Knit One Below (01/09/2015)

We love this new-to-us technique: “Knit One Below”: a new and exciting way for knitters to combine colors, weights, fibers, and types of yarn into versatile fabrics. Shown in knitting instructions as “k1b” (knit 1 below), the technique alternates one simple action, working into the stitch one row below the stitch on the needle, with a knit or a purl.

Doesn’t that sound fascinating? We wanted to know more about this technique, so we’re passing along what we’ve discovered…

Don’t miss our February 13 Free Friday Project: we’ll be using the “Knit One Below” technique to make the Inside-Outside Scarf!

Inside-Outside Scarf


The result of Knit One Below is an easy-to-knit fabric with wonderful drape and flexibility that looks equally good on both sides. The color effects possible are also impressive: by alternating two or more colors, weights, or fibers, flattering vertical columns appear on one side of the fabric and a mottled pattern shows on the other.


Making the most of this double-sided characteristic, the projects include afghans, scarves, bags, jackets with turned-back lapels, and hats with turned-up brims, all constructed from simple shapes and requiring minimal finishing. Several designs go beyond the basic stitch by adding cables, felting, and intarsia designs.

Reversible Vest

The Inside-Outside Scarf shown above is a free Ravelry download (click on the picture above). The pattern uses 220-300 yards worsted weight yarn (110 yards each of 2 colors: 1 solid color & 1 variegated). We recommend Universal Poems yarn (see photos below).

Here are a few of the other patterns you’ll find in Knit One Below:

Bottoms Up! Bag
Non-Repeating Sweater
Pinwheel Socks

Elise Duvekot, the creator of this technique, has written a book, Knit One Below, available at The Stitchin’ Den.

Elise Duvekot is a knitwear designer whose enthusiasm for novel techniques led to the stitch patterns presented in her book Knit One Below — One Stitch, Many Fabrics. Her inspiration comes from geometrical patterns and from the many beautiful colors and yarns that are available. The style of her work can best be described as traditional in workmanship, while modern in color and design.

Elise also divides her time between the Old World (The Netherlands) and the New World (Canada). In addition to knitting strands of various yarns together as a designer, she knits words of various languages together as a translator. Knitting and translating both provide ideal environments in which to be creative and productive.

Knit One Below Table of contents:

• Introduction: History, techniques, casting on, binding off, increasing, decreasing, yarns…

• Vests

• Jackets

• Sweaters

• Wardrobe Building

• Creature Comforts

• Child & Baby

• Head to Toe

• Stashbusters, Techniques, etc.

Yarn Recommendations for the
Inside-Outside Scarf Shown Above:

Universal Poems Yarn
(color shown: 588/La Lavande)

Universal Poems Yarn
(color shown: 594/Sunset Drive)

Knitting Can be Dangerous (01/02/2015)

Who knew? Knitting can be a dangerous past-time. Read on: we’ll give you hints & tips to prevent injuries…

(from Rebecca A. Watson’s “Ravelings” article in the Summer 2012 issue of Interweave Knits magazine)

First, the bad news: knitting may not be a contact sport, but knitters are vulnerable to injuries that can be devastating to productivity and sanity in the short run and debilitating in the long run. But there’s good news, too: most of these injuries are completely preventable with a few minutes of care every time you knit.

“Knitters are susceptible to any of the repetitive stress injuries, particularly carpal tunnel syndrome and ulnar neuritis,” says Dr. Jeanette Y. Lomori, DC, a knitter of almost forty years. As a chiropractor, Dr. Lomori knows how to keep our bodies as loyal to our craft as our minds are. A repetitive injury can take days or weeks away from your knitting time, so think of the time spent on the following exercises as an investment in your crafting retirement account.


FIND THE SWEET SPOT. Knitting is supposed to be re­laxing, but if you’re sitting incorrectly, the strain on your body can cause seri­ous stress. Lounge in a supportive and comfortable chair with both feet planted on the floor and your heels aligned vertically beneath your knees, Your knees should be a little lower than your hips. Keep your spine straight and chin tucked back, not jutting forward or nodding down­ward. The idea is to keep your body loose; none of your muscles should be contracting.

