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Lesson Five: The Purl Stitch So now that you have been knitting for awhile, it is time to learn the purl stitch. You actually already know the mechanics… IN, AROUND, UNDER, OFF… but this time instead of working to the back, we will be working in the front. To getRead More →

You should NEVER let me set foot in a yarn shop when I have other things to do. A few days before Drew, Meghan and the Little Lady came for a visit, I stopped at the shop to pick up some yarn I needed for another project. I had actuallyRead More →

Drew, Meghan and the Little Lady are still visiting and our days have been busy, busy, busy. We’ve had lots of at home snuggle time, but we’ve also had many day trips. All of this has given me time to do some “just for fun” knitting. Luckily, Meghan is aRead More →

Fairy is taking my beginning knitting class and she has been diligently working on her projects. She wanted to share photos of her Baby Chick with strict instructions on the copyrights. “You can put it on Wee Folk Art on it but it needs to say Fairy next to theRead More →

Project Three : Block-work Hat I designed this hat project to help us review everything we have learned so far. This hat requires you to complete casting on, knitting, binding off and seaming multiple times. For this project you will need to make 4 rectangular blocks. Two will be completedRead More →

Lesson Three : Binding Off Binding off is how we get those live stitches off of our needles in a way that they will no longer unravel. Since it is one of those things that you only do occasionally it can be easy to forget… there is a good chanceRead More →

Newbie Knitting: Project One Updates! I had some corrections to make and wanted to get some better photos up. Sorry for any confusion. We had out of town guests all week and Pixie’s birthday this weekend! I didn’t get a chance to edit like I normally do. This week’s assignmentRead More →

Lesson Two: The Knit Stitch Alright, by now you should be quite comfortable with Casting On using the Backwards Loop Cast-On. It is time to learn what to do once you get all those stitches on your needle. Make sure the tail and live yarn are hanging down and theRead More →

I will be adding to this page as I add more tutorials and projects. Newbie Knitting Lessons Introduction: Materials List Lesson One: Slip Knot Backwards Loop Cast On Lesson Two: Knit Stitch Project One: Begin Little Birdie Lesson Three: Binding Off Project One: Finish Little Birdie Project Two: Easy HeadbandRead More →

Lesson One: The Backwards Loop Cast-On Before you can knit, you need to Cast On. Casting On is how you get that first row of stitches onto your needle. The Backwards Loop Cast-On method (also called the Single Cast-On) is the easiest way to learn to cast on. There areRead More →

In order to start knitting you will need to get that first row of stitches onto your needle. There are several different methods of “Casting On” and no matter which one you decide to learn you will need to start with a basic slip knot. To create a slip knotRead More →

*UPDATE: Fairy got a huge grin when I read her all the lovely comments. It is very encouraging.* Fairy wanted me to share some of her photos. She has recently finished her  first “bigger” knitting project… a blankie sized to fit one of her lovey dollies. She has been workingRead More →

I started to answer this question in response to a comment I received yesterday but I thought that it might warrant it’s own post. I know I’ve been linking to a site called Ravelry a lot lately in conjunction with all my knitting projects. But if you are not alreadyRead More →

  I have completed my second project from More Knitting in the Sun, the Ramona Racerback Tank. Actually I finished it, with the exception of the crocheted edge around the arm holes while in Vermont and Fairy has worn it several times at this 99% done stage. I finally satRead More →

I just completed my first project from More Knitting in the Sun: 32 Patterns to Knit for Kids… a summer weight shrug for Fairy-girl, my little ballerina. It turned out adorable… but a bit big (sarcasm here). Huge is more like it. I really should have paid more attention toRead More →

Normally I don't knit much in the summer. It's hot and my energy is usually more focused outdoors. This year has been different. I don't know if this has been because this season has been mostly cold and rainy so far or due to the fact that my Raverly QueueRead More →

This past week I got a chance to make myself the ever popular Shalom Cardigan. Working in bulky yarns made this a quick knit and the twisted rib yoke made it interesting while still being an easy pattern. Colorwise, I wanted a fairly neutral sweater that would work with khakis or jeansRead More →

My mom has this thing for scarves and shawls. Once the temperature dips below 70 degrees (not kidding) she starts layering them on. She can be seen wearing 2 or 3 at a time… in the house. Mocking aside… for Christmas a couple years ago I bought her a beautiful,Read More →

It seems like all things knit these days are being done from the top down… or at least I’m drawn to all the patterns that have been done that way. My Ravelry Favorites list is packed with top down projects. I’ve even been tempted to purchase a few patterns… butRead More →

  On the 23rd of December I finished up the last of my Christmas knitting and wanted something super simple to work on while visiting with family. This little shawl is what I made over those festive days. I followed the simple pattern Traditional Icelandic Three Cornered Shawl available from Ragga GoesRead More →