Singing (and Knitting) as a Political Act

This week I’ve been thinking about diversity, xenophobia, empire, nationalism, genealogy, and family history. How can we embrace each other even though we are different? How can we all be Americans and work together to make a better world for the future? How can we embrace our pasts, live with love in the present, and plan.. read more →

Long-Tail Cast On

Lithuanians use a standard long-tail cast on, and the illustrations in knitting books always show the cast on worked with two needles held together. This makes the stitches on the cast on larger than normal, which makes knitting the first row much easier. You can get the same result by using a needle several sizes.. read more →

Crochet Borders for Wristers

If desired, you can crochet a border on your wristers, with or without incorporating additional beads into the design. Use a crochet hook that is close to the size of the knitting needle you used to make the wristers. Attaching the Yarn With RS facing, join the yarn to the knitting at one corner, ready.. read more →

Making a “Bead Stitch”

There are many different ways to knit with beads. We will go over the way that is used in Lithuania when knitting garter stitch wrist warmers. The patterns are charted. Plain knit stitches are either white or the color of the yarn being used. Bead stitches are indicated by a square that is black or.. read more →

Stringing Beads onto Yarn

The traditional way to string beads is to use a sewing needle and a piece of strong thread. I prefer to use a dental floss threader or a large-eye beading needle. To string beads with a dental floss threader or a large-eye beading needle, thread the knitting yarn through the loop or needle eye and.. read more →

Knitting with Seed Beads

Knitting with Beads Using only garter stitch and small glass beads, Lithuanian knitters have traditionally created beautiful jeweled wrist warmer cuffs. The beads are strung onto the yarn before stitches are cast on for knitting. Many of these wristers are decorated with crochet trim stitches—worked with or without beads. Seed beads are used for these.. read more →

Baltic Braid

  This decorative braid is popular in both Lithuania and Latvia. It is worked by making three rounds with two colors, changing colors after every stitch. The first round is knit and the second two rounds are purled. On the purl round, the floats create the braid pattern. It is very important to pick up.. read more →


Right Slanting Decrease (Knit 2 together from the “top”/front) A right-slanting decrease (k2tog in English books) is knit two together from the “top” or through the front loop. This is the most basic decrease in knitting. With “grandmother’s knitting,” this would be like knitting through the back loops, except that the stitches are turned around so.. read more →

Knitting in Lithuania’s ethnographical regions

Even though Lithuania is a relatively small country, about the same size as West Virginia, it has five ethnographic regions. Each region has a unique natural environment and historical economic base, the people speak a distinct dialect, and – most importantly to us – there were interesting differences in traditional knitting patterns and clothing styles.. read more →

Knitted Fringe

  Many times mittens are edged with a round of fringe around the cuff. In most cases, the fringe is knit in just after the cast on.   To work a looped fringe, cast on the desired number of stitches. Join to knit in the round. Purl 1 round or work 2 or more rounds.. read more →

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