Save Time Finishing! Weaving in Ends as You Go on Purl Rows

I am essentially lazy and am willing to spend hours figuring out how to save myself (and you) ten minutes.

In order to minimize the finishing work for my Kitties on My Lap Blanket patternI give instructions to join the motifs and to weave in the yarn ends as you work. The yarn ends are woven in as you work the right side knit rows to hide the ends on the back of the blanket and the motifs are joined as you work each motif.  This means that when you are finished knitting the blanket, you are almost done with the finishing. You save several hours of seaming and weaving in ends!

After knitting a lovely version of the Kitties on My Lap Blanket as a wedding present, lovely knitter Betty (Bettyilene on Ravelry), asked if there was a way to weave in ends on a purl row similar to the method I used on knit rows in the pattern.

bettyilene’s lovely Kitties on My Lap Blanket! ©bettyilene

If the purl row is on the wrong side (like in stockinette fabric), absolutely. In fact, there are at least two ways of weaving in the ends on a purl row. If it is on the right side, the weaving in will definitely show. If someone has figured out how to do this without it showing, please leave a comment below!!!

As when weaving in ends on a knit rows, weave in the old colour on the row where you are changing yarns, weave in the new colour on the next purl row. You can finish weaving in on the next knit row if you have more yarn end to weave in.

Also, as when weaving in ends on a knit row, pierce the yarn when you first start to weave in to further secure the end.

For both methods, pull the end taut after working to even things out and then stretch the fabric to maintain appropriate stretch one blocked.

I will be demonstrating by weaving in a contrasting colour on a solid background to make it easier for you to see. The weaving in is much more visible than if you were weaving in the yarns at an actual colour change.

Watch the video or follow the instructions below the video.

Method 1:

When you work the first stitch, pierce the yarn end to secure.

*Purl one stitch.

Lift the yarn end up between the needles and the working yarn, purl the stitch. Drop the yarn end.

Repeat from * until you have woven in enough yarn to make you comfortable. If you still want to weave in more yarn at the end of the row, weave in as for a knit stitch.

Method 2:

Work the first stitch on the row, piercing the yarn end as you do.

*Before working the next stitch, flip the yarn end over the working yarn from right to left and leave hanging on the purl side of the work.

Purl the next stitch.

Repeat from *.

Note: For both methods, alternatively, insert the right needle tip into the next stitch as if to purl, then life the yarn end over both needles and finish the stitch.

Try both methods and see which you prefer, both in terms of doing the movements and in terms of how the finished product looks and behaves.

Before you block your piece, pull the end taut to even things out and then pull the fabric out to where it will need to stretch to. This will ensure that the weaving in is neat and that the stretchiness of the fabric is maintained.







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Grasker Hat is live on Ravelry!

I am thrilled to announce that the Grasker Hat is live on Raverly. That’s right, you can go to Ravelry right now to buy and download your very own copy of this eye-catching Icelandic-inspired hat. It is such a fun hat to knit and to wear. The extra warmth from the floats of the colourwork and from a snug gauge make it warm and cosy! You will feel fantastic wearing it and knitting it.

The pattern is only $3.00 until midnight Eastern Time on September 21st, 2017.

The pattern comes in sizes from newborn to adult large, so you can make one for every member of your family or everyone you know for that matter.

Inspired by Icelandic designs, this hat was designed for a friend who saw an Icelandic style hat at a Halloween pumpkin based event and wished she had bought it. Accordingly, the hat is named after the Icelandic word for Pumpkin: Grasker.

Three colours of superwash light worsted weight wool are used to create this hat. It is knit brim up with a twisted rib for extra beauty and elasticity. Small needles are used to create a warm fabric with a tight gauge. It is especially important to swatch for this hat or to adjust for the stitch count if you are knitting the hat at a different gauge.

Note: The Grasker Hat pattern has charts in the original colourway, written instructions and alternative grey scale charts for working the colourwork in whatever colours you prefer. It is not necessary to print all the pages, read through the pattern and print only the pages that make sense to you.



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So Much Support

In my last post I wrote about the amazing test knitters that helped to make the Grasker Hat pattern better. But they are not the only people who make my designs and my life better. There is my ever supportive family, my son and especially my husband, who hears about the designs, gets asked endless rhetorical questions about them and even does an initial but thorough proof read of some of my work.

There are my delightful fellow knitters, students and staff at my LYS, YarnForward. They are always supportive and a source of constant inspiration.

There is also my super Tech Editor, Madeleine Susan, who ensured that the pattern is correct and complete.  She checked to make sure that all the figures and words worked and she did it quickly and efficiently.

My amazing model Casey, who is clearly a natural born model and with whom I had a ton of fun during the photo shoot. She made the hat look so great.

And my friend, KrisBKnits who inspired this design in the first place. And to all of my other wonderful, caring friends.

As I am working on the last little bits to make sure everything is ready to roll on Tuesday, September 19, I am so thankful for this supportive network. Without them this pattern would never have come to pass.

