Stitchery Witchery

A collection of free knitting and crochet patterns from across the Internet, and photos of fiber arts projects submitted by crafters across tumblr. Feel free to submit your photos and ask for support!
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June Gilbank’s free pattern for the crocheted Plumeria.

Lanja Samsdottir’s free pattern for the knit Mors du Cheval Mittens.

Lanja Samsdottir’s free pattern for the knit Mors du Cheval Mittens.

Julie Elswick Suchomel’s free pattern for the knit Owlie Socks.
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Julie Elswick Suchomel’s free pattern for the knit Owlie Socks.

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Hello! I need some advice. When I knit with double pointed needles, I always end up with loose bits in my knitting where the ends of the needles met. Surely I'm doing something wrong? Thanks!
stitcherywitchery stitcherywitchery Said:

Hi there!

The technical term for those loose bits in your knitting where the dpns come together is “ladders.”  It’s a very, very common issue with knitting with double points, and it’s caused by changes in the knitting tension at the place where the needles come together.

I will admit that I struggle with ladders myself.  But changing up where the needles come together from row to row, and/or tightening up the first stitch on the new needle, should help.

Here’s a link to a good tutorial on how to avoid laddering that includes some additional helpful suggestions.

Hope this helps, and good luck!

Trellis Scarf, a free knitting pattern from the Purl Bee.

Trellis Scarf, a free knitting pattern from the Purl Bee.

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Celeste Young’s free pattern for the crocheted Rainbow Ripple Baby Blanket.

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Bluebird of Happiness, a free knitting pattern from Sara Elizabeth Kellner.

Bluebird of Happiness, a free knitting pattern from Sara Elizabeth Kellner.

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The pattern to create this beautiful scarf is really easy to achieve, it’s knitted in a “slip stitch rib pattern”… all you need is thin yarn and 4 1/2mm knitting needles to start…

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CO 71 stitches

Row 1: K3, *Sl1 with yarn in front, K3*… repeat from * throughout the whole row

Row 2: K1 *Sl1 with yarn in front, K3*… repeat from * to last 2 stitches, Sl1 with yarn in front, K1

imageAfter a few repeats your scarf will start looking like the picture above.

imageKeep working on the same pattern until you reach your desired length, my scarf is about 80”.

imageBO all your stitches and YOU ARE DONE!!

Click the next link to view images of the finish result:

http://theknitdepartment.tumblr.com/post/81984954137/knitted-spring-scarf-this-scarf-is-just-perfect

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Estuary by tincanknits (free pattern on Ravelry)

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Estuary by tincanknits (free pattern on Ravelry)

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Gidday Baby, a free pattern for a knit baby cardigan.

Gidday Baby, a free pattern for a knit baby cardigan.