Learn how to drop a stitch and let it ladder down in order to correct one or more stitches without affecting the rest of your knitting. This trick can literally save you hours. I cover both the basic and more complex situations with edge stitches, garter stitch, and multiple-stitch errors.
Tag: knitting for beginners
The Diamond Brocade & The Sugarcube Dischloths
Selvedges – edge stitches in knitting
Slipping Stitches – a knitting tutorial
How to knit and not hurt your fingertip
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!
Problem knitting the first row – Long strand of yarn between the needles
Invisible seams in garter stitch
Easy Easter Egg Warmers
Knitting in the round – an introduction to circular knitting
10 Free beginner-friendly knitting patterns
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.
How do you know which way you are knitting in the round?
Big loop on the final stitch of the row and uneven edges
Missing a ladder when you pick up a dropped stitch
Understanding Yarn Labels
A guide to blocking your knitting
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
Finishing a knitting project
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
How to switch between knit and purl stitches
How to read a knitting pattern
Three easy knitted dishcloths – free patterns
Your first knitted project
Yarn attached to the wrong stitch
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
The ultimate guide to row counting for knitting
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
How to fix a dropped stitch in 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.
A month of knitting and hockey
Mysterious holes and extra stitches
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
Learn to purl and make stockinette
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
Season scarf for the San Jose Sharks – Idea and plan
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