Thursday, May 25, 2017

Himalaya Baby Blanket

Do you ever have an idea months or years in advance for a gift you might make for someone given a certain eventuality? Maybe the perfect wedding gift for a friend/relative who’s not even engaged yet, or a Christmas gift that will be perfect for someone, someday? I have a few gift plans like that, in particular, ideas for baby gifts for friends who are nowhere-near-pregnant.

This was one of them.

Increasing: How to Make One (m1 and m1r)

I wasn’t a fan of the make one (m1) increase when I first tried it. I’ve always used k1fb, and it has worked well for almost every project. But m1 has the advantage of blending in a little better to the stitches around it, and sometimes you need that. After using m1 and its reverse, m1r, for the Himalaya blanket, I’ve come to like it a lot more. Practice makes perfect, they say, or at least makes me more comfortable with the stitch.

Here’s how to do it:

Look at the gap between the two stitches where you want the increase stitch to go. Locate the loop of yarn spanning that gap from the last row of stitches.

Pick up that loop of yarn with your left needle by inserting the needle below the loop moving FRONT TO BACK.

Knit the stitch through the BACK loop. (The loop should be twisted.)

Done! You have a left-slanting increase.

The opposite stitch, make one with a right slant, or m1r, is done very similarly. You start by finding the loop from the last row of stitches that crosses the gap where you want the stitch to go.

Pick up that loop with your left needle by inserting the needle below the loop moving BACK TO FRONT.

Knit the stitch through the FRONT loop. (The loop should be twisted.)

This gives you a right slanting increase.

M1 and m1r are great stitches for when you need symmetrical increases, as in certain clothing items or a chevron pattern.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Mini Baby Lovey

Munchkin is a terrible sleeper. Actually, that’s not quite fair. He was a terrible sleeper. He has gotten immeasurably better over the past year.

For the first six months, he wouldn’t nap unless I was holding him in our Ergobaby carrier. I would walk in a quiet room for half an hour until he fell asleep, then sway or walk for another half hour while he slept. And we’d repeat this four times a day.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Increasing: How to Knit One in Front and Back (k1fb)

Knit one in front and back (k1fb) is a common increase stitch, and it's really easy once you get the hang of it.

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.