Converting Flat Stitch Patterns to Round

If you’re knitting Marion, you might have noticed that the pattern only includes written instructions for the working the cable stitch pattern flat. Or maybe you didn’t notice and you’re wondering how other people did. The key thing is that the instructions are written as rows, not rounds, and there is a clearly labelled WS row. Stitch patterns for working in the round should never have WS rows or be written as rows.

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If you only have flat written instructions and have to work in the round, that leaves you with two options. You can follow the chart, or you can convert all the WS rows to RS rounds. To convert them, you’ll need to translate the instructions so they’re written as you look at the knitting from the RS, swapping out stitch instructions for their opposite. With a stitch pattern like the one in Marion, that’s easy enough. You just swap out the instructions to purl four with knit four.

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For more complex stitch patterns, you’ll have to do a bit more work because the order in which you work the stitches also needs to change if they’re not all the same. Let’s say that the WS row we’re translating to a RS round is “K4, p2, k1.” In order to convert it, we have to adjust the order in which the stitches are worked as well as the stitches themselves. As a RS round, the instructions would be, “P1, k2, p4.” Because WS rows are worked in the opposite direction as RS rounds, we have to make our changes starting with the last stitch, moving to the first, translating stitch by stitch.

The Innkeepers

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Who doesn’t love a haunted hotel? They’re right up there with haunted ships when it comes to ghost movies, and The Innkeepers fits nicely into that category. It’s about two hotel employees who are working the last few nights before the hotel closes. They’re both interested in ghosts, and this is their last opportunity to search for the ghosts that are rumored to haunt the building. At first there’s a whole lot of nothing, just the two employees accidentally scaring each other, but the main character persists in her search, and eventually things start to happen.

Don’t let the trailer fool you, though. The movie doesn’t have a lot of scary moments, and the pacing is pretty slow but not in a bad way. The movie starts out kind of light and is a bit silly at first, but then it has a big shift in tone at the end. I’m still undecided if it’s a good movie with a bad ending or just an enjoyably horrible movie. It does some things well in the beginning, and I’m not entirely sure if they’re accidental or deliberate. For example, the way the beginning is shot and the way pacing works in the first act creates a sensation of what it would be like working the night shift at this hotel, and it lets you feel like you know the characters, but was that intentional? I don’t know! I might be looking for depth where there is none. It’s a good movie to watch while knitting, none the less.

Henriette – A New Cardigan Pattern

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Sweater season is here, and I’ve got the perfect new pattern for you. Meet Henriette, a bottom up raglan with lace and cables. This pattern is more challenging than my other recent sweater patterns, and that’s what makes it so fun to knit. The cardigan is knit from the bottom up, and at first, you will have three separate pieces. Stitch get bound off for the underarms, and then the two sleeves and body are joined together seamlessly when you knit the raglan yoke. Stitches are picked up around the front opening and neckline to add a button band, and then two small seams close up the underarms.

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The sweater is knit in bulky yarn with 5.5 mm/US 9 needles. The recommended yarn, Neighborhood Fiber Co. Studio Chunky, is what inspired this design. The reverse stockinette really shows off the complexities of the yarn color, and the chunkier gauge makes the lace and cable stitch pattern nice and dramatic.

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I really love how this sweater turned out, but sadly disaster struck it yesterday. I spilled coffee on my Henriette, and I didn’t notice until the stain had dried. I gave it a soak, and that helped fade the stain a bit, but it’s definitely still there. I’m a pretty clumsy person, so I’m mostly amazed that it’s taken me this long to accidentally stain one of my handknit sweaters. I just wish it had happened to an old one, not a sweater that I have barely worn! Oh, well. I have a few more stain-removal ideas to try, so we’ll see how that goes.

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Henriette comes in seven sizes, from 29” to 53” finished bust measurements, and it should be worn with 1-3 inches of negative ease. Both charts and written instructions for the cable and lace stitch pattern are included, so you can pick your favorite to work with. The pattern is $6.50 and you can find Henriette in the Untangling Knots shop or on Ravelry.

A Spotted Wrap Skirt

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Way back in the summer, Tilly from Tilly and the Buttons asked me if I’d like to try out one of her print patterns. Naturally I had to choose her Miette wrap skirt because it shares a name with my Miette cardigan pattern. The sewing pattern came quickly, but I wasn’t so quick to get it sewn up. It seemed like the world just didn’t want me to make this skirt.

First I just had trouble finding time to sew. August and September are my busiest months because I have to rush to get everything ready for fall, and then once I did find sewing time, I had fabric choice issues. I had been planning on making my skirt in red cotton, but then I realized that I would rather use the red fabric I bought to make a replacement for my favorite red circle skirt. I also wasn’t sure if I’d like a solid colored skirt because it wouldn’t have as much waist definition as my usual belt + skirt combo. So I decided to do a two-color skirt with black at the waist and grey for the main pieces, but then I managed to convince myself that the color grey I chose would look too much like an apron, so it got shoved in the stash and I ran out to the fabric store once again. I picked out this black and white dot print to use in place of the grey, and I was happy to finally get started.

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With my fabric picked out, it was time to lay it out and cut my pieces. That’s when I discovered that my fabric wasn’t printed on the grain. I spent some time trying to decide if I should give up on this project or go buy fabric for the fourth time. Neither option was very appealing, so I laid out the pattern pieces to see if I could somehow make the fabric I had work. I realized that although the dots weren’t on the grain, they also weren’t so off that it’d be totally obvious once I cut out the pieces. It’d just look like I didn’t match up the print very well, and I’m already not that great at lining things up. Not the end of the world. So I went with this fabric.

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The end result is pretty cute. The darker waistband gives me that definition I like, and it also keeps the layers and ties from looking too bulky. If I made this again, the only thing I would change is the length of the waistband pieces for the back panels. The front waistband piece lines up nicely with the side seams, but the back waistband pieces are longer than the back panels so they extend off and act as part of the ties. That section is a little odd because the waistband pieces have interfacing the ties don’t, and it’s also not as clean of a line as I’d like because the seam doesn’t match up with the back panels.

The actual sewing part of this project was easy and straightforward. I managed to get my project done over two somewhat busy weekends. One of my goals for October was to sew every weekend because I have developed a significant pile of planned projects, and I’d like to break my habit of wasting my weekends on my computer. This skirt is one from the project pile, and it’s nice to have the skirt done. Hopefully I can keep it up!

Note: I received this pattern for free but all opinions are my own.

Jo’s Agatha Cardigan

I had a lot of fun sharing all of those sweaters with you when I rounded up favorite fall sweaters, and I decided to start a new feature highlighting some of the fabulous FOs knit from my patterns. There’s a lot of good stuff in the finished projects sections on Ravelry, and I want to show it off!

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Today I’m sharing Jo‘s beautiful, purple, custom-fitted Agatha. This cardigan jumped out at me when I was browsing through projects because of that gorgeous bright color. I often find myself drawn to this color of purple when I’m shopping for yarn, but I never know what to do with it. I think Jo used it perfectly here. I also really like how she styled her cardigan. She paired it with a wool circle skirt that she sewed herself, and it makes such a cute outfit.

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I asked her if she had anything to add about her project, and she said, “I love this design’s mix of ribbing and lace. The lace is romantic and the ribbing creates structure… This is one of the first patterns I added to my Ravelry favourites when I started learning how to knit. The note I put on it was ‘Super cute… Maybe I can make this one day!'” Jo blogs at Making It Well and is pinkcatflower on Ravelry. She originally wrote about her cardigan here on her blog, and you can find her notes on the modifications she made to get a perfect fit on her Ravelry project page.