This past Saturday June 18th, I had the joy of marching in the 34th annual Coney Island Mermaid Parade, in none other than a hand knit mermaid costume! This is the biggest Art Parade in the nation, where over 3,000 people come out dressed as mermaids and other sea inspired creatures, and hundreds of thousands of people come to watch! I am always blown away by the creative visions people have for this event – everyone’s take is so different! The coolest part is that almost all of the marchers make their own costumes (though I think I’m the only one who knitted mine 😉 )
My costume took a total a total of 65 hours to create, and I worked on it over the course of 6 weeks. Thankfully I planned ahead and got my start back in April! I also knitted a Merman costume for my friend Ken who joined me for the parade. He likes to show skin, lol, so that went a lot quicker than mine! His ensemble took about 12 hours.
Below I have instructions for all of the pieces I designed, and links to the patterns I used by other designers. Hope you enjoy!
Knitted Mermaid Costume
Needles: US 7 (4.5mm) 29″ circular needle, US 11 (8mm) 29″ circular needle, US F/5 (3.75mm) crochet hook (for duplicate stitch on bra shells only, size isn’t critical!)
2 Balls (680 yards) of Patons Lace Sequin in Pale Amethyst (MC)
4 Balls (860 yards) of Loops and Threads Payette in Sterling Silver (CC)
Gauge: 18 sts and 24 rows = 4″ in Stockinette St using smaller needle and 2 strands of MC held together
Note about yarn: I held the MC and CC double for the shells and top part of the skirt for 2 reasons – 1) because it was thin, and 2) because I wanted double the amount of the sequins in the yarn to show! If you wanted to use a single strand of yarn for these pieces instead (and thus need less yardage), a DK or Worsted Weight yarn would probably work, just make sure to check your gauge!
1 yard of .75″ wide elastic for Skirt waistband
Nude bra, assorted rhinestones, hot glue (or fabric glue), and sewing needle and thread for Shell Bra
BO: bind off
CO: cast on
k2tog: knit 2 sts together
LH: left hand
M1L: make 1 by picking up bar between sts through front and knit through back loop
M1R: make 1 by picking up bar between sts through back and knit
PUK: pick up and knit
RS: right side
ssk: (slip 1 knitwise) twice, insert left hand needle into slipped sts and k2tog through back loop
W&T: (Wrap and Turn) Slip next st pwise, bring yarn to front if you are working a k row, or to the back if you are working a p row, slip st back onto LH needle, bring yarn to back if working a k row, or to front if knitting a p row. Turn work and begin working in opposite direction.
WS: wrong side
yo: yarn over
I made the skirt circumference 32″, 4″ less then my hip circumference of 36″. There is no shaping – elastic is inserted into the enclosed waistband to help cinch it in at the waist. If you want to make the skirt bigger or smaller to get a perfect fit for your body, take your hip circumference and subtract 4″, or measure the hip circumference of a fitted knit skirt that you like the fit of. Take that number and times it by the gauge (4.5 sts/inch). I cast on 32 x 4.5 = 144 sts. You want to cast on a multiple of 8 sts, so make sure to cast on the closest multiple of 8 to that number (in my case 144 was evenly divisible by 8).
Note: For the Top of Skirt (Scales), both the MC and CC are knit with 2 strands of yarn held together. For the Bottom of Skirt (Netting), a single strand of the CC is used. The top part of the skirt is knitted from the bottom up. After the top part is finished, stitches are picked up at the bottom of the skirt to knit the netting from the top down. This allows for a great custom fit, as you will have the option to make adjustments after the skirt is finished to make it the perfect length!
Top of Skirt (Scales):
With 2 strands of CC held together and smaller needle, CO 144 sts. Place marker and join, taking care not to twist stitches.
Rnd 1: Knit.
Rnd 2: Purl
Rnds 3-6: Change to 2 strands of MC held together. *Sl 1, k 7; rep from * to end.
Rnd 7: Change to CC and Knit.
Rnd 8: Purl.
Rnds 9-12: Change to MC. K4, *Sl 1, k 7; rep from * to last 3 sts, k3.
Rep Rnds 1-12 until skirt measures desired length, ending on Rnd 2 or 8 (I made mine 15″ long).
Continuing with CC, knit 4 rnds or for .75″ (or desired waistband width).
Purl 1 rnd.
Knit 3 rnds,
BO very loosely.
Break yarn, leaving a yard of one of the strands to seam the waistband. Thread longer end with a tapestry needle. Fold waistband at purl ridge, and seam BO edge to inside of skirt, catching every other stitch on BO edge/inside of skirt. Leave 1″ open at the end, and insert elastic. Determine desired ease of elastic and trim, leaving an extra inch so you can overlap the edges 1″ and seam together using a sewing needle and thread. Seam remaining inch of waistband. See pics below for how I seamed the waistband of “She’s Electric” using the same techniques:
Bottom of Skirt (Netting):
With smaller needle and single strand of CC, PUK 144 sts along CO edge of skirt.
Change to larger needle.
Rnd 1: *Yo, k2tog; rep from * to end.
Rnd 2: Knit.
Rnd 3: K1, *yo, k2tog; rep from * to end. It will be tricky to have a stitch marker to mark the start of the round because you will keep having to move it – I used a latching marker below the round and eyed where to start and end each round!
Rnd 4: Knit.
Rep Rnds 1-4 until netting is desired length, keeping in mind that blocking will add a few inches!
I used a picot bind off to give it bit of a ruffled edge
Picot Bind Off: *CO 2, BO 3 tightly, sl st from RH needle onto LH needle; rep from * until all sts are bound off.
