Picot Cast Ons

Today I’m going to talk about a cast on technique – the Picot Cast On!  You may or may not have heard of this one, or maybe you’ve heard of it and haven’t done it before.  Or maybe you use it all the time – in which case I’ll bore you with this post. :-D  It’s one of those ‘specialty’ cast ons  that can be used in certain situations to really add that perfect finishing touch to a knitted item.

I’ve used it at the cast on edges of socks, that are knit cuff down of course , when I wanted a really pretty ‘frilly’ edge.  (Note: there is a corresponding bind off if you’re knitting them toe up – but that’s a topic for another blog post!)  I have a sock pattern coming out in the Spring that this cast on was perfect for, so I figured I’d do a quick blog post demonstrating the technique.

You’ll need to know how to do the ‘knitted cast on’ for this.  To do the knitted cast on, you make a slip knot, and then knit into it.  You then slip the stitch just made back onto the left needle.  That’s it – keep going for the required number of cast on stitches.  This is used in the Picot cast on, because for it you cast on a certain number of stitches and then bind off a certain number.

Here’s a video I made demonstrating:

 

You can do any number of cast on stitches and any number of bind off stitches.  Fewer cast on stitches before binding off will give you smaller picots, and more cast on stitches (and bind off stitches) will give you larger picots.  It all depends on your weight of yarn, and the desired look you are going for.

(Also, in the video I mention the fact that you get an odd number of stitches, but that may change based on your ratio of casted on stitches to bound off stitches.)

This edge has a good bit of stretch to it, and it looks very pretty on hems of baby sweaters, cuffs of lacy socks, and anywhere you want a pretty frilly edge (that has some stretch).

I hope this post was helpful – and that you’ll maybe try out a Picot Cast On sometime!

Happy Knitting!

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Sorry for the radio silence!

I’m still here, I promise!  Life has been busy, but I’m still knitting away.  Right now I’m working on a gift knit, so I can’t show you that until it’s done and gifted.  And as soon as that’s done I have another magazine design – so I won’t be able to show you that either!  I have lots of ‘secret’ stuff I’m working on.  Sorry – I know that makes things less than interesting here!

We just got back from a trip to Walt Disney World – we stayed for 10 days – that’s the longest we’ve ever stayed!  It was so much fun, but very tiring.

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Magic Kingdom

And I got very little knitting done while we were gone!!

Back on a fiber related note – I’m teaching a Fiber Arts class for my homeschooling group – I’m planning on covering spinning, weaving, crochet and knitting.  I already had the first class, and the kids really seemed to enjoy learning how to spin on a drop spindle!  I’m looking forward to the rest of the classes. :-)  The moms keep asking me for a class for them, so I need to try to set one up. :-)

Anyway, not much else going on here!  I’m enjoying reviewing Master Knitting notebooks – (got one right after we got back from Disney!) – and I’m learning a lot while doing so!  I’ll get my first level 2 notebook to review this week – I’m really excited about that!

I’ll try to do a bit better about posting, but it’s hard when there really isn’t anything to show you! ;-)

Until next time, Happy Knitting!

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FO: Sheherazade

I finished my Sheherazade shawl a while ago, but never got around to posting about it!  Well, here she is!

Pattern: Sheherazade by Anna Victoria
Yarn: Juniper Moon Farm Findley Lace (50% silk, 50% merino) 1.5 skeins
Needles: (Can’t remember – I think it was a US4 or 5)
Started:  April 3, 2014
Finished:  June 26, 2014
Modifications: none.

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I used gold beads, and I think they look lovely against the green yarn.

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I still don’t have any pictures of me wearing it, though!  I took it to NH  and wore it one day.  It’s a very nice size, and the silk gives it a really lovely sheen, too.

Sorry I’ve been quiet lately, I’ve been busy with my new job of reviewing MK notebook submissions, and we’re getting into a very full swing of things with our homeschooling!  I also have a few designs in the works, so there’s not much knitting I can show you yet. :-)

We have a fantastic Disney World trip coming up, so I’ll pop back in after that and fill you in on all our fun!

Until then, Happy Knitting!

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TKGA 2014 Conference wrap-up: with Photos!

The TKGA conference this year was phenomenal!  And not just because I got my pin there (although that will always make it special for me), but it was really so well run and it was even better than the two conferences I’ve been to before (not that those weren’t good too – they just keep getting better and better, it seems!)   :-)

The venue was fantastic, the people were (as always) so friendly and nice, and the events were well done and wonderful.  The classes I took were really good, too!

As promised, here are a few photos from the week, and feel free to check out my Flickr Photo Album for even more photos!

Hotel lobby

Stylish doggie out front.

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Suzanne giving me my pin.

Getting my pin!

The presentation was just great!

Yarn Tasting

Now to just plan out how to get myself to San Diego for next year’s conference! :-)

Happy Knitting!

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TKGA day four recap

I’m home now from the conference, but here’s my quick day four recap from yesterday!

My roommate and I had no classes, so it was a very relaxing day!  We walked over to a little French cafe for coffee and breakfast in the morning, and then on our way back to the hotel we stopped by the cupcake shop again and got cupcakes for later.  :-)  (That was the way to do it – they had such a great selection in the morning, compared to the afternoon we had gone earlier!)

We relaxed and knit in the Serenity Zone until the afternoon, and then walked over to a nearby Hungarian restaurant and got sandwiches there for lunch.  Then we chilled out in the room until it was time to go to the Yarn Tasting that evening.  The Yarn Tasting was absolutely wonderful!!  We got perfect tiny little skeins of each yarn to sample, and got lots of goodies to take home with us, including many sumptuous yarns!  (I’ll do another blog post next week with some pictures and show you what I got in detail.)  StevenBe and Stephen West were an absolute hoot as our MCs.

We then said goodbye to all our friends and got up super early to fly home this morning.

I’m exhausted and happy to be home – but I had such a good time the whole week, and will forever cherish the memories and friends I made during my time in NH.  :-)

Stay tuned for some photos and pictures of my purchases in the next day or two.

Happy Knitting!!

 

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