Woodland Grace Moebius re-pub

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Woodland Grace Moebius v1.2 cover pageThanks to the wonderful folks at Knit Picks, this moebius scarf has some wonderful new pics — same pattern just a brand new look! The pattern will be available through Knit Picks’ IDP program shortly and the new version is available through Ravelry, Patternfish and LoveKnitting!

LoveKnitting Celebrates Indie Designer Month

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LoveKnitting has a special place in the hearts of many Ravelry designers — they stepped in to help us out when the EU VAT became such a huge issue at the beginning of this year. They went above and beyond to ensure that there was a way for us to easily comply with the new tax laws.

And now, they are celebrating Indie Designer Monthgiving purchasers of independent designers’ patterns 10% off their yarn purchases as well! Just click the image below to see all the details.

LoveKnitting Independent Designers

Square vs Round

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Back on Apr. 28th I was all excited to try my first set of Knitter’s Pride Cubics needles (which him and I ordered from the lovely people at The Little Red Mitten – superb service!). So I have knit my little swatches (pics and comparison table below) and here is what happened:

  1. Cubics swatches are the upper left; swatch knit on round metal needles in the lower right;
  2. My gauge for the Cubics is a bit more uneven (not unexpected since this is the first time using these needles)
  3. Overall there’s not a huge difference in blocked gauge (see table below) but the working gauge (unblocked) differed by 1 stitch /4 inches. This I found interesting.
  4. Due to personal habit – I knit Continental and tend to ‘tick’ the bottom edge of the left needle as I go to work the next stitch – I found that the Cubics needle turned so that one of the corners was always sitting against my left hand, which I found uncomfortable. However, my sample knitter who tends to ‘scoop’ a stitch that its base, didn’t have this issue.
  5. The needles are beautifully made, the wood is lovely and smooth and warm to the touch, I love the cables (super flexible so fantastic for Magic Loop) and the connectors were all smooth with no burrs on the screw threads.

Final Thought:  I think I would like to try some larger sizes in these needles to see if they would sit more squarely in my hand.

4.5mm / US 7

4.5mm / US 7

4mm / US6

4mm / US6

Round Metal:  4 mm / US6

Yarn: Knit Picks Capra DK

Gauge

Pre-Washing: 22 sts x 29 rows

Blocked (laid flat):  21 sts x 30 rows

Round Metal:  4.5 mm / US7

 Yarn: Knit Picks Capra DK

 Gauge

Pre-Washing: 21 sts x 27 rows

Blocked (laid flat): 20 sts x 28 rows

 Knitter’s Pride Cubics: 4 mm / US6

 Yarn: Knit Picks Capra DK

 Gauge

Pre-Washing:  23 sts x 31 R

Blocked (laid flat): 21.5 sts x 30 R

Knitter’s Pride Cubics: 4.5 mm / US7

 Yarn: Knit Picks Capra DK

 Gauge

Pre-Washing: 22 sts x 28 R

Blocked (laid flat):  20 sts x 29 R

Clever Make 2 from 3

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I ran across this blog post by TomOfHolland a while ago and thought I’d share here. The blog post has full instructions with pictures on this fabulous knitting decrease — making 2 stitches from 3. It’s a great way to transition between different lace pattern stitches.

Square Knitting Needles

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Cubics needles 20150417_1Nothing like a package in the mail to brighten a day! I’m excited to try out these square knitting needles to see whether I knit differently or if they affect my gauge! I ordered these Knitter’s Pride Cubics from The Little Red Mitten. These are interchangeable circulars and the cables on these are fantastically flexible — just like the old Knit Picks needles for those who cherish their stash of those.

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