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January 2017

Some things I'm good at, some things I'm not. For example, after six years of drawing the same me!doodle I can do it with my eyes closed. Kind of...

Drawing with my eyes closed.

Last year felt a bit like treading water skills wise, so this year I'm going to learn all the new things. ONWARD!


Cast On Magic

I've been working on designs for keyring buddies – small dolls with little loops on their arms and legs so they can hold onto a hoop. Here is a very technical diagram of the concept that I drew in Paint.

Keyring Buddy Diagram

The body is a small pouch knitted in the round. I've been closing the top edge seamlessly using Kitchener stitch and closing the bottom edge with effort (provisional cast-on, picked up the stitches later, grafted them as for the top edge). I've been in the market for a NEW TECHNIQUE to make it easier.

I decided a good place to start looking for seamless cast-ons would be in patterns for toe-up socks. After all I first found out about Kitchener stitch as a way to finish cuff-down socks. The very first result I came across was for the Magic Cast-On Method. It's easy to get the hang of, quick to do and looks neat from both sides. In other words, it's perfect. On the whole this search was a lot less work than I was expecting it to be.

I've done a brief rundown of the method here for my own amusement.