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Friday Finishing Series, Techniques

Friday Finishing Part Five

Today’s topic for Friday Finishing is Mattress stitch seaming in Garter stitch fabric.

Once you’ve worked your Figure 8 start to line up the cast on edges (view that blog post and video here), you are ready to work your seam.

Here is a video tutorial I made on working mattress stitch in Garter stitch fabric:

The keys to working a good mattress stitch seam in garter stitch are:

  1. Pick up smiles on one side and frowns on the other. Always pick up the same type on each side – all smiles on one side and all frowns on the other.
  2. Make sure you are picking up every single ridge. (This will work out to every other row.)
  3. Use 1/2 selvedge stitch on one side (pick up the first frown at the edge) if you want to reduce the bulk of the seam.
  4. Pull the seaming thread tight, but not too tight or the seam will pucker. Make sure there is still a bit of give to the fabric vertically along the seam.

Then you can finish off the seam at the bind off edges (view that post and video here).

Next week we’ll cover working mattress stitch seaming in Ribbing.

Until then, Happy Knitting!

 

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Designing, WiP Posts

WiP Wednesday 6/20/18

Hi all!

I haven’t touched my Vitamin D cardigan since last week – so no change there. I’m trying to get my socks done for the next Cast On issue – I’m almost to the toe on the first sock! I need to get to knitting faster because I am behind my self-imposed deadline for it (I still have a good amount of time before the actual deadline, but not with what else I have going on!)

The pattern is pretty much written at this point, I just need to tweak it to 1. come up with a name for these socks, and 2. proof read it and test knit it while I knit the second sock. I’ll be making a couple of videos to go along with these socks, so look for those in my YouTube channel soon: Italian Tubular Cast On, and Threaded Cables.

Another deadline I have approaching is the re-knit and re-photographing of my ‘Playbook Sweater Vest’. I have the front done, now I just need to knit the back and do the finishing. That’s running up against another self-imposed deadline of the end of the month. I could push that out if I wanted to, but we’ll be at a photo-shoot perfect location the first week of July and I really want to be ready and able to take photos then! We’ll see if that works out. Fingers crossed!

I’m teaching Entrelac this Saturday at Cheers to Ewe – it should be a fun class! We’ll be knitting my ‘Tisket Tasket Entrelac Baskets’ and then felting them in the shop. I’m looking forward to teaching that class!

Then later in July I’ll be teaching a three session sock class on my Graphite Socks. That should be a fun class too! They are toe up socks with an afterthought heel, worked in a neat slipped stitch pattern. There are still spaces open, so come join me! See info here.

This Friday will be the next Friday Finishing post – this time on Mattress Stitch seams in garter fabric. So check that out here on Friday!

Until next time, Happy Knitting!!

Friday Finishing Series, Techniques

Friday Finishing Part Four

Today’s topic for Friday Finishing is Mattress stitch seaming in Reverse Stockinette stitch fabric.

Once you’ve worked your Figure 8 start to line up the cast on edges (view that blog post and video here), you are ready to work your seam.

Here is a video tutorial I made on working mattress stitch in reverse stockinette stitch fabric:

The keys to working a good mattress stitch seam in reverse stockinette stitch are:

  1. Pick up smiles on one side and frowns on the other. Always pick up the same type on each side – all smiles on one side and all frowns on the other.
  2. Make sure you are picking up every single row. Do not skip rows.
  3. Pull the seaming thread tight, but not too tight or the seam will pucker. Make sure there is still a bit of give to the fabric vertically along the seam.

Then you can finish off the seam at the bind off edges (view that post and video here).

Next week we’ll cover working mattress stitch seaming in Garter stitch fabric.

Until then, Happy Knitting!

 

Designing, Patterns Released, WiP Posts

WiP Wednesday 6/13/18 and New Pattern!

Hi there! I hope your week is going well. I’d love to see what you guys have on your needles this week- feel free to comment below with what you have in progress!

My week is going great so far! I found out yesterday that I passed the TKGA Knitting Instructor Certification program, so that was great  news! 🙂 I should be getting my binder back in a few days. I look forward to seeing the feedback on it. I’m toying with the idea of going for the TKGA Knitting Judges certification program next – it has just been revamped and re-released – but I may wait a little bit before signing up for it, just to give myself a bit of a break. lol

I’m about halfway done with sock #1 of the socks I am designing for the next Cast On magazine:

I’m not 100% sure how I will treat the gusset area, but I have a couple of ideas. I need to start really cranking on these because my deadline is creeping up on me!

And I get a row done here and there on my Vitamin D cardigan too:

Not to the sleeve division just yet. But it’s coming along slowly. It’s what I take to appointments and such since it’s hard to take design knitting with me to things like that – especially when I’m ‘actively’ designing the thing. (Read: toying with how to do things and needing to write down what I did!)

Speaking of designing – I just released my squishy socks pattern! Introducing ‘Freckled Rib Socks‘:

These are worked cuff down in a very simple rib variation pattern. The gusset is located at the sole – with a heel-flap style heel. The pattern is written for two sizes – an 8″ cuff circumference and a 9″ cuff circumference, so they would make great socks for the men in your life! They are very stretchy too, since they are essentially ribbed socks.

I hope you like them!

I have a couple classes coming up this Saturday at Cheers to Ewe as well – Needle Tatting and Decorative Cast Ons and Bind Offs. Come take a class with me! As always, you can see my full teaching schedule over there —–> on the sidebar. 🙂

I’ll have my next Friday Finishing post on Friday – so come back to see that. Until then, Happy Knitting!

Friday Finishing Series, Techniques

Friday Finishing Part Three

Today’s topic for Friday Finishing is Mattress stitch seaming in Seed stitch fabric.

Once you’ve worked your Figure 8 start to line up the cast on edges (view that blog post and video here), you are ready to work your seam.

Here is a video tutorial I made on working mattress stitch in seed stitch fabric:

The keys to working a good mattress stitch seam in seed stitch are:

  1. Plan ahead to line up your seed stitch pattern across the seam.
  2. Make sure you are picking up the bars in the correct space – the space between the columns of stitches. Moving over a half stitch to either side will ruin the look of your seam.
  3. Make sure you are picking up every single bar. Picking up two bars at a time will weaken the seam and make it not as attractive.
  4. Pull the seaming thread tight, but not too tight or the seam will pucker. Make sure there is still a bit of give to the fabric vertically along the seam.

Here is the video tutorial on finishing off the bound off edge at the seam:

I’m hoping this series has been helpful so far! I have more coming, so be sure to check in each week for a new post and video!

Next week we’ll cover working mattress stitch seaming in Reverse Stockinette stitch fabric.

Until then, Happy Knitting!