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Hooray for the sweater stone!

                  Yes it’s back at long last! 

In a world full of expensive cutting edge technology, it’s comforting to know that there are still some simple gadgets that don’t cost the earth and  really are effective.

The sweater stone is one of them. This simple natural pumice stone will catch and remove all those irritating little pills ( balls) on the surface of your clothes with very little effort and more importantly NO BATTERIES! 

It’s true, I’d tried the razors, combs, brushes, and battery operated gadgets all of which promised a good result, but quite frankly after various attempts, one made holes, one was just impossible to use, and one just used up too many batteries,  I gave up trying. Then I discovered the ‘Sweater stone’ – what a great little product! It really works,

The sweater stone costs 12€,  (available now in our E-shop ‘knitting accessories’  click below )

http://www.kaleidoscope-shop.be/product/the-sweater-stone/ 

This is one gift that will truly be appreciated by everyone who receives it!

 

 

I do have a few tips and suggestions:

Be gentle! It is abrasive so you shouldn’t be too heavy

handed or enthusiastic – better to repeat the operation

rather than ruin your favourite jumper!

Use it on natural fibres not synthetics!

Don’t use it on very fine or delicate

woollens/fabrics

It is quite light and fragile so every time you

drop it on a hard floor you’ll damage the corners

I prefer to wash the garment first as this removes some

of the pilling.

And I do find it easier to use whilst I’m wearing the garment, using one hand to pull the garment downwards to create a bit of tension, and gently scraping the surface as needed.

Step by step – correcting a mistake

It happens to us all, when you notice a mistake several rows down in your knitting. Undoing 20 or so rows can be a nightmare! You could leave it there and just ignore it, or if you’re like me and feel the need to fix it then here’s how I do it using a small crochet hook:

Here you see a missed stitch about 20 rows down in a garter stitch

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STEP 1: Identify which is the stitch you need to drop off the needle and carefully undo it down until you reach the mistake, and keep the stitch on a crochet hook. Decide by checking each side of the stitch whether you need to pick it up knitwise or purlwise – For garter stitch it will alternate each time. Here in the photo I had to pick up Purlwise to do this you insert the crochet hook from back to front keeping the yarn to be pulled through from the front.

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STEP 2 : The next stitch needed to be Knitwise: Insert hook from front and pull through the yarn from the back.

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Make sure you clearly identify which is the next stitch to be picked up – to do this I stretch out my knitting to be able to see clearly before picking up the following stitch.

 

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Keep going all the way up until you reach the top and pop the stitch back on the needle!

 

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This technique can also be used for a dropped stitch although you have to work a bit harder to work in a stitch which wasn’t there before. Good luck!

 

Mechita legwarmers

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Mechita leg warmers make 2:

You will need:   100g/ 400m Mechita by malabrigo (col. Mandragora)

Needles Double pointed needles  x 2,5mm, and 3,25mm

stitches used : Rib : k2, p2  in the round

Stocking stitch : Knit every row ( in the round )

Divide the wool into 2 x ball of 50g

Using the smaller size needles, cast on 80 sts, and join in the round placing a marker between 1st and last st.

Work 4 cm in 2 x 2 rib.  (22 rows)

Change to larger needles and work in St. st. until leg measures 35cm from beginning.

Work another 9cm in 2 x 2 rib or until yarn runs low, then cast off in rib.

Weave in ends.

 

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GLOSSARY EN/FR – part 2

 Knitting terms

(the essentials in bold type)

ALTERNATE = RANGS ALTERNES ( 1 RG SUR 2)

AS SET = COMME DEFINI PRECEDEMMENT

BACK = DOS

BACK OF A STITCH = BRIN ARRIERE D’UNE MAILLE

BALL = PELOTE

(BEG.) BEGINNING = DEBUT

( BO ) BIND OFF /  (CoFF) CAST OFF = RABATTRE

BOBBLE = NOPE

BUTTON = BOUTON

CABLE  ( NEEDLE ) = TORSADE ( AIGUILLE AUXILIAIRE)

( CO ) CAST ON = MONTER LES MAILLES

(CC) CONTRAST COLOUR = COULEUR CONTRASTANTE

CHART = DIAGRAMME

CIRCULAR NEEDLE = AIGUILLE CIRCULAIRE

CROSS = CROISER

(DEC) DECREASE = DIMINUTION

DIVIDE = DEVISER/ SEPARER EN DEUX

(DPN’S) = DOUBLE POINTED NEEDLES = AIGUILLES DOUBLE POINTES

EDGE = LISIERE

EVEN ( NUMBER ) = NOMBRE PAIRE

EVENLY SPACED = REPARTI REGULIEREMENT

EVERY ALT. ROW = TOUS LES DEUX RANGS

EVERY ROW = TOUS LES RANGS

FASTEN-OFF= PASSER LE FIL DANS LES MAILLES ET ARRETER

FIRST STITCH = PREMIERE MAILLE

FOLLOWING ( FOLL ) = SUIVANT

FROM * TO * = DE * A *

FRONT = DEVANT

FRONT OF A STITCH = BRIN DEVANT D’UNE MAILLE

GARTER STITCH ( G st ) = POINT MOUSSE

GAUGE = TENSION / ECHANTILLON

GRAFT = ASSEMBLER ( EN COUTURE INVISIBLE )

HANK / SKEIN = ECHEVEAU

INCHE = POUCE ( 1″ = 2.5cm )

INCLUDING = INCLURE

( INC ) INCREASE = AUGMENTATION

JOIN = JOINDRE

K (k) = KNIT = MAILLE ENDROIT/ tricoter à l’endroit

(K tbl ) knit through back loop =  1 M TORSE ( tricoter maille par l’arrière brin )

