Five of us gathered in the “Bride’s Lounge” for our first monthly “Knit & Knosh” meeting (Elizabeth, Gail, Wendy, and Leslie). We had a chance to look over Leslie’s collection of (mostly) kids’ knits samples, discussed the range of projects we might pursue individually or as a group and the materials required by the various projects. Casting-on was the technique of the evening: we shared experience and reviewed long-tail cast-on and German twisted cable cast-on (also called Old Norwegian cast-on – Leslie’s new favorite for ribbing and edges) technques. For the absent-minded, there are links to video instruction for these cast-on techniques here. Who knew there were so many ways to start a project?
Having seen Leslie’s examples of the Swedish Sweet Baby Cap, two little caps were started on the spot! Worked in the round on circular needles, this pattern will require learning
- tbl – knitting through the back loop (of a stitch)
- M1 – increasing either by ladder-lift or yarn over, then knitting through the back loop to twist the st (and eliminate holes)
- slip 2, k1, psso – a double decrease
If you want to make this cap with us, start it according to the direction above (click on the name of the cap to go to the pattern) and bring it to the next meeting with the garter border completed (remember, you’ll be working in the round, only looking at the right side of the knitting. To garter knit this way, you’ll have to alternate rows: 1 row of knit stitches, next row purl stitches).
There was also some interest in learning to make socks. We agreed to try the quick baby sock pattern provided by the Afghans for Afghans project. If you want to make these with us, try to do the cuff ribbing on a set of double point needles ahead of time (check the pattern) – we’ll be learning to turn heels when we meet next.
Again, here’s our schedule for the next few months:
Wednesday, March 5, 2008, 7:30-9:00 p.m.
Wednesday, April 2, 2008, 7:30-9:00 p.m.
Wednesday, May 7, 2008 2008, 7:30-9:00 p.m.
Wednesday, June 4, 2008, 7:30-9:00 p.m.