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Links I’ve Liked This Week

Posted by mtmom on January 9, 2011

Work continues on the 2 tams for summer 2011 Cast On, but in the mean time, here are some links to a video, a photo tutorial, a clever product, and a lovely poem.  The first 3 were referenced in a recent Berroco KnitBits e-newsletter, and the last, from Nicky Epstein’s “Talks from the Yarniverse” interview by the folks at the Lion Brand studio in NYC.

(1)  Berroco video about attaching a buttonband that has been knit separately (Norah Gaughan) (embedding not working today);

(2)  Photo tutorial by Sarah of the “Live and Let Knit. . . and Craft” blog, about a Japanese version of 3-needle bind-off;

(3)  Make your own fabric-covered buttons with a kit, recommended by Cirilia Rose of Berroco;

(4)  Loved this Knitter’s Christmas poem when I heard interviewer-Patty and Nicky Epstein read it at the end of their “Yarniverse” video interview.  It was written for Nicky by her husband as a Christmas gift!

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“Fetching” in Process

Posted by mtmom on December 20, 2009

I’m making a change to this iconic pattern from knitty.  I didn’t like how the picot bind-off made the top flare. . .

Before:  off the needles .

Before:  back of handBefore:  side view.










. . . so I undid the Bo and bound off just in purl.  (Isn’t it great when you can make it do what you want?! — at least, mostly.)

After:  off the needlesAfter:  palm After:  side view I also redid the BO on the thumb (after this photo), and am about halfway through knitting the second — about 3 rounds until thumb trick!

The yarn has arrived for summer Cast On project, so my next post will likely talk about that.  Ever heard of “1/2 N 1/2”?  ( I hadn’t — this’ll be a new experience! )

If I don’t talk to you again before Friday:


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Trying Out Jeny’s Stretchy CO and BO, plus an FO

Posted by mtmom on December 3, 2009

My last post had videos about how to do Jeny’s Surprisingly Stretchy Bind-off and Jeny’s Stretchy Slipknot Cast-on.  I told you then that I’d tried the bind off, but not the cast-on.  Well, now I’ve tried both, and here are my results and comments.

Bind Off

This is a LARGE close-up view of Jeny’s Surprisingly Stretchy Bind-Off (JSSBO).  See the double row of horizontal bars?  The top row/round has the usual teardrop shaped stitches when viewed from the top.  The loops underneath are the extra YO’s you made between every stitch.  The YO’s end up as horizontal loops around the necks of the last row’s/round’s stitches.  This extra yarn can be drawn upon by the BO stitches to allow extra stretch.  This BO also eats up a lot of yarn, as you can see here because I used a variegated yarn:  the color blocks get used up doubly quick, about 7 white BO stitches vs 14 white normal stitches in the ribbing.  It’s also a bit bulkier than the surrounding knitting.  Not too hard to do, though, and goes pretty smoothly.

Cast-On, side view

And here is the Slipknot Cast-On (JSSCO).  Both the BO and CO remind me of the Twisted German CO, with the extra loop around the base of each stitch.

But these do follow the bends of ribbing very well.

Cast-On, edge view

The trouble I had with this cast-on was that the yarn (non-superwash merino) didn’t want to pull through the slipknot smoothly, but kept sticking and knotting up prematurely.  When this happened, I had to undo that knot and re-cast-on that stitch.  Not even/uniform enough for Master Knitter work, but good on a hat.  I think I’ll try Twisted German CO (also called Old Norwegian, and some use the same names for slightly different cast-ons) again soon, and compare them for stretch.


Here are some more “normal” shots of the green and tan cap I just completed.

The yarn, “Impeccable worsted” by Loops & Threads, color #02003 “sage butter ombre”, was an impulse-buy at Michael’s Arts & Crafts.  Whenver I just want to try out a new yarn, I make a top-down cap — only takes one skein/ball, and I can simply increase until the top seems “big enough” and switch out needle sizes as I go until all is “just right” (i.e. no pre-swatching!).  This time, I started with 7’s, as the yarn is worsted weight, but it was so spongy it wanted more breathing room, so I sized up to 8.  When it got big enough to go on a 16″ circular, my only available 8 was a Bryspun and the plastic needle material didn’t react well with the acrylic yarn — stitches stuck — so I sized up again to a 9 KnitPicks nickel-plated.  Ahh!  Smooth sailing from there on.  Switched to 2×2 ribbing after 7″.  Used JSSBO.  The “pattern” is a version of my own “Square-Top One-Skein Cap”, available over on Ravelry.  (When using a 50 gram ball, you don’t have enough for ribbing, so that pattern calls for a rolled edge; here I had 100 grams/192 yds.)

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Stretchy Cast-On and Bind-Off.

Posted by mtmom on November 29, 2009

Two how-to YouTube videos for knitting techniques devised by Jeny Staiman, one a bind-off, and one a cast-on, and both VERY stretchy.  I tried the BO today, but have not tried the CO yet.

“Jeny’s Stetchy Slip-Knot Cast-On”, demonstrated by Jeny Staiman.

“Jeny’s Surprisingly Stretchy Bind-Off” demonstrated by Cat Bordhi.


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