Saturday, December 30, 2017

Clair Learns to Steek

In knitting, steeking is a shortcut used to knit garments such as sweaters in the round without interruption for openings or sleeves until the end. After completing a tube, a straight line is cut along the center of a column of stitches, in order to make room for an opening or place to attach another piece. (Wikipedia)

From Clair: This sweater was knit as a tube so that the motifs could be knit continuously, and not back and forth as one would do on straight needles. When the first tube was complete, I crocheted a row on either side of where the cut was to be made. Here is the sweater with the first cut done--the armholes were also later steeked. 

Because the knitted fabric was fairly open and airy (knit with size 8 needles and fingering yarn), the crocheted rows didn't perform well and some of the floats on the back side looked like they might work loose after the cut, so I ran a couple of rows of machine stitching along either side to reinforce things. I skipped the crocheting later on the armhole steeks and used machine stitching only, with no problems. 

I very much wanted to use this fabric for a facing but, even with several adjustments, it just didn't work and pulled up one side of the sweater. So, out it came, to be set aside for some future use. 

The photos below, showing the finished sweater, are all by Karen L. 

The photo below is a detail of the front, showing the second tube, which was picked up along the front cut edge, knit sideways to the body of the sweater, then cut apart at the bottom center front. (See the comments below for a more detailed explanation).

Back detail
This Kay Davies tutorial will get you started on the scary business of cutting your knitting.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Not All Our Knitters Are Human

Sweet Jenny Blue always accompanies Val
Photo by Barbara

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Weaving Technique for Fair Isle Knitting

We've been having lots of conversations at the knitting group about how yarn is carried at the back of stranded or Fair Isle knitting. I found a good video that demonstrates that technique while also showing how to knit with two colors and two hands.

It takes a bit a practice at first, but I think that if you are interested in two-color knitting you will find that this technique is well worth the effort it takes to learn it.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Clair Crochets a Big Round Thing

This is part of the big round thing. It might be a rug. Perhaps.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Susan's Amazing Hat Collection

Susan has been making these hats since last February for an upcoming family reunion. What a selection!

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Dolls By Cindy

A Halloween girl:

A pajama girl:

A strawberry baby:

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Laura's Hats

Laura has been visiting from Pennsylvania and has been a delightful addition to the group. Here she is with Susan, her knitting mentor. 

And here are Laura's first projects, beautifully done.