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….

The First Increase a Beginner Knitter Learns – Bar Increase

Increases in Knitting An increase (inc) made in knitting adds a stitch. The stitches added increase the size of a piece of knitting. Like decreases, increases are used to shape knit fabric. Increases are also used in fancy stitch patterns, such as lace and bobbles. The garment areas that use increases include the sides of…

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…

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…