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Technique Corner May 23, 2016

This week we will take a look at a fourth method of casting on: the cable cast-on.

The cable cast-on is worked much like the knitted cast-on, and like the knitted cast-on it can also be used to add stitches at the end of a row. However, it is important not to confuse the two techniques since they produce very different knitted edges.

In this video Lucy explains how the cable cast-on differs from the knitted cast-on, and the pros and cons of using a cable cast-on vs. a knitted cast-on.

For more videos like this, see Lucy’s Casting On playlist.

Julia Watt (my patterns on Ravelry: Julia Watt; my Etsy store: LanesEndKnots.com)


Is there a topic or question that you would like to see Lucy cover in future YouTube videos? Please post your suggestions in the comments section.

For more Tutorials, Patterns, Books and the “Learn with Lucy” DVD series, visit Lucy’s website.

Lucy’s Craftsy Classes: Foundations of Double Knitting, My First Socks and Fearless Knitting – Empowering Techniques for Every Knitter.

WEEKLY PATTERN SALE: Lucy’s Whirlygig Bags pattern is half-price ($3.50CAD) until May 25!

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DVD SALE: Lucy’s Intarsia Untangled 1 DVD is on sale for $19.99CAD for the month of May!

 

Falling for the canals? May 19, 2016

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Noisy neighbours!

I have frequently asked myself why I have fallen under spell of the UK canal system! It all began for me on May 16th, 2013. It was on a fun day out with family from Skipton (Yorkshire), in a half-length day-hire boat. We went up the canal in one direction, then turned around, and I came back a different woman. (And we weren’t even allowed to do any locks with day-hire boat…)

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Off on an Odyssey

When I get things, I get them deeply. Example 1:  my husband — I woke up one morning and decided that it was good idea to take him up on his offer and get hitched.  (He was away at sea, I wrote him a letter accepting!)  Example 2: Tancook Island — went for picnic, wound up with a cottage.  Example 3: Half a day on a narrowboat — and I’m not yet sure where this is sending me.

Because of the distance and paperwork, I had to wait a full year before we could try a multi-day narrow-boating trip. Now, we are about to embark on our third one! (Only 15 sleeps until we are back on a boat.)

Recently, whilst reading about narrow-boating, I came across this, and felt it really explained it all:

“Like all of you, I love the misty mornings, the pubs, the scenery, the chats at the locks and all of that. But what I really enjoy is that canal boating is a kind of gentle adventure.

And, from time to time, there is a frisson of excitement, a hint of risk, a bit of physical struggle. At the time it doesn’t always seem terribly enjoyable.”

Kevin Blick, Canal Boat magazine, April 2016.

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The unexpected!

Before we leave for England, I have to get something new on the needles, as my Mardi Gras DK Blanket is now finished. If you’d like the pattern, and the Tutorial videos as a free bonus, our Mardi Gras Pattern-In-Progress Club is still open for the next couple of weeks whilst I finish the pattern and charts.

 

 

 

 

Technique Corner May 16, 2016

So far in this blog series we have looked at two methods of casting on: long-tail cast-on and provisional crochet cast-on.

A third cast-on technique that every knitter should be familiar with is the knitted cast-on. As Lucy explains in this video, the knitted cast-on provides a lacy edge that many people prefer for lace knitting (another advantage of the knitted cast-on is that it allows you to easily add stitches at the end of a row).

For more videos like this, see Lucy’s Casting On playlist.

Julia Watt (my patterns on Ravelry: Julia Watt; my Etsy store: LanesEndKnots.com)


Is there a topic or question that you would like to see Lucy cover in future YouTube videos? Please post your suggestions in the comments section.

For more Tutorials, Patterns, Books and the “Learn with Lucy” DVD series, visit Lucy’s website.

Lucy’s Craftsy Classes: Foundations of Double Knitting, My First Socks and Fearless Knitting – Empowering Techniques for Every Knitter.

WEEKLY PATTERN SALE: Lucy’s Harlequin Socks pattern is half-price until May 18!

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DVD SALE: Lucy’s Intarsia Untangled 1 DVD is on sale for $19.99CAD for the month of May!

 

Create Colorful Patterned Socks You’ll Love to Wear May 11, 2016

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I’m terrible at describing what my classes contain, “let’s knit a sock” would be my summation. Here’s an accurate and more fulsome description of my new class! Please do join me – this is a spectacularly fun project (and a practical sock).

“Move beyond a simple sock pattern by learning how to knit interesting new stitches!  Join me in my online Craftsy class, Next Steps in Socks – affiliate 50% discount link, and discover how to combine multiple stitch pattern motifs into an eye–catching pair of socks.

During class, I’ll teach you a unique way to work cuff–down socks that have a fun look and comfortable fit. Together, we’ll knit a variety of two–color stitch patterns, create a decorative heel and switch between multiple stitches. By the end of class, you’ll have a pair of one–of–a–kind socks to show off.

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To get started, you’ll learn how to choose coordinating yarns. Then, I’ll help you make a swatch to fit your yarn and measure gauge using a garter stitch band. With your measurements set, you’ll explore the best needle options for working in the round.

Once you’ve picked your needles, you’ll find out how to knit a garter cuff that’s used sideways. I’ll share tips for making the cuff with waste yarn and finishing it with grafting. After your cuff is done, I’ll explain how to choose your perfect pattern size and walk through key details of the project.

Continue creating your sock by learning how to transition from the cuff to the leg. With my tips for darning the yarn tails from two different colors, you’ll be a master multiple fibers in no time! Then, you’ll see how to work two fun patterns — the Shell Bobble and Star Stitch — to make your sock leg more exciting.

