I’ve been thinking a lot about garment fit lately. This is a pretty deep subject, so for comic relief, I think about yarn and swatches. You know I love to swatch and I want you to love to swatch too.
Today the second of my blog posts about Anzula Luxury Fibers yarns went up. It is on Breeze, a silk and linen combination. You can read all about it here. Be sure, if you haven’t already, to read the post I did on Milky Way, another lace weight. I am using each of the yarns in an update of one of my existing patterns, so I’m going to give you swatching instructions each month to go along with the posts I do! Ohh, isn’t that exciting!
I’m put the instructions for swatching for Belon (Milky Way from Anzula Luxury Fibers) here for your enjoyment. On July 14 I’ll post the instructions for the Breeze swatch. Then when the next post goes up on Anzula’s blog, I’ll post that swatching information here, and on and on!
I will give away a copy of the associated pattern to a lucky poster of a photo of their swatch. Since these patterns are all in flux as I redo them in these yarns, you’ll get the current version of the pattern, then automatically get the update when it is released.
How do you win? Post a photo of your finished swatch to Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter, using #JWKSwatchChallenge. Don’t play on those platforms? How about a photo to Anzula’s Group on Ravelry project page? You should link it to my pattern on Ravelry so I know you did it. I’ll do the drawing on the 15th of each month.
Belon drawing will take place on August 15.
Latin Quarter drawing will take place on September 15.
There is time to do this!
I recommend that you cast on at least 30 stitches (2 repeats) + 2. Even though you might get the length in the 18 rows, do 36! It is a tiny bit easier to work the first row if you do two rows of garter first. I used a US size 4(3.5mm) needle to get gauge, but my knitter used a US size 6(4mm) to match my gauge. I’m loose; she is a tight knitter.
- Wrap yarn around the needle two times.
- On the next row (WS) knit into the first loop of the dbl-YO and purl into the second loop.
- Slip 1 to right needle.
- Use the right needle to pass the third stitch over and off the left needle, going over the first two stitches, a total of 10 times.
- Knit together the first two stitches then pass the sl1 on the right needle over the k2tog. Decreases 12 stitches.
Each multiple begins with 14 stitches. On the next WS row, the first loop of the YO encountered is knit, then the next stitch is purl. The dbl-YO is done every other RS row, followed by a WS row where the YO loops are knit and purled, then followed by a RS row without increases. Some of the dbl-YOs are followed by a k2tog, limiting the dbl-YO to one increase.
Each WS row multiple begins YO, k2tog. The YO at the beginning of the row creates a delicate loop along the long outer edge edge.
A total of 12 stitches are eliminated on Dec Row 17.
Oyster Shell Pattern
multiple of 14 sts + 2
Note: Sl1 is used throughout and refers to sl1 wyib.
Inc Row 1 (RS): Sl1, k1, *k1, dbl-YO, k13; repeat from *. +2 sts each repeat
Row 2: *YO, k2tog, k12, p1, k1; repeat from * to last 2 sts, end k2
Row 3: Sl1, k1, *k16; repeat from *
Row 4: *YO, k2tog, k14; repeat from * to last 2 sts, end k2
Inc Row 5: Sl1, k1, *k1, dbl-YO, k2tog, dbl-YO, k13; repeat from *. +3 sts each repeat
Row 6: *YO, k2tog, k12, p1, k2, p1, k1; repeat from * to last 2 sts, end k2
Row 7: Sl1, k1, *k19; repeat from *
Row 8: *YO, k2tog, k17; repeat from * to last 2 sts, end k2
Inc Row 9: Sl1, k1, *k1, [dbl-YO, k2tog] 3 times, k12; repeat from *. +3 sts each repeat
Row 10: *YO, k2tog, k12, (p1, k2] 2 times, p1, k1; repeat from * to last 2 sts, end k2
Row 11: Sl1, k1, *k22; repeat from *
Row 12: *YO, k2tog, k20; repeat from * to last 2 sts, end k2
Inc Row 13: Sl1, k1, *k1, [dbl-YO, k2tog] 4 times, k13; repeat from *. +4 sts each repeat
Row 14: *YO, k2tog, k13, (p1, k2) 3 times, p1, k1; repeat from * to last 2 sts, end k2
Row 15: Sl1, k1, *k26; repeat from *
Row 16: *YO, k2tog, k24; repeat from * to last 2 sts, end k2
Dec Row 17: Sl1, k1, *k12, sl1, Dec12, k1; repeat from *. -12 sts each repeat
Row 18: *YO, k2tog, k12; repeat from * to last 2 sts, end k2. 14 sts each repeat
Repeat Inc Row 1 through Row 18.
Gauge Information, Key, and Action Chart for Oyster Shell Pattern can be downloaded here: Belon MilkyWay Swatch Challenge.
Belon Swatch Challenge Rules
- Use Anzula Luxury Fibers yarn for priority* in the drawings (show label)
- Use the specified yarn for super priority* in the drawings (show label)
- Post photos of the finished swatch to Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, or Ravelry
- Use #JWKSwatchChallenge, #JillWolcottKnits, #AnzulaMilkyWay #Belon
- Only one photo to qualify (you can post more than one photo!)
- Drawing is done by a random number generator (names go into a spreadsheet)
- Number of winners TBD by number of participants
*Priority is a separate drawing from those using other yarns.
*Super Priority is an automatic win or a really separate drawing.