Cheering for the Art of Crochet

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Dee Stanziano, well known for Cheering for the Art of Crochet, plays with sticks from time to time -- learning the Art of Knitting. This is where she explores the world of knitting and purling with two sticks instead of a single crochet hook.

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Heavenly Inspiration?

Posted on March 6, 2012 at 5:00 PM Comments comments (68)

I was chatting with my friend, Grace, when we got to talking about me getting 'caught' with knitting sticks in my hands -- again. Is this a new trend for me? I'm not sure.

I was doing some research on terms crocheters use in patterns that alert when the project is complete (blog post is here; when I came across an antique knit pattern book featuring designs for men. I don't collect antique knit patterns, so I was a little confused on how it got into my crochet pattern collection.

I let this knit pattern book sit in my "current interest" pile I keep near my works-in-progress; I found I kept opening the book and stopping at one particular stitch pattern. Since the photo was old, seeing the stitch detail was difficult. I had such a strong desire to see the actual stitch worked up that I stopped working on my other projects, went to my knitting needle drawer, pulled out a pair of No. 10's and started knitting up a little swatch. I remember thinking, "Oh! This stitch is so cool! I wonder if I can translate it to crochet?" I kept on swatching; I think it's growing into a scarf.

I told Grace the story of how my grandmother struggled in helping me learn how to knit, and that she strongly advised me I should "...go back to crocheting" because I just wasn't "getting it."

Grace, who crochets and knits, thinks perhaps my current interest in knitting is more than a trend - she's thinking its a heavenly message!

"When did your grandmother pass," Grace asked.

"In 1990," I replied. Then I remembered my father had brought over a few of my grandmother's things a few years back - including her sewing box (that I've yet to be able to open without tears from missing her so much).

"That's it!" Grace exclaimed; "It's your grandmother who is sending you a message that you should play with this pattern!"

What a lovely thought! And if I needed a pinch more of proof that perhaps this is the case, then I need to look no further than the year the book was published - it is the same year my father was born; 1941!

After Grace and I ended our call, I proceeded to stitch up a few more rows. Yikes! I messed up an entire row and need to peel (tink I think is what they call it) about 6 rows down -- I think I'm going to need some heavenly help on this!

Completed: Hooded Knit Scarf

Posted on February 7, 2012 at 3:05 PM Comments comments (0)

It took nearly three weeks (of stop & go), almost six skeins of the Caron Bliss yarn,a pair of ChiaoGoo bamboo knitting needles (size 13), learning how to increase on purpose, fixing one dropped stitch (how did that happen?!?), using a variation of "the poor man join" to seal up the hood, and using extended single crochets for trim -- and whaala! My hooded knit scarf is complete.

Now the big decision to make: do I keep it for myself (I really like it!), or do I donate it to a charity and see if I can recreate another for myself? ... decisions, decisions.

Sorry, no pattern available.

The "Gasp" heard around the table...

Posted on January 20, 2012 at 1:40 PM Comments comments (0)


It has been quite some time since I've last ...

A: updated this blog
B: attempted to practice my knit stitches.

At our local "Coffee, Crochet & Chat" session I pulled out the project pictured above. It is a scarf I am knitting out of Caron's "Bliss" yarn I had found buried deep in my yarn stash, using a pair of "I love knitting" bamboo Chicagoo knitting needles (I don't recall where I got the needles from), size 13/ 9mm

Knowing I'm a die-hard fan of crocheting, it is very, very rare for me to actually play with sticks, and even more rare for me to bring such a project out in public - thus the "gasp" made by those sitting around the table, eyeing my latest project.

I do want to credit the Amazing Needle (a crochet technique now more popular under the name of "knooking") for strenghening my skills & knowledge of creating knit stitches. Even though I KNOW I make my knit & purl stitches backwards, if I'm not frowning while making them, then all is [still] well with the world.

Does this mean I'm going to venture more into the world of knit? I'm not sure. I'm just taking it one yarn over at a time. :)

The "Under" World

Posted on May 8, 2009 at 8:32 AM Comments comments (0)

At the local "Coffee, Crochet & Chat" session held at our local Borders bookstore, HHCC member Kathy decided it's time I learn to throw caution to the wind and learn traditional knitting.

At first it was awkward.  It felt like I had cucumbers for hands.  They refused to cooperate; they wanted a crochet hook.  They wanted to thread the yarn as I do for crochet.  Kathy said, in the long run, I will be happier learning to "throw" my yarn as it will allow me to later on learn how to do two handed knitting.


Wait a minute!  Two handed knitting?  Isn't that what I was doing?  After all, I had a knitting needle in each hand ...


No, she meant two handed as in multi-stranded, multi-colored knitting.




So I gave it a go.  Insert hook, er needle from the front, in the loop making a sharp right banking maneuver (banking as in a term used in flying), and then delving into the under world by throwing the yarn UNDER the needle, wrapping the yarn, bobbing my head during this motion, and then pulling the needle back through the stitch.  Repeat.


