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Linkety-link, part 11

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.)





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…

A sad farewell to crochet

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!

Linkety-Link, part 10

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.)




Spindle Hat: Katherine Whorl

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.

Linkety-link, part 8

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!




Until next week!

Foundation cast-on


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.

f5914688-2f5944960-2It was 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!

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Meditations on the foundation base chain

P4059793-2What’s this fancy edging for this knitted swatch? Well, I started with this:


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.)

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Scalloped cast on


I saw a link to a phototutorial for making this cast on on Pinterest, so I tried it out for knitting and Tunisian crochet.

Pretty cool, isn’t it? I wish I could credit the original instructions for it; the page linked from Pinterest was using photos that had a watermark for a Russian LJ blog, but I couldn’t find the original there, either.


  1. Using a long-tail cast on, cast ten stitches onto a knitting needle and crochet hook held together.
  2. Yarn over the crochet hook, and pull the loop through those ten stitches, holding the hook against the needle so it doesn’t catch on anything.
  3. Slip all ten stitches off the knitting needle.
  4. Slip the new stitch from the hook to the needle.
  5. Slip the original tenth stitch back onto the needle and pull on the yarn to create a scallop.

This all creates two stitches for now, but you’ll add three more on the next row, so each scallop counts as five stitches cast on. Repeat as desired and turn.

I picked up and knit a stitch from the corner of the end scallop, and liked the effect.

This is as shown in the tutorial: knit one of the cast on stitches, then cast on three stitches. (I like to do three yarn overs and then knit through the back loops on the next row to twist them, as in my blog post about dealing with multiple yarn overs.) Knit the second cast on stitch and repeat to the end.

Since I’d picked up and knit a stitch from the corner of the end stitch, I did the same at this end, so it would match.

I thought I’d try it with Tunisian crochet, and it came out beautifully. Where the knit version has a larger knitting needle and smaller crochet hook, I switched things around for the Tunisian crochet since the stitches needed to end up on the hook.


Each scallop has two loops. Work the first loop you come to as usual, then chain two (where the knit version of this has cast on three) then work the next loop. Work to the end, and voila!


Linkety-Link, part 7

Here’s an interesting way of increasing to start knitting cables, from Luise O’Neill of Impeccable Knits.

A tutorial for a crocheted cord called Spighetta Rumena. The text is Italian, but I think the photos are clear enough.

A crochet stitch pattern that is double thick for hot pads and the like.

Clothesline Crochet, which produces a stiffer fabric good for hats or baskets.