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…

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…