K2tog =  2 mailles ensemble à l’endroit

KNITWISE = A L’ENDROIT ( dans le sens glisser un maille)

LACE KNITTING = DENTELLE

LAST STITCH  = DERNIERE MAILLE

LEAVE ( ON HOLD ) = LAISSER DES MAILLES EN ATTENTE

LEFT = GAUCHE

LENGTH = LONGUEUR

 (M 1) MAKE 1 = AUGMENTATION ( en tricotant torse le brin situé entre 2 mailles)

(PM) MARKER  = ANNEAU MARQUEUR ( placer)

(MC) MAIN COLOUR = COULEUR PRINCIPALE

NEEDLE = AIGUILLE

NEXT = SUIVANT (maille, rg etc )

ODD/ EVEN ( number ) = NOMBRE IMPAIRE/PAIRE

(P) PURL = MAILLE ENVERS

PURLWISE = A L’ENVERS ( dans le sens glisser un maille )

(P tbl ) purl through back loop =  1 M TORSE A L’ENVERS

(P2tog) Purl 2 together = 2 mailles ensemble à l’envers

PICK UP AND KNIT = RELEVER ET TRICOTER LES MAILLES

PLACE STS. ON HOLDER = METTRE LES MAILLES SUR UNE AIG. AUX.

PREVIOUS = PRECEDENT ( mailles, rgs etc)

(PSSO) PASS SLIP ST. OVER = SURJET SIMPLE (passer la m.par-dessus de l’autre)

(REM) REMAINING = MAILLES RESTANTES

(REP) REPEAT = REPETER

REVERSE ( REV ST.ST.) = JERSEY ENVERS

RIB = COTES ( 1X1, 2X2, 1X2, etc)

( RS & WS) RIGHT SIDE & WRONG SIDE = ENDROIT / ENVERS

( RNDS ) ROUNDS = TOURS ( tricot circulaire )

ROW = RANG

SELVEDGE ST. = MAILLE LISIERE

(ST) STITCH = (M) MAILLE

( SL ) SLIP = GLISSER

SKIP = PASSER

SKP  Slip, knit, psso = ( SS ) SURJET SIMPLE

SSK = SURJET SIMPLE ( américaine ) = Glisser 1m. comme pour la tricoter à l’endroit 2 fois, passer l’aig. dans les mailles et tricoter ensemble à l’endroit.

SSP = MEME CHOSE mais en tricotant les 2 mailles à l’envers

Sl1,K2tog,psso = SURJET DOUBLE

Sl1 Knitwise = Glisser 1m. comme pour la tricoter à l’endroit

Sl1 Purlwise = Glisser 1m. comme pour la tricoter à l’envers

Slst. to cn & hold at back = Glisser 1m. sur aig.aux. et la placer derrière ( torsade )

Slst. to cn & hold at front = Glisser 1m. sur aig.aux. et la placer devant ( torsade )

STITCH HOLDER = ARRETE -MAILLE

(St.St). STOCKING /STOCKINETTE STITCH = JERSEY

SWATCH/ TENSION  = ECHANTILLON

2 TIMES = 2 FOIS

(TOG) TOGETHER = ENSEMBLE

TURN = TOURNER

WORK = LE TRAVAIL , TRICOT EN COURS

WRAP = ENROULER LE FIL AUTOUR D’UNE MAILLE

YARN BACK = LE FIL EST TENU DERRIERE L’OUVRAGE

YARN FRONT =  LE FIL EST TENU DEVANT L’OUVRAGE

 ( YO ) YARN OVER =  JETE

SEW / JOIN = COUDRE/ JOINDRE

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GLOSSARY EN/FR – part 1

Garment sections:

ARMHOLE  =  EMMANCHURE

BABY SHIRT = BRASSIERE

BACK = DOS

BODY = CORPS

BORDER = BORDURE

BOTTOM = BAS

BUST / CHEST =  POITRINE

BUTTONHOLE = BOUTONNIERE

CENTER = CENTRE

COAT = MANTEAU

COLLAR / NECK = COL

CUFF / WRIST = POIGNET

DART = PINCE

EDGE = LISIERE ( SELVEDGE ST. = MAILLE LISIERE)

EYELET = JOURS ( DENTELLE )

FRONT (LEFT) = DEVANT ( GAUCHE )

FRONT (RIGHT) = DEVANT (DROITE)

CARDIGAN/ VEST = GILET

GLOVE = GANT

HAT = BONNET

HEEL ( SOCK ) = TALON

HEM =  OURLET

HOLE = TROU

JACKET = VESTE

JUMPER = PULL

LOOP = BOUCLE

MITTEN = MITAINE

NECKBAND = BANDE D’ENCOLURE

PANEL = PANNEAU

POCKET = POCHE

( RS ) RIGHT SIDE = ENDROIT

SCARF = ECHARPE

SEAM = COUTURE

SKIRT = JUPE

SHAWL = CHALE

SHOULDERS = EPAULES

SIZE = TAILLE

SLEEPING SUIT = NID D’ANGE

SOCK  = CHAUSSETTE

STOLE  = ETOLE

TASSEL = GLAND

TAM  = BERET

TOE ( SOCK ) = LA POINTE D’UNE CHAUSETTE

TOP – DOWN = PULL TRICOTE DU HAUT EN  BAS

WRONG SIDE  = ENVERS

SHOULDER STRAP = PATTE D’EPAULE

YOKE  = EMPIECEMENT

WAIST = TAILLE

WAISTCOAT = GILET SANS MANCHES

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