Video Tutorial: Two Row Bind Off

The two row bind off creates a firm, non-elastic bind off which looks good on stockinette fabric, but even better on 1×1 ribbing.  The BO edge ends up having eyelets which work perfectly for adding fringe to the edge of your knitting – on a scarf for example.

I filmed a quick video tutorial on this bind off, since I couldn’t easily find any videos out there for it!  It’s super easy to work.

Give this bind off a try sometime!

Happy Knitting!

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New Pattern: Graphite Socks







Did you check out the most recent issue of Cast On magazine?  I have another new sock pattern in the May-July 2015 issue: Graphite Socks.

These socks are knit from the toe up with an afterthought heel.  The pattern is a slipped stitch pattern, so they look much more complicated than they really are!  Only one color is used at a time, but the slipped stitches intermingle the colors (when more than one color is used).  These were really fun to design and knit!

Check out Cast On if you like these!

Happy Knitting!

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New Pattern: Moissanite Shawl

Moissanite Shawl

Hello again! I’ve been quite busy knitting away, even though I haven’t had time to post here – I keep meaning to post more often, but life keeps getting in the way!! I do have some tutorial posts in the works, so stay tuned for those in the coming weeks.

Meanwhile – here is my latest pattern:  the Moissanite Shawl!

This is knit in fingering weight yarn, and requires at least 1000 yards. It’s very customizable, though, so you may need much more than that if you add to the lace repeats.

Silicon Carbide, or Moissanite, is a rare natural mineral. It is almost as hard as diamonds, and has a fiery brilliance—so it is sometimes used as a diamond gemstone substitute. I found it a fitting name for this shawl made with several different diamond motifs.

The shawl is knit from the top down with a center spine diamond panel and gradually changing diamond lace on the sides. It is designed as more than a triangle to sit snug upon the shoulders. Size is customizable – I designed the lace patterns so that any number of repeats of the individual motifs can be knit.

Both charts AND written lace directions are included.

Sample shawl finished size:
Spine height 30 inches
Width 52 inches.

The pattern is $5.00 and you can buy now through Ravelry!

Enjoy – and Happy Knitting!

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New Pattern: Playbook Sweater Vest

I just released another new pattern – the Playbook Sweater Vest!  This is a pattern for a child’s v-neck vest.  I originally designed this as my Master Knitter Level 2 vest.

Playbook Sweater Vest

This is a vest knit in pieces from the bottom up – with cables on each side of front and back.  The neckline and armhole ribbing is knit afterwards, with the sides seamed last.

I designed it to fit my son, who loves to watch football, so the ‘playbook’ name seemed a better fit than the more traditional ‘hugs and kisses’ that the cable I used tends to evoke.

Playbook Sweater Vest

The yarn used was Knit Picks Merino Style, but any similar wool blend DK weight yarn can be used.  Between 650 and 800 yards will be needed depending on size selected.

Sizes: Child Small/6, Child Medium/10, Child Large/14.

Finished Measurements:
Chest: 12, (14, 15.5) inches.
Length: 15.5, (18, 20) inches.

Needles: US5 and US6.

It’s a sweet little vest, and I hope you enjoy it!

Happy Knitting!

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New Pattern: Winding Roads Aran Hat

I just released my Master Knitter Level 3 hat pattern!

Winding Roads Aran Hat is now available for purchase via Ravelry! ($5.00)

Master Knitter Level 3 Aran hat Master Knitter Level 3 Aran hat

This pattern uses about 500 yards of worsted weight wool yarn, and US 6 needles. It is designed to fit a 21 inch head circumference. A braided cable brim is knit side-to-side, with stitches picked up to knit the body in the round. More cables (with bobbles!) join to intertwine together at the crown of the hat. The style is a slouchy beret style. A unique button is showcased on the brim.  Charts are included.

I hope you enjoy!

Happy Knitting!

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