Knitware Design Software

November 14, 2009

Knitware Design softwareFrom Sunday November 15th 2009, all three Knitware Design programs – Knitware Sweaters, Knitware Basics and Knitware Skirts & Shawls – have been reduced in price by half! This isn’t a special offer, or a sale price, or time limited, it’s permanent.

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Let’s Knit Magazine

November 8, 2009

Let's Knit magazineA subscription to Let’s Knit magazine makes a great gift at Christmas, or at any other time of year. One year’s subscription (12 issues) to Let’s Knit magazine gives you a substantial saving over buying each issue separately.
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Free postage and packing

November 8, 2009

We now offer free postage and packaging for all orders to the United Kingdom.

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Facebook

April 4, 2009

OK so I haven’t posted here for a long time. You can find my page on Facebook.

Maya Socks

September 29, 2007

And these are the finished socks with the stretchy cast on. Well, one of them anyway… the other one does match, honestly. I just forgot to take the photo of them both together!

Maya Sock

The yarn is Lana Grossa Cotton Maya, 45% cotton, 42% wool, 13% nylon. Knitted from the top down, with a band heel and a more gently rounded toe shape.

Maya toe

I think I understand this sock knitting addiction now. The quest is not to knit socks, but to knit the PERFECT socks. I haven’t yet succeeded, and I’m not sure I want to. It’s much more fun trying out the different techniques for the heels and toes. It’s even better when the yarn is interesting in its own right. This sock fits quite nicely over the heel, and the toe is almost right. I have a few ideas on how to improve the fit of the toe, I may try a round (as opposed to a standard) toe shape next time.

Stretchy Rib Cast On

September 13, 2007

Stretchy cast onThis was adapted from a free Regia leaflet, called “Sock Pattern & How-to-knit Guide”. The instructions for the cast on in the leaflet made no sense to me at all. For example, the complete instructions for Round 2 read “*slip the K stitch purlwise yarn at front of work rep from *” – exactly like that, no punctuation or anything. As far as I can see, all it’s telling you to do is slip all the stitches in the round, so basically you’re doing absolutely nothing apart from moving stitches from one needle to another. So here we go with my interpretation which actually works (and, I hope, makes sense!).

Stretchy Rib Cast on for Top Down Socks

Cast on HALF the number of stitches required for the cuff using a contrasting waste yarn. My sock pattern needed 64 stitches altogether, so I cast on 32 stitches.

Now continue with your sock yarn.

Round 1: *Knit 1, yarn over needle. Repeat from * arranging knit stitches and made stitches (the yarn overs) across your 3 or 4 double pointed needles.

Round 2: *Yarn at back, slip the knit stitch purlwise. Yarn at front, purl the made stitch. Repeat from * making sure you include the very last made stitch at the end of the round.

Round 3: *Yarn at back, knit 1. Yarn at front, slip purl stitch purlwise. Continue from * to end of round

Round 4: * Yarn at back, slip knit stitch purlwise. Yarn at front, purl 1. Continue from * to the end of the round.

Now continue with normal knit 1 purl 1 rib as set. Remove the waste yarn.

Stretchy cast on

When I first figured this out, I really didn’t believe that it would work. I was convinced that when I removed the waste yarn I would be left with open stitches. So, I knitted just 2 rounds of normal ribbing after the 4 cast on rounds, then removed the waste – see the picture above. If you try my version you might like to do the same, just in case…. far better to undo a few rounds than knit a complete sock with a wrecked cast on edge!

Lana Grossa Maya CottonAnd here’s the yarn I’m using, Lana Grossa Maya Cotton which is 45% cotton, 42% wool, 13% nylon.

Fruit Gum Socks

September 3, 2007

Fruit Gum Socks

I called these Fruit Gum Socks because the yarn reminded me of Rowntree’s Fruit Gums! It’s Regia Bamboo 4 ply, colour “Afrika”, 45% bamboo, 40% wool, 15% nylon.

The yarn has an almost translucent look to it, and is definitely in fruit gum colours – yellow, orange, green, red and purple.

I expected it to be scratchy (the bamboo!) but it’s really soft and silky, and very easy to knit with.

They were knitted toe up, with short rowed wrapped toes and heels. They’re absolutely plain with no patterning, and finished with 25 rows of knit 2, purl 2 rib.

I used a very stretchy cast off which is extremely easy to do. Knit the first two stitches and pass the first stitch over the second as normal. Return the second stitch to the left needle and knit it once more, then knit another stitch. Pass the first stitch over the second, then return the second stitch to the left needle and knit it again….. and so on until the end.

Fruit Gum Socks, heel

The short row wrapped heel – I’m definitely getting better at this!

UPDATE

I think I probably should have called these Ribena Socks instead of Fruit Gum Socks! Hand washed in warm water with a squirt of shampoo, they turned the water a lovely shade of deep purple. Even after several rinses, the water was still very purple. The ball band says this yarn is machine washable – well maybe it is, but I wouldn’t want to risk putting these socks into the machine with anything else.

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