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Pattern Roundup: Through the Witch’s Garden

Just that I love the motifs. There’s a clear floral pattern, but also a part in section 3 that reminds me of a bird skull, which makes it feel very witchy. – Kerrin, Test Knitter Through the Witch’s Garden was inspired by a few variables. I adore all things witchy, which certainly includes listening to Steve Nicks of Fleetwood Mac while dancing around my century-old witchy house. Yes, I’m totally that girl behind closed doors, lol. My favorite color, purple, is also considered a very witchy color. You stroll through intricate floral motifs while knitting this generously sized shawl. Through the READ MORE

Shawl Shaping 101: Basic Bottom-Up Square

Bottom-Up Square Shawls are the easiest to start with. It’s just like knitting a gauge swatch! You’ll cast on the number of stitches you need to obtain your desired square width, then work it flat until the length of your shawl is the same as the width.  With Gauge, stitch gauge and row gauge do NOT match. You’ll have more rows than you do stitches in a square. To accurately achieve a square, you will be working off a blocked gauge swatch for your math to work. It’s more accurate to work your length based on a number of rows, READ MORE

Picot 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. A Picot Cuff is an adorable addition to any sock. They’re created by working a few rounds of stockinette, followed by a row of (K2tog, yo) across the round, then a few more stockinette rounds. Once you’ve completed your sock, READ MORE

Short Row Heel

Notes Measurements – based on a gauge of 9 stitches by 11 rounds in stockinette = 1″/2.5 cm, after blocking. Gauge is crucial in obtaining the correct fit. Changes in gauge will result in a size difference for your finished socks. Directions – based on 48 [52, 56, 60, 64, 68, 72] stitches, having knit the leg or foot 0.5 [0.75, 1, 1.25, 1.5, 1.75, 2]” / 1.3 [1.9, 2.5, 3.2, 3.8, 4.4, 5] cm less than your desired length. Directions for toe-up and cuff-down remain the same regardless of the sock construction (either toe-up or cuff-down). General Foot information READ MORE

Shawl Shaping 101: Basic Top-Down Crescent Shawl

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 fun and straightforward top-down crescent shawl is started at the top and worked down. Aggressive blocking with a stretchy bind-off makes this shape come to life. That’s what gives crescent-shaped shawls that classic curve. An applied lace bind-off looks fantastic with this shawl shape and adds additional elegance READ MORE

Old-Norwegian Cast-On

The Old-Norwegian cast-on is one of my favorites for hats, mittens/gloves, and cuff-down socks. It leaves an incredibly clean edge while giving enough stretch to fit comfortably on brims, cuffs, sleeves, etc. Aliases of the Old-Norwegian Cast-on; Twisted German, Elastic Long-Tail Directions: Step 1: Make a slip knot, leaving a long tail. Place the slip knot on the right-hand needle and hold the yarn in the slingshot position with your left hand. Step 2: Insert the needle tip under both strands of the tail yarn on your thumb. Step 3: Come over the top and down into the thumb loop, READ MORE

Achieving Proper Fit: Socks

Understanding your foot Low Calf Circumference: The circumference of the leg measured 6″ / 15 cm up from the ground. Ankle Circumference: The circumference around the narrowest part of the ankle. Heel Diagonal: The diagonal’s circumference, measured from the top of the foot in front of the ankle to the very back of the heel, on the floor. Gusset Circumference: The circumference around the arch of the foot, just in front of the heel. Foot Circumference: The circumference around the ball of the foot. This is the widest part, just after the toes. Note: This is the measurement used for READ MORE

Sock Yarn

Setting your sock’s intention The first step to a great pair of socks is determining what the purpose of your socks are. Will you be wearing them hiking? Around the office? Bed socks? Depending on your intended use for the socks (aside from wearing them on your feet), it will have an impact on the weight of yarn you’re choosing to use. You’re not going to want to knit DK weight socks and try to squish them into your shoes to wear them to the office – you’ll have very squished toes as you lose a shoe size from the READ MORE

Ribbed 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. Ribbed cuffs are quite common and incredibly functional. They’re also a great way to make the cuff a little more snuggly on your leg. Frequently used sock ribbing includes: 2×2 (K2, P2) Ribbing 1×1 (K1, P1) Ribbing 1×1 (K1-tbl, P1) READ MORE