Weave in all ends.
Wet block netting.
These shells were custom designed to encompass my DD boobs. The bra I attached them to is a 34DD, but they would also fit a 36D bra. If you wanted to adapt these for your bra size, you would want to do less/more inc rows and make them shorter/longer. I would suggest starting from the beginning, matching it up to your bra cups, seeing how it looks, and adapting as you go.
Shells (make 2):
Note: The silver “seams” are added after the shell is finished.
With 2 strands of MC held together and smaller needle, CO 12 sts.
Work in St until shell meas 4.25″ from beginning, or 2″ less than desired height of shell.
Short Row Shaping:
Row 1: Knit to last 3 sts, W&T.
Row 2: Purl to last 3 sts, W&T.
Row 3: Knit to 3 sts before last wrap, W&T.
Row 4: Purl to 3 sts before last wrap, W&T.
Rep Rows 3&4 until you have worked 6 wraps on each side and there are 4 sts left in the middle.
Next Row (RS): Knit to end, working wraps with respective sts.
Next Row (WS): Purl, working wraps with respective sts.
Work 3 rows in St st.
Change to 2 strands of CC held together and purl.
Note: To “work & BO tucked st” do the following: Let next st on your LH needle drop until 4 bars are exposed. Place RH needle through dropped st from front to back, and wrap working yarn around needle and pull through st. Place st on RH needle and bind it off tightly.
2nd Note: If you altered the amount of Inc Rows, you want the tucked sts on the BO row to fall in line with the stitch column that goes between the increases. This is so that when you do the duplicate stitch seams, they will line up with the dips of the scalloped BO.
BO 5 very loosely, work & BO tucked st, [BO 8 very loosely, work & BO tucked st] x 3, BO very loosely to end.
Using 2 strands of CC held together and crochet hook and starting at bottom of shell, create seams on shell by duplicating knit columns that fall between increases. These columns should align with the tucked stitches on the BO edge. When you reach tucked stitch at top, place loop over bound off st, break yarn, and pull through loop tightly to emphasize scallop.
Weave in all ends.
Using a sewing needle and thread, sew edges of shell to bra cups. I also hot glued on some small rhinestones on the shells for extra sparkle! I used a nude strapless bra with the straps attached, and glued rhinestones all along the wings and straps, and added a sparkly starfish to the center
Knitted Merman Costume
Okay, so this isn’t much of a costume, it’s more of a lion cloth with a shell on it, and an added crown because you know, why not! I’m not sure what other man besides Ken would be willing to rock this get up, but if that happens PLEASE SHARE PHOTOS 😉
The shell is a gorgeous pattern by Dora (Bottheka on Ravelry) that you can find here. The pattern is free, but you have to contact her for the .pdf. She was very quick to respond and sent it to me right away! I used a single strand of the Loops and Threads Payette in Sterling Silver and size US 3 (3.25mm) needles. It came out to be about 4 x 4″. I hot glued on some rhinestones for extra sparkle
I’m obsessed with this crown! All of my friends were too and now they want crowns for their birthdays 😉 Luckily it was a quick knit! It was a free pattern I found on Ravelry called “A Very Regal Crown” by Kayleigh aka marbles24 on Ravelry. I used a stash yarn that I had that is a light glittery gold and I believe sport weight (the labels are long gone!) I held the yarn double (so it would be extra sturdy) with a US 7 circular needle as suggested. I then glued on a large rhinestone at each crest and it turned out super cute!
The loin cloth is a one size fits most thing – the side ties make it easy to custom fit! The finished loin cloth came out to about 10 x 10″, and the font and back are exactly the same.
Needles: US 8 (5mm) straight needles, US I/9 (5.5mm) crochet hook (for side ties only)
.1 Hanks (30 yards) of Knit Picks Preciosa in Crest
Gauge: 15 sts and 22 rows = 4″ in Mesh Stitch Pattern
Directions (make 2):
CO 38 sts.
Knit 5 rows.
Row 1: K1, *yo, k2tog; rep from * to last st, k1.
Row 2: Purl.
Row 3: K2, *yo, k2tog; rep from * to end.
Row 4: Purl.
Rep Rows 1-4 until mesh portion measures 3″, ending with Row 2.
Next Row: Ssk, *yo, k2tog; rep from * to last 2 sts, k2tog (make sure to end with k2tog x 2 – don’t put another yo before the last k2tog or you won’t get the intended decrease there!)
Next Row: Purl.
Rep last 2 rows until there are 4 sts left.
Last Row (RS): Ssk, k2tog, BO last st and pull yarn through loop.
Measure out 48″ yarn (or longer if you want longer ties) and fold in half. Starting at either top corner of loin cloth, place crochet hook through loin cloth and pull center of yarn through so you’ll be crocheting the yarn double ply. Work in chain stitch until yarn runs out, then pull yarn through last loop. Repeat for other side.
Place shell on center front of loin cloth. Using a sewing needle and thread, attach shell to loincloth, catching stitches along the edge of on the back side of shell so that thread is not visible. Tie sides and enjoy!
I hope you enjoyed these patterns, and if you would like to check out more of my knitting patterns click here! If you make any of the above, please share your photos on the Raverly page!
Hey There! Today I am super excited to announce a new contest – Design Your Own Animal Socks!
You may or may not know that the oh-so-cute and beloved animal sock patterns “Pawsome Pals” and “Check Meowt!” actually have blank charts in them so that you can plot out your own unique animal face design. So now it’s time to tap into your amazing creativity and knitting prowess, AND have the opportunity to win some awesome prizes!
