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Thursday, November 14, 2013

The Toasty Plus Pot Holder

Lately I have been in pursuit of learning how to knit Fair Isle. Fair Isle basically is knitting patterns that incorporate two colors per row to form a pattern with the yarn carried across the back of the work.

I came across the Toasty Plus Pot Holder pattern by Designer Hannah Maier and thought I would give it a try. The pattern uses 100% worsted weight cotton yarn and size 5 (3.75mm) 32" circular needles.

It's a perfect project for me because it is relatively small and I find it best to practice new skills on smaller projects.  I thought the design looked pretty easy and I think the pot holders would make great Christmas or Hostess gifts.  

Here are some pictures of my first attempt.  It is far from perfect, but passable for a first attempt.

Hannah's pattern also made me learn something new, the Kitchener Stitch. The Kitchener Stitch is a way to join seams so that they appear seamless. Any time you are learning something new it can be a bit intimidating, and the Kitchener Stitch is no exception. It takes some practice to get it perfect.

To learn the Kitchener Stitch, I turned to You Tube .  I found this video by Judy Graham to be the most useful.

So Thank you Hannah and Judy for the free pattern and for the instructive help on my knitting journey.  One thing I love about the needle arts community is the willingness of these crafters to share their knowledge.  I'm personally feeling more accomplished !!
I hope you will also try Hannah's pattern. Enjoy.

Monday, November 4, 2013

How to Knit the Russian Join

Have you heard of the Russian join. This is a great way to add a new ball of yarn to your knitting or crochet without having to tie a knot.  Check it out.