Steps to Designing Your First Scarf

A hand knit scarf is one of the top 5 projects knitters love to make, and is often a beginner’s first project. One of the reasons for its popularity is it’s often a straight piece of knitting with little finishing, other than weaving in yarn ends. Designing one is the perfect project to learn how…

Design and Knit a Skirt From a Style in Your Closet

Step 5: Finishing Finishing a simple skirt consists of sewing the side seams, securing any hems or facings, and inserting elastic into the waistband. Before doing any of these tasks, make sure your pieces are blocked, whether you knit your pieces separately or in the round. Blocking evens the stitches and fibers, flattens the edges,…

Design and Knit a Skirt From a Style in Your Closet

Step 4: Knitting a Skirt The planning is done and now we get to sit down and knit. If you’ve chosen a hem like me at the lower edge, and are knitting from the bottom up to the waist, we need to knit the hem first. I’ll discuss knitting hems, followed by shaping skirts, waistbands…

Another Use For Self-striping Sock Yarn!

My latest free pattern uses self-striping sock yarn to make a classic vest. Because the vest is a much larger project than a pair of socks, the stripe pattern breaks up. Self-striping sock yarn falls in the category of variegated yarns – yarns dyed in more than one color. The yarn strand is dyed to…

Design And Knit The Look!

You’re perusing the latest fashion magazine, and you stumble upon the cutest wrap, or you see something in the store that speaks “I can make it”. If you are a diehard knitter like me, I’m sure this has happened to you. The question becomes “How do you interpret fashion looks and make them come to…

My Pompom Lampshade

The post before last “The Chic Pompom”, I showed my lampshade that needed jazzing up. Well, here are the results!