Post Stitches Demystified!

There are lots of tutes (tutorials for the lay folk) out there on the interwebs for all the various post stitches, so I won’t be redundant and reinvent the wheel.  BUT…  I had one heck of an epiphany the other day when I was working on a new pattern design that I do want to share with you.  It totally made a switch flip in my noggin, so hopefully it’ll help you keep things straight too!

All the tutes are pretty standard… For a front post stitch (we’ll use a double crochet (dc) for this dose of enlightenment), you insert your hook from front-to-back-to front:

And the back post stitch, you insert your hook from back-to-front-to-back:

Seems pretty self-explanatory, right?  Well, when I get to hooking at a frenzy pace, sometimes I forget what I’m doing.  Classic case of brain fart (hey, I can say fart on my blog)!  And as I was working on a new design yesterday, the light bulb went off, and I literally did the V-8 forehead smack!

When you have momentary cerebral flatulence (real medical term for brain fart…  I’m almost sure) and you can’t remember which stitch you’re doing, here’s an easy way to recognize whether it’s back or front post:

With a front post stitch, the post of the stitch is IN FRONT OF THE HOOK. 

FPdc front

With a back post stitch, the post is BEHIND THE HOOK.

BPdc front

If you are trying to figure out after the fact whether you worked a front post or a back post stitch, I got something to help with that too!

This is a completed front post stitch:

FPdc bump

And you can recognize it by the fact that it creates a hump on the side of your work that is facing you.

FPdc bump 2

Here is a completed back post stitch:

BPdc Ridge

You can recognize it by the tiny shelf in front of the stitch made by the top loops of the stitch you worked around.  This is how it looks after working the back post stitch facing you.  And here’s the little shelf:

BPdc Ridge 2

Although I may likely not be the first person to think of this, I was pretty shocked and amazed at myself for getting the puzzle to finally click in my brain!

Comment and tell me I’m not the only one to suffer from cerebral flatulence, or let me know if this helps clear the fog!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Steam Blocking Tutorial – Taking It To The Next Level

Are you a blocker?  I never used to be personally, but I couldn’t figure out what my projects were missing.  I mean – I followed patterns correctly, matched gauge, and executed all the steps, but my finished projects just seemed to lack that extra oomph, ya know what I mean?

Until I discovered steam blocking…. and my whole world changed!!!  I had heard of traditional blocking where you dampen your item and pin it out into the desired shape and let dry…  but seriously….  Ain’t nobody got time for that (or the space, right!), especially with those larger items.  With steam blocking, it is SO MUCH FASTER and only takes up a small amount of space.

You don’t even need any special equipment…..  All you need is an iron with steam capability and an ironing board.  Heck, an ironing board isn’t even mandatory, lol!  you could just lay your item on any flat surface that wouldn’t be damaged by steam.

Lay your project on your ironing board with wrong side up, and make sure your iron is filled with water.  Turn your iron to the hottest setting.  On my iron, that’s Linen.

 

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Wrong side up on the ironing board…  Notice how the edging is warped and rippled instead of laying flat.

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Water reservoir full and set on highest heat setting

When your iron gets hot and you can see/hear steam coming out, hover your iron as close to the project as you can get without touching the iron to the project.  (well, if your fiber can take the heat of the iron itself – like maybe cotton – you can touch the project, but I find I don’t need to.)  Let the steam penetrate the fiber as your move your iron back and forth S.L.O.W.L.Y.  I’d recommend small sections at a time.

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Look at all that steam!!!

As you saturate each section, set the iron aside and position the fibers where you want them.  Then grab the iron and move on to the next section, and the next, and the next… until you’ve covered the whole project.

Wanna know the real beauty of this?  You don’t have to hang it to dry or pin it or anything of the sort!  With steaming, the fibers dry really quickly, and usually by the time I finish, each section, the one before it is dry.

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Before steaming – all rumpled and wavy

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After steaming -oh so smooth!

Here’s a quick down & dirty video so you can see it in action:

Thanks for watching, and happy blocking!

XOXO – Shelley

SKYSCRAPER FINGERLESS GLOVES KAL – PART 3

Can you believe it’s time for the last installment of the KAL?!?!?!  It seems like it has passed very quickly for me, and I hope you all have enjoyed it so far!

Skyscraper Fingerless Gloves KAL

 

R51-54   Repeat R11-12

R55   Repeat R11

R56-60   Repeat R1

Finishing

BO in pattern, leaving long tail for sewing. Lay glove flat, lay your hand on top, and place plastic pins to mark the top and bottom of the thumb opening. Use yarn needle and long tail to mattress stitch from the bottom edge to the bottom pin. Then repeat for the seam at the top of the glove. Weave in all ends. Block if desired.

All that’s left now is to repeat the pattern for your second glove!

If you are just learning to knit and need a helping hand, feel free to join our Learning to Knit in 2017 Facebook group.  There are lots of experienced knitters in there willing to offer support and guidance!  You can share pics of your Skyscraper Fingerless Gloves or anything else you’re knitting  – we’d love to see them!

If you’d like to follow my imagination and stay up to date on new patterns, sales, and fun special events, please follow me on Facebook at The Blue Star Boutique.  If you complete any of my patterns, I’d love for you to share your creativity on my page!

Be sure to tune in here, same bat channel, next Monday, same bat time, for 3rd and final installation of our Skyscraper Fingerless Gloves KAL!

If you’ve missed Part 1, you can find it here.  Part 2 is here.

P.S. – Again I just want to say thank you for participating in my very first KAL!  If you have any suggestions or requests for a future KAL or CAL project, please don’t hesitate to either comment below or reach out to me on Facebook!

Next week the entire add-free PDF pattern will be available for purchase on Ravelry.

XOXO – Shelley