Friday, February 10, 2017

Quince & Co Scarves, etc 6: Clinton Hill

© Whitney Hayward 

This is my 3rd year in a row to have my design be part of Quince & Co's annual scarves collection. Scarves, etc 6 is a beautiful collection of 10 accessories for keeping warm. The photography is stunning as always, but I really enjoyed seeing them use more models from different ethnicities. Well done, Quince & Co!
 © Whitney Hayward

My design is a cowl called Clinton Hill. It is inspired by the wrought iron gates in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn. It was where I called home for 8 years. Whenever I walked by the classic brownstones, I admired the different designs on the wrought iron gates and banisters. I wanted to pay homage to where I started designing knitwear patterns. 

The cowl is something you can definitely knit up in a weekend. It is knit in the round from the bottom up. The texture is created by slip stitches. I had so much fun tinkering with the stitch pattern to get the result I was after.
Quince & Co's Osprey Yarn was a delight to knit with. It is springy yet lofty. As you can see, the stitches really pop. For the best results, you will find that soaking and blocking brings out the stitch pattern even more. The color used for the sample is called Fjord. You can find the pattern on Ravelry and Quince & Co.                                      

Thursday, February 02, 2017

Congratulations to the Winners of the Mochimochi Land's 10th Annual Photo + Video Contest!

Congratulations to the 6 winners of Mochimochi Land's 10th Annual Photo + Video Contest. Since Anna started this contest, it has become my favorite yearly contest. It is so much fun to see all the entries. Everyone is so creative and imaginative. Take a look at the winners entries: Winners of the Mochimochi Land's 10th Annual Photo + Video Contest.

I am thrilled to be a sponsor this year. All 6 winners will be receiving this collection of knitting patterns from me. Happy Knitting, everyone! I hope you all will enjoying knitting up some accessories.

Also, don't forget that Mochimochi Land is offering a discount code for her patterns for the month of February. How about knitting some cute toys for your Valentine?

Friday, January 13, 2017

Feel Good Yarn Co's 2017 Monthly Design Challenge

I wanted to tell you all about Feel Good Yarn Co's 2017 Monthly Design Challenge. Laurie wrote to me about it and I think it's a fun idea. Every month, they will announce a Design Challenge and you get 2 1/2 months to design something with their SilverSpun® yarns. All entries will be posted anonymously and voted on by the general public. The design with the most votes win! There are prizes!
This opportunity is open to everyone. New designers and established designers are all welcome to participate. Also, Feel Good Yarn Co is hoping to inspire people who may be wanting to give designing a try that just might need a nudge in the right direction.
January's Design Challenge starts off with a cowl. The cowl has to be designed with SilverSpun® Sport (1-2 skeins only). The deadline for the submission is March 15, 2017. Go get your yarn and needles and let your imagination run wild. Cowls are the perfect little accessory that only takes 1-2 skeins of yarn. Good luck!

Read about all the fine details of FGYCo's 2017 Monthly Design Challenge, HERE.
Read about January's Design Challenge - Cowl, HERE.

Friday, July 29, 2016

More than just plain weave with the Zoom Loom.

I just love the simplicity and beauty of plain weave, but recently I wanted to try some patterns on the Zoom Loom. I chose the Houndstooth Check Pattern from the book, 100 Pin Loom Squares by Florencia Campos Correa.
For the first layer, you warp with one color and then your second color. This part was a bit confusing as it is hard to see which pins to wrap the yarn around.

After that, it's just weaving back and forth with each color. Once I finished my first one, it was easy to make another one. It always takes the longest to a make a first of anything.

As you can see, I just kept going with different color combinations. I can't wait to try out more colors.
If you are interested in learning to weave on a pin loom, take a look at my video, Creative Pin-Loom Designs. This is a great video for pin loom beginners, or anyone who needs a refresher on this fun little loom.

Friday, April 08, 2016

Swatching In The Round and Blocking Your Swatch

For knitting projects that are knitted in the round, it really does make sense to knit your gauge swatch in the round. We all tend to knit or purl with different tensions. If you make a swatch knitted flat and a swatch knitted in the round, you will see that there will be a big difference in gauge. Instead of knitting a giant tube, I have learned neat technique of an easier way to swatch in the round.

First you will need either double-pointed needles or circulars. I am using these snazzy looking Knitter's Pride MarblZ. You want needles that have no ends.

Cast on desired amount of stitches.

So instead of turning your work for the next row slide all of the stitches to the other end of the needle, just like making an I-cord. Since I am using dpn's, there was no need to slide my stitches. Bring the yarn around the back of the work and work across with right side facing.

You continue knitting only on the right side of your swatch. The working yarn is carried across the back. Now when you are done, bind off. Don't worry, if your yarn strands are not loose enough. You can cut the strands in the middle to get your knitted swatch to lay flat. 
 Soak your swatch in wool wash. Roll your swatch in a towel to absorb the excess water. I like to pin down my swatches while they dry. Here I am using Knit Blockers on a Lace Blocking Mat from Knitter's Pride. The Knit Blockers are real time savers and I like how quickly I can get straight lines with them.

Wednesday, April 06, 2016

Coming Soon with Knitter's Pride!

I am collaborating with Knitter's Pride for a Spring Knit-Along. The details will be announced soon over on the Knitter's Pride blog ( Stay tuned for more details, there will be some great prizes up for grabs!

Thursday, March 12, 2015

The Structure of Shawls DVD and Creative Pin-Loom Designs Video

Since it's Thursday, I thought I would write a Throw Back Thursday post. Exactly one year ago today, I was in Loveland, CO filming a dvd and video at the Interweave/ F+W Media headquarters. Here are some behind the scenes look of the filming studio.
This is the filming studio, which is located across the street from the Interweave/ F+W Media office.

Downstairs is where the set is located. When I arrived on the first day, Anne Merrow (Video Content Producer) was there to meet me and help me set up. It makes the filming go a lot smoother when everything is organized and in order according to my video outline.The trays are set up to easily swap out my knitted swatches and shawl samples as is needed for each segment.

Me on the set. 
After a night to rest up, I arrived bright and early at the studio to have my makeup done.The makeup artist had fun with me and gave me fake lashes. Here I am, fully made up, on the set. Can you tell I am 6 months pregnant? My big baby belly is behind the table. I think it's funny that this pregnancy is forever immortalized digitally on a dvd.

The producer and film crew were so nice and easy to work with. I felt very comfortable and we all had fun during the shoot. Just so you know, everything is unscripted so I am not reading off the teleprompter. Anne Merrow was my focus point and I pretended I was teaching her. Since it's digital, I can just pause and start over if I fumbled or needed to explain something further. The only hiccup we had was towards the end when the camera above me broke. It was during a break so we didn't know what happened. They quickly improvised using another camera and we were able wrap up the shoot.

Structure of Shawls 
The bulk of the day was spent filming The Structure of Shawls. The dvd starts with the basics of shawl construction and I walk you through all the steps and techniques you may encounter when knitting a shawl. The shawl showcased on the cover of the dvd is my Colfax Shawl

Creative Pin-Loom Designs 
The remaining studio time was spent filming Creative Pin-Loom Designs. I teach you to warp and weave on a Zoom Loom, which works on those vintage 4 x 4 pin looms like a Weavette or Weave-it. I also teach you several ways to seam or join your squares. This is meant to be a short video (47 min), but I could of went on and on about these pin looms.

I hope you enjoyed this behind the scenes look of how these videos are filmed. It has been so lovely getting messages from knitters and weavers who have purchased and watched my videos. I feel so passionate about what I do so I think it's wonderful that I can share my knowledge with all of you whether it's at in person classes or via online videos.