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Free Spirit Topper Knit-Along: Reading Your Knitting

November 11th, 2015

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While you are knitting, do you ever find yourself asking these questions:

What did I just do, a knit or a purl? Okay, what did I finish when I last put this down? What am I doing?  Why did I just knit a knit, but it seems like I should be doing a purl? Why are there 2 purls in a row? Etc. etc.

Let’s talk about READING your knitting.  When knitting a project like this it is easy to make mistakes if you are not reading your knitting as you go.  I was knitting along on my seed stitch border when I found myself needing to do two knits in a row and so I had to pause and look for my mistake!  I had dropped a stitch! HORROR! Luckily I drop stitches so often I am getting good at rescuing them!

When you find a dropped stitch, quickly insert a needle into the stitch so it doesn’t drop down anymore, then grab a crochet hook and pass it up the ladder of dropped stitches until it gets back in it’s proper spot. There are many online tutorials about this that show good visuals to help you picture what I just described.

Once I had rescued my stitch I could get back to seeding. Here is how to read seed stitch. First things first! When you see many V stitches in a group or a row, which will be the look of the RIGHT SIDE of the bulk of this garment, it looks like this:

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And if you were to flip this fabric over, you would see bumps like this for our WRONG SIDE:

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Now, these two stitches come together to make SEED STITCH. When you are looking at it, the bumps are the purls, and the v’s are the knits.

BUMP/Purl:

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V-stitch/Knit:

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As you are knitting seed stitch, you KNIT the bumps, and PURL the V’s. This is how you read your stitching. If you get to a V, you purl that one, and the NEXT should be a bump that you Knit.  This way you don’t have to think about the pattern: (k1, p1) but just read your stitches and you know whatever you are seeing, you do the opposite on that stitch.

When you have finished the border and you are working on the main part of the garment, you only seed stitch for the first and last 8 stitches.  Pay attention to which side you are on—RIGHT or WRONG. If you see a sea of V’s it’s RIGHT, a sea of bumps, it’s WRONG….Knit all on the Right Side and Purl all on the Wrong side.  You will get the hang of reading your stitches in NO TIME. It’s all about practicing and repetition. And of course mistakes! But that’s okay… a mistake or too, especially in seed stitch, is easy to blend in….all is not lost!

This tutorial can be helpful if you can identify a place where you purled instead of knit or vice versa.

For those of you participating who are masters at reading your stitches and knitting, this may become a monotonous project for you. I suggest tapping into audiobook land. Most audiobooks you can borrow for free through the overdrive app and your public library account on your smart phone.  Recently I have enjoyed listening to Room by Emma Donoghue, The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce and The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins. All 3 were performed so well by the actors (for me, this is a huge aspect of what makes an audiobook good), and the stories were incredibly engaging.

Happy Knitting!


I am Kristy Glass and I am so thrilled to be infiltrating the Lion Brand blog to lead you in the 2015 Fall Knit Along! Even though I learned to knit as a girl, my passion for fiber arts has escalated at a very steep rate these past several years.

I returned to knitting and began crocheting about 8 years ago after I suffered an unexpected health setback leaving me feeling completely out of control. Hand work was a healing salve for my body and soul as I suffered through a long healing process. Thankfully I continue to use knitting to aid meditation, solace and a feeling of accomplishment. I knit year round, despite weather changes, and I am highly anticipating us all knitting together on this project.

I have completed over 100 projects including scarves, cowls, hats, hand warmers, phone cozies, afghans, pillows, sweaters and yarn bombing. My most recent passion has been making sweaters and actually wearing what I make!

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Free Spirit Topper Knit-Along: How to Perfect Your Ombre

November 4th, 2015

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KAL #2Before you begin, I want to point something out that has come up on the Ravelry forum. This topper is knit in two parts.  If you look at the Lion Brand photo of this garment, you will see the two sides’ colorway match up nicely.

The bottom starts on the darker color and works into lighter and then repeats.  If this matters to you, I encourage you to take a look at your 4 skeins of yarn and see if you can find two that seem to begin around the same place in the pattern.  I did not think of this before I began and just knit up a swatch using the first skein I grabbed out of my bag.  When I look more closely at the 3 remaining skeins, I can see which one I want to start my 2nd piece on.

