Two-color Cable Cast-on

My method of casting on using two colors and the cable cast-on method is a bit different from what seems the standard two-color cable cast-on. There is a video on YouTube on how I do it.

For short, I make the slipknot in only one color – it is the color I knit first on later rows – and I pick up the yarn for the next stitch from under the other color. The latter makes the yarns twist around each other, so if you intend on casting on more than a dozen stitches, it’s more convenient to pick up one of the colors from over the other color.

Festival Yarn

I attended the Jyväskylä Summer Knit Festival this weekend. I hadn’t bought any yarn in a year and a half and had started to run out of some specific colors and kinds of yarn. I had a shopping list, but didn’t even plan on being strict about it. Eventually I bought a bit over two kilos, so enough for quite some time.

Here’s a photo taken on the spot:

Festival yarn

At home I spread them out and took another photo to show them better:

Yarn I bought at the festival, spread on the bed at home. There are 22 skeins of yarn.

Right now they’re all in the freezer to reassure me that there won’t be any bugs in them when I start knitting. I doubt that any bug would have found them in just a couple of hours there outdoors, but I feel much better if I freeze all my yarn when it gets home.

I have an idea for most of those, and can’t wait to get them out of their cold treatment to cast on.


As a kid I was often at weddings in the rural town where my dad grew up. Every time we left a wedding it was already night, but Finnish summer night is not dark at all, and while trying not to fall asleep on the back seat of the car, I watched the misty fields go by.

With the misty summer nights in mind, in Spring 2016 I designed Kesäyö shawl, the name meaning summer night in Finnish.

The shawl was designed for fingering weight yarn. I used Hedgehog Fibres Sock (400 m/437 yd per 100 g) in Moss (green) and Silence (white). You will need 600 m/656 yd (150 g) of color A, 400 m/437 yd (100 g) of color B. In the model shawl the green is color A and the off-white is color B.

Since more than 100 g of the green was needed, I have added instructions on how to knit the shawl in three colors: color A is for the narrow, green stripes, color B for the white sections and color C is used in the wavy sections. A full skein of each should be plenty for colors B and C, and half a skein is enough for color A.

More detailed info can be found on the pattern’s Ravelry page.


My name is Eeva and I’ve been designing knitwear for a few years now. Thanks to my two lovely kids, there hasn’t been a lot of time for knitting, not to mention writing patterns, but I have managed to release a handful so far.

I live in Jyväskylä, central Finland, with my family. Currently it’s very green and there’s a lot of light, thanks to the summer solstice tomorrow morning. We’re technically in the middle of the night, but it’s nowhere near dark outdoors. The sun set at around 23 p.m. and will rise again at 3.23 a.m. It’s a pity it’s cloudy, otherwise I’d go and take a photo.

Since it’s already past midnight now that I’m typing this, and given the sun will rise in a bit over three(!) hours from now, I’d better get some sleep instead of writing all my personal history in one go.