Whatcha' Knitting June, 2023

Get ready for a change of seasons, either into summer or winter depending on your location. Either way you’re wearing knit or crocheted items or working on them for later in the year. Or maybe you’re making a wall hanging or pillow or out there yarn bombing? Whatever it is we’d love to hear about it and hope you’re enjoying.


I’ve done the first and second sections of Embrace the Chill, just starting 3 now.


That looks like so much fun to work, complicated and gorgeous. It’s certain to be an eye-catcher wherever you wear it.

I love doing mosaic patterns, so simple but look so intricate. I hope whoever ends up with it enjoys wearing it.

Wow another fabulous pattern. Looking great!

Wow that looks amazing!

Finished the bear. Now working on some clothes for it. Shirt first… then overalls, shoes and a bow.


It’s so difficult to get just the right expression on the bear’s face. You achieved just the right happy and inquisitive look!

Yes the face is absolutely the hardest part of making toys :grimacing:


So cute!

Wow, just wow. It is gorgeous.

Beautiful bear. Your work is so nice.

The bear is really cute. Looking forward to seeing the outfit!

I’ve still not finished weaving in all the ends on my socks, but I have managed to do a small square of intarsia “in the round” by a particular method that I’ve been trying to learn for years. (It’s not really in the round, but it does create a tube because you link the edges of the flat piece of knitting with a really neat technique thus creating a tube.)

The earliest reference to it that I have found is in an article by Rick Mondragon where he uses it flat to create a cool patchwork fabric. The article was in Threads magazine and was reprinted in a book called “Great Knits: Texture and Color Techniques”, which you might get at your local library or secondhand bookshop.

I believe the article called it “sliding loop” intarsia.

I just did a test in the middle of a sock that I’m knitting:

I forgot to photograph the back, but I believe it looks the same as normal intarsia.

If you are interested in learning this method, there are several tutorials on YouTube now:

A long one, which goes into all the detail:

A shorter one, which shows how to add a colour when you have been working in the background colour only:

And a medium-length one for those folks who can knit “backwards” (left to right) and don’t need to purl:

It’s actually not that hard, but it took me ages to get my head around it. I’m hoping on my next socks to use it to make a contrasting sole.


Thanks for all the great videos. This is such a useful technique and good to see different ways to make it work.

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Fabulous, that you have been successful with a new technique. What a great feeling! Your knitting looks great with the intarsia block. I have seen similar tutorials for this and have had a mini trial on a swatch but I’m not all that keen on knitting in the round (although I do time to time) so it wasn’t something i contiued with. I can see how it would be marvelous for socks!

I discovered a new (to me) technique over the last few days which doesn’t seem very much used or at least there is a lack of tutorials. There was mention of it in an old knittinghelp thread but sadly no tutorial link.
It is seaming ribbing with a crochet slip stitch (there are lots of tutorials showing this on granny squares or blanket pieces but not the situation i was looking for).
I’m going to use it on a 2 x 2 rib sweater to seam the shoulders. It is more bouncy/stretchy and softer than mattress stitch and the rib stitches line up very well, better than mattress stitch which jogs a bit on horizontal rib seams. I was surprised what a nice result I got in the end.
It’s taken me 2 days to figure out you work into the stitch, not under the bind off edge.
I like the softness of the seam so much that I’m going to try it out on other seams to see how it looks and feels. I’m sure it will be something I use again and again.


I link to the only tutorial I found which uses the slip stitch on ribbing in case anyone wanted to try it out.
It says click each photo for a bigger pic and a full description of the instruction but I only get a pic and no instruction which is why it’s taken me a while to work it out.


Bottom of the picture at right side has little dot, clik on it and you can see row of instruction.

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Genius! Thank you. I’m not familiar with a single dot like that - and now I am.

Thank you. This is like a modified Russian graft. I recently saw this method or something very similar used for joining two pieces at the ends of the rows. I didn’t think to save it and haven’t been able to find it again.

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