Late last year I was approached by Brooke at Sincere Sheep to design a collection of woven projects in the three different weights of her Cormo yarn: fingering, sport, and worsted. The other purpose of this collection was to be able to weave all of the projects on a rigid heddle loom. All three of these patterns were woven solely on a 15" Cricket Loom from Schacht Spindle Company. This collection quickly became a collaboration between me, Sincere Sheep and Jennie the Potter. I noticed a theme before I even started weaving, intersections.
I saw the intersections between me and three other American-made companies, coming together to create something wonderful. Thus was born the Intersections Woven Collection.
The first pattern is the Plaid Bib Scarf; a unique take on a simple scarf. This plaid scarf uses the Cormo Sport Weight yarn, and is a breeze to create. The crocheted details make the buttons pop, and add a bit of structure to the fabric.
The second pattern is the Double or Nothing Cowl, an oversized infinity cowl that is oh so squishy! Made by doubling the yarn in the warp and weft, the fabric created is dense yet pliable and has a ton of visual texture. Sincere Sheep Cormo Worsted adds to this texture and the loft.
If larger projects are more your speed, and shawls are your go-to accessory, then the Intersections Shawl is the project for you! Two panels woven on one warp with Cormo Fingering Weight yarn, and then seamed together, creates a large piece of fabric that drapes beautifully. This project can also be worn as a poncho, utilizing the buttons and clever button hole technique.
I hope you enjoy this collection as much I do. I am so grateful to Sincere Sheep, Jennie the Potter, and Schacht Spindle Company for creating yarn, notions, and tools that helped to make this collection pop. If you have any questions about the patterns or collection as a whole, please contact me.
If you make any of these projects, use the hashtag #benjaminkrudwig on your Instagram posts so I can be sure to see them!
Ever since I was a child, I was obsessed with the cowboy life from the mid to late 1800’s in what is now Colorado. Thoughts of cattle-drives, horse-rustling, and all the John Wayne-esque gun-slinging raced through my mind. Now as an adult, I am revisiting some of these memories. This kerchief plays with the traditional triangular shape of a kerchief, but takes a modern turn. I used Mountain Meadow Wool Powell for this project, a 100% American Grown, Milled, and Dyed yarn, made in Wyoming.
Download a PDF of the pattern
Yarn: Mountain Meadow Wool Powell - Worsted
MC: 90 yards (82m) - Natural
CC: 110 yards (100m) - Fern
Needles: US Size 7 (4.5mm)
Gauge: 18sts X 30 rows = 4” square (10cm)
Finished Measurements: 31” X 15.5” (78.75 X 39.5)cm
4 Stitch markers, button (optional) I used one from Balwen Woodworks
Sts - stitches
p - purl
k - knit
yo - yarn over
CO - cast-on
BO - bind-off
M - Place Marker
pm - pass marker
Using MC, CO 5 sts
Knit 5 rows of garter, pick-up 5 sts along one side, then 5 along your cast-on row. 15sts
Continue in MC, alternate MC and CC every 8 rows from here on.
Row 1 (WS): k3, M, p4, M, p, M, p4, M, k3
Row 2 (RS): k3, pm, yo, knit to next marker, yo, pm, k, pm, yo, knit to next marker, yo, pm, k3
Row 3: k3, purl across to 3 sts from ends of row, k3
Row 4: k3, pm, yo, knit to next marker, yo, pm, k, pm, yo, knit to next marker, yo, pm, k3
Repeat rows 3+4 for 20 more rows.
Powell Kerchief Shaping
Note: We will not be using stitch markers in the center portion of the curved panel, but each row is written out. The yarn overs will line up throughout the piece. You can put stitch markers in if it helps.
