Another Hitofude Tip

  1. Yesterday someone mentioned the casting on. I have had good luck with crocheting the chain, then picking up the “bumps”. I always chain a few extra stitches just in case my count is off and in the end, those extra stitches are just left empty. When I start knitting through the bumps, I will put a stitch marker every 20 or 25 stitches (whatever number I decide) so I can count easily without having to start over with #1 each time.
  2. When removing those live stitches from the chained stitch, I use a circular needle and “thread the needle” through all the picked up stitches before removing the waste yarn stitches. It seems to go faster and I’m more confident doing it that way.
  3. When you start removing the chained stitches, one end is going to unzip and one end isn’t. Find the unzipping end and they’ll zip right out.

You’re going to do the sleeve repeats – those are easy and I find them fun. I didn’t mind the bind off, the rib for shoulder and waist but that Lower Body – Set Up Rounds . . that’s where I get a bit nervous.

The most important advice I think I can share would be:

  1. Keep the stitch markers, especially in the back, for your pattern repeats! 
  2. Use different stitch markers for marking the repeats from those you’re using where the pattern tells you to place markers. You really need to know which markers are the ones the pattern has said to use and don’t mix those up with the ones you’re place in the project.
  3. Page 3, Lower Body, Set Up Rounds, Step 2 – where she says “Make sure you have 17 (23, 23, 29, 29, 35) sts before next marker on left hand needle.” — That is so important! I’ve found that if I had to bind off an extra stitch, or one less stitch, getting those numbers she indicates remaining is what really matters.

If you’ve done the sleeves, are have that repeat memorized, once you get past the increases, bind offs, etc. (and really, that’s just a small part of the pattern), the rest is more of the same repeats and it’s so easy and relaxing to do.

My Style of Knitting

Since a couple of you have asked about my style of knitting, I’ll tell you . . but as with most everything I do, there’s a story. Please read this and then promptly forget everything I’m saying, ok? This information will only mess  you up with your knitting.

I learned to crochet as a child. I guess it was my grandma who taught me. I think my grandma tried to teach me everything she knew how to do just to keep me out of trouble when I was at their house. Even way back as a child, I had to stay busy or I got into mischief. My grandma taught me to do embroidery, to sew on her old treadle sewing machine, to crochet, she tried to teach me to play the piano but I just never got that. She also instilled in me her desire to put yummy, homegrown food on the table, to always have cake or pie ready . . just in case the random guest dropped by (no telephones back then to call ahead). My grandma had beautiful flowers and she loved dogs. They always had dogs. The two I remember most were Butch and Blondie, two cocker spaniels.

Anyway, I crocheted everything I could get my hands on through my middle school years and then in high school, a left handed friend was knitting a scarf. I watched her and I semi-figured out how to knit. I, being right handed, watched her, being left handed, from across the lunch room table and that’s how I learned to knit. I knitted a bit during college and into my young adult years but then put it down and didn’t touch it for almost 25 years. When I decided to start knitting again in 2005 or 2006, I could not remember how to cast on. Youtube videos weren’t quite as prevalent as they are now and I couldn’t figure out how to cast on. I asked every one I could find . . can  you show me how to cast on so I can knit? Finally someone told me that a group of elderly ladies met at the Methodist Church on Thursday mornings to knit prayer shawls so I went down there and after about the 6th lady showed me how she casts on, someone did it like I remembered doing it. It’s called long tail cast on! I had no idea what it was called or that there was more than one way to cast on!

I had no idea there were “styles” to knitting. People would ask me what’s my style of knitting. I had no idea but in the past few years, I’ve watched lots of videos of both Continental and English knitting, tried to do both and the Continental is much easier for me so that’s pretty much my current style. 

There’s still so much I don’t know . . about so many things!  :)


Loopy Academy Projects

The requirements for semester 2 of the sophomore year at Loopy Academy have been announced. My order has been placed. Here are the requirements and here’s what I decided to make.

#1.  A project that includes both a solid/tonal yarn and a multi-colored yarn in the same project.  

This one was the most difficult for me to choose. I finally decided on Spectra.  I will use Skacel, Zauberball Crazy Socks in color #2204, which is a limey/olive green with some gray. I’ll use Cascade Heritage Silk in Black for the solid.

#2.  A pattern that includes twisted stitches. 

For twisted stitches, I chose Fruit Loop. It’s a free pattern and had been in my library for a while. For the yarn, I chose Cascade’s Heritage Wave in the Tropical color.

#3.  A pair of socks, knit top down or toe up, whichever you are least familiar with. 

I’ve made both toe up and top down socks so I figured I’d just go with whatever pattern floated my boat. I chose Downton – Farewell and the yarn I will use is Cascade Heritage Sock in Denim.

There’s plenty of time to join in Loopy Academy and if you didn’t do the Freshman semesters, you can still do those. It’s quite a bit of fun, challenging and there are prizes! Come on and join in the fun!

You know . . if I’m going to order yarn, I’m taking you all down with me!  :)