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June 2017

Cast-on colors out of line and in line.

I've been working on a sweater design using intarsia, and I wanted the color pattern to start right from the cast-on edge. That gave me a problem, since I didn't know how to make the color changes line up straight, while still keeping the edge neat.

I'll admit there is a tiny chance that I'm the only person who's ever had sleepless nights worrying about this. But since the solution I came up with is simple and effective, I thought I'd share it—just in case you have perfectionist tendencies too.

Read about the Intarsia Cast-On >


Newly-published books

Zoomigurumi 6
15 Cute Amigurumi Patterns by 15 Great Designers

By Joke Vermeiren (Editor)
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Stunning Stitches
21 Shawls, Scarves, and Cowls You'll Love to Knit

By Jen Lucas
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Framework
10 Architectural Knits

By Norah Gaughan, Quince & Co.
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The Granny Square Book, Second Edition
Timeless Techniques and Fresh Ideas for Crocheting Square by Square

By Margaret Hubert
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Literary Yarns
Crochet Projects Inspired by Classic Books

By Cindy Wang
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Crochet Stories
L. Frank Baum's The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

By L. Frank Baum, Pat Olski
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Mittens from Around Norway
Over 40 Traditional Knitting Patterns Inspired by Folk-Art Collections

By Nina Granlund Saether
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Patterns for North Ronaldsay (and other) Yarn
By Elizabeth Lovick, Elly Doyle
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Supersize Crochet
20 Quick Crochet Projects Using Super Chunky Yarn

By Sarah Shrimpton
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Crocheted Gifts for Baby
30 Colorful Garments, Toys, and Must-Have Accessories for Ages 0 to 24 Months

By Jennifer Stiller
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New and discontinued yarns

New yarn Purl Soho - Cattail Silk

New yarn —Purl Soho - Cattail Silk—Image © Purl Soho

New

Bendigo Woollen Mills
High Country – Bulky – 100% Superwash Wool – Plied – Solid colors

Bernat
Baby Blanket Tiny – Aran – 100% Polyester – Chenille – Solid colors, Multicolored, Self-striping

Brooklyn Tweed
Vale – Lace – 100% Rambouillet Wool – 2 plies – Solid colors

Coop Knits
Socks Yeah! DK – DK – 75% Merino Superwash Wool, 25% Nylon – Plied – Solid colors

Katia
Top Rainbow – Sport – 50% Acrylic, 50% Cotton – Plied – Gradient

Mary Maxim
Bianca – Worsted – 100% Acrylic – Plied – Solid colors
Big Sporty – Super Bulky – 100% Acrylic – 2 plies – Marled
Marvellous Chunky – Bulky – 100% Acrylic – 2 plies – Self-striping marls
Match 100 Sock – Fingering – 75% Superwash Wool, 25% Nylon – Plied – Self-striping multicolored
Mia – Super Bulky – 80% Acrylic, 20% Superwash Wool – Plied – Solid colors

Miss Babs
Estrellita – Fingering – 92% Merino Superwash Wool, 8% Metallic – Plied – Multicolored with metallic thread

Premier Yarns
Candy Shop – Aran – 100% Acrylic – 2 plies – Self-striping marls
Isaac Mizrahi Craft Merino Blend – Worsted – 50% Merino Superwash Wool, 50% Microfiber – Plied – Solid colors

Purl Soho
Cattail Silk – Light Fingering – 100% Silk – Tweedy – Tweed colors

Red Heart
Collage (2017) – Jumbo – 73% Acrylic, 27% Wool – 2 plies – Self-striping marls
Dreamy – Bulky – 100% Acrylic – Plied – Solid colors
Evermore – Super Bulky – 80% Acrylic, 20% Wool – Single ply – Multicolored
Hopscotch – Heavy Worsted – 100% Acrylic – Plied – Self-striping

Three Irish Girls
Adorn Sport – Sport – 80% Merino Superwash Wool, 20% Nylon – Plied – Solid colors, Tonal colors, Multicolored
Meara Kid Mohair – Lace – 86% Kid Mohair, 14% Nylon – Brushed bouclé – Solid colors, Tonal colors, Multicolored
Shannon Silk Mohair Stellina – Light Fingering – 63% Silk, 23% Mohair, 14% Metallic – Plied with a soft haze – Solid colors, Tonal colors, Multicolored

