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Math4Knitters, Crafty Living: Show 154

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Lara Neel - The Journal Gazette
Aunt Marilyn's Tree.

Math4Knitters, Crafty Living: Show 154

This week, I chat with Judith Durant and share an idea for a non-knit Christmas craft.

Aunt Marilyn's Christmas Tree

I talked about my Aunt Marilyn way back in show 106.

Well, many years ago, she was sad that I couldn't have a Christmas tree in my dorm room, so she made me one using craft felt.

She was a talented seamstress, so she whipped up this little felt tree for me.

I've dragged it around, packed it in the bottom of boxes, and loved it for 15 years. It's still in pretty good shape, considering all of that.

I'm not a seamstress of any kind, but I tried explain how you could recreate this little bit of Christmas for yourself. It was published on our website and in the newspaper on December 6, 2012.


It was so nice to chat with Judith. We talked about Interweave Knits, pick up rates, and not letting The Boyfriend Sweater Curse get you.

Theoretical Pick-up Rate

If your stitch gauge is 6 stitches per inch and your row gauge is 8 rows per inch, you can take 6 to 8 and reduce it to 3 to 4 - so pick up three stitches for every four rows. In other words, (pick up 3, skip 1) for the length of your picked-up edge.