Yarn Tech with Megan

In-Depth with Yarn.


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Hi everyone!

Just dropping in to say hi and let you know I’m working on details for a few new episodes. I’m in the middle of a major kitchen renovation at the moment that is consuming my time but the end is near!

Coming soon:

Jury’s magic cast on
Beginners series
German twisted cast on and variants
Knitting backward

See you soon!


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February 28, 2011 at 9:06 pm

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Episode 3: Increases 1-using the stitch below.

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Hi all!

I managed to squeeze a recording while my kids were glued to a cartoon for a few minutes. This episode focuses on mirrored increases that utilize the stitch below. The first is the “knit into the back of the stitch below.” Its easy but not as invisible as the second increase. I have only seen this increase in one place and even there it was only shown slanting to the right. I monkey around with it to make it slant left as well.

I hope you enjoy!

Knit into the back of the stitch below:


Piggyback Increase:

Piggyback Increase

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January 31, 2011 at 9:10 pm

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Circular Calculators

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Good Morning!

I haven’t been able to put together the time to record in the past few days but I wanted to make it up to you by posting a little goody!

I created this calculator while working on a circular blanket (this one: Hemlock Ring). I wanted to know the math behind figuring out how much additional yarn each repeat took. Since I’m geeky, I made a little excel worksheet for myself but I thought you all might be interested as well!

Heres the download (an excel spreadsheet): Click to Download Megan’s Additional Repeat Calculator

I also worked this up as a calculator to find out how much closer each row got me to the end:
Click Here to Download Megan’s Circular Percentage Calculator

I hope you enjoy!

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January 18, 2011 at 3:46 pm

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Episode 2: Channel Islands Cast on

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Hi Everyone!

Here is Episode 2: Channel Islands Cast on. Its a bit of a specialty cast on but I LOVE it for 1×1 ribbing on hats/bottoms of sweaters/sleeves.

Remember to reverse the direction of the wrap around your thumb! It is the opposite of long-tail. Also, when you work back in to this cast on, you’ll be purling the yarn overs and knitting the “bumps.”

Close ups:

Channel Islands on Stockinette (Single Strand):


Channel Islands on Stockinette (Double Strand):


Channel Islands on Ribbing (Relaxed):


Channel Islands on Ribbing (Stretched):


Channel Islands on Ribbing (reverse side):

Channel Islands on Ribbing (reverse side)

Housekeeping notes:
I’ve converted this to a slightly smaller file for easier download. Any comments? Is the quality ok? It isn’t a problem for me to keep it as a bigger file but I don’t want to clog up your computer/itunes with gigantic files.

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January 5, 2011 at 9:25 pm

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I’ve been approved for iTunes distribution! You can follow this link or find me in the search box!

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December 30, 2010 at 2:42 pm

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Episode 1: Cast Ons–Long Tail and Reverse Long Tail

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Episode 1

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(I’m having a little trouble with the embedded player…) If you click the X, the picture for Episode 1 will show up and you can then play it. I’m still working on it…

This week is long tail and reverse long tail cast on!

Long Tail cast on is great but does have a few drawbacks.  One of them is that long tail creates a single row of stockinette just after the cast on.  This is fine if you are working on stockinette but, if you want to work in ribbing, it isn’t quite as neat.

Reverse Long Tail to the rescue!  Working Long Tail backwards is a little awkward at first but can make your ribbing a tad neater.

Here are close ups of the swatches from the video:

Long Tail on Stockinette:

Long Tail on Stockinette

Long Tail on 2×2 Ribbing:

Long Tail on Ribbing

Long Tail/Reverse Long Tail Combo for 2×2 Ribbing:

Long Tail/Reverse Long Tail on Ribbing

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December 29, 2010 at 8:41 pm