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Learn to Knit – Learn the Garter Stitch

Do you want to learn to knit the garter stitch?

Did you put “Learn to knit” on your 2017 list of goals?  The garter stitch is one of the easiest stitches to use for making blankets, scarfs, and lots of other fun projects.  The garter stitch is made using the basic knit stitch.  Aside from learning to cast on the knit stitch is usually the second stitch knitters learn.  The garter stitch is made by knitting every row.  It is perfect for watching TV while knitting.  You don’t have to worry about counting stitches or getting lost.  In these photos below I will try to explain how the stitch is made.     I used a bulky yarn and a size US 10 1/2 knitting needle ( 6.5mm) below.  Using this size needle and yarn weight I later went on to cast on 35 stitches and made a nice scarf.     *Please note:  I am knitting in the continental style below.  I find this style to be easier for those who crochet (right handed) and want to learn to knit. I think this is because the yarn is held in the left hand.  Since crocheters have already learned to hold the yarn in their left hand and control the tension this is a natural transition.  That of course, is just my own opinion.

 

Garter stitch

Knit Gart Stitch

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Garter Stitch

After you have cast on the stitches called for in your pattern you are ready to begin.

  1. Just as in the knit stitch the yarn will be coming from behind your needle (photo 1)
  2.  Insert your empty needle from the left to right  (Photo 2)
  3.  Pull yarn thru with needle  (photo 3 and 4)
  4. Slip off your needle   (Photo 5)
  5. Repeat for all stitches on your needle  (photo 6)
  6. Turn work
  7. Repeat 1- 6

That’s it!  You are knitting the garter stitch

Photo 1:

Knitting needle

Yarn behind knitting needle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo 2:

Knit stitch needle position

Inserting needle to work knit stitch

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo 3:

knit stitch

Getting ready to pull yarn thru needle to knit stitch    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo 4:

Knitting

Knitting stitch – pulling yarn out thru front 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo 5:

slipping stitch off needle

slipping stitch off knitting needle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo 6:

knit garter stitches

working garter stitches

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you want to see a video tutorial I have uploaded one to my YouTube Channel  the “All Crafts Channel”  Click below to enjoy it.  Please share this post with others who enjoy knitting or want to learn to knit.   Please leave any questions or comments below.  Enjoy!

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Bernat Stitch Along, Revealing Clue 3

The Bernat Stitch Along is now in its third week and it’s time to reveal clue 3.  This week’s clue reveal is a beautiful honeycomb pattern.   You may have seen this pattern used in various knitting projects.  Although it isn’t often shared on social media this pattern is really pretty.   The pattern is a 4 stitch repeat.   I have gone back to the color yarn I used in week 1.  The Bernat Stitch Along is really coming along now.

Knit Honeycomb pattern

Clue 3 of the Bernat Blanket Stitch Along

 

Why use a cable needle?  Our instructions call for using a cable needle or hook.   This stitch can be made without using a cable needle however,  the cable needle/hook is an easier and more secure way to ensure you don’t drop any stitches.  (Dropped stitches can be a hassle to pick up).   Some may think that using a cable needle is a slower process but in the end, it can save your from countless dropped stitches and headaches.   If you are an advanced knitter you can create the stitch without using a cable needle or hook.  For beginning or intermediate knitter I recommend using the cable needle.   Once you have mastered the stitch if you want to try creating the pattern without a cable needle that is also an option.   You will just have to be careful that you do not drop any stitches as you work.

This pattern is created by alternating the direction in which the stitches lean.  From left to right and right to left.  By working these stitches in different directions you create the honeycomb pattern.   You can choose to work from either the written pattern of the charts.   Some people prefer to work from written patterns and others from charts.  Either way, we have you covered.   To download all needed info including shopping supplies, patterns, video links or other pertinent information please visit:  Bernat Stitch Along Info   There are some colors that are exclusive to Joann’s Fabric and Craft stores.  You can purchase your supplies at your local Joann’s store or go online to Joann.com

I really like this pattern and it has inspired me to create a knit pot holder.. maybe with a couple of little bumble bees attached to the top.  I am thinking of using some cotton yarn in a honey color.  I think that would make a fun housewarming present.   I hope that you will find the Bernat Stitch Along a great way of adding new techniques to your knitting skills.

It’s not too late to join the Bernat Stitch Along.  The videos and instructions are still available for everyone to download and watch.  Joann’s has also created a special Facebook event page.  That page is being shared by both knitters and crocheters.  On that page you can share photos of your progress, ask questions and be inspired by others.  Visit the page today and be sure to like it.  Here is the link:  Bernat Stitch Along Facebook Page

I have uploaded a  YouTube Video tutorial for visual learners or if you just want a refresher on knitting the honeycomb pattern.   I go stitch by stitch and explain how to create this pattern.   Just click on the video box below to watch the full tutorial.   Be sure to share the video and this post with  your friends and family.

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Bernat Blanket Stitch along – Clue 2 / Week 2

Today I share Clue 2/ Week 2 of the Bernat Blanket Stitch Along.

For the second week’s clue, I chose a different contrast color than week 1.  For this week’s clue,  I am using Contrast color 2 which in case,  is the Bernat Blanket Yarn in Antique White.   I love how this design looks.  It is not something you usually see.

