New Video! (increase stitches k1, k1 tbl, k1)

Hey guys! I am excited to say that I have created my very first video made specifically for you knitters. I’ve got some feedback from fellow knitters about the increase stitches for the Very Berry Scarf. So, in response to this here is a how-to video for this increase (k1, k1 tbl, k1) technique:

Knitting in front of a camera is a lot harder than I expected. LOL!

Knitting Pains

A subject that I would like to discuss today is hand, shoulder, back pain due to the stress of knitting. Knitting shouldn’t be painful. It should relieve stress–not cause it. But this issue is quite common among knitters. I know that when I’ve been knitting for a while my hands get tired due to repetitive motions during long periods of time and requires a good stretch.

Here are some useful exercises to relieve pain.

Also, there are gloves that claim to reduce stress due to knitting.

I have to say, these are not the most fashionable gloves known to man but my knitting buddies swear by them. These are supposed to help keep the hands warm and not stiff therefore allowing for a couple extra hours of knitting without pain. These gloves can be purchased at most craft supply stores.

Remember, these are all useful ways to reduce stress and pain of the body due to knitting but most importantly, take frequent breaks and do other activities between knitting sessions. We all want to push ourselves to finish our current projects and start a new one but don’t push ourselves too hard because our health comes first and foremost.

Very Berry Scarf

Good afternoon!
Ever since yesterday I’ve been thinking about what my first project for this blog should be and I came up with this: Very Berry Scarf. This scarf is a great way to kick off the fall season!

This is my very own pattern, therefore, I don’t have a picture of the scarf yet. I am still in the process of knitting it and it is coming along quite beautifully. This pattern consists of two types of stitch patterns: berry stitch and stockinette.

Here is what a berry stitch looks like….

I apologize for the quality of these pics. I lost my camera a couple of months ago so these were taken on my phone.

Materials

6 skeins of 2 ply yarn (in this picture I used a wool/ fine alpaca blend)
Size 9 (5.5mm) needles
Pattern
Cast on 35 stitches. Knit first row.
Berry Stitch (multiple of 4 sts + 3)
Row 1 (RS): k1, (k1, k1 tbl, k1) into next st, *p3, (k1, k1 tbl, k1) into next st; repeat from * to last st, k1. [53 sts]
Row 2: k4, p3tog, *k3, p3tog; repeat from * to last 4 sts, k4. [35 sts]
Row 3: k1, p3, *(k1, k1 tbl, k1) into next st, p3; repeat from * to last st, k1. [53 sts]
Row 4: k1, p3tog, *k3, p3tog; repeat from * to last st, k1. [35sts]
Repeat Rows 1-4 until scarf is approximately 16″ from cast on edge.
Then repeat Row 1 and 2.
Stockinette
Row 1 (WS): purl.
Row 2: knit.
Repeat Rows 1 and 2 until stockinette portion measures approximately 12″. Then place these stitches on a stitch holder or spare needle. Now start on the second half of the scarf by repeating the same steps.
Joining The Two Sides
Use kitchener stitch to graft the two sides together and weave in the ends.
*Note: (k1, k1 tbl, k1) into next st is an increase technique. This step will increase your stitch by three.
Hope you enjoy this pattern as much as I do!
Intended for personal use only and NOT selling or re-selling purposes. Please be considerate when using our patterns by allowing us credit for our hard work.

Introduction

Hello everyone!

This is my first entry to this blog and I am very excited! This blog gives me the opportunity to connect with people like me who are passionate about knitting.

I’ve been knitting for several years now and I have to say that I am no expert. Again, this blog will give me the opportunity to connect with and learn from other knitters and vice versa. Throughout this blog I plan on sharing my knitting projects with the online community and I encourage you all to knit along with me.

I guess you can call this place “a tight knit gathering” 😉