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One of my favorite parts of this project comes next: the intricate heel flap. We’ll work this part together by setting up the flap, reading the stitch pattern and creating the cabled pattern on the back of the heel. Along the way, I’ll give troubleshooting tips for keeping your design on track.

Since creating a sturdy heel is a two–step process, you’ll also find out how to create a reinforced heel turn. To make sure your socks have a comfy fit, I’ll help you knit up stitches while continuing to work in the round. Next, you’ll add even more creative flair to your socks with the Checkerboard and Flying Swallows patterns.

We’ll wrap up class with techniques for toe–shaping. I’ll share my favorite way to close the toe — using a sock toe chimney that’s grafted shut. And, when you create these socks with me in Next Steps in Socks, I’ll help you achieve a flawless finish with blocking.

Before I started my career in knitting, I worked as navigation officer on British Cargo ships. Today, I’m submerged in fiber. A life of knitting was a happenstance, but over 100 published patterns and three books later, it’s hard to imagine it any other way.

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Knitting should be fun, and that drives everything I do. One visit to my site, Lucy Neatby Designs, will show you exactly what I mean. I strive to make that same fun a focal point of my instruction, and as I travel from state to state and country to country, I have a blast in every class or workshop I teach.

That’s why I’m excited to team up with Craftsy for another class! Craftsy makes learning as fun and efficient as possible, with easy–to–follow lessons you can watch at your own pace, whenever and wherever you want. And, your classes are yours forever.

Learn incredible stitchwork to make a pair of striking patterned socks you’ll love to wear.
Enroll in Next Steps in Socks for only $19.99 — that’s 50% off today!”

 

Technique Corner May 9, 2016

If you have never heard of ‘running yarn markers,’ you need to watch this video!

Running yarn markers are simple, but highly versatile, stitch markers made using scraps of yarn. A running yarn marker serves as both a stitch marker and a row counter; moreover, unlike other stitch markers, running yarn markers will never get in the way of your fingers or fall out of your knitting and roll under the couch.

For more videos like this, see Lucy’s Tips & Tricks playlist.

Julia Watt (my patterns on Ravelry: Julia Watt; my Etsy store: LanesEndKnots.com)


Is there a topic or question that you would like to see Lucy cover in future YouTube videos? Please post your suggestions in the comments section.

For more Tutorials, Patterns, Books and the “Learn with Lucy” DVD series, visit Lucy’s website.

Lucy’s Craftsy Classes: Foundations of Double Knitting, My First Socks and Fearless Knitting – Empowering Techniques for Every Knitter.

WEEKLY PATTERN SALE: Lucy’s Carnival Cap pattern is half-price ($3.50CAD) until May 11!

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DVD SALE: Lucy’s Intarsia Untangled 1 DVD is on sale for $19.99CAD for the month of May!

 

Fiesta Fundraiser for Fort McMurray! May 6, 2016

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Fingering weight Fiesta Bag

Fiesta Bag – a May Fundraiser for Fire-Ravaged areas of Alberta

Having watched the streams of families fleeing from the wildfires engulfing Fort McMurray and surrounds in Alberta, I’d like to help. Fire is a terrifying and arbitrary danger. As I look out my window, I am suddenly thankful for the cold rain and fog out here–no fire can start in this!

I have a new pattern that is almost ready to launch (the Fiesta Bag), so I have decided to pre-release it (pictures and final layout not quite done yet!) and donate all of the proceeds from the sale of this pattern (apart from applicable taxes), from now until the end of May 2016, to the Red Cross fire relief funds.

Even though the layout of the pattern is not quite finished, if you buy the pattern now as a logged-in member on LucyNeatby.com, I can continue to update your pattern regularly until it reaches its final format. The Fiesta Bag pattern in your Notebook (under the Patterns tab) will always be the most up-to-date version. Love digital technology!!

What you need to do:
Please log in (or register for an account, if you are a new customer) to my site, LucyNeatby.com
You will find the pattern by clicking on The Shop / Patterns / Bags (or use the handy Site Map button in the top navigation menu).

Remember: I can only update your pattern if you buy it while signed in to my website (it means the pattern will be in your pattern library in your Notebook on my website).

The full price, $7 Cdn, for every Fiesta Bag pattern sold will be donated at the end of May. I will let you know how much we managed we raise! You have the power in your hands now. Help others and get a lovely new pattern as a Thank You.

 

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STOP PRESS

Our fundraising Fiesta Bag sales are now in excess of 180 patterns and counting. Our donation to the Red Cross will be made on May 31st.

BTW My new Craftsy class, Next Steps in Socks, is now available. It features many of the techniques used in the Fiesta Bag.

Please do join me for these fun socks using my 50% Discount Link.

 

Technique Corner May 2, 2016

To conclude our look at the provisional crochet cast-on technique, let’s take a closer look at how to you hold your crochet hook. In this video Lucy demonstrates how the direction you hold your hook affects the appearance of your cast-on edge.

For more videos like this, see Lucy’s Casting On playlist.

Julia Watt (my patterns on Ravelry: Julia Watt; my Etsy store: LanesEndKnots.com)


Is there a topic or question that you would like to see Lucy cover in future YouTube videos? Please post your suggestions in the comments section.

For more Tutorials, Patterns, Books and the “Learn with Lucy” DVD series, visit Lucy’s website.

Lucy’s Craftsy Classes: Foundations of Double Knitting, My First Socks and Fearless Knitting – Empowering Techniques for Every Knitter.

WEEKLY PATTERN SALE: Lucy’s Godiva Socks pattern is half-price ($3.50CAD) until May 4!

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DVD SALE: Lucy’s Intarsia Untangled 1 DVD is on sale for $19.99CAD for the month of May!

 

 
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