7.06.2018

Ribbing Redo

I recently finished a sweater that had been in my knitting bag for 5 years. Whew, well it is only fitting that I frogged the ribbing around the bottom and reknit it. Good news is it only took me a day, now it was most of the day, and now I love it. The first ribbing was a k1, p1 and it was wavy and not tight enough. I was going to frog it and reknit in a tighter gauge (smaller needle size) but after I got it ripped back I thought, “what the heck!, I’m going to do a folded hem”, which I’ve never knitted.
Flat hems on hand knits
This is the after pic, notice the hem is flat! Yay!
k1p1 waist curling
You can see the k1 p1 ribbing on the bottom was curling up. I had cast off with a knitted cast off. So I had to
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Cut part of the very edge off to unravel it.
Then I reknit it in stockinette stitch with one purl row all around to make it fold over on itself and then tacked it down! Yay! Smooth, nice hem now.

Type of ribbing and hems
Ribbing
I used to think all ribbing was created equal! Not so! Ribbing in knitting is a combo of knit and purl stitches. Usually k1p1, k2p2, k3p3. Any of these would do the job, NO!, Some are more stretchy and better suited to pull in a cuff or bottom of a sweater. I almost always use k1p1, on a needle 2 sizes smaller than the main needle size. I’m a loose knitter and this gives me some stretch or a tighter gauge on the cuffs. Sometimes I don’t want as much of a size difference in the bottom of my sweater and I’ll usually do a k1pl on a needle one size smaller. (I did the above sweater originally on the same size needle and the result was a frogging after I was finished and wore it, not happy with floppy, loose ribbing) Also take into account the type of yarn that you are using. Wool = stretchy, cotton = not stretchy. As with all knitting projects, it saves time and heart ache to do a swatch with the ribbing you are thinking about adding. The swatch can be measured and you can see and feel how your ribbing is going to behave with the yarn you are using.
The other types of ribbing k2p2 is also fairly stretchy but not as much as the k1p1. I’ll link an article from The Spruce that explains why that is below. (Great article) It will help you decide what ribbing to use on all of your projects!
If you need a super stretchy and firm ribbing, you can knit the twisted rib, See this KnitPicks post (link) for more info on that, super easy, (knit through the back loops)
See The Spruce article on ribbing (excellent!!) (link here)
Folded Hems
Folded hems are easy and best suited for a area that you want to lay flat. It is simiply a stockinette stitch interrupted by one row of purl and then return to the stockinette stitch for about an inch and a half or so. This naturally folds over due to the purl bump, and then you just have to tack it down. Sweet!
For a post about folded hems see MsCleaver. (link here), Thanks Ms Cleaver!!
Rolled Hems
Super easy and simple, just keep knitting in stockingnette stitch and then bind off. This is a favorite for hats! Remember that this hem will roll up, and you will loose some length due to this. So whether you are making this on a cuff on bottom of a sweater, allow for a inch or two more to make sure it is not too short.
See this post from CreativeMissy for a free hat pattern with a rolled brim (Link here)
Enjoy your knitting!
May your needles fly as fast as Dragonflies!

6.20.2018

Too much knitting? Stretches for your body!

This summer I’m participating in a number of KAL’s (knit along s). If you have never signed up for one I would encourage you to do so. The first one I did was the Berroco Lopi Sweater. It made me try new patterns and get out of my comfort zone. Plus I met so many nice people online and learned a lot.

There are all kinds of KALs available to you, for practically any type of knitted project.  I’ll include more info on KALs soon. Ravelry is a great resource on finding/checking them out. Go to Ravelry, search in groups and type in KAL, and check the box (active in the last year). Browse around, if you see something that interests you click on that and the "guidelines” will be listed. The pattern may be free or need to be bought. Yarn can be your choice or sometimes from a specific company. The time it runs is stated.

But along with lots of knitting comes hand/arm/finger stress, and repetitive injuries. Protect yourself by doing some of the below stretches so you can knit for many years to come trouble free.

Don’t forget to stretch your neck and shoulders also!


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LOpDVR4UGTs (you tube link if the above vid does not work)

https://blog.weareknitters.com/knitters-life/hand-exercises-for-knitters/

https://knitfreedom.com/top-5-stretches-for-knitting-pain-relief/

http://www.dummies.com/crafts/knitting/ten-hand-and-shoulder-exercises-for-knitters/

https://www.theloopyewe.com/yarn-shop/blog/2017/04/exercises-for-knitters

https://www.sheeptoshawl.com/charity/archives/2007/02/entry_232.html

Enjoy your knitting and take care of your body!

6.17.2018

Double Moss Stitch Cowl (knitted flat, free pattern)

This yarn was an impulse buy, I had other yarn in my cart and decided to try it, since it was on sale. I bought it from Craftsy, it is the Sprightly brand, the acrylic wool worsted (link) It is similar to the Lion Brand Wool ease I believe from the label info. 80% Manufactured Fibers – Acrylic, 20% Wool. I’m hoping it does not pill up and is nice and warm. It is very springy and light, but not as soft as I had hoped. I’ll review it in a later post or on Ravely after my cowl gets some wear.
Double Moss Stitch Cowl (knitted flat, free pattern)

I used two strands held together and made up my own pattern, but looking on Ravelry I found one that was similar, so I’ll link to it also. This linked pattern is wider than mine (link)
Super simple and fast to knit, It was not boring, due to the knit, purl combo and it was so quick to keck out. I could have done it in two days easy. It took me longer because it is summer out and I wasn’t knitting steady on it. But I still had it done in 3 days.
Double Moss Stitch Cowl (knitted flat, free pattern)
Double Moss Stitch Cowl
Size of my cowl was 10 inches wide by 68 inches around, for a double wrap
I used size US needles 13 or 9 mm.
Yarn: (For Double wrap around the neck, you can use half and get a single wrap one)  I used two skeins of the Sprightly worsted weight yarn (total of 432 yards), but you could use around 220 or more yards of bulky weight yarn. I think Lion Brand Thick and Quick (2 skeins) or if you want acrylic I have made another cowl using Lion Brand Hometown which is 100% Acrylic and super soft! (2-3 skeins)
Cast on 25 stitches, or more if you want it wider, in an odd number.
4 Row pattern, (First 2 and last 2 stitches are Knit to prevent curling)
Row 1: K2, (k1, p1)* repeat to last 2 stitches and then K2.
Row 2 : same as row 1
Row 3: K2, (pl, k1)* repeat to last 2 stitches and then K2
Row 4: same as row 3
Repeat these 4 rows until cowl is desired length, bind off.  Then sew together. (I’ll add some mattress stitch links for info. on joining the ends together)
This is how I joined the ends of the scarf to make a cowl (link).
May your knitting needles fly as fast as Dragonflies