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

EDGING FOR STOCKINETTE STITCH

After publishing last week’s episode in which I talked about how to knit perfect edges we received so much great feedback from our SKEINO community and our customers. There were also plenty of questions about edging for Stockinette Stitch.

This is why I decided to make another video about edges and of course this time we are focussing on how to knit edges for Stockinette Stitch.

As you might know this technique tends to make your knitted piece “roll up”. Although this can’t be avoided completely I found out that you can keep rolling up to a minimum using the techniques I will be explaining in this video of our weekly knitting blog.

 

I hope you liked the video. For questions and other feedback please feel free to contact me in the comments section here or on Youtube.

…And as always:

#happyknitting

 

Love,

Bjorn

 

CRUISE SHAWL KNITTING TUTORIAL

We have received many requests for a full knitting tutorial featuring our Cruise Shawl. The pattern is really not that difficult and of course we will go the extra mile to make sure you have fun knitting the Cruise Shawl and so we recorded our longest and most complete knitting tutorial yet…

The tutorial has a total of 4 parts:

In the opening section I will show you the overall construction of the shawl and where the increase and decrease lines can be found on the finished piece. There is a total of 7 sections.

Now let’s get to the actual knitting and in part 1 we will jump right on the pattern and start a new Cruise Shawl in colorway Samantha. Part 2 deals with the set-up row and I will show you how the lace row is done in part 3.

Click on the image above to watch the video

I hope you enjoyed this knitting tutorial and that I could help you with any doubts you might have with the Cruise Shawl pattern.

Please let me know how you liked this new format and what I can make better for future tutorials. This is a learning experience and we try to increase the quality of our videos with each episode.

For example our friend John, who is a professional carpenter, made this great overhead filming rack for us. Fully hand made and customized for making our knitting tutorials we think it makes shooting our videoblog so much easier and your watching experience better.

Here is a glimpse behind the scenes:
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The building instructions for this rack can be found here.

…And as always: #happyknitting

Love,
Bjorn

MEET THE CRUISE SHAWL

If you followed our blog you will know that I was on a cruise from Florida to Barcelona / Spain not too long ago. Even though the purpose of our trip was to relax a little I just couldn’t get the knitting out of my mind. The cruise was so inspiring that I came up with a new design project and the quiet days aboard the ship gave me enough time to finish it.

In today’s video I will present the finished design which is called the Cruise Shawl. This knitting kit is constructed in a star shape. In the video I will talk about why I chose that form for the shawl. On the cruise they had a daily knitting group and we met a bunch of wonderful ladies there. You can learn more about them here and here.

I felt that it would be a nice gesture to name our Cruise Shawl after our new knitter friends and so we asked everybody for their favorite color and we chose a Cruise Shawl colorway for every lady of the knitting group accordingly.

Click on the image to watch the video blog.

The Cruise Shawl is available as a knitting kit on the SKEINO website so you can have a look at each of the colorways.

I had such a wonderful time (not only when knitting) and I can’t wait to go on another cruise, especially when it’s so inspiring to come up with new designs!

What do you think about the Cruise Shawl? Please let me know in the comments section or directly on Youtube.

…And as always: #happyknitting

 

Love,

Bjorn

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 CARE FOR YOUR HANDCRAFTED PIECES

skeino care for your handicraft pieces

We often receive emails from SKEINO customers who are unsure about how to care for their knitted or crocheted pieces. Oh, it seems so complicated! All these different fibers need their special care! But have no fear, help is near. In this post we’ll give you an overview that should help making you feel more comfortable about caring for your finished projects.

So It’s very important to know, how to care for knitted, crochet or handwoven pieces. You’ve spent your money to buy the yarn and you’ve spent many hours using your talent to create these wonderful pieces. If you take good care of them you’ll have enjoyment for years to come.

 Here at SKEINO we do not like pressing, except for Lace Pieces – We like all pieces to be fluffy and cuddle soft.

It’s not very difficult to do so, no matter which fiber you used.

In general to hand wash your piece is never wrong. Use the detergent of your choice but don’t be too harsh. You can high spin (!) all your pieces, because the drum will run in one direction, this means NO felting. Here at SKEINO we do not like pressing, except for Lace Pieces – We like all pieces to be fluffy and cuddle soft.

Now let’s get a little more specific and jump into the different kinds of fibers.

Pieces made from PLANT FIBER (cotton, linen, rayon, bamboo, etc.):

  • Hand wash or gentle machine wash; rinse and high spin; dryer medium to medium high – damp dry; drying your final piece flat on a towel outside is the best, shape your piece perfectly
SKEINO tencel sock in la boheme colorway

These socks are made using our Tencel Sock yarn which is based on plant fibers

Pieces made from SILK:

  • Hand wash; high spin; dryer medium to medium high – damp dry, no more than 3 min by themselves; drying your final piece flat on a towel outside is the best, shape your piece perfectly
Our Scarf-In-A-Scarf Knitting Kit comes with a silk scarf

Our Scarf-In-A-Scarf Knitting Kit comes with a silk scarf

Pieces made from ANIMAL FIBER – not superwash treated (merino, alpaca, mohair, lama, all other sheep wools, etc.):

  • Hand wash in warm water with a mild detergent or use your own shampoo (all animal fibers and human hair are made from protein); let your piece soak and just squeeze it; rinse well with less movements; high spin; dry with low heat and no more than 2 minutes in your dryer, it will fluff up your piece with NO felting; drying your final piece flat on a towel outside is the best, shape your piece perfectly
SKEINO ALPACA SHAWL

The Alpaca Shawl uses Alpaca and Merino yarn

Pieces made from ANIMAL FIBER –superwash treated (mainly merino and other sheep wools, etc.):

  • Machine wash in warm water with a mild detergent or use your own shampoo (all animal fibers and human hair are made from protein); let your piece soak and use the gentle cycle; do NOT use the rinse cycle, instead fill the machine with cold water and move the pieces by hand, then high spin, maybe repeat the rinse process a second time; dry with low heat and no more than 3 minutes in your dryer, it will fluff up your piece with NO felting; dry final (outside is the best) flat on a towel, shape your piece perfectly; NOTE: if you don’t have a top loader, you’ll need to consider to hand wash your piece
  • REMEMBER: Superwash yarns do NOT provide a complete “NO FELTING” tag. To be careful is always the best way to go. It is your piece and you’ve put your talent and money into it.
SKEINO Arabella Shawl

Our bestseller Arabella Shawl is made using 100% Extra Fine Merino Superwash yarn

Want to know more about fiber types? Read a related blog post: SKEINO EXPLAINS: HANDPAINTED PROTEIN FIBERS VS. PLANT FIBERS

So that wasn’t too hard after all, right? Feel free to re-browse this blogpost anytime you are unsure about how to care for your handcrafted pieces. Make sure to spread the word in your family & friends if they are unsure. As always please feel free to ask us anything or share your thoughts in the comment section.