4 i-Cord Cast On Comparisons


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I love the polished look of an I-Cord Cast On.

But, an I-Cord Cast On (link goes to picture tutorial of basic cast on for #3 below) often leaves a row of very loose stitches above the cast on. However, how you create the increases during the cast on does affect the looseness of those stitches. Here are 4 examples.

▼ Cast On #1: uses a kfb (knit into the front and back of the first stitch slipped back to the Left Needle), so:

Slip 3 back to Left Needle, kfb, k2.

I-Cord Cast On kfb20150818

▼ Cast On #2: uses a YO (yarn over) after knitting the first stitch, so:

Slip 3 back to Left Needle, k1, yo, k2.

Notice how this version removes the line of right-leaning loops at the top of the I-cord. The ‘long’ stitches above the cast on in this version are not as long as the ones in Version #1.
I-Cord Cast On YO 20150819

▼ Cast On #3: uses a kbf (knit into the back then front of the first stitch slipped back to the Left Needle), so:

Slip 3 back to Left Needle, kbf, k2.

Notice that this version adds a left leaning leg to the top of the I-Cord creating a criss-cross effect; the long stitches on top of the I-Cord are a tiny bit shorter than those for version #2).
I-Cord Cast On kbf 20150820

▼ Cast On #4: uses an Ryo (reverse yarn over – bring the yarn from the back of the needle, over the needle and to the back of the work; the right leg of this yo will be at the back, left leg to the front), so:

Slip 3 back to Left Needle, k1, Ryo, k2.

When slipping the Ryo back to the Left Needle, slip with the left leg in front as shown below; the Ryo will be knit through the back of the loop so you don’t even need to remove the Right Needle when slipping this stitch back to the Left Needle – simply insert the Left Needle tip to start the slip and used the Right Needle to complete the ‘knit through back of loop’.
I-Cord Cast On Ryo step 1 20150821 I-Cord Cast On Ryo finished 20150822

Conclusion: For me, #4 produced the tightest cast on. As we all have our own unique way of knitting, YMMV (your mileage may vary), of course but hopefully you’ll find a variation that works for you.



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The new issue of Twist Collective is out (Fall 2015 issue) and I’m thrilled that my Ballyfaron tam and cowl are in this issue! Knit in luscious Madelinetosh Tosk DK, this one is filled with oodles and oodles of cable-y goodness.

Photo (c) 2015 Crissy Jarvis Ballyfaron Tam and Cowl, Twist Collective Fall 2015 Issue

Photo (c) 2015 Crissy Jarvis
Ballyfaron Tam and Cowl, Twist Collective Fall 2015 Issue

With a Little Help from our Friends



A dear online friend needs a little helping hand. She and her brother are facing some very difficult life challenges and if you can find it in your heart to help out, I know that they would be eternally grateful. Here is a link to their GoFundMe campaign.

I have known Kate through Ravelry for over two years and she is a kind and generous soul who is always helping others as well as knitting tons of things for charity. The GoFundMe page chronicles some of the difficult journeys – and some of the good times – that she and her brother have faced. Please take a couple of minutes to read her story.

Thank you, from a grateful friend.

A Celtic Quilt 2


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Brand new cable and lace knitting pattern! Call it a quilt or lapghan or afghan or blanket — make it larger or smaller or use one of the blocks for a matching pillow — so many possibilities!

And, from July 15 – 21, 2015, buy the pattern on Ravelry and save 25%A Celtic Quilt 2 v1.0 Cover A Celtic Quilt 2 v1.0 back cover

Joining a Vikkel Braid in the Round


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The following is used in the borders for each quilt block in the soon-to-be-published A Celtic Quilt 2 (and a variation of this technique is used in the outer border for my Celtic Quilt 1).

A Vikkel Braid places a row of knit stitches horizontally across the work. When knitting a Vikkel Braid in the round, you want to join the two ends so that it looks like one continuous line (avoiding the jog that usually happens when proceeding to the next round).

Here are some Step-by-Step pictures of the joining procedure:

(c)2015 Step 1: Insert RN tip through vertical bar of the first Vikkel Braid stitch and into the st below the next st on the LN

(c)2015 Step 2: Pull yarn through [to k1] dropping original st off LN (dropped st will seem to hang but will settle)

(c)2015 Step 2: Pull yarn through [to k1] DO NOT drop original st off LN (dropped st will seem to hang behind the work but it will settle)

(c)2015 Step 3: pass 2nd st on RN over first and off the needle

(c)2015 Step 3: pass 2nd st on RN over first and off the needle.

(c)2015 A Celtic Quilt 1 Outer Border

(c)2015 A Celtic Quilt 1 Outer Border

New video from MSF / DWB


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