Saturday, December 14, 2013

Twist & Drop your Garter Scarf

Here's a very quick scarf to knit.
  Use a super-bulky yarn to really speed up your gift knitting!

Friday, December 13, 2013

Sock Club 2014

** 2014 Sock Club, NOW FREE TO JOIN** 

Yarn Mountain Sock Club is designed for enthusiastic sock knitters that like to interact, learn, and celebrate their work.  Each month, all members will receive a custom designed pattern, perks, and tutorials. It's free to join, and purchase is not required.  You can use your own yarn, subscribe to yarn shipments to match the pattern each month, or choose any sock yarn with a 5% discount. There's something for everyone here, and I look forward to you joining in! 
Christina Blount Presnell

Free Membership Includes:
  • A custom designed pattern ($5.00 value) each month
  • Access to Sock Club Pattern Database (currently contains over sixteen patterns and growing!)
  • Exclusive discounts off of all sock yarn purchases
  • Free individual online workshops to help you along
  • Monthly designer podcast Q & A and tutorials for the featured Sock-Along pattern
  • Free Discussion Forum category in The Knitting Lodge community site
  • Multiple Subscription Options

Looking for a specific pattern?  Access to all of the free patterns shown below is sent via email once membership is confirmed, and new patterns are being added each month!

Already a Member?   Click HERE to access the secure pattern database.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

How to Knit Socks for Men

Here's a self-paced tutorial and knitting pattern for a basic ribbed pair of socks for men, knit from the top down.   Simple lines and construction make for an easy to knit sock that will quickly become his favorite.  Follow along with the tutorials for each step of the process, learn as you go, all on your own schedule.

View, Save, Share, and Print the pattern here.

Access the Video Tutorials here.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Knitting Project Woes? Let me Helpout!

If you're having trouble with the project you're working on, and need a little help, we'll work through it together.   I will help you to find and fix mistakes, learn the stitch technique, or interpret a pattern or chart that isn't clearly understood.   Offered via Google Helpouts, this one-on-one hangout, or live video call, will begin by you quickly explaining to me what you are making, what questions you have, and where you think a mistake might have been made.   We will then go through that portion of the project to uncover the mistake or area of concern.  Finally, I will demonstrate the correct method to move forward with the project.   If additional assistance or instruction is needed, a more in-depth help out can be scheduled.  The widget below the video will live here on the resource center, just below the +Yarn Mountain logo.
h/t +Christina Blount Presnell 

Friday, November 15, 2013

Help! How do I make a Double Twisted Knit Stitch?

This morning I was tagged in a Knitting Lodge post requesting help deciphering the written instructions for the Double Twisted Knit stitch, as found in the book, Vampire Knits by Genevieve Miller.  Here is a demonstration on my interpretation of the written instructions.  Good luck to anyone taking on this conquest! 

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Get Involved! Join the International Sock Swap

The International Sock Swap, a chat with founder +Erin Cowling 
An upcoming Hangout on Air with The Knitting Lodge community! 
This fun sock knitting group spans the globe.  Erin shared with The Knitting Lodge how the group came to be, how you can join in, and answers your questions.   Here's a recording of the broadcast.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

The Kaleidoscope Scarf

Follow along in this video tutorial as I demonstrate the beginning and special stitches used to make Kaleidoscope, a quick and fun project for beginners!  Requiring just 350 yards of Fingering weight, you can finally use that special skein you've been saving! 

You can print or save the pattern here:


Enjoy!  As always, I welcome your feedback! - Christina

Monday, October 28, 2013

Yarn Review: Shepherd's Wool from Stonehedge Fiber Mill

As a long-time member of The Knitting Lodge knows her yarns!   Here's what she has to say about Shepherd's Wool from Stonehedge Fiber Mill in northern Michigan, USA.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

US Knit Night Hangout, Every Tuesday, 8 PM CST

Knit With Me: Basic Ribbed Socks for Men

What's this....A New Kind of Knit-A-Long?  We'll be making a basic ribbed pair of socks sized for a man, just in time for the holidays!  Who will be your lucky recipient with the warm toes?   We'll be working through the details step-by-step for both the Top-Down and Toe-Up versions of the pattern.  That's right, you choose which pattern, and knit with me on your own time frame!  This post will be updated a video tutorial for each step, and will remain available here on The Knitting Lodge Resource Center, so you can work through them at your own pace..   Here's the two patterns to choose from, and the first tutorial.   I'd love to hear your feedback as we go along.  Reach out to me anytime with questions or anything you see that I missed.  Thank-you +Joy Menay for the inspiration!  - Christina

Print or save the patterns here:

Basic Top-Down Ribbed Socks for Men Pattern

Basic Toe-Up Ribbed Socks for Men Pattern

Step 1:  Prepare your Yarn and Materials (Both Versions)

Step 2:   Cast on for Top Down Socks using Long-tail Cast on

Step 3:  Heel Flap for Top Down Socks

Step 4:  Heel Turn for Top Down Socks

Step 5:  Pick up the Gusset for Top Down Socks

Step 6:  Gusset Decreases for Top Down Socks

Step 7:  Toe Shaping for Top Down Socks

Step 8:  Kitchener Stitch:  Video pending

Step 2:  Cast on for Toe Up Socks using Judy's Magic Cast on

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Basic Top Down Socks for Kids Pattern

This is a quick little introduction to a very simple sock pattern for those new to sock knitting or those just looking for a simple pattern to knit for children.  


You can print or save the pattern here:

Basic Top-Down Socks for Kids Pattern

Enjoy!  As always, I welcome your feedback! - Christina