Deciphering Knitting Charts

Are you a text or chart person? I’m more of a text person when it comes to reading pattern instructions, but charts are a convenient way to follow colourwork, lace, cable, and other complex stitch patterns. Charts take up less space on the page than row after row of text. Because a chart resembles the…

How to Properly Sew on a Collar

Many knitters avoid sewing on a separate collar piece; instead it’s easier to make one by picking up stitches around the neckline. Depending on the project, a separate collar may be preferable. Even though I’ve made sewn-on collars over the years, I’m still confused when it comes to sewing them onto the neckline. Just one…

What is Moebius knitting?

From the world of math comes an intriguing geometric shape, the Moebius strip. It’s a continuous or infinity loop with joined ends, that has no inside or outside, and features a half twist. In knitting terms, a Moebius strip can be constructed on straight or circular needles to make a cowl or infinity scarf. Because…

Yarn-Overs

Patterns including all laces and eyelets are made with yarn-over stitches. Making a yarn-over (yo) is the least complicated action in knitting. It consists of taking the yarn over the top of the right hand needle between stitches. Making a yarn-over is actually an increase, and beginners often perform it by accident, creating unintended holes…

Knitting Pleats

I’m fond of structured, tailored garments with dressmaker details. Pleats are one of these details that are more tailored than incorporating gathers. Pleats in a knit fabric are not quite as sharp as fabric pleats, but are still worth the effects they give. There are two categories of pleats: knit/purl pleats (mock pleats) and true…

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…