I love the bookBuilding Blocks by Michelle Hunter. It is appropriate for the beginning knitters or the advanced knitter wanting a social knitting project, and she's filmed videos on each of the skills in the book. Here are some of the great things about this book:
I chose Hikoo Sueno in color 1182 Dusty Lilac for my blocks, andI'm knitting my building blocks in long strips that are six blocks long.
I'll end up knitting four of these strips, which will cut my seaming down considerably, allowing me to finish my project in less time than seaming each block to another, making the strips.
I'm also knitting 10 rows of seed stitch instead of the cast-on edge in each block, 5 rows of seed stitch at the beginning of each block, and then six rows of seed stitch and a bind-off edge at the end of the block. My method uses three fewer rows and cuts down on the amount of yarn required to knit the project.
I am planning to use eight skeins of Hikoo Sueno for the 40" X 60" throw I am currently working on. I'm using my third skein and am working on my tenth block, so I'll have enough yarn to complete at least a part of another block. That's just over three blocks per skein on a US #6 needle.
My throw will be six blocks long by four blocks wide. Remember, I'm doing strips so my yardage goes further because I'm not casting on and binding off between each block. Plus, I have a few less rows of seed stitch because I don't need the extra rows for joining each block together.
I have more technique videos available for free—hopefully these will help you in your knitting journey.
Regardless of how you proceed with your building blocks, I can assure you that you're in for a real treat as you learn a new skill with each block!
Handknit gloves are so special, and Kelley has whipped up a great free pattern for an easy pair, knit from our exclusive Bravo yarn. These gloves are soft and luxurious but also very practical. Alpaca is warm and light, so these gloves will be light as air.One of the challenges of knitting gloves is avoiding the holes that inevitably appear between the fingers, usually because enough stitches weren't picked up or they were picked up too loosely. Kelley has solved that problem!
Sometimes you just need an easy project to work on, and Kelley's new free pattern, the Simple Ribbed Hat, is the perfect cast-on for times like these.
We debuted this pattern on a recent Technique Tuesday on Facebook Live, and Kelley used it to demonstrated how to fix a few common mistakes knitters make all the time (even a pro-level knitter like Kelley!).
You'll learn how to fix dropped stitches, turn purls into knits, and fix incorrectly oriented stitches.
Have you heard of Izzy Dolls? They're darling little toys that are included in aid packages, and are sometimes a child's first toy. Designer Esther Braithwaite has developed many patterns for Izzy Dolls, sometimes called Comfort Dolls, and they're available free in her Ravelry store.
Kelley fell in love with them and decided to feature Izzy Dolls on her weekly Facebook Live broadcast, Technique Tuesday.