Learn a Stitch, Share the Love Knitalong Series–Free Washcloth Pattern #1: Swish with a Twist

If you just stumbled upon this page, click here to get the full details about this special event.

Get your first free pattern featured in this special Stitch Block Series: Learn a Stitch, Share the Love. Swish with a Twist is made with Premier Home Cotton.

Grab a copy of the pattern HERE!

Swish with a Twist [click to enlarge]

Swish with a Twist [click to enlarge]

If you’re new to knitting, but feel ready to dive into a new technique, then cable knitting is the perfect next step.

Swish with a Twist is chock-full of techniques that you can add to your knitting arsenal, but before we get started, I’d like to give you a quick overview of what you’ll learn, along with a few common questions about cable knitting:

Q: What is a cable needle, and why are there so many different kinds?

A: Cable needles come in many shapes and sizes and are made in a variety of materials such as: plastic, metal, wood and bamboo. The size and kind of needle you choose, depends on a few factors:

  • Personal preference: As you can see in the examples below, cable needles come in a variety of shapes and it’s up to you to decide which kind fits your knitting style.
  • Texture of yarn: For example, if you’re working with a slippery yarn, you may choose a wood or bamboo cable needle.
  • Weight of yarn: You may need to work with either a thicker or thinner cable needle depending on your yarn weight. For example, if you’re working cables on sock-weight yarn, the thin metal cable needle shown below would be a good option.
Cable needles come in all shapes and sizes!

Cable needles come in all shapes and sizes!

Q: Why are two cable needles used for this project?

A: Two cable needs are used in order to create the lovely stitches that cross over each other. If you look closely at the swatch below, you’ll see that the first completed cross, which is to the right of the cable needles. The stitch on the top was held on the first cable needle at front, and the two stitches behind it, were held at back on the second cable needle. Now, take a look at the two cable needles—these show the live stitches waiting to be worked, which will result in the crossing stitches.

Learn how to use cable needles. [click to enlarge]

Q: What happens when a stitch is held at the front or at the back of the work?

A: The photo below illustrates the effect of holding a cable needle at either the front or the back of the work. When the cable needle is held at the back, this results as a “right-crossing” cable. When the cable needle is held at the front, this produces a “left-crossing” cable. To learn more about cable knitting, check out this post.

Right and left crossing cables

Next…

  1. Click here to get your free Swish with a Twist pattern.
  2. Go to Annie’s to purchase Premier Home Cotton if you haven’t yet.
  3. Visit the Creative Knitting Fans Group on Ravelry to join the knitalong, interact with other knitters, ask questions, and have a good time!

Now have fun knitting!

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Mindful Mondays — Doing Work Worth Doing

“Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.”

-Theodore Roosevelt

Creative Knitting magazine, Spring 2014

Creative Knitting magazine, Spring 2014

In my editor’s letter of the Spring 2014 issue of Creative Knitting magazine, I talk about work worth doing and taking a look at fear in the face. If you’re fairly new to knitting, and don’t feel confident in your abilities, then I suggest facing this fear and starting your week with something new! Continue reading

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Knitting for the Sake of Knitting

It’s so encouraging to see all the comments you’re sending my way, because I’m able to learn so much about what makes you tick!

After reading some comments today, it made me stop and think about how similar we all are as knitters, and at the end of the day, we just want to knit for the sake of it.

One of the most popular posts on this blog is Seed vs. Moss Stitch. It’s one of the most basic go-to stitch patterns around. It’s easy to learn and has many practical uses. Clearly, this proves that sometimes simple is just plain better! Click here to watch the video.

An experiment on Seed Stitch-- big needle/little needle= huge impact.

Experiments on Seed Stitch– big needle/little needle= huge impact.

Learning new stitches and being inspired is what keeps us engaged, but there’s something to be said about the simple act of picking up our needles and experiencing the yarn as it glides through our fingers.

There’s something almost meditative about the rhythmic motion of our hands while we knit.

Sometimes, it’s finding just the right stitch, paired with the right needles that keeps us engaged for hours.

Those are the magical moments.

So just for today, put those “should do’s” aside, pick up your needles and knit for the sake of it.

A synergy of stitches...

A synergy of stitches…

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Join Us for a Special Knitalong Series–Learn a Stitch, Share the Love!

It’s time for a knitalong– grab your needles and join me for four fun-filled weeks of free washcloth patterns to make and share!

Get ready for an exciting event that you don’t want to miss! For four weeks, from Friday, February 14th, through Friday, March 7th, Creative Knitting’s online newsletter editor Tabetha Hedrick and I will be bringing you a free washcloth pattern each week that you can make for yourself, share with someone special, or give to your favorite charity.

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Here are 5 great reasons for making knitted washcloths:

  1. Washcloth patterns are a practical way to learn new techniques on a small scale.
  2. They make great travel companions– what a perfect knitting-on-the go project!
  3. If you’re in a pinch for time, they make great quick-knit gifts.
  4. They have no special shaping or sewing, allowing you to focus strictly on the stitches.
  5. Little investment of time and money.

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Here’s all you need to get started:

  1. Visit Annie’s to pick out your colors of Premier® Yarns Home Cotton™ for all four washcloth patterns. All you need is one ball to complete each washcloth pattern.
  2. Visit the Creative Knitting Ravelry Fans Group and look for the knitalong announcement so you can follow along each week with Tabetha and me while you make your washcloths.
  3. Bookmark this page, then come back on Friday, February 14th to get your first pattern and tutorial.
  4. Mark your calendar to get the rest of the patterns on: February 21, & 28, and March 7th.

Have fun knitting and see you on Ravelry!

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Shatter the Monday Blues– Change Your Mind, Change Your World

If you find yourself having the Monday blues, stop and think about why that is. Could it be just a habitual mindset that may have nothing to do with the work week ahead? Have you ever noticed that when you get to work, you ease up and your day is much different than what you imagined in your mind?

Your Thoughts Create Your World.

Let’s take a look at things like this– you can’t change the fact that maybe you have a pile of to do’s in your inbox, but it doesn’t have to put a damper on your day. Try these 3 ways to change your mindset right now:

1. Express Gratitude. Start thinking of all the things that bring you joy- the smell of brewing coffee, a loving family, passion for knitting, a roof over your head, a healthy body, and mind, etc. As soon as you start thinking about all the abundance you have, I think you’ll begin to shatter those Monday blues!

Express Gratitude!

2. First things first. You won’t have time to get everything done, but you will have time to get the most important things done. Figure out what those are, and put the other tasks aside. This activity alone can clear away the mind clutter.

3. Lower your expectations. If you normally have 10 big to do’s on your list, and you have a problem completing them, try paring it down to just five items. This will set you up for success because you will gain the ability to finish your tasks and end your day with a sense of accomplishment.

For more posts like these, check out the archives for Mindful Mondays here. Wishing you a happy and productive week ahead!

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