October Offer: Two Free Patterns!

Aren’t these mitts adorable? It gets better… They are warm and squishy and a delight to wear, too! Guess what.

The crochet pattern for these mitts is free for the month of October! But it gets better… You can have another pattern from my library for free for the month of October too! Any pattern!

Here’s how to get them. It’s easy!

1. Download the V-Stitch Mitts pattern here and make yourself a pair.

2. Post a picture of your own V-Stitch Mitts on Instagram. In your post, tag me, @katie_clark_crochet and @jemsluxefibers who dyed the fabulous mini bulkies used in this pattern.

3. Like @katie_clark_crochet and @jemsluxefibers on Instagram.

When you’ve done all three, message me and I’ll send you any one of the patterns listed on my website for free!

Lush Cowl + Monster Minis

An older pattern gets an upgrade thanks to new Monster Minis from Jems Luxe Fibers!

Jems Luxe Fibers has introduced new bulky mini sets called Monster Minis and I’m in love! These little wonders are a fun way to play with color. I’m one of the lucky first designers to get their hands on some to see how they work up. The first thing I did was reinvent my classic Lush Cowl to feature Jems’s coordinating sets. This version uses a full skein of Jems Luxe Fibers Bulky in Graphite and the Hebe Collection Monster Minis. Don’t you love the color combination?

The warm and squishy cowl features a unique crochet cable technique. It works up quickly with enough plush layers to sit high over your nose, and is soft enough to scrunch around your neck. So grab the pattern and your Monster Minis from Jems Luxe Fibers. They are the only ones who carry bulky minis!

Lush Cowl $5

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Knitting a Top Down Sweater: Dividing for Sleeves

When you are knitting a top down sweater like a yoke or raglan pattern, after you complete the shoulders and top of bust, you will separate the sleeve stitches from the body stitches. The sleeve stitches will be held unworked as you finish the body down to the waist.

Joining the front and back of body creating a sleeve

In the Fireworks pattern by Olive Knits, at the beginning of the round you will work a few extra stitches before you separate the body and sleeves. This is because your BOR (beginning of round) is at the top of the shoulder and you must first work to the stitches that will be under the arm. Where you place your first marker is going to be the new BOR. Then you will continue by working a certain number of stitches for the front, slipping the appropriate number of stitches for one arm PURLWISE onto waste yarn, adding a few stitches under the arm, working a certain number of stitches for the back (this brings the front and back together), slipping stitches purlwise for the other arm, adding stitches for under the other arm, and joining the back to the front.

For other top down patterns, the process is the same, but the position of the BOR will change the process a little. A well written pattern will give exact numbers of stitches to work and slip and in what order.

Most patterns suggest holding sleeve stitches on waste yarn. But if you have extra cables you can use those instead. It is important that you use a generous length of waste yarn or a long cable so it will be easy for you to try on your sweater. That’s one of the big advantages of making a top down sweater!

To slip stitches to waste yarn, you will need a tapestry needle and a generous length of waste yarn. (See images below) I recommend using a contrasting yarn in a lighter weight than your work. Thread your waste yarn on your tapestry needle, but don’t knot it. Slip stitches PURLWISE onto the tapestry needle the same way you would slip them from the left to the right needle. Continue working your stitches down your waste yarn, but don’t let them fall off the other end! When you have the appropriate number of stitches slipped for one sleeve, tie the ends of your waste yarn together so you don’t drop the stitches. Be sure to leave plenty of room for you to try on your sweater.

If you are using cable needles, use any needle size smaller than what you are knitting with. This keeps from stretching your stitches and changing the gauge. Slip stitches PURLWISE from the left needle to the new cable being careful to not let them slip off the other end. Secure your needles together so stitches won’t fall off as you are working the body. Be sure to use a cable long enough to allow you to try on your sweater!

My favorite way to hold sleeve stitches is on an interchangeable cable so the needles don’t get in the way. For this technique, you will need:

  • an extra cable long enough to allow you to try on your sweater
  • a needle any size smaller than what you are knitting with
  • something to secure your cable, like a connection piece or stoppers

Attach the needle to one end of the cable and a connection piece or a stopper to the other end. Slip your stitches PURLWISE as described. Then replace the needle with the other end of the connection piece or the other stopper.

After your sleeves are separated from the body, you are ready to work the rest of the body! You will come back to the sleeves after the body is complete.

Find more details on the Fireworks KAL here.

Slipping stitches purlwise onto waste yarn
Backward loop cast on under the arm
Add marker between 2 cast on stitches to mark the center under the arm
Materials for holding stitches on an interchangeable needle cable
Slipping stitches onto a cable

Get Your Swatch On!

My beautiful yarn came in from Jems Luxe Fibers so I’m swatching for the Fireworks 4 Day KAL today! Look below for a peek at the colorway I ordered. If you are just joining us, get all the Fireworks KAL details here.

If this is your first time swatching, here are a few of tips.

