Monthly Archives: January 2015

Applied/Attached I-Cord Edge

I’m just finishing a babies bonnet (Lilacs for Lila).  There seems to be three ways Ravelers are adding ties to this bonnet:

  1. Ribbon
  2. I-cord tied attached to the chin
  3. I-cord for one tie, followed by attached i-cord around the neck of the bonnet then i-cord for the second tie

Looking at the edge of the bonnet, it’s a little untidy so it’s an applied i-cord for me and another new technique.  I can’t quite believe how many slightly different techniques there are to add an applied i-cord to an edge.  I started by looking at The Purl Bee tutorial and after a few false starts I got going.  Checking my work it looks like I’ve put the i-cord on the wrong way round (oops) but I quite like the little bumps on the outside as it adds a little interest.  Another oops by the way is that I’ve lost a needle while doing this … how does a knitting needle disappear into thin air when you haven’t moved from the sofa for more than an hour???

There’s plenty of videos available demonstrating how to do this.  A nice clear one is from Berroco Yarn  

Pesky Knit Stitches

P1010891 (800x600)The baby kimono is off the needles and waiting for seaming.  I say this with mixed emotions.  Amazing; I’ve finished a baby cardigan.  Frustrating; there are pesky knit stitches where there should be stockinette the countless times I’ve ripped it back to fix mistakes.

This was my first garment other than hats and scarves (of which I could have clothed an army in) and also my new year ‘knit mindlessly’ project.  Big mistake, not on the first garment or pattern front but on a knitting mindlessly perspective. It is like the pattern was saying to me ‘don’t think of me as mindless or I’ll bite you on the bum’ and it has done just that.

Time to turn this into a positive.  I might not gift this to a baby because of the mistake I will use this as a piece to practice new seaming techniques on and I will try blocking it (I still haven’t blocked the Hermione Hearts Ron hat) coming up.

A helping hand to find a substitute yarn

How many times have you bought or downloaded a knitting or crochet pattern only to find you can’t put your hands on the recommended yarn or it’s simply to expensive to justify using?  For me, the answer to that question is nearly every time.

I spend hour upon hour trying to choose yarn, sometimes successfully and sometime not.  So much depends on the gauge, drape, texture, fiber content that buying yarn online is a particular mine field.

Sound familiar?  Well if you haven’t been introduced to Yarnsub yet, let me introduce you.  Not only does the Yarnsub website give information about substituting, it’s yarn database gives alternatives for the yarn searched for and explains how close a match the substitute yarn is.  The database contains all the major brands and many others so your sure to find a good match.

Think of all those extra hours I’ll now have to knit or crochet?

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Casting on more stiches in the middle of your work

I’m working on a project that requires me to cast on additional stitches at the end of a row part way through the work.  I’ve done this a few times before with a small number of stitches in ‘my way’.  I’ve never been quite happy with the result so I thought I’d a have a look at different ways to do it, especially as I’m casting on an extra twenty something stitches and not just a few.

‘My way’ of casting on stitches turns out to be the backward loop method.  Stretchy and not very stable or robust.  I can vouch for this.  Good for a few stitches but any more than this and it has never really worked.

There appears to be two other ways; knitting on (now why didn’t I think of doing this) or the cable cast on.  The best video that explains all three techniques that I found is from newstitchaday.com.  It explains says that cable cast on is the most robust and good for things like button holes so I guess knitting on is somewhere in the middle.

So for my current project (Baby Kimono by Elizabeth Jarvis) I’ve chosen to go with the knitting on method.  It should match the rest of the work quite well and be robust but stretchy enough to be comfortable for whichever baby it gets gifted to.  More on this later.

Happy New Year

2015 is going to have to be a big year if it is to live up to 2014.  There are reasons 2014 has been terrible but there are so many things that have made it amazing with the highlight being getting married then taking a whole month of work to honeymoon in the Carribean.  This is the past and I now look to the future.

I enter 2015 with two WIPs on the knitting needles, a small injury that means I’ve got to take a week off when I had all intentions of getting one off the needles.  I don’t usually make resolutions at this time of year but my mind is so full of ideas for new projects that I probably need to take a step back and think about what I will choose other wise I might not ever finish anything.  I am resolving not to queue anything else until I have finished both WIPs.  I have a plan to learn to sew properly; my friend is booking us a class as I type.  And finally I will master a standing back flip that I’ve been practicing for two years (the will is probably just positive thinking because gymnastics at 30 something is quite challenging both mentally and physically).

I hope everyone has had a wonderful Christmas and happy New Year celebrations.