These tutorials were written for Circled and Elemental, to aid in grafting the Hats. The techniques will have other uses, too, so I'm making them public as free downloads. The best information is by far what's in the books as that's far more comprehensive (and better laid out!) but these are pretty thorough in and of themselves.

Please bear in mind that these are written with specific patterns in mind, namely sideways knit Hats that require a top to bottom graft. I plan to talk about this much more at length in the hopefully not too distant future!

These are all on the Grafting page - images below link there.

 

This tutorial replaces my original garter grafting tutorial as it's far more thorough and indepth and covers a few more things when grafting a sideways knit Hat with a top to bottom graft.

 

Although this was written for Azula and Parallelo, the same principles would apply when grafting any kind of colourwork in stocking stitch or garter stitch that's top to bottom.

 

Grafting slipped stitches comes a two-parter, as there's a fair bit of prep involved (slipped stitches onto a provisional cast-on will do that ;) It's worth the effort though, as just look at those clean lines in the photo below!

 

Part two of the two-parter - make sure you grab both of them.

 

There's an awful lot more I want to say about grafting but honestly, my head's not been in the right place for it... for years, even. I have so much material and it's such a waste just sitting there in a few folders on my hard-drive but bringing it all together was going to take some mighty effort.

So I kinda gave myself no choice about it by proposing new workshops and having them sell out at EYF! And now I've basically written a book about it. Except I'm not wanting to publish a book because I don't want that kind of pressure, but I would like to share much of what I've learnt here. Seems that what was causing my head to crash with it was one or two tiny pieces missing in the puzzle and now I have those, my brain is back together and my confidence much healthier. I'd basically got it all worked out anyway, I just hadn't noticed the obvious.

Is it alright with you that some time later in the year I start a Kitchener Diaries blog series? And share all this info in bite-sized chunks?

ps/ my Introduction to Kitchener and Advanced Kitchener classes haven't sold out yet at Woollinn (I believe!) - it's going to be an amazing class, and I'm keen to see you there.

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Edinburgh Yarn Festival is drawing ever closer, and here's a reminder of the homework for each of my classes.

 
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An Introduction to Hat Design

In this class we'll cover a couple of basic styles - beanies and slouchies - and for this you'll want a yarn that knits up pretty quickly (Aran weight or heavier), needles to give you a firm-sh gauge (go down a needle size or two if you're not sure) and an idea of your gauge. Needles should be DPNs, short circs or whichever method you prefer for knitting in the round.

A swatch would be fantastic but failing that, we'll use your ball band gauge (which may mean a less well fitting Hat)

 

An Introduction to Kitchener Stitch

A few balls of oddments - 50g each or so - and needles to match; DK weight or heavier. A tapestry needle is essential. Needles can be any tpe.

Please also knit two swatches of stocking stitch, and two swatches of garter stitch. Swatches can be any size, minimum 20 sts and 20 rows. Don't cast them off, leave them on the needles or waste yarn.

Extras: crochet hook and a few metres of waste yarn.

 

An Introduction to Short Row Colourwork

At least 2 x 50g of two different coloured yarns of the same weight - DK or heavier. Needles to match. The more colours you bring, the more interesting your swatches will be! Needles need to be able to take 40sts at gauge.

A crochet hook will also be a big help, as would hooked markers or the safety pin variety.

 

Advanced Kitchener Stitch

This class is flexible in that you can bring along whatever you want to practice grafting on. However, to get the most from the class, please bring the following swatches:

  1. Two swatches of 1x1 rib; use a standard cast-on and work for 5cm; an odd number of sts, starting and ending in K1 on RS; live stitches kept on spare needle or waste yarn
     
  2. Two swatches of 2x2 rib; use a standard cast-on and work for 5cm; a multiple of 4+2, starting and ending with K2 on RS; live stitches kept on spare needle or waste yarn
     
  3. Two swatches of moss (seed) stitch; use a standard cast-on and work for 5cm; an odd number of sts with each row starting and ending in K1; live stitches kept on spare needle or waste yarn
     
