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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 […]

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 […]

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 stepsĀ 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 […]

Nimbulous Gradience

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Spinning / Techniques

Sitting somewhere deep in my big-involved-project queue is an Evenstar Shawl. While covetously perusing the FO’s on ravelry, I noticed many of these beautiful shawls (like this one) are knit up in a custom gradient yarn by The Unique Sheep. Lovely of lovelies, it compels me to make it! Now of course, this spinner is thinking – how would one spin a long gradient from hand dyed fiber? You may be asking “why not just […]