Friday, February 25, 2011
Thursday, February 24, 2011
Notice that each chain has three parts--the chain on top has a thread nearest you and a thread farthest from you, and there lies the little bump underneath. For now, let's work into the top single thread of the chain.
That shows how to work single crochet into chain stitch. To work single crochet into another single crochet below, insert the hook into both sides of the chain that lies at the top of the single crochet stitch. That is, for now. Other more decorative stitches are made by working into either the front of the chain or the back of the chain. To practice, just work into the entire chain.
I must mention, by the way, that this lovely blue yarn in all the pics is Malabrigo Worsted in Blue Surf and the hook is Brittany bamboo.
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Let's do the chain stitch. Holding your hook securely in your right hand and your working yarn wound around your left fingers as instructed in yesterday's post, hold the bottom of your slip knot with your left thumb and middle two fingers. Take the hook under the working yarn, held taut, and pull the working yarn through the slip knot.
You did it! Now let's make another chain stitch. Take the hook under the working yarn and draw the yarn through the chain you just made.
Keep doing this maneuver until you have a line of chain stitches, which should look like this.
This is the top of the chain.
This is the underside of the chain. You'll need those little bumps on the underbelly to do a Crochet Provisional Cast On, a very useful technique.
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
I now leave you to gather some tools, practice your slip knot, decide how you like to hold your hook, and try wrapping the yarn around your left fingers. Have fun!
Also, have a look at the pattern I have up for free that teaches you how to crochet: The Learn to Crochet Cowl.
Next time, we learn to chain!
Friday, February 18, 2011
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
This is Emily and Lucy, happy Ravenwood residents, just hours old.
Oh, and while you're visiting the Ravenwood site, be sure to have a look at Delia's Goat Milk & Honey Cream and her Goat Milk Soaps. I love them! I especially love the Coconut Lime and the Orange Lemongrass scents.
Thanks for having a look and let me know what you think!
Monday, February 14, 2011
I'll try to model it for a picture soon, so you can see how well it fits. I tried that self-portrait-in-the-mirror thing and it just didn't turn out well. I'll ask Natalie to snap a picture when we have our knitting group this week. Wish us luck!
Also, as promised, here are my notes on improvements to the pattern as it appears in the book.
- BO center back neck stitches in pattern, even if it means turning cables as you BO.
- When returning to front stitches after finishing back section, left front piece begins on RS, but right front begins on WS. The book says both begin on RS.
- In right lapel shaping, the third "next row" should state, "K1, M1, k1, pick up...." instead of "knit to last st," which conflicts with the next direction to work the M1 after the first stitch on RS rows.
- The pattern should tell you to increase the lapel until you have the required number of stitches, and then to continue working the lapel in pattern without increase until you reach the shoulder join.
- You can place one set of lapel stitches on scrap yarn while you work the other lapel. It makes it easier to handle the piece, in my opinion.
- The first 8-row section on the back part of the collar is called the "stand," by the way. That is a part of the Cowichan collar construction.
- When coming to the end of the sleeve pattern repeats and just before starting the garter stitch cuff, stop the cable pattern on row 1 or row 11. The book adds row 13, but there is no row 13 in the pattern repeat.
Yep, I know some of this is picky, but that's my job. Knitting pattern writers have to be extremely detail-oriented.
That's all for today--gotta run to the store for ingredients for Fred's yummy Valentine's dinner, which include Cognac. Mmmmm.
Thursday, February 10, 2011
I give you the closeup of just the sleeve cuff to show you how much in need of blocking this coat is. It will come out with a bell-shaped sleeve--not this wavy gravy thing that's going on presently.
It must have been all your knit-loving support that brought me luck.
Monday, February 07, 2011
Mostly library books, unfortunately. Bottom to top, we see first The Principals of Knitting. This makes about the third time I have checked this "textbook" out of the main library here in town. If only I could find one to buy for less than 250 bucks, I could study it at leisure. I call it a textbook because, as you can see from the size of it, it could certainly be the text of study for an entire course on knitting. Some ancillaries would be Vogue Knitting's "Ultimate Knitting Book," Barbara G. Walker's Treasuries, Montse Stanley's Knitter's Handbook, and many others. Let me know what books you think should be added to this list of college-course-worthy study.
The next couple of books up are all about garment construction, whether for the study of ethnic garments or for period costume. Then you see a book that I just had to buy recently, and that's saying a lot since I am really working on a tight budget these days. Nancy Marchant's book Knitting Brioche is packed with beautiful projects for learning this intriguing form of knitting. Here--read Clara Parkes' review if you don't believe me. I recently made a brioche hat (badly) and have started another one to try and grasp this technique. I'll show you those efforts in another post.
Just on top of that book is a beautiful magazine that I have passed over many times at the newsstand because I mistakenly assumed that it was just a sewing mag. So wrong I was! Selvedge is not only a feast for all types of fiber enthusiasts, it is very artfully done. Very inspiring. I'm trying to find room in my budget for a subscription.
Then at last you see on top of the pile a couple of books about hand sewing, garment construction, and the like. I am trying to give myself a little instruction in these things in order to design better hand knits. So much to learn.
Meanwhile, I'd better get back to work on trying to finish up my Global Cable Coat. I am on the second sleeve, which is the last part. I figure I have at least eight hours of knitting ahead of me, but I get to spend those hours with the fragrant, rustic Irish wool of Kerry Woollen Mills. Nice.
Thanks for the comments last time! Drop me a note and let me know of any other books and periodicals I should be studying. I'm not comfortable unless there are stacks of them "junking up the place."
Thursday, February 03, 2011
You should try one.