We are so pleased to include a tutorial featuring Jody Campbell (aka Grannyknits4U) to share some tips and techniques on seaming stripes for our Harbor Town tee!
For those of you who don’t know Jody, here’s some fun background information. When Jody was eleven years old, she was fascinated with watching her mother knit angora mittens and argyle socks. It just seemed natural to pick up a set of DPNs and have her mom teach her to knit as well, and she's never stopped. A true enthusiast with decades of crafting experience, she has also mastered needlepoint including the Bargello technique, crewel embroidery, cross-stitch, hand sewing, and layered surface embroidery on canvas.
As a longtime Plucky friend and a prolific knitter, she has been invaluable to our team. Jody has been there with technical help when needed, and has coached some of us to learn new skills. We hope you will enjoy this video tutorial on seaming stripes, as well as the Q&A below.
Q. We intentionally included instructions for the Harbor Town to knit the body in the round or knit it flat. What option do you prefer? (We think we know your preference.😉)
Sweater knitters fall into two distinct camps – those who will do anything to avoid seaming, and others (like me!) who LOVE seams. Some knitters want to start at one end (neck or hem) and just knit merrily along until the last stitch. Voila, their work is done. Then, there are others who would rather break the project down into pieces that are less cumbersome to carry around or hold on your lap. When their last stitch is knit, it’s time to wrap it all up into a neat package by seaming all the parts together.
Q. What advice do you have for knitters who are hesitant to try seaming?
I totally understand an aversion to seams. In looking back on the number of sweaters I have knit, I can remember how disappointing it was as I tried to learn seaming and ended up producing something awful and unwearable. I suffered through puckers, mismatched stripes, and shoulders that were lumpy! However, I discovered a few little tricks along the way that I’m happy to share in this video that I hope will encourage knitters to try seaming.
Q. Are there other ways the seaming technique you cover in the video might be useful?
Yes, Indeed! I have dozens and dozens of little removable stitch markers that I would be lost without. When I’m knitting the body of a sweater (without stripes) I usually place a marker every 20 rows along the selvedge edges, on both sides of each piece. These markers help me stay on the right path when picking up bars. Come to think of it, this could be a topic for another video!
Q. What are you knitting at the moment?
Well … there are several several things! One has a center pocket and two have thumbholes 😉
We are so pleased to include a tutorial, featuring Jody Campbell (aka Grannyknits4U), to share some tips and techniques on jogless striping for our Snow Shoe socks!
Jody began knitting at a young age and, without giving too much away, that means she has over 50 years of incredible experience under her belt. As a very young grandma, she was nicknamed “Granny” by her daughters as a gag (thinking she wouldn’t like it), but it stuck and 30 years later you will find folks young and old calling her Granny everywhere she goes. She has had the opportunity to attend knitting classes and events worldwide and has amassed a library of knowledge that she happily shares with others.
As a longtime Plucky friend and a prolific knitter, she has been invaluable with technical help if needed or when one of us on the Plucky team is looking to learn a new skill. We hope you will enjoy this video tutorial on Jogless Stripes plus a few more tips and tricks from Jody for the perfect socks!
Q. You mention that there is really no such thing as jogless when it comes to stripes, but this looks pretty seamless! Where did you pick up this technique?
Don’t laugh, but I’m a bit like a crow, constantly drawn to interesting and shiny bits and ideas. If something catches my eye, or should I say my mind’s eye, I run after it. I’m sure that’s what happened with jogless stripes. Thanks to Ravelry, YouTube, my personal library of knitting books, and hundreds of socks knitted, this technique became a permanent piece in my knitting toolbox.
Q. If someone is new to sock knitting, would you recommend they start with DPN’s, two small circular needles, or use the magic loop method?
I think it’s pretty safe to say that most people don’t learn to knit by knitting socks. By the time they dip their toes (LOL) into sock knitting, they have probably become comfortable with knitting in the round, and they probably already know what needles work for their hands. If you’re trying socks for the first time, have some fun and test drive a couple of needle choices. Just be sure to use your chosen method for both socks!
Q. What type of heel do you prefer, or does it depend on the pattern?
Different socks need different heels, from a design standpoint. And, when it comes to fit, your feet may have a favorite heel. I tend to stay away from heels that take lots of math, only because I don’t like math! But, my personal go-to will usually be some form of a heel flap and gusset, just changing up the stitch pattern to suit my mood.
Q. Toe up or Cuff down?
I’m a cuff down sock knitter.
Q. Do you have a favorite blend when selecting yarn for socks?
Yup! Personally, I gravitate toward Primo Fingering. I love the merino/cashmere/nylon blend for wearability. Yes, I have to be extra careful that they don’t end up in the washer, but my feet thank me!
Q. What advice do you have for people who think of themselves as non-sock knitters?
To anyone who hasn’t knit socks, but thinks they want to give it a go, I say “Bravo”! Socks are a project that fit in your purse, making them so portable. Once you get going, the possibilities are endless. If you’re feeling extra timid, perhaps you could start with the Plucky Birks pattern, in a DK weight yarn and larger needles, before you move “down” to fingering weight yarn?
Q. What pair of socks has been your favorite you’ve ever knit?
My favorite pair of socks ever knit are always the pair I’m knitting right now! And, I am knitting socks. Right now.