Linkety-link, part 21

Here’s links to a bunch of techniques and tutorials I’ve collected since the last time I posted one of these link lists. I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I did! I’ve included some crochet links even though I can’t use them myself, just because I thought they were interesting.

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Linkety-link, part 20

It’s been a while since I did a link round-up!

Knitted Borders and Corners – some different ways of approaching corners when working a knitted-on border.

Learning, Practicing, Perfecting – Sara Lamb writes here about the learning process in respect to weaving and leatherwork, but the process itself is universal to handcraft. Well worth reading.

Non-roll Stocking Stitch Edge? – well, not exactly. This post tells how to use twined knitting to make what looks like a stockinette hem that won’t curl.

Bunny ears decreases– I’ve talked a little about the 3-to-2 decrease I like to use, that some people call Bunny Ears Back. It produces a symmetrical single decrease that doesn’t appear to lean to either side. They are now accounted for in Stitch Maps, which makes me happy. The linked blog post also shows a couple of stitch patterns making use of them – I really like Little Hearts a lot and am planning on making use of it. A more complex stitch pattern of mine that uses them is Beloved – and I can see that I’ll need to go edit the stitch map!

Taming long floats via the STUART method for color-knitting – an intriguing trick from TECHknitter (so many of her tricks are intriguing) for dealing with long floats. This looks like it might be the key for knitting more of my code grids as colorwork even with long floats. Hm!

Linkety-link part #19

Here’s an interesting set of stitch patterns with an interesting technique:

And here’s some more miscellaneous links:

Linkety-link, part 18: Equinox Edition

Equinox encoded as lace (free stitch pattern)

Happy Spring, everyone! It seems like a good moment to link to the Equinox stitch pattern I designed a while ago.

And here are some other links:

A few links, part 17

Not very many links this time, because Pinterest has become frustrating to me. I need to find a better place to discover and bookmark interesting yarncraft things. Any suggestions? I don’t care if they have ads, but I want them to not suggest pins to me from people I don’t follow.

On learning, and fear of failure

I wasn’t going to post today, since I made the Tau Day post yesterday. But I’ve been thinking about writing a post encouraging people to embrace mistakes and go ahead and try things they want to do even if they think they can’t do them. And I just read a post by Tien Chu that says much of what I wanted to say, only better. (Hm, maybe I should take my own advice.) Anyway, I think everyone should go read it: On Developing Skills. Here’s a quote:

Don’t let the fact that your early work sucks bother you. It’s going to suck. It’s good that it sucks, because if you can let go of needing to be good at it, you can get on with the real work, which is improving the skills that you’ll need to produce better work. As a weaving teacher I know tells her students, “Don’t worry about making the first piece perfect. You’re not making a scarf – you’re making a weaver.”

I may yet write my own post about this, but it’s a cornerstone of the way I go about exploring my work with yarn, and other things too.

Linkety-link, part 15

I’ve been enjoying following Sybil R’s blog, Knitting and so on, and seeing the interesting patterns she comes up with (Ravelry page).

Sybil posted over the weekend about knitting random lace, which is something I’ve been meaning to try for a while. (There’s so many things I want to do! I’ll never run out of things to try, I think.) She links to a tutorial and a book. The funny thing is that I think I once saw a different book on the topic in a secondhand book store, but it didn’t catch my interest at the time.

Aside from her excellent link, I’d like to recommend this random lace generator from Knitting Fool. (Not truly mathematically random, but that’s okay.)

What interests me about random lace is what I suspect it can teach the knitter about how lace structure and design work.

(The fact that Sybil linked to me in that post is entirely coincidental; I was reading it in my RSS reader and considering posting about it anyway when I noticed the link. I can entirely sympathize with the desire to avoid counting. )

Here is a somewhat more typical collection of links from me, if sparse:

Linkety-link, part 14

Here are some links to random fibery things I found of interest. (If you follow me on Pinterest, you’ll have seen these already.) It’s probably also a good place to ask me any questions you might have.

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