There’s a particularly sweet teenager in my life who enjoys making videos that put together a video tutorial for me on how to turn an old t-shirt into yarn! It’s linked below. I’m pretty sure my KitKat (the kitty) steals the show, though. 🙂
This is the most excited I’ve been about a knitting pattern since I first started knitting. It’s called Fox Paws by Xandy Peters and can be found on ravelry.com for $6. No color stranding required!! But, a lot of concentration and constant counting are definitely needed to avoid some huge mistakes.
I’ve only completed a couple of pattern repeats so I’ve got a looooong way to go, but I LOVE it so far! 🙂
It has some new-to-me stitches like KYOK and SB2 and K5tog. Here’s a brief video demonstration:
And, here’s an explanation in pictures:
The KYOK (Knit Yarn Over Knit): All done into one stitch.
Seems kinda easy, right? Now, you get to SB2 which isn’t hard but I haven’t encountered before. You just slip two of your new stitches back onto the left needle. But, then you have to KYOK into one of the slipped-back stitches. Sometimes you get to KYOK, SB2 four times in a row. A massive amount of new stitches are created in certain spots to form the “toes” on the pattern.
There’s also a K5tog followed by a SB2 followed by a K3tog.
It’s been well over a year since my last post. Lots of things have happened – we moved (twice), I have a new nephew, and I’ve battled some anxiety and depression. And, yes, some knitting also happened that was not recorded here or on ravelry. I apologize for any unanswered questions or messages. But, I’m ready to rejoin the world. 🙂
My latest project is for my teeny little nephew that resides over a thousand miles away. His momma is a rebel and a sweetheart. I couldn’t just give her a sweet baby bear sweater for her new bundle of joy. Nope. Skulls and cross bones are in order.
I’m aiming for a size 12 months. If you’d like to follow along, I cast on 176 stitches in a contrasting yarn (fingering weight) using a size 1 circular needle. Rib in K2, P2 for an 1 1/2 inches or so. K around while decreasing (k2tog) every 10 stitches to reduce to 160 sts total. Begin chart using black and white yarn.
Update: And just for fun, a video of my color stranded knitting technique which was kindly edited by my wonderful daughter. (Thanks babe!)