Crochet provisional cast-on allows you to come back to your cast-on edge and easily pick of those stitches to join pieces or continue knitting. Garter tab often calls for a brief provisional cast-on, as well as some socks, sweater patterns and accessories. There are lots of patterns that call for a provisional cast-on and the crochet method is a favorite among the Kitterly staff.

In this tutorial we are going to walk you through how to position your hands and yarn to cast on, and how to pick up and ‘unzip’ your provisional cast-on edge.

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Ignoring the Rules of En(Gauge)ment

May 24, 2016 12:28:53 PM

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How do you feel about rules? Some people want rules because they create structure and others don’t want them because they feel restricted by them.

Knitting doesn’t really have rules. Yeah, I know. Right now you might be churning with the need to say “But---!” or nodding your head and maybe feeling relieved. But it’s the honest truth.

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Hour 2 of Vickie Howell Oven Mittens

This week I continued my experiment to discover just how long it takes me to knit Vickie Howell's Oven Mitt(ens). The Oven Mitt(ens) are one of four Lunch Hour Knit Kits designed by Vickie to be fast, fun knits you could make in a handful of lunch hours.

So, how'd I do?

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One Hour Into The Oven Mittens

Last week I told you about four great projects from Vickie Howell exclusive to Kitterly. We made a big promise about these projects: you'll be able to finish them in just a handful of lunch hours.

With a claim like that I felt a demonstration would be useful, so you could see how long it really takes to make one of these projects. Starting off I wanted to see how far could I get in an hour.

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What Kind Of Knitter Are You?

Apr 21, 2016 1:00:08 PM

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What kind of knitter are you?

In the creative world of crafting, I hate to think of anyone feeling restricted into being a certain "type" of anything, yet, it's impossible to ignore that we all have our tastes, our habits, and our obsessions, even if they only last for a few hours. Do you find yourself consistently drawn to a certain type of project? Do you only want to knit using small needles? Do you crave a finished project or do you wish the stockinette would just go on forever?

Here's a short and incomplete list of different knitters I have both met and been over the years.

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Have you worked with cotton yarn?

Apr 6, 2016 11:10:36 AM

I love wool and animal fibers. But right now it’s 75 degrees in Los Angeles and cotton has a lot of appeal. I'm sorry, I know it's still cold in parts of the states but it'll warm up there too. I don’t know about you, but I don’t like having wool in my lap on a hot day. Have you worked with cotton yarn?

 

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Life After Scarves

Mar 4, 2016 1:57:00 PM

The first thing most knitters make is a scarf. They're great beginner projects. You cast on a reasonable number of stitches and just keep knitting with the goal of not adding or removing stitches. When you’re done you have an accessory that is even useful (occasionally) in Southern California.


But, after you’ve done a scarf (or ten) and want to learn something new, what next?

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Circular Needles: Length Matters

Mar 3, 2016 11:00:18 AM

Kitterly Circular needles tutorial

When it comes to circular needles, length does matter. On Kitterly we've taken care of figuring out the best needles for each project so that you don't have to do any work.

On the other hand, we know that you might already have some circular needles sitting at home that you want to use. In this post I’ll go over which length needles go best with which projects.

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5 Essential Notions for Beginners

Feb 26, 2016 2:21:46 PM

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If you’ve never knit before you probably have never encountered knitting notions. Notions is a broad term for a variety of small tools and accessories that can be used while knitting. There are a lot of notions out there. A lot. In my years working at the yarn store I got used to the look new knitters gave the wall full of packets of notions.

“Do I need any of these?” they’d ask, clutching their yarn and set of needles and wondering what they got themselves into.

Thankfully you really don’t need many notions as a new beginner. In fact, there are only about 5 that most brand new knitters really need. Let me help you get started:

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For our October Kit Club we wanted to bring everyone the gorgeous colors of fall and a great shawl to wrap around their shoulders as we go into the brisk air of fall. Melanie Berg’s You’re Beautiful done with Anzula Haiku are the perfect combination for the season.