2) Use the blank chart in the pattern to design an animal face that hasn’t already been created (see the 6 animals above for the animals that have already been created, and the Q&A below for more ideas!)
3) Knit a pair of socks in any size (child or adult) using your design, and take some awesome photos of them! Post your finished project with at least one pic on Ravelry by July 18th and you will automatically be entered to win!
The two winning designs will be added as options in the patterns (with due credit of course!) so that everyone can make your winning design too!
First off, everyone who enters is a winner! Woohoo!! If you complete an original pair of animal socks and follow the instructions above by July 18th, you will automatically get a free Girly Knits pattern of your choice! Any pattern you like is yours
The Grand Prize Winner (determined by a panel of judges) will win this awesome goody bag from Knit Picks!
This Knitter’s Tool Tin is the new Deluxe version, which includes all of the handy tools you will need while knitting. Newly added tools to this tin are the wooden yarn ball needle size checker, and a stitch marker that doubles as a row counter! To see a detailed list of everything included in the tin, check it out on Etsy here.
Here are some additional questions you may have with answers! Please comment below if you have any further questions!
I can’t think of another animal besides a cat, panda, owl, koala, pig, and fox which have already been done, what else can I do?
Here are some ideas: Dog (so many breeds to choose from!), Lion, Tiger, Bear, Raccoon, Bunny, Cow, Elephant, Hippo, Monkey, Mouse, Moose, Penguin, Giraffe, Deer, Horse, Zebra, Frog, Bee, Unicorn…I’m sure there are many more, I can’t wait to see what you come up with!
What’s the difference between using “Pawsome Pals” and “Check Meowt!” to create my design?
“Pawsome Pals” is an ankle sock, and “Check Meowt!” is a knee high sock. Note that the knee high sock chart has more room for plotting out your animal face since that sock is wider at the top than the ankle sock. You can make either sock length in any size to enter though!
What yarn should I use?
The recommended yarn for these patterns is Knit Picks Stroll Sock Yarn, which I would highly recommend since it’s super soft, affordable, and comes in TONS of the different colors which is perfect for color work! If you want to use your own yarn choice, that is acceptable too!
Do I need to do a heel design like the pattern has?
Nope! If you decide to do one awesome, but it’s surely not required!
Can I make modifications to the pattern?
I’m hoping you will stick to the basic sock pattern as written so others can recreate the winning design by simply using your color chart, but if you want to do a different stripe pattern or another easy modification, that’s fine!
The patterns include a pointed ear and round ear option which covers most animals – but if you want to create a different ear shape that’s totally cool, just make sure to write down what you did so I can provide instructions in the pattern in case you win!
This past December, I had the honor of traveling out to Ft. Collins, Colorado (home of Interweave Knitting) to film two knitting courses for their online learning platform, Craft University. I am so grateful to have had this amazing opportunity to teach! I wanted to give you a peek behind the scenes, because I thought it would be fun for you to learn more about what went into creating these courses
I was in Ft. Collins for a week, and while there I taught a “Learn to Knit” Course, where I teach all the knitting basics from choosing yarn and needles to how to cast on, how to knit different stitch patterns, and finally how to knit your very own customized hat and glove set! I also taught a “Learn to Knit Cables” Class where I teach all about cables, and we knit a super cute mug cozy and cowl together. These courses will be running at different times throughout the year, so make sure to sign up for my newsletter to find out when they will be available!
The first step in this process was months of preparation. First, I had to create an extensive outline for each course, outlining what topics would be covered, what the key learning points would be for each and every video, an estimate of how long each video would be, what items I would need on set for each video, and exactly what I would say. This part took a while!
Once I had the course outlines down, the next step was reaching out to a few yarn and knitting needle companies for support on the materials end of creating these courses. I needed A LOT of yarn and A LOT of knitting needles since I had to knit lots of samples and swatches! I am very grateful to Lion Brand Yarn for providing their lovely “Lion’s Pride Woolspun” in a variety of colors to teach with for both of these courses, and Susan Bates for providing knitting needles, stitch holders, and cable needles for the courses. Knit Picks also provided yarn for a show and tell video that we made showing various types of yarns, and provided their super cool Chart Keeper that I used during my cables course so we could read through the cable chart together.
Even though I’ve made a lot of you tube tutorials, I’ve never done that much planning and preparation, so this was a new experience. For example, when I was teaching my Bra Top Tutorial, I just knitted the bra top off camera, and stopped every so often to film what I was doing at places where I wanted to show special techniques. When you are on TV, or for a course like this where everything has to be filmed in a condensed amount of time, you have to knit everything ahead of time in steps. For example, when I was teaching the hat, I had to knit it at 3 stages – after the ribbing portion was finished and we were ready to knit the main part of the hat, at the point where we were ready to start decreasing for the crown of the hat, and up to the last few rows of the hat so that we could finish the hat together.
As you can see below, each item was knit up to 2 or 3 points in the pattern so that when teaching in the video, I could seamlessly move from demonstrating one technique to the next without stopping to knit up to the next point (which, as you know, could take hours!). And in case you’re wondering, yes, that’s my cat’s paw in the photos. She has to make her way into every photo! 😉
After all of the knitting was done, the next step was to put together Girly Knits patterns for each of the new designs I was teaching, and writing up multiple course handouts for the students to reference during the course. I just love teaching knitting and get so excited about someone learning for the first time, so I had a lot of fun with this.
