Learn how to slip stitches in knitting! Slipped stitches are really pretty on their own, but they are also a crucial part of many decrease stitches and they allow you to create neat and even edges.
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!
Learn how and when to use the backward loop cast-on. This is a quick and easy cast-on, best suited for the ends and the middles of rows.
A tutorial for how to make near-invisible seams in garter stitch knitted fabric using the mattress stitch.
During the first few rounds of circular knitting, you can easily lose track of which way you're knitting. Here's how to make sure you are knitting on the right side of the knitwork when knitting in the round.
Your knitwork has uneven edges, and no matter how much you pull on your working yarn, the final stitch of every row is a gigantic loop that you don't know what to do with. Sound familiar? Then this is for you.
There are many ways to attach a pom pom, but I have found one way, that has the rest beat. It's fast and easy, works for all types of poms and yarn, keeps the pom pom close to the hat, doesn't involve sewing, and the pom pom is easy to take on and off.
Yarn labels are brimming with valuable information that will help you pick the right yarn for your project, or alternatively, the right project for your yarn. Here are the typical pieces of information you will find on a yarn label.
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
Learn how to switch between knit and purl stitches within a row. I cover how to position the working yarn, how to avoid mixing up ribbing and seed stitch, and a trick to prevent tension issues between knits and purls.
Sock update: I am learning how to knit two at a time socks and this is the story of how I conquered the ladders that so readily forms where the two halves of the socks meet each other.
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