Knitting with Beads – Try it!

Have you tried adding beads to a yarn project? One of the challenges this month for Camp Loopy is to mix materials, and one of the options is knitting with beads. I love beads, so that’s the challenge that I’m doing!

Why add beads to yarn projects?

– Beads add a bit of sparkle and pop
– They also add a nice bit of weight to the hemline or body
– Beading breaks up all of the knitting and adds fun to your knitting time
– It’s easy to do and something different

I’m working on Knit Night by Inspiration Knits with a skein of Dream in Color Smooshy with Cashmere in Exploration Station. (We sold out of that Camp color, but we have ordered more.)

The pattern is an interesting (and very easy) construction and not one that I’ve done before. This would make a really fun gift for those on your gifting list, with or without beads added to it. However, knitting with beads is a good skill to add to your list and it adds a little extra to the finished gift. Here is my progress so far.

The Loopy Ewe Knit Nght

How do you knit with beads? Here is the way I do it:

First, add your bead to a tiny crochet hook.

The Loopy Ewe Knitting with Beads

Second, put the next stitch on your left hand needle, onto the hook.

The Loopy Ewe Knitting with Beads

Third, slide the bead down over the two legs of the stitch.

The Loopy Ewe Knitting with Beads

Next, put the stitch back on the left needle.

The Loopy Ewe Knitting with Beads

Last, knit (or slip – whatever the pattern calls for) as a normal stitch.

The Loopy Ewe Knitting with Beads

Need some yarn and bead ideas?

I decided to play with yarn and bead combos today. Here are a few that I came up with using Dream in Color Smooshy with Cashmere.

Dream in Color knitting with beads The Loopy Ewe

Here are some with Uschitita Merino Singles:

Uschitita knitting with beads The Loopy Ewe

Here are some other patterns to check out:

Slipstream Cowl, Slipstream Hat, Slipstream Mitts, Stay Awhile, Charmayne, Close to You, Hitchhiker, Nurmilintu, Pimpelliese, and Abstract Leaves Cowl.

We’re always happy to match beads for you. Just order a tube with your yarn order and leave us a note that you’d like us to pick the best match for your yarn. We’ll check to see if there might be a better option for you.

How About You?

Have you used beads in your knitting projects? Do you like it? Do you have other favorite patterns that call for beads? I’d love to hear your experience!

Hope you all have a great weekend!


Organizing Knitting Projects

It’s a new year and organizing seems to be the buzzword for January. What’s more fun than organizing your knitting projects for the year?

There are a couple of ways for tracking what you are doing and organizing your knitting projects. If you’re a paper and pencil person, then a nice notebook works great. (You can get all fancy with colored pens and stickers if you like doing that. I keep mine pretty simple.)

What should you keep track of? Anything you find useful! Here are some ideas for pages:

  • Patterns that you want to knit soon
  • Yarn that you want to use this year
  • Finishes for the year
  • Year to Year project numbers (total finished, yards used)
  • Yarn you want to remember to try in the future
  • Possible Camp Loopy projects
  • Patterns that you like to make for gifts
  • Patterns that you own via pdf or have in Knit Companion
  • Books that you own
  • Patterns you’ve made that you want to make again
  • Yarn that you have in stash
  • Or just yarn from certain companies that you collect
  • Designers that you like and follow
  • Christmas/Holiday/Birthday gifts to make this year
  • Knitting Needles/Crochet hooks that you own
  • WIP’s (works in progress)
  • Color inspirations/combinations you’d like to try
  • A page for each project with start/finish dates and yarn info

Here are some of my pages in my notebook:

2019 finishes
patterns to knit, organizing knitting projects
yarn to use, organizing knitting projects
pattern references, organizing knitting projects

Need some ready-to-print pages for a 3-ring notebook instead?

Cassie over at Little Red Window has free pages you can download! Click here to get to those pages on her website.

Little Red Window Printables
©Little Red Window, used with permission

You might also want to print some of our handy reference lists to add to your notebook.

Not into the paper and pencil thing?

You can also track almost all of these same things if you have a Ravelry account. There are a lot of options, but two things I want to highlight from there that have been helpful to me:

  • You can add tabs to your project page. I have tabs for each year and tabs for the things I like to knit the most. I like clicking on a tab and being able to see specific categories within my projects.
Rav tabs

How do you add them?

Decide on your tab names and add them to the top of your project page. Three easy steps:

First you click the organize icon/button:

rav tabs, organizing knitting projects

Then you’ll get a screen where you can create a new set:

rav tab sets

And finally, you’ll name your set (your tab) and indicate the tags that go into that set:

rav tab creation, organizing knitting projects

Tags to include in set – perhaps you want a Shawls tab, and you want anything tagged shawl or shawls to go into that tab. Type both words there.

Name for this set – I do tabs for each year and tabs for things I like to make. You can do tabs for anything – gifts, toys, baby, yardage, etc.

Now, when you add a project, add your tab name as a tag on the project, and it will automatically be filed under that tab.

adding tags

The second feature I like on Ravelry is Bundles.

  • You can make bundles for pattern ideas that you want to group by topic/project/use. I have bundles for gift knitting, baby knitting, Camp Loopy (800+ yardage), etc. Go to your Favorites (Faves) and there you can create Bundles.
adding bundles

When you click on a bundle, it gives you several ways to add patterns into that bundle (from your favorites, from tags, from a search, etc.)

rav bundles, organizing knitting projects

Is it worth it to keep track of all of these things? Well, I don’t spend TOO much time on it, because I’d rather be knitting! But it does save me time when I want some ideas for projects, or I want to try a new yarn, or I want to remember to make a pattern within the next couple of months and I don’t want that pattern to get lost in my 1200 Favorites list. 🙂 And I do love seeing my finished projects by year, to keep track of what I do each year.