Row 1 (WS): k3, purl across to 3 sts before end of row, k3. (63sts)
Row 2 (RS): k3, yo, k2, yo, k3, yo, k, yo, k2, yo, k, yo, k3, yo, k, yo, k2, yo, k, yo, k3, yo, k, yo, k2, yo, k, yo, k3, yo, k2, yo, k, yo, k28, yo, k3
Row 3: k3, p across to 3 sts from end of row, k3
Row 4: k3, k44, k, yo, k30, yo, k3
Row 5: k3, p across to 3 sts from end of row, k3
Row 6: k3, k44, k, yo, k32, yo, k3
Row 7: k3, p across to 3 sts from end of row, k3
Row 8: k3, k44, k, yo, k34, yo, k3
Row 9: k3, p across to 3 sts from end of row, k3
Row 10: k3, k44, k, yo, k36, yo, k3
Row 11: k3, p across to 3 sts from end of row, k3
Row 12: k3, k44, k, yo, k38, yo, k3
Row 13: k3, p across to 3 sts from end of row, k3
Row 14: k3, k44, k, yo, k40, yo, k3
Row 15: k3, p across to 3 sts from end of row, k3
Row 16: k3, k44, k, yo, k42, yo, k3
Row 17: k3, p across to 3 sts from end of row, k3
Row 18 (RS): k3, yo, k4, yo, k3, yo, k3, yo, k2, yo, k3, yo, k3, yo, k3, yo, k2, yo, k3, yo, k3, yo, k3, yo, k2, yo, k3, yo, k3, yo, k4, yo, k, yo, k44, yo, k3
Row 19: k3, p across to 3 sts from end of row, k3
Row 20: k3, k60, k, yo, k46, yo, k3
Row 21: k3, p across to 3 sts from end of row, k3
Row 22: k3, k60, k, yo, k48, yo, k3
Row 23: k3, p across to 3 sts from end of row, k3
Row 24: k3, k60, k, yo, k50, yo, k3
Row 25: k3, p across to 3 sts from end of row, k3
Row 26: k3, k60, k, yo, k52, yo, k3
Row 27: k3, p across to 3 sts from end of row, k3
Row 28: k3, k60, k, yo, k54, yo, k3
Row 29: k3, p across to 3 sts from end of row, k3
Row 30: k3, k60, k, yo, k56, yo, k3
Row 31: k3, p across to 3 sts from end of row, k3
Row 32: k3, k60, k, yo, k58, yo, k3
Row 33: k3, p across to 3 sts from end of row, k3
Row 34 (RS): k3, yo, k6, yo, k3, yo, k5, yo, k2, yo, k5, yo, k3, yo, k5, yo, k2, yo, k5, yo, k3, yo, k5, yo, k2, yo, k5, yo, k3, yo, k6, yo, k, yo, k60, yo, k3
Row 35: k3, p across to 3 sts from end of row, k3
Row 36: k3, k76, k, yo, k62, yo, k3
Row 37: k3, p across to 3 sts from end of row, k3
Row 38: k3, k76, k, yo, k64, yo, k3
Row 39: k3, p across to 3 sts from end of row, k3
Row 40: k3, k76, k, yo, k66, yo, k3
Row 41: k3, p across to 3 sts from end of row, k3
Row 42: k3, k76, k, yo, k68, yo, k3
Row 43: k3, p across to 3 sts from end of row, k3
Row 44: k3, k76, k, yo, k70, yo, k3
Row 45: k3, p across to 3 sts from end of row, k3
Row 46: k3, k76, k, yo, k72, yo, k3
Row 47: k3, p across to 3 sts from end of row, k3
Row 48: k3, k76, k, yo, k74, yo, k3
Row 49: k3, p across to 3 sts from end of row, k3
Row 50 (RS): k3, yo, k8, yo, k3, yo, k7, yo, k2, yo, k7, yo, k3, yo, k7, yo, k2, yo, k7, yo, k3, yo, k7, yo, k2, yo, k7, yo, k3, yo, k8, yo, k, yo, k76, yo, k3
Row 51: k3, p across to 3 sts from end of row, k3
Row 52: k3, k92, k, yo, k78, yo, k3
Row 53: k3, p across to 3 sts from end of row, k3
Row 54: k3, k92, k, yo, k80, yo, k3
Row 55: k3, p across to 3 sts from end of row, k3
Row 56: k3, k92, k, yo, k82, yo, k3
Knit two rows even, on the second row, take out all stitch markers.
