Expertise from Waterloo Knitters Guild

Resources and links:

April  – No Sheep for You – Amy Singer

March – Inspired Cables – Fiona Ellis

Fiona’s designer page on Rav:
Designs from
Article on the history of the Paisley:
These ones are from Fiona’s book Inspired Cable Knits
Celtic icon
Gathering Intensions
Putting Down Roots
Others shown in the slide show:
Soakboxes: Carried by Shall We Knit  &
Ode to Aran VK Cap sleeve Top:
Craftsy Classes:
Creative Cabled Necklines
Mastering Cable Designs

February – Colourwork – Kate Atherley

Tutorials for Wrapping Your Floats:

Interesting/Educational/Helpful Blog Posts about Colour and Colour Theory:

“ColorWorks – the Crafter’s Guide to Color” – Deb Menz, Interweave Press

Knitter’s Graph Paper and Online Charting Tools: – a beta test version of a chart drawing tool with proper stitch ratios – a selection of pre-made graph paper to print

January – Knitting with Handspun – Danny Ouellette

Danny’s patterns are available at Patternfish, and he has had one pattern published in Knitty.

Resources from Danny’s talk:
Ravelry –
There are many examples of handspun yarns and projects using handspun yarns. –
They have a regular section about spinning that usually includes patterns
using handspun. Check out the back issues for more examples.

Interweave –
They publish books, magazines and videos about spinning and knitting. The
magazine Spin-Off often includes patterns for knitting.

YouTube –
You can find many spinning and knitting related videos on this site.

Yarn Harlot –
Sara Lamb –
Sara is an amazing dyer, spinner, weaver and knitter. She has a couple
books and a video at Interweave Press.

The Fleece and Fibre Source Book, by Deborah Robson and Carol Ekarius,
Storey Publishing, LLC
Contains information on over 200 animal fibres, with spinning and knitting
suggestions. Focuses on many rare and endangered breeds.

The Twisted Sisters Sock Workbook, by Lynne Vogel, Interweave Press
A great book on designing socks from the fibre up. It talks about fibre,
dyeing, spinning and knitting socks with handspun yarns.

Homespun Handknit, edited by Linda Ligon, Interweave Press
Many interesting patterns.

December Skills – Provisional and I-Cord cast-ons (Paula Reid), Entrelac (Catherine Williams), Cabling Without a Cable Needle (Cheryl McLeod), Short Rows (Alfie Galda), Picot Bind-off (Angela Blackstone)

Provisional Cast-On
You need a crochet hook in a size close to the size of your needle, scrap yarn(smooth cotton is best) and knitting needle.
Make a slipknot in the scrap yarn and place it on the hook. *Hold the needle and yarn in the left hand and the hook with the slipknot in the right hand as though crocheting. Place the needle on the top of the yarn. Holding the hook over the needle, crochet a chain st over the top of the knitting needle. Move the yarn under the needle.* Rep from * to * until you have cast on enough sts. Cut the scrap yarn and pull the end through the last loop. Begin to work with pattern yarn. To recover sts, carefully unravel crochet chain, catching each stitch on a needle as it is released. You will recover 1 stitch less than the number cast on.

i-cord Cast-On
CO 3 sts. Knit 3 sts, slip sts back to the left needle. *Kint the front and back of the first st, K2, slip 3 sts back to the left needle* rep rom * to *  until you have enough sts.

Tier 1:
(consists of a left side triangle, squares, and a right side triangle)
Right Side Triangle:
Row 1: kfb, turn
Row 2: p2, turn
Row 3: sl1, m1, ssk, turn
Row 4: p3, turn
Row 5: sl1, m1, k1, ssk, turn
Row 6: p4, turn
Row 7: sl1, k3, ssk.
(5 sts in left triangle)
Middle squares:
Row 1: (RS) With right side facing, pick up and knit 5 sts along edge of next square or triangle.
Row 2: k5, turn
Row 3: P5 turn
Row 4: sl 1, k3, ssk, turn
Repeat the last 2 rows 4 more times. At the end of row 4, do not turn.
Repeat rows 1-4 three more times, turn.
When 3 squares have been worked, work a left side triangle as follows…
Left Side Triangle:
Row 1: (WS) Pick up and knit 5 sts along edge of next triangle or square, turn
Row 2: p5,turn
Row 3: sl1, k2, ssk, turn
Row 4: p4, turn
Row 5: sl 1, k1, ssk turn
Row 6: p3, turn
Row 7: sl 1, ssk, turn
Row 8: p2, turn
Row 9: ssk, turn
The remaining st will be counted as the first st picked up for the first square in the next tier.
Turn and transfer this st to the right needle.

Tier 2:
(consists of squares)
Row 1: (WS), With wrong side facing, pick up and purl 4 sts along edge of next triangle or square. For the first square only, the remaining stitch from the last tier counts as first picked up stitch.
Row 2: p5, turn
Row 3: k5, turn
Row 4: sl 1, p3, p2tog, turn
Repeat last two rows 4 more times. At the end of row 4, do not turn.
Repeat Rows 1 – 4 three more times, turn. Three squares have been created.

Work Tiers 1 and 2 until desired length is reached, then work Tier 1 once more and work the Final Tier Triangles.

Cabling Without a Cable Needle

YouTube How-To from

Short Rows

How-To from

Picot Bind-off
The picot bind-off is a very stretchy, and delicate looking bind-off. It can be used to edge anything from socks to shawls.
It is also very versatile, in that you can choose to make your picots (or little points) as large or as small as you like.
To make a 2-stitch picot, cast-on two stitches using the cable cast-on method, then bind-off four stitches in the usual way. Return the remaining stitch to the left-hand needle and repeat the cast-on bind-off pattern.
For a 3-stitch picot, cast-on three stitches, and then bind-off six stitches.
In this way, you can even vary the size of the picots in one bound-off edge, if you like, just as long as you remember to cast-off double the number of stitches that you have cast on.

November – Extreme Double Knitting – Alasdair Post-Quinn

October – Precious GEMS of Knitting – Amy Swenson

September – Colour and Knitting – Anne Blayney and Johanna Botari
Colour theory for knitters: 

Colour palette tools:

Hand-on tools:


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