This is a pattern you don’t see very often.  I suspect it might be because people see how gorgeous it is and become intimidated to try to stitch it.  However, I have made every effort to ensure that the video tutorial goes slowly enough for everyone to be able to understand how this stitch is created.    After viewing the video you will hopefully be able to fully understand this stitch and in no time you will be a total pro.  I will share the written pattern and the chart for those who prefer working off of charts.  Either way, I have you covered. Remember, you can stop the video and rewind to view it as many times as you need.  There is also a little gear icon in the lower right-hand side of the video which when selected will allow you to change the speed at which the video plays.  The drop down menu for this icon include a setting for video speed.

Remember, you can stop the video and rewind to view it as many times as you need.  There is also a little gear icon in the lower right-hand side of the video which when selected will allow you to change the speed at which the video plays.  The drop down menu for this icon include a setting for video speed.

Here is a sneak peak at this week’s beautiful clue.

Week 2 - / Clue 2 of Bernat blanket  stitch along

Bernat Blanket Stitch Along Week 2 – / Clue 2 of bernat stitch along

 

This pattern reminds me of candy.  The stitch may be new to some knitters.  This is also a great pattern to use for scarfs or afghans.   The texture is so beautiful.   Using the Bernat Blanket yarn makes it look like little marshmallows.   How yummy!

If you haven’t purchased your supplies yet there is still time to join the fun.  Please sure to visit  http://Joann.com and purchase your supplies today.  The knit and crochet versions have different supply requirements.   There are some color selections that are exclusive to Joann retailers.   If you want more information about this fun Mystery Blanket Stitch Along please visit Stitch Along Supply List and info.  In this page your be able to download each week’s clue, supplies list, written patterns and all pertinent information.   Joann’s has also created a special event page on Facebook for both knitters and crocheters.  On this Facebook page you will be able to upload photos, ask questions, share your progress and be inspired by each other.  Joann’s has created this page as a fun community for everyone participating in this Stitch-Along.  Please be sure to visit and link this page today:   https://www.facebook.com/bernatstitchalong/?fref=ts

If you are a visual learner I have uploaded a video tutorial that goes stitch by stitch and may help you better understand this week’s clue.     Please be sure to share this post with your friends.  Enjoy!   Yolanda

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Announcing the Bernat Blanket Stitch Along

Bernat Stitch Along

The Bernat Blanket stitch along is starting soon.  (Begins Oct 3, 2016)  If you enjoy a good mystery this Stitch along is for you.   This Mystery Stitch-Along is sponsored by Joann Fabric and Craft stores.  This stitch along is a great way to be introduced to the Bernat Blanket yarn if you haven’t tried it yet.  I have become a fan of this yarn.  I love the softness and how fluffy it feels.  My projects just seem to work up so quickly.   This is a mystery stitch along so you won’t know what the blankets will look like until they are complete.  Trust me they are both gorgeous.

Bernat Blanket Stitch Along hosts Yolanda and Mikey

Bernat Blanket Stitch Along

The Stitch Along will include both a Knit and Crochet version of this mystery blanket.  Both versions are completely different so you can choose to Knit, Crochet or stitch both blankets.  I will be serving as your host for the Knit blanket and Mikey of The Crochet Crowd will be your crochet host.  I’m super excited to finally be collaborating on a project with Mikey.  He is a dynamo and makes crocheting so much fun.  He has built a truly awesome community of fellow crocheters.  The full details of the Stitch can be found here:  Stitch Along Details   This page will give you the details of the timeline, shopping list and much more.   You can even view the video intros from both Mikey and myself.

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Crochet Cactus Home Decor. Fun and Ouchie Free!

Crochet Cactus as home decor are such a fun project.   These little crochet cactus  are a great way to use up your yarn scraps.  Using different shades of green also helps to make them more interesting and realistic.    I love the fact that the supplies needed for this project are inexpensive and easy to find.   You can make several of them and place them on a window sill or on a mantle.  Mix them in with “real” plants for fun.

These little Crochet Cactus don’t require watering, any maintenance and best of all they are Ouchie Free.  If Ouchie a word?  Well it was around my house when my kids were growing up.   I hope you enjoy this project.  Be sure to share this post with your friends and family. Keep reading to get more info and the free written pattern.  (I have uploaded a video tutorial if you prefer to watch the video on the last page of this post ).

Crochet Cactus

Crochet Cactus Home decor Project

I recently went on a trip to Texas.  Unfortunately, it wasn’t a fun trip.  My uncle passed away and we traveled to attend his funeral.  While traveling we did stop at several rest areas and shops.  I kept seeing small bowls of different types of cacti.  They are so pretty but I was apprehensive about all the thorns.  I didn’t feel comfortable having to store them up in a box (they wrap them in newspapers) and then unwrapping them when we got home.  I did love the idea of having a few and how beautiful they look.  Several even having little flowers.  What’s a great to do?  Crochet your own of course.  Here is what I came up with.

You will need the following supplies for your Crochet Cactus:

scraps of yarn in various shades of green (you can make them all one shade)

Scraps of colorful yarn for the flowers (flowers are optional)

scissors

stitch marker

polyfiber stuffing (you can also use cotton)

1 small glass container (I purchased mine at my local  Dollar Tree store)

small pebbles ((I purchased mine at my local Dollar Tree store)

yarn needle

Crochet Hook size H/ 5.0mm for the cactus

Crochet Hook size  B / 2.25mm for flowers

bamboo cooking skewers or straws (to hold cactus inside the rocks)

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