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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. Yarn forward 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

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

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

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

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

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