Dream Knits

If you are anything like me as you are working up one project you have the next one in mind, and the next, and the next. I can get lost for hours perusing different knitting sites and planning what’ll be next on my needles. Here are a couple of things that are on my queue. Whether it’ll be what I’ll cast on next or a project for down the road these guys have my attention.

First off, I have accepted that I am a sock knitter. I think that socks should always be in your WIP collection. Rose City Roller Littles Edition by Mara Catherine Bryner are next on my needles. They are the cutest little socks that seem like you could knit them up in an hour. My mom has collected some of her ends and bits from her sock making for me that’ll make up some awesome socks for a toddler. ‘Cuz who needs matching socks? Not a 1.5 year old… or me for that matter.

© Mara Catherine Bryner

To go along with my sock obsession I really want to try the different methods for knitting them. Most people go with the magic loop or the double pointed needles method. I have heard that these 9 in needles can really speed up the process. It won’t work well for baby socks but I want to give it a go for some adult tootsies.

When I saw this pattern I knew that I had to have it. The Witching Hour by Dear Ingenue is one of the coolest colorwork sweaters. This is definitely not your grandmammy’s sweater. It makes me want to binge watch ’21 Monkeys’ tv series.

© Dear Ingenue

I have recently fallen for cropped sweaters. They are so versatile. You can dress it up or dress it down. That makes Ursa by Jacqueline Cieslak on my list. Its a simple raglan construction top with great detailing and with bulky yarn it’ll knit up in a jiffy. I think it’ll be a good sweater to do for when you need a relaxing, tv watching project.

© Jacqueline Cieslak

© Jacqueline Cieslak

Split Back Tank
© Samantha Stadter

I love all of Samantha Stadler’s patterns. Most of them are free too if you go to her blog https://samsweaterz.com/. I can’t decide which I like more the Split Back Tank or the Calion. Either one would be great and airy for summertime!

Calion
© Samantha Stadter

This is really just the readers digest version of my ever growing ‘want to knit’ list. There are so many creative designers out there that keep my list never ending. What’s one of your dream knits?

Happy knitting!

Stitch of the Week: 3

Linen Stitch

The linen stitch is so much easier then it looks. If you can knit and purl then you can do this stitch.

Right side
Wrong side

YF- move yarn to the front of work

YB- move yarn to the back of work

SL- slip stitch

Cast on an even amount.

Row 1: (right side) *k1, yf, sl 1, yb; rep from * to end.

Row 2:(wrong side) *p1, yb, sl 1, yf; rep from * to end.

Repeat these two rows.

yf, sl 1, yb right side

Moving the yarn to the front and back wraps the slipped stitch making the unique design. This makes for a pretty dense fabric that is great for scarves, cowls and dish towels.

Cancun Boxy Lace Top

Lace looks so dainty and fragile. More importantly, it looks incredibly difficult to knit. There are so many stitches to count and mistakes are easily spotted. I chose do to this free pattern from Ravelry to face my fears.

The Cancun boxy lace top by Erin Kate Archer is simple in construction. It’s just two rectangles seamed together. I really like this since I could focus on the new lace techniques and not have to worry about increasing and decreasing.

The pattern called for DK weight yarn so I used Lion Brand Mandala yarn. Using size 8 needles it knits up quick. A couple of garter rows is knit between each of the lace stitches. It was really weird to be purposely making holes in the fabric but I love the way it turned out. The lace stitches are eyelet, dropped, netting, and solid mesh. My favorite stitch is also my least favorite stitch, the dropped stitch. I like how the dropped stitch looks but knitting it was arduous. I really liked how the yarn changed colors within the pattern.

There are so many modifications that you can easily do. Since it was my first time I kept it strictly to pattern. You can make it wider and use it as a beach cover up or add more rows of lace to make it less of a crop.

After you have the front and back done all that’s left to do is to seam the shoulders and the sides. It’ll definitely make a great top for summer!

This top has made lace seem a little less daunting and I really enjoy projects that teach me something new! Do you like to knit lace? What’s your favorite? Let me know in the comments!

Happy Knitting!

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Stitch of the Week: 2

This week we have another simple and widely used stitch pattern. The stockinette (or stocking) stitch is an easy pattern. Cast on any amount of stitches. Alternate between knit rows and purl rows. When working in the round stockinette is just knit row after knit row.

Stockinette Stitch

Stockinette stitch is all smooth and made of a bunch of hearts together. If you purl when you should’ve knitted it’ll be pretty easy to tell the difference.

Reverse Stockinette Stitch

Reverse stockinette stitch just means the other side of stockinette. Typically reverse stockinette is going to be the ‘wrong side’ of your work.

Stockinette can be tricky because it is prone to curling. If you were to make a square of stockinette it’d end up being a tube. It can be managed by adding garter stitch to the border.

Happy knitting!

Knitting Needles

One of my favorite sounds ever is the sound of two needles click clicking together. It is so relaxing that I’ll look up knitting tutorials on YouTube to hear it! For others however the click click drives them crazy.

