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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]