Then the last step was…OUTFITS! Even though it wasn’t required that I change outfits for each video, I uh sortof ummm, insisted that I did. I’m a fashion designer, what can I say! There was a total of 10 segments, plus a few extra videos that we made for marketing purposes, so I planned accordingly I tried to mostly wear items that I had knitted or store bought knits that I liked, but threw in some of my favorite everyday clothes in there as well.
And then of course the very very last step was getting a gel manicure right before I flew out so that my nails would look nice and pretty for their close ups! I got purple because, you know, it’s my favorite color and I can’t help but always picking it for like, everything. A lot of people on set asked me if I had intentionally chosen this color to match my knitting but I didn’t – I just always have purple everything!
I flew out there on a Monday, and the first day was just for me to unpack and get acquainted with the set. This was my first time doing anything like this (aside from being a guest on Knitting Daily TV), so it was really nice to have a chance to set myself up for the next morning and get organized rather than jump right in. They had a green room set up for me with a little welcome sign and plenty of space to put all of my things, so I felt right at home.
The next morning, the first course of action was getting beautified, woohoo! Interweave has a fabulous makeup artist Keegan, who actually specializes in doing bridal makeup! I loved that because I’m a super girly girl – I’m all about the full coverage, hot pink lips, and false eyelashes – she totally got me and we were insta-friends! She also airbrushed my face which was a first for me and super fun! And in case you’re wondering who did my hair, I can take credit for that – all of the years of practice curling my hair for shows with my dance troupe have paid off 😉
Next step…filming! I was definitely nervous as first because I’m so used to making videos on my own at home with no one watching – I often will film the same thing multiple times because I totally lose track of what I’m talking about, say a word that makes no sense at all, or make a weird face (which I have the control to edit out at least!) This was very different because there were quite a few people watching, I had to release control over how it was edited, and we did most segments in one take. If I made a a flub or mistake, I just corrected it and kept going! And that’s totally fine, I think it comes off more natural that way anyway
I have this irrational fear that once the camera is on and people are watching I suddenly won’t be able to make coherent sentences, but I actually find the opposite to be true. Despite my fear of speaking in front of people and being shy, I love being on camera! Once we did the first segment I felt totally at ease and in the zone. It was interesting because the talent coordinator was telling me how some people are used to teaching to real people at workshops so they don’t feel comfortable talking to a camera, but since I have mostly taught knitting to cameras, I realized I was pretty in my element there!
Below is a candid moment with Lindsay, the producer, and Garrett the camera man trying on one of my hats – the Large size is perfect for a man! And he didn’t mind the purple, haha.
Filming on this set was really neat because as you might be able to tell from the photos, there were multiple cameras on me at all times, including one above me to get close in shots of me knitting. So I could just do my thing while Garrett made sure to get close up shots of whatever I was talking about or doing. Lindsay was in the control room watching all 3 camera angles to make sure that everything was shot nicely and that everything I was saying and doing was clear for the students. We made a great team!
In addition to teaching the courses, we made a fun you tube video of me showing how to make a mini garter stitch bow that you can pin in your hair. Here is Garrett below getting some “interesting” angles for this video! The finished video is now on you tube and you can check it out here!
Lastly, Interweave had their in house photographer take some up close photos of me demonstrating casting on, knitting, and purling for the students to reference after watching the videos. The photos came out really neat!
After 3 straight days of filming I was pretty spent, but as you can probably tell, we had a lot of fun and I was doing what I loved so it didn’t feel like much work as all After the last day of filming, the talent coordinator Jill (who is to credit for taking most of these behind the scenes photos, thanks Jill!) took me out for a night on the town in Ft. Collins! They have an adorable downtown where we did beer tasting at a local brewery, had a delicious dinner, and got to enjoy the festive holiday decor.
I hope you enjoyed getting a peek behind what goes into filming an online knitting course, and if you have any more questions about the process, ask away! If you are interested in learning how to knit, I hope you will join me in my “Learn to Knit” course which starts on April 15th! If you already know how to knit but know someone who would like to learn, I would love if you shared this course with them, it’s a lot of fun! And make sure to be on the lookout for my upcoming course, “Learn to Knit Cables”
So back in January I sent out a newsletter with a survey asking you what you wanted to learn about though video. I got lots of great feedback from you, and the #1 request was “How to Knit Socks“! In the process of creating a video tutorial for you I became OBSESSED with knitting socks. So much so that I decided to design a whole collection of all socks! BTW, the tutorial I made for you is in a previous post here
This collection includes everything from adorable animal socks, to sweet cable heart motifs, to lace frilly trims, to an amazing heart knee patch! Each pattern in the collection includes 3 different options to suit your preferences, cause you know a girls gotta have options! The animal socks feature 3 different animal options within each pattern, while the cable knit socks feature 3 different sock lengths within each pattern. They all come in girls and adult sizes, have helpful photo and video tutorials in the pattern, and include lots of information to make them a perfect fit for you or your recipient.
You can pick up the whole collection for $18 on Ravelry here or as individual patterns for $6 each in my Raverly shop here. Below is a video I made doing a show and tell of the new collection, with more information about each design below the video
Treat your feet to all that is sweet with these adorable animal socks! Your feet will be so happy to have 2 new furry friends, or “Pawsome Pals” you might call them 😉 These ultra cute socks feature 3 animal options – a Koala, a Fox, and a Pig, with their irresistible poking up ears. They also each feature a lovable little saying on the heel, including “Hug Me”, “Foxy Lady”, and “Oink!” for extra charm. These socks come in every size to accommodate the whole family, from 3 years old to adult, so no one will be left without a set of cuddly critters! The socks are knit from the toe up with the option of adding a contrast toe and heel for extra style. Learn more about this pattern here!
