Wednesday, April 9, 2014

And the Mermaids and Dragons are Loose!!

After more than two years in development, the "Mermaid Tails and Dragon Scales" pattern is ready. Finally.


The options with this pattern, while not limitless, are vast and varied. It is sized in 1/2" increments from 5 inches to 8.5 inches. (All numbers also given in metric.)

This is a "build-your-own-design" type of pattern that lets you choose how you complete the design for your own tastes and needs. Options include: Gloves, Fingerless Gloves, Flip-Top Gloves ("Glittens"), Mittens, Fingerless Mittens, Flip-Top Mittens, and all of these can be lined or unlined. The liner gloves or mittens could also be worn on their own for a light-weight alternative. (Shell is in aran weight, liner is in fingering weight.)

You can find this on Etsy, Craftsy, or Ravelry. I would appreciate any "Hearts", "Favourites", or "Follows" you can give me on any of those sites to help promote this new pattern. Thanks so much!

The cool part is that this is just the first in a series of "Mix'n'Match" pattern sets that will have interchangeable cable charts, so you can use the cuff cable from one and the back cable from another and everything will still fit. I have already started knitting samples for the next set in the series that utilizes honeycomb cables for its unique look. I'm having trouble deciding on a name for the new set, though... maybe a naming contest is due.

Here is the original design I made for my son two years ago out of Bernat Mosaic:


Happy Wednesday, friends!

Friday, April 4, 2014

Photo Tutorial - Sewn Rib Bind Off

This bind off is also known as the Invisible Ribbed Bind Off or Grafted Bind Off. You can find it from many sources—here is my step-by-step photo tutorial version.

Using ins-and-outs that will be easily understood by those familiar with Kitchener Stitch (but you don't have to be to do it), this bind off makes a beautiful, stretchy finish for the top of any 1x1 ribbed edging. Cut yarn at about 4 to 5 times the circumference or length of the edge you will be finishing and thread onto a yarn needle.

The finished product looks like this:


This Bind Off is included in my patterns Lady Guinevere Socks (to be released soon, date undetermined) and Mermaid Tails and Dragon Scales Mix'n'Match Gloves, Mittens, and Glittens (to be released early next week.)



You can download this tutorial as a Free 1-page PDF file from my Craftsy store at www.mysecretwishoncraftsy.ca.









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Thursday, April 3, 2014

"Mermaids and Dragons" almost done!

I am SO excited that I only have a few more finishing touches to put on the "Mermaid Tails and Dragon Scales" Mix-n-Match Gloves, Glittens, and Mittens pattern before I can publish. Needless to say, I have been knitting a lot of cabled hand wear lately. Here is a teaser of some of the things that have been flying off my needles:

Fingerless Gloves

Mermaid Tails and Dragon Scales Fingerless Gloves with full thumb 

PLUS

Glove Liners

Mix'n'Match Gloves, Mittens, and Glittens liner gloves, flat

EQUALS

Flexible Options for Spring and Fall

Mermaid Tails and Dragon Scales Fingerless Gloves with liner gloves

Fingerless Gloves PLUS Flip Tops

EQUALS

Dexterity and Warmth, all in One Beautiful Glitten

Mermaid Tails and Dragon Scales Flip-top Glittens

These are only a few of the multitude of options available from this one pattern. Coming soon!

(P.S. Coming sooner: another free photo tutorial on how to do a stretchy Sewn Bind-off for 1x1 rib! Watch for that by the end of the weekend!)

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

2-Colour Long-Tail Cast On Photo Knitting Tutorial

I will be releasing my newest completed pattern, Revolution Mittens, later this week. As part of the pattern, I have created a photo tutorial for the 2-Colour Long-Tail Cast On, which I am sharing for free in this blog post.

For a one-page PDF printable document, click here, or download for free from Craftsy here.

The two-colour long-tail cast-on works well for starting 2-colour brioche knitting projects in the round, and more. For brioche projects, either use a needle three sizes larger than your project calls for, or cast on over two of the project-size needles, as shown here.

This variation makes the bottom “nubs” all one colour on one side, and the other colour on the opposite side. To have the colours alternate on both sides, use this same method, EXCEPT: Start with colours reversed. Do Steps 1 & 2, then skip to step 6. After adding each stitch, change the position of the yarns, and ONLY pick up stitches through the loop on your thumb.











This cast-on can be used for both my Revolution Toque and Revolution Mittens patterns.

Revolution Toque poster

Revolution Mittens poster