Understanding Knitting Instructions

As a beginner knitter, reading your first knitting pattern can be challenging, particularly because of the knitting jargon used in pattern instructions. I’ve put together a short e-book that gives the basics needed to understand pattern instructions, including the language of knitting and pattern structure. I hope this information helps you work more comfortably through…

Getting Even – Knitting Tension

Many knitters have asked me how I get my stitches to look so even and the same size, like those made on a knitting machine. I tell them that knitting even stitches becomes second nature after much practice, and being mindful of how you form the stitches. The main goal of a beginner knitter is…

Right/Left Confusion Post – Updated

Reading garment pattern instructions can be challenging for beginner knitters, and much confusion is created by the use of the terms “right and left” in knitting terminology. I’ve updated the popular post Are you having right/left confusion when knitting a garment? Please read this update, which should help you put an end to the confusion.

Unravelling Your Knitting Without Tears

I hate to break it to you, but sometimes knitting needs to be unravelled to fix mistakes or maybe rework the yarn into a different project. Having to unravel work happens to all knitters, regardless of experience. Beginner knitters are often fearful of unravelling their work, for reasons they can only explain. The methods given…

Updated Post!

I’ve updated one of my most popular posts “A Neat Seam: The Mattress Stitch“ and added a few other seaming methods that are also worked from the right side of a knit fabric. Seaming is a very important step to professionally finishing your projects. With practice you won’t have unfinished projects sitting in your basket,…

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…