Thursday, March 30, 2017

Charity Block #4: Sherbet Seersucker

I tried a new stitch pattern for this next WUA! charity block, and I absolutely love it.

It’s called the seersucker stitch. I found the pattern has loads of different stitch patterns you can do with just (you guessed it) the knit and purl stitches. I’ve written the pattern out a little differently here, just so it’s easier to follow when making this particular square.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

7 Reasons This Book is the Most Useful Knitting Tool You Don't Have

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When you want to learn a new knitting technique, where do you go? YouTube? Google? Pinterest?

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Charity Blocks #2&3: Slytherin & Hufflepuff Stripes

Have you ever been sorted into your Hogwarts house?

Just this week I took the official test at J.K. Rowling’s site Pottermore and was sorted into Ravenclaw. (It requires you to set up a user account to access the sorting hat, but I’m enough of a Potterhead that it didn’t bother me – though not enough of one to have an account already.)

This wasn’t my first time being sorted – like I said, I’m a bit of a Potterhead.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Charity Block #1: Wide Cable

There comes a time in a knitter’s life when they run out of people to knit for.

That time varies from knitter to knitter, depending on how many hats and scarves and sweaters any one person needs and on how receptive their friends and family members are to those gifts.

That is the perfect time to start knitting for charity, if you haven’t already.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Easy Cable Hat Pattern

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Have you ever been intimidated by cables?

I have.

Don’t get me wrong, I totally love them. I love how they look. I love knitting them.

But when it came to knitting them into a hat, the thought of figuring out the decreases was just too much, so I never did.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

How to Knit in the Round on Circular Needles

Before we get into how to begin knitting on circular needles, let’s talk about how to choose the circular needles for your project. Besides needing to know the size (in US sizes or mm) of the needles, like you would with any other type of needle, you also need to know the length. Circular needles come in multiple lengths, including 9, 16, 24, 36, and 48 inches.

So how do you decide which length you need for your project?

Friday, February 10, 2017

Baby Wrap Sweater

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I’ve been looking for an excuse to make this sweater for years.

I stumbled across the book Greetings from Knit CafĂ©, by Suzan Mischer, in my local library and loved the patterns, so I got my own copy. Some of the designs are fairly impractical (a knit evening gown, for instance), but others I’ve just been waiting for a chance to try. And even the ones I would never make, I love looking at.