background preloader

Knit and Crochet 1

Knit and Crochet 1

Sideways Edge Cast-On, a knitting unvention! plus, Swerve! So I just released a new pattern (Swerve!) and you’ll notice how the cuffs and hands are knit in opposite directions (or, perpendicular directions really) – but hey guess what! There’s no picking up stitches and no seaming! How is that so, you might ask… well, I’m about to show you! I have been doing a ton of experimenting (ohmygosh so much) over the last several months and I want to share with you everything I’ve discovered, learned, ruled out, with all of my trials and errors… The method – which has existed, of course, as all knitterly things have, and I have just unvented, as the great Elizabeth Zimmermann liked to say – I am calling the sideways edge cast-on, because edges (cuffs, brims, etc) are what I’ve been using it for and what it seems great for. Below is an example of a version of the method having been worked as a hat brim. Now, what was up with that “ratio of stitches to rows” issue mentioned above? Cast-on 6 stitches.Knit 1 row.Purl 1 row.Kfb, place marker, k to end.

Meubelstoffen online Ravelry and knitting: Why Facebook can't match the social network for knitters. - By Farhad Manjoo The best social network you've (probably) never heard of is one-five-hundredth the size of Facebook. It has no video chat feature, it doesn't let you check in to your favorite restaurant, and there are no games. The company that runs it has just four employees, one of whom is responsible for programming the entire operation. It has never taken any venture capital money and has no plans to go public. Despite these apparent shortcomings, the site's members absolutely adore it. Ravelry's success is evidence in favor of an argument that you often hear from Facebook's critics: A single giant social network is no fun. Ravelry was created in 2007 by Casey and Jessica Forbes, a husband-and-wife team in Boston. The way Ravelry took off from there is a gripping yarn. Today, Ravelry sits at the center of the knitting universe—just about every yarn maker, knitting store, and designer in the English-speaking world is on the site, as are a whole lot of knitters and crocheters. I am not a knitter.

One Skein, One Night, Seed Stitch Tall Cowl [ Easy, Free Knitting Pattern ] | Knit and Bake This is my free knitting pattern for a super simple, easy to knit seed stitch cowl. It uses one skein of yarn, and can be knitted up in one night, making it a perfect and affordable last-minute present! It’s knit in the round, so there’s no seaming at the end, and it’s really warm and cozy. Supplies: 1 skein, Bernat Roving yarn, in a light grey Size 13 circular needles (hat sized length) Darning needles, for weaving in ends Instructions: 1. 2. 3. Knitting in Color Curlicues are underutilized in knitting. They are so simple and can really spark up a bland project. Imagine a plain old knitted hat. Now imagine the same hat topped with a dozen curlicues in different colors and lengths. Much more fun! I make my curlicues slightly differently than she does. These curlicues were made with worsted weight yarn and size 8 (US) needles. Knit into the front and back of each stitch loosely, ending up with 40 stitches. Take your finished curlicue and twist it in the direction it is already curling. Here are the curlicues used as fringe in my latest FO, the Irish Hiking Scarf.

How To: Make Typographic Gift Wrap » Man Made DIY | Crafts for Men « Keywords: gift, christmas, wrapping, gift-wrap This year, I vowed to only make or buy handmade holiday gifts for my friends and family, and I've kept to it so far. But wrapping these gifts in commercial paper didn't seem to make much sense, so I wanted to create some handmade gift wrap to match. I happen to think a gift wrapped in newsprint is actually quite attractive, and love the look of text on a package, but wanted to put in a little more effort. So I came up with a cool option that's clean, masculine, and maintains the typographic look of the newsprint. Plus, it eliminates the need for any "to:/from" tags, as the recipient's name is right there in tasteful type. Once I figured it out, it was actually quite easy and quick - less than ten minutes per gift. Here's how to do it: Materials and Tools 1. 2. 3. 4a. 4b. 5. 6. Happy Holidays!

A new method for left-leaning decreases: SYTK (slip, yank, twist, knit)--part 3 of the series "right and left decreases" includes 10 illustrations Here is a new method for left-leaning decreases, a method I call SYTK. SYTK stands for "slip, yank, twist, knit." Of all the variations on left-leaning decreases I've experimented with over the years, I think this one lies closest to the intersection of good looks and ease of creation. Some alternatives may look as good, but they are more complicated to make, some alternatives may be as easy to make, but don't look as good. The advantages of the SYTK are these:it can be worked from the front (a major advantage, to me, at any rate) it requires no re-ordering of stitches (the stitches are never taken off the needles and reversed in position--a procedure which, although it leads to good results, I find annoying and time consuming). it gives a nearly perfect match for k2togBelow are the how-to illustrations. Step 2 (below) Leaving the red stitch on the right needle, insert the tip of the right needle into the next stitch (green) on the left needle.

Comparing Left Slanting Decreases « France Report | Main | Low Resistance Syndrome » July 20, 2006 Comparing Left Slanting Decreases Many of you will remember my left slanting decrease woes, followed by my challenge to invent a superior left slanting decrease -- nona thinks it's better to solve a problem then to moan and groan about it. Here are the decreases I used: ssk -- slip 1st stitch knitwise, slip 2nd stitch knitwise, insert the left needle through the front of these two stitches and knit them together. ssk improved -- slip 1st stitch knitwise, slip 2nd stitch purlwise, insert the left needle through the font of these two stitches and knit them together. The next question is, which is my favorite? Last, but not least, the prizes. July 20, 2006 in Tips and Techniques | Permalink Comments #3 and #7 look the most even. Posted by: Christina | Jul 20, 2006 9:50:18 PM I've been waiting for you to get back from Parree (my favorite big city) and dive into this topic. Posted by: Molly | Jul 20, 2006 10:21:06 PM Welcome back Nona!

EASY KNITTING PATTERNS: Mosbey's Dairy Farm When I was in the sixth grade, I took a beginning knitting class. We learned to make a hat and mine turned out to be a total disaster. I just recently decided to try knitting again and had to refresh my memory by reading every How To Instructable I could find. For many pieces of the farm, I have documented the pattern I created. Mosbey's Farm is in honor of my new home state, Wisconsin. Thank you for looking.