Let’s just take a moment to gaze upon this beautiful baby.
Such a nap.
Such a blanket.
August brings a new project for A Year of Techniques. This beautiful combination of ease and cleverness is the Little Tern Blanket by Tin Can Knits, a brand-new pattern from the inventive design team of Emily Wessel and Alexa Ludeman.
It’s a modern, beautiful blanket for the modern, beautiful baby.
OK, here’s another peek at this modern, beautiful baby.
Such a doll.
The technique at the forefront this month is the provisional cast on—that bit of magic that allows us to take up knitting in a new direction, with no visible seams.
Jen Arnall-Culliford, as ever, is our guide, leading us through not one but two different provisional cast ons. The crochet provisional cast on is up top; below is a second cast on, the amazing Judy’s Magic Cast On. If you’ve tried this cast on using double-pointed needles, you’ll welcome this tutorial that shows how to do it using circular needles—much less awkward.
This cast-on tutorial is one of those moments in my knitting life that changed everything. I don’t even want to talk about how I’ve been making my crochet provisional cast on. Let’s just say that I have been doing it so wrong that there’s not even a word for how wrong I’ve been.
Thank you, Jen, for explaining the One True Way to get a crochet provisional cast on to behave!
And of course, Jen reminds us that in the knitting world, anything can be a wrap.