Colorwork

Entrechat hack: two-colors

Over the years some of my favorite projects that knitters have made from my Entrechat pattern were ones involving two or more colors.

Two-color Entrechat by Frogginette Knitting Patterns #malabrigo

I think using two colors works so well for my Entrechat pattern: it underlines the unusual construction and makes the textured band really pop.

I decided to make a two-tone Entrechat using two Malabrigo Rios colorways: Water Green as the main color and Teal Feather as a contrasting color:

Here's a basic how-to:

First, a word of warning: you have to be willing to weave in a few ends! I made this using intarsia, which means that for the rows where I had contrasting color on both ends of my knitting, I used two separate balls of contrasting color yarn, one on each end, and the main color yarn for the middle.

- So before you start, wind up a small ball (about 1.5 to 2 inches - that's about 4-5 cm in diameter) from your main contrasting color (CC) yarn ball, which you'll use for the intarsia bits.

Two-color Entrechat shrug by Frogginette Knitting Patterns #malabrigo

- Cast on your project using the larger ball of CC yarn and follow instructions until you have your 4 garter ridges from the cast on edge. Cut CC yarn.

- On next RS row, switch to the main color yarn (MC) and follow the pattern until the sleeve stitches are bound off. Cut MC yarn.

- Join CC (larger ball) to pick up the stitches along the raglans and until you are ready to start the "Work Body" section.

- To work the textured band:

RS: K4 in CC (from the larger ball), join MC and work as explained in the pattern to 4 sts from end of row, leave MC hanging at the back of your work and join CC from the separate small ball, k4, (it will seem like you have a big gap where you joined the yarns but this will be fixed later when you weave in the ends).

WS: K4 using the smaller ball of CC, then leave CC hanging and pick up your MC (crossing/wrapping it around the CC to close the gap) and work to 4 sts from end of row, leave MC hanging and pick up CC from the larger ball (crossing/wrapping it around the MC) and k4.

- Keep working the textured band rows in this way -- you might need to untangle your three balls of yarns once in a while -- oh the joys of colorwork ;)

- When you reach the part in the pattern where you are given the length of the textured band, work the following RS in CC using the two balls of CC yarn and leaving the MC hanging (you can "carry it" at the back of your work, just twisting it with your working yarn as you encounter it).

- When you have worked the two garter ridges and you are ready to work the increase row, work the first 4 sts in CC using the larger ball of yarn, then pick up your MC to do the increases and switch to the CC from the smaller ball for the last 4 sts. Continue in this way using the three balls of yarn until you reach the given measurements, but instead of ending on a RS row as instructed, end on a WS row. Cut the MC yarn and the CC yarn from the smaller ball of yarn.

- On the next RS: using the CC from the larger ball of yarn, knit one row. Then work the ridges with the buttonhole according to the pattern.

- Last but not least: Weave in all those ends neatly.

TA-DA! A lovely two-color Entrechat!!

Two-color Entrechat shrug by Frogginette Knitting Patterns #malabrigo

By the way... I will be hosting an Entrechat KAL in June! I will announce the details soon.

My week in knitting

Hi knitters! It's Monday! What is on your needles this week? 

Over here, things are transitioning into Spring/Summer knitting. I'm preparing a few samples for my Entrechat KAL. It will start in June and I thought it would be fun to feature so-called pattern "hacks," which are just fun mods that you can do using my pattern as a jumping board. I always like to encourage creativity and I can't wait to see what everybody comes up with.

So: here is my bicolor Entrechat, which is blocking nicely as I write. Can you guess which button I ended up chosing? Do you tend to agonize over button choice too by the way? It's kind of ridiculous how much hemming and hawing was involved in this small decision.

Entrechat by Frogginette Knitting Patterns

This week, knitting-wise, I'm planning on focusing mostly on this little number: a Colorplay Dress for a friend's soon-to-arrive baby girl. I might just do some stripes or very simple colorwork for the body, and then do the flower motif at the chest only. But I'll probably be figuring it out as I go along :)

What are you working on this week?

Knitting for a new baby by Frogginette Knitting Patterns

Instagram photo-a-day: Yarnlovechallenge Day 6: Mistakes

Colorplay dress in action!

My daughter is 2.5 years old and very opinionated about clothing. Lately, she decided that whatever I make for her is not worthy of her time. She'll run away screeching as soon as she sees me coming towards her with a hand-knit in hand. 

So it was a bit of a miracle when she finally adopted this little Colorplay dress last weekend. She even hammed it up for the camera. Hopefully this is a sign of things to come.

This is the first sample I made for the Colorplay dress pattern. As you can see, I didn’t “sandwich” the flower pattern with the arrows on this one and that bothered me after all was said and done, so I re-knit a sample in 3mo size (you can see it on the pattern page). The arrow pattern is also a bit taller in this version. Oh, and I made a mistake in the hem flower pattern! There’s an extra row in there and the top petals are not the same size as the bottom ones.

For all these reasons, this sample did not end up being the featured sample on my pattern page, but I’m really in love with the colors, very Mini Boden I think! I am usually into muted color palettes for kid's clothes but once in a while I have a longing for a big pop of color. Probably a sign that I can't wait for the winter to be over! This dress still slightly long on my daughter (she wears 3yo clothing and this is a 4yo) but I think the fit is quite good anyway. I could see her getting a lot of use out of it.

Colorplay

Many knitters are intimidated by colorwork -- I know I used to be, until very recently! But as it turns out, it only takes a few tricks to get a beautiful result. I think a child-sized garment is always a good choice to venture into a new technique, too!

My Colorplay Dress is meant to be used like a coloring book: consider my own choice of colors as an example, and then just select your own yarns and color away!

When this pattern was tested, it was so incredible to see how different the same design looked depending on how muted or vivid the testers' color combinations were, or how contrasting they were, not to mention the choice of background color or yarn type. You could go from a sweet and traditional schoolgirl look, to a super-bright and modern jumper to wear with glitter sneakers or rain boots ;)

Colorplay Dress calls for sport weight yarn like Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino and is available in size 3mo to 8yo. You can purchase it here.