May 28th, 2015

Winner Announced! Knitter’s Pride Cubics Needle Set

If you didn’t win this time, you can get your own set of these needles here.

The random number generator I used to pick the winners can be found here.

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

May 27th, 2015

Why is My Knitting Curling?

Why is my knitting curling, and will blocking stop the curling? Two questions knitters often ask me. In this video, I address those questions, show you when curling is a good thing, and explain the difference between stitch combos that curl and those that don’t.

Information on things you’ll see in this video:
The alpaca hat I show in the video (not my pattern) can be found here, but it doesn’t look like the pattern is available anymore.

The gray cardigan I show in the video is a free pattern and video tutorial, and can be found here.

The gray cashmere swatch is from my Rodeo Drive Poncho pattern and tutorial.

I reference my Stellar Swatching video, which can be found here.

The basketweave swatch is from my Mimi Hooded Scarf pattern and tutorial.

The sugar cubes swatch is explained in a Fancy Stitch Combo video.

The One Row Scarf I reference at the end of the video can be found here (not my design).

My Ravelry page for the shawl I’m wearing (not my design), can be found here.

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

May 20th, 2015

Giveaway! Knitter’s Pride Platina Cubics Needle Set

CLICK HERE TO ENTER THE GIVEAWAY.

Since not everyone can win, you can find these needles for sale here.

My Ravelry page for the shawl I’m wearing (not my design), can be found here.

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

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), May 27, 2015; and the winner will be announced in video on May 28, 2015. The winning email address will be chosen by random number generator.

May 13th, 2015

Fancy Stitch Combo – Mesh Pattern Stitch

Information on things you’ll see in this video:
The LB Collection yarns I used in the samples are –
LB Collection Cashmere
LB Collection Crepe Twist

I used US size 8 (5mm) needles for the Crepe Twist yarn, and US size 6 (4mm) needles with the Cashmere yarn.

Instructions for working this stitch:
CO a multiple of 2 stitches
Row 1 (RS) K1, *Yo, k2tog; rep from * to last stitch, K1
Rows 2 and 4 Purl.
Row 3 K1, *SKP, yo; rep from * to last stitch, K1
Rep rows 1-4.

To work this stitch in-the-round:
CO a multiple of 2 stitches
Round 1: *Yo, k2tog; rep from * to end.
Rounds 2 and 4: Knit
Round 3: *SKP, yo; rep from * to end.
Rep rounds 1-4.

My Ravelry page for the shawl I’m wearing (not my design), can be found here.

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

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

In the video, I use two stitches for which I have slower demonstration videos. Here is knit two together (k2tog).
And yarn over (yo).

May 12th, 2015

Winners Announced! SKEINO Arabella Shawl Kits

If you didn’t win this time, you can find the Arabella Shawl Kits here.

The free pattern is available here on Ravelry.

The random number generator I used to pick the winners can be found here.

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

May 6th, 2015

Arabella Shawl Tutorial

ArabellaVP

To get your Arabella Shawl kit (over 30 colorways available, worldwide shipping), visit the SKEINO website.

The free pattern is available on Ravelry, and the video tutorial is below and also here on YouTube.

Frequently Asked Questions
1. Can you provide us with the written instructions for the way you work wraps and turns? (These instructions are also in the free pattern.)
– knit up to the stitch to be wrapped
– pull the working yarn forward between the two needles
– slip stitch from left needle to right
– pull the working yarn back between the two needles
– slip same stitch from right needle to left
– turn work
– pull the working yarn back between needles to be in position to continue knitting
2. Can I use German Short Rows instead of regular wraps and turns?
Yes, you can use GSRs, but there really isn’t any reason to. The awesome thing about GSRs is that they eliminate the need to pick up the wraps, which can be difficult in traditional wraps and turns. But this pattern is in garter stitch (knitting every row), and picking up the wraps is not necessary. If you prefer to use GSRs you certainly can, they won’t hurt anything in the pattern.
3. When I start the second triangle, do I knit 150 (like the pattern says) or 170?
You can trust the pattern – at the end of the first row in the new color, you cast-on 20. Knitting 150 is correct – it will not reach the end of the row, and it will make each triangle the same size, and give you the “staggered” effect I demonstrate in the video. 150 is divisible by 6.

Information on things you’ll see in this video:
The colorway I used in my shawl is Clematis.
The colorway in the still photo is Aqua.

The bulky yarn I use for demonstration is Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Bulky, and the needles I used are Knitter’s Pride Platinas, from an interchangeable kit.

The plastic clippie markers I used can be found here.

The coil-less saftey pin markers can be found here.

My silver ring is actually a knitting needle gauge, and can be found here.

The nail polish I’m wearing is by Julep, and isn’t actually a color, but I like the way it looks. It’s a nail treatment, called Oxygen Nail Treatment. It seems to help my nails grow, and prevents chipping and peeling.

May 4th, 2015

Giveaway! SKEINO Arabella Shawl Kits


CLICK HERE
to enter the giveaway.

To see the colorways available in this kit or to purchase a kit, visit the SKEINO site here.

The free pattern is available here on Ravelry.

SKEINO ships from the US, to locations worldwide.

The colorway I used in my shawl is Clematis.
The colorway in the still photo is Aqua.

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), May 11, 2015; and the winners will be announced in video on May 12, 2015. The winning email addresses will be chosen by random number generator.