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Sewn Bind Off Tutorial with No Sewing

Sewn Bind Off Tutorial with No Sewing

Devan loves yellow. He’s been asking me for handknit yellow socks. I was worried that by the time I had time to knit them he might have a new favourite colour–he does that sometimes. Since I needed a new sample for my Tip-Toe-Up Socks class, the decision was easy–yellow socks! Devan loves them and he still loves yellow. In the class I show how to knit a replaceable heel for these socks and it requires some grafting. I demonstrate grafting on the needles which feels much more read more

Picot Bind-Off

Picot Bind-Off

You just can’t have a Picot Cast-On tutorial without a Picot Bind-Off one. So, it’s time for another tutorial. This bind off nicely mirrors the look of the picot cast-on used in the birthday sweaters (One! Two! Three! and Four! Five! Six!). When you get to the point where you would like to place a picot bump on your read more

Picot Cast-On

Picot Cast-On

While Two! is drying on the blocking board, I have a moment to pull together a tutorial on the picot cast-on that I call for in the girl’s version of the One! Two! Three! and Four! Five! Six! patterns. The picot cast-on is worked using the cable cast-on. (Click on photos to make them larger.) Cable cast-on starts with a slip knot. 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

Ruby on Board

Ruby on Board

I got a little carried away with finishing the hoodie and I didn’t block the hood before working the top seam. It’s easier to block when it can lie flat, but I improvised. I recently acquired this nifty little ironing board and I pinned the opening of the hood onto the board. I gave it a generous spritz and let it dry. Seems to have done the trick. The applied i-cord goes on so much more easily when the edge is blocked flat. I have another tutorial about attaching read more

Ruby Pocket – Part III

Ruby Pocket – Part III

It’s time to join the top of the kangaroo pocket on the Ruby hoodie. This is very similar to a three-needle bind-off, without the binding off part. Once both the sweater front and the pocket front are knit to the appropriate height, knit across the sweater front row to the point where they are to be joined. With the wrong side of the pocket front facing the right side of the sweater front, hold the two needles parallel. read more

Ruby Pocket – Part II

Ruby Pocket – Part II

Time for another installment of the kangaroo pocket on the Ruby hoodie design. After the front of the sweater is knit up to about the armhole, pause and knit the front of the pocket. All the stitches are nicely being held on waste yarn. It’s time to slip them onto your knitting needle. The stitches slip more easily onto a smaller-sized needle. I increase one stitch on each end of the first row of the pocket. This creates a read more

Ruby Pocket

Ruby Pocket

I can’t seem to get away from knitting Rubies! This one is knit with Smooshy by Dream in Color and Cherry Tree Hill’s Supersock Select. For a long time I’ve been wanting to show you a tutorial for the pocket front on the Ruby sweater. I don’t like sewing my knitting together and this method avoids having to sew the pocket at the top and the bottom. Note: you may click on all the photos to see a larger image. Divide 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

Curvy seam allowance, straight seams

Curvy seam allowance, straight seams

Recently a knitter asked me about how to seam the Peacock sweater. Great question, Beryl! Especially since the seams are all wavy as the peacock lace stitch distorts the rows of knitting. Naturally you don’t want a scalloped shoulder seam–the ideal is for it to be straight–and the same goes for the armholes. To avoid unsightly scalloped seams, sew straight across the shoulder seams and sleeve tops and don’t be tempted to follow the bind-off edges. For these seams I really like crocheting them together because I can match the two sides up read more

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