These are my patterns that are on sale for the Giftalong from Thursday Nov. 13, 8 pm EST, to November 21, 11:59 pm EST. 25% off! The giftalong starts at the same time, but continues through the end of the year.
Something I learned from a random post that came across my Pinterest feed:
Knitweaving has other names aside from knitweaving and inlay. It’s also called “woven knitting” (no surprise), as well as Estonian Inlay and Roositud. Both of the latter refer to the traditional use of it in Estonia, where it is used to form vertical bands of pattern in accessories like socks and mittens. There’s a clever way of making the woven yarn go back and forth while the knitting is worked in the round. It’s shown in this video:
I’ve collected all the patterns listed for the technique on Ravelry in this bundle, because there’s not enough patterns there yet to make it worth requesting a new attribute.
Now for the usual sporadic list of links:
(If you follow me on Pinterest, you’ll have seen these already.)
- Unholy heel: another way of doing a short-row heel without wrap-and-turn.
- Homemade knitting thimble, for those who like to do their stranded knitting with both yarns held in the left hand.
- Chinese Waitress cast-on with crochet hook.
- Clever things you can do with purled i-cords.
- Hatch Stitch Edge makes a fancy, tidy selvedge.
- Long tail cross over cast-on.
- Twisted decreases for use with traveling stitches.
(Detailed instructions are for a knitting machine, but the principle holds: knit together the two stitches that are on either side of the gap, then increase a stitch.)
- Working with a stationary warping paddle.
- Warping a loom directly from a warping board.
- Patterned bands with a two-hole rigid heddle.
- Using a homemade nail loom.
- Deflected warp on four shafts.
- Lazy joins for nalbinding.
- a method for making a tidy loop at the top of a friendship bracelet.
- Making and reading patterns for friendship bracelets.
- Dealing with ease in sewing patterns.
- Making patterns from finished clothes.
P.S. I’ve had one suggestion on Patreon for a word to encode as a stitch pattern for September. If you’d like to suggest a different word, please support me on Patreon by the fifteenth of this month and comment on my activity page. I’ll do a randomized choice if you do. Or you could suggest a word by September 15…
I tried resting my hands. I tried finding different ways to move my hands. I tried different kinds of hooks. But there’s no help for it: I’m going to have to give up crochet because it hurts my wrists too much. I’m only 44; the women in my family live a long time and I’d like to be able to do yarny things as long as possible.
I’ll go ahead and finish getting one more crochet pattern published, but after that I’m afraid I’ll be doing no more.
(Knitting seems to be okay; I’ll be going on with my knitting.)
ETA: I’ve had plenty of advice and suggestions. Please, no more. Thank you!
Random technique links from other people that I think look useful. I haven’t necessarily tried all of them. (If you follow me on Pinterest, you’ll have seen these already.)
- Binding off in the middle of a row – tidier ways to start and finish, from TECHKnitter. (link goes to the second part of the tutorial)
- turning around a corner while knitting.
- Color dominance in stranded knitting.
- A way to knit-into-front-and-back and avoid the purl bump.
- Twisted decreases for use with twisted stitch cable patterns.
- A way of making stitches along the edge of knitting to avoid having to pick up and knit those stitches later.
- How to crochet standing stitches (used instead of turning chains).
- Crochet jacquard tutorial
- Continuous join-as-you-go granny squares.
Announcing the Katherine Whorl spindle hat pattern!
This pattern is included in the Indie Design Gift-A-Long until the end of 2013. Have a look at the Indie Design Gift-A-Long to join in the fun!
Many spindle whorls are decorated with little circles, and so this hat is covered with many circles created by crocheting the traditional Catherine’s Wheel stitch pattern and then outlining the circles with chain stitch. The hat name is a bit of a pun on the traditional stitch pattern name: whorl because of spindles; Katherine in honor of the five women named that in my knitting group who all spell it with a K.
I wanted to combine several of the crafts that use yarn, so I embroidered my circles and knitted the brim (instructions for an alternate crochet brim are provided). Use surface crochet to create much the same effect as the embroidery.
I’ve found that crocheting with a single strand of yarn and knitting with the same yarn doubled makes the two match up well in terms of both stitch gauge and appearance. I made use of that principle in this hat.
This pattern is intended for confident crocheters. No in-depth tutorials are provided.
This week’s regularly scheduled post isn’t going to happen (due to a confluence of personal events), so it’s a good thing I have a bunch of links saved up!
- Standard foot measurement information for sock makers. It’s written for knitters, but I see no reason why crocheters or nalbinders couldn’t make good use of it.
- Three crochet foundation stitches – I need to try all three! There’s at least one there I haven’t tried yet; I wonder how it would do as a knitting cast-on. From Vashti Braha, who is amazing.
- Tunisian Crochet Lace: New Habits Another Vashti post, about how Tunisian crochet doesn’t need to be worked densely. Loosen up!
Some Tunisian Lace stitches. Not from Vashti, for a change.
- A basic guide to Bosnian crochet, which is a subset of slip-stitch crochet.
- The two color spiral.
Until next week!
Last week, I was playing around with variations on the foundation base chain, and came up with this two yarn version:
When I looked at that for a while, I started thinking again. The white chain looked like the chain on a bag of pet food. So I unraveled it and stuck the resulting loose stitches on my Tunisian crochet hook. It looked like a cast on.
It’s actually nicely stretchy, and you can work it directly onto a knitting needle or afghan hook without the chain across the top!
The crocheters among you will probably recognize that that’s a foundation base chain. (If you’re a crocheter and don’t know about them, they’re a wonderful replacement for a base chain.)
It turns out that it makes an excellent knitting cast on, like a fancy braid at the bottom. Speaking of which, it would also make gorgeous braid for decorating sewing. Work it up in thin shiny silk and I expect it would look really fancy.
(There are some new things in this post for crocheters as well as knitters.)