October 15th, 2014

Math for Knitters – Substituting Yarns

Knowing what the “put up” of a yarn is will help you when you’re substituting one yarn for another in any given pattern. In this video, I explain “put up”, and demonstrate how to do the yardage math for yarn substitution.

The screenshots shown in the video are from Ravelry, an excellent resource for knitters and crocheters. You can get an account for free here.

Information on things you’ll see in this video:

The sweater I’m wearing is a tutorial coming next week, October 22!

The needle I used as a pointer is Knitter’s Pride Bamboo.

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

October 9th, 2014

Winner Announced! Knitter’s Pride Nova Cubics DPN Set

If you didn’t win this time, this needle set can be purchased here.

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 random number generator I used to pick the winner.

Be sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel – new knitting video every week, and more giveaways coming soon!

October 8th, 2014

Matterhorn Cabled Cowl Tutorial

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This tutorial is sponsored by Louet North America, and uses Louet Gems Worsted. The pattern is FREE with yarn purchase. Shop for your yarn on the Louet website, purchase at least two hanks of Gems Worsted, and use the coupon code MATTERHORN when checking out. Your free pattern will be included with your order. (When ordering, the opportunity to enter the promotion code is the LAST thing before confirming the order. Be sure to enter the promo code in ALL CAPS.)

This pattern is designed by Mari Chiba.

Finished Sizes: Cowl – 15″ wide (folded) x 10.5″ tall; Scarf – 9″ wide x 70″ long
Needles: size US 6 (4mm) 24″ circular for cowl, straight or circular for scarf
Yarn: Louet Gems Worsted, 100% Merino Wool; 2 hanks for cowl, 4 hanks for scarf
Additional Materials: cable needle, stitch markers, tapestry needle
Gauge: 18 stitches and 28 rows = 4 inches in garter stitch



Information on things you’ll see in this video:

The yarn I used in my finished cowl is Gems Worsted, in color Cream.

The sweater I’m wearing is an upcoming tutorial – coming soon!

The bulky yarn I used for demonstration is Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Bulky, in color Yonder.

The needles I use for demonstration are Knitter’s Pride Bamboo.

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

October 1st, 2014

Giveaway! Knitters Pride Nova Cubics Double Pointed Sock 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), October 8, 2014; and the winner will be announced in video on October 9, 2014. The winning comment will be chosen by random number generator.

You are welcome to comment here, but you must click through to the video on YouTube to enter the contest.

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

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

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

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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.