Tutorial: Circular Cast on that doesn’t leave a hole in the middle

If you’re a regular visitor to my blog, you’ll know that this year I set a goal to learn at least one new thing about knitting each month. Having found the slopped shoulder bind off in my copy of Cast on Bind off last month, I decided to see if there was a better way to make a circular cast on for a flat circle when I decided to make one.

Not something I make often, but when I have, I’ve cast on the right number of stitches, joined the circle as tightly as I could, then sew up the little hole at gets created in the middle. I was therefore delighted to find a a way to cast on for a circle that doesn’t create a hole. So while did it I made a tutorial… Continue reading “Tutorial: Circular Cast on that doesn’t leave a hole in the middle”

DIY Knitting Accessories: Homemade Sock Blocker

Personally I don’t believe in sock blocking. Of course this isn’t the same sort of ‘not believing’ as not believing in ghosts. I do believe sock blocking exists, I’m just not convinced socks need blocking. After all, your freshly knitted sock is going to stretch to the shape of your foot when you put it on. On top of that, sock blockers are expensive and since a sock blocker is only suitable for a limited range of foot sizes, this can make sock blocking an even more expensive preoccupation.

Now I’ve said all that, I’m sure you won’t be surprise to hear that I don’t own a sock blocker. I do however like to give socks as presents and it’s much nicer  to give a present that looks like this…

Blocked Sock

than this….

Unblocked sock

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Ten top tips and tricks for blocking knitting and crochet

Last Friday I wrote a post on why and how to block knitting and crochet. However, my list of tips and tricks for blocking grew so long, I need to be turned it into a separate post. So here are my ten top tips and tricks on blocking knitting and crochet. I’d love to hear from you if you’ve any blocking tips and tricks to add.

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How and why to block knitting and crochet

When one of my craft group asked, ‘What’s this blocking thing you talk about on your blog?’ My ‘brief’ explanation had many many points. Since I’d just finished crocheting my Eva Shawl, I decided to write a post about blocking crochet and knitting using Eva as my model. So, here’s how and why to block knitting and crochet.

Eva's Shawl

Why block knitting and crochet?

Blocking has several beneficial effects on your knitting or crochet. It can:

  • ‘Iron’ out uneven stitches and tension issues.
  • Allow you to shape a garment the way you want it.
  • Help your garment keep it’s shape over time.
  • Improve the look and drape of your fabric.
  • Make seaming easier

How to block knitting and crochet

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Tutorial: Made to measure curtain tiebacks in less than an hour

Hurrah! I finally crossed off the third task on my list of unfinished objects – the tiebacks for my kitchen curtains. Goodness knows why I put it off for so long. They were so quick and easy to make. For anyone who’s interested, here’s my quick and easy method to make tiebacks to fit any size curtains… They took me about 45 minutes per pair.

Laura Ashley Whitby Check Fabric Curtains with Tiebacks

 

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