Reading Your Knit Fabric

When I owned a yarn store, I had a customer who freaked out when she made a mistake, and each time I would show her how to fix her knitting. And every time I did so, I advised her to learn how to visually track her work by “reading” her knitting. In other words, what…

Weaving in Yarn Ends

I admit I enjoy the finishing process, watching my project come to life. However, weaving in yarn ends can be tedious, time consuming, and not much fun; especially with a multitude of coloured yarns. Even this small, baby project pictured above had many coloured ends in the striped borders that needed to be neatly hidden….

Latest e-book – Tips For Better Knitting

Sometimes all we need is that one tip that changes everything and helps us to move forward. My latest e-book Tips For Better Knitting will help  you to become a more skilled knitter. The key to knitting well is practice, but also the willingness to try new things and take on challenges. Take the time…

Are You Having Right/Left Confusion When Knitting A Garment?

When providing knitters help with garment pattern instructions, there is often confusion around the terms: right, left, right and wrong sides in knitting abbreviations and terminology. The following definitions should put an end to this confusion. Left refers to the left-hand side of a garment as you are wearing it. The left front of a cardigan is the…

Twisted Stitches – Knitting or Purling Through Back Loop

The appearance of basic stitch patterns can be altered by entering the stitch contrary to the usual way – knitting or purling through the back loop. Working into the back of a stitch twists the loop a half turn at the base so that it does not lie as flat as a regular stitch. Abbreviations…

How to Measure Your Knitting in Progress

How to Measure Knitting Length is my most popular post. When I began knitting, I found that many resources didn’t show how to measure your work. Perhaps the assumption was that measuring was easy to figure out, but asking how to properly measure knitting is an important question. In this post, I’m readdressing my previous…

Reading a Simple Knitting Pattern

As a beginner, reading your first knitting patterns can be challenging, because you have to get used to the abbreviations and terms, and determine whether you have the skills to successfully reproduce the design. In this post, I’m going to introduce you to the structure of a typical garment pattern, by walking you through the…

Reading Knitting Patterns: Asterisks, Brackets, and Parentheses

Knitting abbreviations and terminology is a language or special vocabulary used in pattern instructions to save space and provide clear direction. Asterisks, brackets, and parentheses are used in pattern instructions to indicate repetition of a sequence of stitches. Parentheses also have an additional purpose in pattern instructions. Asterisks *  Repeat the directions or sequence of…

Design and Knit a Skirt From a Style in Your Closet

Step 5: Finishing Finishing a simple skirt consists of sewing the side seams, securing any hems or facings, and inserting elastic into the waistband. Before doing any of these tasks, make sure your pieces are blocked, whether you knit your pieces separately or in the round. Blocking evens the stitches and fibers, flattens the edges,…

Design and Knit a Skirt From a Style in Your Closet

Step 4: Knitting a Skirt The planning is done and now we get to sit down and knit. If you’ve chosen a hem like me at the lower edge, and are knitting from the bottom up to the waist, we need to knit the hem first. I’ll discuss knitting hems, followed by shaping skirts, waistbands…