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!!

Patterns Released

Summer Wanes Hat and Cowl

Hi again!  Here’s something I’m really excited about–

The newest Knit Picks pattern book is out:  Creative Color: 2016 Fair Isle Collection.  And I have a pattern in it!!  Meet my ‘Summer Wanes’ Hat and Cowl set:

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I’m super happy with how this one turned out!!  The hat and cowl were inspired by Autumnal colors in the mountains of NC.  The hat starts off with corrugated ribbing and features the main leaf motif.  The cowl starts and ends with a garter edge, and has vine borders framing the main leaf motif.  I had a ton of fun designing this one!

I hope you like it! 🙂
Happy Knitting!

Patterns Released

Turritella Socks

I’m pleased to announce that my May 2015 Rockin’ Sock Club pattern is now available for purchase!

DSC05051edit2These are my Turritella Socks. They were inspired by the tightly coiled cone-shaped shells of the Turritella genus of sea snails. The spiral lace pattern on these socks has a very tight bias which twists down the leg.

They are knit cuff down, and the lace pattern is not too complicated!  Charts and written directions are included.

I had lots of fun designing these, so I’m glad to finally be able to offer them to the public.

I hope you enjoy knitting them!

Happy Knitting!

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Patterns Released

Socks, socks and more socks!

Hello again!

I have some exciting news – my second third-party-published pattern (my first ever was my Lilah Shawl)  is out!  It also happens to be my very first print published pattern!  Check out page 24 in your copy of November 2014-January 2015 Cast On Magazine — see someone’s name there??  That’s my pattern!!  Squee!

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I’m really happy with these socks – they’re called Leaf &Trellis socks.  The yarn is Anzula Dreamy, and it sure was dreamy to work with!  These socks have a neat story.  They actually began several years ago, in 2008.  They were one of my very first designs – done during a ‘Design Your Own’ challenge month in the group Sock Knitter’s Anonymous on Ravelry.  The original design was a bit clunky and I wasn’t very happy with it.  I actually tried too hard and made them too complicated!)  So the design sat on the back burner for years and years.  I dug them out recently and refined the design and was just about to self publish them, when a Master Knitter friend of mine encouraged me to submit them to Cast On (this was just as I was finishing up level 3 myself.)  So I did, and they were accepted!  I was over the moon – and lots of lovely things were happening at the same time- like becoming a Master Knitter myself, and getting asked to serve on the committee, and they were all wrapped up in a lot of wonderful feelings. 🙂  So, anyway, that’s the story behind these socks.  I hope you like them!

These aren’t quite as exciting, but I’ve also just self-published a pattern for some beginner’s socks.  These are called “Not So Beginner’s Socks” because they are meant to be a step up from my worsted weight Beginner’s Socks pattern.  The pattern is for a pair of plain cuff-down socks done in fingering weight yarn, with very helpful instructions and hand-holding as you knit them.

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You can find them on Ravelry, (and also listed here under my patterns for purchase page) they are $4.00 for the pdf download.  As a thank you to my readers, I’m going to give away 25 copies of the pattern!  Use the coupon Code ‘EasySocks’ during checkout via Ravelry and get it free! (Or click this link to go directly to the purchase page!)
(Coupon is good until end of day November 22nd, or until 25 have been used.)

 

 

I’ll post again soon to show you my current WiP – a Hitofude cardigan – I’m in love with it and can’t wait until it’s done!

Happy Knitting!!