Signatur August 2018 Newsletter 90

Sun, 5 Aug 2018


Garment Sale Rail & 10% off knitting kits
Design Talk - Short Rows!
Shows in Sydney & Canberra
Newcastle Stitches & Craft Fair 
16th - 19th August
 "Sit & Knit" table as part of my stand from
10.30am to 3.30pm
       11am Mitre knitting (left) back of the
Mitre Tally Ho Jacket
2pm short row technique shown
(below in Plum) on the fronts of the Tally Ho Jacket.
Coal Loaders Market Sun 26th August
(don't forget the sale rail)
Below left to right: Stitched Up Jacket in long length in Greys with red highlights. Stitched Up Jacket short length in Reds with Olive and Khaki highlights. Windsor Jacket in two colour option, this can also be worked in a single colour. Billy Drape in the long length.
Knitting class at Stitches Newcastle
During Newcastle Stitches and Craft I'll be hosting a "Sit and Knit" table on my stand. Debbie and Catherine will be on hand from 10.30am to 3.30pm each day.

I (Jane) will give two talks daily: 11am is all about Mitre Knitting and 2pm we'll take a Short row shaping journey. I'll demonstrate the use of both these techniques in my designs.

There are no bookings, just pull out a chair, pick up the yarn & needles (supplied) along with knitting instructions for a swatch.
Try your hand anytime between 10.30am to 3.30pm at the show.

10% discount off knitting kits at Newcastle Stitches & Craft
(excludes wraps, hats and scarfs)

Garment sale!!! If your not a knitter -
but still want a good deal - then read on...

 I will have a sale rail at Stitches and Craft & also at Coal Loaders market. Both will include discontinued designs. Sale rail will include the above Nomad Swagger with Mitres in the back panel, also the Nomad Jacket right above and below Millar A-line Coat and the Ameila Jacket. These designs will continue as knitting kits but will be dropped from my ready-to-wear range. All the sale designs are already available as just the pattern - the easiest way to check what patterns are available is to go to the horizontal navigation bar and select Designs A-Z BUT to order a pattern you still need to select a colour (this is an old website and pattern option was added later, as one needs to pick a colour for single colour designs click on the rainbow, for mutli colour designs click on an image)
Garments reduced from 10% up to 30%
Made to Measure - all ready for Winter downunder

Made to Measure. It's been a very busy winter downunder, so my brilliant team of knitters are madly knitting orders, with one on the needles and one or two on the sidelines to be started! Subsquently the order-to-completion time of 10-12 weeks is now
16-18 weeks from ordering! 

As a result, I am now taking orders for completion March 2019:
at 2018 prices, with just a 25% deposit (usually 50% deposit).

Right: Cable Chaffey in new colour Ruby.
Coal Loaders Market
Sunday 26th August

Located at Balls Head: from Waverton Station just head down to the point. The venue is the Centre for Sustainability where until the 1970's coal was loaded from truck to ship. It's an interesting site with the addition of vertical veggie gardens and chickens - not to forget the abundant market!
Swing, Swagger, Drape: it's now a USB stick

Out of print as a book!
NOW on a UBS stick!
Simply slide into your computer, see every page of the book, print out just the pattern you need!
Perfectly packaged $25
Design Talk & Knit Talk -
is all about short rows!

Short rows are simply incomplete rows. They have so many uses
and introduce wonderful styling elements into your garment.

Split Texture Jacket (right) shows short rows used to create a wedge in the hemline of the garment. This adds length and rows into the centre front, and less rows at the side seam.

The hemline has a nice even edge as the stitches are cast on and worked in garter stitch 3 full rows before commencing the short rows.

For the left front short rows are worked on wrongside rows from the button-band edge towards side seam. Work just 9sts, turn knitting without completing the row, hence the term: short row. Next row (right side) is worked back to the front edge. Each wrong side short row takes an extra 3sts into the short row, so 12sts. Next wrong side 15sts, until eventually all the stitches are worked front edge to side seam and short rows are completed!
Below: Swagger A line coat like the Split Texture Jacket has quite a steep centre front edge, short rows are 3sts, whilst the centre of the Chaffey Jacket takes in 6sts,
creating a far less acute wedge.
Below Left to right: Amelia Jacket Two thirds of the back colour split, the short rows create an uneven hemline between the two colours, Light Olive and Khaki.
Buckingham Jacket has short rowed Bells on the centre back. 
Tally Ho Jacket in Sequoia: the Vee hemline has short rows both right side and wrong side, thus creating centred points.
Billy Drape which has been so popular this year, is knitted sideways left front edge to right front edge. The rib buttonband is wider at the hem than the neck edge. Again using short row shaping which is also worked into the body of the knitting. Back hemline trim (right) also has short row shaping.

All the above designs have short row shaping
(Ye,s and only by coincidence, they are all green!)