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The skein in the middle appears to start near the same place my first side started (after I knit the gauge).  When making a project with two nearly identical pieces, it is sometimes suggested to begin each one at the same time.  If matching up the colors concerns you, I suggest starting both sides of the project, putting one on a stitch holder or waste yarn while you finish the other, and then coming back to it.

When it comes time to change skeins (as each side will require 2), don’t be afraid to start into the skein a little ways to continue to match the color. Save that yarn, in case you end up needing it. You can weave in the ends in the back or experiment with a Russian Join.

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Some of you are wondering why there is a blue marker in this photo! I put it there during the seed stitch portion so that I know which side is the right side. Later, it is easy to tell because the V Stitches (stockinette) side is right and the bumps (purl) are the back.

I would love to hear from you down below in the comments or on the Ravelry forum — how much does it matter to you that you have the color matching between both pieces, or do you think it is a non-issue?

Next week I will be writing about reading your knitting!


I am Kristy Glass and I am so thrilled to be infiltrating the Lion Brand blog to lead you in the 2015 Fall Knit Along! Even though I learned to knit as a girl, my passion for fiber arts has escalated at a very steep rate these past several years.

I returned to knitting and began crocheting about 8 years ago after I suffered an unexpected health setback leaving me feeling completely out of control. Hand work was a healing salve for my body and soul as I suffered through a long healing process. Thankfully I continue to use knitting to aid meditation, solace and a feeling of accomplishment. I knit year round, despite weather changes, and I am highly anticipating us all knitting together on this project.

I have completed over 100 projects including scarves, cowls, hats, hand warmers, phone cozies, afghans, pillows, sweaters and yarn bombing. My most recent passion has been making sweaters and actually wearing what I make!

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Free Spirit Topper Knit-Along: Gauge Swatching!

October 28th, 2015

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KAL #2Editor’s note: There’s still time to get your Knit-Along Kit, get your kit here now and use coupon code FALLKAL2015 to save 20% (until November 1st)! Don’t forget to join our Ravelry Forum; share your progress with us along the way!


Welcome to the Fall Knit Along! Your votes have spoken and our project is the Free Spirit Topper using the new Lion Brand Yarn — Scarfie.

I have been wanting to work with this yarn since the first moment I saw it!  I love the way the color changes throughout the skein.  I am a huge fan of knitting with yarn that changes as you go—it makes for a fun surprise around every corner.

I love this pattern because the level of difficulty is just right for a scarf-only knitter to take it to the next level and knit their first garment.  And for you experienced knitters out there, this is an opportunity for you to mentor those taking on a new challenge, and effortlessly end up with a beautiful, on trend garment.

:: Can’t see the video above? Click here to watch – https://youtu.be/W9XM2N1SuTQ :: 

As is always the case when knitting a garment, it is very important to take the time to knit a gauge swatch before beginning a project. I know, I used to think this was a waste of time too. I got so excited about my new project I just wanted to jump right in! I learned my lesson when I made my first cable-knit project—a hat for myself—and it fit my 2 year old. Whoops!

It doesn’t take that much time to knit a gauge, and if you don’t frog it to use in the final product, you have a little coaster that matches your sweater!

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:: A gauge palette can be super helpful! Get this one here – http://lby.co/1PUyLlX ::

For this project I am using size 9, 14” Brittany needles. I love how my yarn slides so nicely on these super-sanded, strong needles.  I also love this length because each side is meant to be 15” wide, so when they fit nicely on my needle, I get constant affirmation that I’m knitting it in the right size!  Brittany needle company is so stellar, they even replace lost or damaged needles, no questions asked.

Just one last cheer for those of you considering this but are hesitating because you have only knit a scarf up to this point. You can do this. I will hold your hand through the whole process, and then we will be twins in our Scarfie Free Spirit Toppers!


I am Kristy Glass and I am so thrilled to be infiltrating the Lion Brand blog to lead you in the 2015 Fall Knit Along! Even though I learned to knit as a girl, my passion for fiber arts has escalated at a very steep rate these past several years.

I returned to knitting and began crocheting about 8 years ago after I suffered an unexpected health setback leaving me feeling completely out of control. Hand work was a healing salve for my body and soul as I suffered through a long healing process. Thankfully I continue to use knitting to aid meditation, solace and a feeling of accomplishment. I knit year round, despite weather changes, and I am highly anticipating us all knitting together on this project.

