Technical Tuesday: Illusion Knitting

This technique I have seen before, but completely forgot about! I’ve wanted to try this out, but I figure I will cover it here because it is just so darn cool! Illusion knitting is a knitted garment that uses texture to create a hidden image or words.

You can only see the images or words when you tilt the garment on an angle. There is a group on Ravelry for Wooly Thoughts; it looks like they supply a fair amount of the illusion knitting patterns on Ravelry.

I can’t even imagine how intense writing these patterns! Sara, the one below is for you!

Technical Tuesday: Mosaic Knitting

Mosaic Knitting, or Slip Stitch Knitting is a way to knit with two colours but not carry a float. Usually when you are working a Fair Isle pattern, you carry the float behind the colour you are currently working with. This effectively gives you two layers of wool and a very warm garment. While this is great for those cold winters, what about pieces you want to wear in the fall, spring, or early summer? You definitely don’t want to be wearing an extra thick garment then! Enter Mosaic Knitting.

As is the case with a lot of techniques, it is easier than it looks! I also found this post about Mosaic Knitting and found it really helpful! Barbra Gregory wrote this article for Twist Collective and there are many great examples along with very excellent writing.

There are so many shapes and patterns you can make by simply slipping stitches, it is truly unbelievable. I really can’t wait to give it a try; I’ve never done this technique before, but I can tell, it’s going to be good!

Technical Tuesday: Toe Up Heel

I’ve started my pair of socks for April and decided to do these ones from the toe up. My friend, Lisa, gave me some great advice for toe up sock heels, so I am going to share it with you. The first thing you need to know about this particular post, is that I love heel flaps. I know a lot of people who hate to do heel flaps because they have to pick up stitches or they get holes in the sides, but I have this down to a science (most of the time) and I love doing socks this way.

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When I was discussing this with Lisa, she said she does her toe up socks with a heel flap as well; which, of course, made my day! If you refer back to this post the best cast on and cast off for toe up socks are there; all I needed was the middle bit!

Technical Tuesday: Helix Knitting

I am actually quite excited about today’s Technical Tuesday because I previously didn’t know this technique existed. I’ve made several striped hats and I always had that one stitch which was slightly off from the rest. I can’t wait to actually work this technique the next time I make a hat!

This video kind of starts in the middle and gives you a good idea of what this technique looks like on a finished object! Every time I have explained how to make a striped hat to someone I’ve just told them to carry the yarn up the middle of the inside. This might be a little bit more difficult to explain, but it would look so much better!

This video started right from the beginning so there are no questions about how to get started. I would have put this one first, but the other video gives a really good description of what helix knitting is and what it ends up looking like!
If anyone has tried this technique, what did you think of it? I think it would be awesome and cannot wait to try it! I’m going to have to pick out some colours for a hat now!

Technical Tuesday: There’s a Hole in my Bucket

I’ve taught several people how to knit, and one of the most universal problems I’ve seen is holes in knitting. Now, when I am sitting directly beside the person and watch what they’re doing, this is easy to catch and easy to fix. When you’re trying to teach someone to knit remotely, it’s a little harder to explain; so here are a couple videos about why there would be holes in your knitting and what to do about it!

The biggest thing to watch out for is to make sure you aren’t putting your working yarn over the needle. As mentioned in the video, this creates a yarn over and these are not the prettiest when you’re making something mostly stockinet stitch.

Now these fixes are for a yarn over that is recent. What if you didn’t notice? Or what if you were working on a larger project and didn’t want to stop knitting it before you saw your knitting troubleshooter? They would be much further down your knitting and it would be a lot harder to just tink back and slide the YO off. The following video gives a few solutions to this problem.

I am always looking for more techniques to cover so if you are ever unsure of anything please message me or post in our Ravelry group thread! There is no such thing as a stupid question and I want Technical Tuesdays to be informative for all!

Technical Tuesday: Magic Knot

I learned this knot at Vogue Knitting Live NYC 2014. It was a little extra that one of the teachers threw in and I thought it was really great. I know a lot of people condemn knots in knitting but sometimes there is just no other way. This is the best knot I’ve seen done so I thought I would share.

When I was looking for a video I found this video on a Russian join. I’ve never seen this technique before and thought it was very interesting.

While we are on the subject of joining, I might as well go over splicing. This particular video is about spit splicing and I know she says not to use water, but if using spit to splice your yarn really creeps you out, water will work.