It’s that time again, guys and gals!
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What do you think would be the perfect vacation knitting project?
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What I definitely will not be doing as vacation knitting!
A kit to knit a tiny beaded purse. Everything you need to complete the purse is included, even the needles. Knock yourself out.
Steeks for Arans?
Last week a reader asked abut the possibility of steeking an aran. I knew I had answered this question at some point in the past, so I went to Google, typed in the words steeks in arans, and my blog entry on the topic was the first result that came up. And I quote:
Now for arans, I always knit in pieces. There’s really no reason you can’t knit them in the round, but I can think of some good reasons why you wouldn’t want to.
First of all, it’s easier to keep track of your cable pattern if you’re purling back on alternate rounds. 99% of the time there’s no patterning done on the purl side of arans (except maybe for twisting some stitches). So you just knit the knit stitches and purl the purl stitches.
Reason number two is that if I’m making an aran out of worsted or heavier wool, that’s a heck of a lot of weight to be dragging around on your circular needle. Puts a lot of strain on your needle, not to mention on your hands.
And the last reason, I think a heavily cabled sweater benefits from having side seams. It adds stability to the garment.
And there you have it. Straight from the horse’s mouth, as it were.
The end is in sight!
Lucy is a big help.