I have completed over 100 projects including scarves, cowls, hats, hand warmers, phone cozies, afghans, pillows, sweaters and yarn bombing. My most recent passion has been making sweaters and actually wearing what I make!

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Let’s knit a Free Spirit Topper … announcing your 2015 Fall Knit-Along with host Kristy Glass!

October 14th, 2015

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KAL-badge-2015-Fall Each season we host a crochet- or knit-along, a virtual event in which knitters and crocheters come together here online to work on one pattern together, share their experiences, and to learn together. There’s no need to sign up! Simply follow along with the blog posts at your own pace as you knit your project, and feel free to share your comments and/or photos as you progress.
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Get Your Yarn!

We asked you to vote on what knit project you’d like to make, and you picked our Free Spirit Topper made using Scarfie, which comes in nine colorways to choose from! Thousands of you voted, so we’re so excited to knit-along with you.

To get this knit-along going, this week is about gathering your materials so that we can jump right on October 28th. Download the pattern for the Free Spirit Topper and then get your yarn! This topper is made in one of our newest and most popular yarns, Scarfie. You’ll love its sophisticated and tonal blend of solid and heathered hues. And there’s a coupon …

Save 20% at lionbrand.com until October 25th when you use coupon code: FALLKAL2015

Starting October 28th, our KAL host Kristy Glass will post her progress through the Free Spirit Topper project, with updates coming every Wednesday. You’ll know it’s a dedicated KAL blog post when you see our special badge in the upper right-hand corner of the post. Don’t forget to join our Ravelry group for this KAL as well!

In the meantime, say hi to Kristy and please introduce yourself in the comments too! Let us know who you are, where you’re from, and who you’re making this Free Spirit Topper for!

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I am Kristy Glass and I am so thrilled to be infiltrating the Lion Brand blog to lead you in the 2015 Fall Knit Along! Even though I learned to knit as a girl, my passion for fiber arts has escalated at a very steep rate these past several years.

I returned to knitting and began crocheting about 8 years ago after I suffered an unexpected health setback leaving me feeling completely out of control. Hand work was a healing salve for my body and soul as I suffered through a long healing process. Thankfully I continue to use knitting to aid meditation, solace and a feeling of accomplishment. I knit year round, despite weather changes, and I am highly anticipating us all knitting together on this project.

I have completed over 100 projects including scarves, cowls, hats, hand warmers, phone cozies, afghans, pillows, sweaters and yarn bombing. My most recent passion has been making sweaters and actually wearing what I make!

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Voting is open! Vote for our next Knit-Along Project!

October 2nd, 2015

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Hurry, voting ends this Sunday, October 11th!


Can’t see the video above? Click here: https://youtu.be/-R2gh3iMA-E

Here we go again! Come knit-along with us as we make one of the garments featured in this post. So let’s get started, shall we?

FIRST you have to help us pick the pattern! Learn more about each of the patterns by clicking on their photos/names below and then come back to cast your vote. Kristy Glass, your KAL leader, has a favorite but she’ll never tell … well, at least not until the votes are in! In the meantime she has her fingers crossed …

In any case, they’re all so good, we predict a very tight race!

Votes must be cast by 11:59pm Eastern Standard Time, Sunday, October 11th, 2015. You must use the voting tool below to vote; comments here on the blog do NOT count as votes.

THE PATTERNS

Palermo Poncho Textured Topper Free Spirit Topper Rustic Embroidered Wrap Colorwork Poncho & Fingerless Gloves

 

TIME TO VOTE!

(Can’t see the voting tool above? Click here to vote.)

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This knit-along is a virtual event, where all the participants make the same project together. Follow along with knit-along host Kristy Glass here on the blog and share your comments and photos. There’s no need to sign up, and it’s free to join! (New to knit-alongs? Check out our guide here.)

Remember, the winning pattern will be announced the week of Monday, October 12th, 2015 here on the blog and at that time we’ll also give you details on picking up your supplies and getting started on the project!

Votes must be cast by 11:59pm Eastern Standard Time, October 11th, 2015. You must use the voting tool above to vote; comments here on the blog do NOT count as votes.

Crocheters, look out for a winter crochet-along early next year, here on the Lion Brand Notebook.

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