Want to know how to decrease stitch count without an SSK or K2TOG? Ever wonder if there's a magical trick to blocking multi-colored projects? Check out the top 10 tips and tricks for knitting from the experts at skacel!
We know that buying gifts can sometimes be a daunting task... especially when the gift is for a crafty maker. You might have no idea what to get for them, and that leaves you with options like "bath robe" or "blender"...
Here's a list of some of our favorites of this season.
Sock of the month club
This one is a gift that gives all year long. Starting in January, we send out a monthly subscription box that includes yarn and pattern to make a pair of socks. More than that, we host a KAL group for the projects in Ravelry.
Oh! We also will be including other goodies in the packages... each month it's something different!
The subscription box can be canceled at any time with a simple email to email@example.com - click "Learn more" to learn all the details about this club.
addi FlexiFlips 8 inch set
We crafted a full set of addi® FlexiFlips for the much-loved maker in your life. Made specifically for North America, these specially designed 21cm circulars (3.5" tips with 1" cord) rest comfortably in the hand, and act as flexible double pointed needles. Easy to use, stitches are simply distributed over two needles, and then knit with the third - resulting in only two needle changes per row.
This full set includes all 11 sizes, so you'll never be without the perfect needles, and when you order the full set at our great low price, you get the fabulous FlexiRoll … the only needle case designed specifically for the addi® FlexiFlips, free!
Makers' Apothecary Candles
Our 8oz. candles are hand-poured by a small business in Kentucky and feature pure, natural soy wax, clean-burning cotton wicks, and non-toxic scents.
More than just a candle, each Makers' Apothecary candle features a secret hidden deep inside. After the candle has burned enough to reveal the package, Carefully retrieve, and then open the foil to reveal a handmade stitch marker!
Each candle will burn approximately 40-50 hours. Consider making a gift package with candle, yarn, needles, and some treats for a well-rounded gift!
Knitting Comfortably: The Ergonomics of Handknitting
Imagine being told you have to stop knitting because of discomfort in your hands, arms, neck, or back. Imagine the sense of frustration and the longing to get the needles back in your hands. Imagine the lingering doubt you might have when you can pick them up again: “What was I doing wrong after all these years of knitting?” “Will I get hurt again?” “Will I have to stop knitting forever to make this pain go away?” Maybe you’d like to be a faster, more efficient knitter, or a knitter who produces more projects, but you’re not sure what’s getting in the way.
This book will help you understand the ergonomics of knitting so you can improve your safety, efficiency, and productivity in knitting. You’ll learn to identify ergonomic risks that contribute to injury and reduce knitting efficiency. Throughout the book, you’ll be provided with activities and guidance to improve your knitting ergonomics so you can knit more confidently and comfortably. Through instruction in stretches, exercise, and self-care, you’ll also learn how to manage the discomfort common to knitters before it becomes an injury, and how to recognize when it’s time to seek help from a health-care professional.
Join me in this unique knit-along that will help make a more comfortable, lifelong knitter out of you.
Sheep Herd Tote
Hand printed on 100% Cotton w/ cotton handles
Machine Wash Cold/Warm inside out, Hang to dry, Iron on Back
Each bag is printed by hand and may have slight variations which adds to the charm and beauty. The handmade nature of the bag assures that each one is individually unique.
Use at the grocery store, farmers market, library, or anywhere! Great as gifts for others and yourself!
Hanging Circular Needle Organizer
Double sided hanging circular needle organizer with 17 available slots. Each slot includes a clear window for your custom size. One side is denim, and the other side is natural. Measures approximately 8" wide x 32" long. Made exclusively for Makers' Mercantile by DellaQ. At the base of the organizer is a zippered pouch, plus one more bonus slot for oversized needles!
addi click turbo interchangeable needle set
addi Click Interchangeable Turbo Needle Set is one of the most popular interchangeable knitting needle sets on the market. They feature some of the best joins out there with a lifetime warranty! We love the addi Click Sets and know them inside and out. If you have questions on anything addi make sure to contact us, we are happy to help you figure out which set is right for you. The addi Click Interchangeable Turbo Needle Set system provides 10 different sizes of addi Turbo® tips (3.50 mm, 3.75 mm, 4.00 mm, 4.50 mm, 5.00 mm, 5.50 mm, 6.00 mm, 8.00 mm, 9.00 mm, and 10.00 mm), three different lengths of our new, extremely pliable blue cords (24”, 32” and 40”), and one connector piece which helps to either store stitches or combine your cords. The Click tips require no tools to change; simply insert the cord deep into the tip, twist and release. The tips will remain secure until you change them, thanks to the Clicks' revolutionary locking mechanism!
