Author: lea-ann@knittingtoday.com

Fisher Lassie Lesson Plans

Fisher Lassie Pattern

When I first bought the Fisher Lassie pattern I was only intending to knit it for myself as my new winter coat. But as I read through it, it quickly became apparent there was a series of hand knitting lessons I could share with others. Thus I started the lesson plan list:

Construction discussion
changing size
long tail cast on
reading chart
remembering M1L/M1R
right twist demo
reading the pattern/preview
inc 1 st frm edge why
how to work new sts into pattern
cast on sts for right front button band
how to cast on at end of row
what does work in pattern mean
what is 1-row 4-st buttonhole?
fit check: row gauge off? changing length, need to adjust buttonhole placement; adjust sleeve shaping too.
transfer to scrap yarn
measure off ?
p/u & knit @ shoulder off cast on edge (ie reason for long tail)
joining sections in right order
cast on @ underarm
tricks for counting sts
*mathing* sleeve construction; p/u ratio based on st/row gauge
p/u along edge; p/u underarms (and avoid hole)
magic loop
collar: p/u along edge; in back nec; along edge
w&t
BO loosely
slip stitch?
weaving in ends
sewing on buttons

Delivery Medium

And, now, the issue is how to convert that lesson plan list into something useable that everyone who is knitting the project can access. Blog posts? Videos? WP Courseware? All of the above? I’m going to give the brand new updated WP Courseware a go. I’ll post as I proceed.

Buying the Project

No, its not too late to buy into the project. Just go to the Knitting Today Store and choose your color and size. Also, if you want a different Superwash color, we can special order that. Just let me know. Link: Buy Fisher Lassie Kit.

— Let’s Get Knitting!!

Fisher Lassie Class now available!

It’s time! Fisher Lassie purchase information is now available at Knittingtoday.com.

Pattern Details

This handknit pattern written by Bonne Marie from ChicKnits introduces a cardigan version of the gansey sweater often worn by the 19th century fishermen of British coastline communities. While it features distinctive stitch patterning from the era, the pattern incorporates modern styling, fit and techniques.

Yarn Information

Shepherd’s Wool Superwash by Stonehedge Fiber Mill has a crisp, sharp hand that shows off the patterning detail precisely. Worsted spun, 3-ply, machine wash warn, machine dry low heat.

Three color choices, Natural, Granite, and Frosty Blue. Other colors available by special order in quantities of 1000 yards packages.

Class Lesson Plans

There are about 26 lessons to this online class. A brief list of some of the lessons includes:
Getting Started: lessons in winding off yarn, swatching, choosing sizes, reading charts, pattern preview.

Knitting Techniques: remembering M1L/M1R, right twist, increasing 1 stitch from edge, casting on for buttonband, 1-row 4-stitch buttonhole,

Adapting Pattern: adjusting length, *mathing* for sleeve construction.

Automatically enrolled for FREE with purchase of project pack!

Stormy Weather fronts and Periscope Experiment

Woohoo!  I took advantage of Tom’s being on vacation and we got busy on the Stormy Weather fronts and Periscope Experiment. Sooooo, a stumbling block has been surpassed. Two blocks, actually . . .

  1. Stormy Weather progress is being made, I knit the Stormy Weather fronts after knitting the back in September 2014!
  2. Videotaping has commenced, and we live broadcasted as a periscope experiment. I haven’t watched the replays, but Tom said he stuck his head in there a few times while I was busy. That Guy!

What is Stormy Weather?

Published in Knit ‘N Style February 2014 – #189, the Stormy Weather Tunic Hoodie is designed by Mary Anne Oger. It is knit in Linen Concerto, which has the appearance of being hand-dyed. What makes the design unique is it is knit sideways.  Mary Anne takes special care when designing so the colors match up at the shoulder seam. In other words, when Mary Anne says to do something, there is a reason to do it and don’t ignore her advice like I did. You may want to take a moment and read through Mary Anne’s hints on her blog, Needles To Say. So much good machine knitting info and inspiration there.

My colors don’t match at the shoulder seam. I didn’t care when I started knitting it, but now? Back in September 2014 when I started this project and knit a size too small, I blogged about a group knitting session and I asked the question:  Do you find you have to tear out after group knitting session, hand or machine?

The Yarn — Linen Concerto

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Contents: 48% Rayon, 42% Linen, 10% Cotton / Machine Wash & Dry
Gauge: 5.5 sts = 1″/US 5 needle
Yardage: 101 yards
Weight(s): DK
Put Up: 10 x 50g ball
Collection/Brand: Plymouth Brand Italian Collection

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 If you would like to knit this project, please email me directly and we’ll get you set up.

