March 28, 2012

Such a cutie

Have you ever seen such a cutie? And yet so simple to make!

I was lucky to get this picture from someone else, who found it somewhere else, so I don't know where it came from - and I can't read the words printed on the picture.

Never mind, just share it with the rest of the world.

And knit one myself, of course.

March 26, 2012

HO - HO - HO!

Yes, I know it is not Christmas. But these two letters happen to be the first half of a very nice word.

And I decided to start where it should start - and go on with the next one.

So here we are now. Two beautiful letters.

What's next?

March 19, 2012

The H

Finally there is some time for the next project: letters. Time to make a switch from thin needles to half a mm more - and what a difference! I think I will choose the 3.5 mm (US 4) needles with matching yarn, I like the light colored letter better.

I was quite happy to learn about the open caston at the Knitty site. I was looking for something like that in order to cast on a whole lot of extra stitches while knitting magic loop and without having to use an extra piece of yarn. I like it best with less possible loose ends.

Well - I'd better go make a proper description!

March 17, 2012

Make a design of your own

If you want to make a knitting design on a normal graph paper with squares, you will not see what you get when it is knitted, because knitted stitches are not square, they are rectangles.

I was happy to find a place on internet, Printable Paper, where you can download a knitting graph and print it.

If you want to design or draw on the computer, it might be useful to get some Excel tips: Select the sheet with Ctrl-A, then change the column width to 3, the height of the cells to 16, in order to get the right ratio. I don't know which name the functions of Excel have in English, but with the Help function you will be able to find out.

Change the percentage so that you see more cells/stitches at the screen.

Quite happy with my computer!

March 14, 2012

Stitch markers!

Once I tried stitch markers, I have become completely happy to use them! It can be done without, but if you want to knit comfortable, and the pattern is repeted several times, make it easy for yourself and use stitch markers.

You need not buy them (they are a nice present, however, if you want to give something to somebody who has already everyting), just a few short threads will do.

What do stitch markers do? They mark the spots where the pattern is repeted. So that you don't have to count, count, and recount.
What a relief!

March 7, 2012

Superfast provisional caston

On the site of Garnstudio I found a lot of very useful videos, without words so everyone can understand.

Very nice when knitting a wreath, this kind of provisional caston. It is superfast (cannot be compared with crochet...) and easy to perform. When the first half of the wreath is done, just take the circular needle holding the caston stitches and start over, knitting a second pattern at the backside. Which makes it a reversible wreath - in a way.

The video tutorial can be viewed here. They show it first using a piece of yarn, followed by the same caston using a circular needle. I love it!

March 6, 2012

Knitting pattern wreath with roses

Download the pattern for this lovely wreath with roses directly from Ravelry with this link:

Price € 1.95

The wreath is knitted in two halves, seamed together before closing the wreath at the middle of the backside. The pattern contains a chart and written instruction.

March 4, 2012

Wreath with roses

Today I finished this wreath with roses.

This time the knitting was done with two knitting needles, but I think I would prefer circular knitting because the seam can be seen.

Nevertheless: it is lovely, isn't it?