Marvellous Marlisle

What could be better than a new technique that was actually not new at all? What on earth am I talking about?! Well the chances are that marlisle is just that for many of you… If you already know how to knit and purl, and you’ve done stranded colourwork before, then the components of marlisle will all be familiar to you. So this month you don’t actually have to learn anything new – rather you are putting together the skills you already have, in a new way. Marvellous!

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Marlisle Magic with the Sooper Sweater

We’re welcoming November around these parts with the release of our ninth (!) Boost Your Knitting pattern, the Sooper Sweater, designed by Anna Maltz. This totally charming child’s jumper features Anna’s well-loved marlisle technique, which combines holding two yarns together (marling) with stranded colourwork (or Fair Isle) to create bold motifs that feature three colour/texture combinations in a single row. Cool!

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Joining in New Yarns, Method 2: Knitting in Ends

A few days ago, we brought you a video tutorial showing how to splice in a new yarn! Today, Jen shows you another fuss-free way to join in a new yarn which also leaves you with no ends to weave in: knitting in ends!

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A chat with Tori Seierstad about her passion for colourwork

Tori Seierstad is a knitwear designer based in Lillehammer, Norway who can’t get enough of colourwork knitting. Her patterns feature bold motifs with lots of colour changes — perfect for practising this month’s featured technique, joining in new yarns. The Marangoni Hat, Tori’s contribution to Boost Your Knitting, features both stripes and bubble-like circles, making it ideal for learning multiple joining techniques. Tori was kind enough to have a chat with me a few weeks ago about her fab hat design, her lifelong love of knitting, and even share some of her colour inspiration!

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Joining in New Yarns, Method 1: How to Splice (A video tutorial)

Do you love colourwork knitting, but dread all the ends you have weave in? This month’s Boost Your Knitting technique is focused on two different ways to join in yarns in your projects … and as an added bonus, these methods eliminate the need to weave in ends! While this month’s featured pattern is the stunning colourwork Marangoni Hat, these techniques can be used any time you need to add in a new yarn, whether it’s a colour change or just time to add the next ball in a single colour project.

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The Marangoni Hat and Joining In Yarns

It’s a new month, so time to welcome the next Boost Your Knitting pattern, designer, and technique! Meet the Marangoni Hat, designed by colourwork aficionado Tori Seierstad! Are you ready to learn some really handy techniques for managing yarns this month?

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How to Work a Tubular Cast Off (Video Tutorial)

Carol Feller’s Flying Leaves Scarf begins with a two-colour Italian cast on, and the tubular cast off provides a perfect match for finishing the project off! In this video tutorial, Jen shows you how to work this clever sewn cast off, which is also sometimes known as the grafted cast off.

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An Interview with Carol Feller

This month’s Boost Your Knitting pattern is the fabulous Flying Leaves Scarf by Carol Feller, which introduces how to make a knitted brioche fabric and how to work brioche increases and decreases. Carol is based in Cork, Ireland and is a knitwear designer and teacher with a background in structural engineering. Her unique designs have been widely published in books and magazines, and she also has taught at yarn shops and fibre festivals around the world. Carol was kind enough to catch up with me a few weeks ago and share a little more about the Flying Leaves Scarf, top tips for brioche knitting, and her gorgeous yarn, Nua, which is featured in this month’s pattern and a new addition to the A-C Knitwear Shop

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The two-colour Italian Cast-On Method (A Video Tutorial)

September’s Boost Your Knitting project is chockablock with new techniques to try (fitting given that, for many of, September is synonymous with back to school!) Today, Jen shows us how to work the Italian two-colour cast on which Carol Feller uses to start the Flying Leaves Scarf.

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