Indigo Bags for sale!

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Natural cotton canvas is lovingly hand-dyed in natural Indigo in Charleston, SC, the location of the first successful Indigo plantations in Colonial America. Emblazoned with the symbol of the state of SC, this 15" x 16" tote bag will quickly become your favorite go-to bag for shopping in the historic Charleston market, trips to the beautiful Charleston beaches or wherever you roam. Durable and sturdy, with 21" handles that make it comfortable carrying as a shoulder or hand bag, this unique, one of a kind bag will be sure to get notice due to the richness of the indigo dye. 

The Indigo we use is natural, pre-reduced Indigo to achieve the depth of color that only natural Indigo produces. As the bags emerge from the Indigo vats, they are a vivid green, turning blue only as the oxygen hits the fabric and causes the magic chemical reaction unique to dyeing with Indigo.

Design in one side of bag, other side is solid blue.

Available for $20 plus shipping (unless you're local, in which case I'll deliver!) from my Etsy shop

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Knit That Sweater: Finishing Techniques 2 with Sandy Huff

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The second in a series written by my friend, designer Sandy Huff. Catch part 1 HERE


Knit That Sweater: Finishing Techniques, Vol. 2: SEAMING


Now you have finished the knitting.  You are ready to do the “finishing”. Follow these helpful tips to produce a garment you will be proud to wear.

When it comes to seaming side seams, how do you know that your seams will be even?  My solution to that is to knit the front and back pieces simultaneously using two separate balls of yarn.  There will not be any guesswork as to whether or not your edges are the same length. Do the same with your sleeves and you will have sleeves that are exactly the same length.

Always do seaming with the right side facing you so that you will be able to see how it looks as you go.  

The order in which seaming should occur is:

  1. Shoulders ( the foundation of the garment)

  2. Side seams

  3. Sleeve seams

  4. Work neckline and front edges (usually done as picked up stitches)

  5. Attach buttons, zippers, etc.

  6. Sew in sleeves.  This step is last because adding them earlier will make the garment too heavy and awkward to work with.

 

My least favorite seaming task is the shoulders.  Patterns typically guide you in the direction of a shoulder edge that ladders and is very difficult to seam.  There are several other options for finishing your shoulder seams.

 

A sloped bind off will give you a curved edge rather than a ladder.  On the last row before the BO, sl last st purlwise. On the BO row (sl one purlwise) twice, pass the second stitch over the first to BO the first stitch.  BO the remaining stitches as usual. Continue in this manner until you finish all your BO rows.

You may also use short rows to shape the shoulder in order to finish with live stitches when you can use the kitchener stitch or a 3-needle bind off for a seamless finish.  Knit across the first BO row rather than binding off. On the next row, stop to within the number of stitches you were to BO on the first BO row. Turn your work. Knit the remaining stitches and repeat until you finish all of the BO stitch numbers.  You will be left with live stitches in which to do your kitchener or 3-needle BO.

For vertical seams such as side seams and armhole edges leave a long enough tail when casting on the body or when binding off in order to use the tail for seaming. Use the mattress stitch for Stockinette stitch and reverse stockinette stitch.  

When sewing in in the sleeves, first mark the middle of the top of the sleeve cap where it will match up with the shoulder seam.  Begin seaming at the lower armhole where it meets the side seams and sew up towards the shoulder until your marker is even with the top of the shoulder easing the fit as you go.

When picking up stitches, if you’ve already added edge stitches, use these stitches for a flawless seam.  Work into the backs of stitches to prevent holes if you need to. A pattern will tell you how many stitches to pick up but that may not happen in your knitting.  If you pick up too may just decrease on the first row of knitting. When picking up stitches on a vertical edge the loose rule is to pick up 2 stitches for every 3 rows. On ribbing, pick up at every row or 5 stitches to every 6 rows. Decrease evenly a few stitches on the last row before the BO to prevent flaring.

Next time--Part 3: Blocking and Buttons and more

 Sandy Huff is a designer, knitter, crocheter and all-around awesome person. You can find her patterns  here on Ravelry , including some gorgeous brand new ones!

Sandy Huff is a designer, knitter, crocheter and all-around awesome person. You can find her patterns here on Ravelry, including some gorgeous brand new ones!

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How-to Video Tutorial: Slip, Knit, PSSO

I made this video for a student to show the proper way to work the Slip, Knit, PSSO (Pass Slipped Stitch Over) decrease. This left-leaning decrease is useful for knitting hats, socks, lace and much more.

Here's how it works: 

1. Slip the stitch from the left needle to the right needle without working it.

2. Knit the next stitch.

3. Pass the slipped stitch over the stitch you just knit. Ta-da! A left-leaning decrease!

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Knit That Sweater: Finishing Techniques part 1 with Sandy Huff

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Knit That Sweater: Finishing Techniques, Part 1: Fit

This is the first in a series (which is the first in a series). My pal Sandy Huff, designer extraordinaire, has agreed to be the first in a series of guest bloggers here at KnitOasis.com, and this is the first in her series on Finishing Techniques. There is some good stuff here, so pay attention and be sure to check back soon for the next installment.


You have completed knitting the pieces of your sweater--now what? Most knitting patterns are very vague about how to finish your sweater.  Usually, you will see “Finishing: Sew shoulder seams, sew sides seams, weave in ends”.

For most, the process of finishing knitted pieces can be a unnerving and difficult job because we don’t love what we don’t understand.  But, it doesn’t have to be a daunting task. With a little planning and a little knowledge, finishing can be less daunting.

First things first--FIT!

Finishing actually starts at the beginning.  When you are planning your sweater there are some things you can do to assure a polished and professional look.

Fit is very important!  Why spend all that time knitting something that isn’t even going to fit. Take a look on Ravelry.  Patterns made by others may give you a clue as to whether or not the piece will even look good on you.  If available, find finished projects that are modeled on a body that is similar to your own. Check the schematic against sweaters that you already have in your closet that fit you to find the appropriate size you should knit.

None of us likes to swatch. But, swatching is the key to achieving the right size garment. Make a swatch at least 6”x6” in the stitch pattern that will be used in the garment.  This will give you the most accurate stitch and row count. Most patterns give you gauge direction of a 4”x 4” swatch however, in my experience, the bigger the better.

Search on Ravelry for any errata.  This will save you time and frustration later.

Your choice of cast on can greatly affect the finishing look of your garment.  For a comprehensive book of cast ons I recommend Cast On Bind Off by Leslie Ann Bestor.

For ease in seaming your garments at the end, I suggest doing your increasing and decreasing two stitches from the edge even if the pattern directs you to do inc/dec at the very edge.  This will create a smooth and clean selvedge line for seaming. If your garment is knit in a stitch pattern, I suggest keeping the last two stitches in stockinette stitch , also for a smooth and clean line for seaming later.  If needed, you can add four sts at your cast on (2 extra sts per side) to facilitate the pattern st.

We all know how difficult it is to make picking up stitches look good.  Plan ahead by adding stockinette stitch edges to the armhole, button band, neckline, sleeve caps or wherever you will be picking up stitches. Picking up these neat, clean stitches later will give you a more polished look and make the process easier.

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Next time: Part 2 from Sandy: Seaming!

Sandy Huff is a knit and crochet designer from the Atlanta, GA area. She is also someone for whom other people name patterns...

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