There is much more to knitting swatches than simply checking if you are on gauge for the pattern. Here are 17 reasons why knitting swatches is worth your time.
This is the first time since I began knitting and got past the stage of only knitting dishcloths that someone I love is expecting. I find myself suddenly hit by a serious case of knitting fever - do you know how much cute baby stuff you can knit? Did everyone else always know this, and I was just clueless?
If you seem to have a chronically sore fingertip from knitting, then you are not alone. One way of sliding the old stitch off the left needle is to push it off with the help of your right index finger, but pushing a sharp knitting needle repeatedly into your finger can hurt quite a bit. Luckily, you don't have to use your index finger at all!
I have collected 10 free knitting patterns that can be knitted by the brand new knitter. All you need to know in advance is how to cast on, knit, and purl. The projects presented here are all excellent choices for your very first knitting project, but they are cool enough that you may find yourself inspired even if you are an experienced knitter. Best of all, almost all the patterns have detailed tutorials.
Stitch markers will simplify your knitting experience. They help you keep track of where you are in a pattern. Once you start using stitch markers you will wonder how you ever managed without them. Generally, they are used to mark a place where you have to pay special attention to your knitting. This allows you… Continue reading Knitting with stitch markers
Back in October, I showed you the early beginnings of a garter stitch shawl with a gorgeous cabled border of twisted ribbing. It's time for an update. I love bringing my knitting projects with me, where ever I go. The shawl WIP (work in progress) has been to Michigan and Brazil, and many a beach… Continue reading WIP update on my shawl
Blocking is the finishing touch to a knitting project. It is a simple matter of washing or wetting your newly knitted item and letting it dry flat in the shape you wish it to have. It evens out the stitches and the edges and gives your piece that finished look. Some people never block their… Continue reading A guide to blocking your knitting
When you knit the last row of your knitting project, you are not quite done. First you have to bind off to secure the stitches and give the piece a nice finished edge, then you weave in the yarn tails, and as the icing on the cake, you may choose to wash and block your… Continue reading Finishing a knitting project
You are about to start a new row of knitting, but then you notice the working yarn is attached to the second stitch instead of the first. What happened? What do you do? This is a really common, and quite disorienting problem, but luckily, it's an easy fix. It can be disorienting to turn your… Continue reading Yarn attached to the wrong stitch
How do you keep track of your rows in knitting? You will often have to keep track of how many rows you have knitted. The best approach depends on your temperament and of course, what type of project you are knitting. Are there simple repeats, such as the same 2 rows, or 4 rows repeating… Continue reading The ultimate guide to row counting for knitting
It happens to all of us... sometimes a stitch drops off the needle tips, and more often than not, we don't even notice and keep knitting. That dropped stitch can unravel an entire column, so it must be fixed, sooner rather than later. Step one: Don't panic! It's not a disaster, and it's easy to fix.
One of the most common mistakes for new knitters is accidentally adding new stitches by doing something called a yarn over. You may realize your number of stitches is growing because the edges of your knitting is slanting outward, or maybe you have been keeping track by counting your stitches every few rows. Another way… Continue reading Mysterious holes and extra stitches
I'm on a mission to figure out how I prefer to knit socks. There are so many different methods for sock knitting: double-pointed needles, 9-inch needles, magic loop, two-at-a-time magic loop, two circulars, toe up, cuff down. Don't even get me started on the different heel types. As a new sock knitter, it is quite… Continue reading Two-at-a-time magic loop socks
Once you have learned to make the knit stitch, it is time to learn how to make the other basic stitch in knitting - the purl stitch. If you have skipped the first lesson, please take a look at my previous post. If you already have a piece of knitting going, where you have been… Continue reading Learn to purl and make stockinette
I am one of those knitters who will fall in love with a pattern and then choose a yarn to go with it, similar to the suggested yarn in the pattern. Knitters like me can be recognized by our relatively small yarn stashes - we rarely buy yarn on impulse. But sometimes you find a… Continue reading Shawl with a cable edge of twisted ribbing
I want to make a season scarf for the San Jose Sharks with stripes in the team colors, representing the season of 2019/20. Each game will correspond to a certain number of rows, and the color of those rows will be determined by the outcome of the games. There are many decision to be made… Continue reading Season scarf for the San Jose Sharks – Idea and plan
There are only two basic stitches in knitting: The knit stitch, and its reverse counterpart, the purl stitch. Basically all other stitches are either combinations or variations of the two. Once you can knit and purl, you will be able to create wash-cloths, potholders, scarves and cowls with a variety of pretty structured patterns. In… Continue reading Knitting your first stitches
Congratulations on your choice to start knitting. You are going to love it! My own knitting adventure began only a few years ago, and it didn't take long before I was hooked. I still remember what it is like to be a beginner knitter, and the stumbling blocks are fresh in my mind. I am… Continue reading How to get started knitting