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Wet Coast Wools Podcast Episode 83: Crazypants!

September 24, 2019

Wet Coast Wools Podcast Episode 83: Crazypants!

Filmed on Tuesday, September 24th

Welcome to all our returning viewers, and to those who are joining us for the first time! If you like us be sure to hit the subscribe button and give us a thumbs up!

Complete show notes are in our Ravelry group, the Wet Coast Woolies. A shortened form of the notes are available in the YouTube drop-down menu.

Glenda - Glenda on Ravelry, glendamcdonald on instagram
Kelsey - fiddlebach and Kzipknits on Instagram and Ravelry
Wet Coast Wools - WetCoastWools on all the things

FOs (Finished Objects) 00:03:22


  • Felix Cardigan, by Amy Christoffers. Knit with 2.5 skeins of Briggs & Little Regal in Midnight Blue - It’s a $24 sweater! Even the largest size (finished size of 57”) should only use 4 skeins, which would make it a $32 sweater.

Kelsey is wearing Magpie Tendency by Melissa Alexander Loomis, knit in K-Zip Knits Garibaldi English Breakfast and Grimace.
No FO’s :(

WIPS (Works in Progress): 00:07:40


  • 141 Pull col camionneur. Making this for Mike, with 2 strands of Holst Garn Coast in Dark Navy. I made this short-row sleeve cap on Monday, but Mike wants it a bit bigger around. This was 81 sts, I will try again with 85 or so.


  • Sheep Cushion by Amanda Berry, knit in Katia Polar and Katia Big Merino for the face, legs and ears.

  • Cloudburst by Arienne Grey. This is a Knit City Sample knit in K-Zip Knits Donegal Tweed base. The colourway does not yet have a name.

  • Child’s Hat. No particular pattern, but another donation hat for the Warm Hands Network. This is some leftover Borgo di Pazzi Stout

Sweater Segment 00:28:39
This is a regular feature - talking about sweater construction, alterations, etc. Ask us questions and we will talk about it on the podcast.

In last week’s episode I mentioned a way of creating a faux seam in a sweater that is knit in the round. Several people asked for clarification on how and why to do this.

This particular example is a technique that our friend Karen ‘unvented’ - she just worked out how to do it at some point, but doesn’t know if it is described elsewhere.

As you knit the sweater in the round, you work a single purl stitch at each side of the sweater, where the seam would be if it were a sewn sweater. In some sweaters, this is done just for decoration - the purl column retracts into the fabric and makes it look like a seam from far away (or the knit stitch pops into relief if you are looking at the reverse stockinette side). Andrea Mowry’s The Weekender sweater uses a seam line like this as a decorative feature on the back of the sweater, as does Isabell Kraemer’s new Aldous.

To make this feature structural instead of decorative, you mattress stitch across the purl stitch when the sweater is finished. In doing this, you are pulling the two knit stitches together and creating a stiff seam line down the side of the sweater. On the inside, it looks like a narrow seam allowance; on the outside, you get the standard join of a mattress stitched sweater.

This technique brings the benefits of seaming to an otherwise seamless sweater. As much as we try to avoid seaming, a pieced sweater will generally hold together better, and sit better on your body. Knitwear is stretchy by nature, and the seams help resist this stretching. This could be very helpful on a stretchy yarn such as superwash merino or something with alpaca or llama blended in.

While I was researching this technique on google, I also found some people who use this technique on Raglan joins as well - they deliberately add one purl stitch between their raglan increases/decreases, and then go back and sew up the two sides to make them more stable.
Here’s the link explaining how and why to do it: https://www.sistermountain.com/blog/stability-seamless-sw...

Question 2 is from Granny Jo on YouTube:

In a top down sweater i am making the neck ribbing is too loose for the person receiving the garment. Is it possible to frog the neckline rib for a better fit? I don’t want to start over if I don’t have to.

Kelsey had a similar problem with the neck on her Soldotna Sweater. If you go back to Episode 81, you can see the video clip where she ran a lifeline around the upper yoke of the sweater, and then cut off the neckline. She then picked up the cut stitches and reknit a new neck.

With top-down sweaters, you need to cut off the neck in order to make them bigger or smaller - you cannot easily frog a sweater from the cast-on edge. If you’re up to it, you can cut the sweater a few rows beneath the neckline, and then re-knit upwards.

If you like, send us a photo of the sweater, and we can offer more specific suggestions of thoughts.

Store News 00:40:10

Knit City Knit-A-Long
Knit a Sweater or Shawl to wear to Knit City (over 500m used)
To enter, check out the Vendor’s List for Knit City. You need to use yarn from one of the vendors OR a pattern from one of the vendors or teachers who are coming.

WCW Knit & Crochet Bingo!
We have taken down the Bingo boards; if you still want to register, email us for a bingo board. You need to declare your challenges when you register.

The September Bingo Thread has been posted, so be sure to add your completed bingos!

All the details about our #wcwbingoalong are available in our Ravelry group, the Wet Coast Woolies.

Knitted Knocker KAL/CAL Started on Sunday, September 1st!

In preparation for Breast Cancer Awareness month in October, we are partnering with the West Coast Knitters’ Guild to host a Knitted Knocker-a-Long in September.

Knitted and crocheted knockers are a handmade alternative to breast prosthetics. Made from 100% cotton, the knockers are lightweight, soft, and in some cases more wearable that other alternatives. For more information, visit KnittedknockersCanada.com, or KnittedKnockers.org.

We encourage everyone to knit or crochet a pair of Knitted Knockers and donate them to a local organization - we will collect them here at the store if you are in Vancouver. Knitted Knockers of Canada would prefer that you make the knockers with a soft cotton like Cascade Ultra Pima. You can use any colour (or combination of colours) that you like. We will link to the patterns in our thread - for Canadian Knocker, I understand that nipple-less knockers are preferred.

Please note: you do not need to stuff the Knockers. Thread the end of your yarn through the last round of live stitches, and then bring them in. Knitted Knockers will provide the stuffing, and they are usually left untied, so that women can remove or add stuffing as necessary.

There are Knitted Knocker groups all over the world, so if you want to take part and live outside of Canada or the US, please contact a local group and make sure that your knockers meet their requirements for patterns, materials, etc. (The .org site has a list of international groups)

The thread is up - there is a link in the thread to the pattern page for Knitted Knockers of Canada. If you go to the KnittedKnockers.org site, you can download a version of the pattern that starts on the back of the knocker - this is easier for most people to use.

We have a couple of prizes to give away for this KAL, thanks to Estelle Yarns of Canada. One will be for general participation, and we haven’t decided on how the second one will be awarded.

6th Annual Trigeminal Neuralgia Lantern Walk of Awareness

Join Kelsey for a dusky 5km walk along False Creek, carrying lanterns lit up in teal to raise awareness of the world’s most painful disease, Trigeminal Neuralgia.

Saturday, September 28th, 2019
5:00 PM – Meet and greet social at the Picnic Pavilion, 267 Old Bridge Walk on Granville Island.

6:00 PM – Collect lanterns at the Picnic Pavilion. A limited number of lanterns will be available on first come, first serve basis. Participants are encouraged to make and bring their own lanterns.

6:30 PM – Walk begins along the south side of False Creek, ending at the Telus World of Science.

Kelsey was on the morning news, talking about Trigeminal Neuralgia and her walk!
Check it out here: https://bc.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=1783717