It’s a new year, and I have plenty of the same old resolutions we all do: Organize my yarn stash, clear some projects out of my ravelry queue, blog more often, post those patterns I’ve made and never written down, finish that hat I promised my husband 3 years ago, blah, blah, blah.
Well I hate the idea of starting a new year with a glorified to-do list. I’d rather think of 2012 as an opportunity to try new things and learn some new skills. And I’ll admit it – I’m a procrastinator; I’d much rather start something new than finish something already started.
So, to kick off the new year the right way….Here are a few of the new knitting tricks I look forward to mastering in the year to come!
A seemingly magical process by which two sides of knitted fabric are created using one needle. Sure, the directions make it sound simple, but from the outside looking in, this technique looks downright miraculous. From what I understand, you can use it to create open pockets or to do blocked colorwork like this piano scarf where the reverse side is finished as well. I have been dying to do a two color houndstooth pattern, and I think double knitting will be just the ticket.
I’m currently enchanted by this chunky textured basket weave stitch. It lends itself to some interesting color options and despite it’s hypnotic cabled appearance, it’s just a series of knits, purls, and simple decreases. In most of the projects where I’ve seen it used, it can look a little dowdy, but I’d love to find a fresh, modern use for it.
Another great way to do two color knitting. I’m in love with all of the brioche rib hats I’m seeing in department stores this year. Supposedly just a matter of slipping stitches back and forth to create that great textured rib look. I’m anxious to give this technique a try.
So here’s to a New Year, new projects, and new skills. In 2012 may your heart, your stomach, and your needles always be full. Blessings!