The latest issue of Vogue Knitting Spring/Summer 2017 doesn’t disappoint. Lace projects dominate the collection, perfect for summer days or cool summer evenings. This slim skirt in blush pink, one of the trend colors for Spring 2017 is fashionable worn with a simple white blouse and sandals. What I like about the skirt’s pattern instructions, is that the designer indicates the point where you can adjust the length. If I was making this skirt, I would make it longer, around the knee or just below it. Enjoy this must see issue of Vogue Knitting.
These adorable newborn socks are one of three patterns offered in the Knit Layette kit from Purl Soho. A quick gift made in soft merino for the new baby in your life. Why stop at one pair!
My favorite crochet edging is reverse single crochet (rev sc), a decorative and quick option for finishing edges of a knit garment. It consists of working single crochet (sc) stitches in the “wrong direction”, working from left to right rather than right to left.
For those not familiar with single crochet, below are the steps for making an sc edge, followed by rev sc. As with knitting, space the crochet stitches evenly along an edge. Too many stitches will cause the piece to flare and too few will cause it to pull in. When going around corners, work more than one crochet stitch into the corner stitch, so the piece lies flat.
Steps for Single Crochet and Reverse Single Crochet Edging on a Knit Fabric:
I hope you’ll try reverse single crochet. You’ll find it adds stability, flattens curling edges, and adds a simple, decorative edge to finish your project.
Wool and the Gang is one of my favorite companies, a fashion forward UK company. Wool and the Gang pride themselves on fashion production made in a sustainable way. They use hand knitting and crocheting as their means of producing original fashion. They sell kits, yarns, and supplies, as well as providing how-to videos. I’ve always wanted to make these crocheted Copacabana Espadrilles, sold as a kit with two styles to choose from. If you’re a DIY crafter, these may be a project for you this summer.
I’m not terribly adventurous when trying different cast on methods. I use the double or long tail cast on most often, and the cable cast on when I need to add stitches within the body of a piece.
Tubular cast ons are common in machine knitting, and not used often in hand knitting. A tubular cast on produces an attractive, elastic, and stable edge for a knit one, purl one rib (k1, p1). The cast on edge is rounded like a tube (hence “tubular”), and has the appearance of a double fabric. I like using the tubular cast on for a dress or skirt made with a fine or light weight yarn. The tubular cast on method is not recommended for bulky yarns, as the edge may flare.
There are several versions of a tubular cast on. The following two versions are the most basic of the tubular methods for k1, p1 rib, and both look similar.
- With a contrasting waste yarn, cast on half the required number of stitches (plus one extra stitch) using a single cast on. The single cast on is simple but not the neatest method. However, it’s perfect to use with the tubular method. How to make a single cast on: 1. place a slip knot on right needle, leaving a short tail; 2. wrap yarn from ball around left thumb or index finger from front to back and secure it in your palm with your other fingers; 3. insert needle through this strand on your thumb, slipping the loop onto the needle, and pulling the yarn to tighten it; repeat steps 2 and 3 until all stitches are cast on.
- Cut contrast yarn. With the main color yarn at the back of work, k1, *with yarn in front, k1; repeat from * to end of row.
- *k1, yarn front, slip next stitch purlwise, yarn back, repeat from *; end k1.
- yarn front, *slip 1, yarn back, k1, yarn front, repeat from * to last stitch, slip last stitch.
- Work last 2 rows once more. Begin working in k1, p1 rib. Work a few rows in rib, then remove waste yarn.
Version 2: (folded method)
This version produces a similar look to Version 1. However, I find the edge to look more even and not as loose as Version 1.
- With contrasting yarn, cast on one half the number of stitches required using the single cast on described above. Cut yarn.
- With main color, purl 1 row, knit 1 row. Repeat these 2 rows once more.
- *p 1, insert the tip of the left needle into the first main color loop – the loop sitting between the first 2 contrasting loops. Slip this loop onto left needle and with yarn back, knit it through back loop. Repeat from * to last stitch.
- Purl last stitch, pick up the 1/2 loop of the main color at the very edge, and knit it through the back loop.
- Remove the waste yarn.
Give the tubular cast on a try, and I think you will like the end result.
While yarn stores focus on knitters, it helps to promote crochet in shops. Spring/summer is a great time of year to welcome crocheters with some quick wraps that you can actually wear before the season changes. The above shawls are picks from Ravelry, Butterfly Stitch Prayer Shawl, Lacy Feather and Fan Wrap, and Virus Shawl. I typically crochet edging details, but I think I may expand my horizons and try a shawl.
One of my favorite magazines is Knitscene. The Summer 2017 issue is available now, and includes summer shawls knit in different tones of green. “Green” was named the Pantone Color of the Year for 2017. The “Spearmint Shawl” featured above is knit in “Bamboo Pop” yarn from Universal, a blend of cotton and bamboo. This wrap is knit with the drop stitch and detailed with fringe, perfect for warm weather.