The new year seems like a time when knitting needles are particularly busy. It could be the cold weather, frantically trying to finish off gifts, or in my case, gleefully working on those projects I’ve been dreaming about for weeks, usually knits for me. It might commonly referred to as ‘selfish knitting’ but I prefer to think of it gift knitting for myself, or Maud-Bailey (from one of the projects below) calls it ‘gifts for winter.’ Knitting something for yourself isn’t selfish, its awesome! The projects this week were all cast on just after or on the holidays, and were made for the very person doing the making!
It’s great to see people making Knitworthy patterns for themselves! This lovely Saudade was made for and knit by bevans59 with Madelinetosh Unicorn Tails. It’s the perfect project for little amounts of yarn.
An alternating cable cast on is a useful, stretchy cast on for ribbing that’s less fussy to work than a tubular cast on. It’s worked like a regular cable cast on, but instead of casting on each stitch knitwise stitches are alternately cast on knitwise and purlwise.
This tutorial includes both step by step photos and videos so you can use whichever suits you better.
This post was originally in our newsletter last week and since then several subscribers have reached out with incredible kindness to say that they'll miss the club but want to keep supporting us. We appreciate that so much, and, although we obviously need purchases to keep the business going there are lots of other ways that you can support us. I've added a few notes at the end on ways that you can support our business and my design work without spending money. All of them apply to other small yarn businesses, and many of them to small businesses of all kinds.