Daily Knitter Blog

Knitting Project: Frog Coin Purse

February 1st, 2017

Hey Knitters,

The frog coin purse is an adorable and fun knitting project for all knitters. This project is presented to you by the website Free Cute Knit and the link is located at http://freecuteknit.com/frog-coin-purse-small-wallet-free-cute-knitting-patterns/.

The frog coin purse has two big black buttons for the eyes and a zipper for the mouth. How cute is that! Knit a couple for a family member or someone special.

Knit a Frog Coin Purse

February 1st, 2017

Hey Knitters,

The frog coin purse is an adorable and fun knitting project for all knitters. This project is presented to you by the website Free Cute Knit and the link is located at http://freecuteknit.com/frog-coin-purse-small-wallet-free-cute-knitting-patterns/.

The frog coin purse has two big black buttons for the eyes and a zipper for the mouth. How cute is that! Knit a couple for a family member or someone special that you know and love.

Queenie’s Quickie Kitchener

February 1st, 2017

Hey Knitters,

Are you looking for a way to knit garments quicker? Maybe you’re a beginning knitter unsure about how to graft a seam to match stitches. Here’s some great news! You no longer have to figure out how to graft to match stitches. Instead of having an app for that, there’s a knitting cheat sheet.

The cheat sheet comes from u-createcrafts.com. It created a cheat sheet for crochet first. Of course, it had to give a lot of love to knitters too. This cheat sheet helps you make your garments easier. Do you want to know when to decrease or increase without trying to do the hard work?

Look at the cheat sheet to determine when to knit and purl. Click on the link below to get the cheat sheet you need. Don’t worry. No one is going to know but you that you “cheated” when making your special gifts.

http://www.u-createcrafts.com/cheat-sheets-knitter/

New Tools for Knitters

February 1st, 2017

Hey Knitter

 

Hey all you knitters out there, it’s time to treat yourselves. Add another helpful tool to your knitting basket called the knitting register. This tool is perfect to use to while knitting those long scarves, over size blankets or eyelet laced shawls.

Simply slide the knitting register onto one of your knitting needles sizes up to 6.5mm (US 10 ½).  The register has a small window display that allows you to see the number of rows counted. All you to do while using this knitting instrument is to turn the dial or wheel of the register once you finish or complete a row of knitting. Another feature of the knitting register is that you can reset the number back to zero after knitting 99 rows.

In addition to counting your rows, the knitting register can keep track of pattern stitches and rows decreased or increased. For example, decreasing or increasing rows when shaping sleeves or V-necklines sweaters. For all the benefits, the knitting register basically cost less than a ball or skein of yarn. No more losing count of rows or constantly writing down the number rows to keep count when knitting your favorite garment.

Stitch of the Week: Colored Seeds

February 1st, 2017

Hey Knitters,

Here is a unique pattern stitch presented by The Weekly Stitch, called the Colored Seeds. The stitch is has a lace looks to it.  This stitch pattern works well with shawl or wraps.

Abbreviations:

Wyib(with yarn in back)

Wyif (with yarn in front)

Sl (slips stitch)

Cast on multiple of 4 stitches + 3 extra stitches. Work a 4 x 4 stitch gauge before knitting any garment.

Pattern Instructions

Rows 1 and 2: With color A – p1 *k1, p1
Row 3: With color B – p1, k1, p1 *sl 1 wyib, p1, k1, p1
Row 4: With color B – p1, k1, p1 *sl 1 wyif, p1, k1, b1

Repeat these four rows for the pattern.

I cast on with color A, and for my bind off edge, I worked Rows 1 and 2 once more because I thought it looked better than binding off after Row 4. You can use color B to cast on/bind off if you like.

How to Sell-Handmade-knits

February 1st, 2017

Hey Knitters,

Want to sell your handmade knits for profit. Here is a website article that will give you the information needed to sell items online or in your local markets.

http://budgeting.thenest.com/sell-homemade-knits-22770.html

The site lists some online business that is great for knitters who want to start an online business. You can sign up instantly and display your knitting garments. Also, in this article, you can learn tips on pricing and how to turn your knitting craft into a growing business.  The article “How to Sell-Handmade-knits” talks about to give you information about:

  • Choose a knitting niche and focus on a few specialty items.
  • Identify your target customer.
  • Who will buy your knits? How old are they?
  • Select one or more sales methods.
  •  Selling handmade knits online is a quick and cost-effective

Learn How to knit a Decreasing Triangle: Triangle slope 2

January 10th, 2017

 

Hey Knitters,

Now we will learn how to construct a triangle with two angles that slope and decrease on both sides and at the same upward rate. Draw the triangle and mark it with the letters “ABCD”. The line “ABC” is the bottom edge or width of the triangle. The triangle point is marked as “D” at the top of the triangle. Then draw a line down the middle of the triangle ABCD. Now the line from top D to bottom edge ABC measures 10 inches.

At this moment there are two triangles within one. The first triangle “ABD” will equal 5 inches and the other triangle “BCD” will equal 5 inches giving the bottom edge a total width of 10 inches.

Refer to the calculation in April’s second blog post Triangle Slope to work this double slopped triangle. The post also includes the needle size, stitches and rows per inch that will help you work this triangle.

Calculate the instruction for triangle BCD and ABC.

The bottom edge of AB equals the number of 23 stitches so the bottom edge BC will also equal the number of 23 stitches. However, since AB and BC together equal the width (ABC=10 inches) add the number of the stitches to get a total of 46 stitches.

Cast on 46 stitches and work in garter stitch. Decrease 1 stitch on both sides or along both edges every 3rd and 5th row until all the required stitches are decreased. Then work to the last 2 stitches as a knit 2tog (knit 2 stitches together) decrease.

