Author: knittaforlife

Split Weft Bobbin Change

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Techniques / Weaving

Here’s a quick and dirty little photo tutorial about how I do what I’m calling a “split weft bobbin change” while weaving. I can’t remember where I learned this, or if I independently discovered it, but I’ve found it useful for starting and ending colors or whole items with thicker wefts, since without it I see a noticeable jog. You’ll probably want to click on the photos to see closeups – the thumbnails, they don’t […]

Little Claws

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Intermediate / No Gauge / Patterns

Give your baby the ability to properly catch and eviscerate prey! These claws were designed to be added to the Midwife Booties, but they should work just as well on any baby bootie pattern. You could even try them in super bulky on adult size monster slippers, or on mittens, or your fox stole, or whatever your fierce heart fancies.

Midwife Booties

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Intermediate / Patterns

These booties are dedicated to my outstanding and compassionate midwife, Maria Iorillo. I wanted to give her a pattern to work up during the small hours of the night, in those meditative and slow moments of the birth journey, in the magical and almost palpable waiting that accompanies the transition between stages of labor, between womb and world. I wanted something seamless – for ease of finishing, and ultra stretchy – for both flexibility of […]

Graftable Cast On

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I like to use this cast on in place of the usual invisible cast on for items that are knitted flat and grafted at the end (like these baby legwarmers). It uses a long(ish) circular instead of waste yarn. Transferring your held stitches for the finishing graft is a snap, since they are already on the cable attached to your needles. It also works well as a carefree and indistinguishable alternative to Judy’s Magic Cast […]

Sideways Knit Baby Legwarmers

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Beginner / Patterns / Variable Gauge

When I was pregnant, I admit I may have gone a little overboard with the baby knits. Friends started to be concerned that I was headed towards knitting a full body baby cozy. I knitted hats, socks, sweaters, blankets, booties, and most of all, leg warmers. This last one raised a few eyebrows – “leg warmers? Why not knit something you’ll actually use?” Well I tell you, friends, the one item I knitted that gets […]

Garter Graft

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Knitting / Techniques

Hey you, meticulous knitter! Have you ever used kitchener stitch on a garter stitch project only to end up with a regrettable scar of stockinette across your lovely little uniform garter ridges? Herein lies your solution: garter graft. Making an invisible graft in garter stitch is almost simpler than regular old kitchener stitch – after setting up correctly, you just carry out the same steps on both the front and back needles.

Stockinette Swatch

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Knitting / Techniques

Many of the patterns I write are based on a variable gauge, so knitting a proper swatch is crucial. I find that for smaller items, a 2″ swatch is sufficient, but you will need a larger swatch for larger projects (4″ is standard), or for items where the fit is extra important. I like to make swatches that have a border of garter stitch, since this helps the swatch lie flat, which makes for easier […]