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Kerri Blumer  Knitwear designer, food maker, outdoor lover. - Be the first to know about new designs & get exclusive discounts delivered to your inbox ✨⬇️✨

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Here's the top so far after a weekend of work - I was able to get in a few inches of the body! I've officially finished the waist decreases and am getting started on the hip increases.
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This project is moving forward so much quicker than I expected - I've only been working on it for about a week now! It's really amazing how consistency can affect the results we see in our knitting and our lives. A lot of this knitting is thanks to my recent habit of reading in the morning with a cup of coffee and my knitting. An extra 30 minutes to an hour a day really can make a big difference in what you can get done!
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First peek at the new sweater design on a real human (that's me)! The neckline is a perfect open scoop and the sleeves and armhole drop feel just right for a lightweight, fitted pullover. It definitely feels good when both your math and your knitting work out on the first try! I'm excited to get going on the body this weekend!
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While I'd normally knit sleeves first, I'm going to do the body first to make sure I have enough yarn. I'm planning on making 3/4 length sleeves, but the hem is going to be full and swingy, so I don't want to run out of yarn! I can always make this a short sleeve top, as I was already planning on offering that as an option for this pattern.
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I've been making a conscious effort this year to read more books - I was a voracious reader as a kid, but somewhere along the line my reading habit fell to the wayside. To help get me back into the habit, I've been spending 30 minutes to an hour reading in bed in the mornings, with a cup of coffee and my knitting. It's really relaxing way to start the day, and I've been getting a ton of reading (and more knitting!) done.
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This excerpt is from my current read, Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert. I thought it was a quite powerful message! What are some good books you've been reading lately?
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PS. Yes - I have split the body and sleeves on my sweater - and it fits! Photos to come later ✨
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Still working on that yoke - the rows are getting quite long now so I was only able to get a few done last night and this morning. I think I'll finally be able to make that yoke split tonight! ✨
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✨sweater progress✨
I have about 10 rows to go before I separate the body and sleeves - that's always the moment of truth when knitting (and designing!) a top down raglan sweater. I'll knit about an inch after the split and then try it on - fingers crossed I did all my math right and it turns out the way I want it to!
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Last time I was knitting a top down raglan (my #aguacerocardi design, released earlier this year) I had two false starts before getting it right, mostly thanks to my gauge not matching what I had swatched. This time I'm actually knitting the design right after swatching (instead of waiting a year 🙄) so I'm hopeful that it'll work out! I might also go ahead and do the neck trim, since that can really make a difference in how the garment lays on the body. I'm excited to have this start coming together 💫✨
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I cast on my new sweater design on Sunday and I'm a few inches into the yoke so far! I'm using lots of stitch markers on this sample - it's really helpful to have different styles of markers to remind you to do different things! The colorful sheep markers (from @anntudorllc) mark my raglan lines - there's a stitch pattern along the raglan line so I'm using two markers per raglan. The little beaded markers are placed around stitch pattern panels on the body of the sweater - and later on they'll let me know where I need to do shaping in the body. Do you use lots of markers when you knit or are you a marker minimalist?
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After trying out Lykke interchangeables at the @yarnitanddash needle tasting on Friday night, I decided I needed to bring a set home with me! I really like the tips on these needles (they are in between a pointy and a blunter tip, which is my preferred tip shape) and the subtle coloring is beautiful. I can't wait to use my new needles on upcoming projects! What new knitting tools have you taken home recently?
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Happy Friday! It's been rainy all week here but the weekend is looking like it'll be gorgeous. I can't wait to have a few days to myself with my knitting! I'm kicking off the weekend by heading to @yarnitanddash for a needle tasting - can't wait to try a few new needle brands! What knitterly plans do you have for the weekend?
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PS. Today is the ✨last✨day you can get my new Cordia Shawl pattern for 20% off! The sale ends at midnight ET, so be sure to get your copy soon! There's no coupon code needed, so just follow the link in my profile to get to the pattern page, and click that buy it now button!
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I finished up my new sweater design swatch last night and set it up for blocking this morning! This is the one where I swatched both flat and in the round - to let the piece block properly, just snip those long floats after you finish soaking your swatch, and lay the piece flat to dry!
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I can't wait for this to dry, since then I'll be able to do all of the pattern calculations! Once I've got my numbers ready I'll cast on for the final design - I'm hoping to start by the end of the weekend!
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Gradient yarns are making a splash in the knitting world right now - there's something so special about a tonal transition from one color to another. Cordia Shawl is knit up in a fabulous gradient set from @frabjousfibers, creating a dip-dyed effect in the final shawl. This is the Shillings & Pence colorway on their Cheshire Cat fingering weight base!
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Not all gradient sets have the same number of colors, so this pattern includes instructions for using 3, 4, 5, and 6 color gradient sets. You'll just need to make sure that you have at least 500 total yards in your set!
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If you want to use a few balls of sock yarn leftovers, I've got you covered! Guidance is included on how to maximize each ball of color and determine when you need to start striping in the next one.
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Ready to start your own Cordia Shawl? Click the link in my profile to get the pattern [it's 20% off through Friday!] and let me know in the comments what yarn you're using for your shawl!
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Today's #winewednesday snap is actually from yesterday - I finished up my secret knitting and sipped a glass of white wine while seaming! Trims were finished up today and then it was off to the blocking mats. As we speak, it's nearly dry - so by tomorrow morning I'll be ready to get in a few photos before taking this beauty to the post office to ship off to @knitspot!
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This project is knit up in @barenakedwools Deco Fingering in the new Bronze colorway - you won't believe how incredibly this stuff blocks, I'll be sure to post some photos soon! It's a blend of merino, tencel, and cotton that is so soft and drapey - such a special yarn to get to work with for this design!
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My favorite part of Cordia Shawl has to be where the cabled body transitions into the hem pattern. For me, this is what turns the design into a truly summery knit. While the cables begin to disappear, eyelets and ribbing emerge from a point and fan outwards into little scalloped fins at the edge, like little fish tails 🐠
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Cordia Shawl is 20% off through Friday - you can buy your copy through the link in my profile!
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