Signatur July/Aug 2022 Newsletter 131

Wed, 27 Jul 2022


Thank you Sydney, Canberra & Bendigo
July has been wonderful with shows & markets one after another. It's fabulous to see familiar faces & meet more 'new-to-the-needles' knitters than ever before! Roll on this weekend's Handmade Market Canberra, Sat/Sun July 30/31.

I start Christmas shopping at these markets, supporting Australian designers and makers and, just as importantly, buying brilliant, well-priced gifts made with love.

Sydney's Burwood has the Woodstock Artisans Market on the first Sunday in August followed by the Coal Loaders Artisan market at Waverton, again bringing an all Australian-made line-up. 
Come and Meet the Makers
Still to come...
Handmade Market Canberra Sat  29 - Sun 31 July
EPIC Northbourne Ave (showground) Sat/Sun 10am - 4pm
200 stalls from Australian wine & cheese to clothing & homewares.

Woodstock Artistan Market Burwood Sun 7 August
All Australian made 70 stalls indoors and in the gardens of Woodstock House

Coal Loader Artistan Market Waverton Sun 4 Septmeber
2 Balls Head Dr, Waverton - All Australian designers and Makers, Cafe on site.

Hot Off & On The Needles
Lovers of Intarsia (picture knitting) have really embraced my Frida Jacket design, which is fantastic as this was really an indulgence for me to knit. Just as popular are my knitting kits for hats and accessories with the Wicked Hat shown below.
Below Fan,Bell & Cable Cardigan and the Split Texture Jacket, which have to be my most popular designs this season as both ready made and knitting kits.
Santa Fe Jacket 
Great fun to knit and wear


Sydney Studio - Open from 8th August.
Mobile: 0427 064 834

Swing, Swagger, Drape is now on a USB stick

Out of print as a book, but
now on a USB stick!
Simply slide into your computer, see every page of the book, print out just the pattern you need!
Perfectly packaged $25
Short row shaping - a classic favourite
Hemline slants created with short row shaping
Below: Split Texture Jacket has quite a steep centre front edge, short rows are each 3sts, while the centre of the Chaffey Jacket takes in 6sts per short row, creating a far less acute wedge.
YouTube has many videos, and there are very different ways to work short rows for many different reasons. There are two parts to short rows and the images below step you through the process, as worked for the Wave Wrap.
The Wave Wrap, which is a popular knitting kit, when knitted in yarns with long colour changes (not hank dyed) really shows off the short rows and the beautiful yarn.

Left: Wave Cowl, is knitted in 2 halves and has a centre back seam; this yarn highlights the short row technique.
A short row is an incomplete row, turning the knitting without working the full row so the stitches remain but are out of action.
To prevent holes when the knitting is turned a wrap is worked: this sits at the base of a slipped stitch. When the stitch is taken back into action the wrap is worked with the stitch = no hole.
Above left to right: 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 - 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 increased 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 leaves 2sts unworked - we slipped and wrapped the 16th stitch.
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 you will 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 slipped 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.
Please let me know how you go!
It's all about colour! 
Buy a kit to knit yourself or as a gift for your sister, mum or BF!
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, Jacinta and I look forward to seeing you in the knitting circle!

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