I have just released a new pattern that is great for those variegated yarns that you have in your stash that don’t want to cooperate with a stitch pattern. It is part of the Malabrigo Quickies program. This quick-to-knit moss stitch cowl and mitts is designed to match the Georgie Hat. The textured stitch makes this an excellent project for variegated yarns and responds well to thick and thin, handspun or single ply yarns like the ever-so-soft Malabrigo Silky Merino.
The three pieces can be worked with 2 skeins of yarn for most sizes and they are great for last minute gift giving. You can dress up your project with unusual buttons to make it fun to wear. This is a great project to showcase those big, unusual buttons that you have in your stash.
Pattern is suitable for the advanced beginner to intermediate knitter, the cowl is knit flat with applied i-cord edging used to form the button holes. The mitts begin flat and are completed in the round. The thumb is worked separately and the cuff is completed with applied i-cord edging to add the button hole. Pattern uses basic knit and purl stitches, i-cord, and simple decreases.
For a limited time, buy this pattern together with the Georgie Hat and get a 45% discount on the two patterns. You will need to purchase both patterns together to get the discount to work. No coupon code needed.
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Over the years I have discovered some less conventional uses for stitch markers that can be real time savers and stress reducers. One of my favorites is to use them to avoid counting. When working with a pattern that requires you to do something in alternating intervals – like decrease every 4th row, increase every other row, or work a cable every 8th row – it is easy for me to lose track of what row I am working. Enter the humble stitch marker. By connecting several together to form a chain, you have a quick row counter that will let you know when it is time to do that special something in your pattern.
Here at Heart House, we are getting ready for what promises to be a very busy summer. The garden is planted and we should be picking the first fresh zucchini in a day or two. The school work is winding down. And we are getting ready for lots of fun this summer – summer reading programs, field trips, 4H classes.
We will be participating in another tour of duty with Starfleet Fiber Arts Corps. The Heart household received many honors in the spring tour of duty. PBC was promoted to Lt. Commander and I have achieved the rank of Commander, though there may be another promotion in store for me soon. We both won medals for completing all 18 missions during the tour. And our ship, the USS Alpaca, won the title of Flagship for the next tour so we are excited to begin the Deep Space tour with that honor.
The last few weeks I have been talking about re-purposing ordinary household items as knitting tools. Using items from around the house instead of buying specialty equipment for every knitting task means I have more money for yarn. I the spirit of eco-friendliness, I thought I might share one of my favorite blocking tips.
In my last Tips, I talked about unconventional storage solutions for knitters. This time I want to share another little storage tip with you. One that deals with having the right tools quickly available. Read more
I have a sort of love/hate relationship with variegated yarns. I adore how they look in the skein. I find them to be fun and colorful yet I hate how limiting they are to my knitting. There are only so many things you can knit using variegated yarn. So I often satisfy my longing for variegated colors with dish cloth cottons.
Unconventional Knitting Containers
We all have lots of little knitting notions that we have to keep up with – tapestry needles, stitch markers, etc. Finding the perfect container for storing them can be a chore. But with a little creativity, you may discover that you have the perfect container just lying around your house. Here are some of the unconventional, no-cost and environmentally-friendly things that I use for storing knitting notions.
Cast On Spacing
A favorite cast on of many knitters is the Long Tail Cast On but many people have problems keeping this cast on from being too tight. This is caused when you get the stitches too close together in the casting on process. The normal inclination is to push each stitch against the last one as you proceed. This will result in an inflexible cast on that is usually too small for the rest of the piece. To correct this, simply space your stitches out a bit. You should have as much space between each stitch as the yarn is wide.
My kids love holidays, especially the geeky ones. Wednesday, was a bigger celebration than Christmas at the Heart House. It was the birthday of Albert Einstein (of e=mc2 fame), Frank Borman (one of the first astronauts to circle the moon) and Billy Crystal (aka Miracle Max from The Princess Bride). If that wasn’t enough, it was also National Potato Chip Day and Learn About Butterflies Day. In addition, Google posted a special doodle honoring origami expert, Akira Yoshizawa. But the thing that really made the day for my kids was that it was Pi Day. In honor of such a monumental day, I would like to share the Pi pie that we made to celebrate.
When working a cast on for larger projects, it is often necessary to cast on a LOT of stitches. It isn’t unusual for a sweater cast on to have more than 200 stitches cast on. These large cast ons are not things you want to do twice so how can you make sure you have enough stitches cast on? Here are a couple of tricks I use.