Posts Tagged ‘knitting in the round’

Slow Yoga (Sock Version)

May 31, 2018

Part of what I love about knitting is the opportunity to try something new — a new stitch pattern, like entrelac, or a new technique, like putting in a lifeline and ripping back to fix a mistake.

A year or so ago, a pattern for yoga socks caught my eye. I’m a big fan of sock knitting and practice yoga somewhat regularly, so I figured it’d be a good fit. After I finished my most recent pair of socks, I cast on the yoga socks as my traveling knit project.

If you’re wondering what yoga socks are, they’re basically socks without the fun-to-knit bits — that is, without the heel or toe. You might think that they’d knit up really fast, but I’m finding them kind of slow going.

I’m almost never knitting only one project at a time. Having a small project that I can tuck into a bag and take “on the road” is a must-have. Just after I cast on the second yoga sock last week, I worked a few rounds while taking the subway into downtown Boston where I was leading a two-day social media marketing course (one of my day jobs!).

yoga-sock-start

Over the holiday weekend, all five of us were together at our rustic, quirky, old island house. The weather was gray and somewhat chilly, so we spent time near the fireplace in the unheated “barn,” playing cards and Scrabble, reading, napping, and knitting.

yoga-sock-barn

While I love the colors of this yarn — Schoppel Wolle’s Zauberball Crazy (Malerwinkel colorway) — I’m finding it somewhat hard to read . Or perhaps I need a new pair of reading glasses!

I got a few more rounds done while waiting for Michael to get four wisdom teeth extracted. I love how knitting absolutely transforms waiting time.

yoga-sock-knit

 

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Knitting Inside Out

March 20, 2018

Has this ever happened to you, dear knitter? You’re knitting in the round, perhaps on your first hat, and suddenly something doesn’t look right at all. You’ve unintentionally created a band of bumpy reverse stockinette. That’s what happened to Helena, one of my Knit 101 students at Stitch House.

Inside-out-knit-hat

In my experience teaching knitting, it’s not an uncommon mistake for a novice knitter to make. So how does it happen and, most importantly, how can it be avoided?

This “inside out” knitting is the result of unintentionally knitting on the inside of a circular project. The knitter picks up the project and continues knitting across the project.

Inside-out

A closer look shows that the working yarn — the yarn connected to the ball or skein — is on the last stitch on the left needle, rather than where it should be — on the right needle.

inside-out-detail

Most often, the mistake is made when the knitter picks up the project after taking a break and doesn’t check to be sure that the working yarn — the yarn connected to the ball or skein — is connected to the last stitch on the right-hand needle.

That’s how to avoid “inside-out” knitting. But how does a knitter fix this error? For the sake of argument, let’s assume they don’t want to incorporate a band of reverse stockinette as a “design element” — always an option if one doesn’t want to remedy a mistake.

The only solution I’ve found is to rip out or tink back the erroneous stitches. Then, take a deep breath, check that your working yarn is on the right (not left) needle, then double-check it, and begin again.

What are your most common knitting mistakes? Any tips for avoiding or fixing them?

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