TAKE BREAKS! As much fun as marathon knitting can be, it’s important to break it into smaller segments of time. When you hold your body in an abnormal or awkward position for more than twenty minutes, it starts to adapt and consider that position its new normal. Simply taking two-minute breaks for every twenty to thirty minutes of knitting can decrease the risk of repetitive strain injuries. And with those two minutes to kill, why not perform a few simple stretches?



MIND THE HANDS. Show your fingers some love and maintain dexterity with this stretch. Starting with your dominant hand, bend each finger backward one at a time for about twenty seconds each. Be sure to keep your wrist straight.Then bend all your fingers back together for another twenty seconds. Repeat with the fingers on your other hand.

IT’S ALL IN THE WRIST. Your wrists do a lot of the heavy lifting during knit­ting. Keep them limber by bending your entire hand back at the wrist for twenty seconds, starting again with your dominant hand. Breathe mindfully while you’re holding the stretches. Repeat with your other hand.



WHERE’S YOUR HEAD? A good trick to avoid strain in your neck is to look down with your eyes, not your head. If
that’s not easy for you, this stretch will help: bend your chin toward your chest and hold for twenty seconds.

MAY I BEND YOUR EAR? Move your right ear toward your right shoulder as if you’re trying to touch it. Hold for twenty seconds. Repeat on the left side and hold for twenty seconds.



MAKE YOUR HEAD SPIN. Turn your head as far right as is comfortable and hold for twenty seconds. Repeat, turning your head to the left.

GET THE WEIGHT OF THE WORLD OFF YOUR SHOULDERS. Roll your shoulders forward ten times, then roll them backward ten times, remembering to breathe mindfully.


Knitting should be something we can enjoy late into our years. Take care of your most important tools­—your body and fingers—to ensure that you will.

What is that neck “thingie”? (12/26/2014)

Cowl Girls

Of course, we all know a scarf is a long rectangle. But what is a cowl, a gaiter, an infinity scarf, a kerchief, a mobius shawl, a shawl, a snood? We at The Stitchin’ Den were not sure of the differences in these “thingies” until we received the book, Cowlgirls: The Neck’s Big Thing to Knit (available at the shop!). Along with many incredible patterns, Cathy Carron includes definitions for these terms.

While most of us will continue to call most of these neck “thingies” cowls, it is fun to know the difference.



Covers the whole head, exposing only the face or even just the eyes.



The word “cowl” comes from Latin & refers to a monk’s hood. A neckline that drapes loosely around the neck; a smaller version of the infinity scarf that we can’t wrap twice; it is slipped on and worn more snugly against the neck.



A type of collar that tucks into the front of a shirt or coat and creates a seamless barrier against wind and cold.



A neckpiece shaped like a donut; has an upright shape, similar to a gaiter, but is usually larger and is often knit as a tube for double the thickness.



A high, tubular collar that fits closely around the neck; made popular by skiers. It can also be pulled up over the mouth to keep out wind and sand.


Infinity Scarf:

A large, closed loop of fabric that can be worn in a variety of ways (worn long, wrapped double, or even wrapped triple); can even be worn as a capelet or shawl if wrapped right. Also called an eternity loop or a circle scarf.



A triangular or square scarf worn as a covering for the head or sometimes the shoulders.


Mobius Scarf:

A large, closed loop of fabric that has been twisted 180 degrees; a type of Infinity Scarf.



A knitted/crocheted decorative neck accessory.



A square, triangular, or oblong piece of wool or other material worn, especially by women, about the shoulders, or the head and shoulders, in place of a coat or hat outdoors, and indoors as protection against chill or dampness.



A cross between a scarf & a hood; a unique type of scarf that features extra fabric designed to be draped around the neck like a cowl, and can be pulled up over the head to create a hood. While a snood can certainly be used as a regular scarf, the hood portion makes it the ultimate cold weather accessory. Snoods provide warmth for the head, ears and neck, all at the same time. They are made to fit loosely and comfortably around the head, offering further protection from the wind and cold.

