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…

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…