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Shawn’s Double Knit Hat KAL

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Today is the day that we’re casting on for the Shawn’s Double Knit Hat knit-a-long! May the 4th be with you as we take this journey into a new knitting technique 🤓😉

Shawn’s Double Knit Hat – pattern & kit available from Morehouse Merino Farm

I just finished up a livestream over on Facebook that covered the recommended cast on (German Twisted Cast On), plus a tip for joining in the round! You will need to be a member of the Morehouse Merino Flock (Facebook group) in order to watch the video since that’s where I went live, but they’re a friendly bunch! 🙂

To join in the fun, just grab the pattern off Ravelry, or the whole kit from Morehouse Merino! Then join us in the Morehouse group on Facebook, the Knit a Bit of Whimsy Ravelry group, or share your progress on Instagram using hashtag #KBWKAL

The Basics of Double Knitting

Double Knitting can appear daunting at first, but once you dive in, I think you’ll find it’s not as hard as it sounds! Garments made using the double knitting technique tend to be thicker and warmer than those created with regular knitting because they’re made of two layers.

The idea behind double knitting is that you are creating two layers of fabric at the same time – one is created at the back of your work, and one is created at the front. These stitches are worked in pairs.  Each ‘pair’ consists of the front layer stitch and the back layer stitch, typically in two different colours.

Image of Double knitting pattern: Shawn's hat

Call for Testers: Shawn’s Hat

Men's hat knitting pattern
Double knitting in progress! Dark grey on the outside, light grey inside 🙂

 

Men’s hats … does anyone else struggle? My husband Shawn is a plain kind of guy, and I love that about him, but boy, does it make hat knitting for him boring! I much prefer playing around with techniques, colours, and stitch patterns 😉 So when he asked me for a new hat, I figured it was a good time to try something new: double knitting!

Double knitting (unrelated to DK or double knitting weight yarn) is a technique in which you create two layers of fabric at the same time – one to the front of the work, and one on the back/inside, depending on whether you are knitting flat or in the round! This results in a project that is completely reversible and is also extra thick and warm.

So, with a new technique to practice, I set off to make my husband a new hat. I snuck in a tiny bit of colorwork, but it still passed the “simple” test 😉

Knitting Bingo cards

Knitting BINGO!

Last week I took a sock knitting class at my LYS, and the instructor introduced me to a new idea: Knitting BINGO! Anyone can make their own BINGO card – a 5×5 grid, 3×3, whatever works for you. You put a goal in each square of the grid, such as knit a hat, use stash yarn, or learn a new technique. Sylvia, the sock class instructor, made a beautiful “card” on fabric, and she’s embroidering each square as she completes it! Check it out here on Instagram.Free Knitting Bingo Card

I decided to go a more computer-y route – I used Excel to create my grid, then added cute graphics. My Bingo card with my goals for this year is on the right. You can also see the half-a-sock progress that I’ve made towards my goals!  (Sadly, no, that’s not stash yarn. I bought it just for this knitting project).

knitting tutorial - Ravelry - add photos to thread

Ravelry Help: How to Share a Project to a Ravelry Thread

Last week we walked through adding a new project to Ravelry. Continuing with the Ravelry help theme, today we will post photos from that project to a Ravelry thread. This is a common requirement for KALs (Knit-a-longs) and CALs (Crochet-a-longs), but it’s also fun to just share your photos with your online friends!

To start with, we will assume that you have logged in to Ravelry, and are in a thread (maybe it’s something like this. You can see that one of the requirements is to post homework to that Ravelry “thread.” A thread is a series of comments by various people all related to a certain topic – in this case the thread is named [IKD Challenge] – Step 1 Homework).

Knitting tutorial - add a project to ravelry

Ravelry Help: How to add a Project to Ravelry

You may know by now that my “day job” is working for Frenchie of Aroha Knits. I help out with many things, but one of my main duties when running challenges is helping people with the social media side of things, and one of the things that new Ravelry users struggle with is how to add a photo to a thread in Ravelry. The easiest way is to add a project to Ravelry, THEN link to your project from the spot you want to share. So today I’m going to walk you through adding a new project to Ravelry. In the next blog post, we’ll go through the steps to actually share the photos from that project to a thread on Ravelry 🙂

First, Sign in to Ravelry!

VA Life

Hey there … did you know my “day job” is working for Frenchie at Aroha Knits? Yep, that’s how I pay a few of my bills while I wait to become an international knitwear designing star 😉 

If you’re curious about what that looks like, whether you want to hire a virtual assistant (VA) or become a VA for yourself, go take a read, and see what you think! I’d love to hear your thoughts on the article – let me know if you have any questions, as well 🙂

Part 1: The Life of a VA

Part 2: Advantages of Being a VA for a fellow Yarnpreneur

 

Barents Hat KAL

Hey everyone, I feel like I’m STILL recovering from Christmas holidays! It’s partly because the kids don’t go back to school until Monday :/  I know I’ve been pretty absent lately, but the good news is because I was spending time with family, and I haven’t been spending as much time on my devices! It’s definitely a step in a good direction, and the break very good for me 🙂 I’m feeling recharged and ready to go!

Erin's Barents hat knit up in Morehouse Featherlight: Geranium
Erin’s Barents hat knit up in Morehouse Featherlight: Geranium

On that note, I’m so excited about the Knit-a-long (KAL) that I’m collaborating with Morehouse Farm on! I met Erin when she test knit the Barents Hat for me: she was interested in offering the pattern as a kit with her family farm’s yarn, and since I had been admiring the yarn she used to knit her hat, I obviously agreed.  Her family’s farm raises Merino sheep, and their yarn looks spectacular (I should have some in my hands later this month, and I’ll be sure to let you know what it’s like!).

Barents Hat & Cowl patterns now available!

knitting pattern - slouchy hat and cowlThat’s right, my face is smiling today! Both the Barents Hat and Cowl patterns are now live!!!

If you are a member of my email list, you should have already received some pretty awesome coupon codes. If the email got lost along the way, or you just didn’t sign up in time, don’t fret! Just shoot me an email to Sarah@KnitaBitofWhimsy.com and I’ll forward it over to you. (It seems like no matter WHAT we do, some emails go missing).