March 26th, 2015

Winners Announced! Feel Good Yarn Co. Connectivity Glove Kits

If you didn’t win this time, you can find the Connectivity Glove Kit from Feel Good Yarn Co. here.

The free pattern on knitty for these gloves can be found 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!

March 25th, 2015

Ravelry Tips – Using Advanced Search

In this video, I show you how to use Ravelry Advanced Search to drill down through all of the thousands of patterns to find exactly what you’re looking for. Maybe you’re forgotten the name of a pattern? Or maybe you have a good idea for what you’d like to knit, and you want to see what is available and matches your criteria? Here’s how to do it.

If you don’t yet have a free Ravelry account, you can get one here.

If you would like to friend me on Ravelry, my profile is here.
And the VeryPink Knits group is here (feel free to join).

The computer I’m using is my producer’s, the brand is Qosmio. He uses this computer for video editing, more info here.

March 18th, 2015

Giveaway! Feel Good Yarn Co. Connectivity Glove Kits

Click HERE to sign up for the glove kits giveaway.

Since not everyone can win, you can get your own Connectivty Glove Kit from Feel Good Yarn Co. here.

The free pattern on knitty for these gloves can be found here.

The shawl I’m wearing (not my design) can be found here.

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), March 25, 2015; and the winners will be announced in video on March 26, 2015. The winning email addresses will be chosen by random number generator.

March 11th, 2015

Toe-Up Socks Using German Short Rows

GSR Socks VP and Rav

After an overwhelmingly positive response to a short technique video I released on German Short Rows, I listened to your feedback and created a sock pattern with NO WRAPS AND TURNS! German Short Rows are a simple and exciting technique that allow you to create shaping in socks without the frustration of trying to pick up the tiny wraps around traditional short row stitches.

These socks are knit with either DK or Sport weight yarn (also called 8-ply). This weight of yarn allows you to learn the techniques quickly and complete the socks, and you get a nice weight of socks when you’re finished. Once you follow this tutorial and learn how to apply the German Short Row technique to socks, you can easily take that skill and apply them to other sock patterns you’d like to knit, in any weight of yarn.

This pattern includes bonus content – both in the written pattern, and a bonus video. The bonus content explains how to modify this pattern for both magic loop knitting, and two at-a-time magic loop knitting. The link to the bonus video is in the pattern.

Sizes: Women, Men, and Children; normal foot widths, any shoe size
Needles: Size US 3 (3.25mm) double-pointed needles (bonus video includes information on magic loop and two at-a-time magic loop knitting)
Yarn: 100 grams DK or Sport weight yarn (also called 8-ply yarn)
Additional Materials: Size G or H crochet hook, a few feet of worsted-weight scrap yarn in a contrasting color, tapestry needle for weaving ends
Gauge: 6.5 stitches per inch in stockinette

The yarn I used in my socks:
– Pink socks: Lion Brand LB Collection Superwash Merino, DK weight, 306 yards. This yarn gave me an 11 inch cuff in the women’s size sock (measuring from the last row of the heel to the bind-off at the cuff)
– Multi-colored gray/pink socks: Knit Picks Hawthorne Sport Multi in color Arbor Lodge, sport weight, 258 yards. This yarn gave me an 8 inch cuff in the women’s sized sock (measuring from the last row of the heel to the bind-off at the cuff)

Pattern, links to four-part video tutorial and bonus video – $8 US via PayPal. addtocart

Information on things you’ll see in this video:
The yarn I used in my pink socks is Lion Brand LB Collection Superwash Merino, in color Peony.
The yarn I used in my multi-color socks is Knit Picks Hawthorne Sport Multi in color Arbor Lodge.
The yarn I used for demonstration is Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Bulky.
The needles I used for demonstration are Knitter’s Pride Bamboo.
The little bamboo pins I use 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.

March 4th, 2015

Simple Stretchy Bind-Off

So simple, and so stretchy! This is my new favorite bind-off, good to use whether you need a little or a lot of stretch.

Instructions for working this BO in 2×2 rib:
Step 1: K 2 stitches, insert the left needle into the front of the two stitches you just worked, wrap the back needle and knit them together (k2tog tbl)
Step 2: P 1 stitch, Insert left needle into the back of the two stitches you just worked, wrap the front needle and purl them together (p2tog)
Step 3: Repeat Step 2
Step 4: K 1 stitch, insert the left needle into the front of the two stitches you just worked, wrap the back needle and knit them together (k2tog tbl)
Step 5: Repeat Step 4
Repeat Steps 2 through 5

Instructions for working this stitch in any other stitch combination:
K every knit stitch, and k2tog tbl it with the other stitch on the right needle
P every purl stitch, and p2tog it with the other stitch on the right needle

Information on things you’ll see in this video:

The shawl I’m wearing (not my design) can be found here.

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

The bulky yarn I used is Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Bulky in colors Crush, Yonder, and Honey.

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

February 26th, 2015

Winner Announced! Knitter’s Pride Dreamz Single Pointed 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!

February 25th, 2015

Fancy Stitch Combo – Lace Stitch

The Lion Brand LB Collection yarns I used in the samples are –
LB Collection Baby Alpaca

LB Collection Silk

LB Collection Cashmere

LB Collection Superwash Merino

Instructions for working this stitch:
CO a multiple of 4 stitches, plus 1
Row 1 (wrong side): Purl.
Row 2: K1, *yo, sk2p, yo, k1; rep from * across to end of row.
Repeat Rows 1 and 2
BO purl-wise on WS with 1 needle size larger

To work this stitch in-the-round:

CO a multiple of 4 stitches
Round 1 : Knit
Round 2: *K1, yo, sk2p, yo; rep from * to end of round
Repeat Rounds 1 and 2 to desired length, BO.

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”.