BO using a traditional but loose bind off.
Optional button closure:
On the triangular half of the shawl chain stitch button loops on the top edge to fit your chosen button.
Sew your button on the tip of the curved side.
Soak and Block to measurements.
As we learned in part one, I am a crazy person. However, I love a challenge, and sewing a Victorian Topcoat out of handwoven fabric is just the challenge to currently keep me going. I started this project in June, and while it is October, I haven't been slacking off, I have just been busy weaving.
I think this is a good time to talk more about the actual process behind my Victoripunk Topcoat, as we got more into the why in part one.
Let's first start with the yarn choice.
I picked out Blue Sky Fibers Extra for this project for a few reasons; I have knitted with it before and enjoyed it, I love alpaca fiber, I had quite a bit of Marsh leftover from a previous project, and I knew it weave up into wonderfully dense and warm fabric.
Next, the weave structure.
Knowing that this was going to be a garment (though it is outerwear) I decided that a twill would give me the flexibility and movement necessary for a comfortable coat. I also needed the twill to achieve the conceptual part of this project. Ivy snakes up the sides of buildings, and I wanted to replicate that look in fabric. The twill made that possible.
The fabric itself is actually quite fascinating. The right and wrong sides look different (which makes sense) but they really do give a completely different effect when looking at them. One side seems to show off the green more, and the other side, the green is more muted. I think I am still going to use the more bold side, but I am not going to make any final decisions until I see it on the mannequin. Another aspect of the fabric that I was not expecting, was that depending on the angle in which you view the fabric, the pattern changes.
If you look at the sketch, the overall effect looks more muted and blended, which will be the case from far away, but up close the fabric will be quite striking.
Stay tuned for part three when we get into sewing.
A few weeks ago I was asked to review the new book by Rohn Strong on Crochet Socks!
Of course I obliged and was so thrilled to delve into a world of crochet that I normally don't do. The book is comprised of a few sock patterns to fit different styles and applications. This book is meant for women's socks, so I wouldn't necessarily wear them myself, but as quickly as they all work up they'd make great gifts!
This review will follow the same formula as my other BEnjAMIN reviews.
B - If I saw this book in the store, I would definitely pick the book up, flip through it, and probably put it in my cart. There are enough projects in this book that anyone could find something to love in this book.
Enj - I enjoyed this book immensely. The colorful photographs and designs are fresh, modern, and completely wearable. The charts and images in this book are well-placed and very easy to understand, and are a big help in some of the more complicated designs.
A - There are 12 sock patterns in this book, ranging from the "Basic Sock" to some lace and cable techniques. This book is jam packed with new sock patterns and great crochet techniques, which could easily be translated into other patterns!
M - I plan on altering the basic sock pattern to make a few pairs of my own. I also think these would make great Christmas gifts this year.
I - The most interesting part of this book is the use of traditional lace techniques in the sock patterns. The falling pineapple sock is fascinating, and would make a great spring/summer house sock.
N - I don't make many sock, so I am not sure I NEED this book, but this guide on constructing crochet socks is a must have for anyone who wants an alternative to the knit sock.
Rohn's other books are also great innovative resources for the crocheters out there who are looking for new things to do with their hooks.
This morning (Sept. 22nd, 2015) I had the pleasure of being interviewed on the Yarn Thing Podcast by Marly Bird (show notes can be found here.)
To understand how I got here, we need to rewind a few months. Earlier this year I was contacted by the lovely folks at Stitchcraft Marketing to do a review and project using Bijou Basin Ranch Yarns, and I swiftly said yes and got to work on weaving a tartan scarf.
