Finger Knitting

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Kristen with GoodKnit Kisses takes you step by step how to Finger Knit in her new segment called GoodKnit Kisses Kids Korner! Make a scarf, belt, bracelet, purse strap and more with Finger Knitting. We’ll make a slip knot, cast-on, make the ewrap or twisted knit stitch and cast off. Basically go from start to finish. make this as long as you like! Connect the widths with a mattress stitch and make a wide blanket. This is a great way to start learning how to loom knit without investing in expensive looms. For the FREE loom knit patterns www.allfreeknitting.com Happy Looming!! ©2011 GoodKnit Kisses

Christmas Week News

The true twist on mobius, two-sided lace, swirl sweaters, calendar time,  and more double-pointed knitting.

Knitting News

Knitters BioHappy Holidays! I hope everyone had a great weekend and are recovering …  because New Years is next.

As I’ve been traveling to visit family, eating and sharing I’ve also been knitting happily away on mobius scarf projects. I’ve figured out the ins and outs of the twist, and over the next week will be putting together instructions and videos to make it easier for everyone to understand.

That’s how we’ll start the new year with Spincraft Pattern Newsletter. Mobius is addicting. So if you haven’t tried it before, be ready for a whole new adventure.

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Understanding Mobius
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There is a lot of information on the net about knitting mobius scarves. I have come to find that some of it is right and some not quite so right.

Mobius is a mathematical anomaly. The simplest form is made by taking a strip of paper (or a flat scarf), giving it a half twist, and taping the ends together. If you do that you’ll notice that there is no front and back of the strip.  Follow the two edges with your finger and you’ll see that there is no beginning, end, right or left to the edges either. That’s because it wraps around and around, always coming back to the place it started.

There is the trick right there … it has to be a half twist or the edges aren’t joined right and then it is not a mobius.

There are actually three things I found when I was searching the web.

First is the Infinity Scarf: What is typically called an Infinity Scarf is not a mobius. Usually an “Infinity Scarf” is simply a circular scarf with no twist. You give it a twist when you put it on, but other than that it can be folded flat.

Full Twist Scarves: There are a lot of patterns that say they are a mobius when in reality they are full twist scarves. These are made by knitting in the round, but instead of following the usual instructions to “Join, being careful not to twist sts”, you join being careful to give it a twist. Problem is that this gives the scarf a full twist, and brings us to the real mystery of the mobius.

Half Twist True Mobius: All the information I found on the true mobius was very difficult to understand. It’s this crazy cast on, around and around a long circular needle. The instructions are clear, but the why is mysterious. I intend to demystify the why.

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On KnitKnitting.com
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Mobius right and wrong … We have two sample videos on KnitKnitting.com that show the full twist and half twist ways of making the scarf.

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The True Mobius

This is a short video, and link to a pattern that shows a true mobius with a half twist. This is a crochet pattern, but I chose it because it shows the twist so clearly.

> Click here for the Crochet Mobius


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Full Twist Mobius

Here is a video that shows a mobius, or infinity scarf that is a full twist.

> Click here for the full twist version.

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Below is a picture of a scarf I made following the “join with a twist” instructions. In my scarf you can clearly see the full twist. This is a beautiful scarf made with a great two-sided lace that I will be sharing next week. But it’s not a mobius. It’s a full twist circular scarf.

My second example is a beautiful full-twist scarf made with a soft wool in 6 st seed stitch. It’s folded around once like you would wear it on your neck. Very beautiful, but not a mobius!

Stay tuned for next week when I’ll share the how and they why to make it happen properly. I’ve figured out a way to explain it that is going to make sense!

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Recent Comments
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Tina says:
December 20, 2011 at 8:34 pm

I must be the only person on the planet who prefers to learn new stitches from charts rather than videos. Does anyone have a chart for this? It’s a very cool stitch and I’m on a Mobius kick at the moment. If not, I’ll chart it myself and ask Connie to post it somewhere…

cheers – Tina

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Thanks Tina for the reminder. I also think that charts are the way to go. It’s time consuming to make them right, though, so anyone who wants to help make charts for any of our stitch patterns, please jump in and help. I’ll post them.
Connie
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Meanwhile, we also have the following items to share.

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Swirly Sweater Book
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You know all those great round sweaters everyone is wearing? Here’s a book of swirly sweaters. Lavish photographs and 18 unique designs.

> Click here for Swirly Sweaters

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Calendar
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Time for a calendar… and of course you’ll want a knitting one.

> Click here for Knitting Calendar

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Double Pointed Needles
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One more shot at double pointed needles if you didn’t get it last week. Here’s another video.

> Click here for Double Pointed Needles

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A Techy Present
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And finally, one final plug for my friend Leo Notenboom. Join his newsletter and he’ll help you work you way through the maze of your own computer:  Ask Leo Your Tech Questions!

> Sign up free here: Ask-Leo.com

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Till We Meet Again
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Thanks again for reading, I hope you enjoyed my first dabbles into mobius and looking forward to more to come.

Happy New Year and  Happy Knitting

Connie Delaney
www.SpincraftPatterns.com

 

Middle of December News

Learn to Finger Knit, Baby Blanket & Booties, Easy Instructions on Double Pointed Needles and the beginnings of Mobius.

Knitting News

Knitters Bio
Greetings everyone and Merry Christmas. Here’s hoping that all your projects are coming out all right and on time!

This week, as one of our featured videos, we have Finger Knitting. Not sure how many useful projects we can come up with using this technique, but it’s a little trick everyone should know. Finger Knitting uses your fingers as a small knitting loom. It’s quick and can be done anywhere without any equipment. The video is quick and clear.

