Convertible balaclava beanie

Balaclava: Addi Express Tutorial

A requested tutorial for a balaclava done on a circular knitting machine!

Convertible balaclava beanie

Wear it 2 ways!

(This is not for a rank beginner!) Skills needed:

~ Basic Circular Knitting Machine Skills (casting on/off, color changes)
~ Hand knitting OR Crochet skills

Essentially, it’s a long tube (like a reversible hat). One end is closed like a hat, the other end is finished with a stretch bind off. Waste yarn is inserted in the middle of the tube to allow for the face opening. Simple concept!

Review: Knitter’s Journal

I was never a fan of a hard-copy-yarn-craft-journal. As a Techno Nerd, I always thought Ravelry was the only way to go. But then I was contacted to review this one.

Yep. It’s worth a look. AND I began to think of other benefits… like passing it down to another knitter in the family! Hmmm….  What do YOU think?

Get it from their site by clicking here.

*Get it from Amazon here: http://amzn.to/2fiGsmr

The official website: https://www.janesknittingkits.com/

 

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Hat Sizing Chart

I refer to this chart A LOT! You’ll hear me mention it in videos; you’ll see it included in some of my patterns and I often refer to it when I’m working on a hat! The actual info in the chart came from a blog called Slugs on the Refrigerator but it’s not available in its original form. (Looks like the website was redesigned and the chart lost it’s formatting.) Just for convenience, I put it back into an easy-to-read table below.

Have trouble printing from this site? Download the hat-sizing-chart here.

Age Head Size Hat Size Hat Height Flat Circle Diameter 
0-6 months 13 – 15 inches 12 -14  inches 4.5 – 5 inches 4 inches
6-12 months 16 – 19 inches 14 – 18 inches 5.5 inches 4.5 inches
1 – 3 Years 18 – 21 inches 17 – 20 inches 6.5 inches 5.5 inches
4+ years 20 – 22 inches 19 – 21 inches 7.5 inches 6 inches
Women 22 inches 20 inches 8.5 inches 6.5 inches
Men 23 inches 21 inches 9.5 inches 6.75 inches

NOTE: Flat Circle Diameter measurement is for top-down crochet construction.

Addi Express: Dog Scarf!

Feeling Christmas-y so I wanted to dress up Bentley. However, a shepherd-mix has too much fur for a sweater so I decided on this!

Looking for more Holiday Addi Express projects? How about a Snowman Scarf Tutorial, Santa Scarf Tutorial or Nutcracker Scarf Tutorial?

Addi Snowman ScarfAddi Santa ScarfAddi Nutcracker Scarf

Snappy Tots!

Heads up that Heidi Yates is having a super 75% off sale on Ravelry for all her Snappy Tots patterns! This includes the Big Kid (Bear) Cocoon that I showed in a recent video and the Sweater Friends (Elf, bear and MORE hats) that I’ve shown in many videos over the years! In addition, she’s hosting a fantastic giveaway!

sweater-friendsNow Sweater Friends… I have lots of videos showing these off but here’s a few:

Here’s a crazy one from last November

One from December 8, 2015

How about a Polar bear version?

And this may be the first appearance of this pattern… I think…

 

Viewers’ Favorite Kitchener Stitch Assistance!

In a recent Sheepishly Sharing video, I mentioned that the Kitchener stitch was challenging for me. But, true-to-form, my subscribers are the most helpful bunch and shared some of their favorite tricks and videos that helped them master this beast! Here’s all that good info right here on one page!


pipersmom shared:
Hi Margaret, this is a link to a youtube video for the kitchener stitch that gave me that light bulb moment. Since I’ve watched it I’ve not had a problem remembering how to do it, I never have to look up the steps. The only change I’ve made is that for the toe of socks I fond it unnecessary to do the set up stitches.  Memorize the Kitchener Stitch


Victoria Murphy shared:
I discovered a video by Susan B. Anderson, YouTube. She has a way of helping you focus on the kitchener stitch. I repeat her mantra while doing it and it helps. Kitchener Stitch to Finish a Sock


Christina Schuricht shared:
…i wanted to share a link to a Kitchener stitch video that helped me a great deal.. maybe it could help someone else like it did me… it’s from knittinghelp.com Kitchener Stitch Seaming on Stockinette


Connie Alman shared:
Thought I would share this for you on the kitchener stitch- I buy yarn from www.lolodidit.com and on the back of her yarn labels she has a short step by step of the kitchener stitch it is now so easy for me.

SET UP:
1. Front purl, on
2. Back knit, on

Kitchener:
1. Front knit, off
2. Front purl, on
3. Back purl, off
4. Back knit, on

I find this just amazing, so easy to understand. Hope you like it.


Erin (GimmeYarn418) demonstrates her method and agrees with pipersmom above re: the set up… not necessary on socks.


Maren R shared:
I wanted to share my favored way of making the Kitchener stitch. This link shows you how to knit the Kitchener stitch instead of sewing 🙂 How to knit (not sew!) Kitchener stitch aka grafting

DIY Scented Pinecones!

I love natural scents in my home so it made scents sense to make some of these!

Supplies:

  • Pine cones from your backyard (or someone else’s backyard but don’t trespass!)
  • Foil
  • Baking Pan
  • Oven
  • Essential oil of your own choosing (I used Cinnamon Bark)
  • Something to display them in!

Here’s how: