Posts Tagged ‘Tuesday’s Tip’

Tuesday’s Tip – Keep your Project Safe

Tuesday, December 4th, 2012
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Scissors are a necessary tool to keep in our project bags, but keeping something so sharp and pointy next to our precious work in progress is just a disaster waiting to happen. They can snag on your knitting, or poke a hole through your project bag.

A simple way to protect your project is to just slip a point protector over the tip of the scissors. Press down a little for a snug fit and rest assured your project is safe from an accidental snip!

 

 

Tuesday’s Tip – Color Code your Charts

Tuesday, November 27th, 2012
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This week’s tip comes from Amy, one of our fantastic store staff!

When working from charts, it can be tricky to keep track of the subtle differences in the symbols. Amy color codes her charts so each symbol has its own color. It makes it much easier to tell at a glance what you should be doing. Color coding keeps track of Amy’s stitches, but the Chart Keeper keeps track of her rows. Just line up the magnet with the bottom of the row you’re working on, and you can easily see where you should be. The Chart Keeper is one of those things that makes you wonder, “How did I ever knit without this!?”

Tuesday’s Crochet Tip – Keep Track of that Last Stitch!

Tuesday, November 20th, 2012
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If you’re new to crochet, or a seasoned veteran that gets tripped up by that last stitch in a row, this tip is for you!

In crochet, it can be tricky to keep track of the last stitch in your row, especially when using dark yarn. Your first stitch in a row tends to be a little tighter than the others and can even curl a little bit. This makes us unsure if that last stitch in a row is really part of the row we’re working on, or if it’s the side of a stitch from the row below.

To keep track, I put a locking stitch marker at the beginning of each row I start. This way, when I turn my work and start working back across the row, it’s very clear which stitch is the last in the row. It’s a simple tip, but can come in really handy!

 

 

 

Tuesday’s Knitting Tip – Latvian Braids

Tuesday, November 13th, 2012
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Today’s Tip is from Emma Welford, WEBS Purchasing Coordinator and contributing designer for Valley Yarns.

If you love the Dreamer’s Braided Pullover, but are intimated by the Latvian Braid detail on the yoke, Emma has created a video tutorial to walk you through the steps. In the video below, she outlines how to construct both a left and right leaning Latvian Braid for the Dreamer’s Braided Pullover, or any future colorwork project! Click here to see more of the Dreamer’s Braided Pullover!


Tuesday’s Tip – Selecting the Perfect Color Combinations

Tuesday, November 6th, 2012
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This week, Kirsten Hipsky, the WEBS Design Manager, has some great suggestions for selecting the perfect color combinations for your next project!

Are you dying to knit the Campfire Pullover but want to try a different colorway? There are lots options!

For all of these combinations, we recommend using the darker color as the main color with the lighter color as the accent, but feel free to swatch the other way around, too. If you’re feeling super adventurous, you could even try reversing the colors on the yoke.

Tuesday’s Knitting Tip – Joining Less than 10 Stitches in the Round

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012
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Thanks to Kirsten Hipsky, the WEBS Desgin Manager for contributing today’s tip! 

The Knit Stars pattern on the cover of our Holiday Catalog are quick and fun to make, but they can be a little tricky to start! To make the stars, you cast on and join 5 stitches in the round. It can be fiddly to join such a few number of stitches, so here are some suggestions to make the process go a little more smoothly.

There are lots of different ways to join those first 5 stitches in the round. You could distribute them among 3 or 4 double pointed needles, one magic-looped circular needle, or even work them like an I-cord for a couple rounds until you’ve increased to more stitches.

Or, if you’d rather work the whole project in rows (flat), you can do that – just cast on one extra stitch at the beginning and end of the row for seaming and purl the WS rows. You’ll just have a little more seaming to do at the end.

Tuesday’s Tip – Graph Paper!

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012
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This week’s tip is from Kirsten Hipsky, the WEBS Design Manager. She fills us in on one of her favorite designing resources!

What’s a crafting tool that’s thin, light weight, portable, and lets you see what your knitting or crochet will look like BEFORE you even touch your yarn? A good piece of graph paper!

You can sometimes find a limited selection of it in the stationery section of office supply stores, but what if you want smaller, bigger, or clearer grids than what they sell? What if you want a rectangular grid that represents your actual stitch and row gauge? And what if you want to arrange triangular or hexagonal motifs?

http://incompetech.com/graphpaper/ is a free online source for a large variety of graph paper that you can generate to your exact specifications and print out yourself. I’ve used it for years for charting my stitch patterns and sweater shaping, and it’s saved me a lot of time and aggravation. I’ve even printed out multiple pages and stapled them into a booklet for when I’m travelling.

 

 

Tuesday’s Knitting Tip – Jogless Stripes

Tuesday, October 16th, 2012
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When knitting stripes in the round, a jog is created at the color changes (bottom arrow). This is because knitting in the round is actually knitting in a spiral. One row is not neatly stacked on top of the other, but instead a spiraling continuation of the previous row.

To avoid the jog created by changing colors during striping:

1. Knit a row of your new color normally

2. On the next round, slip the first stitch of the round as if to purl, then continue knitting normally. This slipped stitch is elongated and pulls the entire row up higher to hide the jog created when changing colors.

The top arrow shows a stripe created using the slipped stitch method. The slipped stitch blends in with the other stitches for an almost invisible join.

Tuesday’s Tip – Taking your Measurements

Tuesday, October 9th, 2012
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Ysolda Teague’s book Little Red in the City offers fantastic tips on knitting, including how to get the perfect fit for a woman. If you’re going to spend the countless hours it takes to make a fitted garment, you want to make sure it really does fit in the end! On the right, you’ll see just where to put the tape measure for most of your measurements. You’ll get the most accurate information if you’re wearing the same undergarments you’ll wear under your knitted project, and it’s absolutely necessary to have a friend help you. You can’t get accurate measurements if you’re trying to do them yourself!

 

Where to measure from top to bottom:

 

High Bust
Bust
Under Bust
Waist
High Hip
Low Hip
Upper Arm
Wrist

 

 

 

 

You also want to measure: straight between your shoulder bones, across your back, your back neck to waist, waist to hem, and measure your arm for your sleeve length starting at your shoulder and measuring down to your wrist. You can check our Ysolda’s book, Little Red in the City for a really in depth explanation and schematics.

Tuesday’s Knitting Tip – Check your Gauge

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012
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Ok, I know we’ve all heard this before; “Take time to save time, check your gauge!” 

Even though we all know we should, so many of us decide to go ahead with our project anyway throwing caution and common sense to the wind. I never knit gauge swatches either, assuming I would get gauge and cautiously sticking to patterns where gauge didn’t really matter. When my co-workers and I decided to knit a blanket for our friend getting married, gauge reared its ugly head. My square was so much smaller and almost roundish compared to my co-workers. While my square was small and tight, Tina’s square was huge and drapey. I ended up knitting the same squares as everyone else on a needle 3 sizes bigger. Tina had to go down two needle sizes to get the same gauge. We’re both experienced knitters, but the way we knit produced very different fabric.

Tina and I knit the same swatch, on the same needle size, with the same yarn to illustrate this point. My swatch is miniature compared to hers! The point of all this is, if Tina designed a pattern, and I attempted to knit that pattern without doing a gauge swatch, my project would be way too small. We’ve all heard knitter’s say, “I always get gauge”, but what if I designed a pattern? My gauge is obviously much smaller than most knitters, so you definitely wouldn’t automatically get gauge on my pattern.

The moral of the story is, do a gauge swatch every time!