FInishing Thoughts

A lace scarf in the process of being blocked.Image via WikipediaLast evening was the twitter #knitchat, and the topic was regarding Finishing – (You can see the topic questions here) Soon the list of tips will be posted by @cloudynatknits so watch for them 🙂

Being a 140 character chat in only one hour with a dozen or so knitters – we could venture off into any number of side topics, following thorugh on all the issues like weaving in ends, button holes, blocking, sewing, etc…but we did do a fair job of sharing tips with one another.

So to that end, I give you a couple of selected tips I’ve learned over the years that I teach in my beginners classes

1) Seams
There are various techniques for seaming, depending upon the location of the seam – invisible seams are best for hats. Shoulder seams need more ‘stability’ so are seamed differently (if not done as a three-needle bind-off – something for a different class!) The most recommended option I hear is Mattress Stitch, however, I do like the Bickford Seam if you want a less bulky seam.

2) Weaving in Ends
Weaving – on the wrong side of the item, put the thread through the backs of stitches – (generally purl bumps), you can go diagonally up and back or across a row

Duplicate stitch method – (my personal favourite) basically follow the path of the yarn with the needle so it’s almost ‘knitted’ into the item.

Knitting in – some people will knit the loose piece(s) when they are knitting through the back of the stitches to avoid weaving later – this sometimes shows ‘through’ the knitting but does save time later.

3) Joins
To avoid having to weave ends in later each time you add a ball of yarn, try an invisible join – my personal favourites are Spit Splicing (if using feltable wool), or the Russian Join.

4) Blocking
For Hats – use a dinner plate for berets; balloon or upside down planter (of correct size) for touques.
For larger items – I use my bed 🙂 BUT, I find the children’s foam floor puzzles are great for blocking boards, plus being puzzle pieces – you can create any size board you want without taking up valuable storage space.

Lots more tips to come in future – but these were the ‘starter tips’ I gave my budding new knitters 🙂

If you’re on twitter – join us on Thursdays for #knitchat!

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Stitcher Nights in #yyj

A hanging flower basket on the street in Victo...Image via WikipediaAnother list from my JDF Recreation knitting classes – I hate to set my beginner knitters free without some support. The first week of class I give them links to videos, how-to websites in case they need some extra help until the next class. But, when we are nearing the end of classes, of course I encourage them to join a weekly Stitch N Bitch or the like!

So, I give you the ‘current as of January 2011’ list of knitting groups in Victoria, BC – note these groups keep moving around, not all are listed in one single place…so I will have to keep updating this list! As I always advise the beginners, ‘call to confirm/don’t make a special trip’ just in case the group folded/moved.


Afternoon Stitch ‘N’ Bitch
Union Pacific Cafe on Herald Street


Coffee & Chat
Koffi at Haultain & Belmont in Fernwood
Monday 2-4 p.m.


Bitchy Bees
Cornerstone Cafe at Gladstone/Fernwood
Tuesday Evening 6-8 pm


Victoria Knitters’ Guild
First and Third Wednesday mornings 9:30-11:30
St. Aidan’s Church Hall

Arts and Crafts Night
Logan’s Pub at Cook and Caledonia
Wednesday Evening (note some evenings are ‘special events’, so check first)

6 – 8pm Savoury, coffee shop at 1841 Oak Bay Ave.

7 – 9pm Starbucks at Gorge and Tillicum (beside Rogers and the Liquor store)

Victoria Knitters’ Guild

2nd & 4th Wed Evening 7:00-9:00pm

Saanich Commonwealth Place – Douglas Fir Room


Stitchers Night ON HIATUS
Coast Collective
7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

email stringandbeans @ telus . net if interested in knowing when we restart


Knit ‘N Cafe
Serious Coffee in the Cook Street Village
Friday 1-4:00 p.m.

Beehive Wool Shop “Friday Night Knitting”
1700 Douglas Street
5:00-7:30 pm on Friday evening

Bitchy Bees
Serious Coffee at Cook/Oxford
Friday Evening 6-8 pm


Fibre Fun Social Nights

Knotty By Nature Fibre Arts

6-9pm (3rd Friday of the month)

edited Apr 23 to add 2 more listings for Wed evenings

edited May 31 to update Thurs nights (on Hiatus)

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