Several of the knitters in our shop are taking part in the Odyssey Shawl Knit-Along, and in this week's Technique Tuesday, Kelley shared some tips for knitting this beautiful shawl. (It's not to late to get the free pattern and sign up!)
I loved her advice for using stitch markers to keep track of various things in the pattern:
Stitch markers can be a knitter's best friends! Kelley used them in an interesting way to keep track of her stitch count. In the first garter section, Kelley knew that each ridge represented four increases, so she placed a locking stitch marker every 10 garter ridges to make it easy to count her increases and make sure she was on track with her stitch count.
She also used ring stitch markers when knitting the lace bands of the shawl. Placing a marker between each repeat is such a great idea because you can check your work at the end of each repeat, instead of getting to the end of the whole row and realizing your count is off. Such a bummer when that happens, so place those markers and make your life easier.
We hope these tips and the others that Kelley shared make your Odyssey knitting journey easier. Please share your progress with us in our Facebook VIP Group!
And don't forget to join us each Tuesday on our Facebook page at 9:30 am Pacific for Technique Tuesday. Not only will you learn great stuff from Kelley, we always have a giveaway for you.
Learn two techniques for making your sweaters look professional: using backing buttons and adding a phony seam. All sweater knitters should have these skills in their toolbox.
Kelley practiced them on a baby sweater, the Latte Coat by Lisa Chemery. Chidrens' sweaters are wonderful learning tools if you're a beginning sweater knitter, because you can try complex skills on a small scale.
Kelley just finished a pair of Skimmer Socks by Sheila Toy Strombetzg. These are great when you don't want your socks to show very much, because they're almost invisible under your shoes. I especially love this style because I'm a clog wearer, and these come up lower on the top of the foot, so they don't show. Yay!
These and the Turkish Bed Socks are my favorite knit sock patterns to wear with clogs.