September 22nd, 2014

Math for Knitters – Changing Gauge in a Pattern

There is a pattern you’d like to knit, but you’d like to substitute a thinner or thicker yarn, and/or a different needle size. Can you do it? Here’s how to determine if it’s possible, and how to do the math when it is.

Information on things you’ll see in this video:
The pattern for the sweater I’m wearing (not my design, in a discontinued cotton yarn) can be found here.

The poncho on the mannequin behind me is my Rodeo Drive Poncho, pattern + video tutorial.

My Barber Pole Cowl, free tutorial and pattern, can be found here.

The blue hat pattern (not my design) can be found here, knit with Shalimar Breathless in color Neptune.

The bamboo pins I use to check gauge can be found here.

The pink yarn I used in my bulky swatch is Cascade 128 Wool.

The double-pointed bamboo needle I use as a pointer is Knitter’s Pride Bamboo.

The nail polish I’m wearing is Julep, color “Maddy”.

September 17th, 2014

Saving a Dropped Stitch with Scrap Yarn

Nooo! You’re knitting along, and you realize you dropped a stitch AGES ago. You can rip back to fix it, but it’s worth a try securing that stitch with a stitch of scrap yarn, and seeing if it looks good enough to forget the mistake ever happened. In this video, I demonstrate securing a dropped edge stitch.

Information on things you’ll see in this video:
The lace in the video thumbnail is Ishbel (not my design), knit with Malabrigo Lace.

The project I’m fixing in the video is one that I can’t share (at least not yet), and the yarn used is Infinite Twist Helix and Halo.

The bent-tip tapestry needle I use for demonstration can be found here.

The sweater I’m wearing (not my design) is this pattern, knit in a discontinued cotton yarn.

The nail polish I’m wearing is Julep, color “Maddy”.

September 10th, 2014

Align Fingerless Mitts Tutorial

align mitts vp

Get your free pattern by clicking here!

Many thanks to Courtney Spainhower of Pink Brutus Knits for this fabulous free pattern! You can see Courtney’s other designs on in her Ravelry store.

Information on things you’ll see in this video:
The yarn I used on my finished blue mitts is Alpha B, Single Silk B, in color Crater Lake.
The yarn I used on my finished dark purple mitts is Alpha B, Single B, in color Marionberry Coulis.
Alpha B yarn is available at Knit Purl.

The double-pointed needles I’m using are Knitter’s Pride Bamboo.

The ball-chain stitch markers I use are from RyCrafty on Etsy.

The green yarn I used for demonstration is Cascade 200 – color name unknown!

The sweater I’m wearing (not my design) is this pattern, knit in a discontinued cotton yarn.

The nail polish I’m wearing is Julep, color Sushmita.

September 4th, 2014

Knitter’s Pride – “Find Your Needle”

A little something extra – here is a three-part video series I did for Knitter’s Pride, called “Find Your Needle”. Knitter’s Pride has so many different kinds of needles to choose from, hopefully this will help you make a good choice, and love your knitting even more!

September 3rd, 2014

The Mysteries of Row Gauge

In this video we discuss the differences between stitch gauge and row gauge. My technique video on checking gauge can be found here.

Information on things you’ll see in this video:
The poncho on the mannequin behind me is my Rodeo Drive Poncho, pattern + video tutorial.

The pattern for the sweater I’m wearing (not my design, in a discontinued cotton yarn) can be found here.

The nail polish I’m wearing is Julep, color “Maddy”.

August 27th, 2014

Judy’s Magic Cast-On

Instructions for working a sock toe using this cast-on can be found on knitty.com.

Information on things you’ll see in this video:
The poncho on the mannequin behind me is my Rodeo Drive Poncho, pattern + video tutorial.

The pattern for the sweater I’m wearing (not my design, in a discontinued cotton yarn) can be found here.

The circular needles I use for demonstration are Knitter’s Pride Dreamz interchangeable needles.

The green yarn I use in the video is Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Bulky in color Avocado.

The nail polish I’m wearing is Julep, color “Maddy”.

August 20th, 2014

Attaching Buttons

Information on things you’ll see in this video:

I mention in the video that I lost my favorite needle threader – it was this kind.

Needle threader that I use in the video.

The buttons I use are random buttons from my sewing kit – sorry, I don’t have any information about them.

The pattern for the sweater I’m wearing (not my design, in a discontinued cotton yarn) can be found here.

The poncho on the mannequin behind me is my Rodeo Drive Poncho, pattern + video tutorial.

The knit sample I use is a swatch from my Easy Knit Sweater Jacket, pattern + video tutorial, knit in Knit Picks Bulky in color “Wine”,

The nail polish I’m wearing is Julep, color “Maddy”.