July 23rd, 2014

Math for Knitters – Casting-On (or Chaining) a Multiple of X + Y

Cast-on a multiple of 14 + 3? Or 12 + 8? Or any combination of numbers? What does that mean? Whether these instructions are for a cast-on number in knitting or a foundation chain number in crochet, I explain it here.

Information on things you’ll see in this video:

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

The needles in the thumbnail photo are Knitter’s Pride Nova Cubics straight needles.

The pink yarn in the thumbnail photo is Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Bulky in color Crush.

The bamboo DPN I use as a pointer in the video is Knitter’s Pride Bamboo.

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

July 16th, 2014

Giveaway – Knitter’s Pride Symfonie Rose 16″ Interchangeable Needle Set

Please watch the entire video for instructions on how to enter the giveaway. This contest is open to US and international viewers (customs charges may apply outside the US). The contest is open until 12:01 am (US Central Time), July 23, 2014; and the winner will be announced in video on July 24, 2014. The winning comment will be chosen by random number generator.

You’re welcome to comment here, but to enter the contest you need to click through to the video on YouTube and leave a comment there!

Since not everyone can win, you can get your own set of these needles here on Amazon.

In the US and Canada, you can find a Knitter’s Pride retailer here.

Outside the US and Canada, you can find a Knitter’s Pride (Knit Pro) retailer here.

The sweater on the mannequin is my Woman’s Zippered Letterman’s Jacket, pattern + video tutorial.

The pattern for the sweater I’m wearing can be found here (not my design).

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

July 15th, 2014

Summer Polar Vortex Sale!

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I knew I wanted to have a summer sale, and “Summer Polar Vortex” (current US weather situation) is the perfect reason. Buy any two patterns, get the third one free. Just put three patterns in your cart, and one of them will be zero dollars. :) Feel free to share with your knitting/crocheting friends.

You can shop here from my website, or visit my Ravelry Store directly. Promotion is good through Sunday, July 20.

Stay warm, my friends!
S t a c i

July 9th, 2014

Blocking Hats

You’ve got a shaped piece of knitting, and a flat surface to set it out to dry. Here’s my trick for blocking hats.

The pink baby hat shown is from the eBook Wee Wooly Toppers by Wooly Wormhead, knit in Knit Picks Comfy Worsted.

The sweater on the mannequin is my Woman’s Zippered Letterman’s Jacket, pattern + video tutorial

The pattern for the sweater I’m wearing can be found here (not my design).

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

July 2nd, 2014

Math for Knitters – Increasing Evenly Across a Row

Those dreaded words in your pattern – “Decrease X number of stitches evenly across the row.” Even if the math doesn’t come out very tidy, here is how to write that row out so that it makes sense, for both increasing and decreasing.

Information on things you’ll see in this video:
The sweater on the mannequin is my Woman’s Zippered Letterman’s Jacket, pattern + video tutorial.

The pattern for the sweater I’m wearing can be found here (not my design).

The needle I’m using for demonstration is by Clover.

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

June 25th, 2014

Chinese Waitress Cast-On

A deep cast-on with medium stretch, the Chinese Waitress Cast-On is pretty on both sides, and therefore good for double-sided items like scarves and blankets.

The sweater on the mannequin is my Woman’s Zippered Letterman’s Jacket, pattern + video tutorial.

The pattern for the sweater I’m wearing can be found here (not my design).

The needles I’m using for demonstration are by Clover.

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

June 18th, 2014

How Should I Slip This Stitch?

Your pattern tells you to slip the next stitch – but how? Knit-wise? Purl-wise? With yarn in front or back? In this video we talk about what the “default” is, and all the different ways of slipping stitches.

The sweater on the mannequin is my Woman’s Zippered Letterman’s Jacket, pattern + video tutorial.

The pattern for the sweater I’m wearing can be found here (not my design).

The bulky yarn I used for demonstration is Lion Brand Hometown USA.

The needles I used for demonstration are by Clover.

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