By the time our gathering was done my hands no longer felt like cucumbers.  Carrots maybe, but not cucumbers.  I'd say thats an improvement.  Now, to squeeze in time to practice ...

Checking In

Posted on March 15, 2009 at 1:03 PM Comments comments (0)

Wow; it's been about a month since I've picked up my knitting needles.  I'm not going to get proficient at knitting if I don't practice.  More.  and More Often.

I was reading some archive entries in my crochet blog about my kniting attempts.  Failed attempts, really. 

Seriously.  I need to practice more.  and More Often.

But time has been a huge factor.  How does one go about cloning themselves?

On Hold ...

Posted on February 5, 2009 at 10:17 AM Comments comments (0)

It's been about 45 days since I've put my knitting needles down.  Not because I wasn't enjoying the process, but moreso because life got in the way.  I needed speed, and since I am well versed in the crochet technique, I was able to get the speed I needed for various projects that were on a tight deadline.

I hope to return to my knitting adventure in the very near future; I have a near completed mobius calling my name ....


And for those still in shock, not believing I have been playing with sticks, check out Nancy's blog post from December:; she has the proof posted!  LOL

... still at it ...

Posted on November 30, 2008 at 3:49 PM Comments comments (0)

I have finished another scarf and am now working on a Mobius for myself ... a k1, p1 type of patterning I'm making up as I go along.  I'm pretty sure I'll be crocheting a pretty border for it.

What is causing this urge to knit?  My grandmother was a big time knitter.  She tried to teach me how when I was 19/20 years old.  She passed away a number of years ago, and there's not a day that goes by that I don't think of her.  I wonder if this knitting urge has something to do with the piece of jewelry I've been wearing that was hers?  Could it be she's connecting to me spiritually, helping me overcome years of "knitting block?"

What do you think?

Preemie Knit Cap: for beginners

Posted on November 6, 2008 at 11:15 AM Comments comments (0)

by Dee Stanziano, copyright 2008
TLC Essentials Yarn

Caron TLC Essentials
Size 10 / 6mm knitting needles
Tapestry Needle


pending.  Cap should fit 3-5 pound baby.


Cast on 40. 
Row 1: k4, p4, repeat across. (not sure if I should say turn work, but yes, work is turned)
Row 2: p4, k4, repeat across.
Row 3: repeat row 1
Row 4: repeat row 2.
Row 5: k across
Rows 6: p accoss
Repeat rows 5 and 6 six times.
Row 13:  p2tog every 8th st. (36 sts)
Row 14:  k across
Row 15:  p2tog every 7th st. (32 sts)
Row 16:  k across
Row 17:  p2tog every 6th st (28 sts)
Row 18:  k across
Row 19:  p2tog every 5th st (24 sts)
Row 20:  k across.
Row 21:  p2tog every 4th st (20sts)
Row 22:  k2tog every 3rd st (16 sts)
Row 23:  p2tog every 2nd st (12 sts)
Row 24:  k4tog three times. (3 sts)
Row 25: p3tog. End off leaving long tail.

With long tail, seam side; bury ends.

(In image above I opted to add another row of k4, p4 and used Red Heart's Designer Sport.  It came out much smaller, perhaps fitting a baby 2-4 pounds.)

Please remember I am new to knitting -- and new to creating knit patterns.  I know my stitches are a bit wobbly, but I'll get there in time.  

It's not a scarf

Posted on November 5, 2008 at 2:12 PM Comments comments (0)

While at the Peabody Museum in New Haven this past weekend I was nearly able to complete a scarf.  The scarf was created so I could get much needed practice with my knitting, all while being earmarked for a local charity. 

Oh the excitement in doing a scarf.  Knit one row, purl the next.  Oh joy.  (yawn)

I wanted to do something more exciting.  How about a project that involved a little bit of shaping?  I decided I would knit up a preemie cap for the Knit One, Save One campaign.

One problem.  I don't know how to knit in the round -- or read a knitting pattern -- yet.  And, to top it off, I didn't want to knit up a square, seam up the side and then the top.  Where is the excitement in that?

I decided I would make up my own little pattern and here is what I made ... a shaped cap that is seamed up the side.  I used my crochet knowledge for decreasing and getting the shaping I wanted.  I'm not sure if I decreased correctly, and I know my tension needs more work.  I certainly have some more learning to do.


Posted on November 4, 2008 at 1:26 PM Comments comments (0)

I am a die-hard fan of crocheting.  And I love to blog about it.  This week, however, I began my journey into the knit world and decided I need a place to express my thoughts about it.  And so, this is my little place to experiment with my knit. 

I am in no means an expert in knitting, and I do expect to make errors: in terminology, technique, and thought process.  Remember, my brain is wired for crochet, so grant me some leeway and together we'll see if I really can become bi-textural.  :)

If knitting is not your bag, that's ok.  For the longest time it wasn't mine either.  I do invite you to join me for some crochet adventure at my
CrochetingWithDee blog.