Knitting and Crochet Blog Week – Skill + 1 UP 2KCBWDAY2 – Magic Loop Technique, Crochet and my Knitting Machine

Thank you all so much to those who visited yesterday and left comments:) It has been wonderful visiting so many lovely blogs.
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Today is the second day of the annual Knitting and Crochet week:
29th March. Skill + 1UP:
 Look back over your last year of projects and compare where you are in terms of skill and knowledge of your craft to this time last year. Have you learned any new skills or forms of knitting/crochet (can you crochet cable stitches now where you didn’t even know such things existed last year? Have you recently put a foot in the tiled world of entrelac? Had you even picked up a pair of needles or crochet hook this time last year?
Since last year this time I have learned a few new skills that I love!
Firstly, I have learned the Magic Loop Technique, this completely revolutionised my knitting skills, I have continually used this method of knitting in many of my patterns that I have designed since then. I think that the first pattern I used it for was my Easter Egg pattern. It was so wonderful to be able to just knit something small in the round with no seams to sew up! This pattern has a brief introduction to the magic loop.
The second skill that I have learned after so many attempts is Crochet! How wonderful and rewarding it is to be able to now finally understand what all those crochet terms mean:) I have managed to crochet a hexagon and I will be making a blanket over the next year or so.

Lastly, I have learned how to work a knitting machine, it is really so easy to set up, my blanket has now doubled in size since the last photo and I will be adding another 2 skeins of yarn and then it will be finished. Erin has asked for this blanket to be a gift for her birthday next month:) I will crochet around the edge in a natural undyed Merino yarn to finish it off.

It really is such a wonderful gift to learn something new and I feel tremendous gratitude in my heart:)


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13 Responses to Knitting and Crochet Blog Week – Skill + 1 UP 2KCBWDAY2 – Magic Loop Technique, Crochet and my Knitting Machine

  1. PandaBearofDoom March 29, 2011 at 5:02 pm #

    That blanket is really pretty.

  2. Heidi March 29, 2011 at 5:16 pm #

    Everything you make is divine my friend! I love the 🙂 *pink* 🙂 and white blanket!

  3. Voie de Vie March 29, 2011 at 7:30 pm #

    Love that crocheted motif work! It’s great to hear someone who is learning crochet so they can do more than merely edge a knit project. 🙂

    Happy hooking (and sticking!) down there!

  4. anushka March 29, 2011 at 8:06 pm #

    i’m going to check out the magic loop – am intrigued for sure! the knitting machine is something i’ve wanted to look into for years. do you like yours? which model do you have?

  5. Linda March 29, 2011 at 9:06 pm #

    Hi Anushka,
    I love my knitting machine, it is a Nina S9 Chunky Knitter. You can knit thick or thin yarn on it even handspun or mohair.
    Take care

  6. Hunny Bunny March 30, 2011 at 12:45 am #

    All of your projects are gorgeous, love the colorss! You have inspired me to dig out the knitting machine I bought at the flea market so I can try it out. (It will be at least a couple weeks but still…) Thank you for that inspiration.

  7. Rachel March 30, 2011 at 4:16 am #

    My mother in law made one of my babies a blanket on her knitting machine and then crocheted around the edge. It turned out just lovely!

    Love seeing your projects. Kristen showed me the magic loop. I’m so used to using DPN’s…. I dunno. I’m TRYING to learn crotchet……. lousy at it. 😀

  8. katili March 30, 2011 at 4:33 am #

    Isn’t magic loop great? 🙂 Great post! I love your little easter eggs.

  9. Vikki March 30, 2011 at 2:33 pm #

    Love the blanket! I saw these the other day as well and thought they were beautiful.

  10. Baa-Me Kniits March 31, 2011 at 2:19 pm #

    My Aunty said I can have her knitting machine but unfortunately she lives in France 🙁 Hmmmm… Wonder how much postage would be seamail??

  11. K April 7, 2011 at 9:10 pm #

    Linda – a couple of weeks ago, I caught a hint from somewhere about how, when you’re working in round, to keep the jagginess from happening when you come to the next round – that little step up of new color that looks stupid, like you’ve seamed wrong. Do you know how to avoid that?

  12. Linda April 7, 2011 at 9:45 pm #

    Dear K,
    I have just had a look on Google and found this link:
    I am going to attempt to put together a tutorial 🙂

  13. K April 8, 2011 at 9:40 pm #

    Wonderful. I think the last tip was most like what I saw on this funny little kntting show G recorded for me. You are a dear, my friend.

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