The Fix is in!

knitting with cat

There are times when you agree to stuff and you end up thinking you should have your head examined!

A good friend at church had a little problem, that wasn’t so little. She was knitting this lovely little cardigan for her great grandchild and something went wrong.

Having sewn in one sleeve and the right side up. The other however was sewed up without the sleeve. This is were the trouble began.

I must say that this very experienced knitter is a very exceptional seam sewer! While trying to open the seam at the shoulder to insert the sleeve, things went pear shaped.

I have to admit I would most likely have thrown in the towel. While trying to remove these very well concealed stitches 3 or 4 edge stitches in the front panel got snipped. Luckily the back was fine, however a hole 9 stitches deep and 5 rows long developed… Yup! 

The final row wouldn't come out smoothly when grafted. The stitches were too mangled. I figure a blind man would be happy to see it. Matched the colour and patched the 10 st across, knitting the side stitches seamlessly on the right side. the 7 rows join up and lay smoothly below.  Fixing a patch against an open edge was a first for me and a little nerve racking. Very pleased with the overall result :0)

The final row wouldn’t come out smoothly when grafted. The stitches were too mangled. I figure a blind man would be happy to see it.Starting from the most secure stitches at the bottom of the hole, I matched the colour and patched the 10 st across, knitting the side stitches seamlessly on the right side. The 7 rows join up and lay smoothly below.
Fixing a patch against an open edge was a first for me and a little nerve racking.
Very pleased with the overall result :0)

Remember my post on mending? Well I went back and forth three sides of the hole, using the most stable stitches. The tricky part is working a patch against an open edge. Wasn’t holding a lot of hope that this would work out. 

Finished it up by fixing the shoulder seam and inserting the sleeve. Then with a long thread secured the underarm leaving 1/2 the yarn to sew the sleeve, and the other half to mattress stitch the side seam. Then returned to the under arm to continue to sew the sleeve together.

Finished it up by fixing the shoulder seam and inserting the sleeve. Then with a long thread secured the underarm leaving 1/2 the yarn to sew the sleeve, and the other half to mattress stitch the side seam. Then returned to the under arm to continue to sew the sleeve together.

Visualize, visualize, visualize, work at it till it looks as you see it in your mind. Be optimistic and plaster a smile on your puss!

Finishing advice:

I am a great advocate of sewing knitted garments together with the outside facing you. Follow the rows on either side to make a straight and seamless line. When working a shaped edge, I lightly pin (Coiless pins preferably plastic) the front and back, then working as smoothly as possible, easy the pieces together using the closest stable stitch to fit them together. Really important to match increases or decrease where possible. This is so much easier on the front side of the work. A knitting teacher once told me “That sewing it together right side out and seam to seam, made for a better finish as you can see what is actually happening. You don’t wear sweaters inside out. If you sew it together inside out, the inside will look lovely, but the outside will look like you sewed it together inside out!”

Part of my family is Catholic, so for the each of the children’s first communions I have made them a Rosary. Only one more to go after this. Finally finished this one. Thank goodness the other side isn’t, I would have 18 more to do! The Protestant side is very prolific!

I also do Protestant Rosaries. For those that are interested in this meditative prayer practice.

This is a Catholic Rosary for my cousins daughter. Catholic uses 5 decades of 10 beads.

I also do Protestant Rosaries. For those that are interested in this meditative prayer practice. I am considering making some for my Etsy shop.

This one is mine. Note that the Protestant version of the Rosary has fewer beads.

This one is mine. Note that the Protestant version of the Rosary has fewer beads. 4 wks of 7 beads.

If anyone is interested in Rosaries, let me know in the comments and I will provide links for making and use of both kinds.

WIP List = 9

  1. EZ’s Baby Surprise Jacket – Fb/Kal
  2. Zuzu’s Petals
  3. His/Hers Socks
  4. Cabled Hood with Pockets 
  5. Sea of Dreams Blanket
  6. Isla lace Pillowcase edge  
  7. Rose Harbour Shawl 
  8. My Fair Cardi 
  9. Simplicity Lace Scarf   Kal/feb2015 

FO’s 2015 = 8 + 1 = 9

WIPS 2015 = 9

Long-term Projects = 4

 Stash Used 2015 = 13

Yds of Handspun 2015 = 0

Sewing FO’s 2015 = O

Books 2015 = 5

cya next week :0)

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Sea of Dreams KAL: Blocking with Blocking Wires

Really great artical. Blocking makes all the difference to many projects!

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So you have finished your Sea of Dreams Blanket, now what? Well, with lace, it is especially important to wash and block your knitting.

What is blocking anyway? When you block a knit object, you are shaping it out to specific dimensions or until it has the look you want in the finished object. Blocking is worked with a damp object. For lace, blocking is so important because it looks all rumpled and you can’t really see the pattern when you take it off the needle. When you stretch the lace out you can see the beautiful work. The way to do this is wet your work and then stretch and hold it in place until it dries. The result will be an object that looks like you imagined it to in your mind’s eye.

I talked about washing your knitting in this post. Washing your blanket will be…

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Techniques: Another way to Graft with knitting needle

While hunting the web looking for a way to expand to a friend how to graft stitches together I found this. Have used it several times, works wonderfully. Uses knitting needle rather than darning needle!

Thanks TECHknitting!

HOW TO KITCHENER STITCH with KNITTING NEEDLES
Step 1:
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K st step1 Wrap (bring) the working yarn around to the front of the work.  NOTE that the working yarn passes UNDER the two left needles, and UNDER the right working needle.  Insert the right working needle into the first stitch (green) on the left front needle, and use the working yarn to PURL this first stitch.  Draw the working yarn backwards (away from you) all the way through this stitch until the end of the working yarn pops free.  The loose end of the working yarn (red) will now be in the area between the left needles. The stitch (green) which you were working is now fully bound off.  Push this stitch off the left front needle.

Step 2:
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The working yarn should now be in the area between the left front and left rear needles.  Insert the right working needle into the next stitch (purple)–which is the second stitch on the left front needle. Use the working yarn to KNIT this stitch.  Draw the working yarn forward (towards you) all the way through this stitch until the end of the working yarn pops free of the stitch.  The loose end of the working yarn (red) will now be in the front of the work.  The stitch (purple) you were working on is only half bound off–you must leave this stitch on the left front needle.

Step 3:
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Wrap the working yarn around to the back of the work. NOTE that the working yarn again passes UNDER all the needles on its trip to the back of the work.  Insert the right working needle into first stitch on the left rear needle (blue) and use the working yarn to KNIT this stitch. Draw working yarn forward all the way through this stitch until the end of the working yarn pops free.  The loose end of the working yarn (red) will now be in the area between the two left needles. The stitch (blue) you were working is fully bound off–push this stitch off the left rear needle.

Step 4:
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The working yarn should be in the area between the left front and left rear needles. Insert the right working needle into the second stitch on the left rear needle (teal) and use the working yarn to PURL this stitch.  Draw the working yarn backwards all the way through this stitch until the end of the working yarn pops free. The loose end of the working yarn (red) will now be at the back of the work. The stitch (teal) you were working is only half bound off–you must leave this stitch on the left rear needle.
These four steps are repeated again and again to create a Kitchener stitched seam. If you want to chant the steps to yourself as you work, here is the mantra:

  • Step 1: Purl front, push the stitch off
  • Step 2: Knit front, leave the stitch on
  • Step 3: Knit rear, push the stitch off
  • Step 4: Purl rear, leave the stitch on

Techniques: Icord, all I can find…

I like to put up useful links to help us all out, here is what I could find on icord.

Thanks Judy, Oftroy and Kelly

Simple Icord: http://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=icord+utube&docid=710689816789&mid=1EEA81FE42AAA562159C1EEA81FE42AAA562159C&FORM=VIRE5#

Icord applied bind-off: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KEbaZ6COOYk

Icord applied bind-off ssk (Part 1): http://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=icord+utube&docid=710689816789&mid=3A58284402B9B340785B3A58284402B9B340785B&FORM=LKVR13#

Icord applied bind-off kitchener st ends together (Part2): http://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=icord+utube&docid=710689816789&mid=2CE1999ADA872DFF18272CE1999ADA872DFF1827&FORM=LKVR27#

Icord applied cast on and selvage: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AIBqbSJzqXY&feature=related

Built in Icord:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yQOavWd7ehM

Icord flower: http://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=icord+utube&docid=710689816789&mid=9B2F2642E34F14D560D49B2F2642E34F14D560D4&FORM=LKVR9#

Eyelet Baby Blanket Video Tutorial (4 Parts)

verpinkknits has an interesting baby blanket pattern with a rather nice knitted on crochet edge for those who hate to crochet!

Tips in these vids: Life Line, No crochet edging, and casting on gathered centre.

Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wn2DejypLlw&feature=list_related&playnext=1&list=SP6213DE3B17556950

Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mymtjikLWX8&feature=BFa&list=SP6213DE3B17556950&index=2

Part 3: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mcbcMcgFjX8&feature=BFa&list=SP6213DE3B17556950&index=3

Part 4: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tEnTn7_U00k&feature=BFa&list=SP6213DE3B17556950&index=4

Free Patterns: Flowers

Every now and then I need a decorative touch like a flower for a knitted project. Here are some interesting ones

knit2gether rose lesson: http://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=icord+utube&docid=710689816789&first=141&mid=7906F69614F9A41EDA207906F69614F9A41EDA20&FORM=LKVR18#

Judy’s pink flower sm (part 1): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-_ZDB3Su9Hc

Judy’s pink flower med (part 2): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OyZzlcLpuik&feature=relmfu

Judy’s pink flower lg (part 3):  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OllWS53p428&feature=relmfu

Judy’s Icord flower: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yPoy9O5BxWw&feature=relmfu

Strawberry and leaf bookmark ( Freckles family):  http://www.frecklesfamily.com/2011/05/finished-it-friday-4/

Ok I don’t do crochet but even I think I could to this daisy…

from aikido daisy (no sound only visual – cool): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jP3G8ddECMk&feature=related

Techniques: Options for cast offs, make both ends of work look the same!

This looks promising, we turn to Techknitter again for some very insightful ideas on how to make your knitting better… Thanks yet again

http://techknitting.blogspot.com/2009/09/matching-your-cast-on-to-your-bind-off.html

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