Prepped & Ready to Go!
Last week our Bean(ie) Town, cabled hat, Stitch.Rock.Knit-along came to a head (har, har, har). Participants ranged from beginning knitters who'd never cabled a stitch, to ol' pros who love a good, quick project. As always it was a blast! If you weren't able to join us for this one, you can still nab the pattern in the Fall issue of Knit Simple Magazine. In the meantime, here's a recap of what we covered during our week of knitting beanies together on Facebook and Ravelry.
First up: Casting on! The most important thing to remember when working with circular needles, is to make sure that when you join the round that it's not twisted. You can see in the above picture how all of the bumps (bottom of cast-on round) are facing the same way. This means the the round is set up correctly, so we're good to go!
Secondly: How to read a knitting chart. When working with cables, you can choose to go off the written pattern, the chart or a combination of both. Really, whatever works best for you is fine. In the graphic above, I've broken down the basics of the what, where and hows of reading the chart for the Bean(ie) Town hat.
Next: Progress reports! Here are just a handful of the photo updates from fellow stitchers. I love getting a glimpse of others' perspectives!
But wait, there's more: How to knit a basic cable in rib stitch! I put together a video to demonstrate how to do the cables in this project. This is a great tutorial to watch though, even if you're not making this hat as it's relatively the same technique that would be used in any ribbed and cabled project.