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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

Fisherman’s Rib Cable Tutorial

Fisherman’s Rib Cable Tutorial

The Cable Rib Hat & Wristers in the Zealana Rimu DK booket feature an interesting cable stitch I developed on my own since I couldn’t find anything like it in my stitch dictionaries. It has a tricky maneuver that I haven’t seen in a pattern so here’s the tutorial.  You need two cable needles to accomplish the cable crossing. While a little fiddly, it’s so worth it and there’s only two rows of cable crossing on the  Cable Rib Hat and Wristers in the Zealana booklet. First, the definition of the cable 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

Modular Chevron Tutorial

Modular Chevron Tutorial

I love this technique of joining strips of garter stitch to create a larger piece. I first used it in the Jamie sweater and now in the Zig and Zag baby blanket featured in 60 Quick Baby Blankets. How To Make a Right-Leaning Modular Strip Beginning on a RS row, knit into the front and back of the first stitch. You’ve increased one stitch. Knit across the row until there are 3 stitches remaining. Knit the next 2 stitches together. 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

Hole-Mending Tutorial

Hole-Mending Tutorial

My favourite cashmere wrap has had a hole in it for some time. When I wear it I try to arrange the folds so the hole doesn’t show, but it usually ends up front and centre. I’ve considered needle felting a little shape over the hole like these polka dots or this heart, but those ideas didn’t really suit me for this repair. I like the simplicity of the wrap and wanted something invisible. The trick was to find some fibre that matches the colour perfectly … or was read more

Embroidery Embellishment

Embroidery Embellishment

Sometimes a project needs just a little more than colourful areas of intarsia. Embroidery is an effective way to give your knits a polished look. You can revitalize old knits (even commercial knits) or plan to embellish your project from the get go. From the beginning I knew that I wanted to smooth out the lines of this colourful flower with some embroidered stitches. It would be a fun way to add even more colour and texture to a cute baby sweater. I thought you might like to see the design submission I sent in for 60 More read more

Embellishing with a Crochet Hook

Embellishing with a Crochet Hook

Sometimes it’s nice to outline an intarsia shape with some embroidery, like in the last post. And then sometimes it’s easier to do that embellished embroidery with a crochet hook instead. The chain stitch is one of my favourite embroidery stitches and it’s really the same thing as a crocheted chain that goes through a supporting fabric. Why not crochet it instead? The plan for this project is to crochet around the concentric circles in the flower shape. This will help make a smoother transition between colours for the rounded shape. There’s also the added benefit that it masks any read more

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 like a 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 bind off edging, slip read more