Designing, Patterns Released, Techniques

Chinese Waitress Cast On (again)

I have a new set of videos taking a look (again) at the Chinese Waitress Cast On.

I realized that my favorite way to make this cast on, with a crochet hook (my prior video showing this technique) was actually producing a twisted first line of chain stitches, and I was determined to figure out a way to still use the crochet hook, but to make the cast on untwisted – as it should be.

Another issue with this cast on is that most tutorials out there, even when showing the knitting needle method, do not show the *full* untwisting that has to happen in the one step. This still produces a twisted line of chain stitches. If you examine the bind off, the cast on should exactly match that – with two untwisted lines of chain stitches. And the result, if the loop is not completely untwisted, is instead a twisted line of chain stitches at the front line.

Anyway – here is a video showing why that is happening and how to fix it:

And a video showing the full tutorial on the knitted version of this cast on – producing a completely untwisted line as it should be:

Look for my more in-depth article on the Chinese Waitress Cast On and Bind Off in the newest issue of Cast On magazine, out now. Join TKGA for access to Cast On, among many other benefits!

I also have a new pattern (in the same issue of Cast On) out to go along with the article – my Candy Stripe Scarf. It is a sideways knit scarf, worked on a bias, using the Chinese Waitress Cast On and Bind Off to have both long edges completely match each other. Three colors (two variegated and one solid) are used, and a lace edging is applied to the short edges at the end.

In other news, I’m doing the preliminary planning for offering some virtual classes in the near future, so stay tuned for more information on that! Let me know in the comments if you have any particular topics you’d like to see a class on! These will be small classes via Zoom.

I’ll also be doing my first livestream for patrons on Patreon soon, so join my Patreon family to be able to join me for that! (Patrons get sneak peeks, as well as early access to videos and classes and other benefits. I will be hosting a special Q&A for my patrons soon as well!)

Until next time, Happy Knitting!!

Designing, Patterns Released

New cowl pattern!

Hello all!

Today I released my Harmonious Echo cowl pattern. This cowl features all the same cables as my Harmonious Echo pullover pattern, but it a smaller cowl pattern – so if you loved those cables, but didn’t want to knit a whole sweater, this cowl is for you!

It is available on Ravelry right now, and will be available on LoveCrafts very shortly!

Happy Knitting!

Designing, Patterns Released, WiP Posts

WiP Wednesday 11/21/18, G.A.L., and Happy Thanksgiving!

Hi!
I have a couple of WiPs I’m working on – I’m working up a set of watch cap hats for a Brioche class I’m teaching in March. I have the adult and the infant done so far – I’ll cast on for the child size in the next day or two. I think I’ll add an adult large as well, although the adult size is nice and stretchy so I might not. We’ll see!

And I have a pair of socks on the needles as well, although these are slow going since they are my ‘waiting room’ and ‘need some knitting handy’ knitting. 🙂 I started these on dpns and just never switched them over to two circs. I don’t mind using dpns – although I do prefer two circulars for knitting socks. I used a german short row heel on these. I’m loving the yarn! (Twisted Owl 2-ply Sock.)

I’m also knitting up swatches for an article I’m writing for the next issue of Cast On magazine. There’s nothing exciting there yet. I’ll be writing two patterns to go along with that article as well.

Speaking of Cast On, did you see the most recent issue? My cabled sweater was published in it! ‘Harmonious Echo Pullover‘.
I’m super happy with how it turned out. I got the sample back a week or two ago and I’ve already worn it twice. 🙂 This was worked in super yummy Miss Babs Yowza in the color Sycamore. I hope you enjoy! It was a labor of love and I put a TON of work into it. 🙂

I recently self-published a few things that had rights reverting back to me: my Quatrefoil Shawl, my Zick Zack Fingerless mitts, and my Wheat Chain socks. I did that because something fun is coming up in a few days and I wanted a few more patterns available …. the Indie Design Gift-A-Long 2018!

This will be my 3rd year as a participating designer in the GAL fun! For the first 7 days there is a sale, but the real fun lasts for all 6 weeks with people knitting and crocheting gifts for prizes. There are all kinds of fun and games going on! You should check it out and join in the fun – I know I will!

That’s it from me for now – I’m finishing up my Thanksgiving cooking (we’re having our big dinner tonight) and I’m ready to eat and watch some holiday movies with my clan. I hope you and yours have a very Happy Thanksgiving!!
Until next time, Happy Knitting! (And don’t eat too much turkey!)

Patterns Released

Tisket Tasket Entrelac Baskets

Happy Oestra, Easter, Passover, and April everyone!

My Tisket Tasket Entrelac Baskets pattern is now available! The pattern includes three sizes. These work up really fast!

This sweet set of three baskets is the perfect project for learning entrelac knitting! They are felted after knitting, so any number of tension woes are completely hidden. Worked in vibrant colors, they are the perfect household accessory for Spring! Use them to hold any trinkets you need rounded up. Bonus: they can store nested inside each other!

They call for Cascade 220 in three colors, and one skein in each of the three colors is enough yardage to make all three baskets!

I hope you enjoy them!

Next week I am in Dallas for the Dallas Fort Worth Fiber Fest! Yay! I will be sure to post updates along the way so you can see what it’s all about!

Until next time, Happy Knitting!

Patterns Released

Lacy Shoulders Tee

I hope you’re having a good Monday so far!

Late last week Knit Picks came out with their newest book collection, Renew – a collection of spring/summer tees, and I have a design in it!

Here is my Lacy Shoulders Tee:

It is knit in one piece, from the bottom front hem, over the shoulders, to the bottom back hem. The tee has an A-line shape, a high/low shirt-tail hem, and short sleeves with a lace pattern over the shoulders. The tee is worked, then the sides are seamed and the neckline picked up and worked. Worked in Lindy Chain yarn, it is light and breezy and oh so comfortable to wear!

I had a lot of fun designing and knitting this one – it had been a sketch in my design idea book for way too long, so I’m really happy that it is off of paper and out in the real world finally! I hope you enjoy it!

Happy Knitting!