A goldy oldie…….machine knit baby sweater

While purusing my machine knitting books, I came across this one. SINGER knitting machines, Jumpers and Cardigans: Baby Book.

This one may already be in many Machine knitters’ collection of “might knit up someday”.

My someday arrived.

Hindsight, always a good thing. I used a 2 stitch decrease, a 3 stitch one would have been better. Or even still better, would have been a decorative cable type decrease. The hem was a mock rib, used by many who don’t have a “ribber” accessory.

I changed the neckband to a rolled one, considering that it might be easier for dressing the youngster.

Queen Victoria and her knitting


An interesting article about her knitting/crocheting gifting. 

For those who are not familiar, Queen Victoria was a British Queen, who ruled the British Empire for almost a century. Here is a photo of her spinning.

Bernat POP and Kroy sock yarn handknitting stitch.

A hand knitting stitch for using Bernat POP and Kroy sock
Bernat POP colouring is interesting. Please note that there is a picture on the ball band the shows the sequence of the colours. Mine is accurate to the band picture.


Cast on ODD number of stitches, using POP. I used 25 stitches for a 5″ wide scarf.

5mm needle.
This is a 2 row repeat, changing colours/weight of yarns every 2 rows. Knit 1 row to stabilize the caston before starting the patterning.

*Row 1, first stitch knit1 and make 1 in the same stitch, continue to knit 1, purl 1 across the row to the last 2 stitches, knit 2 (tog)together.

Row 2, knit across all stitches.

Row 3, change yarn to KROY sock yarn, repeat Rows 1 & 2*
Mary Anne Cutler………………Yet Another Canadian Artisan……………July 1, 2017

Happy Canada Day 🇨🇦

We celebrate the holiday with family fun, food and fireworks. The town and cities usually have a fireworks showing in the local parks. This year Canada is 150 years old.  The link below is a photo slide show of various displays.



Wet blocking for knits…..a Tutorial

Submersing the knit into water evens out the stitches. All yarns are not necessarily clean; this is an opportunity to clean the yarn as well as block. I mostly knit with wool, but this method works with all fibres. Very little extra steam blocking is needed when dry.

The blocking board is styrofoam insulation board from a building supply store. 

The wooden block is for smoothing out the knit as it is pinned to shape on the blocking board.

The bucket may contain a mild cleaning solution or none. Rinse well when appropriate.

Squeeze item to remove liquid, do NOT “Wring out” tightly. Roll in a towel to absorb more liquid. Some knitters will put the item in the washer on a delicate spin cycle, before pinning to shape.

Hopefully, the photos are self explanitary.