Tips For Longer Lasting Socks

One of my popular posts “Is it possible to make hand knit socks last longer?” has been updated with more tips on knitting and caring for your hand knit socks. Caring for your beloved socks is certainly applicable to purchased ones. So dive in and don’t be afraid to knit the socks you want, because…

Felting…but not by accident!

Felting is the textile term describing the process of shrinking untreated, sheep’s wool (hair fibers), which results in a dense, matte fabric. In textile manufacturing, the process of creating felted fabric using knit or woven textiles is known as “fulling”. It is commonly referred to as “felting” amongst crafters. At one time or another, you…

What does “keeping pattern correct” mean?

Knitting instructions that consist of complex pattern stitches use this phrase “keeping pattern correct or maintaining pattern” when the stitch count changes. Shaping a sleeve is done by working increases along the sides from the cuff to armhole, or decreasing stitches to shape the armhole to the shoulder. This phrase is a reminder to continue…

Crochet Chain Provisional Cast On

A provisional cast on (PCO) is used when stitches are to be worked later. There are different methods to make PCO’s, but they all require using waste yarn to hold live stitches. In a previous post, I showed you how to work two common methods of PCO. In this post, I’m going to show you…

The Beauty of Short Row Shaping

After years of knitting, I’m still amazed that you can make a fabric with only yarn and needles. And in making this knit fabric, there are a variety of techniques to shape and curve it. I love watching the transition from a flat fabric to a shaped one with a simple method called short row…

Knitting Patch Pockets

Pockets are either decorative or functional. Patch or applied pockets are the simplest pocket style to knit up; knit a square, rectangular, or other shape in the desired pattern stitch. Although they are simple to knit up, the difficult step is sewing one neatly in place. I’m going to show you a few methods to…

Knitting Gathered Sleeve Styles – Puff and Leg O’Mutton

  Gathered sleeve styles are found in some designer collections this season. This style is not often seen as a fashion trend; one reason for not popping up in collections is because it’s not the easiest style to wear. Puff sleeves tend to look “girly” and add bulk at the shoulders. That being said, if…

Three Rib Variations – Single Rib, Fisherman’s Rib and Brioche Stitch

A ribbed fabric is formed by alternating knit and purl stitches horizontally, creating columns of these stitches. The knit stitches appear raised on the surface and purl stitches recede. There are many variations of rib and the following how-to’s demonstrate three common rib patterns, single rib, Fisherman’s rib and brioche. Typically, ribs have a lot…