Monday, April 24, 2017
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Recently I started with making knitted baby booties for a friend. After making several, I decided the gift needed something more.  So I made hats to match. Then I decided to make a sweater, matching the garter stitch Baby Jane style booties.  I like Elizabeth Zimmermann’s Baby Surprise Jacket.  It’s knit all in one piece, and ends up being folded much like origami before sewing the shoulder seams.  For this one, I added a hood and applied I-cord trim.  Click here now for a DVD with the instructions for the Baby Surprise Jacket with collar and I-cord options.  For more knitting... (Read More ...)

I have finished my first sock of 2012! And what I have decided is I’m working on my own version of a generic sock.  Right now it’s knit cuff down, because the arch shape seems to work best that way. The arch shape is based on Elizabeth Zimmermann and Meg Swansen’s “Arch-Shaped Stockings” pattern, available from Schoolhouse Press. My current interest in socks started while caring for my mother. In her later years, it was often hard to keep her warm.  And her feet in particular would get cold.  The socks available in the stores were seldom what she wanted, so I decided... (Read More ...)

Recently I finished a pair of socks. They are based on a pattern designed by Elizabeth Zimmermann and Meg Swansen.  The pattern is called Arch-Shaped Stockings.  And they are. The socks have an arch shape, and snugly fit the sole of your foot.   I have a high arch.  And despite what the so-called experts say about knitting socks, just adding extra length to the arch is not nearly as comfortable as the curved arch in these socks.  So the socks I knit from this pattern are among my favorites. I like a ribbed sock, because it hugs my leg and foot better.  And yes, you can alter patterns for... (Read More ...)

This morning I finished a sock. It’s a pattern I’ve tweaked rather extensively.  It started as an Elizabeth Zimmermann and Meg Swansen pattern.  I’ve made them before, but really didn’t care for the toe or the heel.  The original pattern called for a flat toe, with the ends woven with the Kitchener stitch.  And the heel is a saddle heel.  In looking for a toe that might be more comfortable, I came across a pattern in a needlework book from the 1940s.  It suggests a rounded toe can be made like a mitten. And you know what? I like it better! As I was casting on this... (Read More ...)

As a child, I learned to knit. My knitting was a mixture of: what my mother taught me, what I learned from a knitting pamphlet, and my own invention. Amazingly enough, it worked. Actually, it worked quite well. That is, until I attempted circular knitting and lace. 😯 They were much less forgiving than knitting, purling, and even cables. Over the past few years I’ve been seeking new ways (for me) to cast on. In retrospect my original cast-on either never made it to the knitting manuals or I remembered it wrong. Which is probably why it was so difficult challenging. 😕 When I learned a... (Read More ...)

Do you closely follow knitting instructions? Okay, I confess: my tendency is to knit the “perfect” item. The first time. Up tight knitter? Who me? 😕 Sometimes I follow the instructions exactly. And sometimes I adapt them as I knit. Following the knitting instructions exactly is not as important to me as the finished project. Ideally, I can try on a project while knitting, making adjustments as needed. Finishing a big project only to decide it doesn’t look right or doesn’t fit quite right — and can only be fixed by copious ripping and re-knitting — is not my idea of... (Read More ...)

When ready to bind off my first toe-up knee sock, I nearly didn’t. The knitting instructions for my socks said to “bind off loosely.”  With other projects, I’d been able to bind off loosely using one or two tried-and-true methods. A sock was different. No matter which method I tried, it just didn’t stretch enough to get it on around my heel, let alone over my calf.  I searched all my knitting instruction books without help.  None of them have toe-up sock, top-down hat or finger-down mitten knitting instructions. In reviewing this, it seems to be a fairly common dilemma.  Socks need... (Read More ...)

A couple of days ago, my cotton worsted yarn was calling. Instead of the usual dishcloths, I decided to knit  washcloths. You know, the kind that are often referred to as spa washcloths. Many patterns for spa washcloths use garter stitch, which makes a good scrubbing surface. However, it’s not as fancy as I wanted. I like the two colors of a Ballband dishcloth. And making one the opposite or negative of the other economically uses 2 small balls of cotton yarn almost completely. In looking closely at some of the dishcloths I’ve made from the Ballband knitting instructions, they looked... (Read More ...)

When I read about a bride’s purse in Knitting Daily, I knew I wanted to try its free knitting instructions. However, I didn’t have enough white crochet thread, and the correct size needles were in use for socks I started a while back. I did, however, have a purse I’d started which was sitting on a shelf. Sitting alone because I found it too hard to knit. Not wanting to give up on crochet thread, the Knitting Daily pattern was just what I needed to try again. Knitting with 2 strands crochet thread I like the way the two colors of crochet cotton blended, and wanted to use them.... (Read More ...)