There are lots of videos out in the either to show tutorials of various knitting techniques and one I truly, madly, love is this one by Julie Matthews aka KnittingAtLarge. Julie is a great friend of mine and an avid knitaholic / yarnaholic like myself. We have long conversations over email and chat to discuss modifications to patterns we’ve bought, books we have read and designs we’re creating for ourselves. I love these chats and I know Julie does too.
This particular video shows how to combination knit which results in a very even tension especially for ribbing where the first stitch in a knit column can sometimes look a little sloppy. It’s also a great way to work on your knitting speed. Sure it’s a different technique and it will take a bit of dedication to get up to your previous knitting speed as a ‘thrower’ but once you’ve mastered it, your knitting will be both faster and neater. What’s not to love?
Thank you Julie for sharing this with us. Visit her blog knittingatlarge.com and read some of her amazing adventures in knitting.
Using yarn from stash I quickly knitted up a garter stitch cap with a touch of colourwork and a lovely icord edging which finishes it beautifully. This used less then 1/2 ball of Sirdar Balmoral in Earl Grey colourway together with a few grams of Noro Silk Garden Lite in various lengths taken from ends of balls. I am frequently teased about my OCD relationship with Noro. I love the colours but I hate being part way through a ball (and / or project) to find knots (usually in every ball) and odd colours that just shouldn’t be there. Naughty NORO!
To combat this, and restore harmony to my stash wall (yes it’s a whole wall of the stuff), I cut the leftovers into colour lengths and bag them together in warm or cool shades for future colourwork. This led to some lovely lengths of Silk Garden Lite which had a soft pink merging into light grey then dark grey (went so well with the Sirdar grey) and some blue/green which gave an interesting, but harmonious contrast.
I’d recommend the book, Knit One, Knit All which is packed with patterns for garter or knit stitch and has some amazing constructions of items for you to play with. It’s easy enough for a new knitter and yet interesting techniques and tricks will still intrigue the more experienced knitter.
Here are a few photos of the first hat, I’m making another in Cashsoft DK, Sirdar Balmoral and whatever I can find to work with the two shades.
If you love hats and like trying out new techniques, then knit this pattern, you won’t regret it!
Link to the book on Ravelry, I bought mine at Amazon.com as I couldn’t get it at the UK site but it may be available there now if you check.