Using multiple strands of yarn to create a colorful fabric is one of the most beautiful forms of knitting, imho. This is also known as Fair Isle knitting, (named after an island of Shetland in northern Scotland where it has long been practiced), particularly when traditional colors and motifs are employed. Instructions for the pattern(s) … Continue reading Interpreting Color-work Charts
Knitted Picot Hem
Everyone is used to making a ribbing of some sort for the cast on beginning of just about every kind of knitted garment. And why not? It is indeed a great utilitarian pattern: ribbing tames stockinette from rolling and draws the width of the fabric in and even acts as a visual frame to the … Continue reading Knitted Picot Hem
A cast-on edge is meant to be a permanent foundation to your knit. There are various methods depending on how you want it to look and how stretchy you want it to be. But...sometimes you don't want that foundation to be so permanent. You want to be able to cast on and knit, of course, … Continue reading Provisional cast-on
Lacy Socks: my not so secret passion
I'm addicted to knitting socks like many knitters are--hey! we even have a Facebook page, so you know it's a thing! And why not? What's not to love? You get to make some great functional pieces and they are quick, quick, quick! So..yeah. Me and socks, I love'em. After designing and knitting quite a few … Continue reading Lacy Socks: my not so secret passion
Colorwork with a twist; an overview
It's obvious that many things pique my interest and inspire me; I've already blogged about particular knitting stitch patterns or striking indie dyed yarns. If I look back far enough at my designs, it's also clear that I keep on gravitating back to a generalized ethnic esthetic, often with central European roots. Which is no … Continue reading Colorwork with a twist; an overview
Make a Simple Tassel
Sometimes your knitted or crocheted F.O. cries out for a little more, well, something. You certainly don't want to detract from all of the hard work you put into your piece, but maybe it could just use a little pizazz to draw the eye here or there. That something may just be a tassel and, … Continue reading Make a Simple Tassel
Another Kind of Pick-up
I wrote previously about picking up stitches at the edges of a heel flap--a bugaboo for many knitters. The story there was to make a 1 stitch garter edge on both sides and then just pick up the purl "bumps". Easy-peasey! Problem solved! Well...for sock heel flaps, anyway. But what if you have some other … Continue reading Another Kind of Pick-up
Design Inspiration: F.O.
In knitting-speak an F.O. is a Finished Object and especially if it has been a long time in the works we tend to crow about them. Here's my F.O. of the week: my Torqued Blocks Wrap. You saw its humble beginnings when I played around with the old Tilting Blocks pattern in a previous post … Continue reading Design Inspiration: F.O.
Heel Flaps: lots of options
Knitting socks top down is all hunky-dory and easy as its a simple tube until you get to the heel. That's when a bit of engineering comes in. You must sufficiently accommodate that part of the human anatomy while also still maintaining comfort. And if you can provide a cushioning or slightly thicker surface for … Continue reading Heel Flaps: lots of options
Design Inspiration: Patterns, cont.
I tell ya, I love a good stitch pattern. They stick with me and I mull them over. One that called out to me a while back is good ol' Tilting Blocks. I love this sort of pattern: strategically placed increases and decreases create a natural zig-zag torque to the knitted fabric once a few … Continue reading Design Inspiration: Patterns, cont.