Trendsetter Yarns
Graffiato – Worsted – 55% Wool, 45% Acrylic – Single ply – Self-striping (gradient)
Smoothies – DK – 52% Cotton, 48% Acrylic – Plied – Gradient
Transitions Tweed – DK – 52% Cotton, 48% Acrylic – Tweedy – Gradient

Women's Institute
Home Cotton – Aran – 85% Cotton, 15% Polyester – Plied – Solid colors

Discontinued

Berroco
Artisan – Worsted – 80% Merino Wool, 20% Silk – 2 plies – Tonal colors
Brio – Super Bulky – 49% Wool, 48% Acrylic, 3% Metallic – Thick and thin – Multicolored marls
Briza – Worsted – 51% Mohair, 43% Nylon, 6% Wool – Fiber-filled net – Solid colors, Tonal colors
Peruvia Quick – Super Bulky – 100% Peruvian Highland Wool – Plied – Heathered colors
Vintage Colors – Aran – 52% Acrylic, 40% Superwash Wool, 8% Nylon – Plied – Multicolored

Blacker Yarns
Elegance 4-ply – Fingering – 80% Corriedale Wool, 20% Alpaca – Plied (woollen-spun) – Undyed
Elegance DK – DK – 80% Corriedale Wool, 20% Alpaca – Plied (woollen-spun) – Undyed

Cascade Yarns
Tivoli – Bulky – 60% Wool, 40% Silk – Tweedy – Tweed colors

Crystal Palace Yarns
Allegro Lace – Lace – 100% Merino Wool – Plied – Solid colors, Heathers
Cuddles – Bulky – 100% Acrylic – Chained – Solid colors
Fizz – Carry along – 100% Polyester – Eyelash
Inca Clouds – Bulky – 37% Alpaca, 28% Nylon, 27% Wool, 8% Acrylic – Bouclé – Solid colors, Self-striping (gradient color change)
Kid Merino – Lace – 44% Nylon, 28% Kid Mohair, 28% Merino Wool – Brushed bouclé – Solid colors, Semi-solids, Multicolored
Little Flowers – Carry along – 96% Polyester, 4% Metallic – Tufted
Mini Mochi – Fingering – 80% Merino Superwash Wool, 20% Nylon – Single ply – Self-striping (gradient color change)
Panda Pearl – DK – 53% Bamboo Viscose, 42% Merino Superwash Wool, 5% Silk – Plied – Solid colors, Multicolored
Panda Silk – Fingering – 52% Bamboo Viscose, 43% Merino Wool, 5% Silk – Plied – Solid colors, Multicolored
Party – Bulky – 100% Nylon – Stranded ribbon – Multicolored
Splash – Super Bulky – 100% Polyester – Eyelash
Squiggle – Carry along – 100% Polyester – Eyelash flags – Multicolored
Waikiki – DK – 62% Rayon, 38% Cotton – Tweedy

James C. Brett
Wildcat Chunky – Bulky – 100% Nylon – Faux fur – Solid colors

Jenny Watson
Babysoft DK With Cashmere – DK – 50% Nylon, 45% Merino Superwash Wool, 5% Cashmere – Plied

Plymouth Yarn
Cashmere – Aran – 100% Cashmere – Plied with a soft haze

Wendy
Cairn Aran – Aran – 69% Acrylic, 25% Superwash Wool, 6% Viscose – Single ply – Heathered colors
Evolve Chunky – Bulky – 50% Wool, 40% Acrylic, 10% Alpaca – Single ply – Self-striping (marl)
Serenity Chunky – Bulky – 70% Acrylic, 20% Alpaca, 10% Superwash Wool – Plied with a soft haze – Solid colors, Heathers
Serenity Super Chunky – Super Bulky – 70% Acrylic, 20% Alpaca, 10% Superwash Wool – Plied with a soft haze – Solid colors, Heathers

See you in July!

—Wendy


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