You can count on everyone checking you out when you rock these amazingly awesome animal knee high socks! Not only will people admire your extraordinary knitting talent, they will be complimenting you on how adorable you look too! This super fun sock pattern features 3 animals to choose from, including a Cat, an Owl, and a Panda Bear. Each animal sock features a cute and clever message on the heel, including “Meow”, “Hoot!” and “Rawr”, as well as a pair of sweet little animal ears that poke out from the top of the sock. Sizes are included from child to adult so the whole family can be in on the fun. I hope you have a hoot making these socks! Learn more about this pattern here.
Get ready to head down to the derby with these super fun and fabulous color blocked socks! These socks are perfect for embracing your inner roller girl, or expressing your sporty yet sweet self. The heart knee patch will keep your knees styling and safe with the extra layer of love and protection it provides, and the seed stitch panels will flatter your lovely legs. Each sock uses the same colors in slightly different ways for a fun and quirky mis-matched look, you will be sure to stand out from the crowd in these socks! Knit with Knit Picks Hawthorne Kettle Dye, they have a beautiful subtle color variegation. These socks come in ankle, knee high, and over the knee length in a girls and adult size to give you lots of options, woohoo! Learn more about this pattern here.
Indulge in your love for all things girly and that part of your heart that will always stay young, with these adorable lace trim socks! These super sweet knitted leg treats feature a seed stitch heart cable pattern running up the back of your leg and a faux toe seam for ultimate charm. They are finished off with a knitted lace placket with buttons, which will look super cute peeking out of your boots! They come in every length from ankle, to knee high, to over the knee to suit your sock length preferences, in all sizes from girls to adult. Knit with Knit Picks Hawthorne Sport in vibrant variegated shades, all of your girly desires will be met with these gorgeous socks! Learn more about this pattern here.
Treat your legs to luxury with these fabulous cable knit socks! This sock pattern will not only make your legs irresistible, it is an irresistible knit too! With an exquisite diamond cable and seed stitch pattern, and a fashionable knitted ruffle lace trim, these socks are so fun to knit that you won’t be able to put them down! This pattern includes options to knit these socks in ankle, knee high, or over the knee length to suit your sock wearing preferences. This design also gives you multiple yarn choices to choose from, from the super warm Patons Kroy Socks, to the light and breezy Knit Picks Stroll, to the gorgeous and breathable Knit Picks Hawthorne Kettle Dyed. Learn more about this pattern here!
You can pick up the whole sock pattern collection for $18 on Ravelry here or as individual patterns for $6 each in my Raverly shop here. And if you have never knit socks before, have no fear! This video tutorial walks you through all of the special techniques used for knitting toe up socks which are the exact techniques I used for all of these patterns.
Hey There! Today I am super excited to teach you how to knit toe up socks! Toe up socks are awesome because you can truly try them on as you go to ensure perfect fit, and you can customize the sock height based on how much yarn you have left 😉
There are 3 main techniques used to knit toe up socks which I show you in the video below – Judy’s Magic Cast On, Increasing for the Toe, and a Short Row Heel.
Judy’s Magic Cast On
Judy’s Magic Cast On – This cast on method truly is magic! This cast on will create a seamless toe, and the stitches are ready to knit like normal as soon as you cast on! (video: 2:36)
Increase for the Toe
Increase for the Toe – I show you my favorite way to increase for the toe, by knitting into the front and back of the first and last stitch on each side of the sock. A total of 4 increases are made for each increase round, which will occur every other round until the total number of stitches for the foot are reached. (video: 5:10)
After increasing for the Toe, you will just be knitting in the round until you are ready to start the heel. You generally want to start the heel when the sock measures 1.5-1.75″ less than your total foot length.
Short Row Heel
Short Row Heel – I love this heel method because it creates a really clean, simple heel. Short rows are used to turn the heel so that you can start knitting the leg of the sock. If you are scared of knitting short rows, have no fear – I walk you through every step of the heel in the video! (video: 10:54)
After working the short row heel, you are ready to knit in the round again until you reach your desired height of sock! Woohoo!
Are you ready to knit up some super awesome socks?! The 3 techniques I show you in the video are the exact techniques I used for all of the socks in my brand new sock collection “Look at Those Legs!” You can find the entire collection of 5 patterns on Ravelry here or click the images below for more info about each pattern.
I hope this tutorial was helpful for you and that you’re excited about knitting socks!
I am so delighted to share that I am the featured designer for the month of April in The Sexy Knitter’s Etsy store http://www.thesexyknitter.etsy.com for her Knitter’s Tool Tins!
Each tool tin is $25 and contains a mini measuring tape, 5 super cute handmade star stitch markers, a cable needle, a stitch holder, a blunt tapestry needle, 2 sewing needles, a double sided crochet hook, and travel safe scissors!
You can choose your favorite tin cover design which feature images from Girly Knits patterns! These will only be available for the month of April, as she features a different designer every month. You can get 20% off your order with the coupon code GirlyKnits til April 22nd, woohoo!
I use my tool tin all the time and totally love it. I especially love the scissors because you can bring them on planes, and the new and improved ones are really sharp!
Here’s a closer look at each of the tool tin designs:
“She’s Electric” Aztec Tool Tin
The cover of this tool tin is an image from my skirt design “She’s Electric“. I’m so happy she chose to feature this picture because the color and texture of this skirt are so much fun!
You can optionally get the words “Back off my stash…” printed on the tool tin too! You can find the tool tin on Etsy here.
