Andrea’s Sweater and…Grounded!

Monday, January 31st, 2011

Andrea wore the sweater I made her to a family get-together on Saturday:

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Gray sweater in Cascade 220

In the meantime, I’ve determined that the shooting pains in my wrists and thumbs were not arthritis, but tendonitis, brought on by a pre-Christmas blitz to finish Annabelle’s jacket (picture coming soon). A little research online brought me to the horrifying news that I need to cease the offending activity for THREE WEEKS. Icing, stretching and no knitting. The good news is, of course, that it’s not the deterioration of actual bone and joint, but muscle soreness–all fixable. But still.
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A Cute Scalloped Edge

Friday, 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.

Sizing for Children’s Sweaters

Friday, 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.

Ahem…Slight Correction.

Friday, April 2nd, 2010

OK, here’s the correct Measurement Form. Use this form to record your measurements before you launch on your sweater design project.

You Saw the Videos, Now Read the E-Book!

Wednesday, January 6th, 2010

Production on my videos is scheduled to resume this month, but in the meantime you can peek ahead to the exciting conclusion. The entire sweater design process is now available in an e-book at I’ve called it “Easy Knitting Design: The Basic Sweater.” You can view the Table of Contents.

Book cover: "Easy Knitting Design--The Basic Sweater"

The e-book is now available!

If you’ve been trying to take notes while watching my videos, you can stop now–I’ve done it all for you. I’ve included illustrations, thorough step-by-step instructions, and photos of the actual knitting, along with an additional section of illustrated Techniques. I walk you through the design and knitting of a pullover sweater, followed by a section on knitting cardigans. I also include a guide that walks you through the design of your own sweater. You have everything you need to create a wardrobe of original sweater designs.

Once at the site, you can read my (long, but thrilling!) sales letter, or jump right to the PayPal button at the bottom. I’ve brought the book out at an introductory price of $24–I hope you’ll take advantage of it. I also hope you’ll give me your feedback–my goal is to give you tools you can use.

The Top-Down Sleeve

Sunday, December 6th, 2009

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted a new video because I am in the process of putting the whole method into an ebook (coming soon). I thought is would be a fairly quick process (hysterical laughter here). It hasn’t been, and that’s why the videos have been temporarily tabled. However, I’ve had several requests for information on how to work the sleeve, and I hate to leave anyone hanging.

So here is a quick and dirty description of how to knit a top-down sleeve:

1. Measure upper arm and add half of body ease (e.g., if your body ease was 3″, add 1-1/2″ to upper arm measurement).
2. Use your stitch gauge to compute the number of stitches this is. This is the number of stitches you need to pick up around the sleeve opening. You will pick up the bound-off underarm stitches one-for-one, so subtract this number from the total to get the number of stitches distributed around the rest of the sleeve. You could count the total number of rows and figure out a ratio, or be a little more casual and divide the sleeve up by folding and placing markers. Whatever method you choose, you will also want to place markers at the shoulder seam, and 1/3 of the way down each side of the opening.
3. With right side facing you and a 16″ circular or double-points, start at center of underarm and place a marker. Pick up the bound-off stitches one for one, then pick up the rest of the way around in the proportion you’ve determined, and finish with the rest of the bound-off stitiches.
4. Knit around again, up one side, past the shoulder seam marker and on to the 1/3 marker beyond. You will now start short-rowing. Wrap and turn at the 1/3 marker, purl back across the shoulder seam again to the other 1/3 marker. Wrap and turn.
5. Here’s the pattern now: work back and forth across the cap, each time working one additional stitch past the last row, then wrapping, turning, and working back. According to my sources, you don’t need to pick up the loop–it’s supposed to snuggle into the seam.
6. When you reach the bound-off stitches, work straight across them, picking up the center underarm marker, and your sleeve cap is worked. From then on you’re working in the round and decreasing to shape the sleeve.
7. To figure decreases, measure your fist. This is the cuff measurement. Figure the number of stitches this is. Subtract this from the number of stitches in your upper arm to get the number of stitches to decrease–round up or down to make it an even number. You will be decreasing one stitch on each side of the center marker.
8. Check your row gauge to figure how often to decrease. Typically on the sleeve it is two stitches on a right-side row every four rows, but do what works.
9. When your sleeve is as long as you want it (minus edging), work your edging stitch and bind off.

And We Finish the V-Neck–Part 3

Friday, October 16th, 2009

We’ll do the actual knitting on Niki’s V-neck.

Keep Working–Part 2 of the V-Neck

Friday, October 16th, 2009

Let’s Move on to the V-Neck

Friday, October 16th, 2009

We switch to the front and start knitting a V-neck. This is Part 1 of 3. We’ll return to the sweater back after we’ve finished the front.

Armholes–Part 2

Sunday, May 10th, 2009

We’ll finish up the armholes in this next video.


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