Saturday, January 25, 2014

Knitting honeycomb stitch in the round

A while ago I made a video demonstrating how to knit honeycomb stitch. This video is supporting Honeycomb Sweater and Tam pattern. 

Then I've got a few questions as to knitting honeycomb in the round. I promised to make a video about that too, but got really "gobbled" by my other day-to-day tasks. As I don't want to keep you waiting too long, I'll try to explain knitting honeycomb in the round as clear as I can in this post.

If you watched the video you will remember that it all wounds down to two basic things:

1. In every RS row you should knit every stitch except for yarn overs. Those yarn overs are slipped purlwise with yarn at back of your work.
2. In every WS row you knit together all stitch+yarn over pairs, make a yarn over in front of each lonely stitch and slip those lonely stitches purlwise with yarn at back of the work.

If all this sounds confusing, watch the video here to better understand what I mean:

The problem with working in the round is that you don't work on the wrong side. So the basic things explained above don't apply. Well, almost...

Here are the rules for knitting honeycomb stitch in the round:

1. In every odd numbered round (except for the first round that is a bit different) you will purl together all stitch+yarn over pairs, slip lonely stitches with yarn in front of the work and make a yarn over after every lonely stitch.

2. In every even numbered row you will do same thing as you do in RS rows when working flat. That is you will knit every stitch except for yarn overs. Those yarn overs are slipped purlwise with yarn at back of your work.

In round by round instructions it will look like that:

Cast on even number of stitches.

Round 1 (set up round): [purl 1, slip 1 purlwise with yarn in front, yarn over], repeat brackets to end.
Round 2: [knit 2, slip yarn over purlwise with yarn in back], repeat brackets to end.
Round 3: [slip 1 purlwise with yarn in front, yarn over, purl 2 together], repeat brackets to end.
Round 4: [knit 1, slip yarn over purlwise with yarn in back, knit 1], repeat brackets to end.
Round 5: [purl 2 together, slip 1 purlwise with yarn in front, yarn over], repeat brackets to end.

Repeat rounds 2-5 as necessary for completing your project.

Happy knitting!

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Reversible cable stitch for beautiful knit snood or cowl

Cables are beautiful. They add texture and style to any knit project. Bad thing about cables is that on the wrong side they look, well, not as good as on the right side. That's why I was happy to find a basket weave cable stitch pattern that is fully reversible.

Here are photos of right and wrong sides of the swatch I made:

Print out instructions and chart and get knitting. This stitch begs for a chunky cowl :-)

Happy knitting!

Friday, December 13, 2013

How to add fringes to scarves, blankets or any other hand made creations

It's getting colder and Christmas approaches quickly. These are sure signs that most knitters knit scarves and cowls either to keep themselves warm or as gifts for those lucky people who happen to be their friends or family.

Over the last couple of weeks there were quite a few knitters and crocheters who visited our store and asked me to show how to add fringes to scarves. As fringes seem to be so popular I made a video tutorial for everyone to learn and use an easy way to decorate your precious hand made creations.

You can watch the video below, on our YouTube channel or on our website

Happy crafting :-)

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

5 stitch patterns for cowls and scarves

We are all in "holiday knitting" mood right now. Scarves and cowls make perfect gifts for anyone. They are fast and easy to make, do not take much yarn and are easy to design. Just take any reversible (the one that looks good on both sides) stitch pattern and cast on enough stitches for as many repeats as you need to make the scarf wide enough. Usually scarves are 15-30 cm / 6-12" wide. Then work in stitch pattern of your choice until the scarf is as long as you want it to be. Good thing about designing a scarf is that you can try it on any time to see whether it's long enough.

If you want to make a cowl you have 2 main options. Make a scarf and then graft both ends together. See more details in my "How to knit a cowl" post. If you don't like grafting or any other kind of seaming join stitches for working in the round right after you cast on and make the cowl seamless.

Here are some stitch patterns that will make a beautiful scarf or cowl.

1. This stitch is the most recent addition to our stitch pattern library. It is fairly easy to make and looks nice on both sides. Simple slip stitches in this pattern create a very interesting effect - knit texture looks a lot like burlap weave. This stitch pattern will add a nice rustic effect to any knit project.

Instructions and chart are available here.

2. This stitch pattern, also called French Ribbing in some sources, has an amazing texture. It is perfect for a warm hat, scarf, socks, sweater, well, almost anything :-)

Instructions and chart are available here.

3. This pattern makes a nice soft not-too-bulky and nice-looking fabric. Great source of inspiration.

Instructions and chart are available here.

4. This stitch pattern will make a nice shrug, scarf or sweater. It will also look great as a substitute for a 5x5 ribbing on a collar or edge.

Instructions and chart are available here.

5. This stitch pattern calls for a wide cozy wrap scarf. Almost reversible it looks good on both right and wrong sides.

Instructions and chart are available here.

Happy scarf-knitting :-)

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Minecraft - inspired hat : Enderman hat

Have you heard about Minecraft? You probably did. It looks like every kid plays it these days. Considering that Minecraft allows them to build new worlds, this game is pretty useful.

When we discussed our plans for winter hats a few weeks ago my son wanted a Minecraft-inspired hat right away. For some reason he likes the look of Enderman (a creepy guy that loves to carry blocks around). After a bit of research and pondering different color combinations for the eyes we came up with this hat:

Now my son puts it on every time he goes outside no matter how warm the weather is. That's a good sign. It means he actually likes it. And that makes me happy :-)

The pattern is available for free here. I hope your little (or not so little) gamer will like this hat.

Happy (Mine)crafting !

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Make a fashion forward knit hat or scarf

Lately the runway shows have often been featuring stylish knits with beautiful two-colored stitches like this wrap from Bouchra Jarrar Fall 2013 collection:

Two colored patterns have something eye-catching about them. Whether it's a certain optical illusion or just the way colors work with each other, two-colored knits never go unnoticed.

Here's a stitch for you to use on a hat, scarf, wrap or any other knitted garment or accessory.

This stitch looks intricate but in fact it is an easy one. Every row is worked with one color and there are even no purl stitches to worry about. Instructions and chart are available in our Stitch Pattern library.

Happy knitting :-)

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Choosing buttons for knitted cowl

Choosing buttons can be frustrating at times. That's exactly what happened to me last Saturday during the second part of our Knit a Chunky Cowl class. I made a cowl out of our Wool Slub yarn in Orchid color. This variegated color is a combination of lovely shades of lilac, pink, fandango and a bit of grey so when I wanted to choose buttons for the cowl I had a lot of options (sometimes having a lot of options is not good...). Out of almost 200 kinds of buttons I picked several options: options 1 and 2 (left to right) are simple but match the color of the yarn, option 3 is more fun but probably a bit too flashy on multicolored yarn. Option 4 (metal buttons) is neutral and work great in cases when you are not sure what to choose.

After pondering over my options (it took a while :-)) I decided to go with option 2 - simple buttons in solid lilac color. Here's how the cowl looks with those buttons.

And here's how it looks on my plastic helper Tina:

Happy choosing :-)


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