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A Tutorial on Applied I-cord Bind off

My moebius cowl patterns Infinity Squared and Time Loop both feature the Applied I-Cord Bind Off.  Since the moebius has only one edge, this bind off makes a particularly nice finish for the cowls. For a little extra flair, you can work the bind off in a contrast color. Here is how to work the applied i-cord bind off (shown using contrast yarn). I will be adding a video of the technique shortly but here is the pictorial Step-by-step.


First, pour yourself a cup of tea. This is going to take a while on a moebius.



Step 1

Cast on 3 stitches onto left needle or spare double pointed needle using a bit of waste yarn.



Step 2

Picking up contrast yarn, knit these three stitches, making sure to tighten the first stitch so there won’t be a hole.



Step 3

Keeping the right side facing you, slip the three stitches you just worked back to left needle.



Step 4

Pulling yarn tight behind the stitches, knit first two stitches.



Step 5a

Yarn over (This step will help to hide the contrasting color from edge of the knitted piece. You can omit this step if you are binding off in the same color).



Step 5b

Slip the next stitch knitwise (this is the last stitch of your i-cord).



Step 5c

Knit 1 stitch from cowl edge (stitch to be bound off).



Step 5d

Pass last two stitches (yo and slipped stitch) over this stitch. [This joins the i-cord stitches to cowl edge and binds off the first stitch. (Steps 5a -5d are really one decrease but it needed to be shown in multiple photos, hence, the a – d reference rather than counting each photo as a separate step)].



Step 6: Repeat Steps 3 – 5 until you have bound off all stitches. 3 stitches remain on the needle.



To finish your edge, carefully remove waste yarn from the stitches at the beginning of the bind off and transfer live stitches to a needle. Graft these stitches together with the 3 stitches at the end of the bind off to form a seamless closure. Alternately, you may seam stitches or use 3-needle bind off to join two ends of i-cord.


Time Loop Cowl

Time Lp Cowl is totally  fun-to-knit; a bit addictive if truth be told. This completely reversible moëbius cowl/wrap features a contrast i-cord edging. Versatile and fun-to-wear; the style looks great on guys and gals. The pattern has plenty of room for customization and is a great stash busting project. It can be worn over the ears and the larger version makes a nice wrap for the shoulders.


Pattern is worked in the round from the center to the edge beginning with Cat Bordhi’s magical moëbius cast on. Once you get started, this is a relaxing knit that is perfect for TV or travel. Suitable for advanced beginner to intermediate knitters. Skills used: Cat Bordhi’s moëbius cast on (video tutorial link provided), knitting in the round, applied i-cord bind off (pictorial tutorial link provided)

Pattern available at a special introductory price of $3.00

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Celebrate Spring!

For a variety of reasons, I do not like winter.  This winter has seemed  ridiculously long. But after waiting for at least 42 months, it is finally Spring here. So you will not hear me complaining about the pollen, or the return of the mosquitoes, or even the need to weed my flowerbeds and mow the yard.

To celebrate the arrival of Spring at Heart House, I am offering a discount on all my single patterns. Use the code Finally when you check out and you will get a 25% discount on your entire purchase.  Discount works on one pattern or a cart full (discount doesn’t apply to e-books).  And as a special bonus for my blog readers, if you like my Facebook page, join my Ravelry group, or make a comment on this post, I will send you a surprise bonus pattern with your purchase. This code is good through 30 April 2015. Tell your friends. Have fun. And enjoy Spring.



Samwise Gamgee

This sock pattern, like the Lord of the Rings character for which it was named, is practical and simple.  The stitch pattern is easy to memorize, but not boring, making it a great TV or travel knit. The design is compact so it can handle self-striping and many variegated yarns.  The texture gives the sock a nice stretch to make it fit a broader range of people.


Pattern is worked in the round from the top down. Pattern is carried down the heel. It features a horseshoe heel (heel flap and gusset construction). Instructions are detailed but assume you have basic knowledge of top down sock construction including turning a heel, picking up stitches, and Kitchener stitch grafting. Includes both written and charted instructions.  Suitable for advanced beginner to intermediate knitters.

Pattern available for a special introductory price of $3.00

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Has It Really Been That Long?


Over the past few years, I have discovered that creativity and depression do not play well together. This is particularly evident in my writing or at least how long it has been since I have posted. On the bright side, I am feeling much better now. So for 2015, I am focusing on new beginnings.

I am already working on improving my health. I am actually exercising now. I  got a Fit Desk for my birthday so now I can use my computer and work out at the same time to make the boring parts of exercise more fun.

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The Blob That Ate My Adventure

So, I know we were planning to continue our Ladies Work-table adventure. And I have done some preliminary work, but the writing style of the book is so antiquated, it’s taking me a bit of effort to translate it into modern knitting terms. I haven’t given up on it; it’s just taking more concentration that I anticipated.

Along the way, my head ended up in the clouds (i.e. I got distracted by Nuvem). I was attracted to the pattern because it claimed to produce a shawl substantial enough to replace a cardigan. This really appealed to me because I really don’t like coats (unless I can have a lovely long trench coat like Doctor Who or Sherlock). I prefer a cape or shawl that I can toss on as I run to the car but then easily remove once I’m back indoors. Hopefully, this will be just the accessory I’ve been looking for.

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Tabitha’s Test Kitchen

In which tabitha tries desperately to replace worn out kitchen gadgets.


Who knew that getting a new can opener would be a difficult thing to do. I know I would be considered old-fashioned but I prefer hand-held manual can openers. For one thing, they are quieter and generally faster than their electric counterparts. They also take us less storage space, and most importantly, they don’t require electricity, which makes them handy in a power outage.  Read more

Studying the Map

“No one can look upon THE NEEDLE, without emotion; it is a constant companion throughout the pilgrimage of life.”

Before you begin any journey, you have to take time to prepare. It is important to collect the necessary supplies and to study the map (It’s best to make sure you understand all the symbols and runes).  You wouldn’t want to take a wrong turn in Albuquerque and end up hopelessly lost.

To read our knitting “map”, we have to determine a few things – when the book was written; where it was published;  its target audience.  These details can help us decipher the outdated text. In the case of The Ladies’ Work-Table Book, the book was published in New York in 1844 with young ladies being the target audience. From this information, we can assume that the patterns will use mostly US terms and measurements but the language will be quite formal, a bit flowery, and somewhat archaic – think Dickens or Austen.

With that in mind, let’s explore the materials and tools recommended for knitting and crochet.

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Vintage Adventures

Yes, I know. It has been a ridiculously long time since I did any blogging. I could make excuses or give you pages of explanations but I think I will spare you the gory details and simply say I wasn’t feeling well. Now, let’s move forward.

I’ve been doing a lot of reading lately thanks to the encouragement of the adult summer reading program at my local library. I do much of my reading on a Kindle now so I am constantly searching for inexpensive reading materials.

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Georgie Cowl & Hat

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.

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