New video from MSF / DWB

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Find the knitter!!

p/hop (pennies per hour of pleasure) is a knitting and crochet fund raiser for Doctors Without Borders (Médecins Sans Frontières). Check out their wonderful pattern selection  and don’t forget to donate! Both my Northmoor Watchcaps and Tomar Socks are available only through p/hop.

3NBO Revisted Part 2 – knit-purl

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Part 1 is here.

Today we’ll look at using a k1, p1 sequence for the 3-Needle Bind Off.

Step 1: Knit 1 st from the front needle together with 1 st from the back needle (usual 3-Needle BO step).

Step 2: Move the yarn to the front between the needles. Insert the working needle through the next st on the back needle as if to purl, then through the first st on front needle as if to purl. Purl both sts. Use a Standard Bind off to bind off sts on Right needle.

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Repeat Steps 1 and 2, binding off 1 st on the Right needle after each step.

Here is the work after a few sts have been bound off.

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Can We Simplify? of course!!

Interlaced 3-Needle Bind Off: Knit Purl version

It can be a little awkward to do the purl sts this way so here’s a little simpler way.

I’m using a different coloured front and back piece and a 3rd colour for joining to make it easier to see what’s happening.

Step 1: Place all of the sts on 1 needle.

  • Use a smaller (I went down about 4 needle sizes) DPN or circular for this. This needle will not impact gauge (since it’s the Left needle) and making this needle smaller makes it much easier to work the bind off. Using a DPN or circular will allow you to push the sts to either end to begin working the bind off.
  • Beginning with the first st on the Back needle, slip sts alternately from the Back needle and the Front needle onto the smaller needle.

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Step 2: K2tog.

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Step 3: P2tog; bind off 1.

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Repeat Steps 2 and 3 binding off 1 st on Right needle after each step.

And here is the finished BO.

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And from the Wrong side.

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Benefits: This bind off lays flatter than the knit only version and doesn’t curl to one side.

And that’s it! Hope you find it useful :)

3NBO Revisted

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A 3-Needle Bind Off (link goes to a technique page on this blog) can be a fabulous way of joining knit pieces together — have it visible or invisible.

Today starts a tiny series of post to show the flexibility of this wonderful bind off.

First Up: 3-Needle Bind Off with Right (Public) sides together.

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Right sides together, knitting 1 st from Front needle and 1 st from Back needle together; use standard bind off for stitches on Right needle.

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Bind off finished.

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Close up view of bind off ridge.

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This is what the Right (Public) side of the work looks like.


Second: 3-Needle Bind Off with Wrong (Non-Public) sides together.

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Wrong sides together, knitting 1 st from Front needle and 1 st from Back needle together; use standard bind off for stitches on Right needle.

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Bind off is finished.

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Right side of the work looks like this.

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Seen from the Wrong side of the work.


Third: 3-Needle Bind Off using a Second Colour

In the above two examples, the same yarn was used for the 3-Needle Bind Off (3NBO) as was used for the main body of the work. The 3NBO can be worked in a contrasting colour for a lovely accent. Below, the bind off was worked in white.

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More later!

June 13, 2015: Part 2 – the Knit-Purl version

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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