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Have you noticed that k2tog looks neater than ssk? Try this little trick to see if it neatens up your ssk stitches a bit.
I am often asked if I have my patterns translated into other languages. I don’t (except the Danish version of the Prairie Boots) but thanks to the internet you may be able to do it yourself. continue reading
Most of the knitters that I interact with during my classes and trunk shows are “of a certain age.” So I was especially thrilled to receive an email from a young woman named Sadie… but not only because she is a talented, young knitter! continue reading
The design house Mulberry put together a wonderful little video called “Spinning A Yarn” in which we get to meet two of the knitters responsible for the handknits in their Fall/Winter 2012 collection. Fun to watch while knitting!
Whatever you want to call them! Chunky, cozy wraps. But how do you keep warm without looking like a snowman? Think about keeping the rest of the silhouette slim to balance a bulky knit (read more here). Long, slender
Have you noticed that your gauge tightens up when you knit in the round? If so, join the club! It’s very common for the knit st to be tighter than the purl st so when you eliminate the purl rows by knitting in the round you often tighten up significantly. continue reading
When shops host Habu and cocoknits together we often do a yarn tasting. People sometimes ask what a yarn tasting is and why they would want to do one. I tell them the best reason to take part in a yarn tasting is that it is an excuse to play!
I love finding fun knitting projects on the web. Here are a couple great ones via pages from my moleskine. Enjoy!
In most of my sweaters you will only have two short seams on each shoulder; the top, bound-off edge of the front to the sloped back shoulder and the top, bound-off edge of the sleeve to the side of the front. Since there are only two little seams it’s worthwhile getting them right. continue reading
I often knit yarn on a larger needle than suggested because I like open, drapey fabric. When you do this, be careful when you measure your knitting. continue reading
Here is a great video about Martin Greenfield. He is a tailor, not a knitter but I found his story so inspiring … and still fiber-related. I promise you will enjoy it so take a minute and watch it while you knit … (continue to view the video) continue reading
I just returned from two back-to-back trunk shows with Habu Textiles! We had a great time at Black Sheep Yarn Shop (Baltimore) and Loop (Philadelphia). One of the best parts of visiting yarn shops and teaching workshops is knitting with people in-person and sharing tips and techniques. continue reading
I am often asked about yarn substitutions and I always encourage them. Choosing a yarn in a color and texture you love is what makes a garment unique to you. continue reading
I like long-tail CO. I like the neat edge of what would be considered the “purl” side. But how often have you CO 200 of 220 and run out of yarn, ripped, CO again only to have 3 yards of extra tail at the end? continue reading