I've figured out the plan for these!⁠ ⁠ We've been talking all week about how the thing my brain REALLY loves to do is come up with pretty stitches, and then come up with ways to work with them, to slide in an out of them, to shape fabric around them. How that's a lot of what makes my designs look like my patterns. We also talked recently about how this month marks the fifteen year anniversary of Popped, my very first pattern. And quite a few of you playing along at home have noticed that the socks you saw [...]

March 9, 2024|

Not a sock

See, very much not a sock! Instead it's ribbing, a transition from that ribbing into a main stitch pattern, the main stitch pattern, a transition from that main stitch pattern back out into ribbing, more ribbing, and then decreases. All neatly lined up and delightfully tidy. Which, if you stack them up right, become a hat. Though if you stack them up a little differently, they could also become a sock. Or mitts. Or a cowl. Or a shawl. Or a scarf. Or a whatever else your glorious heart desires. Because once you have all the pieces, you can just [...]

March 5, 2024|

Not a sock

This is absolutely not a sock! But also... Remember how I said my Very Favorite Part of socks (and most any other knitting project), is moving nicely between the pieces? Seeing how you can wander from ribbing into the main stitch pattern then out again and oh maybe into some decreases or increases or other nifty combo moves? How that is what makes my brain happy? Right. So. If you *happen* to have a pretty stitch pattern. And *happen* to have a way to ease into it...and back out of it...and some nice tidy turns out you sort of [...]

March 4, 2024|

Held Double

Flexes fingers...stretches arms...ok, this is all stuff I've said before, so totally feel free to skip right over this if you've been here a while.  But just in case you're new, here's the spiel on the cast on. Yup, I totally cast on over two needles held together. Before anyone screams or cries into their tea or sends me worried messages...don't panic, I know that doesn't make the cast on any looser or stretchier.  To make the cast on looser, you need more space *between* one stitch and its neighbor. But casting on this way does make each individual stitch a tiny bit [...]

June 20, 2019|

That’s going to work out nicely…

Pretty sure we need more brioche.  And I'm pretty sure this is going to be the way to do it. That orange is some seriously deep stash.  The company is, alas, apparently out of business...and normally that means I would not use the yarn, but it's a common enough base that it won't be hard to find an equivalent yarn.  And my goodness but it's too pretty not to use. All my suspicions are confirmed by the swatch (insert 'yay swatch, swatch is important, swatch is useful' peptalk right about here).  That is, indeed, going to be smashing. Yarns are Punta [...]

June 17, 2019|

They grew

Turns out, if you keep making stitches at even a slightly faster rate than you rip them out, your project will eventually grow.  Even if you're tired.  Even if it's been raining for two weeks straight.  Even if you have a crew full of marvelous folks doing necessary but noisy (oh so noisy) repair work at your house. And if your knitting grows for long enough, you get to make a thumb. And if your brain works the way mine does, two things happen.  First, you absolutely adore the thumb.  Second, you think it looks just the tiniest bit like [...]

April 23, 2019|

Show off

I have this little voice in the back of my head that says I should attempt to maintain some sort of semblance of self effacing modesty.  That I should not let on about how tickled pink I am about this whole thing. But you know what?  That little voice is absolutely drowned out by the ever so much louder voice saying "Holy crap look what I made.  Isn't it fabulous? Don't you just love it to bits?!?" And today?  Well today the louder voice is winning. Because this really is rather delightful. It's off with testers now (some day we're [...]

April 18, 2019|

Pretty much like that

So after that 'let's go straight for a nice long than you think' part, then comes the 'aaaaaaand three rows and you're done' bit. At least that's how my hats tend to work.  I'm a tremendous fan of a quick decrease on hats.  It actually means you're knitting a bit more fabric (because you have to make the straight part a bit taller before you start the decreases), but I feel like it fits better and it doesn't give me hat hair. Plus it lets you do all sorts of delightfully dramatic stuff on the top.  This one is [...]

April 8, 2019|
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