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Whale Done Socks KAL: Figure 8 Cast On

Video Tutorial: Figure Eight Cast on Method for knitting toe up socks.

Are your ready to start knitting your Whale Done Socks?

Before we begin, make sure you have read the KAL Introduction and have your materials ready to go. If you would like a printable copy of the entire pattern, the Whale Done Socks Pattern is available in my shop.

Lesson 1: Figure Eight Cast On

Knitting toe up socks may feel a little awkward at first, but it has a few very nice benefits that you don't get when working socks from the leg down.
  1. It's easy to try the sock on as you go to make sure it is perfectly sized.
  2. You don't have to play "Yarn Chicken" when you are knitting socks with leftover yarn. After the foot of the sock is made, you can simply make the leg longer or shorter to suit your needs.
  3. There's no toe grafting.
Like anything, this method takes a little bit of practice, but once you get the hang of it, it only takes a few seconds to cast on and knit the first round of your socks.

Here's how it works.



Now it's your turn!

Toe Pattern

Cast on 8 sts using a Figure Eight cast on.

Rnd 1: K8.

In the next lesson (available August 10, 2017) we'll continue and learn How to Knit Star Toes.

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Knitting Video Tutorial: Twined Colorwork Heel Flap

Twined Knitting Video Tutorial: A new twist on a traditional knit sock heel flap.

Twining is one of my very favorite colorwork techniques. I learned it quite by accident when I was first experimenting with colorwork in my knitting.

After some research, I discovered that twining is a traditional Scandinavian technique known as tvåändsstickning in Swedish and tvebandsstrikking in Norwegian. I'd like to say that this method just feels natural to me because of my Scandinavian heritage, but that's probably just in my head.

A few months ago, I made a pair of socks using twining in the round. I brought them to show the girls in my sock knitting group. On close inspection, one of the ladies commented that twining would work very well on a heel flap and that got me thinking...

I just had to design a pattern with a twined heel flap.

Here's a quick video showing how to do twining in rows.


And an upclose and personal look at both sides of the heel flap.

Twined Knitting Video Tutorial: A new twist on a traditional knit sock heel flap.

The one major difference between knitting a sock with a twined heel flap and a traditional slipped stitch ribbing heel flap has to do with how many stitches you pick up along the edges of the flap for the gusset.

Traditionally for the gusset  you pick up one stitch in each of the stitches along the side of the flap. If you do the same for a twined heel flap, the gusset will be too small. Instead, pick up approximately three stitches for every two stitches on the side of the flap.

If you are ready to try a twined heel flap, the pattern for these Road Trip Socks is available in my pattern shop.


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Twined Colorwork Knitting Video Tutorial

Video Tutorial: Twined knitting is a traditional Scandinavian technique where two yarn strands are twisted around each other creating an unconventional texture.

I am pretty much a self taught knitter. Books, online tutorials and much trial and error. When I first began two-color knitting, I guess I was doing it the "wrong" way. Instead of holding one strand of yarn in my left hand and one in my right, I twisted the two strands around each other with one hand.

Little did I know that this method is actually a traditional Scandinavian technique known as twined knitting (tvåändsstickning in Swedish and tvebandsstrikking in Norwegian). I'd like to say that this method just felt natural to me because of my Scandinavian heritage, but maybe that's just in my head.

On one side of your work, twined knitting looks just like plain, old stockinette. On the other side, the twisted strands become a design element and you get a beautifully textured pattern.

To get an idea about how twined knitting works, here's a quick video so you can see the twisting and untwisting motion of the working yarn strands in action.


The complete pattern for these Spring Violet Socks is available in my pattern shop..

Happy knitting!


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Video Tutorial: Portuguese Style Knitting

If your hands get sore after hours of knitting, you may want to learn more about Portuguese Style knitting. Here's a quick video intro.My name is Ellen and I am a knit-a-holoic. I knit a lot. Someone once gave me a decorative pillow that said "If I'm sitting, I'm knitting". They probably meant it to be cute or funny, but it is also absolutely true.

I taught myself how to knit over 25 years ago with a couple good books on the subject. I prefer to knit English Style, but I am also fairly competent at Continental Style. Unfortunately, either way, after hours and hours of knitting, my hands get incredibly sore, especially when I am using very fine yarn. So, I did a little research and discovered Portuguese Style knitting.

In Portuguese Style knitting, your yarn is draped around your neck and is tensioned by weaving the yarn over a single finger. Stitches are then made with a small flick of the thumb. Less motion throughout your hands means a lot less stress and pain.

Here's a quick demonstration of the technique.


Happy knitting!


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The Easiest Way to Prevent Laddering when Knitting in the Round

Video Tutorial: The easiest way to prevent gaps and eliminate laddering when knitting socks in the round on double pointed needles or dpns
One of the most common problems knitters have when working in the round on double pointed needles is a phenomenon called laddering.

Laddering is the odd gap that occurs when you switch from knitting on one dpn to the next. No matter how nice your yarn is, that little gap can completely ruin the look of a pair of lovingly hand knit socks, leaving you frustrated.

Of course, there are a few different methods out there to prevent laddering from happening, but I think mine is the easiest for knitters of all skill levels!

Instead of sliding stitches around from one needle to the next and back again, you simply have to alternate the position of your working needle for each round.

Here's a quick video so you can see exactly what I mean.


Easy peasy, right?

If you have any other tips for preventing laddering when you knit socks, you are welcome to share your method in the comments below.

Happy knitting!


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