Remember that the first row is not counted as the first decrease row.

How to knit a Triangled Slop 1

January 10th, 2017

Hey Knitters

Triangle slope 1

This article will teach you the basics of a sloped triangle. How you can evenly calculate decreases from the edge to the top of the triangle to create a slope. Knitting a slop eedge takes a little math; however, it is not too hard to calculate the square of a triangle.

Draw a triangle and label the top point “C” and the bottom edge “AB”. Let’s make the length of “AC” = 10” and to edge of an “AB” =5” wide.

Knit a swatch gauge in garter stitch (knit every row) with a light sport weight yarn and size 5 knitting needles.

The swatch gauge should give you 18 stitches and 24 rows per 4 inches. In other words, you are figuring out how many stitches/rows per every 4 inches. However, you can use this example with any size needles. You just work out the number of stitches and rows according to your swatch gauge.

Now let’s do the calculation to show how many stitches to cast-on your knitting needles.

Since there are 18 stitches in the gauge swatch we now do the math. Multiply 18 (stitches) by the width of the triangle edge 5 inches “AB” giving you 90 stitches then divide 90 by 4 /inch per stitch. This will give you the total number of cast on stitches. Round the number up to the nearest whole number, so 22.5 are now 23. Math calculation below:

18 x 5= 90

90 /4”=22.5

 

Calculate the rows for the triangle depth by multiplying 24 rows by 10”the length of “AC” giving you 240 rows then divide 240 by 4/inches per rows. This will give you the total number of rows needed for the triangle which is a total of 60 rows. Math calculation below:

24 x 10 = 240

240/4 = 60

Calculating the Slope Decreases

We now need to find the number of decreases for the slope of the triangle. Since we know the number of rows 60 and the number stitches 23 the math for the number of decreases is 60/23=2.6 decreases over 60 rows.

However, 2.6 is not a whole number so this number has to be multiplied by the nearest whole number 2 the  .6 does not matter so you do not have to round it up to the nearest whole number. Thus, multiply 2.6 by 2 and as a result the number is now 5. The decreases are 2 stitches over every 5 rows. Make one stitch decrease every 3rd and 5th row until 23 stitches are decreases. Math calculation below:

2.6 x 2 = 5.2

Since there is an extra row— the cast on row, do not count this row as your first row. Cast-on 23 stitches and knit the triangle with the slope calculations.

Lacey Garland Stitch

January 10th, 2017

Hey Knitters,

 

Give this stitch a try when you start your next knitting project. The Garland stitch is a nice lacy rib stitch that you can use for knitting that special garment such as a scarf, shawl or even a sweater. The stitch is an easy stitch to learn or master regardless of your knitting expertise.

 

Work multiples of 7 stitches

 

Knit a 4 x 4 swatch gauge. Add a selvedge stitch to each side of your knitted garment for a neat edge. On the other hand, a selvage stitch is also used to sew up seams if your project requires seams.

 

Abbreviations

Knit 2tog (k2tog)

Purl 2tog (p2tog)

Through back loop (s) (tbl) (s

Pass slip stitch over (psso)

Slip 1, slip 1, and knit 2tog (ssk)

Slip 1 (sl1)

Yarn over (yo)

 

Pattern

Row 1 Work on the right side of the garment (ws): P to the end of row.
Rows 2 to 5:  K to the end of the row.
Row 6: *K1, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, ssk, k1; rep from * to the end of row.
Row 7: *P2tog tbl, yo p3, yo, p2tog; rep from * to the end of row.
Row 8: K1, yo, k2tog, yo, sl1, k2tog, psso, yo, k1; rep from * to the end of row.
Row 9: P1, yo, p2tog, p1, p2tog tbl, yo, p1; rep from * to the end of row.

Row 10: K2, yo, sl1, k2tog, psso, yo, K2; rep from * to the end of row.
Rows 11 to14: K

Repeat rows 1 through 14 for pattern stitch.

Knitters Who Love Vintage Clothing

January 10th, 2017

Hey Knitters,

Knitting isn’t only for contemporary, current styles. In fact, vintage knitwear has made a return to the fashion scene over the last few years. Knitters young and old, male and female have rediscovered the flattering and elegant designed of the 1930s to 1950s era.

Some vintage knitted wear includes possibilities like a cardigan sweater with a shoulder width collar that was dated from 1936, a stylish three leaf scarf from 1939 or one piece hat and scarf combo from 1941. Whatever knitters choose to make the items are exquisitely designed and form fitting. For example, a vintage sweater may encompass a narrow or nipped-in waist especially for the women in that era.

Size Matters

Thus, knitters who want to make vintage knit wear typically encounter a major problem– the size of the clothes. The sizes were made for individuals of smaller frame or built. Thus, the patterns are limited either small or very small. However, there is a solution to the problem. Since, vintage knitwear patterns were designs for smaller sizes, today’s pattern writers have to replicate vintage patterns to accommodate the comfort and fit for people with different shapes and sizes.

For example, a pattern writer has to write instruction for increasing the number of stitches and rows in a vintage knitwear pattern of yesteryears. This increase accommodates the different sizes or shapes of modern day knitters who desire to knit vintage clothing for themselves or others.

P.S.: You Don’t Have to Depend on Pattern Writers

For the beginner or advance knitter there is a gold mine of vintage knitwear patterns out there for the pickings. Some are found at yarn sales,  craft magazine, in library archives, thrift store or even antique shops. However, for those of you who like to surf the web for vintage knitwear, here are two websites that you might like to explore.

Vintage Patterns from Knitheaven.com is a site that has the original vintage pattern with instructions. However, Freevintageknitting.com is a site that has translated the original instruction into understandable content so that vintage knitwear can be made by anyone.

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