When I began to knit patterns written in English, I was surprised that M1L and M1R increases were used very frequently, because the increases generally used in Japan are KRL and KLL. They are very easy to do, neat, and useful!
There are also their purled versions, PRL and PLL that I’d like to present you, because there is no tutorial on them on the internet, and they’re I think much easier than M1Lp and M1Rp! But I’m going to show you KRL and KLL first to show you the principle.
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designs & making-of

Grown-up Starry 1

When I published Starry pullover – a beaded Christmas pullover for girls -, some knitters asked me if there would be an adult version. I said to myself “Why not?” and began to imagine what it would look like.

The grown-up Starry should be of course in Quilted lattice stitch. It should have waist shaping and a larger neck opening for a feminine silhouette. And the sleeves? I don’t know why but I thought immediately that they should be long. And this is so to speak the starting point of experimentation which lasted a couple of months.
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designs & making-of

Color tiles blanket

Since we moved into our house 2 years ago, my daughter has wanted a knitted blanket. Our new house is indeed very old (built in 1900’s) and it’s colder than in the appartment we lived before, which was much older (1850’s!) but heated also by our neighbors.
But a blanket is huge and means lots of time and work. Like all of you, I want to knit many things in winter – often much more than I can -, and I selfishly avoided saying Yes last season.
But this winter, we had a couple of cold waves from Northern Europe – brrr! – and I had to admit that she needed a blanket.
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Faroese yarn

You must know it’s difficult to keep your faith. Mine in term of yarn purchase is to “prefer” European ones, and I have the feeling of becoming more and more finicky and demanding, as for the origin, place and process of production, and this reduces the scope of choice.
I’ve however bought recently a yarn “mostly” European, and I’d like to share it with you!
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Knitting with beads – 2

In the last post, I just told about two main ways to add beads to your knitting: stringing and crochet methods. This time, I’m talking about the size of materials – yarn, beads and crochet hook.
Obviously, we can’t add any size beads to any weight yarn, but yarn weight/beads size equation depends on the method you opt for. But let’s talk about beads, these tiny things.
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Knitting with beads – 1

Adding beads on your knitting works is an embellishment you can treat yourself to quite easily. They add sparkles to your delicate lacy shawls, feminine touch to your accessories.
Beading requires some tools, and of course beads! But wait a moment before runshing into a craft store, because there are beads and beads!
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