Quick Knit Gifts: Hats (12/19/2014)

Feeling the pressure to finish your holiday shopping? We have some ideas for making quick knitted holiday gifts:

This week we’re featuring hats. Stop by the Stitchin’ Den and pick up some of these nifty gift ideas. Patterns (free or purchase as Ravelry downloads) and yarns available now:

Slouch Hat


Cascade Yarns Color Duo
(color shown: 205/Grapey)
70% baby alpaca, 30% merino
Yardage: 197 yds
Gauge: 18 sts = 4″

Otaki Hat


Wisdom Yarns Poems
(color shown: 608/Baltic)
100% wool
Yardage: 109 yds
Gauge: 18 sts = 4″

Circular Ridged Hat/Scarf


Cascade Yarns Kenai
(color shown: 08/Punk)
100% wool
Yardage: 109 yds
Gauge: 18 sts = 4″

Ode to Spring Hat


Mountain Meadow Cody
(color shown: Moss)
100% Mountain Merino wool
Yardage: 200 yds

Quick Knit Gifts: Fingerless Mitts (12/12/2014)

Feeling the pressure to finish your holiday shopping? We have some ideas for making quick knitted holiday gifts:

This week we’re featuring fingerless mitts. Stop by the Stitchin’ Den and pick up some of these nifty gift ideas. Patterns (free or purchase as Ravelry downloads) and yarns available now:

Half-Linen Cozies


Tahki Yarns Donegal Tweed Homespun
(color shown: 863/Dark Red)
100% Pure New Wool
4.5 sts = 1″

Jarbo Garn Raggi
(color shown: 15105)
70% wool, 30% nylon
165 yds
4.5 sts = 1″

Susie Rogers’ Reading Mitts


Brown Sheep Yarn Nature Spun Sport Weight
(color shown: N17S/French Clay)
100% wool
Yardage: 184 yds
Gauge: 6 sts = 1″

Cascade Yarns 220 Superwash Sport
(color shown: 123/Lily Pad)
100% Superwash Merino Wool
Yardage: 136.5 yds
Gauge: 22-24 sts = 4″

Shirl’s Mittlets


Mountain Meadow Laramie
(color shown: Moss)
100% Mountain Merino
Yardage: 196 yds

Cascade Yarns Heritage Sock Yarn
(color shown: 5685/Dahlia)
75% Superwash Merino Wool, 25% Nylon
Yardage: 437 yds
Gauge: 28-32 sts = 4″

Quick Knit Gifts: Cowls, Shawls, Scarves (12/07/2014)

Feeling the pressure to finish your holiday shopping? We have some ideas for making quick knitted holiday gifts:

This week we’re featuring a shawl & 2 cowls. Stop by the Stitchin’ Den and pick up some of these nifty gift ideas. Patterns (free Ravelry downloads) and yarns available now:

GAP-tastic Cowl


Cascade Yarns Color Duo
(color shown: 202/Sea Storm)
70% Baby Alpaca, 30% Merino Wool
Yardage: 197 yds
Gauge: 18 sts = 4″

Honey Cowl


Wisdom Yarns Poems Silk
(color shown: 737/Ribbon Reef)
25% Silk, 75% Wool
Yardage: 109 yds
Gauge: 4-5 sts = 1″

Zilver Shawl


MJ Yarns Simple Sock
(color shown: Purple Dragon)
75% Wool, 25% Nylon (Polyamide)
Yardage: 390 yds
Gauge: 7-9 sts = 1″

One by One, Two by Two Scarf


Erika Knight British Blue Wool
(color shown: 32/Steve)
100% Bluefaced Leicester Wool
Yardage: 60 yds
Gauge: 5.5 sts = 1″

Magic in Knitting (11/21/2014)

One of our favorite patterns is the Tequila Shawl, made with Kauni Wool 8/2 Solids, a Danish 100% shetland-type sport weight wool that produces transitional gradient-style color changes when knit up. (Scroll down or click here to see some of our newest yarn arrivals!)

tequila_shawl kauni_yarn

There is something magical about this yarn and this scarf pattern… Donna is making this shawl; as she completes one section of the shawl and starts on the next, the yarn is automagically changing color. What a striking garment; we can’t wait to see the finished product!

