by Meg BatemanNovember 20, 20201 min read0 Comments
This week Kelley whipped up The Capitol hat by Hinterm Stein. This pattern is a lovely celebration of our country's historical architecture and is a part of a series of "Domes around the World"! It's a fairly easy pattern using twisted and wrapped stitches to replicate the Capitol dome.
by Meg BatemanNovember 06, 20201 min read0 Comments
It got cold fast here in the Inland Northwest, so Kelley decided to whip up the Matching Balaclava by Katrin Schubert to keep warm while walking the dogs. It's a quick knit in worsted weight that's perfect for those brand new to the brioche stitch. Kelley recommends using Ultra Alpaca Eco to knit up this warm hood.
by Meg BatemanOctober 29, 20201 min read0 Comments
Do you get frustrated with trying to 'lock' long floats when doing colorwork? You're not alone! It's a problem knitters have tried to solve for centuries. While knitting the Alaska Hat, Kelley decided to use Stranded Ladderback Jacquard to lock her floats. Kelley used Starke 6 and Ultra Alpaca Light to knit this hat.
by Meg BatemanOctober 22, 20201 min read0 Comments
Kelley's latest knit holiday table decoration is the Easy Linen Stitch Placemat. These easy-to-knit placemats lay completely flat and add a level of elegance to your table that would cost a pretty penny at the store! The knitting pattern is available for free.
by Meg BatemanOctober 16, 20201 min read0 Comments
This week Kelley got a head start on her Thanksgiving table decorations with the free pattern Cute Little Pumpkin Patch by Nimble Needles.This knit pumpkin pattern uses the increases Knit Left Loop (KLL) and Knit Right Loop (KRL) – both of which are practically invisible and leave no holes. In this week's Technique Tuesday, Kelley demonstrated how to make these increases and compared them to the increases she normally uses.
by Meg BatemanOctober 01, 20202 min read0 Comments
Second-Sock-Syndrome is a real problem! You finish one sock, and everything gets set aside before you ever get to the second one. By doing two-at-a-time socks, mittens, leg warmers, etc – you avoid that problem all together! This week Kelley shared essential advice for knitting two-at-a-time items.
by Meg BatemanSeptember 24, 20202 min read0 Comments
The I-Cord Bind-Off adds a lovely finishing edge to your knitted projects, especially shawls! But what about projects done in the round like cowls and ponchos? In this week's Technique Tuesday, Kelley shared how to use the Kitchener Stitch to join both ends of the i-cord bind-off seamlessly! No one can tell where your i-cord bind-off starts and stops.
by Meg BatemanSeptember 17, 20202 min read0 Comments
It's a problem as old as knitting itself – curling and rolled edges on stockinette or lace!Kelley decided to experiment and see what finishing edges she could use to prevent the curling without altering the look of her knitting project. These tricks for preventing rolled edges in knits will work for almost any knit project!
Knitting in the round is often the preferred method for making everything from hats to sweaters, but with smaller circumferences things can get tricky! Here are several methods for knitting a hat in the round such as using a 16" circular needle, Magic Loop, double pointed needles, FlexiFlips, and two circular needles.
by Kathleen CubleySeptember 04, 20193 min read0 Comments
Kelley is knitting the Stonecrop Pullover by Andrea Mowry, and she's using our new yarn, Sasquatch by Coeur d'Alene Yarns! There are a lot of skills to practice in this sweater, including short-rows, stranded colorwork, crochet bobbles, cables, and the tubular cast-on and bind off. Kelley shares some tips and tricks for a few of those skills!
Kelley shows you how to knit the Left Twist. This is a nice complementary stitch to regular cabling, plus you can add these twists without the extra work of using a cable needle. This stitch looks good as a border on the edge of regular cables.