Pattern Roundup: Ren

Easy and lovely to knit. And pretty. May want to do this many more times.- Annu, Test Knitter Pattern Roundup: Ren – This sock pattern kicks off our Night at the Movies sock club! Ren is inspired by the movie Footloose. When I think of movies that make me start tapping my toes, Footloose is the first to come to mind. Kevin Bacon has ALL the moves! Things I learned from Footloose when I was a kid: Speak your mind. Challenge the system – they don’t always know what’s best. Stand up for what you believe in. Nothing fires me

Shawl Shaping 101: Tip-to-Tip Crescent with Center Panel

Use these formulas to plug and play your desired stitch patterns into any shawl shape with ease! These are also an awesome jump-off point for budding designers who wish to take the plunge into shawl design. Knowing how to shape it will make it that much easier to achieve your goals! Tip-to-tip Crescent shawls are fun and often quick because you’ll have fewer stitches on the last portion of the shawl. You may notice that this shawl is very similar to the side-to-side triangle shape. The big difference is that along the center panel is worked before decreasing down to

Shawl Shaping 101: Top-Down Heart-Shaped Crescent

Use these formulas to plug and play your desired stitch patterns into any shawl shape with ease! These are also an awesome jump-off point for budding designers who wish to take the plunge into shawl design. Knowing how to shape it will make it that much easier to achieve your goals! Started at the top and worked down with a garter tab, this heart-shaped crescent shawl hugs the shoulders perfectly. Slightly different from the top-down crescent, this style has a center spine, which gives the bottom more of a tip. Aggressive blocking is recommended, the trick is to have the

Rolled Cuff

Cuffs don’t have to be dull and are a great way to change up a sock’s look without disrupting the pattern! Your sock cuff can be anything you dream; the only real rule to ensure you follow is that it stays stretchy enough to get on comfortably and off your foot and hold well enough to keep your sock up. Rolls occur when you work in stockinette. Stockinette has a natural tendency to draw in on itself, like how if you’ve ever knit a scarf that’s all stockinette, the edges all curl in. The same effect happens to the edge

Shawl Shaping 101: Top-Down Semi-Circle

Use these formulas to plug and play your desired stitch patterns into any shawl shape with ease! These are also an awesome jump-off point for budding designers who wish to take the plunge into shawl design. Knowing how to shape it will make it that much easier to achieve your goals! \This top-down semi-circle shawl follows the same principles as the center-out circular shawl but is worked flat in rows. An applied lace bind-off looks fantastic with this shawl shape and adds additional elegance to a beautifully shaped shawl! Shawl shaping rule  8 increases every fourth row, or 4 increases

Shawl Shaping 101: Top-Down Half Pi

Use these formulas to plug and play your desired stitch patterns into any shawl shape with ease! These are also an awesome jump-off point for budding designers who wish to take the plunge into shawl design. Knowing how to shape it will make it that much easier to achieve your goals! This Top-Down Half Pi is a variation of the pi shawl, is started at the top and worked down. The increase rows follow the same principle as the full pi shawl: the increase rows double the number of stitches on the needles worked at intervals based on the circle’s

Shawl Shaping 101: Basic Top-Down Triangle

Use these formulas to plug and play your desired stitch patterns into any shawl shape with ease! These are also an awesome jump-off point for budding designers who wish to take the plunge into shawl design. Knowing how to shape it will make it that much easier to achieve your goals! A Basic Triangular shawl is the simplest of the triangular shapes. It starts in the center with a garter stitch tab and is worked out with two right triangles. This is an isosceles triangle made of two isosceles right triangles. (An isosceles triangle has two sides of the same

Achieving Proper Fit: Hats

The keys to a successfully fitting hat Take proper measurements! Use appropriate negative ease! Measure your head Ensure your tape measure is snug – Hats should fit snuggly; not too tight or too loose. To measure your head circumference, wrap a tape measure around the widest part of your head – over your hair, from your forehead, above your ears, and around the back, then round to the front again. Different hat styles have different lengths, but you should know the size of your head in relation to the pattern, so you know what to expect and what an ideal length for hats would

Pattern Roundup: A Dash of Alchemy

This was so fun. It was a mix of a challenge with the lacework, but then it would switch to giving you a mental break with the garter stitch. – Libby, test knitter I stumbled across a definition for Alchemy that I completely fell in love with and defines A Dash of Alchemy perfectly. “A seemingly magical process of transformation, creation, or combination.” How perfect is that?! When knitting this shawl, it completely applies to each step of the process. We TRANSFORM our beautiful hanks of yarn into stitches. Those stitches CREATE a lovely shawl, and those beautiful yarns are