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Knitting Tips for the Spring Dream Cover-Up

Knitting Tips for the Spring Dream Cover-Up

Spring Dream is a super little cover up for all seasons. Be Sweet’s Skinny Wool and Bamboo combined with Mango Moon’s Twist give this sweet top a soft, luxurious feel. This project, designed by Susan Grim, was our chosen item for a spring knit-a-long (KAL). It’s not just a spring thing though, anytime is a good time to work this project! Today we’d like to share a few tips to help you make it a success!

Working with Multiple Yarns

Three yarns, of different weights and textures, are held together as one resulting in a unique fabric. When preparing your yarns, it is your choice to first wind the yarns into one large “cake” or to keep the three balls separate. Keep in mind that if you wind all three yarns together, the total lengths are different; be prepared to bring in a side ball of the yarn that has the shortest yardage (in this case, Bamboo).

How do you work with multiple yarns?

Here’s a tip from the designer herself: when working with multiple yarns it helps to put each ball in its own zip lock bag…this helps to keep them under control as you knit.

Working the K1RB Stitch

K1RB takes a little attention to get started if you’re not used to it. K1RB stands for Knit 1 in the Row Below. It’s not an increase or decrease here, rather it makes a lovely texture! In the image below, we’ve pointed out where a normal knit stitch would be worked. For this unique stitch, you knit into the spot in the row below instead of knitting into the “normal” spot, as illustrated in the image below.

Spring Dream how to knit the K1RB stitch

Joining to Work in the Round

The body of Spring Dream is knit flat, and after knitting to the desired length a few rows of garter stitch, it is time to join for knitting in the round. This is worked in 5 easy steps to create the overlap detail on the front:

  1. Start with 6 stitches on a holder or spare needle, as instructed at the end of the garter section.
  2. Place the first 5 stitches of the beginning of the round on a spare needle or holder and hold to the side for now.
  3. Begin the round by knitting together one stitch from the 6 stitches with one stitch from the needle.
  4. Continue in stockinette stitch to the last 5 stitches of the round.
  5. Knit together one stitch from the 5 stitches held with one of the last 5 stitches on the needle.

 

Easy steps to work Spring Dream in the round

Change needle sizes and continue on in the pattern as instructed.

The Spring Dream Kit is available to purchase at the Heart of the Mitten and includes the yarn and pattern. Nine colorways are available in three different sizes.

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Tips for Knitting the Spring Dream top from Heart of the Mitten

Holiday Hours

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We will be closed Dec. 23 – 27.

We will be open Wednesday, Dec. 28 & Thursday, Dec. 29. Knittin’ at the Mitten open knitting time will be held as usual on Wednesday. Escape the family if they’re getting on your nerves by then, come and sit and stitch with us. No charge, and the coffee is free! Might just save your sanity!

We will be closed Dec. 30 – Jan. 2. We’ll reopen Tuesday, Jan. 3 to begin a new year of yarn, friends and fun!

Our heartiest thanks to the customers and friends who made our first months such a success! The happiest of holidays to you all!

Knitting Class Signup Starts Now!

Our website has just gone “live!” One of our favorite features of the site is online signup for our knitting (and eventually, we promise, crochet) classes. You can see the number of spaces remaining in each class, and in the case of Beginning Knitting, select your yarn color. So many of you have requested classes, and we are more than happy to get that yarn ball rolling!

Check back often, as more classes will be added as we finalize plans.

If you have questions, please comment below, or email, call, or contact us via Facebook. You may also check out our Class Policies for additional information.

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