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…

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…

Nothing Nicer Than Even Edges

It has always been important for me to professionally finish my projects, particularly garments – where the difference between “handmade” and “homemade” is obvious. Finishing not only comes at the end of knitting, but happens throughout the knitting process. I love even edges, not only because they are visually pleasing, but are easier to sew,…

Blocking is Magic!

I’ve professed the benefits of blocking in previous posts and I came across a post from Fringe Association “yarn + water = magic” that is so apropos. Yarn really does come to life in water, and will reveal its good and bad properties. Blocking your gauge swatch helps to determine the appropriateness of the yarn for a project,…

How I Do It!

If you’ve been reading my posts for a time, you’ll find I take a professional approach to knitting, and I love every step of the process, even finishing. A pattern catches my eye and I really want to make it. How do I knit it so it looks exactly like the one in the pattern…

I Want You to Love Blocking – Well at Least Make it a Habit

I know this may sound weird, but I love to block; to see my pinned pieces and small items drying to perfection. If you’ve read any of my previous posts, finishing projects is very important to me. Blocking is an essential, and often neglected step in the finishing process. It is a process of wetting…

Details Do Matter: Secrets To Better Knitting

You should knit how you like, but one of the secrets about the knitting journey is details do matter, if what you desire is a project that looks like it was knit in a skillful manner. From my experience this list includes my top secrets to better knitting: Gauge is key. If you want a project…

Blocking Makes A Difference!

Blocking is the first step in finishing your projects. Pressing is to sewing, what blocking is to knitting. Once you start blocking your knitted pieces, you can’t imagine not doing it. Blocking is the process of wetting or steaming knitted pieces to even stitches and fibers, and flatten the edges. Some pattern instructions inaccurately describe…