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…

The How-To’s of Intarsia

Intarsia is a method for knitting areas of color, pictorial or graphic designs. Blocks of color are worked with small separate balls of yarn, lengths of yarn, or bobbins. Unlike Fair Isle knitting, when working Intarsia, the yarn isn’t carried across the back of the work between color changes. Rather, the yarns are twisted around…

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…

Add Linings to Your Hand Knits For a Couturier’s Finishing Touch

With simple sewing skills, you can add an elegant touch to tailored hand knit garments like coats, jackets, and skirts by lining them. Although lining hand knit garments is a personal choice, linings provide stability, retention of shape, warmth, prevent sagging, provide longer wear, and make it easier to slip items on and off. The…

A Decorative Bind Off You May Not Have Tried: The Decrease Bind Off

Recently, while working on a sample with an exposed neckline; I needed to finish this edge so it looked neat and even. Researching bind off types, I came across the decrease bind off, which creates a decorative edge, ideal for exposed edges such as pockets, trims, or necklines. It is very simple, and here are…

5 Posts From My Archives Every Knitter Should Read

The following 5 blog posts (one is the e-book It’s All About The Yarn) include critical information that every knitter should read. The contents of these posts discuss yarn types and purchasing yarn, choosing the right needles, pattern stitch categories, gauge swatch, and blocking. This information will help enhance the quality of your projects, and…