Posted by: GourmetGirl | January 9, 2015

Knitting Knowledge

I never really think about my Knitting Knowledge.

Like many knitters, I have my sucesses and my “not to happy” results. I admire my stitches and sometime rip them out to start over. Yes, I can rip down a section of cables or simple lace and work them back to my needles with my crochet hook. It is very convenient and saves time when there is a mistake I cannot – or do not wish to –  live with in the project.

Donna's Lace Shawl

Donna’s Lace Shawl

I have persuaded my mother to pick up her needles. She knitted Donna’s Lace Shawl for me. I designed it for a beginning knitter to be able to work a lace shawl that looks much more complex. It has slipped edges and only one row of yarn overs and knit togethers. The other rows are either knits or purls.

It is in one of her favorite colors. She has worn it AND washed it. I didn’t ask HOW she washed it – but asked HOW it looked afterwards! She responded GOOD! (Part in thanks to a good cotton yarn from Cascade!)

This time she is knitted a bit more complecated piece. A poncho that had been modeled from one in her closet that she loves. This poncho is in another of her favorite colors. A pretty coral in wool. We have added a cable section down the front.

It also starts with a crocheted temporary cast on. I love to shape neck lines with this type of method.

Helping her, this week, has reminded me of some Knitting Knowledge that I take very much for granted.

A big one: Not to use “knots” in your piece! When changing to a new skein do not “knot” the two strands together then continue your work and PRAY that the knot wants to stay on the wrong side of your work. Leave a long tail from each skein and weave the ends in with a tapestry needle after working several rows. There are many ways to do this to hide them. Some yarns “hide” better than others. Be patient and don’t be afraid to pick the yarn back out from your weaving to try another way.

I could list several ways to weave in your yarn ends, but I will save that list for another post……..:)

The next piece of Knitting Knowledge I would like to pass on is using a crocheted temporary cast on. After working with several designs with it, I have added to the poncho pattern my mother is working on (and will try to remember to add it to a few other patterns) a few bits of help.

 Note: The neck is shaped by knitting into a crocheted chain. Things to make the process of this temporary cast on easier include: 

1: Make sure the waste yarn is VERY different in color. This helps to distinguish yarns when cutting away the chain. 

2: Use a large crochet hook. The larger the chains, the easier it is to see where your stitches are added. 

3: Consider placing the stitches on an extra circular needle as you add new sts to the crochet chain. They are very easy to see when you first add them to the chain and you know how many to pick up. Cut the chain away after all sts are working into the chain and you have worked a few rows in-the-round.

These notes can make a BIG difference in the patience required when ready to work the temporary stitches!

I am working on a few simple designs that have help like this in the pattern. Teaching Patterns that can be used as a stepping stone to help you with your Knitting Knowledge.Screen Shot 2015-01-09 at 8.12.39 AM

More later……

Happy Knitting,

Nancy

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