Monday, May 2, 2016

The Knitting All Around Stitch Dictionary

At some point, every knitter experiences what I call a "light bulb" moment—that moment you realize all those fancy stitch patterns are just mixes of knits and purls. Though light bulbs aren't quite what they used to be—compact fluorescents and LEDs don't have the graphic punch of the yellow tungsten bulbs that lit my childhood—you can see the image. The moment you realize you can take your knits and purls and mix them up to create something new? Illuminating!

My first stitch dictionary was given to me by a non-knitter. It wasn't a big book, and it turned out to be riddled with errors, and missing important elements like a stitch key to one of the patterns. Despite those challenges, I would study page after page, photograph after photograph, marveling at the many variations of ribbing, the stitch combinations, and how cables and lace translated from chart to yarn. Little did I know, this was the start of the knit stalking that Gayle and I share with you on every episode of The Yarniacs. It was also the beginning of a healthy relationship with something we term "fantasy knitting." You know the drill. See the knitting. Imagine the yarns. Knit the item in your mind. Voilà, fantasy knitting!

A stitch dictionary, like an unwound hank of yarn, is full of promise. That lace pattern we spy would look fabulous at the bottom of a sweater. Or that new ribbing would work perfectly on the edge of a hat. The list goes on, because as every knitter knows, there is always another garment or accessory  begging to be made.


Wendy Bernard's second stitch dictionary The Knitting All Around Stitch Dictionary will serve as fodder for your fantasy knitting and elevate your real life knitting as well. The 150 stitch patterns Wendy includes in this book have instructions to knit them top down, bottom up, back and forth and in the round. For knitters, this book gives us the opportunity to personalize our projects. In that voice we have come to love from her Knit and Tonic blog, Wendy makes it sound so easy to create something unique or to change up an old favorite. She even includes some new patterns in the book to try out the technique.

The Honeycomb Smocking stitch pattern shown here is just a little sample of the 150 stitch patterns in the book. If you are a fantasy knitter you might already have some ideas in mind!

This is the Honeycomb Smocking stitch graph for knitting flat.


Above is the Honeycomb Smocking stitch graph for knitting in the round.


Here is the Honeycomb Smocking stitch knit up in a swatch.


The mitts are one of the projects for swapping out stitch patterns and creating something all your own. :)


If you want to read more about The Knitting All Around Stitch Dictionary, read Wendy's post from her blog, and visit the rest of the blog tour listed here.

4/28 - Leethal
5/2 - Yarniacs
5/5 - Mason-Dixon Knitting
5/9 - Craft Sanity
5/11 - WEBS
5/16 - Knitcircus
5/ 18 - AboutKnitting.com
5/23 - Craftgossip

Friday, April 29, 2016

Episode 113 - Knitting at NoCKRs

We're back! Well, we never really left, but we attended our NoCKRs retreat, I was away at YarnFest, and then came home sick, and for some reason we both felt like it had been a long time since we recorded. We've got a lot to fit into this episode--some fun garments we spotted at the retreat, we both finished a couple of items, and a fun new book from Dragonfly Fibers. Enjoy!
-Sharlene

 What are we wearing?
Favorite Cardigan by Wendy Bernard
Sharlene's Favorite Cardigan
Puck by Boo Knits
Gayle's Puck

What are we stalking?
Cancun Boxy Lace Top by Erin Kate Archer
Susanne's Cancun tunic
mash-up of Cancun and Boxy
Knit Picks Lindy Chain yarn
Sharlene's Literally Over the Top
Breathing Space by Veera Valimaki
Stranded Magazine: Warm Weather 2016
Bottle Cap by Erin Birnel
Interchange by Ariel Altaras
Rabbitbrush by Andi Satterlund
Knit Picks CotLin
Route 99 by Lee Meredith

What are we knitting?
Heartfelt by Veera Valimaki
Block Island Gansey Hat by Deborah Newton

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Hermione's Everyday Socks by Erica Lueder
Simple Skyp Socks by Adrienne Ku

What have we finished?
Spectrum by Joji Locatelli
Sharlene's Spectrum
Starshower by Hilary Smith Callis
Sharlene's Starshower cowl
Stitches West KAL
Violet Waffles by Halldora J
Chromaticity Cowl by Miriam Felton
Gayle's Chromaticity Cowl
Pure Joy by Joji Locatelli
Gayle's Pure Joy

Masterpiece Knits: The Modern Collection by Dragonfly Fibers
Fractal Poppies by Toby Roxana Barna
Morning at the Tate by Meg Roke
A Golden Landscape by Fatimah Hinds
The Laundress by Fatimah Hinds

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Friday, April 15, 2016

Episode 112 - Knitting hidden gems

What are we wearing?
Boxy by Joji Locatelli
Therapy by Laura Aylor

What are we stalking?
Apres Surf Hoodie by Connie Chang Chinchio
Buttercup by Heidi Kirrmaier
Lilli Pilli by Ambah O'Brien
Stolen Moments by Shannon Squire

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What are we knitting?
Heartfelt by Veera Valimaki
Spectrum by Joji Locatelli
Memory Blanket by Georgie Nicolson
Violet Waffles by Halldora J

What have we finished?
Minthe by Anne Ginger
Small Flowers Mitts by Pinneguri
Knitted Knockers

Gayle and I share some of our favorite things to do when we are on Ravelry, such as searching within our own libraries and searching for specific projects made in specific yarns. We both like to search for ways to use our own pattern libraries, and yarn stashes--finding ways to use our own little hidden pattern and yarn gems is one of our favorite ways to use Ravelry. There are some search filters that are fun to use too. We hope you learn something! We will try to schedule this discussion several times a year as it always proves to be quite popular!

This weekend we are off to our second annual NoCKRs retreat! We've been looking forward to this for a year now. :) It should be fun and can't wait to see all of you who will be joining us!

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Friday, April 1, 2016

Episode 111 - Knitting on the beach


What are we wearing?
Fancy Cardi by Joji Locatelli
Sharlene's Fancy Cardi
Secret Cove Cowl by Rosemary Hill
Gayle's Secret Cove Cowl

What are we stalking? 
Women's Peaked Cap by Patons
Hinagiku Hat by 87knit
Kaiya Mei by Jamie Hoffman
Fancy Cardi by Joji Locatelli
Citadel by Joji Locatelli
Breathing Space by Veera Välimäki
Veronika by Julie Weisenberger
Woodfords by Elizabeth Doherty

This episode of The Yarniacs Podcast is sponsored by Fix-A-Stitch.

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What are we knitting?
Heartfelt by  Veera Välimäki
Gayle ripped her Hoodie Shawl Cardigan by Susanne Sommer
Chromaticity Cowl by Miriam Felton
Small Flowers Mitts by Pinneguri
Minthe by Anne Ginger
Memory Blanket by Georgie Nicolson


What have we finished?
Looking Ahead by Veera Välimäki
Abstract Fiber Rothko
Sharlene's hat for charity
Very Gifted Cowl by Churchmouse Yarns and Teas
Zuzu's Petals by Carina Spencer

We announce the winners of the now closed Self-Indulgent 2016 Knit-a-long. Thanks to everyone who participated! If you hear your name just send us a Ravelry message so we can get your prize out to you. :)

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