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KT Baldassaro talks novelty yarns, download her free pattern for the White Swan Scarf

Feb 7, 2011

It's Novel!

KT Baldassaro from Feza Yarns is a true designer with a love for novelty yarns. On Series 600 of
Knitting Daily TV, KT discusses these yarns with Eunny Jang and shows off her fun designs that include everything from small flower pins made of "scraps" to sweaters, fun hats, and tanks. The yarn she uses directs her designs so the textures and yarn qualities really stand out.

See a video of KT with Eunny on Series 600:



Here's KT to share with you more of her passion, as well as a free pattern for her latest novelty project: the White Swan Scarf!

The Oscar-nominated ‘Black Swan’, which has been making quite the impact on critics, made quite an impact on me when I noticed the white scarf worn by Natalie Portman’s character throughout the film. The scarf—fuzzy, glittery, and white—had the softness and weight of feathers, and despite being a heavy-handed symbol of the white swan, instantly stood out as a different kind of sign: novelty yarns are coming back into our lives again.

In order to maintain the same airy qualities of the original scarf, I knew I would need a lace-weight yarn, and in order to get that same ethereal feeling of swan feathers this yarn would need to be somewhat hairy with a subtle quantity of glitter. I grabbed a pair of size 11 needles and a ball of Feza Festival in colour #19, a white Acrylic/Mohair blend with a luminescent metallic strand of cool silver tones, and got to work.

The large needles created an airy, open lacework, but its cinematic muse had still more body than just large needles would provide. This is where serendipity stepped in. No, I’m not talking about the 2001 John Cusack movie, but rather a happy accident caused by quick fingers and sticky strands of mohair yarn. Unbeknownst to me, I had double-wrapped two consecutive sts in the row below. When I went to unwind the extra yarn to see if I would really need to frog back to their location, I created two elongated stitches. Since anything in moderation is boring, I did the next row quadruple wrapping all the sts, and then releasing them in the row above. Suddenly I had found the solution: the elongated stitches were giving the scarf loft while still maintaining its lightness.

This is what I love about novelty yarns. I recently appeared on Knitting Daily TV, where I spoke with host Eunny Jang about designing with these types of yarns. We both agreed that one of the things which make novelty yarns interesting and exciting is their ability to advise the design of a garment. Some yarns just lay there and let you do all the work; novelty yarns, however, force you to notice their qualities before blithely knitting away. This can be both challenging and rewarding. So when I think about novelty coming back into our “knitting lives” again, I don’t shudder as though Michael Bay were just nominated for Best Director. Novelty yarn is more like that funky indie film you saw last spring and forgot about until it finally gets some richly-deserved attention from the Academy and is re-released nationwide.


Fall in love with novelty yarns, too.
Download your free pattern for the White Swan Scarf.

And don't miss KT Baldassaro on this season of Knitting Daily TV, airing on Public Television stations nationwide. Check your local listings or purchase a 4-DVD set of Series 600, on sale now.

 

ABOUT THE SHOW: Knitting Daily TV is an exciting needle crafts how-to program on public television covering everything from knitting and crochet to stitching, felting, and spinning. The show guides viewers in learning to make fun yet smart one-of-a-kind designs using the latest products in yarn and fiber. Download free patterns, meet trendsetting knit and crochet designers, and improve or learn new skills and techniques.

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This Tuned Into Knitting Daily TV blog has been brought to you by Feza Yarns, a sponsor of Knitting Daily TV Series 600.

For more information on the yarn seen here, or the yarn seen on Knitting Daily TV Series 600, please visit Feza Yarns online.

 


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on Dec 13, 2011 5:51 PM

Sorry to not get back to you sooner, Russellpjr13. I published this on the ravelry page for this pattern awhile back, so I hope you found it there.

Repeat Rows 3-8 until piece measures approx. 96” from CO edge., ending on Row 8. Work in Garter st for five rows, binding off all sts on the third row.

SHOULD read “binding off all sts on the final row.”

russellpjr13 wrote
on Feb 21, 2011 2:13 PM

I am having trouble with the last part of the white swan scarf...where it says work in garter st for five rows, binding off all sts on the third row....???  Doesn't make sense to me.  Thanks for any clarification you give me

Rhodabear wrote
on Feb 19, 2011 5:42 AM

So glad to see you love art yarn too! I've learned to spin novelty yarn and am loving it! Handspun Art Yarn For Sale, bulky thick and thin texture, some with sheep curls/tassels, some with exotic fibers, all one of a kind works of art and unique. These Art Yarns make great gifts for craft artists and knitters.  http://www.etsy.co­m/shop/RhodaBear

RobynB wrote
on Feb 12, 2011 5:16 AM

Where can one find the rest of the patterns from this episode?  I'm particularly interested in the last one (shawl?) knit with chunky yarn

Thanks

Robyn

SandraA wrote
on Feb 11, 2011 11:50 AM

Why don't posts like this and the recent Super Bowl XLVI knitting project announcement post make it into the KD newsletter? They're much more genuine and interesting than trying to sell us a product every single time.

pattiannes wrote
on Feb 9, 2011 6:07 PM

Great job Kt. Love how the scarf really looks like the on ein the movie!

I like watching movies, and getting knitting ideas from the costumes.