Episode 84 - Filmed on Wednesday, October 16th
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Special Hello to Ken and Anne from PEI who stopped into the shop yesterday! :) And to Martje from Holland who brought us Miffy mugs and treats!
Finished Objects (Time Stamp 00:06:22):
Glenda is wearing Cozy (me) by Nadia Crétin-Léchenne, knit in Cascade 220 in Pale Blue Heather.
141 Pull col camionneur, knit in Holst Garn Coast in Dark Navy. I finished this in time for Knit City. I ended up pulling back the sleeve decreases, but didn’t have to re-do the whole sleeve cap. People don’t realize this is hand knit. Is that good or bad?
Aila by Isabel Kraemer, knit in Vegan Yarn Pleiades Sock in Seaside Speckles. I modified the bottom after trying to knit the lace and it looking awkward, I decided to frog it and just do a garter hem.
Toque for for Warm Hands Network - baby size, in leftover Borgo de’ Pazzi Stout. No particular pattern followed.
Works in Progress (Time Stamp 00:27:46:17)“
Minis Blanket. I haven’t worked on this in a while - the marker shows how much I’ve done since pulling it out of hibernation. I’m using 2 strands of sock yarn in random colours.
Sweater Segment (Time Stamp 00:46:26:08):
This is a regular feature - talking about sweater construction, alterations, etc. Ask us questions and we will talk about it on the podcast.
Question 1: Do you have any tips on how to pick a pattern for your first ever sweater? What should you look for in a pattern to know if it is appropriate for a first-timer?
First decide if you want to make an adult sweater or a kid’s sweater as your first garment. If you have a baby or child to knit for, baby or kid-sized sweaters are a great way to start - they are faster to knit, and kids don’t need a whole lot of shaping in their sweaters.
To select a pattern, use the Ravelry difficulty filter (restrict your choice to level 1 or 2) and then look for patterns that have a lot of projects - the more people who have made it, the more likely it’s a good pattern.
If you are choosing something for yourself, think about the sweater shapes that you like to wear - raglan vs. set-in sleeve, for example.
Go for something with a little bit of ease (2-4”) and a more basic style. For your first sweater you don’t want to be messing around with complicated lace or other patterns while also trying to work out basic construction.
Knit in the round vs. seamed depends on how much you like sewing up your knitting. Top-down sweaters can be tried on as you knit, so the fit is easier to adjust, but you also need to be comfortable knitting in the round. Some people also find the conceptualization of these sweaters to be difficult. That said, a sloppy seam can affect the final look of your sweater, and it is impossible to try on a pieced sweater until you start sewing it all together.
Question 2: What books would you recommend for beginners and advancing beginners?
There are lots of great knitting books out there; picking a favourite can depend on your learning style and general preferences.
Glenda likes books that provide projects which build your skills, but also have more information than you might need right away - so you can keep coming back to it even as your knitting improves. Visit your local library to check out a whole range of books before you invest in them - no point in spending a lot of money on something you won’t use and/or like. Once you find a favourite, you can invest in that one.
Glenda: When I learned to knit, I relied on the Step-by-Step Knitting Workbook by Debbie Bliss; I think it is out of print now, but you can still get copies online.
More up to date alternatives would be Beyond Knit & Purl by Kate Atherley, and the Kid’s Knitting Workshop by Susan B. Anderson. This one is meant for kids, but is still good for adults, and it teaches you to knit on circular needles right away.
Glenda constantly refer to Elizabeth Zimmermann’s Knitting Without Tears; this is a very colloquial approach to knitting - she’s basically explaining what to do as if you are having a conversation - not everyone likes her style.
There are also great reference books for knitting:
The Ultimate Knitting Book and The Ultimate Quick Reference Book by Vogue Knitting, both of which have been updated in the last year or so.
The Principles of Knitting, by June Hemmons Hiatt
The Knitter’s Handbook, by Montse Stanley
All of these have loads of information, but they may be too complicated for a beginner. Check them out, but you may not want to invest until you have a few more projects under your belt.
Remember that there is no official order in which you have to learn things, once you understand the basics of knitting. If you know how to knit a hat in the round, you can jump to colorwork before cables if you feel like it. If you can knit a sock, then you can probably knit a sweater and vice versa. Do what interests you, and don’t be afraid to start and re-start a few times before getting it right.
Store News (Time Stamp 01:05:25:29)
Knit City Knit-A-Long
This was a KAL to make something to wear to Knit City. Thank you to everyone who stopped by the booth to show us their finished sweaters, and congratulations to everyone who completed their project!
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WCW Knit & Crochet Bingo!
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We will announce the winner of the Knitted Knockers KAL next episode.
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