Hello dear friends! I hope you are having a wonderful week! Guess what?! I finally started my Ravelry groupdedicated to The Gift Of Knitting Designs, where we can chat, discuss our knitting/crochet/machine knitting projects, share WIPs and FOs, help each other and just have fun!
I would LOVE to see you there – The Gift Of Knitting Ravelry Group! I am planning to host KALs/CALs, yarn-delicious giveaways and other fun fiber goodness. But for a start, let’s find out more about each other! Head over to Hello, I am… thread and, please, share something about yourself! I would love to know more about you!!
Today I want to share with you an i-cord bind off when knitting in the round tutorial that I created specially for the sleeves of The Choice Cardigan (coming at the beginning of November!!!). But you can use it with any pattern, even if instructions are completely different!
How To Knit I-Cord Bind Off In The Round
BOR – beginning of the round.
st(s) – stitch(es).
RH – right hand.
LH – left hand.
ssk – slip, slip, knit.
k2tog – knit two together.
tbl – through back loop.
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Here is the link to a video tutorial how to graft live i-cord sts and cast on i-cord sts – Grafting I-Cord Bind Off. The video is silent, but in my opinion is very clear.
I hope you’ll find this mini-tutorial useful! As always, feel free to post any questions in the comments.
Today I have some really precious yarn to share with you! When Wool And The Gang contacted me a couple of weeks ago and asked if I would be interested to try their recently launched mohair yarn, I said yes immediately – I already worked with their pima cotton, Shiny Happy Cotton, and I couldn’t be happier with the result. My Riviera skirt, after two summers of wear, is in perfect condition – no pilling, no stretching and no color fading! So I definitely can vouch for the quality of yarn.
Take Care Mohair (how cool is that name?!) is a luxurious lightweight yarn, sustainably produced and biodegradable. Made of kid mohair produced in South Africa, this yarn is really a dream to work with.
When I got the skeins out of the package, I gasped – I loved how it looked at the photos, but it is even more amazing in real life, incredibly light and airy! It looks like a cloud or a cotton candy! I notice that I hold my breath when I am knitting with it – it is just so delicate and gentle…
Out of 8 colors presented in the collection, I loved neutral Misty Mauve and Dusty Grey the most. I chose the latter – light silver-grey shade, one of my favorite colors. One of the qualities of Take Care Mohair that I especially liked is that the yarn is of aran weight, so your project will fly off your needles in a matter of days, but at the same time it is so light and airy that it feels like your are knitting with lace or even spiderweb weight yarn. The recommended needle size is 10 mm (US 15), but I decided to experiment and made a huge swatch, changing the needle sizes from 10 mm, to 9, 8, 7, 6 and 5.
10 mm creates very puffy, light, slightly transparent, almost weightless fabric. And as you go down with the needle size, the fabric becomes a little bit denser, but still very very light. Usual aran weight yarns knit with big needles can create beautiful oversize knitwear pieces, but unfortunately it can also create “bulky” look. Mohair, though also being of aran weight, creates a fabric that is light like an air.
The yardage is pretty generous – 100 m in 50 gr. You can definitely make a nice big cozy cowl with just one skein. For a simple stockinette sweater you will need 5-6 skeins, depending on the size/ease of the garment.
WATG gave me full creative freedom and I am so excited to experiment with this yarn and see where it takes me! I really hope to make justice to it and create something simple, modern and with an interesting touch, that will reflect company’s style. But if you can’t wait, you can browse the Take Care Mohair collection kits. My personal favorite pieces are Unapologetic Sweater and Too Good Dress.
I believe this will be an exciting knitting story that I am happy to share with you! When I come up with the idea and finish the project, I will host fun yarn giveaway for you!!
Happy Sunday! I have a question for you today that I’ve been thinking about for a long time – is there a universal criteria to establish the difficulty/skill level for a pattern? I am finishing The Choice Cardigan pattern and I would love to hear your opinion about the difficulty aspect!
Beginner: Projects for first-time knitters using basic knit and purl stitches. Minimal shaping.
Easy: Projects using basic stitches, repetitive stitch patterns, simple color changes, and simple shaping and finishing.
Intermediate: Projects with a variety of stitches, such as basic cables and lace, simple intarsia, double-pointed needles and knitting in the round needle techniques, mid-level shaping and finishing.
Experienced: Projects using advanced techniques and stitches, such as short rows, fair isle, more intricate intarsia, cables, lace patterns, and numerous color changes.
And they are certainly great to use as a point of reference when choosing your next project, but they can also be misleading for some knitters. For example, knitting in the round is considered as an intermediate skill level, but I know a lot of knitters who prefer knitting in the round to flat knitting, especially if it’s a garment and requires seaming. Mattress stitch can be tricky to learn at first and bad finishing can ruin the project!
Fair isle is put into the experienced category, but again there are knitters who can knit fair isle basically with closed eyes, but will have trouble keeping up with basic lace or cable stitches. I, on the contrary, found knitting intricate cables cardigan from Vogue Knitting much easier than a simple fair isle cowl, just because I am more confident with texture than color knitting.
Ravelry also has the difficulty meter next to each pattern, which is calculated on the knitters’ evaluation, but once again – what was easy for one knitter, might be challenging for another…
And we can go on and go on…
In my head I divide projects into two categories: absolute beginner and non-absolute beginner projects Absolute beginner projects are basically allow you to practice basic knit/purl stitches, have a better idea how they are formed and just become more confident in knitting them, also they introduce you to the understanding of the gauge and why it’s important. All the rest is very hard for me to put into categories. Some knitters love the look of the lace and will naturally choose lacy shawls/scarves/tops, becoming more and more confident in this technique; some admire fair isle yoke sweaters; some intricate cables that will stop being “intricate” for them very soon after knitting a dozen of cable projects…
So, my question is how do you choose your projects skill-wise? Do you need to see the skill level indicated in the pattern introduction or it’s not helpful and can be misleading? What kind of projects do you consider “difficult” or “easy”? I would really love to read your thoughts about it!!!
Happy Wednesday! If you remember several days ago I shared with you my inspiration for a new machine knitting project that I had in mind – a fun and colorful cotton sweater inspired by the colors of the beautiful wall found in the downtown. The good thing is that I am still inspired by it and can’t wait to get to the project. The weird thing is that the aquamarine yarn that I bought together with the deep dark green one is gone!! I have no idea how it is possible – I looked everywhere (and when I say everywhere, I mean it – even the refrigerator, well, just in case ). The yarn has mysteriously disappeared! After days of turning my home upside down, I finally gave up and decided it was not meant to be, until I found this very very old crochet WIP.
As far as I remember it was supposed to be a crochet dress, but I overshaped it or something and had to frog it, but what attracted me to it this time is the color of yarn – a deep royal blue that looks so beautiful next to the green!
It won’t make a bright, fun and colorful sweater that I initially planned, but I love this subtle and slightly gloomy color combo even more! The shades are so deep and noble, I think they will create a very interesting fabric. After rummaging through my leftovers I found some extra blue skeins – so, this one is definitely meant to be!
I am still not sure which way to go and how to combine the colors – I tried classic color blocking, stripes, tried mixing two yarns together… The way I see it in my mind is a fabric that looks like weaving, where there is no visible contrast between color changes, where the colors are blurred together.
The green yarn, which is a combed cotton, had such a beautiful slight sheen and creates beautiful contrast with matte deep blue…
I am really excited about this small project and happy to be working on my machine again – it’s my first project since Sand Sweater that I finished back in June!
I hope you are having a wonderful week and enjoying your projects!