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Knitting Graph Paper. Have you ever tried to design a knitting chart using commercially available graph paper, only to knit it up and find the proportions are all wrong?

Knitting Graph Paper

This is because knitting stitches are not square but commercially available graph paper is! The answer is my special charting paper. The ‘squares’ are rectangular just like knitting stitches. In addition every 5 stitches are marked off with a heavier line so it’s very easy to count where you are when following a pattern. I have created 2 different ratios to accommodate most knitting situations. A ratio of 4:5 is where 4 stitches is the same length as 5 rows (or 40 stitches = 50 rows). Learn the Provisional Cast On in 6 Easy Steps! October 4th, 2013 by Devin The provisional cast on is, as the name implies, a temporary cast on row.

Learn the Provisional Cast On in 6 Easy Steps!

It is done with waste yarn so that you can take it out later and have “live” stitches in your working yarn. Wrist exercises for Knitters and Crocheters. If you're new here, you may want to subscribe to my RSS feed.

Wrist exercises for Knitters and Crocheters

Thanks for visiting! If you knit/crochet a lot… chances are you suffer from some achy wrists! I know that during last week, when I was crocheting up a storm, I certainly did! Ginny’s Cardigan. I love all of the beautiful knitted sweaters and accessories in the movies inspired by the Harry Potter series of books.

Ginny’s Cardigan

It takes a lot of wool to keep off the damp chill of the British winters and especially in a drafty old castle! Ginny’s Cardigan features owls on the back—the owls’ eyes peer out and look for any mischief. The small pockets in the front are mostly decorative but could be used to hold something small and important like a fake Galleon to call the members of Dumbledore’s Army together. Bust circumference, buttoned. Yardage Each skein assumed to be 131 yards amounts required are 7 (7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 13) skeins. FF: Choosing the right size.

Sweater knitting and suit shopping have something in common: If a sweater doesn’t fit your shoulders, it will never ever look good.

FF: Choosing the right size

But sweater patterns are sized by the bust, not the shoulders. So how do you ensure a proper fit? The answer begins with understanding why sweaters are sized by the bust. It actually couldn’t be any other way, because for many constructions it’s unclear what the “shoulder” measurement might be. Set-in sleeves (contiguous or traditional) could size by the distance from sleeve seam to sleeve seam (also known as the sweater’s “cross chest”)… …but what about yokes? Every sweater construction has a bust circumference, though. No matter what your size, all hand knit sweater patterns are created for the same body shape.

Picking Up Stitches. Picking up stitches means that, with a knitting needle or crochet hook and a new strand of yarn, you dip into and out of the edge of the knitted fabric at hand, creating new loops.

Picking Up Stitches

These new loops will serve as the foundation for a collar, button band, sleeve or baby bootie instep. Buttons and Buttonholes. Buttons and Buttonholes These seem like the simplest of closures but you will want to take careful consideration of the size of your buttons relative to the size of your garment as well as the function of the button (is it decorative or utilitarian?).

Buttons and Buttonholes

After you have thought about these factors you are ready for the following steps… Before making your buttonholes Pick out the buttons for your project. Make a swatch with your chosen buttonhole style (one-row, two-row, ribbing, eyelet, vertical) and then test your buttons with the buttonholes. Button selection—shank vs. flat. Phalangees fingered gloves technique. Fixing YO Mistakes. Garter Tab Cast-On. Many triangular lace shawls – including my own designs – begin at the center back, with a small number of stitches, and then grow in ever-lengthening rows, which form 2 triangles, separated by a center stitch.

Garter Tab Cast-On

Convertible Mitts. I have been a lucky girl, and have been to many games at Fenway Park to cheer the Red Sox.

Convertible Mitts

It is often really cold so I am an expert at keeping warm during rain delays. Unfortunately this means that my Red Sox gear is covered, so I wanted to think of a way that I could still show my Boston pride while being bundled up. I therefore bring you the Fenway Mitts, convertible mittens with the Red Sox logo. Your hand can stay warm, plus convertible mittens are awesome. Materials Knitting Needles: 5 - size 3 (3.25 mm) double pointed knitting needlesYarn: 2 balls of Rowan Felted Tweed DK (knit 2 strands at a time), scraps of Telemark Yarn red and white.Gauge: ~6 sts/inch. 8-9 rows/inch Misc: Yarn needleFinished Size: 3.5" wide, 8" cuff to fingertipsThe ChartI will provide written instructions below, but I also created a chart of each mitten hand to help you visualize the placement of the chart relative to increases for the thumb. Charts of the left (left) and right (right) handed mittens. Conceptual Knitting.