Free things for you!
I’ve been working on adding patterns and goodies to my Ravelry store and CafePress shops for CraftLit and WWMDfK?. There’s always more to do, but so far I have a lot of free things for you (and a couple that aren’t free but I thought I’d throw them in as they are related).
Bags | Socks | Sock Heels
How to Knit Socks
This free eBook gives you everything you need to know about knitting socks in one easy-to-follow place. The eBook has been created to be read on a tablet or computer screen which means it is “sideways” or landscape view.
How to Knit Toe-Up Socks
This free eBook gives you everything you need to know about knitting socks in one easy-to-follow place. Like the above, this eBook has also been built in landscape view.
This ribbed sock is knitted toe-up and includes charted color-work and was designed for the 2007 Hogwarts Sock Swap.
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Soap Scrunchie Bag
This bag is an easy first double-knitting pattern which gives you, at the end, a lovely little bag in which to put soap odds-and-ends. Waste not, want not. It can be knit in one night of relatively boring TV (you need to pay attention a little bit) and gives instructions for double knitting. A video tutorial for double knitting is also available below.
download now for free via Ravelry.
This bag is knitted for the little one in your life who is eagerly anticipating a visit from the Tooth Fairy. This pattern is worked flat, is seamed, and utilizes the intarsia technique.
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These heels started at Sea Socks ’08, matured at Sock Summit ’09 and are now part of my classroom repertoire. However, I can’t teach everywhere so it seemed right to pass on as much information as I could in the little eBooks. If I scoot through your area and teach the class, I promise there will be more than just what you find here; I can’t include everything from a six hour class in an eBook.
But this is a darn good start!
Once you are familiar with the basics of knitting a sock (see above if you need more generalized sockiness) you can branch out and begin to customize exactly for your needs. The beauty of hand knitting is that if a particular part of a pattern does not work for you, it can be modified. There are many different ways to knit sock heels. There are many different feet. This works out well. If you want to read more about the genesis of this Sock Heel book series, please continue reading » ».
Double knitting is knitting both sides of a fabric at once. This is what you see in the video. The other nifty thing double knitting does is create a tube.
For the double knitting used in the little bag here—knitting a tube without any color patterning—you will knit the knit stitches which are facing you and slip the next stitch which has the purl side facing you. The pattern in your head is like any sock heel, “knit, slip, knit, slip…” the only difference begin that you slip with yarn in front of the purl stitches (this way you’ll be keeping the yarn on the inside the bag as you’re creating it). End your row on a slip. Knit and slip back to where you started.
The video shows a two colored scarf being made—one side red, the other side white. For this video, the red stitches will all be knit stitches, followed by it’s partnered white stitch which you will see purled instead of slipped (this is because the color patterns have to match and it’s easier to do the patterning all at once). It helps to remember that all stitches are knit side facing out and purl side facing in to the tube you’re creating (genius, no?).
And it makes a LOT more sense actually watching it.
More on this can be found on my Double Knitting tutorial page.