Donna’s in-progress / unblocked shawl:

tequila_scarf_d1.jpg tequila_scarf_d5.jpg

Our store model of the shawl:

tequila_scarf1.jpg tequila_scarf5.jpg

Another example of magic in knitting is Universal Yarn’s Uptown Worsted Spirit Stripes: a self-striping yarn that knits (or crochets) up beautifully. Come in to the shop and browse through all the colors we have in stock.


Here are two free scarf patterns (from Universal Yarns):

Stadium Scarf (knitted)
Argyle Scarf (crocheted)


Check out some of our newest (magical) yarns!

Poems Silk by Wisdom Yarns
Materials: 75% wool, 25% silk
Needles: US size 8 Needles
Gauge: 18 sts & 23 rows/4 inches
Yardage: 109 yards
Care: Hand wash cold, lay flat to dry
Suggested Uses: Shawls, scarves, cowls, pillows
[color shown: Ribbon Reef/737]
Poems by Wisdom Yarns
Materials: 100% wool
Needles: US Size 8 Needles
Gauge: 18 sts & 23 rows/4 inches
Yardage: 109 yds
Care: Hand wash cold, lay flat to dry
Suggested Uses: Scarves, shawls, hats, cowls
[color shown: La Lavande/588]
Poems Chunky by Wisdom Yarns
Materials: 100% wool
Needles: US Size 10.5 Needles
Gauge: 13 sts & 18 rows/4 inches
Yardage: 110 yds
Care: Hand wash cool, lay flat to dry
Suggested Uses: Sweaters, cowls, scarves, hats
Smart yarn self-patterns for easy knitting
[color shown: Embers/901]
Dune by Trendsetter Yarns
Materials: 45% mohair, 25% acrylic, 20% viscose, 6% new wool, 4% polyester
Needles: US Size 10 Needles
Gauge: 4 sts/inch
Yardage: 87 yds
Care: Hand wash cold (no detergent); dry cleaning recommended
Suggested Uses: Scarves, cowls, shawls
A wonderful addition to other yarns in a sweater
[color shown: Teal/Turq/Purple/58]

Look at the magic this yarn creates—envision how much fun you’ll have as the color continues to change as you knit this pattern:


Convertible Cowl

(made with Poems yarn)

Cornelia Tuttle Hamilton: Designer Extraordinaire teaches at the Stitchin’ Den on November 16 (11/11/2014)

Register now for Cornelia Tuttle Hamilton’s “Dropstitch Openwork” class: 2-5pm, November 16

Cornelia Tuttle Hamilton
Cornelia Tuttle Hamilton has applied her talent in combining colors and structure to designing handknits.

Hamilton’s artistic background began in her childhood and she started selling her creations in her mid-teens. A true multi-crafter she is proficient at embroidery, macramé and crochet but finally settled on handknitting at the age of 22. Her knitting career started in New York where she developed her talent during the early 80′s. There she designed for the knitting magazines and a private clientele as well as sold her handknits to better boutiques in Manhattan. The high point of her time in NY was a handknit collection under her own label that was sold to select boutiques in 20 states from Florida to Alaska.

The move over the Atlantic to Mariefred, Sweden gave her the peace and harmony to raise a family and develop her business and artistic creativity even further. Cornelia has written numerous articles on Swedish knitters and knitting. She has 12 pattern books to her name, including Noro: Meet the Man was published by Soho Publishing in the fall of 2009. A new booklet, Reflections, featuring the Poems Collection from Universal Yarn was released in August.

(background info Cornelia’s website)

Read more about Cornelia on her website, her Ravelry page, and her FaceBook page.

