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Stitch of the Week:3 Stitch Twist Mock Cable

April 1st, 2017

Hey Knitters,

Take a look at this lovely 3Stitch Twist Mock Cable knitting stitch. The stitch is worked in knit and purl stitches that produce panels. This stitch is easy to maneuver so you can just about knit any garment from blankets to shawls. You can also find the pattern stitch at the website  http://www.theweeklystitch.com/2017/02/3-stitch-twist-mock-cable.html.

Pattern Instructions

Cast on 7 stitches (per panel)

Rows 1 and 3: (WS) k2, p3, k2
Row 2: p2, k3, p2
Row 4: p2, knit into 3rd stitch on left needle, then knit into the second stitch, and finally knit into the first stitch, dropping all three from left needle, p2

Repeat these four rows for the pattern

Modern Cotton Yarns

March 27th, 2017

Hey Knitters,

Are you looking for new spring yarn to knit an amazing project?  Berroco has come out with a collection of Modern Cotton yarns that are beautiful with a bright and exciting colors palette.  Modern Cotton yarns are combined with a blend of Pima Cotton and Modal Rayon. This yarn is perfect for knitting women’s wear, such as a light and breezy knitted summer pullover sweaters.

Another great feature of the Modern Cotton yarn is that it is machine washable making it easy to take care of without fussing over machine washing details.  The yarn is wound in hanks and has a weight of 100g/3.5 oz and the length of 209 yards/191m.

The cost is inexpensive to purchase at $8.50 a hank. For more information go to Berroco’s website located at http://www.berroco.com/yarns/berroco-modern-cotton. The pattern of the day (3-27-2017) on the Dailyknitter Facebook features a beautiful pattern of a spring sweater titled Admit. The pullover sweater is made from the Modern Cotton yarn. Check it out and happy knitting.

Types of Yarns to Use for a knitting Project

March 23rd, 2017

 

Hey Knitters,

Every knitter needs to know the importance of the types of yarn he/she uses when making a garment. A person might want to use some form of a lighter yarn while others might want to use a thicker or bulkier yarn to make a garment.

Also, in some cases, fibers are mixed with different synthetic or natural fibers which range from 20% to 80% mixture. Moreover, some yarns are also listed as Eco-Friendly Yarns.  For knitters who want to know more about types of yarn, such as, blends, synthetic or natural fibers take look at the list below.

Blends

For a softer fabric blend try different fibers together, such as synthetics fibers or natural fibers. However, make sure the yarn that is used maintains at least 80% wool and 20% synthetics.

Synthetic Fibers

There are 5 types of synthetic fibers that appear in yarn they are polyester, nylon, acrylic, rayon and viscose. However, acrylic yarn that is 100% is mostly used and is an inexpensive yarn to use.

Natural Fibers

  • Cotton- Made from cotton plants, many types of cotton yarn are treated with chemicals to make them more durable, mildew resistant, and able to accept dyes better.
  • Wool- Many different kinds of wool exist and are spun into yarns with different weights and textures. Wool accepts color very well and is very warm. Merino wool yarn is a popular choice to make garments.
  • Cashmere- Cashmere, from the soft undercoats of cashmere goats, is a more expensive yarn which is especially smooth while still retaining warmth.
  • Alpaca/Llama- South American llamas or alpacas produce very soft warm yarn. Llama wool yarn is less soft and bulkier. Alpaca and llama wool is non-allergenic since it does not have the lanolin found in lamb’s wool. This yarn does not accept color as well as wool.
  • Mohair- Mohair is a thick yarn from the Angora goat with, an especially fuzzy look.
  • Angora- Angora is an especially soft rabbit fur yarn which has a fuzzy appearance.
  • Linen- Linen yarn is made from the flax plant and is a lightweight yarn perfect for summer garments.
  • Silk- Silk comes from silkworm larvae and is very smooth and light. Since silk does not have much stretch, silk is generally combined with other fibers for yarn, often cashmere for a truly luxurious yarn.

 

Eco-Friendly Yarns

  1. Organic Cotton- Cotton created without synthetic fertilizer or pesticides and when made into yarn, without chemical dyes.
  2. Bamboo- Bamboo yarn has the feel of silk and is very strong. Bamboo is a renewable resource because it can be harvested without killing the plant, which then regenerates the removed bamboo in a couple of months.
  3. Hemp- Hemp is another renewable resource which can be grown without pesticides or herbicides and is the strongest natural fiber. Hemp yarn garments are softer with each machine washing and can be treated for softness as yarn.

Stitch of the Week: Box Stitch

March 23rd, 2017

Hey knitters,

Here is a pattern stitch that is great to use for knitting scarves, washcloths, blanket or even pillows cases. This is a knit and purl pattern stitch that is similar to the seed stitch. However, it is performed in a 2 x 2 pattern stitch instead of a 1 x 1 pattern stitch.

The result, in turn, is a checked pattern that produces a thick textured article of clothing. Try knitting the box stitch; I think you will enjoy this amazing pattern technique.

Pattern Instructions

Cast on multiples of 4 stitches plus 2 extra stitches. Work a 4 x4 swatch gauge before knitting your garment.

