Knitting Basics

Stay Tuned For Change

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For those who have been loyal followers I’ve been gone for a while. I will be back soon with a new name and probably a new blog. Having a philosophical difference with WordPress and will probably be moving my writings. Look for information on Tricraftual which is the name that I will be using.  See you soon

Knitting In Circles

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I lay my Wurm hat down and the needle slipped I guess because I realized that a stitch had dropped and gone down about three or four rows. Well I am proud of my progress and I didn’t completely panic. I got a small crochet hook and  after several attempts got the stitch back on the needle.

However  I have almost made a large pincushion or an unintended bag  out of this thing. It is such a simple concept, you just knit or crochet around in a circle following the pattern. In my case I am magic loop knitting so I kind of knit back and forth row by row. So then how come I don’t have the right number of rows and they don’t seem to be even? it looks chaotic to me. In my knitting maturity however I have decided to finish the darn thing and wear it no matter what.

Not sure what the lesson is here. Just talking to myself, and now you.

Wurm Hat Glitches

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Well everything was fine. I only had to circular knit and it was fine. Then I had to fold up half of  my rows and pick up and knit a stitch from the cast on row with my active stitches. Sounds simple. It wasn’t. About 3 quarters of the way around I picked up stitches ahead of or behind the live stitches and now my work isn’t smooth and straight it’s slightly bunched. Guess what?  I’m not undoing it. The hat is for me and I’ll wear it just the way it is.

Stay tuned.

Wurm Hat
Wurm Hat

Sunday Weekly Review

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I find that if  I am unable to write here for a few days I am lost.  I want to keep you informed of my activities but once I stop I don’t seem to know where to start. Anyway this week I finished my fifth building block for my afghan. It appears blue in the picture but it’s actually black.

Block Number Five for Building Block Afghan
Block Number Five for Building Block Afghan

Then I began making mini granny squares but as you can see they aren’t the same size.  Sorry for the blurry picture. I am challenged today. I’ll let you know what I’m doing with them later.

Mini Granny Squares
Mini Granny Squares

Yarn review tomorrow!

 

Saturday Research – Slipped Stitch Edges

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There are several reasons to have a slipped stitch edge in knitting. My current favorite is  so that you have a nice neat edge of v’s that make seaming, attaching separate pieces of work together a simple process. The edge is loose and easy to work with and when you are a beginning knitter this helps you have a professional looking project.  Take a look at this YouTube video:

 

Sunday Weekly Recap

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So I was a bit more ambitious this week than I have been recently. I published my Facebook page Knitting Nedjmi Creations and I am looking for folks to like the page. I paid for a Craftsy course with Shirley Paden entitled Handmade Garment Design. I intend to use the course to help me create my first pattern. I worked on the cable square for my afghan. As you will see by the close up picture I have made some mistakes on the right hand cables. Not sure how it happened but it’s for my home and made with love!

My Cable Block progress
My Cable Block progress

I look forward to this week there is always more craft to do!

Saturday Night Research — Pattern Making

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So secretly I have always wanted to make my own pattern but because I’m pattern challenged, I  believed that I couldn’t do it. Yesterday I saw a jacket in a magazine which I think is beautiful and fun and I decided that I need to make it. So first decision, crochet or knit? For some reason knit won.  So I paid for a new Craftsy class with Shirley Paden entitled Handmade Garment Design. Now I am going to go step by step and design my sweater. So by next week I will have taken step one of the course and describe on paper what I want the jacket to look like and other details about the process. I’m kind of excited. I bought the Knitting Stitches Visual Encyclopedia to help me pick a pattern!

Knitting Stitches VISUAL Encyclopedia (Teach Yourself VISUALLY Consumer)