100% Superwash Wool
200g / 133 meters / 147 yards
12-16 sts and 20-22 rows = 4" on US 10-13 (6-9.0 mm) needles
... but why is it in a coil? This fun yarn comes pre-knit in a 12 stitch tube (not an i-cord) and is ready to dye. Keep it coiled and place it in dye for an unusual effect, or open the coil and dip it all the way in a dyebath. Depending on your process, the yarn might have light spots where the fibers are compacted in the knitting. We think the undyed spots are super cool. After the yarn is rinsed and dry, you'll pull the tail and work right from the coil. The kinky texture will add dimension to your work. Want a smoother finished project? Block the project and it'll relax just for you.
It's easy to dye this yarn, AND it's easy to get professional results, no matter your level of experience.
Schacht Cricket 10" Loom
The Cricket series looms are a great way to get started weaving. Don't let their small size fool you! These looms are fun and versatile to use, and all Schacht looms are made with pride in the USA with high quality craftsmanship and materials in Boulder, Colorado. These portable looms are great for teaching weaving classes for adults and children. They are fairly simple to setup and are small and inexpensive enough that students can take the looms home between classes.
The Schacht Cricket was a craft finalist in the prestigious 2014 Martha Stewart American Made Awards. When you purchase a Schacht loom you know you're getting a well-designed tool built by craftsman who are dedicated to weaving.
artfelt kit - holey scarf
Even with holes, this scarf will keep you warm. The holes give this scarf an eclectic look while the multi-colored roving add in a pop of color that will go with a lot of different wardrobes.
addi Rocket 2 [Squared] circular knitting needle
Meet the addi® Rocket2 Squared, a line of square shaped circular needles with the same speedy addi® Turbo finish and featuring the beloved addi® Rocket tapered tips.
Sizes are listed in approximate US sizes -AND- exact metric sizes for your convenience. All addi® needles are manufactured to exact metric sizes.
When a pattern is updated in Ravelry, purchasers often get a notification (either by email, or by private message). Updates are used in our Knit-Alongs to deliver the pattern to everyone at the same time.
There are a few ways to check for updates.
First, check in your library Go to Ravelry, then choose Library from the drop down menu under the my notebook tab.
In the library, you'll find record of all the Ravelry related purchase you have made. See that button on ours that says "7 updates available"? (We have some updating to do!)
Find that button in your account, and click it.
You'll be led to a list of patterns that have been updated, along with a history of messages from the designer (or whoever did the updates). Click on "Update now" to get the latest version of that pattern. Below is an example of an update from Marie Greene and her Foxtrot Cardigan KAL:
Another way to find an update is to click on the pattern file in your library bookshelf. The image above left shows the Counterpane Square Pillow KAL needs to be updated. When we click there, we are brought to a pattern update page:
... we are guessing you know what to do from here. Click on the "Update this pattern" button, and you'll get the updated pattern.
What if you didn't associate your Ravelry ID with your purchase? Well, if the email you used is the same as the one connected to your Ravelry account, those patterns can be updated too!
Got to the my notebook tab, then choose purchases. This brings up a window called the Unlinked Purchase Finder. Enter the email address you used when purchasing an item for Ravelry, and a link is sent to connect that purchase to your Ravelry account.
If for some reason an update isn't working for you, and you purchased a pattern from Makers' Mercantile, send us an email and we will do our best to help you.
Reading a knitting pattern and not sure what an abbreviation means? Here is our helpful list!
BO bind off
CO cast on
CC contrasting color
cn cable needle
cs center stitch
dpn(s) double pointed needle(s)
k or K knit(ting)(s)(ted)
K2tog knit two together
Kfb knit into front and back of stitch (increase)
LH left hand
M1 Make one (increase)
MC main color
p or P purl(ed)(ing)(s)
p2tog purl two together
pm place marker
psso pass slipped stitch over
RS right side
slm slip marker
skp slip one, knit one, pass slipped stitch over (one stitch decrease)
ssk WYIB, slip two stitches one at a time as if to knit, place back onto LH needle, knit tbl (one stitch
ssp WYIF, slip two stitches one at a time as if to knit, place back onto LH needle, purl these 2 sts
together (one stitch decrease)
sk2p slip one as if to knit, k2tog, pass slipped stitch over the knit 2 together (2 stitch decrease)
St st stockinette stitch
tfl through front of loop(s)
tbl through back of loop(s)
w&t (wrap and turn) Bring yarn to front as if you are about to purl, slip one stitch purl-wise. Turn work
to other side. Strand of yarn is now in back of work. Bring yarn to the front, slip one stitch back to
right needle. Continue to knit or purl the next stitch as instructed.
WS wrong side
WYIB with yarn in back
WYIF with yarn in front
yfwd yarn forward
yo yarn over
A special thanks to Kyle Kunnecke of Kyle William for providing us with these helpful abbreviations.