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…

Double Pointed Needles (dpns)

As the name suggests, double pointed needles have points at both ends, they come in sets of four or five, and are made in the same materials as for straight and circular needles. Double pointed needles range in length from 10cm(4in) to 20cm(8in), and longer. Double pointed needles are used when the circumference of the…

The Make One Increase

A make one or raised increase is my favorite increase to shape knit fabric, particularly stockinette stitch. It is made by picking up the horizontal strand between two stitches, and knitting it as if it were a stitch. There are two ways of knitting the horizontal strand, and each gives a different result. If you…

Weekly Fave! A DIY Summer Scarf

I needed to jazz up a favorite summer scarf because the original tassels were coming apart. I updated it by knitting two lace edgings in a Half Herringbone Faggot (Multiple of 3 stitches) the width of the scarf ends. This stitch pattern consists of repeating one row: *k1, yo, k2tog: rep from *; pretty simple….