If you have been watching any of my social media feeds this summer, you know that I have been smitten with Cecelia Campochiaro and her stellar book, Sequence Knitting: Simple Methods for Creating Complex Fabrics (learn more about the book and how to buy your own copy here).  While I have knit many pieces over the last few months, today I am actually publishing my first design using this concept: sequences!

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But my journey did not begin here; I actually had months of working on other ideas first!
As soon as Sequence Knitting arrived in the mail, I was immediately taken with 2-color sequence knits. So, I began with knitting a scarf/cowl that used up the left over The Plucky Knitter Cashmere yarn from my Op-Art Cowls knit last year. Using  simple [k2, p2, k2] sequence and using a fingering weight yarn (well almost sport weight) using US #4 needles, I cast on 78 sts and worked 2 rows in each of 2 colors, then changed each color as I ran out of yarn. When I ran out of yarn, I grafted the ends together to create a simple, Sequence Knitting cowl!

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I know that I keep saying that I don’t design shawls. I guess when you publish your fifth design, you might have to stop saying that, but I don’t think of myself as a shawl designer. But I do love playing with shape and texture, so when I fell in love with 2-color sequence knitting, it wasn’t a big leap to start thinking about how you might use “sequences” as a way of shaping a shawl.

Initially I worked with increasing one set of sequences while decreasing another, but this seemed to violate the idea of using simple patterns to create complex patterns. But this did lead me to the idea that varying the sequence with a simple increase might create an interesting design. So I began with a simple [k2, p2] sequence and moved to a [k3, p3] sequence and then a [k4, p4] sequence; thus, the idea of a sequenced yoke was born. The resulting baby sweater pattern is forthcoming!

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And that lead me to think about how to accomplish something similar with a flat design. Clearly increasing on both the knit and purl “columns” at the same time was quite dramatic, so I tried alternating the increases… and then changing the location and timing of the increases in the knit column and later in the purl column and sequences is the result!

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I must admit that this is one of the most enjoyable pieces I have knit. So far I have knit 2 in Shibui’s Drift (above) and 2 in DK weight yarns (one in Clara Yarn Shetland 1.0) and one in Jill Draper Makes Stuff Mohonk. img_0352img_0506img_1103

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And I love them all!!

Happy knitting,

Lori

 

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So many years ago now, I graduated from Barnard College. Going to an all women’s college and to Barnard, specifically, was one of the best decision I made in my life! The curriculum was formidable, the faculty were demanding, the students were engaging, and the city was mesmerizing. As scared as I was to go to college in the midst of a then dangerous Morningside Heights, the experience not only helped raise my consciousness and my intellect, but I was never again afraid to live in a new place, try a new job or take on a new challenge.

So, I guess it is fitting that I named the sweater that reminds me most of me, Barnard!

And this week I finally finished knitting mine…

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A 21st century twist on an empire peplum, Barnard is part fashion and part fun! Its flirty skirt, empire waist and crisp details make it a a stylish and flattering choice for virtually every figure. I particularly love the slightly belled shape of the hem on bodice and on the 3/4 length sleeves and the beautiful finishing details! But what I love most about Barnard is how great it feels to wear.

There is nothing quite as wonderful as working with a great yarn and The Fibre Co.‘s yarns never disappoint! I knit mine in the now discontinued The Fibre Co.’s Organik that I had in my stash (if your LYS is out of stock, you can still get your hands on some directly from the Kelbourne Woolens website), but the sweater is  beautifully knit in their Cumbria (as shown in the pattern and was a joy to work with), Canopy Worsted (I knit ribbed and worsted pour moi in this yarn and it is fantastic) or Terra (Bryn Mawr is knit in this luscious yarn).

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And Barnard is fun to knit! The Waffle Rib, a cousin of Brioche, is a joy to knit, and the rolled edging gives the project just the right amount of challenge. And the sweater has a gauge which makes it knit up quickly, too.

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A versatile addition to your wardrobe, Barnard can be worn equally well with jeans, a dress or a skirt. So go pick out your favorite worsted weight yarn from The Fibre Co. and come join in a Barnard KAL in the VERSACIKNITS knitters group on Ravelry. We always have a lot of fun chatter and we will have a few prized too!

Can’t wait to meet you in the KAL thread!

Lori

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First up, Wellesley — come join the KAL!

August 31, 2016

My mother went to Wellesley, so there was no shortage of stories about the college when we were growing up. There are old photos of her during those years with pigtails and wearing bobby socks and saddle shoes, blue jeans and her father’s old shirts. And my father told of meeting her for their first […]

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Preview VERSACIKNITS Sisterhood

August 20, 2016

Here is a preview of the VERSACIKNITS Sisterhood collection. Take a peak and then head over to ravelry and buy a copy of the e-book. In celebration, 100% of ebook sales through September will be donated to Planned Parenthood! And you will be saving 40% off of the price of the individual patterns. BUY NOW […]

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Introducing VERSACIKNITS Sisterhood!

August 18, 2016

We are so excited to introduce Sisterhood, a collection of six wearable knits celebrating women of all ages, shapes and sizes!   Click on the cover to view the designs in more detail!   A tribute to those who forged our path — from women’s suffrage to the 2016 election — these designs celebrate all that […]

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I’m hitting the road!

March 28, 2016

Over the next few months VERSACIKNITS will be in Florida, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and New York. I’ll will have tons of samples to try on, VERSACIKNITS booklets and patterns to buy (and if you ask I will sign them) and classes to teach. And, of course, my hosts will have lots of yarn! Come join me on the road! […]

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Introducing HERRING: an easy-to-knit, modern wrap

March 10, 2016

As you already know, I am not a traditional lace shawl knitter, but I fell in love with the look of this simple lace pattern, while swatching for a new sweater idea. Most of the time, I find lace knitting to be tedious, but with this pattern I found that I could get into the […]

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Come see us at Vogue Knitting Live NYC!

January 13, 2016

This weekend is Vogue Knitting Live NYC at the Marriott Marquis Hotel and VERSACIKNITS will be on the 5th floor in Booths 417, 419 and 421 with Cornwall Yarn Shop! We will have lots of samples to try on, books and patterns to buy (if you ask, I will be happy to sign them) and plenty of yarn. […]

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Time to start knitting for yourself again; introducing OPEN STAR!

December 18, 2015

Let’s face it, we have been knitting for others for months and it is just about time to knit for ourselves again. And I have the perfect cardigan for you. Introducing OPEN STAR! Simple, elegant lines. Classic shape. Interesting texture. Comfortable fit. This is the type of sweater you can wear every day! Shown in The Plucky […]

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Celebrating 25 years of marriage with 25% off all VERSACIKNITS patterns!

November 19, 2015

There are not many milestones that mean as much as 25 years of marriage. Let’s face it, it is hard to be married to someone for 25 years, no matter how much you love and enjoy each other. But here I am at 25 years and happy as a clam! So, I’m sharing my happiness […]

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