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….

How to Make a Cut-in Pocket

  The cut-in pocket is one method of adding a pocket to your knit garment. For my vest, I wanted to make a couple of non-functional, or purely decorative pockets, so I chose this method to make them. Cut-in Pocket Steps: Work across the row to beginning of pocket insertion. Drop your main colored yarn…

My Latest Resource – The Why And How Of Test Swatching

All pattern instructions including those projects you design begin with the gauge, calculated from the test swatch. The gauge determines the size or finished measurements of any project. If you avoid test swatching, and hope that your project turns out, I want you to stop and read this short e-book. See how easy it is…

Taking Measurements For Knit Hats

I came across this post on Churchmouse Yarns and Teas, and it’s definitely worth passing on to my readers. For the best fit, it’s important to take the proper measurements for all garments and accessories. Even though hats are easier to fit than sweaters, head measurements are often overlooked. Bonus:  How to take measurements for…

The How-To’s of Intarsia

Intarsia is a method for knitting areas of color, pictorial or graphic designs. Blocks of color are worked with small separate balls of yarn, lengths of yarn, or bobbins. Unlike Fair Isle knitting, when working Intarsia, the yarn isn’t carried across the back of the work between color changes. Rather, the yarns are twisted around…

Circular Knitting Needles – Remember These Important Points

What are circular needles? Fixed circular needles are two short straight needles connected with a thin nylon or plastic wire, and are found in the same materials as for straights. Interchangeable circular needle sets are popular. These sets include a variety of needle tip sizes paired with different cable lengths. The point at which the…