Monday, 29 August 2016

Math Made Easy

Hello again all!

It's time for another resource link; this time, it's KnittingFiend's  Calculator Tools!

These tools are an absolutely  huge help for figuring out a lot of things. From sleeves, to increases/decreases across a row, to adding bust darts, there's a lot here.

KnittingFiend is still in the process of updating her own blog and resource page, so if the link above doesn't work, please let me know!

My personal favorite is How to Increase Evenly Across a Row calculator.  This has simplified so many older patterns for me (a lot of older patterns have instructions such as 'increase 5 stitches evenly across next row), and this is one less piece of math I need to do.

It's also a great shortcut for designers, if you want to double-check your math.  I've caught more then a few errors in rough-draft patterns by checking my numbers against the calculators.

Well, that's about it for the moment!  I'll add the calculator tools to the Resource Links momentarily, and I hope people find it helpful!

Until next time!

Friday, 19 August 2016

How I learned to do Lifted Increases

Ok, so I'm trying to post to a once-a-week schedule, and one of the things I want to do more of is to share the useful resources I've found around the internet.

One of those resources is Knotions E-Magazine.

In addition to publishing a bunch of free patterns, (many of which have definitely caught my eye) they also produce tutorials, and it was their tutorials that I found when I was frantically searching the internet wondering what an LKI stitch was.

Answer:  An LKI stitch is a Left Knitted Increase (or, as Knotions puts it, a Left Lifted Increase).

This was the first tutorial that made sense to me on how to do the lifted increases.  Though I personally still prefer the M1 (M1L is my direct preference unless there's a reason for M1R), the Lifted Increases can be easily done, aren't fiddly, and aren't difficult to do with purl stitches, so I definitely see the appeal.  

The only downside from a designer's perspective, is I find that the lifted increases have more of a slant to them then the various M1 increases.  So I have to consider the direction that the stitches are/will be traveling.  That could be my own knitting style, though. I've also noticed that the lifted increases don't seem as common as some of the other increases, but the knitting lexicon of stitches is always changing, so lifted increases may become more common.

Anyway, I've linked the Lifted Increase tutorial further up in this post, and I'm also adding a Resource Link for the many technique tutorials published by Knotions, in the hopes that people will find them useful!

Friday, 12 August 2016

Mitered Bag Test-Knit

Well, the post title pretty much says it all.

I'm hosting a test-knit for my newest pattern, my Mitered Drawstring Bag:
An image of a knitted bag, made up of mitered squares knitted in four colours.  It is laying flat, and open.  The top has eyelets and a drawstring cord.
Photography: Stephanie Wallace

A zoomed in image of the bag showing one single mitered square
Photography: Stephanie Wallace

If people are interested they can get details and sign up on the Ravelry test-knitting thread.  All of my test-knits do take place on Ravelry, so you do have to be a member to participate. 

Also, if you want to be notified on Ravelry about new test-knits; you can PM me on Ravelry to sign up in my test-knitter's thread!

That's about it for the moment -- stay cool out there in the summer heat!

Thursday, 4 August 2016

Resource Links!

So this is something I've been thinking about for a while.  I'm always finding new and awesome things on the internet that I'd love to share with my readers.

But I was never sure where to put them!  I didn't want to dedicate an entire blog post to basically what was going to be a single repost or link as that just seems silly to my mind (yes, my mind can be a very odd place some times, but I like it!)

Enter my new solution:  A sidebar of resource links!  As I find things I think will be helpful for my readers, I'll post them here in the sidebar for people to peruse!  And so, the first one:  a Zipper Tutorial from Tanis Fiber Arts

I could have used this very much last year.  My adventures in putting a zipper in a cardigan were. . . well lets just say I drank lots of wine when I finally got it right!  I'm still not fond of putting a zipper in knitwear, but I recognize that there are times when it is a good idea.

That's it for the moment, but stay tuned for updated resource links!  And, feel free to send me resource you think might help your fellow fiber artists, as well!