Alcott laptop case
(Poems Reflections)
Dulcinea sweater
(Poems Windfall)
Steinem scarf
Walker hat/scarf
(Poems Reflections)
Leonela sweater
(Hamilton Yarn)
Ursula top
Zoraida vest
(Poems Windfall)
Isadora fingerless mitts
(Hamilton Yarns)
Reflections Windfall Diversions Earthworks
Wanderlust NoroRevisited EternalNoro Noro
NoroBook2 NoroBook1 Transitions Passages

For your reading pleasure… (11/06/2014)

We have so many books and magazines to help you discover new techniques, inspire you to start a new project, and make you laugh… (Scroll down or click here to see some of our newest yarns—in our November Color of the Month: PURPLE!)

60 Quick Luxury Knits

60 Quick Luxury Knits: Easy, Elegant Projects for Every Day
by Sixth&Spring Books

60 easy, elegant designs for a wide range of accessories include a Buttoned Cable Cowl, Lacy Layered Hat, Diamond Lattice Scarf, Soutache Capelet, Smocked Belt, Geometric Mitts, and Fringed Handbag.

Crochet Home

Crochet Home: an Interweave magazine

In this special issue of Interweave Crochet Home, you’ll find crochet for every part of your home—from the entryway to the living room to the kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, study, and kids’ rooms, even outdoors. Discover 35+ delightful projects to crochet from afghans to pillows to an ottoman, to toys, shawls, rugs, and so much more. Turn your house into a home with Interweave Crochet Home!

First Frost

First Frost: Cozy Folk Knitting
by Lucinda Guy

Discover traditional northern European (Nordic, Baltic, and Scandinavian) knitting techniques to create full-sized garments as well as accessories for women, men, children, and home.


Knit-Purl: an Interweave magazine

Check out this special issue: striking knit-purl combinations, big gauges, bold colorwork, tailored sweaters, cool accessories, and more. Michelle Hunter introduces “Navajo ply knitting,” an innovative technique that allows for quick changes between single and triple-strand knitting. Handknit designer John Brinegar shows two exclusive designs and talks about his work, life, and favorite yarns.


Make it! Knits: an Interweave magazine

This issue features some of the best simple and quick knits chosen for their heavier weight yarns—from worsted to bulky—great projects for the beginning knitter or those who simply prefer quick and thick knits. Patterns range from beginner to intermediate garments and accessories, and all of them include enough yarn information to make it easy to substitute from your stash. Articles on knitting pattern basics, knitting in the round, reading charts, and determining how much yarn you need for a project are valuable information for knitters of all skill levels.

Things I Learned From Knitting

Things I Learned from Knitting
by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee

From the best-selling knitting author/humorist Yarn Harlot:

5 things they don’t take away from you in airport security that can replace knitting needles in an emergency:
• Chopsticks
• Coffee stir sticks
• Pencils (pens too, but they are less good)
• Toothpicks (but you can only make very small things)
• The handles of wooden spoons (but you can only make big things)

Twigg Stitch

Twigg Stitch: A New Twist on Reversible Knitting
by Vicki Twigg

A whole new side to your favorite craft, TwiggStitch is a new technique that uses familiar stitches and produces a wonderful result. For the first time ever, you can now produce this truly double-sided two-color knitting…


Check out some of our newest yarns!

Here are some great yarns, shown in our November Color of the Month: PURPLE!

Simply Sock Fingering Weight by MJ Yarns

[MJ Yarns is in Lafayette, CO]
Materials: 75% Superwash Corriedale, 25% Nylon
Needles: US size 1-3 Needles
Gauge: 7 sts/1 inch
Yardage: 390 yards
Care: Machine wash cold, lay flat to dry
Weight(s): Fingering
Suggested Uses: Socks, fingerless gloves, shawls, scarves
[color shown: Purple Dragon]
220 Superwash by Cascade Yarns

Materials: 100% Superwash wool
Needles: US Size 6-7 Needles
Gauge: 20-22 stitches/4 inches
Yardage: 220 yds
Care: Machine wash/dry
Weight: DK
Suggested Uses: Hats, mittens, scarves, sweaters
[color shown: Spectrum Blue/207]
128 Superwash by Cascade Yarns

Materials: 100% Superwash Merino Wool
Needles: US Size 10 Needles
Gauge: 14 stitches/4 inches
Yardage: 128 yds
Care: Hand wash and Dry flat or Dry clean
Suggested Uses: Hats, mittens, scarves, sweaters
[color shown: Purple Hyacinth/1986]

Holiday Gifts (10/31/2014)

Are you working on your holiday gift list yet? We can help, with some small projects you can make in a jiffy (Scroll down or click here to see some of our newest arrivals!)

