A New E-book – It’s Time to Finish Your Sweaters!

I’ve expanded upon one of my most popular posts “How To Put Your Cardigan Or Sweater Together” in this new e-book titled “It’s Time to Finish Your Sweaters“. This new resource includes the how-to’s of the most common seaming methods, as well as picking up stitches for borders and necklines; all of which should finally…

Nothing is prettier than a sloped bind off!

Binding off a sequence of stitches over a few rows is best achieved using the sloped bind off technique. It’s ideal for shoulder and neckline shaping, because you don’t get a stair-step or uneven edge. A sloped bind off gives a smooth transition from one bind off row to the next. How to work a…

Knitting Patterns Affect Gauge And Size

I’m always amazed that a knit fabric is simply made of two basic stitches, knit and purl. Stitch patterns are different combinations of knit and purl stitches, and there are numerous ways of combining them to make knit fabrics. The addition of various techniques and tools, combined with knit and purl stitches form other patterns…

4 Common Knitting Abbreviations That Cause Confusion

With the variety of knitting magazines around the world, it’s difficult to standardize knitting abbreviations. It’s not uncommon to find slightly different abbreviations for the same term. One of the most common differences occur with “kb, k1b, kb1 and ktbl”. Read your pattern instructions carefully to make sure that you are using the correct one,…

Duplicate stitch is not only for adding colourful stitches!

Although a patch pocket is simple to knit-up, sewing one neatly in place can be an exercise in frustration. I’ve discovered that using duplicate stitch, an embroidery technique to sew a patch pocket onto a garment makes a secure, almost invisible seam. I recently finished a cardigan and used duplicate stitch to sew the side…

Crochet Seams

This shawl project from Rowan’s latest book “40 Years” turned out beautifully. I made some yarn substitutions for the striped edges, using leftover DK from my yarn stash. It took some thinking as to the best method of seaming the corners of this squarish shawl. I first used an overcast stitch, then tried the mattress…

What’s your favourite knitting pattern?

Mine is seed stitch (Brits say moss stitch), one of the basic knitting patterns including garter stitch, stockinette stitch, and single rib (k1, p1). Although seed stitch is easy to knit, it packs a visual punch. It’s a textured pattern created by alternating a sequence of knit and purl stitches. Unlike ribbing, the knit stitches…

The Slip Stitch

Slip stitch knitting is easy and is used for a variety of purposes including textural or mosaic patterns. To slip a stitch is to move the stitch to the right needle from the left without working it, or pulling the yarn through it. For the most part, slipping stitches makes a dense, firm fabric. Slipped…

Getting Stitches Off Your Needle – Binding Off

Once your knit fabric is the desired length, you have to get the stitches off the needle by finishing the edge. This is referred to as binding off (BO). Some books and magazines use the term “casting off (CO)” instead of binding off. Binding off secures the last row of stitches to prevent them from…

An Important Update to “How to Measure Knitting Length”

On August 8, 2019, I republished “How to Measure Knitting Length”, one of my most popular posts. I’m redirecting it to you because I didn’t republish the post in the proper way,  so it is more difficult to find in a search. I wouldn’t want you to miss the useful information contained within this post….