Crochet and Knit, both. Also blogiversary!
Posted by mtmom on January 13, 2008
Some Christmas-tide progress on the knee socks.
But I also have done quite a bit of crocheting in thick chenille since last I wrote. The (free) pattern for the 2 caps is available in the sidebar. The brown & white cap you’ve seen before, I believe, but this is the first I’ve blogged about the dusty blue cap with brim.
Writing up patterns, particularly in crochet, is new to me. But the skill is an important part of TKGA’s Master Hand Knitter program, so I’m seeking to gain some facility at it. Constructive criticism is welcome. [I say that now. We'll see how I feel after some take me up on the invitation! ;-) ]
I have also recently learned about “blog stats”. What fun! Thanks to WordPress, I can view a graph of number of hits over time, and a list of sites from which people followed a link to here. That can help me to do more of what works to gain knitter-exposure. Speaking of which, I’d like to hold a giveaway in honor of my one-year blogiversary on January 29. I’ll send a goodie (I have a particular book in mind) to one person who leaves me a comment between now and Shrove Tuesday/Super Tuesday, 5 Feb. 2008. Tell me where you heard about my blog, what link you followed or what search you made.
Now, back to knitting content!
Another pattern I’ve written up, eventhough I have not finished the prototype (!) is for this 3-color Spiral Cap. I enjoy these single-round stripes — learned this technique from Meg Swansen, someplace where she was talking about avoiding jogs in circular color-work (Dubbelmossa?). I have made a cap in 2-colors of Baby Alpaca Brush before, but using 3 strands is also fun, and the combination of different yarns stimulates even more ideas for more colorways. Here is Dreamsicle’s beginnings.
And then more. . . .
See how each round of color ends 3 rounds further down than it started? And yet, the older stripes appear continuous!
And here, see how I’m about to pick up the lowest/oldest strand (the dark orange) to begin the next round?
Here I’ve worked a handful of orange stitches past the end-of-round shown in the photo just above, so you see the imtermediate rounds being scrunched as I resume using the color from 3 rounds down without twisting it around any other strands — very important.
One tip for success with this technique: don’t pull the first stitch of the new round very tight. Tightness doesn’t help make the transition smooth; leaving it a bit loose helps the stitches even out later once they’re away from the “scrunch zone”.
Next post (Lord willing): more Master Knitter swatches. Thank you for reading!