VIDEO TUTORIAL: HOW TO KNIT A FISHERMAN’S RIB

Traditionally in Northern Germany in the Baltic Sea and the North Sea regions, the Fishermen wear a warm thick turtleneck sweater when they are at Sea doing their fishing duties.

Those traditional sweaters are being worn for a long time and they used to be made of rough wool from the sheep at the fishermen’s own farms. The yarn was dyed with Indigo in a deep blue color.

As a tribute to those sweaters I designed the SKEINO Fisherman Scarf. I followed the traditional colorway (Sapphire Blue) and our Jewel Box and Deep Ocean are similar colors. Today’s traditional Fisherman Sweater can still be seen made out of Cotton in a Navy Blue.

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To answer the many questions that we received from knitters regarding the Fisherman Rib, I decided to shoot my first ever spoken video tutorial to visually show you how to knit the Fisherman Rib called “Patent” in Germany.  This video shows you how people use to knit this pattern in Germany today.

 

 

I hope you liked the video! I’m a first time vlogger so please be patient with me. 🙂

For the video tutorial I used our new Teal-Tonal colorway which will be available for ordering in early January 2016.

…and as always: Happy Knitting !

 

Love,

Bjorn

HOW TO CONNECT ENDS FROM I-CORD YARNS

We get a lot of questions regarding knitting techniques and this is what the skeinoblog is for. This week a customer asked us how to connect ends from I-cord yarns, so here is a short tutorial:

You might have knitted with I-Cord yarns in the past and wondering how to connect ends or fix knots. Believe it or not but this is actually quite easy.

I-Cord yarns are kind of a “tube” yarns. With a blunt sewing needle or tapestry needle you can go inside the “tube” and thread one end into the other end.

SKEINO has two I-Cord yarns: VENICE and the yarn from the MOON SHAWL.

You can use this technique, just follow my hands:

 

1.Finding the opening of the tube

Cut the yarn and find the opening of the tube.

 

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2. Gliding the needle into the tube

Then let the needle glide further into the yarn-tube.

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3. Pulling the thread into the tube

Pull the thread approximately 2 inches into the yarn and bring the needle outside the yarn-tube. Unthread the needle.

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4. Final fix

Pull the Yarn into the opposite direction until the end is completely in the yarn-tube.

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5. Result

Here you can see, the connection is almost invisible. What remains is a slightly thicker portion of the yarn, which nobody will find.

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That was quick and easy, right! Do you want to see more short tutorials like this? If you have any particular questions you would like me to explain in the skeinoblog just send me an email here.

…and as always,

HAPPY KNITTING !

 

Love,

Bjorn

SAINT NICHOLAS DAY – A WALK THROUGH EUROPEAN CHRISTMAS TRADITIONS ON DECEMBER 6TH

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Dec 6th is the day of Saint Nicholas, a V.I.P. in European Christmas traditions. In the US that day is not widely celebrated but we think there are some beautiful rituals! Let’s take some time to learn about European pre-Christmas traditions and find out about the heritage of Santa Claus himself.

In Germany (the homeland of our designer Björn) children are busy with cleaning their shoes on the eve of December 5th. Tradition says that they have to put out one boot and hope to find some presents in it the next morning. The saga says that Saint Nicholas presents the good kids with candy and the naughty ones will miss out.

In Austria things are different but their folklore is very interesting too. In the region surrounding the Alps children can also look forward to some presents from Saint Nicholas as long as they’ve behaved well. If that’s not the case the “Krampus”, an evil demon and Saint Nicholaus’ little helper, might punish them. Hollywood just picked up the story for a holiday horror movie also called Krampus.

In the Netherlands the Day of Saint Nicholas is actually the most important Christmas holiday. Already at the end of November children put their boots next to the chimney or stove with their wish list in them. They’ll also put a dish with carrots next to their boots. Those carrots are very important since they feed the horses „Sinterklaas“. The word is that he rides from roof to roof throwing little presents trough each chimney. Now wait a minute that sounds familiar, right? And yes, a significant part of the legend of Santa Claus evolved from his Dutch counterpart.

At SKEINO we celebrate the day of Saint Nicholas with a gift to you: We created a Sock-Special Yarn Pack that comes with 3 different sock yarns: Corriedale, Donegal and Merino-Nylon. These superwash-yarns come with 3 FREE patterns and you save 35% from buying them separately. We don’t have candy but we can fill your boots with yarn.

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If you would like to know more about Christmas traditions grab some cookies, click these links and enjoy yourself:

The story of Saint Nicholas – the real Santa Claus:


Santa Claus around the world:

http://www.toptenz.net/top-10-santa-legends-from-around-the-world.php

Do you celebrate the day of Saint Nicholas? What special traditions do you celebrate in the time before Christmas? Let us know in the comments!

KNITTING ONE PROJECT WITH DIFFERENT YARN WEIGHTS

Some designs may use a different yarn than the rest of the project. This creates a unique look, much more different than just using one yarn for the entire piece.

But you can also combine two or more yarns throughout. There is only one rule to follow, be sure that the care instructions are similar.

Play with colors, tone down bright colors or brighten up muted colors.   Use glitter yarn, fuzzy yarn, you name it.

Swatch and experiment with yarn that you have in your stash.

The yarns don’t need to be in the same weight category.

Most Knitting Projects ask for one yarn weight and the piece is worked throughout with the same yarn.

There are less projects out there using different yarn weights and using the same needle size.

This is what I would like to talk about today.

 

EXAMPLE 1

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To work a project with two different yarns is pretty easy. Just pick perhaps a Fingering Yarn and a Worsted weight yarn, match the colors or combine what you like. Knit stripes, 2 rows with each yarn. You can carry the yarn on the side. This could become a nice shawl or a vest. You will have to do the math to have an equal yardage for both colors.

 

 

 

EXAMPLE 2

My second sample shows a close up from our Operetta Shawl.

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Lace Weight Kid Mohair / Silk and Bulky Weight Merino / Silk yarn is being used for this three row repeat shawl without changing the needle. The Bulky yarn creates a wonderful meander and the fuzz from the mohair holds the lace stitches in place.

NOTE: The Operetta Shawl will be re-introduced in 2016.

EXAMPLE 3

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This swatch is knitted in Garter Stitch with a DK-Weight Yarn and a Bulky Weight Yarn. The DK yarns are three different textured yarns and are being used for two rows each. The Bulky yarn is being used also for two rows, but in a different pattern:

First and second row: knit one stitch and slip one stitch as if to knit with the yarn in the front.

This way the Bulky yarn will not stretch the fabric and makes it “wavy”.

This is easy to do and it will show some nice effects.

The key to this is that you should have fun! Drop your fear and grab the needles and the yarn!

Have you ever knitted with two different yarn weights? Let me know your experiences in the comments!

…And as always: HAPPY KNITTING !

 

Love,

Bjorn