Two Techniques, One Great Brioche Fabric

Brioche ribbing fabric has a beautiful drape and can create stunning color effects when utilizing two colors.

The history of the brioche knit stitch is a little obscure, but a description of it appears as early as the mid-19th century in The Handbook of Needlework written by Francis Lambert in 1846.  In this edition of her work, Miss Lambert details the technique of working brioche knitting and says that it is good to use for “sleeves, comforters, petticoats, night socks, linings for foot baskets, quilts, cradle covers and various other purposes.”

Miss Lambert then details how to knit “A Brioche” which is a puffed, stuffed tufted pillow of about 8 inches across and a few inches high and resembles “the well known french cake of that kind.”

Continue reading “Two Techniques, One Great Brioche Fabric”

How to Fix a Hole in Your Knitting with Embroidery

You worked on that project for hours. It was used and loved but now you’ve found a hole! Never fear. You can fix a hole!

There are a lot of techniques that can be used to fix a hole in your hand knitting, but we’re going to focus on the 2 techniques most related to knit stitches. Both techniques are a way of creating duplicate stitch over the offending hole.

Continue reading “How to Fix a Hole in Your Knitting with Embroidery”

Beginner’s Guide to Knit Lace

It seems that many novice knitters balk at knitting lace, but I’m here to tell you that knitting lace does not have to be complicated or cumbersome! Don’t get me wrong, some lace patterns are VERY complex, but new knitters can build their confidence and experience by starting with a few simple lace stitches and then move on to more complicated patterns.

Lace knitting stitches are just a series of increase and decrease stitches that form lovely patterns from the very basic to the most delicate and detailed. Lace patterns can be worked in any weight of yarn, although it is easiest to work them in weights of 5-bulky and smaller.

Continue reading “Beginner’s Guide to Knit Lace”

Working with Double Point Needles

I have a confession. I wasn’t a huge fan of Double Pointed Needles (DPNs). The great irony is that I love to work in the round and I love to work on seamless knits.

Over the years I have become a fan, and can tell you that working with DPNs looks much more intimidating than it really is. The most difficult part of working with DPNs is the cast on and first round. After that it’s just knitting (and/or purling) with a lot of knitting needles sticking out of your work while they wait their turn to be used.

Continue reading “Working with Double Point Needles”

Knitting Cables: an Introduction

I love to knit with cables!! I remember very fondly my first attempt to knit a cable. I’d done a few patterns, from a book I’ve long ago lost and forgotten the title, and was working up to some of the more complicated projects. When I found this lovely blanket only used knit, purl and cables, I was very excited to give it a try. The beautiful designs that come from cables make them seem difficult, but if you can slip a few stitches to a 3rd needle, you can add cables to your knitting repertoire!

Continue reading “Knitting Cables: an Introduction”

Beginners Guide to Picking Up Stitches

Picking up stitches is a technique used to add on new pieces of knit fabric to a project without a seam (and fantastic technique for those of us who prefer seamless knits).  There are lots of applications for picking up stitches, from sweater cuffs to mitered blankets!

There are almost as many techniques used to pick up stitches as there are applications of those techniques; in this blog post will focus on (what I consider to be) the most visually attractive and functional way to pick up stitches.  This is slightly different from “pick up and knit.”  Once you master this technique you will likely find that, even if you experiment with other techniques, you usually revert back to this tried and true method.  The method of picking up stitches by adding on a new ball of yarn can be done with stockinette and garter knit fabric.  It can also be used to pick up stitches vertically or horizontally without much variation.

Continue reading “Beginners Guide to Picking Up Stitches”