finishing

Steam Blocking

Steam Blocking

I block most of my projects by pinning them out and then spraying them with water. Sometimes I wet block, but really just for lace which I don’t knit very often. Then I watched Annie Modesitt’s video on steam blocking. I’m loving this new method of blocking! It’s great for swatches and quick things. I’ve yet to decide if I like it for full garments, but it’s very promising. I’ve been working on a Ribbed Cardigan for myself between submission projects and other deadlines. The knitting is quick, but the project is coming along slowly read more

Applied I-Cord

Applied I-Cord

I took these pictures ages ago and they’ve been patiently waiting for me to write up a tutorial. I did a lot of experimenting with applied i-cord when I was designing the Ruby hoody. Because the i-cord is a contrasting colour to the hood, I wanted to make sure the wrong colour wasn’t poking through the i-cord when it was complete. Most of the ones I tried were messy. I finally found the one that I use in my designs. It neatly encases the selvage edge inside the i-cord tube. read more

Mattress Graft

Mattress Graft

Further to my post yesterday about sewing the pocket to the front of the hoodie using mattress stitch, I have more photos of how I sew the sleeve onto the body of the sweater. I like to use a combination of both mattress stitch and grafting. I graft the bound off stitches of the sleeve to the armhole selvages with mattress stitch. This provides an almost invisible seam. That’s not quite accurate, the stitches on the sleeve do show, but they look like the last row of knitting so it’s important to use the same yarn as the sleeves. I read more

Kangaroo pocket seam

Kangaroo pocket seam

I found these photos languishing in a directory on my computer. Then I remembered that I meant to show you how I sew the kangaroo pocket on to the front of my hoodie. For most seams I really like to use mattress stitch which is also sometimes called invisible seam, running thread seam, ladder stich, vertical grafting and weaving. With mattress stitch the seam is generally sewn one stitch in from the edges thus requiring a one-stitch selvage on each edge. This pocket has an extra stitch on each side specifically for the selvage. read more

Blocking

Blocking

I blocked my Mum’s sweater for her. She’s in town for Devan’s birthday and finished knitting the pieces to an Avery sample. I have a piece of gingham fabric on which I drew out all the pattern pieces and sizes of my designs with fabric markers. This speeds along the blocking considerably since I don’t ever need to measure. I just love the colours in this Avery. The read more