What is Periscope

Periscope is a way to video stream something immediately and it is saved for 24 hours viewing in the app for later. It was so much fun!! The problem I found that I want to use it as a streaming class mechanism and it is a two-man operation. Here’s the Katch.me Collection for the right front, left front, and shoulder seam [which I’m going to redo, the shoulder seam only, not the knitting]. But I’m debating: mattress stitch by hand or seam on the machine?? I LOVE mattress stitching by hand!!! What would you do?

ClubKnit Update

Finally, I’m moving along on the clubknit.knittingtoday.com knitalong pages. And the subscriber dashboards are coming together in my head. We’re going to go ahead and launch a new knitalong, the Mystery Yarn Club, within the next couple of days. Let me just suggest, if you haven’t already, that you join as a Beta-Subscriber. It is only $50 and they will get not only first dibs on the club, but they will get no less than $32.75 value by already being a part of that exclusive Subscriber membership. That’s a huge savings over the course of the year and a couple of projects.

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Back to knitting . . . Lea-Ann

P.S. Don’t forget to reply and let me know what you think about tearing back or not after group knitting sessions!!!

Dancing Stripes, UFO

Unfinished Object (UFO)

Friday’s are supposed to celebrate those finished objects everyone has been working so hard on. But, in reality, I have not taken the time to reach out and ask anyone to share. So instead, I pulled a bag off my shelf and decided to see what has been holding me up on that project. This project, Dancing Stripes, had a program schedule in it for my niece’s 2007 bible quiz bowl meet. Wow! A project that has sat on my shelf for about ten years. Is this my oldest UFO? Hmmm. A topic for another time.

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Why the UFO status?

I love the yarn. Fingering weight New England Shetland wool from Harrisville designs.

I love the colors. Signature colors by Vivian Hoxbro. The depth of the shades just call to me. Melon, purple haze, peacock, grass, mustard, and BlackBerry (not pictured). Oh I wish my photography skills could show you the blend of blue and green colors in that peacock or the orange and yellow in mustard.

Harrisville Wool New England Shetland

And, finally, I love the stitch pattern too! Fringes followed alongside short row garter stitch creating a zig zag pattern that is so easy to zen out to.

What I don’t love? The design. Sorry, Vivian, but the way those zig zags point to middle horizontally just makes me cringe. Thus the ufo status.

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Dancing Stripes Repurposed

So I’m thinking about different options for what I can do with this project. A felted piece? A bag? Table runner? No….

Take a look at the UFO picture again and compare it to the pattern photo. The fringe is on the side, not the bottom. And the stripes point down, not sideways. And the length of that peice is the length I like for a cardigan. Soooo. What happens if I knit this around the body which puts the fringe off-center in an assymetrical look. Somehow I would have to pick up at the top edge to do a yoke of some sort and make it a vest??

Opinions? Other options or ideas? Follow along with this project on my Ravelry page.

Inspiration, Organization, Meetup

Organization

Today, I find myself organizing books, magazines and leaflets while looking for a pattern I’m really sure I have in my pattern stash. You know, that one you have knit so many times but still want to have the piece of paper to follow along just in case?? After working through the organization of a stack of looseleaf patterns, I can say success! I found it. It’s now sitting on the quilt on the chair and I probably had better put it in my knitting bag before my grandson hits my office and says “I color, Grandma?”

Inspiration

And as I go through each bin, and move things around by category or publisher, I’m reminded of projects I’ve either knit, taught, or want to knit. And I get stressed. Does that ever happen to you? The thought of so many things I have yet to accomplish nauseates me. When am i ever going to find a time to sit down and work on these ideas, will I lose them in the shuffle, how will I remember this project in the middle of this book or magazine?

Ahhhh, deep breathe, cup of coffee.

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Digital Organizing

Now that I am trying to be more organized in my life (I have no less than five 3-ring binders just of project notes and ideas for ClubKnit), I’ll add my new ideas to my clubKnit Evernote notebook (message me if you want an invite so I can earn points to upgrade to Premium). I love that my notebook goes anywhere I have smart phone or computer access. I take a photo, tag it as “inspiration” and machine or hand, give it a description and record the source and boom, I’m done with that detail and now its off my mind. The next step is to remember to review the notebook when I’m feeling a little stuck for ideas, right?

How do you organize your projects, ideas, and plans??

Meetup Reminder

ClubKnit members, don’t forget to join us for an in-person meet up Friday, February 19 from 2-5 and/or 6-9 and/or Saturday from 10-5. Bring your ClubKnit project, machine or hand, and if you want to do a baby bootie, fingering weight yarn and size 2 set of five double point needles.

I’ll be working on two projects, the Stormy Weather Tunic adapted to a cardigan on the LK-150 and hand knitting Christine’s baby booties for NICU in Fort Wayne.

If you want to know more about ClubKnit, read here. If you aren’t a member, feel free to come and pay $5 at the door. Thanks!!

What are you working on this weekend?