Comment augmenter les mailles pour un "Yoke"

How to M1 (Make One) in Seamless Yokes

Have you ever seen in a knitting pattern M1 (Make One) that doesn't specify whether it's left leaning or right leaning? I have and if you're not an experienced knitter, which was me and all of us at some point, it can be very confusing.

After looking into this a little further, it seems that most knitters would do a M1L (Make One Left) in this case. It is a very nice and invisible looking increase. What I like to do before jumping into a M1L is lay my work out and see where the increase is located and whether it would be better suited to lean left or lean right. If you really are unsure a M1L is a great choice.

Since knitting Andrea Mowry's Throwback Cardigan, I've learned the M1 (make One). When I first read the pattern and seen it I had an itsy bitsy wave of panic rush over me LOL Luckily in her pattern she provides a link to a tutorial on how to do this. Thank you Andrea Mowry!! When knitting a Seamless Yoke sweater there are large amounts of increases done within a row or round. Increasing so quickly across a row or round requires increases that does not lean to the left or to the right. When making this increase it creates a small hole kind of like a yarn over. However after blocking the holes diminish quite a bit because increasing so quickly pushes the holes together. If you were to do, for example, M1L or M1R it would cause puckering in your work.

Of course I did some research to find out more and this is actually how most Seamless Yoke sweaters are knit. These increases are placed evenly across the row or round and can actually have a decorative look. Since knitting The Throwback Cardigan I've caught a Colorwork bug. I decided that I need to design my own Colorwork Seamless Yoke sweater. So showing how to work the M1 (Make One) seemed like a good idea! Now, if you happen to see this M1 in a pattern that isn't a Seamless Yoke or doesn't specify to work it this way I would be certain to do a M1L or M1R or another invisible increase because you really don't want to make a hole in your work where one isn't required.


How to M1 (Make One)

The M1 involves the horizontal bar that runs between the stitch on your left hand needle and the stitch on your right hand needle the same as the M1R and M1L as shown on the left side of the photo above. Insert the tip of your right hand needle under the horizontal bar from front to back as shown on the right side of the photo above.

How to M1 (Make One)

Yarn over and pull through as you normally would to knit a regular stitch as shown on the left side of the photo above. And as you can see on the right side of the photo above the stitch is neither left nor right leaning, however leaves a slight hole.

How to M1 (Make One)

Here is the top portion of my sweater and you can see the little holes however since they are evenly spaced they look decorative. Keep in mind my sweater is not yet blocked and a good blocking does wonders to any knit project. I can only show this little bit of my sweater since the design is not yet released! Being a little tweed yarn obsessed, Hagrid had to be the yarn for this project. I'm using Prune and one of my very favorite colors, Caramel. It's absolutely the most perfect color and I'm so happy that it's one of Biscotte's "forever" colors.

Since we are on the topic of favorites, let's share some of our favorite knitting notions and/or accessories!! You could be using a real goodie that another knitter isn't aware of and could really need in their knitting gear.

How to M1 (Make One)

Here are my favorite notions and accessories at the moment! First we have the Clover Yarn Cutter Pendant. I wear this every day....well for one I knit everyday and two, I really love the pendant. I've actually gotten compliments on this from non-knitters who didn't even know it has a function! No matter if I have 3 pairs of scissors in front of me, I lay them down and my tunnel vision cuts in and I can't see them. Since wearing this around my neck and sometimes forgetting to even take it off and sleep in it I never have to look for scissors again. It's my handy little assistant that I can't live without!

Next up we have my Biscotte Yarns notebook. This is my second one. I literally used up the first and had to get another. The pen on the side is wonderful because as I've mentioned I can't see things even when they are in front of me! I sketch my designs in here, I keep track of rows, and write down my appointments......everything important is in here. It fits in my knitting bag and I always have it on me so it's a really great assistant as well!

Last but certainly not least, is my new Biscotte Yarn leather tags! I'm so excited about these!! They finish off a project like nothing else! It takes your homemade projects to handmade and adds a real professional quality to a knitted piece. I'm very excited about these and they will be available for purchase from Biscotte very soon!! You can always subscribe to Biscotte Yarns newsletter to be aware of what's new in the online yarn store ♥

So those are a few of my favorite knitting notions! I'd really love to hear about some of your favorite items because you never know; I just might need one too!!

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How to wash Hand-dyed Yarn + Handknit Printable labels gift tags

With the growing popularity of natural fibers and wool, knowing how to wash your woolies is a very hot topic! Since we grew up in the era of synthetic fibers and the washing machine, the return to nature imposes a little reminder of the basic rules.