For those heroes out there spreading fiber knowledge by teaching in schools, finger knitting is a perfect tool. Kids learn it very quickly and love to make friendship bracelets for each other. Those little tiny fingers make a nice size stitch!

Click here for: Finger Knitting.

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    KnitKnitting.com
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    This week’s treasures…

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    Double Pointed Knitting
    Don’t be afraid of the double pointed knitting needles! They are an essential tool in the knitting arsenal. Double pointed needles help you knit all those small tube items: fingers, thumbs, little bears, tops of hats, socks.

    We are featuring both a training video and needle sets for sale

    The training video takes all the mystery out of managing double pointed needles. As Kathleen Sams carefully explains, the only difficult part is getting started. After that you just knit until the needle runs out, then go on to the next one.
    If you have any trouble learning double pointed needles take a tip from our Navajo sisters. When the Navajo teach spinning and weaving to the next generation they do not go from the beginning of project to the end, like we do… Because getting started is more difficult. Instead they start new fiber artists off with plying or beating, and work down to drafting and warping. So go ask a friend to start your double pointed needles for you. Have them get the ribbing started for an inch or so to create some stability, and then you finish up. By the time you are done with your first project you’ll have all the necessary skills and confidence to start the next one from scratch.
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    ArtBin Yarn Drum 12-inches round by 12-3/4-inches high, RaspberryYarn Storage: I’m finding more great yarn containers. Here is one that’s called the “Artbin.” It not only holds your yarn while knitting, but has lots of pockets and a shoulder strap for carrying.
    It’s lightweight and holds up to 8 skeins of yarn… or an almost-finished sweater! It also looks pretty indestructible, and that bright pink will help you not lose it.
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    Books: Two great books for your fiber library.
    1. Chicks with Sticks have a fantastic “Guide to Knitting.” More than 30 simple chic projects with step-by-step instructions.
    2. The Fleece & Fiber Sourcebook”. Learn about all the different fiber types. This has more than 200 Fibers from animal to spun yarn.

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    SpinCraft Patterns
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    Hallelujah!!! I did it! The baby blanket is finished:  knit, ends worked in, washed blocked, photographed, written up as a knitting pattern, wrapped and shipped off to my daughter (who is expecting in January). It’s already sitting under her Christmas tree… To Baby from Santa!  It’s now available as a knitting pattern on SpinCraft Patterns.

    Basketweave Baby Blanket

    Quick Baby Blanket with Basketweave and Seed Stitch

    Good thing this pattern was quick, or Baby wouldn’t have her pre-first Christmas present! I guess the big question is… am I spoiling already!!!?

    I made mine with a soft cotton yarn. This is a quick and relaxing project with a simple basketweave pattern for the body of the blanket. Edging is picked up and knit in a double seed stitch.

    Click here for: Basketweave Baby Blanket

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      Free Knitting Pattern
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      Cute! Cute! Cute! This goes right along with the baby blanket pattern that I just finished! These adorable baby booties have clear instructions in a free .pdf file, and a very useful video from Youtube.

      What I love about this baby bootee pattern is the nice fit with the broad curved toes. The nice little top strap helps keep the bootee on those kicking little feet. There is nothing like beauty and practicality both together in one package!

      Click here for the Baby Bootee Video

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        Free Knitting Stitch
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        Even though I am not done with my Christmas presents, I am starting to plan for January! My youngest daughter has informed me that Mobius Scarves are very popular right now, so I am going to spend a month exploring the mobius. This is simply a joined scarf, or neck cowl with a twist.

        Pictured is a very simple one I am making for her with a 5-st seed stitch. Hoping to have it done by the time we drive off to see her this Friday.

        The easiest way to make or understand a mobius is to cut a strip of paper, give it one twist and tape the ends together. Go ahead and try it with some of that leftover wrapping paper sitting around your house! Both surfaces are now one continuous field.

        A Mobius Scarf does not have a front or back, which creates a challenge in coming up with a variety of stitches. Most of our prettiest patterns (cables, lace, textures, colors even) have a front and back side. If you want a great pattern for a mobius strip it has to be reversible! and it will also need to lay flat and not curl on the edges.

        I want to knit Mobius Scarves that are less boring than seed stitch!

        Please Help With Some Ideas

        So! I am on the lookout for reversible lace and texture stitches! Help from all you talented readers would be greatly appreciated.

        I found one fantastic reversible lace pattern on Youtube, (pictured at left) and have featured it on the newsletter site: www.knitknitting.com. I have yet to try it in a mobius though, so we’ll find out in January if it workd!

        Click here for the Reversible Lace Stitch.

        Meanwhile, please post your findings and swatches over at www.Learn-To-Knit.com in the Swatch Swap Forum.

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        A Techy Present
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        Do something for yourself, your hubby, and all those friends dealing with the day-to-day complexities of the home computer… Ask Leo Your Tech Questions!

        My friend Leo Notenboom answers tech questions online and publishes a weekly newsletter. Unlike many of the Geek persuasion, Leo is a great writer and easy to understand. Not only can you get his newsletter free, but you can go online and ask him questions personally about your tech difficulties. Newsletter subscribers shoot up the daily queue onto his “Priority” list! On a bad computer day that can be better than Santa’s “Nice List.”

        Sign up free here: Ask-Leo.com

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          Till We Meet Again
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          Enough already!  Thanks and Merry Christmas again to all of you who read this far! But let’s get back to our projects!

          Until next time, Happy Knitting

          Connie Delaney
          www.SpincraftPatterns.com

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