January 28th, 2015

Using Circular Needles

So many choices with needle shapes and types – what are the differences? Circular needles vs. straight needles, fixed circulars vs. interchangeable sets, different cord lengths? In this video I talk about all of that, including my personal preferences.

Information on things you’ll see in this video:
The Log Cabin Blanket quilt block is a free pattern and video tutorial.

The 16″ circular needle set can be found here.

The Platina needle set can be found here.

My sweater is store bought. :)

January 22nd, 2015

Winner Announced! Knitter’s Pride Platina Interchangeable 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!

January 21st, 2015

Fixing Loose Stitches and Snags

In this video, I show you how to repair loose stitches and snags in your knitting. (If you are looking for instructions on how to cover or repair more damaged work, please see my Duplicate Stitch video.)

Information on things you’ll see in this video:
The latch hook snag fixer I use can be found at most local fabric stores, or here online.

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

The yarn I used in a swatch is a wool/alpaca blend. Sorry, I’m not sure of the brand!

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

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

January 14th, 2015

Giveaway! Knitter’s Pride Platina Deluxe 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), January 21, 2015; and the winner will be announced in video on January 22, 2015. The winning email adddress will be chosen by random number generator.

The link to sign up for the Knitter’s Pride newsletter (and enter the contest) is here.

Since not everyone can win, you can purchase your own set of these needles here.

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

The sweater I’m wearing in the video is store-bought. :)

January 7th, 2015

Super Chunky Cowl Tutorial

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Super chunky cowls and scarves are not only warm and luxurious, but very high fashion. And really fun to knit!

The yarn and needles I use in this video are from ColorwaysGallery on Etsy. Use the coupon code VERYPINK in the store, and you will get a 10% discount.

The cowl kit, including needles, with your choice of color, can be found here. Use the coupon code VERYPINK for a 10% discount.

One pound (38 yards/35m) of ColorwaysGallery yarn is enough for:
1 Stockinette Cowl and 1 Short V-Shaped Cowl (instructions below)
or
1 long Garter Stitch Cowl (instructions below)
or
1 Triangular Shawl (instructions below)

Stockinette Gray Cowl (pictured in video thumbnail) –
CO 3 stitches using the long-tail or knitted cast-on
Row 1: K 3
Row 2: P 3
Repeat these two rows until scarf is 76″ (193cm) long, bind-off, seam into a cowl if desired.
Note – you can see in the video and the photo that the stockinette curls around itself. This is normal, and the curling gives it sort of a tubular shape, which looks really cool.

Short V-Shaped Gray Cowl –
CO 3 stitches using the long-tail or knitted cast-on
Knit every row until scarf is 28″ (71cm) long
Seam into a V-shape, as demonstrated in the video.
ColorwaysGallery has a special kit for this cowl, which can be found here.

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Cream Garter Stitch Cowl (pictured at the top of this post) –
CO 3 stitches using the long-tail or knitted cast-on
Knit every row until scarf is 70″ (178cm) long (just use all of your yarn!)
Seam into a cowl, if desired.
Note – before taking the photo for this post, I shortened my cowl to a 56″ (142cm) scarf, then seamed it into a cowl again, for a tighter fit when it’s double-wrapped around my neck.

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Triangular Shawl –
CO 2 stitches using the long-tail or knitted cast-on
Row 1: K1, YO, K to end of row
Repeat Row 1 until you have 22 stitches on the needle (almost all of your yarn), BO
You can wear this shawl by poking one of the ends through the yarn-over hole at the other side, as I’ve done in the photo.

In the video, I say that this isn’t a good project for brand-new beginning knitters. ColorwaysGallery assures me that they’ve seen lots of beginners use their big needles and yarn with great success. If you are a brand-new beginning knitter and you’d like to see my basic knitting videos, visit this playlist.

Information on things you’ll see in this video:
The sweater I’m wearing is store-bought, sorry. :)

My reading glasses are from Eye Bobs, style “Dot Com”.

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

December 31st, 2014

German Short Rows

Plenty of knitters don’t like working wraps & turns when knitting short rows. German short rows are an alternative to w&ts that actually do their job and look good! In this video, I show you how to work them, and how to substitute German Short Rows for w&ts in patterns.

Here is a link that I mention in the video to a list of my sock tutorials. The “toe-up” patterns use wrap and turns (including my Bulky Sleep Socks Tutorial), and German Short Rows can be substituted.

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

The yarn I’m using for demonstration is Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Bulky.

The needles I’m using are Knitter’s Pride Bamboo double-pointed needles.

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

December 23rd, 2014

Winding Yarn into Two Equally-Sized Balls

For some patterns and yarns, it’s important to wind your yarn into two-equally sized balls before you start knitting – especially when you’re knitting toe-up socks. Here’s my tried-and-true method for doing that.

My ball winder and swift are from Strauch Fiber Equipment Company. You can learn more about the company here.
They also have a YouTube channel.

The Woolery is the retail outlet for Strauch Fiber Equipment Company. You can find my ball winder here.
And my swift here.

The kitchen scale I use is by Tefal – I don’t think they are making the exact model I have anymore, but I think they’re all about the same, anyway. I don’t remember how much mine cost, but I know I didn’t get an expensive one.

The pink yarn I use for demonstration is Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Bulky in color Crush.