Right: Wave Cowl, this has one seam and really highlights this same short row technique. Starting with 35sts, colours really show how the wedges work to a narrow point. The sercret of no holes is working a wrap and turn ecah short row - far easier to show in pictures - see below. One wrapped stitch end of each short row, stitch and wrap are held (out of action) until short rows are completed. When a full row is worked the wrap and the stitch are knitted as one.
All these pieces are sold as knitting kits and of course as ready made at shows.
If you're interested in purchasing a hat, scarf or wrap but don't knit just email me and I'll send some images of what stock I have in these pieces ready made. 
The wave scarf  below right is knitted with short rows. Short rows create wedges, I have knitted one left facing wedge, then 2 right facing wedges to create a horse-shoe shaped curve to the scarf.
Short rows are simply incomplete rows. They have so many uses, and there are so many methods that looking at Youtube is overwhelming.

I took some shots today whilst working on a sample in a new colour of Azteca: Ruby Nights. If you want to pick up your needles and have a try, you can use any yarn and any needles. It's garter stitch knit all rows.

Cast on 17sts. Obviously the image below shows I am part-way through the scarf, having already worked 6 wedges. 
Above left: So with 17sts cast on work only 15sts for your first short row.
The piece is garter st so knit all rows so the yarn is at the back of the work.
Above centre: Bring the yarn between the needles to the front of the knitting.
Above right: Slip next stitch left to right needle without working the stitch.
Below left: Take yarn back between needles (single unworked stitch on left needle).
Below centre: Turn knitting to wrong side - so the single unworked stitch is now on right needle.
Below right: Slip the next stitch left to right needle (same stitch previously slipped).
Take yarn between needles and knit to last stitch.

Zig Zag edge of scarf is created by increasing stitches the end of the wrongside row - a full row. When we cast the increase stitch off we create the points of the zig zag. 
Work wrongside row (full row) until 1 stitch remains unworked. 
Above left: Pick up the yarn from between the stitches of the previous row. Can you see how large this loop can be pulled leaving a hole?
Above centre: Knit through the back of the loop for a firm stitch, no hole.
Above right: Increase stitch completed, knit last stitch of row.
Short Row Summary

Row 1: K15 left 2sts unworked - we slipped and wrapped the 16th stitch, the 17th stitch was unworked on left needle.
Row 2: Knit to the last stitch, M1 = make 1sts, K1 = 18sts.
Repeat Row 1: K15sts - as we have 18sts this will leave 3sts unworked - wrap and slip the next stitch - so 2sts unworked.
Row 4: As row 2 knit to last stitch M1, K1 = 19sts.
Repeat twice more = 21sts - this means you have worked 4 short rows and 4 increases.
Beginning of next short row cast off 4sts (Below left). K11 (instead of 15sts). (below centre). At this point it's really good to look at the stitches over the row. Can you tell which stitches have been wrapped? You'll learn so much simply by looking at the knitting, make fewer mistakes and when you do make a mistake find fixing it so much easier!
Repeat short rows and increases. After next 4sts cast off K7 to next wrap stitch.
Complete 3rd cast off 4sts (right centre). Continue row after cast off, K4, the next 11sts have wrap at base of each slipped stitch.
The slip stitch and the wrap below need to be Knitted as one stitch. 
Left below: With point of right needle pick up the wrap at base of stitch, then knit the stitch, shown centre. Lift the wrap (brighter stitch on right needle) over knit stitch.
Below right: This has been knitted without knitting the wrap and the stitch so there are holes/ elongated stitches.
Above right: You can see how, when the wrap and the stitch are knitted together, there are no holes along each section of the wedge.
It's all about colour! 
Buy to knit yourself or gift your sister,
mum or BF a kit!
NEW GOMILOTO 8ply in 50g balls, finally a Pure New Wool in this style of yarn, dyed as fluff before spinning, so when spun long lengths of colour drift through the knitting.
Azteca Fine 8ply 100g ball with 270 metres 53% Wool/ 47% Acrylic
Each design below requires 1 ball $20 + pattern 
Above left to right: Azteca Fine Circular Cowl in Washed denim. NEW design Two The Point scarf in Peachy Pink. Circular Cowl again with added plait in Lichen and Beret in colour Mixed Berry. The Beret and the Yurt hat below are both from the one pattern.
Azteca 12ply in 4 NEW COLOURS
Above Left to right: Wave Scarf in Red Velvet. 100g balls Light grey to black new colour Drifting. Yurt hat in Azure and Circular Cowl in Multi Bright combination.
All design shown knitted from 1 x 100g ball $20 
Hope to see you soon!
 If you'd like to discuss anything in this newsletter - or anything at all, please email Jane. Thanks for your support - Laura, Petra, Philippa, Cathryn, Helen, Margaret and I look forward to seeing you in the knitting circle!

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