MONICA SCARF OR COWL

This Garter stitch project is fast and easy. Follow me along as I walk you through the new SKEINO Monica Scarf or Cowl. The 3 skein project creates a lovely color transition and it can be knitted as a scarf or as a cowl.

The Monica Scarf or Cowl knitting kit can be found here: http://ss1.us/a/hmhxpvWW

As always please comment or ask here or on Youtube! I will be travelling over the holidays but I’ll try to keep up with your messages the best I can!  🙂

 

Love,

Bjorn

KALEIDOSCOPE SHAWL KNITTING TUTORIAL & MY SECRET FRINGING TOOL

In this video I will talk about our new Kaleidoscope Shawl. Fringes are all over the place this year and so I designed this piece to go with the trend.

In the second part of this episode I will show you how to twist fringes extra fast with a smart little tool I found.

The Kaleidoscope Shawl knitting kit can be found here:
http://ss1.us/a/yPfLEQrx

 

As always please comment and ask here or on Youtube. Thank you for watching! 🙂

 

Love,

Bjorn

HOW TO DESIGN A GREAT SWEATER

Today I have a special episode for you! In this knitting tutorial I will show you how to knit a sweater at a beginner’s level. This is a cuff-to-cuff design which will make the Cuddle Sweater an easy to knit piece.

I will explain the overall construction and how you can create your very own design: You can choose the length and width of the cuffs as well the overall fit of the sweater.

We will also look into seaming and crocheting the neck opening. A classic crewneck or a turtleneck – it’s all up to you!

 

 

I hope I could inspire you to be creative with this sweater design! We are offering this as a kit on SKEINO in 2 packs: XS-L and XL-XXL. You can also add a single skein to your order to be extra creative!

As always please leave a comment here or on Youtube!

 

Love,

Bjorn

RIB KNITTING: 4 RIBS I LOVE

In this episode I will show you 4 ribs I absolutely love. They are really easy to knit so join me with your needles!

Using ribs is a another fantastic way to customize a knitting pattern or to design your own pattern. I honestly think that anyone can be a knitting designer, if he or she is creative and likes to play with his or her knitting.

I hope you like these 4 ribs I am showing in the video. I truly love them and I have used them a lot in my designs. By the way since I am a combination knitter you might have to adapt your knitting a little bit. We had a great comment on Youtube from user Judy Vallas who explains in a comment below the video how you can adapt your knitting if you are not a combination knitter. Thank you Judy!

 

So what do you think about rib knitting? Also if you have a subject you would like me to cover in a future episode, please let me know in the comments!

…And as always,
#happyknitting !

Love,
Bjorn

HOW TO KNIT PERFECT EDGES AND BUBBLES

Hello again! We receive a lot of requests from our customers asking about how to get their edges right when knitting. Well, I can help with that and so I thought it would be a good topic for our weekly video tutorial.

Click on the image above to watch the video.

This time our knitting tutorial consists of 3 short classes because I wanted to cover more than just one topic. In the first part I’ll show you how you can knit a perfect edge in garter and stockinette stitch.

The second class is the easiest. It shows how you can get the edge right when knitting on the bias. We’ll knit the first stitch twice to achieve a nice 45-degree angle.

In the third and last class it’s getting a lot more fun when I show you how to knit a bubble. You can add these in different sizes to your knitting and by doing so you can give your piece a little extra style.

As always please feel free to comment and ask questions. Please allow me some time to reply. There is just so much on our agenda these days that it takes me more time than I ‘d like. Please do also subscribe to our YouTube channel and recommend my litte videos if you like them.

…And as always,

Happy Knitting!

Bjorn

KNITTING OUT OF THE BOX – BJORN’S TIPS & TRICKS – Carrying The Yarn On The Side Up

As a textile designer I need to know a lot about techniques, styles and also some math. Traditionally much of my work has been weaving. Nowadays with SKEINO this has changed and now I’m almost always knitting. However sometimes my weaving experience inspires me to make my knitting richer by crossing techniques. Today I will talk about carrying the yarn on the side up when using more than one yarn type or color.

If you are knitting a project with more than one yarn you have to make a decision on how to carry the yarn. You can either carry it on the side or you cut the yarn off until it is being used again.

Today I will show you not only how to decide on that but also how to combine the 2 techniques in one and the same project.

Say I am working on a striped project using 5 different colored yarns like shown in the graphic:

SKEINO carrying the yarn on the side up graphic

Look at the left and right hand side of the graphic to see the 2 techniques.

LEFT SIDE OF THE GRAPHIC

The colors for the stripes are being used in a bigger distance apart from each other and in this case I recommend cutting the yarn after you complete the stripe (left side). Remember that you have to stitch the ends in after you have finished your project.

RIGHT HAND SIDE OF THE GRAPHIC

The base yarn (blue) on the other hand is being used after each of the colors. The distance from using this color to the next time is much shorter. Therefore I recommend carrying the yarn on the side.

SKEINO Closeup SKEINO carrying the yarn on the side up

Note the yarn being carried up the side.

So how do you do that, carrying the yarn on the side? It is a technique that I am using and it sort of combines knitting with weaving. Here is how it works:

After changing the yarn work two more rows. When you start the third row, slip the first stitch and place the yarn you want to carry between this and the second stich from the front to the back. Work the next two rows. Slip the first stitch and place the yarn you are carrying from the back to the front between the first and the second stitch. Keep doing so until you need to use the carried yarn again. This way you are “weaving” the unused yarn in on the edge of your project.

Here is another method I like to carry the yarn on the side:

After changing the yarn work the front row, turn and work the back row. Then knit or purl the last stitch with both yarns. Drop the unused yarn again and repeat this procedure. Your edge stitch will be stronger by doing so.

CONCLUSION:

When do is it best to cut the yarn off?

Whenever the distances between the colors are bigger it is easier and more comfortable to use this traditional technique.

When is my “Carry the yarn on the side” technique a good option?

Whenever the color changes are shorter or you have a base yarn throughout your project it’s a great option that will save time. Nobody likes: “Weave in ends.” So let’s avoid this part if possible. 🙂

SKEINO Co-Founder and knitting designer Bjorn holding some skeins

I love experimenting when knitting.

Don’t be afraid to combine these 2 techniques in the same project. The idea behind all this is to make your work easier for you. The techniques will do the job and save you time and effort. As always my recommendation is to explore knitting and trying new things. This is one of them.

HAPPY KNITTING !

Yours,

Bjorn