Archive for March, 2011


Duplicate Stitch

March 31, 2011

Sometimes if I want to add a little color to my knitting, but I don’t want to introduce a new yarn just for a few stitches, I will use duplicate stitch when the knitting is finished to add the color.  It’s easy and quick and your little bits of color actually show up better, I think, than when they are knitted in.  I’m using this technique on the Andalus Mittens that I am knitting right now.

Thread a tapestry needle with the color you wish to introduce.

Step #1: Insert your needle from the wrong side of the work into the bottom of the “V” of the stitch you want to color:


Thread tapestry needle through the middle of the stitches of the stitch above the stitch you want to color:


Bring needle through:


Insert tip back down into the bottom of the “V” of your designated stitch and then bring it up at the bottom of the “V” in the next stitch you want to color:



Finished Duplicate Stitch:


Knowing this technique allows you to add any little bits of color on your knitting anywhere  you want!  In a future post, I’ll show you how to correct color mistakes using duplicate stitch.


More Magic Loop

March 30, 2011

Work continues on the Andalus Mittens for my MIL.  I had frogged the first lining, the Brushed Suri, because it was too thick and bought some Rowan Kidsilk Haze, which is working out great.  I love the apple green color.  I’m not holding it double, and it’s working out to be a fine lining.

I’m working these mittens on Magic Loop, which I love.  I’m even doing the thumbs that way!



Spartan Mittens

March 28, 2011

I’m trying to knit everyone in the family something for next Christmas and I’m starting now!  There will be about 15 people that I want to knit something for and I hope I can do it.  These Spartan Mittens are for my mother-in-law, who is going to get two pair of mittens – one lined and one not.  She likes mittens.  She is also an Michigan State fan and the colors are dark green and white.

These mittens are knit up with a yarn that is made right here in Michigan, Shepherd’s Wool at Stonehedge Fiber Mill in East Jordan.  It’s a worsted weight and comes in tons of beautiful colors.  The yarn is very soft and so nice to work with.

This particular pattern, Tweed Mittens, by Nichole Reese is a great knit – it looks like you’re stranding, but you’re just slipping stitches.  Love that!  And the mittens are lofty and thick.  I knit these using my beloved Magic Loop technique.

Pattern: Tweed Mittens
Yarn: Shepherd’s Wool
Needles: US #7 Circular
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Frogged Lining

March 26, 2011

Well, I’ve done it again.  I’ve chosen a  yarn that’s too thick to line my mittens WIP with.  Oh, well.  Part of knitting is being willing to rip out.  I’m knitting these Andalus Mittens for my MIL for Christmas next year (yes, I’m working on Christmas gifts already)  and I lined them with Rowan Kidsilk Aura, a worsted weight yarn.  It just was too thick for that mitten size, so I’m ripping it out and ordering some Kidsilk Haze, which is a lace weight.  It also comes in a pretty apple green color and should work fine.  The question is: should I hold it double or knit it single for the lining?  On my Northman Mittens, I held it double but I’m not sure if that will be thin enough for these  mittens.


Flicker Wayfarer Scarf

March 25, 2011

When I first saw Berroco’s new yarn, Flicker, I knew I had to knit up a scarf with it. I had been thinking of  knitting a scarf, maybe with matching fingerless mitts, with a sparkly yarn and here it was!  The perfect yarn – super soft alpaca with a filament of sparkle running through it.

I’ve had Jared Flood’s “Wayfarer” scarf favorited on my Ravelry for a long time and I thought this would be the yarn to use for that scarf.  The pattern calls for a tubular cast-on, but I couldn’t bring myself to learn it.  I was too impatient to get started.  It’s a technique I would still like to learn at some point.  I did a regular cast-on, but with #10 needles, so it wouldn’t be super tight and then I switched to #8 circulars, and knitted the scarf on that.

The scarf is a favorite now.  So soft, and I love the length – plenty of scarf to wrap twice around my neck.  Unblocked, the scarf knitted up to 6″x86″.  After blocking, it grew to 103″ in length.  Whoa.

Pattern: Brooklyn Tweed “Wayfarer”
Yarn: Berroco Flicker (2 skeins)
Needles: 10″ to cast on.  8″ circular for scarf.
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Green Mountain Spinnery

March 23, 2011

I love the people at The Green Mountain Spinnery.  It’s a worker-owned cooperative in Vermont where they make beautiful yarns on vintage equipment. I just received this lovely yarn, Sylvan Spirit, from there and I plan to make their Leafy Lace Shawl with it. I couldn’t resist when I saw this photo of the shawl in one of their ads:


Doesn’t the drape look wonderful?  It’s a DK weight yarn that’s 50% wool, 50% tencel.  I can’t wait to get it on my needles.



March 22, 2011

Hello there. Welcome to Italian Dish Knits.  I’ve written a food blog, The Italian Dish, for three years now and sometimes I sneak in a little bit about my knitting over there but I always feel a little funny about it. I would like to talk about knitting more but I don’t want non-knitters over there to get turned off.  So presto –  a knitting blog is born.  Over here, I can yackety yak all I want to about knitting and yarn!



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