Sunday, January 1, 2017

Welcoming 2017 with a Dream

Here's to a happy and healthy 2017 (and one with blogging)! At the end of September I posted a sneak peek of new socks I was designing, and I'm happy to finally publish it. Here are the Dreamweaver socks, inspired by my The Sandman colorway. They happen to coordinate quite well with the book I am currently reading.

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Part of my goal for 2017 is to make more of an impact with causes I support. One of my favorite charities has long been Love146. They combat childhood sex trafficking, through prevention, rescue, and rehab. Many people are unaware of how prevalent this problem is, even with the U.S.. This is why I have a special offer through January 10th: you can choose to either gift yourself or make a difference to this charity. When you purchase this pattern on Ravelry, you can choose to use the posted coupon code for $4 off the full price - or you can choose to pay full price and I will donate the $4 difference to Love146.

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Thank you for helping me make a difference!

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Knit Tip: Binding Off in the Middle of a Row

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Knitting garments often involves binding off in the middle of a row to create necklines and armholes. If you're like me, you're bothered by that little gap right before the first bound off stitch. Today, I'm sharing how to get rid of that gap!

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In this swatch, I cast on 24 stitches and used markers to make three sections of 8 stitches. To bind off the center stitches, one would generally knit to the marker, slip the marker, and bind off the next 8 stitches.

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To eliminate the gap, knit to one stitch before the marker instead, then do this: KFB into the next stitch. You would now have 9 stitches before the marker instead of 8. Use the 9th stitch (the new stitch just made by the KFB) to start the bind off. This means you will need to bind off one extra stitch.

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Basically, you create an extra stitch in the row and immediately bind it off, so it doesn't affect your stitch count - but it creates a clean start to your bind off. The gap is gone, and your neckline will look cleaner. Ta da!

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The difference becomes much more visible after you've knit a few rows on both sides. Next time, I'll show you guys how to bind of rounded necklines with a sloped bind off, to avoid those stepped edges...

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