[GIVEAWAY!] Gentle Teresa & Andover KAL ended!

Hello all~

Finally, the Gentle Teresa & Andover KAL is over! If you’re still finishing up, post pictures on Ravelry or your blog and send me the links. If you don’t have Ravelry or a blog, then send stories and photos to me jdknitter (at) gmail (dot) com. 

 

I got only a few so far so the competition is very very low. SEND YOURS IN TODAY by 3PM PST!

 

I’ll pick the winners today and contact them individually! :)

My first (failed) attempt at KAL & Prize Giveaway

So last year in the beginning of the fall season, I announced that I would like to do a knitalong with either Gentle Teresa or Andover. I also had some prizes and said that the deadline was in December (my first mistake; so many of you were trying to finish up holiday knitting!)

I didn’t really have that many participants so I think I would like to just giveaway my prizes. Today, I looked over the project page under Gentle Teresa, which had 36!!! projects already. Nothing under Andover yet but I know people purchased the patterns so they’re maybe just not posting about their projects or the projects are hibernating… (I know my 3rd Andover is still sitting somewhere behind our bed)

So! This is how it’s going to work (for both Andover and Gentle Teresa):

If you have a Ravelry account or a blog: Post pictures and blog about it if you haven’t done so! Then email me the links at jdknitter (at) gmail (dot) com.

If you don’t have Ravelry or a blog, then Email me at jdknitter (at) gmail (dot) com.

Deadline? I’ll have to give those of you who are still finishing up projects so I’d say February 28, 2013!

Prizes: Those yarns from that post  but I’ll be adding NEW prizes for every 10 new posts/emails I get.

How to increase your chance of winning the giveaway? SHARE YOUR STORIES. I know I do this too, but sometimes we just post pictures and that’s it. But I’d love to hear about your experiences with the projects, the good and the bad. :)

 

 

KAL 2012: Andover

I love fall..

And I love knit fabrics that fall flat. So for Twist Collective’s Fall 2012 issue, I designed a cardigan/jacket that embodies my love for the tailored look, easy knitting, in broken rib.

Andover jacket by Jean Chung

As you can see here, I’m almost done with the body, and will be starting the sleeves soon. The broken rib pattern is very easy to remember, and the body knits up very quickly. The only thing you have to watch out once you start the decreases for the armholes and neckline, is really the stitch count. The default stitch pattern is given in the Note section of the pattern, but once you start the decreases, the default stitch guide won’t work.

The same advice applies to the sleeves too. For this tailored look, I chose to work the sleeves in the round and shape the sleeves with short-rows. While working on the short-row shaping, maintain the ribbing pattern. It’s really easy and once you figure it out, it’ll go very very fast.

Malabrigo Worsted in Sunset (96)

I’m working my Andover with Malabrigo Worsted in Sunset (96). This will be my very first Malabrigo sweater! I am so excited. Yes, this yarn has its flaws, with all the pilling and fragility. But really, I still love this yarn that much more because of its fragility. It’s like butter and smells great. Whenever I see this yarn in the LYSes, I just have to get at least one skein. I just can’t believe I haven’t had a chance to make an entire sweater out of my favorite yarn until now.

So, hopefully everyone’s doing okay with their KALs. Shoot me an email or PM on Ravelry if you have any question at all. :)

Fall 2012 KAL: Andover or Gentle Teresa

I checked the weather forecast for this week, and it seems like fall is finally starting this Wednesday:

It’s been 90+ degrees here almost everyday, and finally, it’s going back down to the 70s! This makes me so happy. So happy that I want to start a KAL! (that was pretty cheesy…)

Since I have two sweater patterns out already in Knitty and Twist Collective this year, I thought it would be fun to knit those together.

“Gentle Teresa” Knitty Early Fall 2012

 

“Andover” Twist Collective Fall 2012
photo by Jane Heller

I know that some people started knitting Gentle Teresa as their Ravellenics projects, so if you haven’t finished them on time, this will be a great way to get them done! Most importantly, I’ll be here knitting too so I can provide quicker and hopefully better explanation if you have any questions about the pattern.

Here are the details:

FALL 2012 KAL “Andover” or “Gentle Teresa”

- Pick a pattern: Either Andover or Gentle Teresa.

- Get the materials ready by 8/31/2012

- KAL Starts on 9/1/2012!!

- KAL Ends on 12/15/2012.

- Prize: For the first 20 people that finish, I will compile a list and randomly pick 3 people for prizes. Prizes will be revealed on 8/30/2012.

- Leave a comment here, email me using the Contact Us form, or pm me on Ravelry to join the KAL. Please provide your Ravelry ID and/or Email Address so that I can contact you.

- On 8/30/2012, when I reveal the prizes, I’ll create a blog post so you can leave comments and questions as we proceed with the KAL.

 

Looking forward to hearing from you!

 

 

Photos of “Gentle Teresa”

Gentle Teresa was released in the Early Fall issue of Knitty about a month ago, and since then I received several requests from knitters that they wanted to see the sample without the belt.

(c) Gentle Teresa by Jean Chung

Sample was a Medium and was stylized with a belt to match the model’s boots. But of course! This can be worn without a belt. Here are some photos I took of myself wearing the same sample, without the belt.

(c) Jean Chung

 

(c) Jean Chung

 

(c) Jean Chung

 

(c) Jean Chung

 

The pattern is knit without any waist shaping for easy layering. These were taken in about 85 degrees room so I’m wearing a short sleeve tee and shorts. The tee is a medium weight knit, but I’ve worn this vest outside when I first knitted it with a long turtleneck knit tee and it fit very well.

As you can see, this vest is supposed to be worn with enough positive ease to create the oversize top look, but if you prefer more fitted look, refer to the “Finished Measurements” section of the pattern. In most cases, simply going down a size will help.

 

Pattern Release: Knitty First Fall “Gentle Teresa”

Gentle Teresa by Jean Chung / Model: Sophia Chung

Oh my… My pattern, Gentle Teresa, is now available on Knitty’s First Fall 2012 issue!

This vest was inspired by my mom’s old vest from a big chain store here in the US. She loved it so much that it was nearly falling apart after merely 3 years. So I took the sweater home with me and came up with this tunic vest pattern.

The type of fashion I pursue is greatly influenced by my mom. For my mom, it’s not always about colors or even style. It’s about creating flattering silhouette. My mom is a very petite woman and to elongate her silhouette and create an illusion of longer torso, her signature look is long, flowy, slightly oversized top paired with tight (jeans or leggings) bottoms, and high heels that match the bottom piece to further elongate the legs. This vest is shaped just the way my mom would love.

My style is much more eclectic and quirkier  than my mom’s, perhaps simply because of my age, but I still have these classic items that I wear over and over again. When I finished this sample for my mom in deep purple yarn, I had to write it out and make another one for me. :)

I do hope that a lot of people will enjoy this pattern!

Click here to get to the FREE pattern: http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEff12/PATTgentleteresa.php