Here you will find information about some of the techniques used in our patterns. If you have a question regarding a technique described here, or a technique from one of our patterns which we have not described, please do not hesitate to contact us by email (theauldwoollyalliance [at] gmail [dot] com). We will do our best to help you.Quick access to techniques:
- Dimple Stitch
- Miranda The Masham Sheep: “fleece” and assembling details.
- Herdy Cushion: photographic guides for assembly and facial features.
- Herdy Rucksack: photographic guides for assembly, construction and facial features.
- Herdy Hot Water Bottle Cover: photographic guides for assembly, construction and facial features.
- ‘Heads and Tails’ cabled Toe Up socks: A guide to help with wrapping method used in this Toe Up sock workshop. Additional photographic guide to show how to close the common hole found when joining instep/heel.
- Finishing Techniques: additional photographic tutorial to consolidate notes given at workshop.
Intarsia is a colourwork technique which involves knitting blocks of colour, without carrying yarn at the back of the work: only one strand of yarn in one colour is used at a time. As a consequence, a separate ball of yarn (or some yarn wound onto a little bobbin) is needed for each block of colour.
The key to a neat piece of knitting in intarsia is to avoid holes where the colour changes occur. In order to achieve this, the two colours need to be “twisted” so the yarn for the new colour “traps” the old one.
When the changes of colour are stacked upon each other row by row, thus forming vertical lines, proceed as follow: knit with the “old” colour up to the change, hold this strand in front of the “new” colour (but still at the back of the work), catch the new colour and knit the first stitch of the new colour area, thus trapping the old colour between the new colour and the knitted fabric at the back of the work (see picture on the right).
After completing a few rows, the knitting should look like the picture on the left when viewed from the wrong side.
When the colour changes are not stacked perfectly, but “slant” to one side, the technique remains the same. Knit the stitches in one colour as per the pattern; when reaching the point where a change of colour is required, catch the new colour from below the old colour and knit the new stitch while trapping the old colour. This will create a diagonal “strand” of the old yarn at the back.
Dimple Stitch produces an exaggerated texture which when knitted in a chunky yarn looks a bit like puffy sheep fleece; which is why Janice chose to use it a recent design for the Herdy company. To help any struggling Herdy knitters we have included a tutorial on working the ‘gathering stitch’ used in the pattern.
gathering stitch - take yarn to back of work as though to knit, insert needle from below under 3 strands, knit the next st, bring the st out under the strands.
Row 1 (RS) – Knit
Row 2 – P1, * sl 3 wyif, P3; rep from * to last 4sts, sl 3 wyif, P1.
Row 3 – K1, * sl 3 wyib, K3; rep from * to last 4sts, sl 3 wyif, K1.
Row 4 – As row 2
Row 5 & 7 – Knit
Row 6 – Purl
Row 8 – P2, * gathering st, P5; rep from * ending last rep with P2
Row 9 – Knit
Row 10 – P1, * P3, sl 3 wyif; rep from * to last 4sts, P4
Row 11 – K4, * K3, sl 3 wyib; rep from * to last st, K1
Row 12 – As row 10
Row 13 & 15 – Knit
Row 14 – Purl
Row 16 – P5, * gathering st, P5; rep from * to end
Repeat these 16 rows to form pattern.
Details about where to get (free) pattern for Miranda the Masham Sheep can be found on Janice’s design page on the blog.
A few pictures to help: How to make Miranda’s “fleece”?
Fold a length of yarn measuring approximately 15 cm (6 in) in half. Insert crochet hook through purl/raised stitch (forming a “bump”). Catch loop of folded yarn with crochet hook and pull through the “bump”. Thread the two loose ends of the folded yarn into loop created and pull tight.
Further pictures to help with assembly
Details of where to buy the Herdy Cushion Knitting Kit can be found on Janice’s design page on the blog. Here are a few photographs to help with assembly and embroidery of facial features.
Details of where to buy the Herdy Rucksack Knitting Kit can be found on Janice’s design page on the blog. Here are a few photographs to help with assembly and embroidery of facial features.
Details of where to download the pattern for the Herdy Hot Water Bottle Cover can be found on Janice’s design page on the blog. Here are a few photographs to help with assembly and embroidery of facial features.
The wrapping method used in the heel turn of this sock workshop is unusual. For those who have never wrapped stitches before it requires less steps to execute and is therefore slightly less ‘tricky’. It was invented by Jeny Staiman, who is also the author of ‘Jeny’s suprisingly stretchy bind off‘, my favourite cast off method for Toe Up socks. You can check out Jeny’s blog here and catch up with her on Ravelry here. The following is a photographic tutorial to guide workshop participants through the ‘Turning the Heel’ section of their notes.
It is common in sock knitting for a hole to appear at both points, where the top of the heel joins the instep. These holes will be more pronounced when working in a chunky weight yarn. To avoid this an extra stitch can be picked up before beginning Round 1 of ankle cuff.
Due to requests from workshop participants this photographic tutorial consolidates the information given in the notes of my Finishing Techniques workshop. I hope the pictures will help to refresh techniques learned or discussed on the day. (It can all seem a bit of a blur, two weeks later!) (A big ‘Thank You’ to my daughter Jenny who took all the lovely photographs. Check out her Facebook page at JennyRosePhotography.)
Part One of the workshop covers sewing up. The first gallery shows a mattress stitch seam worked on K1, P1 rib.
Click on individual pictures to enlarge and scroll through the images.
Gallery No 2, shows a mattress stitch seam joining two pieces of stocking stitch.
Gallery No 3, shows a mattress stitch seam joining two pieces of garter stitch.
Gallery No 4, shows a mattress stitch seam joining two panels of moss stitch.
Gallery No 5 shows a mattress stitch seam joining 2 stocking stitch panels which are set at right angles to each other. As if setting in a straight sleeve.
Gallery No 6 shows grafting of two panels of stocking stitch. As if joining a straight shoulder seam.
Gallery No 7 shows how to join a band of garter stitch to a panel of stocking stitch.