Thank you all! I cannot express my gratitude enough to all of you!

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(Test) Knitters are Awesome People

We all know that knitters in general are amazing people. Almost all the knitters I know are so generous in very many ways: they are generous in spirit, in giving of their time, their knowledge, their yarn, their cookies, their sense of humour and their friendship. Thank you to all my fellow knitters who make enrich my life with their amazing presence.

There is a special group of knitters that I need to thank especially and those are the knitters that help designers to create better patterns for all the other knitters out there. I am specifically referring to test knitters now.


MarinaoftheSea’s Grasker Hat

These amazing knitters test the pattern to ensure that what I have designed and knit matches the words and chart I used to describe how to make it and that those following those instructions will actually create the project. This may seem silly. As the designer, I have already knit the project. Parts of it, I have knit and ripped out several times. It seems self-evident that the instructions will make the project.  Unfortunately, it is not as easy as that for many reasons, but mostly because I am human.

  • Sometimes translating knitting into words can be confusing. When I write instructions, they may make sense to me, but may not make sense to other people.
  • Patterns may have different sizes and I do not knit every size of a project and even if I did, I do not have ready access to variously sized models. Also, not all sizing guidelines work as well as we might hope.
  • When reworking a pattern many times to create a better design, keeping track of all the changes can be complex and mistakes can happen.
  • General mistakes happen. No matter how careful I am no matter how many times I edit my pattern, I am a human and a fairly distracted one and I make mistakes.

I really lucked out with the test knitters for my upcoming pattern, the Grasker Hat. My testers were all patient, kind, observant and very helpful. I am truly grateful for their help in making this pattern so much better. They gave great feedback and helped this pattern be better than it was before they got involved.


LaceChick’s Grasker Hat

Many of the test knitters made more than one hat in various sizes. When some of the testers found that the hat was not fitting as intended in some of the sizes, they were so generous as to reknit the hat with the corrected pattern to ensure that other knitters would create a hat that fits properly.

So, thank you, thank you, thank you to my terrific test knitters: Kntnpathdoc (who made a ton of versions), TeriLG, LaceChick, ForestFlower23, MarinaOfTheSea!

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Fall, time to gain weight! Yarn weight, that is!

Summer is a wonderful time to knit with thinner, cooler yarns. I love knitting with fine lace weight and fingering yarns throughout the year and in the summer, I rarely knit with anything else. But as the weather gets cooler, I get the longing to knit with thicker yarns, with more squish, loft and warmth.

Rowan Pure Wool Superwash Worsted is a lighter weight worsted yarn that is squishy and cozy and delicious to knit with. It creates a warm hat,
especially when you knit it in colourwork with the extra layers of yarn floats.

So, you have your hands on a delightful, cuddly yarn and you have some knitting needles cleared off and raring to go, now what . . .? Well, I just happen to have the perfect project for you to dig your needles into. I know, what a coincidence!

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The Grasker Hat is a cushy hat that is fun to knit and to wear.  I used Rowan Pure WoolSuperwash Worsted in a cream, and two shades of teal, but any three shades that you love will make a great hat as long as there is enough contract between the colours. One easy way to ensure that your colours will have enough contrast is to take a black and white photo (mono)like the one at the left . Most phones have an easy setting when taking the photo, or you can edit the photo to create a black and white copy after taking the picture. Looking at the photo will easily tell you if you have enough contrast between the three colours to really make your hat pop!

The Grasker Hat will be available on Ravelry on September 19th, 2017. Subscribe to my Newsletter to get a coupon for a signifiant savings and then start knitting!

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New Pattern Coming Soon! Fall is coming here – get ready for the cooler weather.

The last few days here in Canada’s Capital Region the weather has turned cold and windy: distinctly fall-like. This kind of weather puts me in the mood to start knitting cozy, warm things for myself, my loved ones and for those in need. Hats are one of things I most love to knit as the weather gets colder – they are quick to knit, can have a great impact because these are literally on top of your head, and they are small, fun to work and portable. All the things I love in a knitting project.Grasker Hat is a striking, geometric, Icelandic-inspired hat. The hat pattern is coming out in a couple of weeks (September 19). For early notifications and special promotions, sign up for the MagdaMakes Newletter.

Psst: Newsletter subscribers will get a coupon for a significant discount for this pattern. Subscribe now to get yours!

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Join As You Go Modular Tutorials

Modular knits are a great way to make large projects. In general, they are easy to knit, with lots of colour and with little finishing at the end. The series of videos shown below cover various aspects of doing a modular knit project, the long tail cast on, a simple increase and a simple decrease that can be used, joining as you go and weaving in those pesky ends as you go. There is a bonus video on embroidering satin stitch on your finished project.

Long Tail Cast On:




Joining Knitting as You Go:

Joining as You Go with Waste Yarn:

Weaving in Ends as You Go:


Satin Stitch on a Garter Stitch Ground:

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