Learning to Use a Knit Sheath – Part 1

Hue Shift Afghan - the 8th block
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As promised, I’ve been playing around with my improvised knit sheath. Ever since I came across a mention of this tool in Mary Wright’s Cornish Guernseys & Knit-frocks I’ve wanted one. I even wasted a whole day on the blog whining about how life in general and knitting traditions in specific had gibbed out of my knit sheath, and the knowledge of how they are used. So I’ve been bent on correcting that oversight.

I got myself an old knitting needle and rigged up a knit sheath.

improvised knit sheath from an old knit needle

For my practice project, I’m making the Hue Shift Afghan. Its a lovely and ambitious blanket of miter squares. So its all knit stitch. Thousands and thousands of knit stitches for me to practice knitting with a knit sheath.


Here is how its going so far:

I’m pretty pleased with this so far. My technique, as slow and awkward as it is, has come a long way. Last week I was pulling out hair and muttering under my breath. There was much tinking. But like anything else, practice helps. And since this is a 100 block blanket, I’m sure to get lots more practice with the knit sheath.


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19 Comments on "Learning to Use a Knit Sheath – Part 1"

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Liz Erickson

I don’t wrap the yarn around my right fingers. Instead I pinch the yarn with my thumb and forefinger. Plus the right hand needle rests on your middle, ring and pinkie fingers. The yarn flows so much easier enabling you to knit faster. I’ll try to make a short video when I get a chance for you to see.


You’re much braver than me.

I tried English style knitting a few times, but it seemed so awkward and I couldn’t get into the rhythm so I just gave up on it. I did want to like it, for stranded knitting it would come handy, but it seems like I’m a one trick pony. Or I’m just not patient enough. I never committed a large piece of time on learning it.


Me too. What you said. The one time a friend tried to teach me I got so confused I couldn’t even make a slip stitch! I gave up completely.


I think you are going great guns! Congrats to you.
On a side note: I’m not getting email notifications at all anymore. But I don’t think you should bother about it until after this contest.


This is really cool and interesting. I like to learn different ways people have knit in the past, particularly, when I think about how many garments were knit…sort of taken for granted they would be knit. I wonder if they had some tricks!


You make it look so easy but I can see that it is not. Btw, you said there would be double email notifications. Well this is the only one I’ve received. Nothing on the contest.