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The Thumb Trick:

The Thumb Trick:
Sometimes called an afterthought thumb, I first read about it in Elizabeth Zimmermann's Knitter's Almanac. I really like this method because it's seamless; sometimes when patterns have you place stitches on a holder and then cast on the top stitches you can get an odd seam right in the crease where your thumb meets the hand, and that can be uncomfortable. The only trouble that some people may have with this method is that you cannot immediately try on your mitten in progress, as you can with mittens where the stitches are put on holders. The trick: Knit to where you want to place the thumb hole, and take a length of contrasting yarn, and knit the thumbhole stitches with it instead of your working yarn: (see the working yarn, still on the right-hand side of the work?) Then, slip all these stitches back onto your left hand needle purl wise: And knit across them, with your working yarn: Here are the held stitches after a few rows have been worked: (Fetching uses a ribbed pattern. Ta da! Related:  Knitting and Crochet TechniquesmittensTechniques and Stitches

How to make crochet ball How to make crocheted beads in a few easy steps. Many time people asked me to write this tutorial and finally it's here. These crochet balls you can make in all the colours of the rainbow and in any size.It is a very good idea for beginners to start out with thick yarn and a large hook so they can practice before going down to the skinnier threads and crochet hooks. Used terms: stitch (st.), single crochet (sc), single crochet 2 together (sc2tog) A wooden bead is perfect as a core of a crochet ball, but you can use acrylic beads as well. Make a loop a few inches from the end of your yarn.Take the loop where two threads overlap, between your left thumb and forefinger. Insert hook into the loop from front to back. Draw up a loop.Make a chain. Insert the hook into the loop, so you are crocheting over a loop and the yarn tail. Draw up a loop to begin your first SC. Complete the SC. Ball is made as a spiral. R4: 2 sc, inc in every stitch around.R5: 3 sc, inc in every stitch around.

Double Knit Reversible Twice-As-Warm Mittens - Douglas' Interesting Pages Also called Double Knit Mitts My Story These are the mittens I wear on the coldest days of the year... when the store bought mittens just don't cut it. These are the first mittens I ever made and they came out perfectly on the first try. They are also the first and easiest double knit pattern I've seen. Knitting Pattern: Size: Men's Medium*. Materials: approx. 6 oz. (170g) knitting worsted. *To vary the size, for women and children, I use smaller needles. Abbreviations: KFB = Knit into front and back loops of stitch, increasing by one. PFB = Purl into front and back loops of stitch, increasing by one. Mitt: Cast on 48 sts. Increase Row: The increase row from wrist to hand is completed using three distinct sections in a single row. Double knitting pattern: Row 1: * k1, yarn in front of work (facing you), sl 1 next st as if to purl allowing yarn to cross in front of st, then put yarn to the back of work (away from you) repeat from * across. First increase for Thumb: 2nd increase for Thumb: Thumb: Hand:

steeking with crochet binding Thank you to everyone who entered the Coastal Knits contest. We had 501 entries! I think that might be a record number of comments for a single post on Through the Loops. I used a random number generator to select our winner, Carol P! Carol has been notified and Hannah will send the book to her shortly. In other news I decided to do a modification to a sweater I knit three years ago. It seems my girls are more of the cardigan wearing sort. All it took was a quick crochet reenforcement: Then a pair of scissors to give it the snip, snip: Front bands were added, a trip to M&J trimming yielded just the right buttons, and we've got a newly revised sweater.

