Shaping Lace Knitting

Lace stitch patterns create the most beautiful knit fabrics, but not without some challenges. Have you ever asked yourself questions like, how do I shape the armholes while maintaining the lace pattern, or at what point do I stop the lace pattern? These are common questions from knitters. When shaping pieces, that is increasing (adding…

Double Knitting Technique

Double knitting forms a unique type of fabric stitch. The double knitting method creates two layers of fabric, usually made with the knit stitches (stockinette stitch) facing out on both sides. Both layers are unconnected except at the side edges. These reversible double thick fabrics may be knit on straight needles, circular or a pair…

Two Methods For Working Single Row Stripes

Do you love the look of single row striped knitting, but wondering how to avoid cutting the yarn after every row? Many knitting references discourage knitting single row stripes, suggesting it’s best to work even numbered rows of colours with a minimum of two rows per colour. This is recommended so that the yarn can…

Three Novelty Rib Patterns

Rib stitch patterns are popular with my readers. Every knitter who has ever made a sweater knows what ribbing is. Not only is it a decorative detail, but rib patterns add elasticity to bottom edges, borders, and collars. There are so many variations of rib that are often overlooked, and the following three novelty rib…

Making Felted Buttons

Have you ever been on the hunt for coordinating buttons to sew on your project, but seem to come up short? This past weekend, I happened upon some tutorials by Alice Starmore on Virtual Yarns. Starmore is the reigning expert of traditional Fair Isle and Aran Knitting. The tutorials demonstrate the how-tos of felted buttons…

Selvedge Stitches in Knit Fabrics

Woven fabric consists of finished edges to prevent the material from unraveling, and is known as the selvedge edge. Selvedge edges can also finish the sides of a knit fabric. Selvedge edges are extra stitches used to stabilize knit fabric, prepare it for seaming or to create a decorative edge on pieces that have no…

Remembering Retro Condo Knitting

Before diving into this post, I would like to ask you a question and your answer will help me make a decision. Do you like knitting directly from instructions on your mobile devices (ipad, iphone, etc.), or do you prefer to knit by a hardcopy (print copy) of the pattern instructions?  As I was going…

Elongated and Drop Stitch Patterns

  This category of stitches creates openwork patterns with unusual textures that add dimension and decorative effects to your projects. They are fun and not too difficult to make.  Elongated Stitch Patterns Elongated stitches can be made in three different ways. You are probably familiar with the slip stitch, which forms a vertical loop on…

I-cord – A Simple Technique With Many Uses

  Elizabeth Zimmerman, the famous knitter of the 50s and 60s had a unique approach to seamless garment construction, and a way of helping knitters incorporate their ideas into knitting. She also developed innovative techniques including I-cord, which she described as “idiot cord”, because of its simplicity.  I-cord is a narrow cord or tube that…

A Fancy Pattern – The Daisy or Dandelion Stitch

Fancy stitch patterns are a nice change from the usual suspects. Take for example, the Daisy or Dandelion Stitch, worked in a solid colour unfolds into an allover flower design, a great choice for a summer project. This stitch pattern knit with a tape yarn, enhances the nature of this type of yarn, and the…