What do I do when instructions only give the gauge in stockinette stitch?

One of my pet peeves is pattern instructions that only give the gauge in stockinette, but the design is predominantly worked in one or several different stitch patterns. Of course with some projects it isn’t critical to match gauge to the finished results, so it’s fine to use only the stockinette gauge for items such…

Making Buttonholes

Has this ever happened to you? You’re sitting in a restaurant, discreetly checking that the button sitting in the middle of your chest is not slipping out of its too large buttonhole. Another possible scenario is that the buttonholes are too small, and you struggle to do them up. The best buttonhole is large enough…

Decreasing Stitches in Knitting

  Remember when you first began to knit, you reached a certain point and realized there were less stitches than what you started with. Unaware, you most likely dropped a stitch or decreased. Learning to decrease is necessary for knitting garments and for many pattern stitches such as lace. Decreasing reduces the number of stitches, to…

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…