Published on July 30th, 2015 | by Angie


Meet the Smiles team

We have a team of expert knitters (and crocheters!) that are ready to answer your call. We’re going to ask them to answer their most frequently asked questions about techniques, yarn substitutions, patterns, and more. But first, meet the team!

Here at LoveKnitting HQ, our team of experts sits ready to answer your questions and help you out. They are an experienced bunch, and they are always making something new. Meet our experts!

Meet Pauline

Pauline was taught to knit at the age of 7. After her first pair of needles got broken she gave up for a for a while, and didn’t pick up a new set of needles until she started doing long bus journeys. The idea was if she was knitting, no-one would sit next to her. Since then, she’s hardly put her needles down. Knitting presents for others is her all time favourite thing – that, and any project that involves purple.

Meet Kassandra

Kassandra taught herself to knit at the age of 18, followed by crochet shortly after. She loves coming up with new colour combinations, to ensure that even the most simple of projects looks stunning. She says that she relies on knitting and crocheting as a kind of therapy, and wouldn’t have survived her university years without them. As well as working on her multitude of projects, Kassandra also enjoys running and has just completed her third marathon.

Meet Louise

Louise has been knitting off and on for over 20 years and also crochets occasionally. Her first project was a purple 4 ply garter stitch scarf, which she got bored of early on so cast off and gave it to her cat to sleep on. Since then, she has continued to be far more excited about starting new projects than finishing them, and loves patterns with complicated cables or lace. She normally has at least four projects on the go, mostly in purple, and as Smiles’ resident vegan is always on the look out for exciting new yarns in cotton, linen and bamboo.

Meet Natascha

​Natascha first learned when she was 8 or 9 years old, but starting knitting properly 23 years ago when her son was born. She loves old, quirky patterns and 3 or 4 ply yarns, an interesting construction is irresistible. She was born on the Isle of Sheppey, whose name is derived from the ancient SaxonSceapige“, meaning isle of sheep, and even today the extensive marshes which make up a considerable proportion of the island provide grazing for large flocks of sheep.

Meet Julia

Julia loves crafts and everything to do with creativity! She mainly crochets but also knits and loves starting ambitious projects! She also enjoys cooking and baking and makes arguably the best carrot cake out there! She learned to crochet aged 7 and knitting aged 8 but didn’t take it up again until a few years ago. She usually knits for other people and likes altering her crochet patterns or doing some freestyle crochet. Blue and purple are her favourite colours and she likes to finish projects in one go (so thicker yarn is the preferred choice). Random fact: Although she is all crafts and social now she actually studied mechanical engineering (some years ago).

Let’s have your questions, knitters – what have you got on your mind? We’ll choose a few questions to feature in the next Smiles of the Month post. Ask your question in the comments below!

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About the Author

Jack of all trades, Master of Netflix and video games. A musician by passion, a gamer by choice, and a crafter by chance: I write about knitting and crochet, design fun patterns, and blog at GamerCrafting!

Last updated: August 7th, 2015.

8 Responses to Meet the Smiles team

  1. Chi says:

    For the longest time, I didn’t like knitting seamed clothes because I didn’t have confidence seaming, and when I managed it, I was so chuffed!! Problem was though, that now I’m stuck on seaming the sleeves. The sleeve caps are longer than the arm hole and I don’t know what to do.

    Generally speaking, what are some good tips for seaming sleeves?

    • Angie says:

      Hi Chi –

      We’ll pass your question onto the Smiles team – in the meantime, please do be careful with your knitting! (Ironing can cause serious damage to some yarns. Check the ball band or manufacturer’s website for information on how to care for it.)

  2. evelyn says:

    I haven’t done much knitting lately but I recall slightly dampening the smaller side of whatever had to be sewn together, covering it with a cloth and spreading it slightly while steam-ironing it.
    I was able to ease it just enough to make the two sides fit together.

  3. evelyn says:

    I have recently unpacked a couple of cartons full of yarn, most of which I
    is unlabeled. I can recognize the DK size and the sport size but can’t figure out how to sort the remaining yarn. Too much to just toss. Please help!

  4. Mickie says:

    I’m planning to knit several pair of fingerless gloves as gifts this winter. I want an extremely warm yet soft yarn. What would suggest?

  5. Mickie says:

    I need an extremely warm yet soft yarn for fingerless gloves. What would you suggest?

  6. Ann says:

    Advice please with reading a pattern:

    Inc 1 st at each end of 3rd and foll 5 alt rows, then on every foll 4th row…

    I think this means that on 3rd row (which is a knit row; the pattern is in stocking st) I increase 1 st at each end, and then 10 rows later which will be a K row; and then I increase on every foll 4th row which I do understand.

    • Linda Galloway says:

      My reading would be: Increase each end of row 3; increase each end of rows 5,7,9.11 & 13 (foll 5 alt rows) then on rows 17, 21,25 etc. until you’ve got the right number of stitches. Hope this helps,

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