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Fire Thief KAL!!

April 29, 2015 3:33 pm

Fire Thief is getting popular on Ravelry again. I was so afraid I had muffed it when it went viral early, but it seems like the pattern is recovering well. I’m also getting an education in online social marketing, but I won’t bore you with those details now. 🙂 Maybe after the release is passed, if folks are interested.

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I’m starting a KAL on Ravelry for Fire Thief. Here are the details:

  • I’m going to cast-on Friday, May first, and try to knit it out in a month, but you’re welcome to cast-on now if you’d like.
  • I’ll pick a random winner when I finish mine from everyone who posts FO photos of their project in the thread.
  • I’ll pick a second random winner from everyone who casts on.
  • Winner will receive a care package including yarn to make a nice Fire Thief.

I encourage you to try different ways of using the charts. They’re all modular and designed so they can be put together in different ways. If you have an idea and aren’t exactly sure how to make it go, ask me! I have all sorts of thoughts on modifying this pattern. For instance:

  • It could be a circular shawl
  • Or as a Curl without the circular start
  • It’s possible to knit out a smaller version by stopping the central motif after round 22 and beginning to Curl at that point.

Have fun and be creative with it!

Ok….. GO!!

Fire Thief Release Party!

April 28, 2015 2:38 pm

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It’s alive!!!

I have so much to say about the process of designing, testing, revising, and releasing this pattern. It’s been at least 50% of my working time for the past month and some. But it’s done and out in the world! I’m going to dinner and a show with a friend tonight to celebrate. 🙂

So the Ravelry page has a discount for the next week, or you can join the newsletter for an even better deal. More tomorrow, I promise. 

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Shaping Success!

March 6, 2015 1:38 pm

First the triumphant photo:

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That right there is my GINORMOUS swatch for Fire Thief, using all the charts, but only working a small part of the circular center motif and a couple repeats of the curl expansion chart. I believed in my geometric intuition about how this would work out, but I needed to test. 

Imagine the glass bowl represents your shoulder. The shawl is designed to hug your shoulder and Curl around your neck. (heh heh. See what I did there?) This is a small scale swatch that would fit a two or three year old, and it doesn’t have any beading, but the shaping will work just the same in the adult size. Phew! It works!

Here’s a pic from the top:

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It’s a pretty straightforward knit with just a few tricky bits. More or less you make a circular start, work in the round for the circular chart, then knitted cast-on a couple stitches and take off working back and forth Curling in one direction and picking up live stitches off the circular motif in the other. When you have used up all the sts from the motif you just keep working the Curl charts.

If you want a looser, flatter scarf you can use the progressively larger expansion charts as you work outward, or for a tighter spiral stick with the first chart. 

When it’s as large as you like, work the edging chart appropriate for however you ended up working the expansion charts. 

I have all the charts and am just working up final layout and the transition explanations. I should have it all written up soon— possibly later today– and have a version out for anyone who wants to test knit along with me. I’m off to Ravelry right now to set up a pattern page. 🙂

Let me know if you’d like to knit a test one! All I ask are nice photos. 

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