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…

Converting Sleeves From Circular To Flat Knitting

Definition: Flat knitting is the method of knitting back and forth in rows, turning your work at the end of every row, alternating the sides that face the knitter. In contrast, the right side of the work always faces the knitter when circular knitting.  I thought I would answer a question asked by some knitters…

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…