 

Part of our goal with every shipment is to find a pattern that is fun without being too difficult, but also give people a chance to learn something new. You’re Beautiful features a nice stretchy bind off so that the artful shaped edging can be blocked into shape easily, without having to struggle with a too-tight edging.

 

It’s a great bind-off that can be used on other projects as well and good to know how to do. It does, however, feature a k2tog tbl, which is a knit 2 together through the back loop. And I know when I came across that term for the first time I wasn’t sure what I was being asked to do. So, here is another Kitterly Helpful Hint to get you going!

 

To start off you’ll need to knit the first two stitches. For Melanie’s shawl you do this on the wrong side of your work.

 

Next, slip them both back onto the left needle purl wise. Your right needle is empty.

 

To start your k2tog tbl you’re going to stick your right needle through the first two stitches on the left needle, going from right to left so that your right needle comes out the back of both stitches.

 

You’ll wrap your yarn around the needle the way you do for a knit stitch.

 

Pull it through.

 

Drop the old two stitches off. You now have 1 stitch on your right needle and have completed your k2tog tbl.

 

Knit the next stitch on the left needle and you'll have 2 stitches on your right needle.

 

Slip them both back onto the needle purl wise.

 

K2tog tbl again by bringing your right needle through those two stitches from right to left so that the right needle comes out the back of both stitches.

 

Wrap your yarn around for a knit stitch.

 

Pull it through and drop the two old stitches off.

 

You’ll continue you this pattern of knitting 1 stitch, slipping them both back over, k2tog tbl, all the way across. At the end you’ll have one stitch left that you pull the tail through as usual.

 

And you’re done!

 

October doesn’t just mean Halloween, it means walking through spider webs and catching the 8-legged monsters leering at you from the corners of your home. There’s no hope of escape, so might as well embrace the spirit of season with a hat that features spiders dangling down all around the brim!

 

This hat is knit from the brim up in either Worsted or DK weight, and features an easy single stitch spider body or a more complicated bobble spider body. To help you get going on this hat we’ve got a tutorial on how to do the spiders, including how to do the easy spider body, or the bobble spider body.

 

To start off you’ll need to knit the brim and following two rows of purl stitch.

 

Follow the pattern and purl the correct number of stitches, and then bring the yarn in front of your work. 

 

Next, slip five stitches purl-wise from your left to your right needle. Keep those stitches spread out and don’t bunch them in order to keep the tension loose.

 

Purl the next stitch. This gives you a long float across the front of the 5 stitches you didn’t purl. This will be the bottom two legs of your spider.

 

Just to be sure, I like to keep those stitches spread and give a tug to make sure there is just a little slack.

 

You’ll follow the pattern, repeating this all the way around. Then, on your next round you are going to simply purl across.

 

Once you’ve purled across that leg might look a little tight, but you can give it another tug and it should get loose again.

 

The next round you will create another float above the first. Follow the pattern and purl to where the float starts. Hold the yarn to the front and slip 5 stitches purl wise.

 

Purl the next stitch and make sure to keep that tension nice and loose.

 

Repeat the purl round and then the float round another 2 times.

 

When you are done you will have 4 total floats. Now you can either do the single knit stitch body or the bobble body.

 

Easy Spider Body

 

Following the pattern to purl part way across.

 

Slip your right needle under the 4 floats and lift them.

 

Bring them up over the top of the left needle and let them go on the left side of the next stitch to be worked.

 

Knit that stitch.

 

Drop the 4 floats down.

 

You may need to tug the legs into place and your spider with a single stitch body is done!

 

Bobble Spider Body

 

Following the pattern to purl part way across.

 

Slip your right needle under the 4 floats and lift them.

 

Bring them up over the top of the left needle and let them go on the left side of the next stitch to be worked.

 

Knit into the front,

 

the back,

 

and the front of that stitch. You now have 3 stitches.

 

Turn.

 

Purl these 3 stitches.

 

Turn.

 

Knit these 3 stitches together, so that you have 1 stitch.

 

Drop the 4 floats down.

 

You may need to tug the legs into place and your spider with a bobble body is done!

