Just a quick update to let you know I’ve finished creating our new Crochet class and hope to get it in your hands by the first week of December.
KnitFreedom Lifetime and Monthly members can access the class now here.
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I have already started crocheting a few projects from the “recommended projects for practice” section of the class and it’s so much fun. I know you’re going to love learning, or re-learning, to crochet with this class.
In the spirit of the holidays, instead of powering ahead to bring the crochet class to market, over Thanksgiving I just spent some time happily knitting and crocheting, just for me. I made up a crochet sock pattern for Milo just to see if I could crochet a sock based on what I know from knitting. I could, although knitting I think is better overall for socks.
I Love Portuguese Knitting!
I then got out the Portuguese Knitting book yesterday and tried out the technique, and I think you’re absolutely going to love it!
It’s very interesting and I can’t wait to make a class to show you how to do it.
In Portuguese knitting, the yarn is tensioned around the back of your neck or over a hook you can pin to your shirt and you use just your left thumb to move the yarn where it is needed to make a stitch.
When I tried Portuguese knitting, I experienced a very relaxing sensation of very gentle knitting, of effortlessly making stitches, in a calm and relaxed way.
For someone who has no trouble at all knitting the “normal” way, this was quite a surprise! I thought I already WAS relaxed while knitting.
Barring any pre-existing arthritis in the left thumb, I think that if you have any pain issues or trouble tensioning the yarn in your fingers, Portuguese knitting is going to be quite a treat.
As I practiced the Portuguese knit and purl stitch I was reminded of the thread in my sewing machine. It doesn’t go straight from the spool to the needle, but rather winds through a series of tensioners, hooks, and clips so that when it gets to the needle the tension is perfect.
If the “normal” way of knitting, American or Continental, can be likened to sewing straight from a spool of yarn, then Portuguese knitting is like sewing with yarn tensioned through the series of holders and disks – it just makes sense that the stitches are more even and easier to make.
Lastly, I think you’ll appreciate a video class teaching this technique since the book (which costs more than $40) includes just a few pictures each for the knit stitch and the purl stitch, and doesn’t really show much about the actual movements.
I intend to get Andrea Wong’s DVD to confirm that my movements are spot on, then explain it to you in great detail so you can be sure you’re doing it right. But my first impression is that yes, I am probably going to be a Portuguese Knitting convert!
A student recently asked about how to reinforce socks that wear out, and since it always happens to my sister’s socks, I researched the issue and decided to go with Knitty’s technique of weaving yarn in and out the purl bumps on the wrong side of the work.
It was very easy and fast, it took less than ten minutes and not much yarn. I’ll let you know if her Christmas socks last longer this way!
Another student asked for modifications to our basic Magic Loop Hat pattern to fit an extra large (24-inch) head. Here they are.
This week I’m planning to write you again soon to introduce you properly to the art of crochet, and talk to you about the kinds of things you can make with crochet and what it is good for.
Have a great weekend, talk to you soon!
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