Beginner Tips for Circular Knitting Machines

Beginner Tips for Circular Knitting Machines!

Myth: Circular knitting machines require no skill.
Truth: There’s a learning curve. Master it, then creativity abounds!

Beginner Tips for Circular Knitting Machines

When I read poor reviews of circular knitting machines that I know work well, I feel so sad for the people who spent their money expecting a perfect out-of-the-box experience! Just like any craft, circular machine knitting has a certain skill set to be learned.

In this video tutorial, I share demonstrate some basic tips and tricks to help beginners find fast success!

Tip #1: Affix machine to work surface.
Tip #2: Start with light weight yarn.
Tip #3: Read and Research.
Tip #4: Try out different yarn.
Tip #5: Add weights.
Tip #6: Go slow; watch, catch, fix mistakes.
Tip #7: Patience. Give it 10-15 rows.
Tip #8: Beware of knots.

Fun Pom Pom Scarf

ted baker scarfWhile Christmas shopping online, I ran across this Ted Baker “Tizzy” Pom Pom scarf for $125 at Bloomingdales. It’s no longer available but you can purchase it from the designer’s site for the same price if that floats your boat.

pom pom scarf

Naturally, this prompted the “I Can Make That”

mindset so, knowing I couldn’t get the nice materials Ted used, I went with a more silly option with endless theme or color choices. Since it’s close to Christmas, I was thinking about Santa and thus, we have this version!

This was a simple, fun and fast project and I can see it being a great indoor project for kids to tackle. It took about 2+ skeins of Herrschener’s Worsted 8 yarn. (It was hard to tell because I used scraps along with one brand new skein.)

Here ‘s the tutorial:

Spiked Mesh Stitch Hat (Crochet)

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Another Scrapbuster Project! This hat uses a type of Spike Stitch – Mesh Stitch combo to create a lighter hat with lots of impact.

Skill level: Intermediate. While the stitches used are pretty basic (slip stitch, single crochet and half double crochet), the crocheter really needs to be comfortable “reading the work.” This term refers to the ability to look at completed stitches and understand exactly what they’re looking at! It’s necessary to know so you can place the stitches in the right places.

VIDEO TUTORIALS

RIGHT HAND Video Tutorial
LEFT HAND Video Tutorial

Spiked Mesh Stitch Hat Pattern

Download a Hat Sizing Chart for easy reference!

Need help? Click below for the Video Tutorial!

Brilliant Viewer Tips for Knit and Crochet!

For the CrochetCrate Giveaway, I asked that people give me something I can Sheepishly Share in the comment section of the giveaway video. (Tips, questions, stories… doesn’t matter!)  What a collection of brilliance we received so I’ll be sharing them in my videos!

In the first one, you can learn things like:

  • addressing pom pom problems
  • crochet hook technical info
  • bobby pins and hair clips can be useful
  • tips for organized project planning
  • free version of “Yarnit” type products
  • dyeing yarn with Easter Egg dye
  • felting tips
  • bag construction tips
  • resizing patterns without math
  • jogless stripes
  • inexpensive project bags
  • what to do with yarn scraps
  • AND MORE!

In the second one you’ll find tips on:

  • traveling with supplies
  • storing supplies and open skeins
  • mixing yarn crafts
  • making neck warmers
  • pattern organization
  • saving yarn for repairs
  • adding fragrance
  • knitting cast on tips
  • proper task lighting
  • best yarn for stitch definition
  • surprising benefits of wool
  • more great uses for yarn scraps

CrochetCrate Giveaway!

Click here to watch the video to see all the crochet goodness and enter to win this March CrochetCrate sent to us from KnitCrate! This version is completely SOLD OUT so here’s your last chance to get it! (Knitcrate is a subscription box service filled with yarnie goodess!)

* INSTRUCTIONS FOR ENTERING: Leave a comment on the YouTube Comment Section (not on this blog post) that’s something interesting I can share! Got a question for me? Or maybe a favorite tip? Have you used this yarn before? Do tell!

*Must be 18 or older to enter or have the permission of a parent or legal guardian. This giveaway IS open internationally.

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Crochet Tutorial: Better Late Than Never Beanie

One of my “go-to” hats for donations AND it’s great for using up left-over yarn! I got permission from the designer, Kathy North, to do a video tutorial and here it is!

(CLICK HERE for the LEFT HAND version.)

RIGHT HAND version:

Here’s a quick link to the original written pattern.

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!