Tuesday, January 27, 2015

How to Knit a Cable



I love knitting cables…you only work the cable row every 8 or 10 rows, adding interest to your project, all other rows you knit the knits and purl the purls. Cables give a lovely texture to your garment, and I think the cables trap air and make a very warm garment. Here’s how you do it for a simple “cable back 6” (CB6) design, where you work your cable over 6 sts ever 8 rows. Most cable patterns have 2 or more sts between the cables, and here I am calling for 2 purl sts on the RS.

Row 1: P2, K6, P2 across
Row 2: K2, P6, K2 across
Row 3: P2, CB^ by putting the first 3 sts on yor cable needle (CN), K the next 3 sts, then    K the 3 sts from your CN, P2 and continue across your row.

Work your cable row every 8 rows; I find it helpful to actually keep track of my rows with pencil and paper.


Give it a try – it’s fun!


Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Doing a Gauge Swatch


Anyone who has ever taken a class with me will very well know my mantra – do your gauge! Doing your gauge is the best way to ensure your garment will fit perfectly and will have the drape and look the designer intended.


With the size needles called for in the pattern, cast on the number of stitches for a 4” swatch, plus 6 sts. Work three rows in garter stitch, then continue in the pattern working 3 sts at each edge in garter stitch, making a frame for your swatch. Work for 4”, then do 3 more rows in garter and bind off. Lay flat, and without stretching or pulling measure inside your frame. If you have 4 “, you’re ready to go. If it is less than 4” repeat with needles a size larger. If it is too big, repeat with needles a size smaller. Continue until you get the gauge…you will be a happy knitter. It doesn't take very long to knit up a swatch, and it will come in handy for test washing, and for repairs should anything happen to your garment. Just do it!



Tuesday, January 13, 2015

January Give-away!

Here in Maine January brings freezing temperatures and lots of snow, so I am offering my Pom Pom Dog Sweater kit as a give-away…a girl’s best friend needs a sweater in January! Leave a comment here or sign up for my MinnowNotes to enter…enjoy!



Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Knitting is Chic!

Even Chanel thinks knitting is cool!


Tuesday, December 23, 2014

A Present for You

 It’s almost Christmas, and here is a present for you, my Bon Bons baby hat. Enjoy!


Tuesday, December 16, 2014

PomPom Learn-to-Knit Kit



The holidays are fast approaching, and it’s time to start thinking about gift giving. My PomPom Learn-to-knit kit is unique, in that it comes with the scarf already cast on…by the time the scarf is finished the new knitter can easily work the knit-on cast on, which as we all know is the trickiest part of leaning to knit. Enjoy!



Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Sweater Bookmark or Ornament




1 ball Classic Elite La Gran mohair
(the best mohair on the planet!)
#6527 Chinese Red

# 7 needles

18” of ribbon of your choice

Cast on 12 sts. P one row and cont in STst (K on the RS, P n the WS) for 1.5 inches, ending on the WS. CO 5 sts, work across row, then CO 5 more sts for sleeves. Work even in STst for 1”, ending with a WS row. P on RS and bind off middle 4 sts. P to the end of the row.  Next row P and work to the BO sts, CO 4 sts and cont to end. Cont in STst for 1”. BO 5 sts at the beginning of the next two rows. Cont in STst for 1.5” and BO. With RS facing sew side and sleeve seams. Turn right side out, and attach the ribbon to the collar of your miniature sweater. Can also be used as a tree ornament.

Voila!


When we’re knitting all is right with the world!