Okay, so you've put hours and hours (and hours) into knitting and you've finished.
Contributed by Paulette Vickery I love knitting small circumferences, like the crowns of hats or the thumbs of mittens, with 2 circular needles rather than a set of double-pointed needles. Once you get the hang of it, the technique is much easier, less complicated, and not at all prone to having stitches fall off the needles.
Someone asked the Yarn Harlot how to fix a cable that was miscrossed several rows earlier. Stephanie gave two excellent answers, and got me thinking about yet another way to do it. It involves cutting a strand of yarn, so may seem scarier than other methods, but it allows an invisible fix, and is easier than dropping the cable back many many rows....
All is not lost
When you pick up stitches, you are adding knit stitches to an existing work in order to expand the work. Why would you pick up stitches? A few good reasons: To lengthen or add embellishment to a knitted piece that has been completed To add sleeves at an armhole To add a neckband To add a button hole To add edging or knitting to non-knitted items To work in a "mosaic knitting" technique One thing you should consider when picking up stitches - especially when following pattern instructions.
A relatively long time ago, I posted a quick blurb about a way to accurately estimate how much yarn to use when attempting a long-tail cast-on (non-knitters, just click to the next blog on your list today, nothing to see here). Tonight, I used another one, even cooler than that and perfect for, say, lengthwise scarves or other times when you need to cast on several hundred stitches and don’t feel like giving your let’s-just-guess muscles a workout. You’ll need two balls of yarn, or at the very least, two ends (you could work from the outside and the inside of a center-pull ball, if so inclined; I’m using recycled sari silk, which is gorgeous and hellacious to work with and thus used two separate balls altogether). At the ends, tie them together. Slip knit, double knot, rubber band, glue, whatever tickles your fancy. Then act as though that knot is the folded-over bit where you’ve decided to start casting on in a traditional long-tail method, and have at it.
Posted by: Kate | February 13, 2007 This may seem self-evident, but I didn’t figure it out on my own after a few years of a lot of inaccurate casting on… If you’re not great at eying how much yarn you should use for a long-tail cast-on, then, starting an inch or three from the end, wrap the yarn around your needle the requisite number of times. Tie your slip knot after the end of the last wrap, then unwrap it all and cast on. I’m paranoid and give it a few extra inches (because, really, who couldn’t use a few extra inches now and then?) but this has been idiot-proof, or at least Kate-proof, since I heard someone else suggest it.
A bit over a year ago, I posted my version of Judy's Magic Cast On, which is very similar to the traditional version except that I start on the bottom needle. My original post is here . Then sometime after that, I re-engineered the first step, to make casting on easier and to make the end result neater. In the meantime, I also got some more practice using Adobe Illustrator.