Oh, Fudge!

Be honest. What do you do when you’ve discovered a mistake many rows below where you are currently knitting? I suppose your answer will be something like, well it depends how small the mistake is and exactly how many rows past it I am. (Good answer, by the way.) Your response might even depend upon…

Week Six Wrap Up

    Fig. 1: The Completed Babs’ Redux Blanket   Wow, it’s hard to believe that we started this knit-along six long weeks ago. Ironically and with any luck, you’ll complete your blanket just in time to put it away for next winter! But then again, March does not always come in like a lion…

Week Five: When a Cable Isn’t Really a Cable

  So you thought you knew cables, did you? Well so did I, that is until I discovered a few of the following patterns. Although all three are technically classified as types of cable patterns, only the last one, the Elongated Aran Honeycomb, follows traditional cable instructions of employing a cable needle, holding stitches to…

Week Four: Fun with Yarnovers

    Don’t you just love yarnovers? With a simple flick of the wrist, the yarnover creates a lovely little (or big) eyelet and the resulting pattern forms the basis of all kinds of interesting knitted fabric. Our first design this week, the Open Honeycomb Pattern, employs the most commonly used version of the yarnover…

Mystery Knit-along: Week Three

  Week 3: Twisted Stitches For this week’s installment topic, I’ve chosen to focus on what is commonly referred to as twisted stitches. These are stitches that are worked in an order that is different from how they appear on the left-hand needle. If you’ve ever worked a cable pattern, then you’re already familiar with…

Mystery Knit-along: Week Two

  Week 2: Slipped Stitches For this week’s squares, I’ve chosen two wonderful slipped stitch patterns. The great thing about slipped stitches are that they’re easy to perform and the results can be so varied and unexpected. To look at both of our sample squares, you might never believe that they share similar instructions, would…

Mystery Knit-along Unveiled

  THE BABS’ REDUX THROW If you are a fairly new knitter, the name Barbara G. Walker may be unfamiliar to you, although long time knitters should know her well. Along with Elizabeth Zimmerman, Ms. Walker is widely recognized as the mother of modern knitting. Her seminal work, A Treasury of Knitting Patterns, was first…

Spotlight: Karen’s Corner

Gradient Knitting Gradient knitting or more specifically, color gradient knitting, refers to the knitting of a gradual progression of colors usually within the same color family and often going from the lightest shade of a specific color to the darkest. When done correctly, the finished result can be both subtle and dramatic. Using colors from outside of the same family, creates an effect…

Spotlight: Karen’s Corner

Noro Heart Knit-Along: Steam Blocking As a knitter for nearly three decades, I have a confession. I hate blocking…and even worse, I rarely do it. I know that’s a very bad thing for a professional knitter to admit. I am not sure why I have this aversion. It’s not even so much the actual act of blocking…

Spotlight: Karen’s Corner

NORO HEART BLANKET KNITALONG Intarsia vs. Fair Isle Knitting If you are somewhat new to colorwork knitting, you may hear the terms intarsia and Fair Isle knitting being used to refer to two methods of changing colors. Each method, though capable of yielding near-identical results, is quite different as you will learn upon attempting to perform…