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Many of our customers have told us that they do not understand what quoted thicknesses of 2/18, 3/8, etc. actually mean. Therefore, I will attempt to clarify these measures, which we consider are very important in order for fiber artist to be able to gauge yarn thickness and desired garment production results. For starters, when you see a yarn quoted in 1/8, 2/18, 3/8, etc., this means 1/8 nm, 2/18 nm, 3/8 nm, etc.
This bind off combines the classic simple bind off with a yarn wrap. It is thus named because it defies logic that anything so simple would be so elastic. Before you scoff, give it a try. It has a higher elasticity than Elizabeth Zimmermann’s sewn bind off, and has an advantage in that it is not sewn, and therefore easier to execute over a long length of fabric. For optimum elasticity, avoid snugging the stitches tightly after you knit or purl them. NOTES This bind off is well-suited to hats, sweater necks, and especially toe-up socks – anything that requires a lot of stretch to get into place!
Introduction; Shawl Construction • Yarn Choices; Needle Choices; Gauge: Chart Reading 101 • The Structure of Lace; Role of the YO; Role of the Decrease; Movements in Lace Knitting • Provisional and Invisible Cast Ons; Hard Cast Ons; Circular Beginnings . . . we have had the satisfaction of estimating her Lace & her Muslin; & she said too little to afford us much other amusement. --Jane Austin to her sister, 1801
Yesterday , I posted about designing a lace triangle using inserts. Today I’m going to talk about all over lace, such as the lace used in Arabella . Keep in mind that these are partial explanations, and that I will try to continue to add to this series as people make specific requests (or I remember something I left out, like cast on advice, etc.) so if there’s something you’d really like to know about how I design a lace triangle, email or comment and I’ll try to answer as best I can. There are a lot of gorgeous all over lace patterns out there that do not work well in the basic framework we laid out yesterday of a shawl with increases on the right side. The simplest way to make an all over lace that I’ve found is to use the yarn overs at the edges as a guide.
Also: Rachel's Cool Increase is a match for k2tog; two knit stitches flow out of one with no bumps. Carolyn Yackel and sarah-marie belcastro co-organized two mathematics conference sessions, each of which included a sequence of talks and a mathematical fiber arts exhibit. We have co-edited two books on mathematics and fiber arts written for crafters, mathematicians, and mathematics educators. Making Mathematics with Needlework is based on the based on the 2005 AMS Special Session in Mathematics and Mathematics Education in Fiber Arts (at the January 2005 Joint Mathematics Meetings in Atlanta, GA). A customizable pattern for the hyperbolic baby pants from Making Mathematics with Needlework is available for free at the Wolfram Demonstrations Project .
When I started designing knitwear one of the first things that caught my interest was the construction of triangular lace shawls. I’ve had more than my share of advanced mathematics and physics classes through the years. The accumulation of which have given me the curiosity and desire to explore something that seems so simple and geometrical, but like most knitting is quite complex.
There comes a time in every designer's lifetime when they want to create their own lace. Whether it's a result of not being able to find the perfect lace repeat in a stitch dictionary or the desire to create something completely unique, you’ll need a way to express these ideas and put them into a useable form. When the urge to create your own motif occurs, you can create a design by sticking to a few simple guidelines. Throughout the process, you’ll test your ideas by swatching in the yarn using the same needles as your final product, making sure to block each swatch the same way the final product is to be blocked. Knitting first, design second.
This article about how to insert lace motifs in triangular lace shawls is the third in a series about designing your own lace knitting. The first article, How to create lace motifs appeared in Knitty Summer 2009, the second article, Knitted Lace Triangle Construction by Michelle Miller appeared in my blog. Two triangle shawl construction is a common method for knitting lace triangles. The shawl is knit by casting on a handful of stitches, increasing along both edges and on either side of the center stitch. This article will give you the tools to design a completely unique lace triangular shawl by illustrating the steps necessary for adding a lace motif into a triangular template. Once you’ve completed a template you can keep it in your pattern library and add lace designs any time you feel inspired.
When making a triangular shawl there are 3 basic constructions: Knit from the point to the top or top to the point.
Those of you who know me well (or even casually, I guess) would probably never put "fleegle" and "normality" in the same sentence unless there's a negative conjunction lurking somewhere between the two words. Rest assured--I haven't misplaced my eccentricity, I am just talking about a different normality than, um, normal, that is, the geometric one: normal . normals are lines that run perpendicular to a plane. Wait! Don't go away!
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