Today lets try Double Sided Knitting!
No don’t leave. I promise its not that hard, not the way that I do it. Double sided knitting can get pretty complicated but it doesn’t have to be. Today I’ve got three videos which show how to make these little pot scrubbers. They are the perfect thing to try if you’ve never done double sided knitting. Give me a chance to talk you into it.
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I’m not sure this makes for a “real” Sunday Stitch but it is a Sunday, and this is what I’m working on. Also, I promised to show my cheater-cheater way to line a tote bag. So I’m shoehorning that into today’s post!
If you don’t sew, don’t sew well, or just like to cheat (who doesn’t?) then you may find this useful.
Continue reading Sunday Stitch – How to Line a Bag When You Don’t Sew
Tinking is not much fun. But sometimes you need to undo that knitting and then you only have two choices: pull out the needles and start ripping, or undo one stitch at a time. Tinking is the one stitch-at-a-time way.
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The crochet Bullion Stitch, aka the Roll Stitch, is one of those vintage stitches that you don’t see much in patterns today. But its still around…. hiding out in the occasional flower motif and adding a little something special to stand-alone embellishments. Its not the easiest stitch to make. I should say, its not the easiest stitch to make well. Which is why I cheat when I make my bullion stitches.
I do love a good cheat.
Continue reading Sunday Stitch – Making Crochet Bullion Stitches the Easy Way
I’m a blocker. I block most everything that comes off my needles and hooks.
Slouchy hats, tams, berets, can be tricky to block on a standard pin-board because the don’t really lay flat. They are three dimensional. If you’re a blocker like me who feels compelled to block everything, you need a different method..
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Today I’m chain plying some of my handspun yarn. If all you have done so far is the traditional plying from two or more bobbins then you will love this. With chain ply, you can to turn a spun single, from just one bobbin, into a three ply yarn.
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The sewing in of ends can put a powerful frown on a knitter’s face. Any sewing of any sort seems to be might unpopular among knitters. While I haven’t yet heard of a way to make those sweater pieces graft themselves together (if I do I’ll run straight here to you!) I can share a way of weaving in those ends as you knit. Maybe that will relieve the knitting community of some of its terrible, tapestry needle inflicted burden!
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Good morning*, Happy Sunday and have you ever tried Tunisian Crochet?
This little tutorial is to get you started. I demonstrate the Tunisian Simple Stitch. There is LOTS more to this style of crochet. You could fill up whole books with different Tunisian stitches (and people have). This is just one, just the Tunisian Simple Stitch.
To many people it looks like knitting. It’s not. There is another Tunisian Stitch (Tunisian knit stitch) and it looks EXACTLY like knitting. Its not either. Tunisian is made with a hook.
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What’s a Distaff? Its a
highly sophisticated precision instrument toy for handspinners. And it usually does not look like this.
Continue reading Sunday Stitch – How to Make and Use a Beaded Wrist Distaff
If you’ve ever seen a knitter work cables without a cable needle it probably looked like a magic trick. Magicians are never supposed to reveal their secrets… but I always do. I can’t help myself.
These cables look like regular 2×2 cables, and that’s just what they are. Except I made them without a cable needle and I demonstrate how in the video below.
But I want to confess something first. I almost always use a cable needle myself. When I’m making a cabled knit, and I usually want the cables to be very prominent and defined and so I use the cable needle. I need to! Usually I’m working my cables very tight and with lots of tension to make them pop out.
Personally, I only cable without a needle under the following conditions:
- I took my knitting on-the-go and left my cable needle at home. That happens quite frequently!
- Bad little cats stole with my cable needle and now its under the refrigerator. (That really shouldn’t be a problem because I should have 3 other cable needles but I can never seem to find them until after I’ve gone out and bought more.)
- I’m making cables that aren’t supposed to be tight at all but soft and smooshy (like slouchy hats or puffy blankets or sometimes shawls). These can be made the traditional way with cable needles of course. But you don’t have to. Those projects are perfect for the magic trick of cabling without a cable needle.
Here is how!
Give it a try the next time your cable needle is at home (or under your fridge). Some knitters really take to this method and use it all the time. Cabling is much faster when you don’t have to fiddle with that extra cable needle.
P.S. Here is The Bad One trying to find, and steal, my cable needle. Ha! There isn’t one!
P.S.S. The general wisdom is that a designer should never show a design before its published because people will steal it. I don’t think that’s true but if it is I’m willing to risk it. Here are two designs I’m working on that have soft, squishy cables (which I’m working without a cable needle). The blue hat is done and I should have it ready to share soon. The multicolor shawl is far from done and I need to get off my butt and make some progress on that. What do you think? Feedback is love!
If you liked this video tutorial, you might also like Making Right-twists and Left-twists, aka mock cables.