With that out of the way

Ok, with our swatching all taken care of (remember this one was four ‘do I like the stitch in this yarn’ swatches and two ‘do I like the fabric at this gauge’ swatches, so nothing too daunting), it’s time to cast on. I settled on Hypothesis Yarns’ Tweed DK in Wildcat and Shibui Knits Silk […]

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Once again, for anyone late to the party

Here is your occasional reminder that doing the long-tailed cast on over two needles is fine! Not mandatory, not forbidden, but fine.⁠ The trick is knowing why you would want to do it and only doing it when it’s appropriate.⁠ Casting on over two needles does not make your caston stretchier or looser. To do […]

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No really, I’ve got this

I’ve given this spiel before, but yes, yes I do generally cast on over two needles (at least for the long tail cast on).⁠ Now, I see a few of you out there warming up your fingers right now to send me impassioned lectures about how this is bad and wrong and will bring about […]

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Held Double

Flexes fingers…stretches arms…ok, this is all stuff I’ve said before, so totally feel free to skip right over this if you’ve been here a while.  But just in case you’re new, here’s the spiel on the cast on. Yup, I totally cast on over two needles held together. Before anyone screams or cries into their tea […]

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And now we start actually knitting

So, after all those swatches, it’s time to actually knit the thing! I’m doing a rolled brim (in part because I like how it looks and fits, but also in part because I want to get to the color change bit as quickly as I can, and plowing through a solid brim in the colorful […]

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Once more into the breach

So first there was a swatch… Then there was a slight change of plans (same company, same base, just went with the solid instead of the multi)… Then there was a cast on (yes, scandal, I cast on over two needles, yes I know the lecture, yes I’m going to keep doing it)… And in […]

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In record time

And now we shall blast through a hat in near record time… Fairly sure this will actually take a smidge of yarn from the second ball, but we’ll start with just one (mad tosh’s A.S.A.P. in No Farewell, just because someone out there is wondering). Casting on over two needles is absolutely and completely fine, […]

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We’ve done this before…

Here’s the point where I might be tempted to write a whole lecture on how casting on over two needles is fine so long as you know what it’s doing and do it intentionally. But luckily, I’ve already written that, so I can just point you at it.  Because it is.  It’s fine.  I promise.  […]

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We made it!

Everyone still here?  Starting to wake up from the holiday fog and remember how to eat real food and wear real clothes and more or less be normal people instead of the cookie stuffed, pajama wearing, movie watching, midday napping couch gremlins we’ve been for the last week or two? Got some of the glitter […]

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Something new to learn…

One of my very favorite things about knitting is how it will let you be as exacting (or as mellow) as you want.  Want to dive into the nuances of increases and decreases?  Pull up a chair, we can talk about that all day.  Want to stick staunchly to ‘I increase with yarn overs and […]

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