“Sweet Treats” Cupcake Tool Tin
The cover of this tool tin is from my Knitted Wall Art series from the “Sweet Treats” set. I love this one because the cupcake looks so 3-dimentional and real! And let’s be honest, who doesn’t love cupcakes and sprinkles
You can find this super cute knitter’s tool tin on Etsy here!
“Happily Ever After” Cable Lattice Tool Tin
This tin features an image that’s also from the Knitted Wall Art series in the “Happily Ever After” set. As with the cupcake, the printing quality is really nice so the cables and rhinestones look real! I love how girly this tin is 😉
You can optionally get the words “It Girls Knit” on this tin or plain as pictured. You can find this tool tin on Etsy here!
“Blossoming Beauty” Daisy Lace Tool Tin
On this tin is an image of my “Blossoming Beauties” Daisy Lace Tank Top design. I love this one because it’s so Springy! I am beyond happy that Spring is here and I can wear this tank top again very soon
You can optionally get the words “home is where the yarn is” printed on this tin, or plain as pictured. You can find the tool tin here!
Sarah is also offering the collection of all 4 knitter’s tool tins for $80 on Etsy here. They are great to have in each of your project bags or to give as gifts! Enjoy!
Hey awesome knitter! Today I am super excited to share with you a brand new Girly Knits design, which is a free pattern (woohoo!) that comes with a step-by-step video tutorial (double woohoo!). In the video that you’ll find below I walk you through each step in the pattern, so even if you are a beginner knitter, you will be able to make this bra top!
The pattern uses worsted weight yarn and is knit in the round as one piece, so it will knit up quickly with minimal finishing. This design is quite simple and straight forward as well, so if you want to add a stitch pattern, do a different type of ribbing, do something fun with the straps, etc., I encourage you to do so and make this bra top uniquely your own! And in case you are wondering what a bra top is, it could be a bralette (if you don’t require a lot of support!) or it could be a cropped tank top – either way you wear it, it’s super cute and comfy!
I like wearing my knitted bra tops with a bra underneath, and think it’s perfect for lounging around in (shown below with my “Cables and Curves” skirt pattern), as a crop top with a skater skirt for going out in (how I’m wearing it in teal below and in the video paired with a cardigan), or as PJs! (shown below paired with my “Gorgeous Shorties” pattern).
The bottom ribbing portion of the bra top is totally customizable to suite your desired length of the top, and your choice of worsted weight yarn is up to you. To give you an idea of some options, the 1st top has 3″ of 1×1 ribbing and is made with Knit Picks Chroma Worsted in Avalon, the 2nd top has 5″ of 2×2 ribbing and is made with Knit Picks Swish Worsted in Marine Heather, and the 3rd top (which I make in the video) has 7″ of 1×1 ribbing and is made with Naturally Caron Country in Deep Purple (stash yarn, unfortunately this yarn has been discontinued!) I have a 35″ bust and made the size Small for all of the tops pictured above.
I hope you enjoy this pattern, and when you finish it, please be sure to post pictures of your bra top on Ravelry! You can find the pattern page here. I’m also hosting a knit-a-long for this bra top where you can share your progress, connect with other knitters, and ask questions in the Girly Knits Fan Club forum page here.
Alright, here we go! You will find the video, materials needed, and pattern below
200-300 yards of worsted weight yarn
My favorite yarn for this project was Knit Picks Swish Worsted (shown in Teal). I used 2 balls (approx 220 yards) for the Small Size with 5″ of ribbing.
US 5 (3.75 mm) 24” circular needle
US 7 (4.5 mm) 24” circular needle and set of 2 double pointed needles
Gauge: 19 sts and 27 rows = 4″ in Stockinette Stitch using larger needle
Make sure to check your gauge!The size 5 needle is only used for the ribbing. If you need to change needle sizes from the size 7 to get the Stockinette Stitch gauge, use a needle 2 sizes down for the ribbing.
Notions: Stitch markers, tapestry needle
Sizes: Women’s XS (S, M, L, XL, 2XL) to fit a 32 (34, 36, 38, 40, 42)” bust. If you are between sizes I would recommend going a size down.
M1L: make 1 by picking up bar between sts through front and knit through back loop
M1R: make 1 by picking up bar between sts through back and knit
ssk: (slip 1 knitwise) twice, insert LH needle into slipped sts and k2tog through back loop
ssp: (slip 1 knitwise) twice, slip sts back onto LH needle and p2tog through back loop
k2tog: knit 2 sts together
p2tog: purl 2 sts together
RH: right hand
LH: left hand
RS: right side
WS: wrong side
With smaller needle [CO 58 (62, 68, 72, 76, 82) sts, place marker] twice – 116 (124, 136, 144, 152, 164) sts. Join, taking care not to twist sts. (video: 1:48)
Work in 1×1 (k1, p1) or 2×2 (k2, p2) rib for desired length. See info below picture showing all 3 tops for how long I made the ribbing for each top. (video: 3:37)
Change to larger needle and knit 5 rnds, working to last st before start marker on the 5th rnd: (video: 5:59)
Inc Rnd: M1R, k1, slip marker, k1, M1L, k to 1 st before side marker, M1R, k1, slip marker, k1, M1L, k to end – 120 (128, 140, 148, 156, 168) sts. (video: 8:02)
Rep Inc Rnd every 6th rnd 2 more times, starting Inc Rnd 1 st before the start marker as before – 128 (136, 148, 156, 164, 176) sts after all inc rnds.