It is completely normal that the dye contained in the fibers of the wool will bleed out during the first couple of washings, just as it would with a pair of jeans or any other garment. To avoid too much dye loss and preserve the color of the yarn as long as possible, here's what you need to know:


You've spent hours knitting with precious fibers! So it's only right to take that extra little step to care for them. Friction or excessive soaking will tend to make the colors fade quicker. A very light 5 minutes hand wash is enough to clean your woolies.


Hot water dilate the fibers and cause the dye to come out. Always use cold water for colors, besides cold water is far less damaging on the fibers as well. Just like human hair when we wash with hot water, your color can fade faster as it opens up the hair follicles and allows the color to seep out. And using a shampoo that isn't safe for color treated hair can also fade your color faster. It's the same with sheep's wool!


Some detergents are more aggressive than others and can cause damage. Avoid too much detergent: use the proper amount and opt for mild and safe detergents for colors. NO DISH SOAP


We do not recommend to use contrasting colors in a single project, like RED and WHITE (especially white because undyed yarn will absorb everything in the residual water). If you plan to knit with contrasting colors, consider prewashing the red skein of yarn before you knit with it to remove the excess dye. You may still get some dye transfer on the white but since the dye loss is less and less with each washing the risk of color transfer on the white is diminished.

Here is an example of hand-dyed red yarn that was first washed with lukewarm water, then after a second wash with cold water. There is much more color bleeding in the first wash, especially since the water used was lukewarm! In the second wash, the excess of red dye is almost completely dissipated.

how to wash hand-dyed yarns

In the case of pattern yarn with several colors, such as self striping yarn, knit and wash a small sample swatch beforehand to make such that your detergent will not damage the colors. Despite all the precautions in the world, it is likely that the dark colors adjacent to the pale colors will bleed on them somewhat. This is normal and will fade with subsequent washings. I do however, recommend a wool wash when possible as these detergents are made for your precious woolies!


First of all, know that wool is a living fiber. Like human hair, each sheep's hair has scales that will react to the temperature of the water. In hot water, these scales will open and cling to each other similar to Velcro and this effect is amplified by the detergent which makes the water even more slippery. If you wiggle your knit in hot water you risk felting it. If you do not know what that means think of the time you washed a woolen vest and it came out of the washer in "doll size"! Squeeze the water out gently after soaking and wrap in a towel and press (or stomp on) to soak up any excess water and lay flat to dry.

YES!! But it says on the label that the wool is "Superwash"! Sure, but this only means that the scales of the fibers have been treated to MINIMIZE felting. It does not mean it has super human woolie powers!! Like I mentioned before, you've spent hours making these beautiful woolies! You want to treat them with the same precautions. These precautions are in place so that you can keep your knitting and its beautiful colors for years and years to come!  Wash by hand, in cold water with a small quantity of wool wash or color safe detergent while avoiding excessive friction and lay flat to dry.

 Here's a little video tutorial of yours truly with the hand washing in action!!


Now that you know everything, consider providing the washing instructions when you are giving your knits as gifts. To help you share this useful information, and well.....because it's just so very pretty, you will find below ”Hand Knit" labels to give your knits as gifts. Just download the following PDF document:


You can use them as is or print them on kraft paper or even a recycled brown paper bag! Or pretty it up on a scrapbooking style sheet as shown below:

printable handknit label gift tags

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Un magasin de laine et tricot à découvrir au Québec

Les Laines Biscotte est une boutique de laine et tricot établie à Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville sur la rive-sud de Montréal depuis 2010 et nous avons maintenant une boutique de tricot dans la ville de Québec! Nous fournissons tous les types de laine à notre clientèle locale, ou internationale.

Nous sommes également les fiers créateurs, et unique fournisseur, de la très populaire laine autorayanteᵐᶜ, teinte à la main par Biscotte, une pure laine du Québec. C'est dans notre atelier situé à Saint-Bruno que nous créons chaque jour des coloris uniques et fort appréciés par les tricoteuses expérimentées, comme par les débutantes. Nous avons également un vaste choix de laine à tricoter populaire et des patrons de tricot en ligne et en magasin pour des projets créatifs et modes de tous genres.ue en ligne sur la page Témoignages.

Local yarn shop and knitting classes in Quebec

Biscotte Yarns is a yarn shop and knitting store established in Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville, on the south shore of Montreal since 2010 and we have now a yarn store in Quebec city!

We supply all types of yarns to our local and international knitters. We are also the proud creators and sole supplier of the very popular Autorayanteᵐᶜ self-striping yarn, hand dyed by Biscotte Yarns, which is a pure yarn from Québec.

It is in our workshop that we create unique colours every day and these are very much appreciated by experienced as well as by beginning knitsters. We also have a wide selection of popular knitting yarn and knitting patterns online and in-store for creative projects and fashions of all kinds.

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