Step by step – correcting a mistake

It happens to us all, when you notice a mistake several rows down in your knitting. Undoing 20 or so rows can be a nightmare! You could leave it there and just ignore it, or if you’re like me and feel the need to fix it then here’s how I do it using a small crochet hook:

Here you see a missed stitch about 20 rows down in a garter stitch

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STEP 1: Identify which is the stitch you need to drop off the needle and carefully undo it down until you reach the mistake, and keep the stitch on a crochet hook. Decide by checking each side of the stitch whether you need to pick it up knitwise or purlwise – For garter stitch it will alternate each time. Here in the photo I had to pick up Purlwise to do this you insert the crochet hook from back to front keeping the yarn to be pulled through from the front.

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STEP 2 : The next stitch needed to be Knitwise: Insert hook from front and pull through the yarn from the back.

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Make sure you clearly identify which is the next stitch to be picked up – to do this I stretch out my knitting to be able to see clearly before picking up the following stitch.

 

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Keep going all the way up until you reach the top and pop the stitch back on the needle!

 

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This technique can also be used for a dropped stitch although you have to work a bit harder to work in a stitch which wasn’t there before. Good luck!

 

Run rabbit…

And so begins the endless hours of Football Mania! Yes it’s that time again when knitters and crocheters of the world unite. We sit and endure the countless hours of football whilst finishing off  all those projects left on the needles….

At Kaleidoscope, our knitted belgian team the ‘Red Rabbits’ will adorn the window for a few weeks and we’d love it if you LIKE  them on our Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/Boutique-Atelier-Kaleidoscope-128286733897568/notifications/

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Marc Woolmites team from left to right: 

Marouane Mise-en-plis, Thibault Courvite, Eden Kastar, Axel Schnitzelhase, Kevin de Bruin-Konijn, Romelu Panpan, et Radja Angoran.

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HHF = Hedgehog Fibres

 

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                    HHF @ Kaleidoscope!

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( photos courtesy of Hedgehog Fibres)

Yes the hotly anticipated delivery of stunning vibrant , spotted, speckled, semi solid & multi coloured yarns, hand painted by the team at Hedgehog Fibres are now finally hanging on our wall of temptation. ( and available to buy in our E-shop! )

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( photos courtesy of Hedgehog Fibres)

Beata Jezek is the founder of Hedgehog Fibres an Irish artisan yarn and fibre dyeing studio located in Co. Cork, Ireland.

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Hedgehog Fibres colours reflect Beata’s personal style and range from dark, rich and earthy to crazy, fluorescent and vibrant depending on her moods – but always colours she loves! Originally from Slovakia, Beata has called Ireland her home for over a decade. In Slovakian, Jezek means hedgehog so in 2008, when knitting friends pushed her to sell her yarns, Hedgehog Fibres was founded. (No Hedgehogs are harmed in the making of our products!)

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Yarn dyeing started as a extension of Beata Jezek’s other hobbies – spinning, knitting and crochet. Beata says “Soon after I took up knitting, I realised I really wanted to create my own yarn line of soft, squishy yarns in beautiful colours. It’s the colours I want to knit with, the colours I want to wear and the colours I can’t live without.”

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And another talented, very well-known, knitting designer , and colour genius living in Amsterdam, (‘Mr. West’) is also a VERY big fan of Beata’s yarns. Many of which he uses in his own pattern designs.

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On the Hedgehog Fibres website Beata’s patterns are available for download!

(all photos courtesy of Hedgehog Fibres)

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(all photos courtesy of Hedgehog Fibres)

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colour name: ‘ Monet’

A facelift for Kaleidoscope…

Our shop gets a new look for 2016 !

Say bye bye to the tubes and Hello to the wall of Skeins! Much easier to see all the different colours and textures … 
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And for those relaxing moments a new little sofa for our clients while they sit and read the books and patterns, or just admire the ‘ Wall of Temptation’* !

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* Thanks to Séverine for that expression !

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Pompom spring 2016

The latest edition of our favourite knitting and crochet magazine has arrived in the shop. Lots of fabulous patterns using natural yarns. Here below are a few of the designs with some of our own yarn suggestions….

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‘Perpendicular’ by Sarah Brunenberg – our yarn suggestions include:  fingering/4ply like Bamboum, Dunnagall sock,  Fine cream or Misty Mina ( all from”The Natural Collection” by Kaleidoscope (available in our E-shop )

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‘Right Angle’ by Georgia Farrell – our yarn suggestions include: Dovestone DK by Baa ram ewe, or Natura coton Medium by DMC, or the linen from ‘ La Droguerie’.

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‘Riveret’ by Merrian Holland – a crocheted top in DK also could be done in the  linen from ‘ La Droguerie’

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‘Rhombille’ by Gina Röckenwagner – our yarn suggestions include: Aran yarn such as  BFL Chunky or Chunky Monkey from our “Natural Collection”, or in Coton Medium Natura by DMC.

