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Channel Island Cast On

Posted by mtmom on September 18, 2010

Here is a link to a recent Knitting Daily post, which includes a demonstration video by Eunny Jang of the Channel Island Cast On.  She is suggesting it’s use in top-down socks, but it’s traditional use is in the welts of guernsey (also spelled gansey) sweaters.  Guernsey is one of the Channel Islands, in the English Channel, between the UK and France.  I don’t know if the cast on was developed there, or if the name came from its association with the guernsey sweaters made all up and down the east coast of England and Scotland from the late 1800’s.

Fearless Sock Knitting

And, on another note, here’s a poem from Dr. Seuss that pops into my head periodically:  (thanks to papahere for the text)

How did it get so late so soon?
It’s night before it’s afternoon.
December is here before it’s June.
My goodness how the time has flewn.
How did it get so late so soon?
~Dr. Seuss

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My First Magazine Pattern came yesterday!

Posted by mtmom on February 4, 2010

The “change of life” is. . . interesting.  Yesterday was the 99th Day since my last menses and. . . surprise!  I’m feeling moderately awful, and — perhaps worst — met a new-to-our-church knitter yesterday and probably didn’t make as good a first impression as I would have liked.  Sigh.  But this news is too good not to share:  the spring issue of Cast On showed up in my mailbox yesterday with my first-ever published-in-a-magazine pattern inside!!!

The envelope

That's MK-friend Leslie's vest on the Cover!

Love their "At a Glance" table of contents

There it is -- my vest -- on page 37

My designer blurb

Rejoice with me,

blog friends!!!


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Old Norwegain / Twisted German Cast-On videos

Posted by mtmom on January 20, 2010

edited to add the multiple versions of this demonstration

This is a classic example of the non-uniformity of knitting terminology.  Techniques spread from knitter to knitter, but names may change.  It may make you nuts when researching something, but it’s not a bad thing in itself.  Here we have 3 videos, each knitter gets the same cast-on result, but each manipulates her thumb in a slightly different way.  One movement may be easier for you than another, but all will get you the same stretchy cast-on with the extra twist (and little bump) in the bottom strand.

(1) Knitting Daily and the “Old Norwegian” cast-on.     (originally posted here:

(2) Knitwitch and the “Twisted German” cast-on.  (This is what I usually call it, but not exactly how I usually do it.) 

(3) Lucy Neatby and the “German Twisted” cast-on.  Her thumb technique is closest to the way I learned it. 

Plus a little pic of kitty, for fun.


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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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Managing my Videos

Posted by mtmom on October 6, 2008

I’m moving my YouTube demonstration videos to a new account, styled “MtMomDesigns”.  I’ll be updating the links in the sidebar to reflect their new addresses.  Any new videos will be going to that account, not to the old one.  [So, now you know!]  Isn’t it cool that I can do that at all?!  Thank you, YouTube.  And thanks to teen-genius, my Camera Guy!

You can “subscribe” to my knitting videos from any of the Mt. Mom YouTube pages.  Then, if I upload a new video, you’ll be notified.

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