  4. One swatch of 1x1 rib, started with a provisional cast on, worked to around 10cm in length; an odd number of sts, starting and ending in K1 on RS; live stitches kept on spare needle or waste yarn
     
  5. One swatch of 2x2 rib, started with a provisional cast on, worked to around 10cm in length; a multiple of 4+2, starting and ending with K2 on RS; live stitches kept on spare needle or waste yarn
     
  6. One swatch of moss (seed) stitch, started with a provisional cast on, worked to around 10cm in length; an odd number of sts with each row starting and ending in K1; live stitches kept on spare needle or waste yarn
     
  7. If you're feeling adventurous, swatches of your favourite cables!
 

I hope this covers everything! Leave a comment below if I've missed anything. See you there!

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So, I don't really do awards. I never win things, though admittedly I never enter things, either. 

You may remember that I was nominated for designer of the year (knit) in the British Craft Awards? Well... I won. I didn't go to the event as it was a long way to travel and all non-urgent travel is cancelled for the time being and I honestly did not expect to win being the outsider indie and all that.

I really don't know how to process this at all, but I know the important thing is to say thank you for all your support and votes! A video is also good practice at taking myself out of my comfort zone, and it's all fine as long as I don't have to watch it.

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Yup, it's been quiet around here. The blog posts I wanted to share of our trip to India never happened as the blogging app went wonky. Coming back I was pretty poorly with jetlag and tracheitis (seems my sulphite allergy has changed and now it gives me trouble breathing. Joy). And then I needed to dive head-first into writing all the handouts for the brand new workshops I'll be teaching at Edinburgh Yarn festival and Woollinn.

I'm coming out of the other side of this now (although still coughing) and I'm not quite sure where I am... it feels like I've lost a few months in time but the snow today is telling me otherwise. I'm learning to sleep properly again and eat properly again (yey for adjusting to another new diet) and I really can't wait for winter to bugger off. My right shoulder is improving but my left shoulder is now deteriorating rapidly and I'm learning to manage all that all over again, too.

And there, I've broken the ice.

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Use code 'seeya2017' to get 30% off ALL digital products in my Ravelry and Etsy stores, and right here on my website too. The code is valid until midnight (GMT) 16th January.

Please do share and spread the word as the January Sale helps us in So Many Ways!  (last year it kept us clothed and fed until autumn - amazing, thank you!)

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I'm blogging from a hotel room in Ahmedabad in Gujarat where the sun is shining and we have great city views. Today is scheduled rest day and we're catching up with the world (WiFi permitting - everyone's online new years day!)

 I won't be back in the studio until 22nd January so if you need anything do pop over to my Ravelry group - I won't be checking any email between now and then.

Here's looking forward to 2018. I hope everyone has a healthy and safe new year.  

 I'll share more as WiFi/data/app permits!

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We'll be taking our first foot steps on Indian soil as this post goes live, and it feels rather poignant that I'm celebrating the 10th anniversary of my first book - a whole chunk of sideways knit Hats - as we take a well earned break paid for by another book of sideways knit Hats!

 
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I've always enjoyed designing sideways knit Hats, it's where I feel most at home and most challenged. For a while back there I didn't design so many and some books (such as Classic Woolly Toppers) didn't feature any at all, as they just didn't seem to be gathering much interest. I'm much, much more confident now in designing what I want and exploring different construction methods, and in them being well received, too.

I've said before that Going Straight is my worst selling book and also my most pirated; that's still true and it still feels like a shame.

I've learnt so much since publishing this book - about photography and colour/yarn choices for patterns. About layout and self publishing through POD. And also about short rows and grafting! For it's time, there was nothing else like it around and it kinda went under the radar. It's the book I've spent more time updating and tweaking than anything else, and I secretly hope that one day it might yet have it's moment.

For the next few of days I'm offering a promotion on Going Straight either here or on Ravelry. Use code 10yearsofsideways to get 50% off the price between now and midnight on Xmas day (GMT).

Enjoy!

And I'll be hopefully posting very soon with photos of our India adventure - expect lots of textiles, silver jewellery, architecture and family fun (I can't wait to see Aran's face as he rides an elephant. That's how we plan to spend xmas day!).

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