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Knitting Tips & Techniques – June 5, 2014

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v.4 Replacing Stitches Held on Scrap Yarn Back on Working Needle…

While I’ve been working on the longer version of the ABRIA cardigan, several of my favorite (and really useful) techniques have been in play.

Chic Knits Abria Cardigan Knitting Pattern

So far:

  • Provisional Cast-On (my fave? a Chained PCO!)
  • Slipped Edge Sts
  • Pick-Up-and-Knit (will be teaching a workshop on this soon at the Friends & Fiber Retreat)
  • m1L and m1R (slanting, low-profile directional increases)
  • Slip stitches to scrap yarn to hold
  • Replace held stitches back on working needle

After putting the Abria body stitches on scrap yarn to measure its length in the last session, it was time to do the technique last on the list above: replace the stitches held on scrap yarn back on the circular working needle so I could keep knitting.

From my casual, non-scientific chats with other knitters, taking live stitches off the needle like this, especially when it’s a large number, is something that many avoid like the plague! But when making no-sew garments (top-down sweaters we’re lookin’ at you here!) unless you are willing to resign yourself to living in sleeve-less sweaters (v.e.s.t.s.), there’s going to come a day that you are just going to have to Do It.

It’s been my experience, that in the long run, if you just jump right on it and get the Fear Factor out of the way, just like when you decide to RIP off that band-aid, most of the time you’ll find that there was very little to be afraid of!

Awkward? Yes.

Difficult? Not really…

Time Consuming? No – once you’ve done it a couple of times, replacing stitches from scrap yarn to a needle goes really FAST.

It is especially fool-proof when you’ve used Scrap Yarn as your Holder. :)

Secret Sauce: you do not have to remove the yarn while you replace the stitches! You just use your working needle and poke it through the center of the loop of the held stitch while the scrap yarn “lurks” behind that stitch.

Here’s how it works (and please excuse my Minnie Mouse voice! My little in-camera mic is wonky.)

That’s all there is too it!

Here’s my longer ABRIA ready for its sleeves…

Chic Knits Abria Knitting Pattern

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New Spring Pattern: ABRIA May 10, 2014

Chic Knits ABRIA Lace Cardigan

love…marriage…carriage

From prom to bridal to maternity, this is the sweater we’ve been wanting to reach for to top our sleeveless or strapless outfits.

Elegant but versatile Chic Knits® ABRIA is the perfect finishing touch over your bare-armed ensemble pieces.

This clever style balances the best of top-down design with simple and pretty lace detailing for a modern seamless garment. Try it in luscious angora or drapey linen blends to dress it up or dress it down…

Chic Knits Abria Lace Cardigan

Chic Knits ABRIA – click HERE to get more info and the pattern…



Friday fun… February 28, 2014

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   Chic Knits ALBY strolling in Laurelhurst Park, Portland, Oregon

Happy Friday!

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…from our last visit to Bountiful Fridays on Chic Knits, February 21, 2014 :
the winner of The Knitter’s Book of Wool from last week:

Leah who writes (and I totally agree): “Give me a smooth, squishy merino yarn and I’m happy.”

Hear hear Leah! :)

Enjoy all the wonderful comments about us & wool from v.2 of Bountiful Fridays – we love it!

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Bountiful Fridays continue on random Fridays – watch for the announcement in the Chic Knits newsletter…

Hope your weekend is full of knitting and delight -
Bonne Marie


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