Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Free Knitting Caddy Pattern and Instructions

Just finished my new tutorial on how to make a great knitting caddy, so I thought I would share it.

This caddy is designed with many options, and allows you to customize it to suit your needs. It fits over a standard 5 gallon plastic bucket.

It is a great gift to make for a friends who knit or crochet. It is also a great Bazzar item.

You can download the pattern here.


Thursday, April 2, 2009

Free Stranded Knitting Bag for Fair Isle Knitters

The design for this bag came about the first day I began a Dale of Norway Ski sweater for my son. Picture it! One ball of yarn dangling off the right side of my lap, the other off the left side, and the phone rings. I leap out of the chair. Oops! I'm imprisoned on both sides. Now, what do I do? Put the work over my head or under my feet? It was frustrating , to say the least. I knew there had to be a better way. So this is my humble offering.

In the pictures below, you can see that the yarns are in individual pockets on the outside of the bag. The center of the bag actually opens up flat and lays on your lap. You can customized the lap panel with a place for pattern, scissors, note pad, pencil, and various other helpful items. The interior of the pockets can also be lined with silk, making your yarns roll smoothly.

So.......,when the phone rings, you simply grab the draw strings on each side of the lap panel, give a little tug, and watch the bag closes around your work, leaving your yarns in place, ready for you to begin again. I have also designed a place for a snap fastener, providing a more permanent closure. It works for me. I hope it will work for you.

To view more details and free Stranded Knitting Bag instructions here.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Do you hate picking up stitches like I do? Check this out!

Picking up stitches after hours of knitting on a project, is one chore that I really detest. I have checked out all the traditional methods, but never liked the ridge line left from the edge stitches of armholes or neckline openings.

To remedy this, I have come up with an idea. I call it "Picking Up Stitches on the Fly." It is a system of shaping armhole and necklines that leaves all your stitches live on circles needles, (I use Knitpicks),ready for that great looking edging that you've planned for your project. It also lets you shape without decreases, eliminating interruptions in the pattern that you've so neatly knitted.

It's just an idea, a beginning stab at handling this problem. I am sure some of you will come up with improvements once you tried it.

Have fun!


Thursday, March 12, 2009

Knitting Backwards

I was first introduced to the concept of knitting backwards while knitting an Entrelac sweater pattern. Even though the pattern had instructions, they read like a foreign language, so I simply brushed the concept aside. However, while practicing my Continental knitting one day, it came to me that I might try the same concept in reverse-and wouldn't you know it, it worked like a dream.

I have been encouraged by a friend to share my new method with fellow knitters- so here it is.

Knitting Backwards Tutorial