Archive for May, 2011

While starting my new Double Knitting project, I decided to try a new cast on method.  In the picture below you will see my two color cast on. Each color was put on by itself, producing an alternating colored edge.  I think it looks pretty cool.

How to do it.  Using the yarn and needles required  for your project, calculate the yarn length for your long tail cast on by making a slip knot, then casting on 10 sts.  Now tie a loop at the end of both pieces of yarn.  See  picture below.

Carefully undo the 10 cast on sts, leaving the original slip st on needle.  Now measure the ( A)  long tail side.

Then measure the ( B)  working yarn side (the one attached to the ball of yarn).

Here you see that the length is about 7 1/2 inches, but I will round it up to 8 inches.  Having determined how much yarn you need for 10 sts,you now can divide the number of cast on stitches required by 10 and multiply it times  the length just measured, then add about 6 inches extra.  

*You may notice that the measurements are about the same.  But don’t be fooled.  That is NOT always the case.  It is important that you write down the numbers.  On my current project, using size 10 1/2 needles, the B (working yarn) was about 1/3 more in length than the A (long tail).

Once you have determined the length of the long tail (A), peel off that length of  yarn for one color then make a slip knot.  STOP!!!!  Before you go any farther, make a loose knot in A.  You’ll thank me later.

Measuring again from the slip knot onward toward the ball of yarn, measure off the length of B.  Break the yarn.  Repeat this process with the other color, placing the slip knot infront of the first one.  Now, with both slip knots on the needle, lay out your B’s (long tails, the one’s you marked- I hope) to your left, and the A’s straight ahead.  Now you are ready to cast on.

In the video below, I will show you the move.  Try it!

Once you are finisned casting your stitches on, just spit slice your working yarn on to the ends left and start knitting your double knit pattern.

You might also like to try this decorative cast on for a Fair Isle project.



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Yes, my “Going to the Dog Socks” pattern is done and setting on the self of my Etsy store.  The pattern includes, fitted right/left toe; a simple 2 by 2 rib on the instep; my short row neat and sweet heel, a double knit picture panel and the smooth finish of an invisible bind off.

  Why the double knit picture panel?  Double knitting is much more stretchy than Fair Isle knitting.  There are no floats to deal with and you don’t have to worry about the tension getting too tight.  And… besides, the best part is that there are no yarns to catch your toes on.  So,  just  for your viewing pleasure I have started a Video Tips page that includes a short clip on my way of  double knitting. There are lots of instructions on the web and YouTube.  Don’t be afraid to try it.

Get your pattern, here.



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I don’t know about you , but I hate having to purl the first row of my long tail cast on to getthat smooth looking edge on the right side of my work.  The solution- cast it on with purls.  This move requires a bit of practice, but it is easy to do and also can be used in setting up any rib pattern.  So….without further ado, and armed with my new toy (my video camera)  I thought it might be fun to upload this method for your enjoyment.  Don’t laugh.  Practice makes perfect.    I hope you like it.

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I have been working on this pattern for the last few days and hope to have it ready soon.  Just thought I would let you have a peak, as it was requested some time ago.  Below is my dog “Sparky.”  I have immortalized him in yarn.

I purposefully worked this sample up in sport weight so you could see it better.  This TOE-up  pattern will include a fitted, right/left toe; short row heel (no wrap); double knit picture panel, and an invisible bind off-a professional looking finish.  I will include my doxie chart, and a couple of more doggies for you to choose from.

Have I wetted your appetite?  Hummmmmmm…………

Comming Soon!!!!


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As promised, I have finally finish the pattern for the recessed crown version of my Tyrolean Hat.  It has been fun.  What I like about making this hat the most is that it offers several techniques to keep you from being bored.  And… I get bored easily.

First,The crown of this very warm winter hat is formed with short rows, working one side of the oval at a time.  Next, you will be working in the round, as you set up the rib pattern that is used throughout the hat.  Thirdly, you will have the opportunity to work a short row shaping to form the extended brim in the back of the hat.   All that, and then you get to do some needle gymnastics to join the brim sections together before you knit the inside cap that is used to retain the crown shape and rise.  All this makes it an interesting knit.  I think it looks pretty cool, too!!!

Oh!  I almost forgot.  Another interesting aspect of this pattern is that it uses two kinds of yarn, 3 ply worsted wool and fingering yarn.  The fingering yarn is used for the inside cap, which creates less bulk.

All the above versions offer many possibilities.  I am sure you will come up with many of your own.You can find the PDF pattern for this hat on the Pattern Catalog page.


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