A little tip…

Hello there!

Just stopping by to share a quick little tip when working with the “garter stitch”.

When you’re working with a pattern and you have to keep track of how many rows you have knitted, counting your “ridges” is much easier.  Each ridge is 2 rows.

In the example above, you have 8 ridges of yellow with the 9th ridge started on your needle. So, you have knitted 17 rows!

Now you know more easily when knitting the garter stitch (knitting every row) exactly how many rows you have knitted.

This tip will come in handy with my new pattern I have coming out soon! 😉

Happy knitting!


The I-cord edge…

Hi there!

Today I’m going to share with you how to create an “I-cord edge”.

This technique gives a blanket a nice finished edge.  I use it a lot when I’m creating a project with just the garter stitch (knitting every row).

Cast on your stitches for your project.

Slip your first stitch purl-wise onto your right needle.

Then knit your next stitch and the rest of the row until you get to your last stitch.

The last stitch you are going to purl.

Continue this pattern for every row – slip the first stitch purl-wise, knit the entire row, purl your last stitch – and you will create a lovely I-cord edge.

Happy knitting!

A little tip…

Hello there!

I don’t know about you, but weaving in ends when I’m finished a project is probably my least favourite part about knitting.

So, when I’m using multiple balls of the same colour of yarn and know I’ll have a lot of ends when I’m finished, I knit my ends in instead! This saves SO MUCH time when my project is finished!

Here’s what I do:

When you’re coming close to the end of one ball of yarn, take a long piece and tie it to your new ball of yarn.

Continue to knit in pattern and as you come up to where your yarn is joined, pick up all 3 strands of yarn, (your 2 strands from where you tied the yarn together and the 1 strand from the new ball) and continue to knit in pattern.

Every piece of work has a right side and a wrong side, so as you come close to the end of your 3 strands, make sure you leave the ends on the wrong side of your work and then continue to knit in pattern using the 1 strand of yarn from you new ball.

Now all you have to do when you are finished your project is tie a little knot with the 2 strands of yarn that are sticking out and trim it!

If you have any questions about this technique, I’d be happy to answer them!

You can reach me at diana.poirier@yahoo.ca

Happy knitting!