knitting design

Next Up on the Needles

Friday, January 8th, 2010

One of my New Year’s resolutions (OK, my only one) is to buy no new yarn until I’ve finished at least a couple more projects. Or more fabric for that matter–I’m also a quilter, and actual sewing has slowed to the point where I now refer to myself as a mere fabric collector.

cardigan sweater

Avocet B by Berroco

Anyway, holding off on buying yarn doesn’t mean I can’t dream. Came across this wonderful, free Berroco pattern, Avocet B, on their website, which will be perfect for some Berroco Ultra Alpaca I already have in a wonderful heathery green. But can I resist the urge to tweak this pattern? I’ll definitely be adjusting for fit, and probably be knitting it as a seamless, one-piece sweater. There’s plenty of time, as there are at least two projects on the needles ahead of it.

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.

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.

Keep Knitting!

Wednesday, March 4th, 2009

Here is part 2 of Knitting the Sweater Body. I show you the actual knitting on Niki’s sweater.

Alright, already! We Finally Get to Start Knitting Our Sweater.

Tuesday, January 27th, 2009

Ok, you’ve taken your measurements, you’ve knit not one, but two different swatches, blocked them, waited patiently for them to dry, then figured your gauge. Your reward is that you finally get to start knitting your sweater. Wait, you’re asking–don’t I need to figure it all out before I start? No–this can be used as a sort of design-as-you-go knitting project. A big chunk of the sweater is the body (almost half), and it’s basically a tube (we’ll get into waist shaping on your next sweater. You’ll be surprised how soon you’ll get through this one). So here is Part 1:

Knitting a Flat Swatch and Blocking

Sunday, January 25th, 2009

This is Part 2 on swatches and stitch gauge. In this video I knit a flat swatch and block both swatches. Knowing your stitch gauge is critical to the success of your sweater, whether you’re designing it yourself or using someone else’s pattern. Ask around–the more experienced the knitter, the bigger the swatch they’ll knit. Think of the time you spend knitting a swatch as an investment in the success of your sweater.

Overview of My Knitting Design System

Saturday, January 10th, 2009

OK–so here is a way to design and knit a woman’s pullover sweater.  This video gives you a fly-by of the whole process.  Each step described in this overview will have one or more of its own video tutorials–e.g., a tutorial on v-necks, one on armholes, sleeves, shoulder shaping, etc.  I hesitate to call it “my system” because I have invented almost none of it–it’s really a set of commonly used knitting techniques that I have gathered into one place.  I did put a tweak or two of my own in, but mainly what I did was take the simplest methods I could find and eliminate as much guesswork/estimation as possible.  I am not quite finished with all of the videos, and I’ve had to edit down what I have done to fit it onto youtube, but the work proceeds apace.   Stay tuned.


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