Video Tip: Learn How and Where to Measure
One of the most critical skills in learning how to knit for yourself is learning how to measure yourself. Sometimes it helps to have a visual, so today we have a little special treat: a clip from Knitting Daily TV showing Kim Werker demonstrating measuring techniques. This clip is from Episode 102: The Sweater, which is all about how to make the perfect sweater for yourself. (Find out where Knitting Daily TV is showing in your area, or purchase the entire first season on DVD online.)
We also have some online tutorials, some with photos, to help you out. Here are some links that you might want to take a look at:
Using The Clothes You Already Own To Find What Fits You
Did you know? These links and more can be found in the How-To Section of Knitting Daily.
You people are amazing! When I invited you to "write your own commentaries" for this week's LYS Galleries, I wasn't sure how it would turn out. Well, I needn't have worried–the commentaries you wrote were insightful, thoughtful, and detailed. I admit my first thought about halfway down the comments was, "Well, I guess they don't need me anymore!" Great job.
Quick answers to a couple of reader questions:
Could you make a sleeveless version of the Diamond Cabled Pullover? Hm. The armholes on this sweater are square, and are set deep into the body of the sweater (note the photo of Bertha). You'd have to do something to those armholes, especially in the front, otherwise a sleeveless version would be quite revealing.
Is there a knitted version of the Spanish Moss Coat? A knitted version of any crochet pattern is a horse of different color! Meaning: It would basically be an entirely new pattern. Sure, you could take the schematic (ahem!) and use those measurements to figure out knitted stitch and row counts of a given yarn at a given gauge. But there is no direct "translation" from one crochet stitch pattern to a knitted stitch pattern, and no easy way to "convert" a crochet pattern to a knitted one (or vice-versa). So, unfortunately, no, there is not a knitted version. (There's similar styles, like Katie Himmelberg's Hideout Coat, which you can buy in our pattern store, but even that one is not "the same"!)
Knit your heart out over the weekend, folks.
Our featured free pattern this week is Lisa Myer's Leggings from Knit So Fine. And yes, these leggings have shaping! The shaping here is actually formed by the lovely traveling stitch pattern. Lisa is a guest on Episode 113: Oh-So-Fine of Knitting Daily TV, so check it out! (Look for Knit So Fine at your local yarn shop, or purchase it online.)
Wondering where the Knitting Daily TV show is being broadcast? Here's a searchable list of all the stations currently signed up to show KDTV. Can't wait to see the episodes? Buy a copy of the entire first season on DVD.
Sandi Wiseheart is the editor of Knitting Daily.
What's on Sandi's needles? Seaming, seaming. I am stitching up the Camisa, and weaving in the ends. And yes, even I have to rip out a seam a time or two until I am satisfied with the way it looks.