Currently Knitting: I can report that the Stitch Surfer pattern is nowhere near as terrifying as it appears. If you want to try it, definitely check out the tutorials by Knitabulls and Stacie of Must Stash. I replaced the pattern heel with the Fish Lips Kiss Heel, which is my absolute favorite.
As an aside, and because I believe in fostering knit skills whenever possible, I teach a free class every other week at my local yarn shop. The topic is magic loop, and today will mark the end of my second year focusing on this topic (I do take the summer off). Not teaching for 3 months leaves me feeling bittersweet. On one hand, it is nice to have a break in routine. On the other, I will miss the many lively people I come in contact with via this endeavor.
It’s Technique Tuesday! This week we start from the center and work our way out with the Adjustable Ring technique of working crochet in the round.
If you are making hats, socks, motifs, or any other project that starts in the center and works out in the round, in turning rounds, or in a spiral, you’re gonna want to check this out. Oh… and pass it along to our crochet friends! Thanks!
Hi there! I've been knitting for about 3 years now, but I haven't branched out to DPNs. Are there any videos or tutorials you can recommend for DPNs or knitting in the round in general?
Hi! Apologies for taking a while to get to this Ask. Holidays + moving = BLAH.
ANYWAY! :) The Purl Bee has a nice tutorial here on how to use DPNs. It provides pretty pictures and clear, step-by-step instructions.
I personally don’t enjoy using DPNs, though. Too spiny and spiky for me. :( Plus, I always find myself losing one of the set in the middle of a project.
For socks, sleeves, and other items that need to be knit in the round that are too small in circumference for a circular needle I much, much prefer to use what’s called the Magic Loop method. It involves taking a circular needle with a very long cord and… well, this tutorial by Tin Can Knits does a much better job of showing and describing the Magic Loop method than I can. (That Tin Can Knits link also has links to tutorials for using DPNs and knitting in the round, generally.)
To the extent there are hot and/or controversial topics in knitting, DPNs vs. Magic Loop is probably one of the biggest ones. Some people swear by DPNs and others would never, ever do anything but Magic Loop. Take a look at these tutorials, poke around on YouTube, do some trial and error, and see which one you prefer.
Details: Toe-up vanilla sock knit with Dancing Dog Dyeworks Twist Sock in “Birthday Stripes.” This was my first time using the Fish Lips Kiss Heel, and I would definitely recommend it. I loved not having to pick up stitches and dealing with tiny, annoying holes. The pattern is $1 (!!) and can be adapted to any sock pattern. At first I was intimidated because there are instructions on measuring your foot and it seemed complicated and time consuming. I decided to just insert the heel at 7 inches and it was easy and perfect. I knit the socks using magic loop on 40 inch ChiaoGoo 2.25 mm red lace needles.
Finished Object: I made these spooky socks as a birthday gift for my dear friend, blkwitch. I used my usual toe-up vanilla sock pattern with a Fish Lips Kiss Heels. I magic looped them on 2.25 mm ChiaoGoo Red Lace 40 inch needles. The yarn is from Desert Vista Dyeworks, and I believe it will be available again in the fall.
There are a few different ways to begin crocheting in a circle shape.
You could start with a foundation chain of 2 stitches, then work all of the first round of stitches into the very first chain. Pull on the tail end of your yarn to tighten the loop.
With this method, you might end up with a little bump in your circle or a gap in the centre, because of the slip knot. And if you start with too many stitches in the first round, your circle might not be circle-shaped. That’s why I usually use the adjustable ring method (also called a magic ring, magic circle, or magic loop).