December 17th, 2014

Sixes and Threes Cowl

Sixes and Threes SM patt and VP

Stripes and solids, no wrong side, no seam! The Sixes and Threes Cowl is a free pattern and three-part video tutorial sponsored by Louet North America.

To get your free copy of this pattern…visit the Louet website and purchase three hanks of Louet Gems Fingering, and at checkout use the coupon code VERYPINK (all caps). Pattern is free with yarn purchase, and your pattern will be emailed to you.

Size: (after grafting) 25” long by 5.5” wide (before grafting, “scarf” is 50” long)
Needles: Size 4 US (3.5mm) 16” circs and size 4 US (3.5mm) set of DPNs, crochet hook size G or H
Yarn: Louet Gems Fingering, 1 hank each in three different colors (exact colors I used below)
Additional Materials: tapestry needle for grafting, a few feet of scrap worsted-weight yarn
Gauge: 5.5 sts per inch, 7.5 rows per inch

darker cowl SM patt and VP

Colors I used of Louet Gems Fingering
Lighter-Colored Cowl: one hank each of Cream, Steel Gray, and Seafoam Green
Darker-Colored Cowl: one hank each of Goldenrod, Burgundy, and Pewter

Instructions for Working Three-Color Swatch
(Before starting swatch, name each color – “Color 1”, “Color 2”, and “Color 3”. It won’t make a difference which is which, they are used and striped with each other. Remember these color names, because they are referenced in the cowl pattern.)
Using Color 1, CO 30 stitches.
Knit 9 rows (5 ridges).
Row 1 (RS): K across all stitches
Row 2: K 5, P 20, K 5
Repeat Rows 1 and 2 once more (4 rows total), then switch to Color 2.
Repeat Rows 1 and 2 a total of 7 times (14 rows total), then switch to Color 3.
Repeat Rows 1 and 2 twice (4 rows total), then knit 10 rows (5 ridges).
BO on RS.

Information on things you’ll see in this video:
The 16″ circular needles I use in the video are by Knitter’s Pride, I use both Novas (metal) and Dreamz (wood).

The crochet hook I use is from a Waves set by Knitter’s Pride.

The ball-chain stitch markers I use are from a seller on Etsy who no longer has a shop, but similar markers can be found here.

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

The striped sweater I’m wearing is store-bought. :)

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

December 11th, 2014

Winner Announced – Knitter’s Pride Nova Cubics Needle 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 can be found here.

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

December 10th, 2014

Stellar Swatching

Some tips and tricks for swatching, including how to knit an in-the-round swatch on a small, flat piece.

The yarns I used for the swatches is Australian Superfine Merino by Cleckheaton. For more information (including info on free shipping), visit their website.

cleckheaton

The colors of Cleckheaton yarn I used are Soft Blue, Mid Navy, Coral, and Smoke.

Instructions for knitting the stockinette swatch:

(The number that your pattern lists as stitches over 4 inches = X)
Cast-on X, plus 10
Bottom Border: Knit every row for 9 rows (you will have 5 garter stitch ridges)
Row 1 (RS): Knit across all stitches
Row 2: K 5, P “X”, K 5
Repeat Rows 1 and 2 until you’ve worked the number of rows in your pattern states as 4 inches.
Top Border: Knit every row for 10 rows (5 garter stitch ridges)
Bind off.

Information on things you’ll see in the video:
The cowl I’m wearing is a new free pattern which will be released December 17 – watch for it!

The stitch pattern for the cabled coral swatch is called “Windswept”; from Vogue Knitting Stitchionary, Volume 2, Cables.

The stitch pattern for the diagonal lacy pattern is called “Slanting Open-Work Stitch”; from Interweave Press Harmony Guides, Lace & Eyelets.

The little bamboo marking pins I use can be found here.

The circular needles I use in the video are by Knitter’s Pride/Knit Pro.

The watch ring I’m wearing is by Davis, and can be found here.

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

December 3rd, 2014

Giveaway! Knitter’s Pride Nova Cubics Interchangeable 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), December 10, 2014; and the winner will be announced in video on December 11, 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 purchase your own set of these needles here.

Information on things you’ll see in the video:
The sweater I’m wearing is a free pattern + video tutorial, which can be found here.

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

November 26th, 2014

Correcting Gaps in Socks

Cuff-down or toe-up, there is always a chance that you’ll get a hole in your socks right where the heel meets the rest of the sock. Here’s how to keep that from happening.

Information on things you’ll see in this video:
The yarn I’m using in my socks is Knit Picks Hawthorne Fingering, in color Irvington. One hank of this yarn = one pair of adult socks.

The sock pattern I’m using is a basic toe-up pattern from Knitty.

The needles I’m using are Addis, size US 1 (2.5mm), 40″ circulars.

The sweater I’m wearing is a free pattern + video tutorial.

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

November 20th, 2014

Kick-Off the Holidays Sale

kickoff sale MD

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.

May I suggest Learn to Knit a Christmas Stocking, or learn some new techniques with one of my Sock Tutorials. My new Bulky Sleep Socks tutorial makes for quick holiday gifts, and my Rodeo Drive Poncho will add some luxury to your winter wardrobe. The classic Learn to Knit a Men’s Sweater is a big hit with the guys.

You can shop here from my website, or visit my Ravelry Store directly. Promotion is good through Friday, November 28.

Stay warm, my friends!
S t a c i

November 19th, 2014

Pinhole Cast-On

The Pinhole Cast-On can be used when working just a few stitches on double-pointed needles, and it is unique in that it can be tightened, leaving no hole or gap in the very center of your work.

The pattern for the square swatches I show in the video is as follows:
CO 8 stitches, divide between 4 double-pointed needles, then K around all stitches.
Row 1: KFB all stitches
Row 2: K around all stitches
Row 3: *KFB, K2, KFB*, repeat on other 3 needles
Row 4: K around all stitches
Row 5: *KFB, K to last stitch, KFB*, repeat on other 3 needles
Row 6: K around all stitches
Repeat Rows 5 and 6 to desired size, BO normally.

Information on things you’ll see in this video:
The double-pointed needles I’m using are Knitter’s Pride Bamboo.

The bulky yarn I use for demonstration and on the finished piece is Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Bulky, in colors Yonder, Crush, and Silver.

The sweater I’m wearing is a free pattern + video tutorial, which can be found here.

The French Market Bag I mention in the video is a free pattern (not my design) and can be found here.

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