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  • LBY Summer of Sock Techniques: The Kitchener Stitch

    Post by Gretchen, Lion Brand Yarn Studio Education Director

    In my last post I mentioned covering increases next, but this week in the Sock Along we ended up talking about Kitchener stitch, also known as grafting. We have a participant who tried Magic Loop for the first time and has already finished one sock, but struggled to work the graft at the toe. After putting it in time out, she picked out the unsuccessful graft and brought the sock in. Several people gathered around as I demonstrated the steps to her, knowing that their cuff down socks would require them to work this eventually. It’s actually not difficult, but it is different than knitting.

    Kitchener stitch is a way to join two sets of live stitches with a ‘seam’ that follows the path a row of knitting would follow – so it becomes essentially seamless.

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  • LBY Studio Sock-Along: The German Twisted Cast On

    Post by Gretchen, Lion Brand Yarn Studio Education Director

    Since we had so many people outside New York City expressing interest our Summer Sock Along at Lion Brand Yarn Studio, we decided to share some of what we talked about in each session here on the Lion Brand Notebook.

    Even though everyone in the group is knitting socks, we are not knitting the same socks. The group is a mixture of people knitting their first pair of sock and others who are maybe just a smidge obsessed. (Sock knitting can be like that.)

    Some people are starting from the cuff and working down to the toe, and others are starting from the toe and working up to the cuff. There was general agreement that it was easier for your first sock to work from the cuff down. Part of this is likely because the cast on to begin at the cuff can be the same one you use for other projects, but starting at the toe requires a special cast on.

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  • 5 Things You Should Know about Corner to Corner Crochet

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    Southwest -Inspired Sunburst Afghan by ChiWei (One Dog Woof)

    Corner to corner crochet, also known as C2C crochet, is a technique that works stitches back and forth, but at a diagonal, from one far corner to the other. Looking at a corner to corner project can be perplexing, as you often see stitches that seem backwards and upside down, but the concept is surprisingly simple and the technique surprisingly versatile. I love corner to corner crochet, and it’s one of my fallback staples when I’m looking for a light, warm crochet fabric. Here’s 5 characteristics about corner to corner crochet that can help take the mystery out of it for you, so it can become one of your staple techniques too!

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