tips & techniques

Double-Wrap Long Tail Cast On Tutorial

Double-Wrap Long Tail Cast On Tutorial

The Breakers cowl in my new book, Tempest uses a really simple but not widely known stitch pattern called double garter stitch. It’s a great pattern that can use any number of stitches and it’s worked the same on both sides, just like garter stitch. While it’s possible to use a conventional cast on, I developed a Double-Wrap Long Tail Cast On so the double garter stitch pattern is worked from the very beginning. Breakers has three tutorials, but trust me, it is a simple knit once you know how. Double-Wrap Long read more

Waste Yarn Placeholder

Waste Yarn Placeholder

After all this sunny hot weather, it’s time to look at a some photos with a little snow and ice! It’s also a great time to work on small projects such as mittens. Winter is coming! I like to create openings in my knitting for things like thumb holes, pockets and afterthought heels, although in this case perhaps ‘afterthought’ is a misnomer. I plan in advance for the opening and place a line of stitches in a contrasting colour that reserve the spot for the hole. The number of waste yarn stitches should be equivalent to the width of the read more

Raised Increases

Raised Increases

Raised Increase Lifted Increase Invisible Increase My favourite increase is the most invisible and goes by many names. It looks great when stacked to create a taper, like in a sleeve. It also has many abbreviations, none of which are standard and they all mean the same thing: RRI and LRI (right-slanting raised increase and left-slanting raised increase) RSI and LSI (right-slanting increase and left-slanting increase) RLI and LLI (right lifted increase and left lifted increase) LRinc and LLinc (leaning-right increase and leaning-left increase) KRL and KLL (knit right loop and knit left loop) How to: Right-slanting raised increase Work read more

Teeny Tiny DPNs

Teeny Tiny DPNs

Recently I treated myself to a set of Knitpicks 4″ double-pointed needles in 7 different sizes ranging from 2 mm to 3.5 mm. Short dpns are great to use when knitting tubes with a tiny circumference like fingers and thumbs. I’ve been putting my purchase to good use on a new glove design I’m getting ready to release. I usually don’t look forward to the fingers when I’m knitting gloves but with these needles it’s been a pleasure. Just look at how pretty my needles are—lovely, colourful stripes of laminated birch wood. The tips have a gradual read more

With this ring …

With this ring …

… I mark stitches! What do you do in a pinch when you need stitch markers and you don’t have them with you? I used my wedding and engagement rings! They worked like a charm. I also had added incentive to finish knitting so I could retrieve my rings and get them back on my finger. Now if only that worked with the second sock syndrome. 😉

Reverse st st seams

Reverse st st seams

At the Sally Melville workshops I attended last January I learned a new tidbit for working a reverse stocking stitch seam. Sally suggested working two selvage stitches on each end of the row in stocking stitch. I tried it out with the Chloë that I’ve been knitting. I’m pleased with the results. Here is a blocked sleeve. You can see the nice even column of two selvage sts worked in stocking stitch along the edge. I always read more

Blossoms

Blossoms

A package of yarn arrived for me at my Mum’s.  I ordered it just before I left for Edmonton and had it shipped here so I could play with it right away (and save a little on taxes!).  I ordered some Noro Kureyon and Blossom from Wool Needle Work.  I like ordering from them because they’re Canadian and they have great prices.  Their delivery time is great too. I had fun photographing the yarn in the garden – it was hard choosing the best shots! Kureyon read more

Sliding Loop Technique

Sliding Loop Technique

I want to share a nifty trick with you.  I’ve discovered how to replace a block of intarsia knitting without ripping everything out.  After knitting most of the back of the Lucy design I decided I didn’t like my colour choices.  I wanted to swap out the turquoise for a rich bright pink.  Instead of ripping all the way back (the cast on edge also needed to be changed), I decided to try a little experiment and replace just the turquoise areas without ripping out any of the other knitting. read more