All Sewn Up!

When Nancy Marchant’s Bramen Cowl was released this month, I was excited to see it made use of a sewn cast off, a personal favourite of mine. Sewn cast offs have a lot to recommend them. They tend to be stretchy, so you won’t end up with a cowl that won’t fit over your head. They’re a fabulous match for a long tail cast on. And I find the sewn action of the cast off pleasing and meditative to work.

Read More

There's more than one way to two-colour long-tail cast on!

A few weeks ago, we shared a video tutorial detailing the two-colour long-tail cast-on method, which is used in this month’s Boost Your Knitting pattern, the Bramen Cowl. As with many knitting techniques though, there’s more than one way to accomplish this cast on. Today let’s take a look at another approach, which uses both hands and is sometimes known as a “thumb method” long-tail cast on.

Read More

The Magic of a Two-Colour Long-Tail Cast On

I love the joyful feeling that comes from learning something new. There’s a real satisfaction in delving into a completely new technique, and emerging some hours later feeling like you’ve got it. But there’s a special rush that comes from learning a new tip or trick that builds on previous knowledge, that you can almost immediately grasp, and that leaves you wondering hey, why didn’t I think of that? I had just that sort of light bulb moment when learning how to work the two-colour long-tail cast on for the Bramen Cowl, this month’s Boost Your Knitting pattern.

Read More

How to: Add pleats to your knitting

We're back with our first tutorial video! This is about how to add pleats to your knitting. It was shot at the same time as my introduction to Theme and Variation that I posted a couple of weeks ago, so doesn't reflect any of the kind feedback we received. We will work those tweaks in when we do our next lot of filming in July! I do hope you'll enjoy the tutorial, and find it helpful.

The video covers the following areas:

What is a pleat?

Underlay, turnback and overlay.

Setting up your fabric to add structure to your pleat.

How to prepare the stitches for joining in the pleat.

Joining 3 sets of stitches.

Pleats are featured in Turmeric by Veera Välimäki and Manu by Kate Davies.

And finally, I am wearing my Knotted Kernel cowl, which is my own design (but includes no pleats!).

We'll be back tomorrow with a round-up from our Hapsarehappening Knitalong over on Ravelry, and we'll be awarding the first work in progress prizes, so get your project photos up in the group. There are some truly stunning projects in the making!

Learning from designs: Weave Stitch Pattern

One of the perks of working as a technical editor is getting to see a range of patterns from a wide range of designers. I learn something new all the time, and I'm a complete learning junkie, so I love it! On Saturday I will be blogging as part of Susan Crawford's Coronation Knits blog tour, and I'll be sharing some of the things I learnt from working with her.

I particularly enjoy technical editing designs by Nick Atkinson. He has worked as a knitwear designer for many of the biggest fashion houses - Donna Karan, Gucci and Pringle, to name just a few! What I enjoy most about his designs is the way that he manipulates stitches. He's not "hampered" by a background in traditional written knitting patterns - he just picks up needles and yarn and sees what happens.

I had the pleasure of editing his Deauville design for Issue 45 of The Knitter, which features an unusual woven effect stitch pattern. It's very simple to work, but a couple of readers had been getting confused with how to do the crossing rows, so we decided that a video was the best way to explain. If you would like to get your hands on a copy of this design, then back issues of The Knitter can be purchased as a digital edition from Zinio or the Apple Newsstand.

Do watch the video, even if you don't want to knit this design - it is a REALLY clever stitch pattern. Simple, but super-effective - my favourite combination!

Many thanks to Jim for his wicked filming skillz!

See you on Saturday for Coronation Knits and more new things...