I read an article once about a technique called “double pick-up.” I have been meaning and meaning to try it, and ideally upload a video about it. Presto! Knitca on youtube has done it already. She calls it a double neckband. Embedding is disabled, but you can click the link. Check out this lovely finishing technique.
Wondering about what to do with some of that leftover yarn? Knit-a-Square is doing wonderful work helping AIDS orphans in Africa by supplying knitted items assembled from knitted and crocheted squares donated from around the world. Watch this touching video and read more about their work at knit-a-square.com .
From "Shaping in Pattern" by Sandi Rosner for Twist Collective
Off and on, I have pondered how to shape a sweater when working in a cable or other stitch pattern. It’s the kind of thing I think about in the shower, staring out the window on the bus, etc. I hadn’t arrived at any good answers, although I certainly had encountered the question enough times.
Finally, it has been beautifully explained by Sandi Rosner in this article for Twist Collective. And by the way, if you haven’t discovered it yet, check out the Fall 2012 issue of Twist Collective. It’s a wonderful collection of sweaters that manage to be both fashionable and classic, all by designers both new and established. Plus excellent articles on the state of the knitting nation–I finally learned what woad is. I won’t spoil it–read this issue to find out.
I am in the process of watching a FREE online class from Craftsy on short rows, and I have to say it is excellent. Designer Carol Feller covers three methods: wrap and turn, Japanese, and yarn over, plus her variation on wrap and turn. Clear shots, good closeups, and best of all, good explanations. When I am learning something, I like to get more than just the “how to.” I want the why and the wherefore. Feller talks about the structure of short rows, how all the techniques are related, how to choose a method, and (gasp!) mixing techniques.
Free Short Row Video Tutorial on Craftsy
I have always loved the look of Japanese short rows (and the yarn over for garter stitch), but had only memorized the wrap and turn method. Using the others meant poring over written instructions. I don’t knit at a desk–I am lounging in my special chair, and there aren’t flat surfaces to conveniently lay out papers. After viewing these videos, I feel I had the big picture, which makes it much easier to dredge up the technique from memory.
I tend to get a little impatient when watching videos, but this one encourages you to knit along with the instructor, which also helps you lock in the method.
Yes, you’ll be on Craftsy’s, but did I mention it’s free? No purchase required, which means more money for yarn.
I received this question as a comment on one of my youtube videos. I am guessing it’s from someone outside the U.S., but the commenter didn’t share her location.:
“…we have some local yarn here with no instrctions abt guage and other things.. wht shld we do in such case??? how can we find guage then?? ”
Here’s my reply:
There are a couple of ways to judge “mystery yarn.” One way is wraps per inch. There is a good explanation of it on a site called knitchat. That post will give you a symbol/number that corresponds to the wraps per inch.
Once you know the weight of the yarn, you can go to the Craft Yarn Council site to see recommendations on needle size and gauge.
It’s important to emphasize that these are guidelines, not commandments. The key is to achieve a knitted fabric that you like and that feels right for the project you have in mind. Some projects, like outerwear, may work best with a firmer knitted fabric, while others, like a scarf, may be more comfortable with a looser, airier fabric, even though they might be worked from the same yarn.
I have a couple other tips on working with mystery yarn that I’ll share in my next post.
Am I the only one old enough to remember Paul Harvey? Anyway, looking through my blog posts I realized I havent’t posted all of my youtube videos here on my blog. I left off at three-needle bind off–whoa! There’s lot’s more. I’m loading the rest (i.e., the rest for finishing the sweater) into this one post.
After seaming shoulders with a three-needle bind-off,
you will start the Sleeve Cap (Part 1):
Followed by the Sleeve Cap, Part 2
Then work the rest of The Tapered Sleeve, Part 1:
And The Tapered Sleeve, Part 2
Almost done! Finish up the the Neck Ribbing, Part 1