  • Use your size 6 needles because you want to use the needles you’re going to use for the body of the sweater.
  • Cast on more than 20 stitches. The edges tend to warp a little bit, so you won’t get an accurate measurement if you count the stitches on the edge.
  • Your swatch should be a little more than 4″ x 4″ of stockinette stitch (k on one side, p on the other). There’s no “right” way to do it other than that. But if you like specific directions, I’ll post row by row directions below.
  • Notice the gauge says the swatch should be “blocked.” For the most accurate gauge, wash your block the same way you’ll wash your finished piece. When you wash different fibers, they may grow or shrink, so you’ll definitely want to take that into account for your sweater.

Let me know if you have any other questions! Happy swatching!

Swatch pattern

Cast on 28 sts.

Row 1: (K1, P1) across.

Row 2: (P1, K1) across.

Rpt rows 1 & 2.

Row 4: (K1, P1) twice, K 20, (K1, P1) twice.

Row 5: (P1, K1) twice, P 20, (P1, K1) twice.

Rpt rows 4 & 5 thirteen more times.

Rpt rows 1 & 2 twice. Bind off.

Luxe DK in colorway Euclase by Jems Luxe Fibers

Welcome to the Fireworks KAL!

This is your Olive Knits Fireworks Sweater Headquarters! Here, you can find links to everything you need to participate in the Fireworks Knitalong throughout the month of July. Let us know you are knitting with us by signing up here. If this is your first sweater, great! I’ll also have a variety of resources available to you to make it fun and easy.

A huge thanks to Olive Knits for organizing this worldwide KAL, and to Jems Luxe Fibers for hosting our small group KAL! First, bookmark these websites for easy access:

https://www.oliveknits.com/fireworks-4day-kal/ Olive Knits Fireworks KAL page: Contains the Pattern Details link, Events Timeline, Swag and much more!

https://jemsluxefibers.com/ Jems Luxe Fibers for ordering yarn.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/758681594755974 Join Jems: For the Love of Knitting and Cooking Facebook Group for meetings, updates, and to share progress.

https://katieclarkcrochet.com/ I’m your hostess and KAL leader! Look here for resources, videos, updates, tips and more. Email me at KatieClarkCrochet@gmail.com for personalized help along the way!

Event Dates

June 22nd: Swatch Party: Zoom party hosted by Jems Luxe Fibers, See Jems: For the Love of Knitting and Cooking Facebook Group for details about how to participate

July 1st: Virtual Cast On Party – Livestream: Hosted by Olive Knits

July EVERY TUESDAY: Weekly Zoom meetings hosted by Jems Luxe Fibers, See Jems: For the Love of Knitting and Cooking Facebook Group for details about how to participate

• July 6: Working the yoke

• July 13: Dividing for the body and working the body

• July 20: Working the sleeves

• July 27: Finishing

July ALL MONTH: Weekly livestreams and prize drawings with Marie on Facebook 

July 30th: Official end of KAL and Virtual Bind Off Party – Livestream

What You May Have Missed

• Order your pattern and yarn ASAP! The pattern is discounted for a limited time only. Order your yarn soon so you will receive your order in time to cast on with us!

• Let us know you are knitting with us by signing up here.

• June 7: Olive Knits unveils the Fireworks Sweater! View the video here.

Resources

Learn tips and tricks for swatching here.

• Video: How to read the information in the Pattern details, what materials you will need, and prepare to swatch

• Photo Tutorial on Dividing the Sleeves in a top down sweater

• Find errata on the Fireworks Pattern at the bottom of this page.

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Hey, Good Lookin’, Whatcha Got Cookin’?

It’s such a time of joy and there’s so much to be delighted about! I find joy in the warmth of the long days, the expectation and freedom of summer exploration, summer recipes that delight the senses, colors that scintillate in the sun! And Jems Luxe Fibers served it all up with their What’s Cooking yarn subscription this spring!

Yummy colors and delicious southern recipes were delivered the last 3 months: Carrot Soufflé in April, Pig Pie in May, and Blueberry Rumble in June. These colors brought me such delight, I named my newest pattern “Chara,” Greek for “joy.” You can crochet your own delicious Chara Shawl using the colors from Jems Luxe Fibers What’s Cooking collection or choose your own color palette that brings you joy!

Chara Shawl $6





Joy is the warmth of spring, delighting in the flavors of fresh recipes, and the dazzling colors inspired by What’s Cooking Spring 2021 by Jems Luxe Fibers. Fill your senses with joy as you immerse yourself in creating this shawl!

Difficulty
Advanced Beginner

Finished Measurements
Approx. 60 inches by 32 inches after blocking

Materials
What’s Cooking from Jems Luxe Fibers
1 skein DK Luxe (274 yds/100 g) in each color:
Carrot Soufflé C1
Pig Pie C2
Blueberry Rumble C3
or
3 skeins DK weight yarn in desired colors

US Size H (5mm) hook

Tapestry needle

Gauge
5 sc = 1 inch
Gauge not critical

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