1/1 RX – photo tutorial

I want to share a complete set of photo tutorials for all the special stitches used In a Slipstream of Colour, so here is the final one…ironically for the first part of the pattern, but in time for the Ravelry pattern launch tomorrow!

I originally abbreviated this mock cable to 1/1 RC – 1/1 Right Cross, in the free version of the pattern. But the “C” in this stitch probably should have stood for Confusion, not Cross. This is NOT cabling without a cable needle.

Therefore, I’ve renamed the stitch 1/1 RX – 1/1 Right Crossover, to differentiate it in the Ravelry pattern. I expect it’s really an unvention, but I’ve yet to find it described elsewhere online.

I use this stitch because it best follows the other textures I chose for this design. It’s like a warm-up for the second part of the pattern, which itself is designed to flow nicely into the third section.  Continue reading

Steam Blocking

DSC_7326I finished all my Slipstream projects with a little steam. From talking to other knitters, I gather that approaching precious wool with a hot iron can be daunting. I’ll try to take away some of the mystery – and fear – by sharing my methods. Continue reading

Unwind Brighton

Nature's Luxury Geisha

Nature’s Luxury – 100% silk ribbon-sytle yarn called Geisha. I wanted the whole palette!

I admit I wasn’t planning to go to this new British yarn & knitting show.

Then I read the exhibitor list.

The Unwind team organised a truly amazing line-up. I’m now so glad I went. I met friends old-and-new – of the people and yarn variety.

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Joining in the Round

Ice Storm: Long Cowl

Ice Storm: Long Cowl with a long cast on to join in the round

How can you avoid the dreaded twist when joining in the round? Why, when you are reaaaaaalllly sure it isn’t twisted, does it turn out to be twisted a few rounds later? Is there any way to fix a twist?

There are a few tricks, for novices and more experienced knitters alike. I want to share these today because they’re relevant to the Slipstream mysteries.

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