Double Knitting - Knitting Community Double knitting is the exception to many knitting rules. You can double knit a stockinette scarf, and it will lay flat instead of curling. Color knitting will be reversible, showing a negative of the image on the back of the work instead of floats. How is this possible? Cast on Cast on with double the number of stitches The cabled cast on is great for double knitting because it creates a flexible edge. Cast on with yarn held double You could also use the cast on of your choice, but with the yarn held double. How to Double Knit Single color double knitting instructions This is the easiest way to do double knitting Cast on an even number of stitches *Knit 1, slip 1 purlwise with yarn in front, repeat from * across the row Repeat stitch pattern on each row Bind off (using any method) Double knitting with one color in the front and one color in the back Bring both yarns to the front and purl the next stitch with only the contrast color Repeat these two stitches across the row

Knitting Stitches You Need to Know: 7 Free Knitting Tutorials Category: Knitting Skill Level: Beginner to Intermediate About this eGuide Knitting Stitches You Need to Know is a free PDF eGuide available exclusively on Craftsy, featuring 18 pages packed with tutorials, tips and tricks from experts. Download it instantly for free now (you can even print it easily if you'd like) and enjoy it forever in the comfort of your home or even on the go. Learn How to Do: Garter stitch Stockinette stitch Seed stitch Waffle stitch Kitchener stitch Linen stitch Bobble stitch About the Authors Lisa Gutierrez, a double threat in crochet and knitting, is the blogger behind Goodknits. Ashley Little is the blogger behind The Feisty Redhead. Andrea Sanchez is a self-confessed yarn crazy knitter and knitwear designer who writes the craft blog Life on Laffer. Techniques Included Stitch your way to knitted joy by mastering seven essential stitches.

Granny Square pattern, with pictures (scene one, take two) Edit #2 (late November 2006): I've noticed on several forums that a lot of people are using my rectangle granny square pattern. Seen the comment that people are worried about the long sides of the afghan narrowing while the corners on the short ends stick out. This is perfectly normal. Once your afghan starts getting bigger the weight of the afghan will make things even out. You dont need to do anything special to fix it. EDIT: November 2006 -- I've found several of my pictures in other sites on the internet...I dont mind people giving out the LINK to my blog, but I do mind people lifting my pictures and claiming that the items in the pictures were personally made by them. I'll be gradually putting copyright info on my pictures, altho, it's probably a little late now... Here's hoping the power doesnt go all wonky on me again (and it could...there's a heck of a wind storm going on outside) This is a crochet pattern that was taught to me by my late grandmother. Rectangular Granny Afghan

Alice-Inspired Mitts Author Ellie Thouret Introduction I love the knitted mittens that Alice wears in New Moon but I’m not confident enough in my knitting to tackle them. Materials List 4mm (G) hook Worsted-weight yarn I used a 4mm hook and the New Moon colourway yarn from Bristol County Dyeworks. Finished Size Approx. 30cm in length Gauge Gauge 5 hdc per inch 3 rows per inch The Pattern Pattern ch32, join with sl st in 1st ch, ensuring that chain is not twisted. row 1: ch3 (counts as first dc), dc around, join with sl st in first st – 32 sts row 2-4: ch3 (counts as first dc), dc in next 3 sts, fpdc in next 4 sts, *dc in next 4 sts, fpdc in next 4 sts*, rep from * to * around, ending with fpdc in last 4 sts. row 5: ch3 (counts as first dc), dc2tog over next 2 sts, dc in next st *fpdc in next 4 sts, dc in next 4 sts, fpdc in next 4 sts, dc in next st, dc2tog over next 2 sts*, rep from * to * around, ending with fpdc in next 4 sts. row 10: ch2 (counts as first hdc), hdc around, join with sl st in first st. - 24 sts

charisa_martin: How to Knit a Welt, a Ridge, a Pintuck: Texture! Welt, Ridge, Pintuck: How ToA knitted welt adds texture and definition to your knitting. You can do it small, you can do it large. It's easy. Here's how to do it. Click a photo to see it bigger. 1. 2. photo (a): knit the ridge fabric 2. photo (b): pick up stitches from the original fabric (not the ridge fabric) 3. photo (c): knit the welt closed - knit two stitches together. photo (d): after the welt is closed - live stitches are once again the original yarn (white, wrong side view) 4. photo (e): finished welt after knitting it closed, front of fabric You've knit a ridge, a welt, a pintuck!