August 04, 2015
Although summer is officially here, in Scotland it doesn’t usually feel that way. It is about as warm as it ever really gets though so here are some lovely laceweight projects to admire, and to tempt you to your needles.
Crafticum knitted this stunning Ishbel in a laceweight wool, and unsurprisingly, it caught my eye straight away. Have a look at her project page for more details, and to admire it some more!
Say hello to the very smiley Becks! She knit her Barley Sugar in Ysolda’s Treacle Toffee colour way of Fyberspates Scrumptious Lace. This is a great travel project as its light, lovely and intuitive. And if you drop a stitch in the brioche section, Becks has kindly made an awesome video of how to pick up your stitch! (It’s great for other brioche projects too.) All the details are on her project page.
Blocking lace is one of my favourite things, and Maggie’s skills for finishing off her Pear Drop are a great example. She describes the shawl, knit in Madelinetosh Prairie as ‘a lacy shawl for a fancy gentleman’. And as if you needed another reason to visit her project page, go and have a look at the picture of her cat appreciating her beautiful work!
Many people know what its like to reknit a pattern that you’ve really enjoyed, or so that you can have something you originally gifted for yourself. Tanya has taken this to another level though, and pictured above is her 7th Laika! If you’ve been looking for a lightweight sweater that you can easily throw in your bag but also looks smart and fancy, Laika is a great choice. The simply and easy to memorise stitch pattern makes it perfect for summer knitting, which is why its one of the very few garment patterns I’ve made more than once myself. Seven times though, that’s seriously impressive…
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Learn brioche with the free Daniel's Hat pattern
Tombreck - a free chevron beanie pattern
Working the brioche neck detail on the Polwarth sweater
Decorative Channel Island Cast-on
3 Easy Stretchy Bind-offs (p2tog bind-off; k2togtbl, k1 bind-off; Jeny's surprisingly stretchy bind-off)
Tubular Bind-off for brioche stitch
Paired increase methods compared
How to work into double yarn overs
Brioche stitch double decreases
How to Knit in the round using Magic Loop
How to Knit in the round using DPNs
Avoiding ears when binding off
Tighter purl stitches for neater cables and ribbing
Cabling without a cable needle
Understanding "continue in pattern"
Joining the body and sleeves on a seamless bottom up sweater
How to pick a garment without a model for you (specifically addresses finding garment patterns when your gender identity isn't represented and the styles you want to knit might not be sized to fit your body)
How does ease affect inclusive size ranges?
Identifying and fixing mistakes in lace knitting
Getting started with stranded colourwork
Understanding colour dominance
Working stranded colourwork over small circumferences
Decreases in stranded colourwork
Holding the yarn for stranded colourwork
Ladderback Jacquard (a neat way to deal with long floats)
Cabling without a cable needle
Cabling without a cable needle on the wrong side
How to knit cabled decreases
Closed ring cable increases and decreases
How to work brioche stitch in the round
How to begin your first large cross stitch project
How to finish a cross stitch project with an embroidery hoop frame
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