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‘Equilibrium’ by Gina Röckenwagner – our yarn suggestions include: Clotted Cream DK, Lady Nuala DK, or Frosted DK , all from our “Natural Collection” (available  in our E-shop )

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‘Delineate’ by Olga Buraya-Kefelian – our yarn suggestions are for a Sport 5ply like:  Coloris by BC Garn, or Baby Vanille merino from “The Natural Collection”.

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and ‘Striated’ by Nicki Merrall – our yarn fingering/4ply suggestions include:’ Yak Yak’, ‘Dunnagall sock’, ‘Fine cream’, or ‘Misty Mina’ all from our  ‘The Natural collection'(available  in our E-shop )

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Plain knits no: 10

Featured in the new Ito magazine no: 3  ‘Plain Knits’ this delicate little top is knitted in ‘Sensai’ mohair and ‘Tetsu’ silk and steel. Although the pattern is simple enough to knit, you will need a good light and a careful hand,  due to the nature of these fine threads. However  I think you’ll agree that it’s well worth the effort to create a unique garment like this.

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The ITO no:3  magazine is published in English and German languages,  available to buy at Kaleidoscope.

 

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NEW for 2016

Kick start the new year with some top quality products from Kaleidoscope!

At last we have the lace blocking kits from Knitpro price 25€ Each kit comprises of:

6 wires 95cm/6 wires 50cm/ 3 flexible wires 95cm / 20 t-pins / 1 tape measure

Now your shawls/scarves will always look beautiful!

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The blocking mats = 9 x 30 X 30cm mats  cost 29,95 €

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My Favourite washing product for all your garments! The excellent no rinse ‘ Eucalan’ is so easy to use, very economical, and it smells of Eucalyptas, 100ml = 4,80€

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In my opinion  Knitpro’s Karbonz needles are sleek, lightweight and good looking – a designer product at a very affordable price. Made from carbon fibre, they are incredibly resistant, with a nice smooth feel. This starter kit of 4 x circular interchangeables costs 104,80€

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Also available are the Double pointed Karbonz needles from 9,40€ a set …..

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Or the normal 35cm long straight needles from 9,60€ a pair.

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Knitting & Crochet lessons

Our classes are designed to cater for individual requirements whether you’re a total beginner or not  you may just need some help with different techniques or want to try something new etc, our courses try to help everyone. ( Languages spoken: FR/EN/NL )

They usually take place either on Thursdays  and/or Fridays from 10h30 – 12h30

and/or occasionally from 14h-16h  in groups of  5 people  ( 28 € / 2hr ) 

OR if  you prefer you can reserve 1 hour private lesson on Thursdays / Fridays depending on our availability  ( 28 € / 1 hr ) 

For ALL reservations or more information please call Angélique or Rosalind on 02/ 544 0130

No E-mails please!  The courses fill up very quickly and we can only take reservations by phone.

 

Please note: Due to the limited amount of places all classes should be paid in advance either by bank transfer or directly at the shop. If you are absent/ill or unable to attend your lesson a cancellation fee of 15€ will be applied. Thank you for your understanding.

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Tendo shawl

 

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The Tendo shawl is a great project for knitters wanting to practice  the ‘short-rows’  technique. Even for the more experienced knitter looking for a nice relaxing project to do on holiday or during a long journey, then this is ideal. This big triangular shawl ( 220cm) knitted in garter stitch has 3  equal stripes for added interest which can be subtle or more pronounced depending on your colour choice. The long rows get shorter with each stripe so it knits up quicker towards the end!

Pattern priced at : 3 euros, available  in EN / FR  is sold both in the shop and the E-shop via download.

Knitted on 3,25mm  circular  needles  120 / 150 cm long.

Color Options 

To work the shawl in a single color only, you need 2x ITO Kinu and 4x ITO Sensai altogether.

To work the scarf with a base color in ITO Kinu and changing colors in ITO Sensai you will need: 2x ITO Kinu of one color and 6x ITO Sensai – two per color.

To work the scarf with a base color in ITO Sensai and changing colors in ITO Kinu you will need: 3x ITO Kinu – one per color and 4x ITO Sensai of one color.

 

 

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Knit a ‘Rasta snood’

 

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Here’s an idea for a xmas gift…

At Kaleidoscope we’ve all gone Rasta crazy! Everyone is knitting this easy tube collar – I made mine in 2 hours while Mr. Kaleidoscope was watching football! I chose rice stitch but you can do whatever stitch you like – this wool looks great whatever stitch you choose!

If you prefer a slightly stiffer  version use 10mm needles instead.

You will need: 1 x 150g malabrigo Rasta

Either 12mm circular or straight needles ( as preferred )

Circular Version:

Cast on loosely 41 sts, join in the round, place marker and  knit in Rice stitch: K 1, P 1 every row

*until you have about 3/4 metres of yarn left. Cast off and weave in end – or if you prefer take a crochet hook size 7/ 8mm and slip stitch down the tube to make a swirly decoration!*

Straight needle version:

Cast on loosely 42 sts and work in Rice stitch: 1st row – K1, P1, to end

2nd row-  P1, K1 to end , finish as for circular version and sew up side seam.

 

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