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Thanksgiving 2015

November 21

Happy Thanksgiving


New Mexico Scenery

November 12

Here are a few more photos from my time at Camp Stitches at the Tamaya Resort north of Albuquerque. What a gorgeous place!




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Camp Stitches Day 3

November 8

Our final day at Camp Stitches.

Our Color Knitting class with Franklin Habit covered even more color knitting techniques. By the time the workshop was over, he had brilliantly led us to the intersection of color theory and inspiration. We learned an array of techniques to use our new-found understanding on. Our swatches were added to the yarn buffet as the weekend went on.


Everyone agrees the weekend went by too fast. Until next year…


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Camp Stitches Day 2

November 7

The campers at Camp Stitches had a half day of instruction. My class with Franklin Habit enjoyed becoming de-intimidated by intarsia, using the color theories we learned yesterday.

I spent my afternoon wandering around the hiking paths at the Tamaya Resrt where we’re staying. I was especially interested to find the wonderful horse rehabilitation program that a big-hearted woman named Connie Collis runs. I have a soft spot in my heart for horses, and hope that people who can help Connie out with a donation will do so.


The stables at Tamaya not only offer horseback rides but also shelter some unusual strays. Ever hear of rescue chickens before?


 Apparently the chickens do not want any pesky goats invading their territory.


The goats have a home of their own.


They don’t need no silly chickens to have a good time!


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Camp Stitches Day 1

November 6

I’m in New Mexico to take part in Camp Stitches. It’s three days of intensive instruction and all-around knitting camaraderie. The location, north of Albuquerque, is spectacular.

My first day at camp began this way:

New Mexico


The 3-day workshop I’m taking is Franklin Habits’s Color Knitting. We  were greeted by a giant array of colors and got to play with them all day.


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7th Blogiversary Giveaway Winner

November 4

We have a winner for the AudKnits 7th Blogiversary Giveaway! Congratulations to Anita in Maryland.

The wonderful book Swing Swagger Drape: Knit the Colors of Australia by Jane Slicer-Smith is on its way to her. The book caught my attention for the unique construction of its garments and exciting color palettes.

The giveaway also included a lovely project bag by Erin Lane. I would happily start a huge collection of Erin Lane bags – the fabrics are so much fun!

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Happiness is a Good Stretchy Cast On

October 29

I love learning just the right technique for a given purpose. When I need to cast on for a sock, I’m always worried about whether the top will stretch enough. Same thing for cuffs for mittens.

When I first started knitting, I quickly learned the hard way that the standard long-tail cast-on tended to be too inelastic for the cuffs, especially on socks, even if I casted on loosely, and even if I went up a needle size or two.

I recently started a new pair of cuff-down socks. The cuff is a 2x ribbing. I’ve come to love the Rolled-Edge cast-on as described in Cap Sease’s fantastic Cast On, Bind Off book. It starts with a few rounds of waste yarn, then a row of a strong yarn in another color. I used some white sock yarn I had on hand, and then a row of smooth pink cotton which you can see just below the green ribbing:

Sock Cast On 3

When the waste yarn was removed, I was rewarded with a lovely ribbed top that stretches like mad:

Sock Cast On 2

I next casted on for a pair of mittens. The Cast On book has a variation of the Rolled Edge cast-on that’s for 1x ribbing. I love the way it looks and how stretchy it is.

This photo shows one mitten with the waste yarn and the ribbing just started and the other mitten with the waste yarn removed. Isn’t the cuff lovely? I’m very happy with this technique.

cast on for 1x cuff


Once in a while, if I’m in a bit of a rush or the ribbing doesn’t have to be quite as stretchy as the rolled-edge one, I’ll cast on in the ribbing pattern using the long-tail knit and purl method. Here’s my video of the technique if you want to give it a try:

What is your favorite cast-on for cuffs? Please leave a comment with your recommendation. I’d love to try some new techniques!


My review of Cap Sease’s Cast On, Bind Off  book. Please support your LYS by asking for the book there!

AudKnits YouTube channel

If you’d like to explore more cast-on ideas, you might like to visit Helen Griffin’s wonderful web page which not only lists a variety of cast-ons, but also links many of them to videos. It’s a fantastic collection, compiled by a very talented and experienced knitter.


7th Blogiversary Giveaway

October 21

Whoo-hoo! AudKnits’ first appearance on the internet was seven years ago today. It has been a very fun several years, filled with delightful surprises.