For those of us that like the sound these metal interchangeable needles are great. You get different sizes of cables and gauges to accomplish almost any project. With circular needles you are able to work in the round or flat.

Bamboo needles are great if you want a quiet knit. They come interchangeable, circular or straight. A thing about wooden needles is that the stitches like to stay on them. With metal needles the stitches slide off with ease but not so much with wooden ones. If you are using a slippy yarn it may come in handy.

Another option is to use plastic needles. I’ve found the tips can be a bit bendy if you are a tight knitter. They slide really well. You can find interchangeable, circular and straight needle options.

Needles can really range in price. Your local craft store will have needles that are great and if you wanna be fancy you can find yourself some one of a kind handmade needles. Which needles are your favorite?

Happy Knitting!

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Stitch of the Week: 1

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Our first stitch will be a really simple and basic one: garter stitch. This is a great stitch and used from beginners to advanced. This will likely be your first stitch pattern since it is simply to knit every row. That’s really it. The front and the back will look the same.

Garter Stitch

While this is a very simple stitch pattern there is so much you can do with it!

Check out these patterns:

Bernat Cushy Garter Blanket

Bernat Garter Stitch Kimono

Purl Soho End To End Pullover

Purl Soho Triangle Garter Wrap

What will you make in garter stitch?!

Stitch of the Week

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I found this great book called 750 Knitting Stitches The Ultimate Knit Stitch Bible and it inspired me to learn what all I can do with a simple knit and purl. Every week I’ll show you the stitch and take it step by step. It will start pretty simple and get more difficult. Get you a book and you can follow along!

Where to Start?

All you really need is yarn and needles. But there are so many different options it can get a bit overwhelming. Lets just start simple and learn about different kinds of yarn.

Acrylic yarn is 100% man made fibers. This is a great beginner yarn because it’s the least expensive fiber. You can make pretty much anything out of acrylic yarn. It does feel a little synthetic but its hardly noticeable. You can make it softer by giving it a good soak in some fabric softener. Acrylic is also great because it can be washed normally. It can be washed on a gentle cycle and dried with other clothes. No risk of shrinking!

Wool. This natural fiber is probably the first kind of yarn you thought about. Wool yarn is great. It is so warm and durable. Since it comes from cute fuzzy sheep it’s also water resistant. One of the words associated with wool is “superwash”. Superwash means that it’s wool that has been treated so that way it is machine washable and won’t felt. That means that superwash is great for baby items and things that you’ll use more often like socks. Wool is great for sweaters and hats since it is so warm. But there is more care involved to keep it how you want it. Wool items should be handwashed in lukewarm water and laid out to dry.

Cotton. I love working with cotton. Cotton is grown around the world and is a great natural fiber to use. It is on the low side of cost. This fiber is very absorbent and light. It is used typically for summer tops and for bath or kitchen related items. It’s also great because you can wash and dry as normal. No special washing instructions are needed.

Alpaca. This is a more scarce fiber to find. Scarcity means cost is higher. But it is worth it! Alpaca is naturally water resistant and is very soft. It is a thinner yarn. It is definitely listed under luxurious. It is still possible to felt alpaca but it’ll take longer then wool. If felting isn’t your goal then take good care of your knit by hand washing it and laying it out to dry.

Bamboo. Bamboo yarn is made from the cellulose of the bamboo plant. It is considered to be really ecofriendly and it adds a lot to your project. It has great drape and feels really fancy. Bamboo is great for summer tops to keep it light and airy. It’s best to hand wash. Although it won’t felt you still want to treat it gently.

Silk. Silk is the very definition of a luxurious yarn. It is made from the protein fibers of insect larvae. It is very slippy and can be difficult to work with. Silk is very delicate and should be washed in the same manner.

Mohair. Mohair is made from goat fibers. It has what’s called a halo, which just means that it has lots of fuzz around it. Mohair is incredibly soft and adds great shine and an airy affect to your work. While you can toss your mohair into the gentle cycle of the washing machine to increase longevity and to protect from snagging on other things it’s best to hand wash and lay out to dry.

There are more specialty yarn out there like angora (rabbit), hemp, and if you look hard enough, dog!

These different fibers can come in blends. For example you can have a 50% acrylic and 50% cotton. I use blends a lot to get in some natural fibers but keep the cost down.

Your favorite brands under one roof: Patons, Bernat, Caron, Lily Sugar‘n Cream, Phentex, and now Red Heart! New and innovative yarn is added all the time.

If you have any questions or anything to add comment below! I’d love to hear from you!

Happy knitting!

A little about me

I learned how to knit in elementary school. My mother taught me how and while I thought it was really cool I never did much with it.

I picked it back up when I was pregnant to make a baby blanket. I caught the fever. If I’m not knitting then I’m thinking about knitting.

I have learned so many new things and I continue to find new tips and techniques. Knitting can be so relaxing and meditative. But, if you are wanting a challenge or something complicated, there is that too.

So lets get out our needles and get stitching!