For the 38”, 40”, and 42” bust, or if you have a D+ bust (or if you want more coverage!), work 3 more rnds, or desired length of back. (video: 11:21)
K4, BO with a firm tension until there are 3 sts left before the side marker – 72 (76, 82, 86, 90, 96) sts left on needle. Cont the row as follows (you will already have 1 st on your RH needle): (video: 11:52)
Ssk, k to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1 – 70 (74, 80, 84, 88, 94) sts. (video: 13:11)
Next Row: Purl.
Dec Row: K1, ssk, k to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1 – 68 (72, 78, 82, 86, 92) sts.
Repeat last 2 rows two more times, removing markers as needed – 64, (68, 74, 78, 82, 88) sts.
Next row: P32 (34, 37, 39, 41, 44) sts, place marker to mark center, p to end. (video: 14:57)
Wearer’s Left Cup:
The Wearer’s Left Cup and strap will be worked first, then you will work the Wearer’s Right Cup and strap. If you want to work the cups simultaneously, you can join a 2nd ball of yarn at the center to work the other cup at the same time, referring to the instructions for Wearer’s Right Cup. The basic formula for the decreases is that you will decrease at the underarm every RS row, and at the neckline every row.
Row 1: K1, ssk, k to 3 sts before center marker, k2tog, k1 – 30 (32, 35, 37, 39, 42) sts. (video: 15:42)
Row 2: Turn work and P1, p2tog, p to end – 29 (31, 34, 36, 38, 41) sts. (video: 17:10)
Repeat last 2 rows until 6 sts remain. If you end after working a WS row, k across. If you end after working a RS row don’t do anything. If you end with 7 sts after a working a WS row, k4, k2tog, k1.
Work in i-cord for desired strap length. (video: 18:13) I made my straps about 11” long – I would recommend checking the strap length of a tank top that is adjusted to fit you, then do a little extra. It’s easier to take out length if they are too long then to add it after cutting your yarn! BO and leave a 5″ tail for sewing straps to top. (video: 21:27)
Wearer’s Right Cup:
Join yarn at center of Bra Top (the first row will be on the RS of your knitting) and work as follows: (video: 22:10)
Row 1: K1, ssk, k to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1 – 30 (32, 35, 37, 39, 42) sts.
Row 2: P to last 3 sts, ssp, p1 – 29 (31, 34, 36, 38, 41) sts.
Repeat last 2 rows until 6 sts remain. If you end after working a WS row, k across. If you end after working a RS row don’t do anything. If you end with 7 sts after a WS row, k1, ssk, k to end.
Work strap same as other strap.
Pin straps to back edge of bra top. Try on and adjust strap placement and length as needed. Using a tapestry needle, sew straps to back edge of bra top. (video: 24:27)
Weave in ends and enjoy! If you liked this pattern, make sure to check out more of my patterns at girlyknits.com/patterns!
So a couple months ago, I posted this picture on my Facebook Fan Page and Instagram, and I couldn’t believe how many of you loved the idea of knitted wall decor!
I got really excited about this concept, and in flooded a million ideas of cute knitted things you could frame and put on your wall. Whether you want a little wooly decor in your home, or you need a quick knitted present to gift to a loved one, Knitted Wall Art is guaranteed to please
I ended up creating more than 20 Knitted Wall Art designs, including colorwork, cables, textures, and more. Some designs even have added knitted elements to give them a 3-dimensional look!
I made a video for you explaining how Knitted Wall Art works, including what to look for in a frame.
Here are 5 reasons that Knitted Wall Art is super awesome and why I’m so obsessed!:
1) Knitted Wall Art is an inexpensive project! The frames used are from IKEA (the Virserum frame) and only $1.99 – $2.99 each. The wool used is Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Sport which is only $2.69/ball. You won’t need more than 1 ball of each color used for any set, so you can definitely make a set of 3 knitted wall art designs for under $20 (and have some yarn left over)!
2) Knitted Wall Art is a quick knit! Each framed knitted piece will only take a few hours to make – the 4×6″ size will take about 2-3 hours, while the 5×7″ size will take about 3-4 hours. You can definitely make a whole set in a weekend!
3) Knitted Wall Art is interchangeable! Each design is actually a frame cozy that wraps around the back piece of your frame. This makes it super easy to get on and off your frame and have the ability to switch it out with other designs in a jiffy. It looks nice and neat in the back too!
4) Knitted Wall Art can be made seamless! In each pattern there is a full page photo tutorial on how to seam your cozy as you so, so you won’t have to do any seaming at the end. Woohoo!
5) You can design your own Knitted Wall Art! In each and every pattern, there is a blank template at the end where you can design your own colorwork chart, cable chart, or knit purl pattern. I can’t wait to see what you come up with!
All of the Knitted Wall Art patterns can be found in my Ravelry shop for $5 each, or you can get the full collection of all 7 sets which has more than 20 Knitted Wall Art designs for only $15 here!
Hope you enjoy making knitted wall art, I can’t wait to see what you make!
I am super excited and honored to have been chosen as a featured guest on the awesome, inspiring, educational knitting television series, Knitting Daily TV! I was part of series 1300, which is currently airing on PBS this Summer. To check out the schedule for Knitting Daily TV in your city, click here.
That is me below with host Vickie Howell after we filmed our segment! You may recognize my cowl neck dress from my final collection for “The Fiber Factor”, I was so happy I got to borrow it back to wear for the show
I was featured in episode #1307 “Boy Meets Girl”, which also features Josh Bennett, our mentor from The Fiber Factor! He shared how to add masculine touches to your knitting, while I discussed how to add feminine touches. I also did a demonstration on how to knit my signature bow. Here is a preview of the episode below!
