When I teach sweater knitting I spend a lot of time emphasising the importance not just of swatching, but of swatching in the same way that the garment will be knit. One of the most surprising things that can make a big difference to gauge is material or even the brand of the needles. This blog post from designer Alex Winslow is a wonderful illustration of just how important it is to swatch with the exact needles that will be used for the garment. If you’re struggling to match gauge, on the other hand, try switching up the kind of needles you’re using.
Needles are one of the things I’m fussiest about. I really only use slick metal circulars, Addi Turbos or ChiaGoo Reds, and occasionally long metal dpns with a knitting belt. Anything else is too flexible, too lightweight, or makes my teeth feel funny (Addi Lace, yeah… odd). Bex just reminded me about the new(ish) pointy Addis that aren’t strangely coated — must try those! One of the few times being irrationally picky makes life simpler — I don’t need to worry about this issue very much! Have you noticed a difference in your gauge or knitting style with different needles? Or are you as fussy about needle material as I am?
We have enjoyed seeing people's Joy mitts on Ravelry and Instagram and although the kits are nearly sold out now, it is a pattern that can be done in many different colours, depending on what flag/colour scheme you want to use.
We have made genderqueer, asexual, non-binary and pansexual flag charts.
Introducing the first in an ongoing series of guest posts. I'm honoured that we're beginning with this vital letter from Emi Ito.
Emi has been outspoken about the cultural appropriation of the kimono in fashion and has helped many makers and designers find a less hurtful approach to naming their patterns and products.