Summer Challenge: Colorwork

Hey Fellow Knitters – have we got a summer challenge for you! Here’s a chance to try some fancy colorwork on a small, simple project – a cup cozy sleeve!

three colorwork coffee cup sleeves by odessa reichel

For the summer, we’ll be hosting a Challenge to  create a coffee cozy. So break out the scraps and join some other Crafty Friends in our Ravelry group, creating these little pieces of fiber art together. If you’re a newbie to colorwork, we’ll have resource links to answer your questions, and will offer knitterly support and camaraderie as you take on your first project. If you’re a colorwork champion, we hope you’ll join in to help others along with advice and feedback.

Mandolin Mug Mitts by Erica Jackofsky

We’ve found some beautiful free patterns to inspire you, (click photos for pattern links) and we have some lovely prizes that we’ll randomly award amongst our finishers. Rules for prize entries will be located in the Summer Challenge discussion thread.

Sign up is easy, just post your intended project and colors in the thread! We all want to oooh and ahhh over your planned project. You can choose one of our suggested patterns, find your own, or if you’re an overacheiver – get some graph paper and design your own! :-) Make only one, or one of each! They’ll make great gifts later this year.

Birdies by Andi Satterlund

skull and crossbones wrist warmer by Kara Lyon

Each and every finished project posted in the Summer Challenge discussion thread with a photo of your completed coffee cozy by August 15th, 2012 gets you an entry for some great prizes. Next week I’ll compile some colorwork resources here on the blog to help us along.

So hooray for colorwork! Stranded, Fair Isle, Intarsia, Mosaic – whatever tickles your fancy! We just can’t wait to see what you come up with! ♥

Mom  and  Carli

 

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6 Comments

  1. Sarah
    Posted June 3, 2012 at 9:27 am | Permalink

    I am intrigued… I have yet to do colorwork but I WANT too. I’m just not sure it’s possible with two 2 year olds yanking on my yard half the time. But maybe…if I hide it in the old laundry detergent box…. :D

    • Mom
      Posted June 3, 2012 at 10:03 am | Permalink

      Two 2 year olds? Oh wow! Do you have twins? I had to laugh at the idea of hiding your knitting in an old detergent box. Now that’s crafty! LOL! I’ll be trying colorwork for the first time too. It ought to be fun! Luckily, it’s a small project…if it’s terrible, we can hide it lots of places! :-D

  2. Tammie
    Posted June 3, 2012 at 10:56 am | Permalink

    This sounds like great fun! Fair Isle colorwork is one of my favorite techniques. It’s addictive because each round you knit shows more of the pattern. Unfortunately, I can’t join in on this one. I’m recovering from tendonitis in my left hand/wrist caused by knitting on a deadline. If you know how to knit both English and Continental, it will make Fair Isle really easy. Here is a great video on two-handed Fair Isle. I referred to it often when I was first learning the technique.
    http://www.philosopherswool.com/Pages/Twohandedvideo.htm

    • Mom
      Posted June 3, 2012 at 12:21 pm | Permalink

      Thanks for that Tammie! I’m so sorry about your left wrist. You’re smart to take it easy. The knitting will always be there and wrists aren’t replaceable. I can’t wait to check out the video!

  3. Posted June 3, 2012 at 3:15 pm | Permalink

    Wow it is really amazing things you are making, can’t get enough! Have a wondeful day and Thanks for the inspiration!

    • Mom
      Posted June 4, 2012 at 8:19 am | Permalink

      Thanks for the nice comment. You have a wonderful day yourself! :-)

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