How I knit, revisited

A small group I'm in online recently posted videos of different members' knitting styles, and it was fascinating--a little bit of everything--throwing, picking, wrapping clockwise, wrapping counterclockwise, but the end result was that everyone was able to create stitches that weren't twisted. (Which is not to say that twisted stitches are always wrong, only that the knitter should be in control of when they are twisted.) 

The first video above is my primary method, a subset of English/American/throwing. I tension the yarn over my right index finger and "flick" it around the needle tip. When I first started knitting, I controlled the yarn by pinching it between my index finger and thumb; my current method resulted from my efforts to economize motion. 

The second video shows one of the benefits of being able to work using alternate methods--I'm knitting in two colors, with the background color tensioned with my right hand, and the contrast color in my left, continental style.

To watch more videos of how other people knit, check out the #howIknit hashtag on Instagram. It's interesting!

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Project Circle

August 31, 5:00-7:00pm | No charge

Join us on the last Friday of each month to work on those larger projects that sometimes don't get as much attention!

Double Knit Cowl [plot twist!]

September 15, 10:00am-2:00pm | $40 + materials | Sandy Buzzelli

We've switched to a different pattern for this class for an improved knitting experience!

While there are many ways to add colors and motifs to your knitting — intarsia, color stranding, and mosaic knitting, to name a few — double-knitting might just be the most intriguing of all!

Double-knitting creates a two-color, double-layer fabric that is knit all at one time and is also completely reversible.  In this class, we’ll learn to double-knit with the Bipolar Cowl.

Tunisian Crochet Cowl [FULL]

September 29, 10:00am-2:00pm | $40 + materials | Sandy Buzzelli

Worked in the round using a double-ended crochet hook, the Strata Cowl is the perfect project for learning the basic Tunisian crochet stitches. Using two colors, this beautifully textured cowl is also reversible!

Prerequisite: you should be generally comfortable with regular crochet and know how to chain
and single crochet.

Turbulence (Short Row) Cowl

October 6, 10:00am-2:00pm | $40 + materials | Sandy Buzzelli

Combining short rows and two colors, the Turbulence Cowl creates playful waves, wedges and
stripes that dance along the surface of the cowl. While the pattern uses Wrap & Turn short rows, we'll learn how to substitute German short rows to create this fun-to-knit cowl.

Prerequisites: You should know how to cast on, knit, purl, and bind off.

Thrummed Mittens

October 13 & 27, 10:00am-12:30pm | $40 + materials | Sandy Buzzelli

Thrumming is a technique that involves knitting bits of unspun wool into stitches to create ultra-warm, ultra-cozy, insulated knitwear. In this class, we'll learn how to make thrums and how to knit them into stitches, how to knit a pair of mittens, and we'll explore several different methods for knitting thumbs.

Prerequisite: you should know how to cast on, knit, purl, bind off and how to knit small tubes on double-pointed needles, two circulars, or magic loop.

Garter Geometry Hat

October 13 & 27, 1:00pm-3:30pm | $40 + materials | Sandy Buzzelli

The Garter Geometry Hat is an intriguing twist on modular knitting, a technique in which a larger piece is created by knitting a series of smaller pieces that are joined as they are knit. In this class, we'll learn many useful knitting skills: short rows, double decreases, picking up stitches, and pattern reading.

Prerequisite: you should know how to cast on, knit, purl, bind off and how to knit in the round on
a 16" circular needle.

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A new batch of shawl sticks from Foofaraw. It's always fun to examine the variety of design and pick the one that works best with your project!


The August HerStory yarn from Knitted Wit honors the work of Seema Prakash, whose work in expanding access to plant cloning methods has helped to fight famine, especially among smaller, rural farmers. As for the colorway, the blues, greens, and vivid gold were inspired by the brilliant fabrics used in saris. 

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© Josée Paquin, Chrissie Knight for VERSACIKNITS 2017, & Thea Colman

© Josée Paquin, Chrissie Knight for VERSACIKNITS 2017, & Thea Colman


While I am going to reserve final judgment on this question for myself, I'm interested to know which of these cabled cardigans you think I should make. From left to right, Cathedral Grove by Josée Paquin, meander by Lori Versaci, and Chocolate Stout by Thea Colman.

Here's a SurveyMonkey link where you can weigh in. VOTE HERE.

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It's time (in my mind) to circle back around to making a store sample for small people, and my choice this time is Frogginette's Silverfox. This cardigan has a size range of 6 months to 6 years, and features cables on a garter stitch background.

I'm using Cascade 220 Superwash in Christmas Red Heather. So far, the sleeves are complete--on to the body!

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