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…

How To Put Your Cardigan Or Sweater Together

“How To Put Your Cardigan Or Sweater Together” is one of my most popular posts, so I wanted to update it and add some information that wasn’t included initially. I think this type of topic is an essential how-to, and is a basic topic that is often overlooked in books and even knitting classes. Assembling a…

New Updated Version of The Little e-book of Abbreviations and Knitting Terms

I just finished an update of The Little e-book of Abbreviations and Knitting Terms. It’s a handy list of common abbreviations and knitting terms to keep in your knitter’s toolbox, plus a couple of my favorite knitting techniques. Check it out! The Little e-book of Abbreviations and Knitting Terms

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…

My Favorite Way To Knit Front Borders – The Vertical Ribbed Band

We all find our favorite ways of finishing projects. For me, the following method of knitting front borders is one of the best ways to prevent flaring (the border looks too long for the edge). Flaring is often caused by picking up too many stitches along the front edge when using the common, horizontal technique…

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…

How To Properly Sew Sleeves Into Armholes

Just a few terms: Set-in Sleeve – means the sleeve is joined to the body of the garment with the center of sleeve top or cap placed at shoulder seam and stitched around the armhole. Sleeve Cap – here “cap” refers to the shaped sleeve top extending from beginning of the armhole shaping; the part…