And now a surprise for you. As a thank you for seven years of support and knitterly friendship, I will be giving away a brand-new copy of Jane Slicer-Smith’s fabulous book, Swing, Swagger, Drape and a lovely large project bag by Erin Lane.

book and bag giveaway

To win this nifty gift, enter a comment here on this post by the end of the day on Sunday, November 1st (midnight Eastern Time). Please include your contact information in your comment so I can let you know if you’re the winner. I’ll be conducting a random drawing. (One comment per person, please, with only one comment and email address per person.)

Good Luck and Happy Knitting!

Free Super Bulky Mistake Stitch Scarf & Headband Pattern

October 12

scarf and headband set

As the fall air gives a hint of cold weather to come, my mind turns to winter and holiday projects I’d like to make for friends and family. And let’s face it, I love to knit cozy accessories for myself as well!

My holiday gift to you, beloved AudKnits fans, is a new free pattern featuring a matching reversible scarf and headband set. Made of super bulky yarn, the scarf and headband make for very quick knits that are also perfect for social knitting or keeping occupied while traveling.

I used Plymouth Yarn’s beautiful Galway Roving. It has a nice loft for extra warmth and knits up on size US #13/9mm straight needles.

super bulky scarf

The matching headband knits up in no time. It is worked flat with a single button which can be sewn on where needed to adjust the length to your liking. The headband includes a schematic.

super bulky headband

I hope you enjoy this pattern. Happy knitting, everyone!

Download the pattern for free from

Mistake St Set Cover


Photos © galezucker/ AudKnits 2015

Check out Gale Zucker Photography to see more of Gale’s incredible photography.

September Sunset

October 1

The sunset one night in Paso Robles was mesmerizing! I loved how the colors shifted as time went on.


Sunset 2015-5

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Lucy Vest Pattern 2

September 25

Lucy Vest at Marke

The Lucy Vest pattern is now available from Knit Picks! This version uses Swish DK. It’s shown here in the Peapod, and there are over 30 other colors to choose from as well.

Lucy Vest Knit Picks

The vest is graced with an easy-to-memorize eyelet ribbing, with the V-neck shaping flowing from the center rib.

Lucy Vest v-neck shaping

Attention to detail includes instructions for decreases in the neck and armhole ribbing so they curve properly and lie flat.

AudKnits Lucy Vest

The pattern is available from Knit Pick here. I love their “kit builder” which makes ordering the pattern and just the right amount of yarn a snap!

Photos © Gale Zucker / AudKnits 2015


Vogue Knitting Hat

September 3

It was pretty darned exciting to see my hat in the Fall 2015 issue of Vogue Knitting! They call it #05 Seamless Cap. I used Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino for its combination of great stitch definition and softness. The pattern was part of a gorgeous spread showcasing the color teal; the yarn color we used is Kingfisher. I love anything teal, so the color choice delighted me no end.

Vogue Knitting Hat

Vogue Knitting Fall 2015 photographed by Rose Callahan

On rare occasions, a design seems to just flow right off my pencil onto the sketch pad, and from there into the yarn. This was one of those. I adapted the sweet little flower buds from a Japanese stitch dictionary. Half the fun was trying to figure out how to construct them, since the instructions are in Japanese! I like the way the flowers are framed by cables. I think incorporating the cables into the ribbing was a nice touch.

Vogue Knitting Fall 2015 photographed by Rose Callahan on May 21 and 27, 2015 in NYC

Vogue Knitting Fall 2015 photographed by Rose Callahan


If you make the hat, which I hope you do, please note that there is an important correction to the chart, as follows:

The ‘k1, yo, k1 in same st’ symbol should read: ‘k1, yo, k1 in same st, turn, p3, turn, k3’.

A corrected chart can be downloaded from the Vogue errata page.

I’ve had a few inquiries about gauge for this pattern; here are some detailed gauge notes that may help:

Gauge Note: Below is a gauge for stockinette for reference. I highly recommend making a gauge swatch in pattern. Gauges for cables can vary, as different knitters use different tensions when cabling. To make a swatch in the round, cast on 40 sts. Loosely carrying the yarn around to back of the work for working the swatch in the round, work 2 repeats of the chart, starting with Round 3 and ending on Round 27 or more. The strands across the back of the work should be loose enough that the swatch can be measured flat. Two pattern repeats, a total of 40 sts, should measure approximately 4.5”.

36 st and 37 rnds = 4”/10 cm in pattern, worked in the round using larger needle
24 sts/34 rows= 4”/ 10 cm in stockinette, worked flat using larger needle

I want to thank everyone at Vogue Knitting for including my pattern, and especially photographer Rose Callahan for making it look so good!


Vogue Knitting

Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino comes in 64 colors!


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