  • Row 1 (RS): K2, *p2, k2; rep from * to end.
  • Row 2: P2, *k2, p2; rep from * to end.
  • Row 3: P2, *k2, p2; rep from * to end.
  • Row 4: K2, *p2, k2; rep from * to end.

Repeat rows 1 – 4 until you have reached your desired length.

Seed Rib Check Stitch Pattern

March 1st, 2017

Hey Knitters,

 

Here is a lovely Seeded Rib Check Stitch pattern that uses alternating knit and purl stitches which create the checkered rib pattern. The knitting stitch is reversible and it works well on blankets, washcloths, and scarves. The Seeded Rib Check Stitch is a very good, fun and easy stitch for beginning knitters who are learning the age old art of knitting.

Abbreviations

Knit (K)

Purl (P)

Multiples of 4 + 3 extra stitches. Work a 4 x 4 swatch gauge to practice on before knitting any garment.

Number of Rows: 12

Pattern Instructions

Row 1 (RS): K3, *p1, k3; rep from * to end.

Row 2: K1, *p1, k3; rep from * to last two sts, p1, k1.

Row 3: Repeat row 1.

Row 4: Repeat row 2.

Row 5: Repeat row 1.

Row 6: Repeat row 2.

Row 7: Repeat row 2.

Row 8: Repeat row 1.

Row 9: Repeat row 2.

Row 10: Repeat row 1.

Row 11: Repeat row 2.

Row 12: Repeat row 1.

Knitted Patchwork Square

March 1st, 2017

Hey Knitters,

Exmple 1: knitted patchwork square showing line A to A and line B to B

 

This simple patchwork knitting is great for creating beautiful bedspreads, shawls, mats, Jerseys and skirts. For your patchwork garment use leftover yarn or purchase a variety of colors that will enhance the shape or feel to your final knitwear. Patchwork knitting uses knitted many other shapes. However, the following example creates individual squares and triangles.

1.    Knit a square any size you want with the yarn of your choice and work out the number of stitches and row (also called the tension or gauge) to work out your triangle.

2.    Lay the knitted square on a flat surface. Measure and mark diagonally across the center of the square from one point to the other creating a line called A to A. View the example of the square and the marking on the sample above.

Example 2: knitted patchwork triangle ABA

3.     To obtain the base width of the triangle measure from point B to B then use the tension/gauge to figure out the number of rows needed to shape the sides of the triangle to the center point

4.    Calculate how many stitches are need to decrease on the given number of rows to shape the triangle.

5.    To create an even shape slope on both sides of the triangle perform one of the following tasks:

  • Decrease two stitches at each end of every row
  • Decrease each end of every other row or
  • Decrease on any set number of rows (every 2nd or 6th row)

6.   Knit the decreases until all of the stitches are worked off to form a triangle.

7.  Sew the triangles together to form your own pattern.

How to Knit the Lattice Stitch

March 1st, 2017

Hey Knitters,

 

The knit lattice stitch is a very lovely pattern stitch to create and design baby blankets, Afghans or throws.
Knit multiples of 16 + 2 stitches
knit a swatch gauge for example 16 x 2=32 +2=34
Abbreviations:
Right Twist (RT): knit 2 stitches together and leave the stitches on left needle. Knit the next 2 stitches same as the previous 2 stitches. Then slip both stitches from left needle together.
Left Twist (LT): skip the next stitch and knit into the back of the next loop. Then Knit into the back of both the second and skipped stitches.
Wrong Side (WS)
Row 1: Purl all odd rows on (WS).

Row 2: k1, *LT, k4, RT, repeat from *, end with k1.

Row 4: K2, *LT, K2, RT, K2, repeat from *

Row 6: k3, *LT, RT, k4, repeat from *, end last repeat k3.

Row 8: k4, *RT, k6, rep from *, end last repeat k4.

Row 10: k3, *RT, LT, k4 repeat from *, end last repeat k3.

Row 12: K2, *RT, K2, LT, K2, repeat from *.

Row 14: k1, *RT, k4, LT, repeat from *, end with k1.

Row 16: k8, *LT, k6, repeat from *, end with K2.
Repeat rows 1- 16 for a pattern stitch.

Curve or Slopes

Slopes/curves are never easy to calculate for new knitting beginners (some experienced knitters have a problem too). The slopes/curves take some time and effort to work them out to the right shape.
Knitting curves involve calculating series of small slope. However, these slopes have a continuing angle slope change. For example, a sleeve cap which has two curves/slopes and looks like a bell. Thus, each slope has to be calculated separately when adding or subtracting stitches.
In a curve slope, for instance, you would decrease 1 stitch every few rows then, decrease 1 stitch every other row and 1 stitch every 3rd row to complete the curve shape. This method makes each segment of the slope curve smooth and different from each other.
Intervals of a curve are the equivalent of steps and include the number of stitches that are decreased evenly along the row(s). An example of intervals is given below:
A sleeve cap has a gauge of 7.4 rows per inch that is decreased over 5 inches. Calculations below:
7.4 x 5=37 rows
37 rows /5 =7rows per intervals/steps, 2 remaining: calculation 5-2=3
5 intervals/steps, 2 remaining
Now you have 3 steps with 7 rows and 2 steps with 8 rows.
Now this should read: decrease 3 rows 7xs then every 2nd row 8 xs.

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/

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