These are just some of the things I track for organizing knitting projects. Your lists will be different, depending on what is important to you. I use these tools to enhance my knitting/creating time, not to take away from it!

Do you have other lists that you track for your projects? Feel free to share them in the comments! Do you need more yarn to organize? Pop over and tell us what you need and we’ll get it shipped right out!


Knitting Tips – Good to Know

There are just some things that are handy to know when you are a knitter. I’ve rounded up some of my favorite knitting tips and references to share with you today.

Knitting Tips The Loopy Ewe

Knitting with Two Strands Held Together

The benefit: this allows you to make up the weight you need in the color you need, or lets you use two different colors for a heathered look, or two different types of yarn for a more textured look.

2 strands lace = fingering weight
1 strand each of lace + fingering = sport weight
2 strands fingering = DK weight
2 strands sport = worsted weight
2 strands DK = bulky weight
2 strands worsted = super bulky weight

What do the numbers mean in knitting?

Size 0 = Lace Weight
Size 1 = Superfine (sock or fingering weight)
Size 2 = Fine (sport or baby weight)
Size 3 =- Light (DK weight)
Size 4 = Medium (worsted, afghan or aran weight)
Size 5 = Bulky (chunky weight)
Size 6 = Super Bulky (roving)
Size 7 = Jumbo (bigger roving)

How big do I make my afghan/blanket?

Lovey = 12″ x 12″
Baby/Stroller Blanket = 30″ x 35″
Receiving Blanket = 40″ x 40″
Toddler Blanket = 40″ x 60″
Lap Blanket = 36″ x 48″
Throw Blanket = 48″ x 60″
Twin Bed Blanket = 70″ x 90″
Full Bed Blanket = 85″ x 90″
Queen Bed Blanket = 90 x 95
King Bed Blanket = 108 x 95

What length circular needle should I use?

Knitting Tips Needle Sizes The Loopy Ewe

(shared from Cascade’s Facebook page)

How do I adjust needle size to get gauge?

Larger needles make larger stitches. Smaller needles make smaller stitches.

If your pattern calls for a gauge of 7 stitches per inch and you are getting 8 stitches per inch, you need your stitches to be bigger. Try going up a needle size.

If your pattern calls for a gauge of 7 stitches per inch and you are getting 6 stitches per inch, you need your stitches to be smaller. Try going down a needle size.

How much yarn do I need for my project?

Of course yardage will vary greatly depending on the size you are making. But these estimates will give you a guideline if you see yarn in the shop that you must have, even if you haven’t picked out a pattern yet! (We all know how that goes.)

Knitting Tips Yardage Guidelines The Loopy Ewe

Need info on cast ons, bind offs, and other techniques? Check out our videos (always available from the YouTube link at the bottom of our homepage.)

Do you have any other knitting tips or information that you find yourself looking up often? Share in the comments!

Happy knitting and happy weekend to you –


Knitting With Your Colors

Sometimes it’s hard to figure out what colors go together, and how to combine mixes in a two or three color project when knitting with your colors, don’t you think? We’ve just re-stocked all of our Uncommon Thread bases (Everyday Singles, Posh Fingering, Merino DK and Lush Worsted) and there are so many wonderful choices.

Colors can be sorted into the seasons: Autumn, Winter, Spring and Summer. Here are some descriptions to help you categorize colors into their seasons.

Autumn Colors are muted, warm, earthy, and vibrant.

Autumn Knitting with your colors The Loopy Ewe

Winter Colors are clear, cool, jewel, vivid, and deep.

Winter Knitting with your colors The Loopy Ewe

Spring Colors are clear, warm, bright, and light.

Spring knitting with your colors The Loopy Ewe

Summer Colors are muted, cool, watercolors, and harmonious.

Summer Knitting with your colors The Loopy Ewe

In knitting/crocheting, you can mix colors within your color palette because they all go together, or you can pick two colors from your palette and then a POP color from another palette.

Like Sapphire and Cool Charcoal from Winter, with a pop of Mustard from the Autumn palette. 

Teal Blue and Sunshine Yellow from Spring, with a pop of deep Purple from Winter. 

Soft Rose and Soft Blue from Summer, with a pop of Teal from Spring. 

Pumpkin Orange and Mustard Yellow from Autumn, with a pop of hyacinth blue from Summer.

Come in and play with the colors, or pop onto the website and use the Loopy Project Planner to see what you can come up with for those colorwork sweaters, and two and three color shawls. Color combining isn’t difficult, once you start thinking of them within their seasons.

We also added in new colors of Cascade 220 Superwash, re-stocks in Kelmscott Scissors plus a new design (Cat!), more Stonehedge Crazy, and our August Camp Loopy Exclusive from Dream in Color called Pareidolia (dyed up on Smooshy with Cashmere and City, just in time for beautiful fall knitting.)

Our last Yarn Update included: new colors in Cascade 220, Cascade Pure Alpaca, Cascade Ultra Pima and Ultra Pima Paints, The Fibre Company Tundra and Road to China Light, JulieSpins Half Pints, Dream in Color’s August Pop Up, and Loopy Pocket Totes.

Don’t forget to get in our on Blog Contest from last week – we want to know about your pets! Also, take a peek at my August Camp Loopy blocking project.

Sheri and The Loopy Ewe Crew