First, though, we are excited to introduce you to our newest staff member, Quigley. Here he is with his brother (Duncan) and Halloween-costumed mother (Susan):



Try these great boot toppers for the women on your gift list:

Colettes Garden Boot Toppers Erika Knight Furry Welly Toppers
Cabled Boot Toppers
from Colette’s Garden
($5 pattern)
Furry Welly Toppers
from Erika Knight
(free pattern)

Yarn ideas for boot toppers from the Stitchin’ Den:

Burly Spun
(color shown: BS08/Wild Oak)
Fat Fur Wool
(color shown: 031/Mallard)

And check out this new book we received—full of great patterns:

Knitted Boot Cuffs: Twenty to Make
Hugs, Toppers & Covers for your Boots


Check out these Hats, Shawls, Fingerless Mitts, & Gift Bags

Stop by the Stitchin’ Den and pick up some of these nifty gift ideas. Patterns (free or purchase as Ravelry downloads) and yarns available now:

Holiday Elf Hat

Encore Worsted
(color shown: 9601/Regal Red)

Baby’s First Hat

British Blue Wool
(color shown: Boho)

Holiday Earflap Hat

Mini Mochi
(color shown: 108/Neptune Rainbow)

Turn a Square Hat

Cascade 220 (make 2 hats/skein!)
(color shown: sienna)

Goltry Hat

Shibui Pebble
(color shown: 2028/Trail)

Sideways Shibui Surprise

Shibui Staccato
(color shown: 2041/Pollen)

Pavement Infinity Scarf (crocheted)

Brown Sheep’s Burly Spun
(color shown: BS78/Aztec Turquoise

Baby Surprise Jacket

(Schoolhouse Press/$12)
Crystal Palace’s Mini Mochi Yarn
(color shown: 105/Tapestry Rainbow)

Hot Little Hands (crocheted)

Mountain Meadows Wool
(color shown: medium grey)

Holiday Gift Bag

Cascade 220
(color shown: Blue Velvet)

Holiday Spirits Cover (crocheted)

Cascade 220
(color shown: Highland Green)


Check out some of our newest yarns!

We recently received an assortment of ribbon yarns—perfect for snazzy, sparkly holiday projects! Come on in to the Stitchin’ Den and we’ll help you find a pattern.

Eros II by Plymouth Yarns

Materials: 100% Nylon
Needles: US size 7 Needles
Gauge: 5 sts/1 inch
Yardage: 165 yards
Care: Hand Wash, Dry Flat.
Weight(s): Worsted
Suggested Uses: Shawls, scarves, cardigans, bracelets, vests
[color shown: Jewel/3001]
Party by Crystal Palace Yarns

Materials: 100% Nylon
Needles: US Size 11 Needles
Gauge: 12-15 sts/4 inches
Yardage: 87 yds
Care: Hand Wash
Weight: Bulky
Suggested Uses: Lace tops, stolettes, vests, shrugs, capelets, jackets
[color shown: Bayberry/0221]

Little Flowers by Crystal Palace Yarns

Materials: 96% Nylon 4% Metalic Fiber
Needles: various
Gauge: wide range of gauges
Yardage: 130 yds
Care: Hand wash and Dry flat or Dry clean
Suggested Uses: Shawls, socks, cowls, scarves, shoulder bags
[color shown: Fall Herbs/9756]
Deco-Stardust by Crystal Palace Yarns

Materials: 55% Metallic Fiber, 45% Nylon
Needles: US size 10-13 Needles
Gauge: 2.5-3.5 sts/inch
Yardage: 118 yards
Care: Hand wash, dry flat
Suggested Uses: Hats, scarves, cowls, sweaters, mittens
[color shown: Really Red/4439]


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