At Interweave YarnFest, I sauntered over to the Bijou Basin Ranch booth and showed the scarf to the folks working there, and didn't realize until after the encounter (except I knew she looked familiar) that I was talking to Marly Bird, the creative director of Bijou Basin Ranch.
Fast-forward a couple of weeks, and I get an e-mail from Stefanie at Stitchcraft saying that I should contact Marly about her designer dinner at the Summer TNNA ( a few hurried/flurried emails later I was in.) I then made the connection (along with a face-palm) that I had spoken to Marly at YarnFest.
I remember sitting at the designer dinner, looking around at the tables and noticing faces/names that I recognized, and meeting many people who were brand new to me! I realized a beautiful thing, Marly made this all happen. With the help of her friends and colleagues, she had put this dinner on in order to bring people together in a fun night of promos, giveaways, and at the end of the night all of us were friends, colleagues, and contacts.
Marly says she wants to be the Oprah of the fiber industry, and with her trajectory, she is well on her way to being that figure!
Marly wears MANY hats in her life, and one of the hats she wears the most is the cheerleader. Her support of so many people in the industry is a testament to her love for the industry, and that is why I feel so honored to know her, and help her in her quest!
Please check her podcast out as well as her many knit and crochet designs she has published!
Thank you Marly for all that you do!!
Over the next few weeks, I will be taking you on a journey of a handspun project. Keep an eye on the blog as I transform some fiber to a finished project.
Blending the fiber
I love blending fiber together. Something about taking disparate fibers and combining them to create something beautiful. This blending project took me by surprise, as it wasn't completely obvious to me at the time of purchasing all of these fibers. Inspiration struck me when I saw the fibers all together in my stash. I test-blended a small bit of this with my handcarders, spun it and immediately fell in love. A reptilian yarn emerged from my wheel, and I couldn't be happier. Recipe below!
I had 8 ounces of a 75/25 merino/silk blend, 6 ounces of bright yellow tencel (both from Spinning Straw into Gold), 2 ounces of Hand painted bombyx silk (from Eugene Textile Center), and 1/2 ounce of green flash from Fancy Tiger Crafts.
Each batt consists of 1 oz of merino/silk, 3/4 oz of tencel, 1/4 oz of bombyx silk, 1/16 oz of flash.
I blended each batt twice, once to get the fiber on the carder, and a second time to spread the fibers out a little more within the batt.
This fiber is destined to become a four ply yarn, stay tuned!
After a two week hiatus (thanks sinus infection) I am back with a fiber-packed episode full of goodies! You can find the show note below the embedded video.
Ariana Krudwig (my wife) is joining the company as the business manager, so I can focus on the creative half of the company. She is happy to be a part of such a wonderful community!
Check out the Schacht Spindle Company blog here.
-Anzula Luxury Fibers has the following patterns of mine at their booth at Stitches West
Tectonic Knit Hat
Glaucus Crochet Shawl
“Mastercrafts" - series on YouTube I have enjoyed
Newsletter - would you be interested in subscribing to a monthly or quarterly newsletter? Let us know in the comments!
Stash Enhancement - brought to you by.... Anzula Luxury Fibers, check them out!
Giveaway info - Go to my Ravelry group and join in on the FO February thread to enter for a chance to win some of my hand-dyed fiber.
Podcasts I mentioned!
Come Knit With Us
knttng - knitting Julian
Eat Sleep Stitch
The last couple of weeks have been pretty intense, lots of hard work mixed with some designing of a new cardigan pattern. Based off of the Pulsar Shawl, the cardigan will be long with a hood and belt. I am currently using Caron Simply Soft to calculate gauge and make sure the fit is good.
Along with the cardigan, I started a podcast on YouTube called the Fibercast. I hope you enjoy this new venture of mine, and I always accept questions and will answer them in my Fibercast!
Enjoy the first episode below and let me know what you think!