Summer has just barely begun, and it’s time to get ready for the fall teaching season! I’m getting ready for my next KAL / Sweater class and I’m crisscrossing the country, so I’m bound to be someplace near you! Leave me a comment if I’ll be seeing you.
As a knitting teacher, I’m often asked to give advice to new knitters. There are tons of great books out there giving all the advice we all need . . . gauge matters, buy enough yarn, use the right tools, finish a row before putting your knitting away . . . but I wanted to dig a bit deeper to tell you the
6 Things I Wish I Knew When I Started Knitting
For those of you that have taken classes with me, you know all about “Patty’s Big Box of Knitting Fails”. I seem to have an example of something tragic I’ve done in my knitting for nearly everything I’m teaching.
Since I figured why keep my humiliation limited to knitting.Today’s episode . . .
Bad Spinning or . . .
Many of you who have taken my classes know that I’m not a fan of measuring your knitting in progress. I believe it’s always best to trust your finished row gauge and keep track of rows.
That being said, I know there are times when you just want to check to see how many inches you’ve knit and sometimes (gasp) you might not have a ruler handy. No need to fear, there’s plenty of ways you can learn
How to to Measure Without a Ruler!
I can’t believe it’s over! On Feb 20 365 knitters cast on for their gauge swatches and began the Tortola KAL. Today, we have an amazing 492 knitters!!! In March I wrote about the sweaters in progress, and now it’s time to award the final PRIZES!!
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A huge thank you to every knitter in the Ravelry group who shared their ideas, questions and cheerleading to the project. THAT’S what makes a KAL really work. Now with no further ado . . .
Tortola KAL Final PRIZES!!!
Over the years I’ve written a lot about gauge (you can read them all here). From how to swatch for an in the round project, to special cast ons for gauge swatch to secrets of stitch gauge, row gauge and even secrets to measuring hard to see stitches. But today I want to talk about the real truth beyond gauge, the real reason we should be casting on . . .
Why We Swatch
Six weeks ago over 200 knitters cast on for their gauge swatches and began the Tortola KAL. Over the weeks to follow our ranks more than doubled (and continues to grow every day), and now nearly 450 knitters received the final clue. Last month we got to see what the knitters were up to.
Through 4/24 you can still get the Tortola KAL Sweater class + pattern (over 3 hours of video tutorials, all the sweater modifications and knitting how tos) for only the price of the pattern – $8.00. After 4/24 to get the class version it will be $14, and the pattern only will be $8.00.
Through it all, the help and support of every knitter on the Ravelry group was always there. Over 1600 amazing knitters let every first time sweater knitter know . . . they were not alone! Now it’s time to discuss
Tortola KAL Final PRIZES!!!
On Jan 23 registration opened for the Tortola KAL – Sweater class. In the following weeks our ranks quickly grew to over 300 knitters working on their gauge swatch! On Feb 20 clue #1 for the Tortola KAL Sweater class came out and we are now 365 knitters strong, with new knitters joining us everyday!
Monday our first, of many, participation prizes got awarded!
Knitters who join us before April 24 will still get 25 video tutorials (over 3 hours of filmed sweater instruction), all the sweater modifications and knitting how tos for just the price of the Tortola pattern – $8.00!! Let’s see how everyone’s doing.
Tortola KAL update