I'm slowly easing myself back into work and revisiting some of the projects I had begun before my accident. It's been intimidating coming back, and I've learned to be patient with myself. I'm incredibly grateful for the patience I've been given by those around me — thank you ♥

{ WELTED Cowl }

One of the projects that was so close to completion when I had my fall, was an ultralight toque that was inspired by the super light and versatile Welted Cowl (above). This cowl goes everywhere with me — I take it camping (I even sleep in it — the woods are chilly!). It's great for hikes and those first few minutes of a morning run when it's FREEZING and you haven't warmed up yet. I made mine with SweetGeorgia's Silk Mist (heaven!) and as well as being practical and hard wearing, it also makes a really elegant accessory. It looks just as good with a dressy coat as it does under a jean jacket, and best of all, it's so light it tucks into your pocket! My goal was to create this magic in a toque.



Three yarns stood out to me. And after swatching I couldn't rule any one of them out — each one, although slightly different, would make a perfect lightweight toque. So instead of narrowing my options, the decision was made to develop them all. The result is a very versatile pattern, with three different levels of lightness to choose from ranging from ultralight to fingering! I couldn't be happier with the outcome. I hope knitters will get as much enjoyment out of knitting this toque as I have designing it!



SHEPHERD Toque 

SHEPHERD Toque by Jane Richmond
photo: Nicholas Kupiak

— ULTRALIGHT Version 
The lightest of the three, this Ultralight version is made with lofty Drops Brushed Alpaca Silk and only requires one ball of yarn. Weighing in at only 25 grams (for the largest size!), this version is feather-light, incredibly packable, and is quick drying.



SHEPHERD Toque by Jane Richmond
photo: Nicholas Kupiak

— MID-WEIGHT Version 
The Mid-Weight version is made with Sandnes Garn Tweed, a brushed yarn just the slightest bit thicker than the Ultralight. It requires only one ball and weighs 40g for the largest size! Larger needles and gauge make this the fastest knit of the three versions!



SHEPHERD Toque by Jane Richmond
photo: Nicholas Kupiak

— FINGERING Version —
This Fingering version uses a single skein of Woolfolk Sno, a cloud-like sock-weight yarn that is so dreamy to knit with you'll want to make more that one! With it's slightly thicker fabric it still weighs a mere 42 grams for the largest size! This version rounds out the trio and lends versatility to the pattern — because who doesn't have a skein of sock yarn in their stash?!



I'm excited to finally be able to share the pattern with you.
I think it would make an excellent gift or a sweet treat to yourself ♥

Happy Knitting!




 — 20% OFF —

To celebrate, enjoy 20% OFF the pattern this week only — no coupon needed!

Sale ends this Sunday, Nov 25th 11:59 PST

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Thursday, October 18, 2018

NEW / McMilne Shawl in Fingering Weight Yarn




The McMilne shawl was released as a worsted weight accessory to compliment the exclusive colourway dyed by Indigodragonfly for Knit City 2013. Since then I've seen some beautiful versions knit with fingering weight yarn! Before my bike accident I'd been working towards offering this pattern for both worsted and fingering weights and I'm happy to say that the pattern is finally ready for it's re-release!





If you've already purchased this pattern through Ravelry or my website, you should receive the update automatically. If you have a paper copy or you did not receive the update, email proof of purchase to janerichmondesigns@gmail.com and I'll get the new pattern out to you!

If you don't have the pattern yet but would like to — to celebrate this special re-release, The McMilne shawl is 20% off until the end of the week! No coupon code needed :)



 —  PURCHASE PATTERN  






I'll leave you with this weeks quote from my instagram ♥


If you have a favorite quote I'd love to hear it.


H a p p y   k n i t t i n g   f r i e n d s ! 



Friday, October 5, 2018

Thank You.




I actually made it to Knit City this year, not as a vendor, but as a knitter who wouldn't miss it for anything. I wasn't able to shop, but I collected so many wonderful hugs — thank you to everyone who came up to me and expressed how happy they were to see me doing so well. I have so much to be thankful for. All of the love and compassion I have received since my accident — I'm certain I won't be able to repay it all in my lifetime.

Because I wasn't able to host my birthday sale this year I've put together a very special thank you sale instead, just in time for Canadian Thanksgiving :) For today only, all of my patterns are 50% off.




50% OFF 

– TODAY ONLY 

Sale ends Friday, October 5th, 11:59 PST
   

Receive 50% off (no coupon code needed) when you
purchase any patterns from my 
Website or Ravelry store.




I have a growing collection of quotes that I've been slowly and thoughtfully adding to over the years. I think quotes can be great reminders of things we need to hear, whether we're having an exceptional week, or slogging through a really tough one. I like to rotate through them, displaying ones that resonate with me at the moment. In my down time I taught myself modern calligraphy with brush pens. I'm using my quote collection to get weekly practice so I don't lose what I've learned so far. I'll leave you with this quote from this weeks lettering practice... 


If you have a favorite quote that resonates, I'd love to hear it.

H a p p y   k n i t t i n g   f r i e n d s !