 

 

 

 

When the Kitterly Team sat down to talk about what we wanted to include in our Kit Club shipments we knew Madelinetosh Unicorn Tails were a must. The colors of Madelinetosh are so inspring that we decided to create an ombre effect with the varigated and the solid hues. Stripe your Fancy by Alex Tinsley quickly became the project of choice and we think the yarn and pattern are a match made in heaven!

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Kitterly Helpful Hints: Adding Fringe

Aug 14, 2015 7:02:09 PM

We just love little extras, like pom poms or fringe! With our first kit club subscription we sent enough yarn to start and complete the Rivulet by Tin Can Knits.

This shawl is simple yet intriguing with the use of knit and purl stitches to create a pattern that mimicks moving water. The fringe adds a bit of drama and helps with the illusion of a rushing river. Adding fringe to a project isn't difficult but we want every project to be a stress free as possible; it's the Kitterly way after all.

 

The first step is to cut all your fringe peices. Each piece for this project should measure 10". The pattern recommends cutting all your fringe before you start knitting. This is a good idea that way you don't have to stop and cut all those pieces when you are too excited to finish your shawl and wear it!

 

Next gather all the materials you will need to add the fringe to your shawl. These materials include your blocked shawl, the fringe pieces, a crochet hook, and some scissors. 

 

To begin adding fringe insert the crochet hook through the hole created by the yarn over's in the pattern and lay your fringe pieces over the hook. You can either choose to do one piece of fringe or two. We like the fringe to look full so we chose two pieces, but it's up to you and how you want your shawl to look in the end. 

 

With the fringe pieces in place turn the crochet hook to grab the yarn and pull it through the eyelet hole.

 

Next remove the crochet hook and tug the loop of yarn down in between the two tails of fringe.

 

Insert the fringe tails into the loop and pull the tails sung to lock them in place against the shawl.

 

Repeat the steps until you have added all the fringe you want on your shawl.

 

Once all the fringe has been added take your scissors and trim the fringe pieces to your desired length. We only cut off about half an inch, so as to keep the look of long fringe to match the sample by Tin Can Knits. 

After you've trimmed up your fringe pieces it's ready to wear and enjoy!

 

Happy Crafting!

The Kitterly Team

 

P.S. We would love to see your finished pieces! Send photos of your finished Kitterly projects to hello@kitterly.com and you might just see your work show up on our instagram.

Introducing: Kitterly Helpful Hints!

Aug 6, 2015 11:18:50 AM

Have you checked out Kitterly's YouTube Channel lately? Not only do we have the Saturday Morning Knitting videos, our fun series showing how Kitterly could help you bring your knitting to another level, we are now debuting Kitterly Helpful Hints! Each video teaches a different technique, designed to help you learn what you need to complete a project and take your knitting to the next level. 

Our first Helpful Hint Video is "How-To Measure Gauge". 

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The nupp stitch is a quick method for making a cluster of stitches that pop out of your knitted fabric. The nupp stitch is used a lot in lace patterns, such as “Flan” by Heather Zopetti, to make flower buds, or berry motifs. It’s not as big or bulbous as a bobble, but it still adds a bumpy dimension to handknits that is quite charming! In this tutorial we are going to show you how to knit the nupp stitch so you can add it to your knitting playbook.

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Kitterly Helpful Tips: Knitting Cables

May 17, 2015 2:38:00 PM

The “Dream Scarf” by Blue Sky Alpacas features a wide ribbed cable that adds subtle texture to this scrumptious reversible scarf. The cable blends beautifully with the rest of the fabric by continuing the pattern while the cable is made. If you’re new to cables, or haven’t done them in a while, here’s our handy guide to knitting cables in pattern.

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Beth Kling’s “Aplomb” shawl features a dramatic edging that you knit onto the body stitches as you go. No binding off ‘loosely’ or unpicking a provisional cast-on, you are essentially casting-off while adding flair.

The edging is not difficult for a more advanced knitter, and completely doable for an intermediate knitter who wants to stretch their skills. In fact, the chart and instructions are so cleanly written it's likely you won't need the tutorial at all! Nevertheless, we put together a quick photo tutorial to guide you through the tricky spots.

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