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Knitting Double Pick-Ups

November 21st, 2012

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.

A Great Tip on Buttonholes

March 10th, 2012

Placing buttons can be a pain. Here’s an awesome tip from EunnyJang at Knitting Daily.

Three-Needle Bind Off

October 27th, 2010

I like a three-needle bind off at the shoulder seams because I think it makes a neater looking seam. This means my shoulder stitches must be live, which is why I do all that horsing around with short rows for shoulder shaping that you saw in the previous post. Another way to work your shoulders is via binding off stitches, and then grafting the seams or sewing them with a backstitch, but try as I may, mine always look messy. That’s why I like the method I’ve shown. Three-Needle Bind Off

A Cute Scalloped Edge

October 22nd, 2010

Berroco (one of my favorite yarn companies) has posted a nice video on crocheting a scalloped edge on your knitted or crocheted sweater (or anything else, for that matter). If you’ve done any knitting for children, you know boy’s and girl’s clothes are the same, except for the color and trim. Take any child’s sweater, knit it in pink with this scalloped edge, et voila! Something for the girly-girl in your life.

Shaping Shoulders Using Short Rows

October 7th, 2010

I like to use short rows and a three needle bind-off for my shoulders because I think it makes a tidy-looking seam. This may seem more complicated than binding off and seaming or grafting the shoulders. I chose this method because I think getting a nice-looking, non-lumpy shoulder seam is problematic for newer knitters. First, short rows. I use a slightly different method than you may have seen. Now, Part 1 of Shoulder Shaping: Part 2: Part 3:

Cast on for Ribbing

October 6th, 2010

Eunny Jang from Knitting Daily shows how to cast on for ribbing that looks good on both sides. I had seen this before, but then lost the source and couldn’t quite remember how to do it–which is strange, because it’s so easy! I have to plead middle-aged memory again. This is one of those subtle techniques that doesn’t seem like a big deal, but adds a more polished look to the finished garment.

More Than You Ever Wanted to Know About Sleeves

July 20th, 2010

Here is an excellent and extensive article about armhole shaping and sleeve styles. It doesn’t use the top-down method for set-in sleeves, but if you’ve been wondering about drafting a sleeve, plus drop-shoulder and modified drop shoulder (and raglan and everything else), check out this article from Knitty.com.

Sizing for Children’s Sweaters

July 16th, 2010

Following up on the last post, you may find the following handy: the Craft Yarn Council publishes sizing standards. Here are standards for babies and children.

As I said previously, it’s a lot like knitting two washcloths and adding sleeves. However, don’t forget to give the little guy some room at the neck–a round neck an inch deep will be plenty.

Got Gauge?

June 20th, 2010

Excellent article on understanding gauge from Interweave’s Knitting Daily ezine.

How to Knit a Child’s Sweater

June 11th, 2010

I just got a question from a knitter who said she didn’t have a circular needle (only straight, single-points), and wants to knit a sweater for her young daughter.

There are a couple of things she will do differently:

  • The sweater body is worked flat, with the front and back in two separate pieces that are seamed together in final assembly. An extra stitch must be added to each side seam as selvage stitches. They will become the seam allowance and lie inside the sweater.
  • No shoulder shaping is required–the shoulders can be knit straight across. Neck shaping is still needed, though.
  • Sleeves are drop-shoulder. That means no armhole shaping.
  • After shoulders are seamed, but BEFORE you sew the side seams, pick up stitches for the sleeves along the straight seam in the armhole area and knit the sleeve top down–no short rows.
  • Seam the side seams and sleeve seams, and you’re done except for neckline finishing.

Are you getting the picture here? Knitting a child’s sweater is like knitting two dishcloths, sewing them together and adding sleeves.


 

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