When I first started knitting, the internet wasn’t really around the way it is now. I had to rely on books, magazines, and other knitters to get most of my information. Unless I was at the local JoAnn’s, I wasn’t often around other knitters considering I was 12 when I picked up my first pair of sticks. I can confidently say the majority of kids my age in the 90’s and early 00’s were not interested in knitting. Being a bit of an anomaly meant that I had to figure out a lot of things on my own, and there were a lot of things that still remained a mystery to me. Hopefully I can pass along some of these hard learned lessons and you can avoid these mistakes all together. One of these hard-learned lessons centered around dye lot. It was until I knit a sweater and noticed that there were blocks of knitting where the color looked visibly different that I started to understand what a dye lot is, and more importantly, why it mattered.Read More
When I begin a new shawl, one of the first things that I do is work the garter tab cast on. It creates a seamless edge at the top of shawls that flows perfectly into the garter stitch sides. It can also provide a more stable foundation for the stitches to come. This cast on method can be used with any shawl design with a little math & planning. So let’s discuss why & how you should use a Garter Tab Cast On.Read More
There is a lot to be said on the subject of lace knitting, but before we go down the rabbit hole of that I wanted to share some of the essential things I learned about knitting lace. As I was thinking about all of my lessons learned, I kept coming back to the gauge swatch. The swatch is a perfect mini project to help understand the structure of lace and a guide to understanding what your finished project can/will look like!
So I came up with this list of my 5 essential tips for knitting lace.Read More