A scarf that won’t curl

Posted on Jan 17, 2014 in Expert knitting
A scarf that won’t curl

Ah, that’s an age-old topic. How to make a knitted scarf that won’t curl on the edges. Well, the easy answer is to use a stitch pattern that uses an equal distribution of knits and purls. For example, garter stitch, 2/2 ribbing, 1/1 ribbing, seed stitch, or moss stitch. And those non-curling stitch patterns can ...

Free Knitting Pattern: Washcloth Quartet

Posted on Jan 1, 2014 in Free knitting patterns
Free Knitting Pattern: Washcloth Quartet

A washcloth is a great project for the beginner knitter. It’s also a wonderful gift. This quartet ranges from the simplest garter stitch cloth, to a more advanced openwork cloth. Skill Level Beginner to easy (knitting basics plus basic lace) Yarn  Each cloth requires about 40 yds of worsted or heavy worsted yarn in cotton, ...

Free Knitting Pattern: Leafy Washcloth

Posted on Jan 1, 2014 in Free knitting patterns
Free Knitting Pattern: Leafy Washcloth

An easy leaf-shaped washcloth that makes a great quick gift. A good project for the beginner knitter who’s ready to move beyond the square. Make them in leafy colors, or get zany with rainbow cotton. The finished size depends on what weight of yarn you choose. Skill Level beginner (basic decreasing and increasing) Yarn 30 yards ...

Free Knitting Pattern: Canaletto Cowl

Posted on Jan 1, 2014 in Free knitting patterns
Free Knitting Pattern: Canaletto Cowl

The Canaletto cowl is wide and luxurious, and emphasizes geometric lines and simple textures. Bands of seed stitch and eyelets are intersected by stocking stitch, and each texture catches the light differently. The stacked eyelets create a gentle bias, adding to the cowl’s flexibility for looping around your neck. Pattern includes two sizes; the larger ...

How to undo your knitting

Posted on Dec 31, 2013 in Expert knitting
How to undo your knitting

No matter how carefully you plan, you will end up with knitting projects where you wish you had an undo button. About 20 steps in the past. This hat is a good example. I made two versions of the Gatineau Hat, but for some reason, the ribbing on the lighter version just didn’t sit right. ...

Color dominance in stranded color knitting

Posted on Dec 18, 2013 in Knitting with color
Color dominance in stranded color knitting

In stranded color knitting (often called Fair Isle knitting), two or more colors are used on each row. If you’re new to stranded color knitting, I recommend not worrying about yarn dominance for a while. It’s an important concept that will help your color knitting look even more perfect, but not 100% necessary at first. Let’s ...

Tip for working in the round

Posted on Dec 15, 2013 in Expert knitting
Tip for working in the round

When working in a smallish round, like a hat, you can sometimes use a very short circular needle. But you might find that, when using one short circular needle, it can be difficult to join after casting on because the cast on edge has more tension in it than a knitted round. Try this: Work ...

Finishing: Weave then block, or block then weave?

Posted on Dec 11, 2013 in Knitting basics
Finishing: Weave then block, or block then weave?

It’s your basic chicken and egg situation. When you’re finishing a piece of knitting (and by finishing, I don’t mean getting to the end of knitting, I mean sewing it all together, blocking, i.e., sending it to Finishing School) should you weave your yarn ends in before you block? As far as I can tell ...

Tips to Stranded Color Knitting

Posted on Dec 3, 2013 in Knitting with color
Tips to Stranded Color Knitting

Stranded color knitting (often called Fair Isle knitting, although to be precise, while Fair Isle color knitting is stranded, not all stranded color knitting is Fair Isle) is gorgeous to look at, but takes a little practice to master. I’m no master color knitter, but I have figured out what works for me. Tips for ...

Sewn Bind Off

Posted on Nov 22, 2013 in Expert knitting
Sewn Bind Off

Here’s a very nice bind off technique that is worked with a yarn needle rather than the knitting needles. (I’ve also seen this called Elizabeth Zimmerman’s Sewn Bind Off, which probably means she “unvented” it.) The sewn bind off is more subtle looking that a regular knit bind off, and looks very nice with garter ...