We did the filming back in February at a special set in Ohio. It was my first time doing anything like this and was such a cool experience! I got to get my makeup done, and see the inner workings of a TV studio. While waiting for my turn to go on set, I got to hang out in the “green room” with the other guests and got a preview of the other episodes in the series. Here is Vickie below doing the intro for episode #1301 “Nature Knits”!
Tanis and I found out that we were on the same flight home so we got to hang out and get to know each other better! She’s a super cool gal! There we are below rocking our knitted hats at the airport She has a really cool segment at the end of each Knitting Daily TV episode where she shares her favorite knitting tools.
My episode “Boy Meets Girl” #1307 should be airing this week or next week in most parts of the US! To check out when it’s airing in your city, you can go to this site and enter your zip code to get your local listings:
I am so super excited to share with you my brand new collection of knitting patterns “Boardwalk Beauties”! It is a collection of 5 sunshine loving designs that you will not only love knitting, but will love wearing when you’re out having fun in the sun! Inspired by everything lovely about Summer and my favorite new fashion trends, you will love these fashionable tank top, t-shirt, and skirt designs. They are all knitted with lightweight summery fibers like cotton and bamboo to keep you cool in the warm weather. I hope you love these patterns as much as I loved designing them!
Below you will find a video of me doing a show and tell of the collection, going into more detail about the inspiration behind the collection, and the different ways you can customize each design!
These patterns can be purchased through my Girly Knits pattern stores on Ravelry, Craftsy, and Etsy, as well as through my website, girlyknits.com! They range from $5-$6 each, or can be purchased as a full collection for only $16 here. Here are all of the patterns in the collection and their descriptions below:
“She’s Electric” Aztec Pattern Bodycon Skirt
Be the belle of the boardwalk this Summer is this electrifyingly cool skirt! The unique Aztec inspired texture of this skirt will not only turn heads, it is a blast to knit too! The skirt is deceptively simple, composed of simple knit and purl patterns that create a beautiful knit fabric that will fit and flatter your curves. The skirt is finished off with a fold-over waistband to enclose an elastic that will make this skirt fit you like a glove. Made with Knit Picks Shine Sport, you are sure to emit extra super shiny electric waves! In the words of Oasis “She is electric, can I be electric too?” the answer is YES! Just knit this skirt 😉 For more details and to instantly download this pattern, check it out on Ravelry.
“Sunshine and Lollipops” Braided Strappy Back Tank Top with Geo Lace Edge
Sunshine, lollipops and rainbows everything that’s wonderful is what I feel a-when I’m wearing this tank top…hehe well that is how I feel when I wear this tank top, and I hope you feel wonderful and bust out into song when you wear it too! There is lots to love with this sunshine seeking tank top with it’s super chic chunky geo lace edge and unique braided straps that show off your beautiful back! Braiding these straps will bring back memories of Summer Camp and friendship bracelets and all that is wonderful about Summer. An option is also included for a trendy t-strap back, as well as a cropped or regular length fitted tank to give you lots of options to suite your unique preferences. For more details and to instantly download this pattern, check it out on Ravelry.
“Bow Crazy” Chevron Lace Open Back Tank Top with Bow
Go crazy with your love for bows and everything girly with this pretty little lacy flirty oh-so-cute tank top! With sweet and feminine details like a lace ruffled waist, a picot neckline, and cable braided straps, this tank top is sure to make you feel pretty. With the option of making a festival ready solid tank top, or a retro-inspired beach ready striped tank top, you can let your imagination run wild with the adventures you will have when you rock it! Knit with a lustrous mercerized cotton, this tank not only keeps you cool in it’s sassy open-back design, but keeps you looking cool in it’s fashionable chevron lace pattern. The bow on the back is a super sweet touch that will make you go bow crazy! For more details and to instantly download this pattern, check it out on Ravelry.
“With Sprinkles on Top” Ice Cream Bow Back T-Shirt
What is your favorite flavor of ice cream during the Summer? Vanilla with multicolor sprinkles? Mint with chocolate sprinkles? Plain chocolate? Show it off in this super fun perfect for Summer t-shirt! Made with Knit Picks Comfy Sport, it is not only knit with a lightweight cotton yarn, it is soft, comfy, and machine washable too! The ice cream intarsia chart is a blast to knit and wear, and the bows on the back offer some flirtiness and flair. Adorn the bows with your favorite buttons and your back will be the talk of the town. The bow on the back is a super sweet touch that will make you go bow crazy! For more details and to instantly download this pattern, check it out on Ravelry.
“Heart to Heart” Embellished Tank Top with Heart Cut Out Back
If you want to sparkle this Summer and show off the amazing knitting superstar you are, “Heart to Heart” is your one stop tank top! Featuring two of fashions hottest trends, jewel embellished necklines and heart cut out backs, you will have everyone saying “Who is that girl? I want to know her!” Knit with your choice of sugar cane or cotton yarn, you will be keeping cool and looking fabulous. Warning: I would recommend making 2 of these beauties, because you just know your BFF is going to want one too! For more details and to instantly download this pattern, check it out on Ravelry.
If you have already purchased “Heart to Heart” on Ravelry, you will automatically get $5 off the collection! If this doesn’t work for you or you purchased “Heart to Heart” somewhere else, just let me know and I will hook you up with a $5 off coupon code
Thanks so much for checking out the “Boardwalk Beauties” collection! These patterns can be purchased through my Girly Knits pattern stores on Ravelry, Craftsy, and Etsy, as well as through my website, girlyknits.com! They range from $5-$6 each, or can be purchased as a full collection for only $16 here. I hope you enjoy!