Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Power Purls

Looking for a "new" knitting podcast?

Check out Power Purls - conversations with knitwear designers and everyday knitters

Monday, March 19, 2018

Tatting with One Hand

Inspired by the book “Tatting With One Hand” by Helen A. Chesno, Marilee Rockley demonstrates the technique - a method of tatting for people who have the use of only one hand. She said it may also help others to understand the “flip” of shuttle tatting.  

Marilee published also published a post with still photos:  one-handed tatting a ring

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Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Improvise a Top-down Sweater

On Ravelry, Karen Templer shares tips on how to improvise a Top-down Sweater -  a top-down tutorial in action. She explains the top-down method as she knits a simple raglan pullover to her own specifications, without a pattern, so you’ll know how to do it too.

How to improvise a top-down sweater:
Part 1: Casting on and marking raglans
Part 2: Raglans and neck shaping
Part 3: Finishing the neck and yoke
Part 4: Separating the sleeves and body
Part 5: The art of sweater shaping
Prologue: The possibilities are endless

Bonus: you can save this "pattern" in your Ravelry library for future reference

Monday, March 12, 2018

Picking Up Stitches Before Ripping Back

WEBS shares how to reduce the frustration of ripping a project back to fix a mistake.

In stockinette stitch, identify the row below the row you will want to start re-knitting. Insert your needle under the first strand of yarn in the V that makes up the first stitch of the row on the right side. Continue this down the row, picking up the first strand of yarn in the V and skipping the second leg of the V. You’ll be picking up every other strand of yarn without dropping any.

This week’s tip shows us how to pick up stitches before ripping back so your don’t have to worry about the live stitches unraveling.

In garter stitch, you’ll be doing the same thing. If you stretch your knitting a bit, you can see the same V’s under the bumps of the garter stitch. Insert your needle into the first leg of the V in the garter stitch as well.

Once you have your needle inserted all the way along the row, you can pull the working yarn to rip back the rows above the needle. The stitches will be sitting on your needle ready to go.

It’s best to use a needle smaller than your working needle to pick up your stitches, but remember to switch back to the original size needle when you start knitting again.