Latest Tips & Techniques

Knitting Double Pick-Ups

November 21st, 2012

I read an article once about a technique called “double pick-up.”  I have been meaning and meaning to try it, and ideally upload a video about it.  Presto!  Knitca on youtube has done it already.  She calls it a double neckband. Embedding is disabled, but you can click the link. Check out this lovely finishing technique.

Call Me a Yarn Ho

November 19th, 2012

Loved this.  From Yorkshire Yarns, near Tacoma, WA.

Stashbusting for Good

October 24th, 2012

Wondering about what to do with some of that leftover yarn?  Knit-a-Square is doing wonderful work helping AIDS orphans in Africa by supplying knitted items assembled from knitted and crocheted squares donated from around the world.  Watch this touching video and read more about their work at knit-a-square.com .

A Great Tip on Buttonholes

March 10th, 2012

Placing buttons and buttonholes can be a pain. Here’s an awesome tip from Eunny Jang at Knitting Daily.

And Now You Know the Rest of the Story…

July 19th, 2011

Am I the only one old enough to remember Paul Harvey? Anyway, looking through my blog posts I realized I havent’t posted all of my youtube videos here on my blog. I left off at three-needle bind off–whoa! There’s lot’s more. I’m loading the rest (i.e., the rest for finishing the sweater) into this one post.

After seaming shoulders with a three-needle bind-off,
you will start the Sleeve Cap (Part 1):

 

Followed by the Sleeve Cap, Part 2

Then work the rest of The Tapered Sleeve, Part 1:

And The Tapered Sleeve, Part 2
:

Almost done! Finish up the the Neck Ribbing, Part 1
:

…and Part 2:

Stop the clock!

Free Knitting Tips

November 22nd, 2010

I love the teaching power of videos in knitting, and here’s a source for some excellent ones:  Liat Gat’s Video Knitting Dictionary.  What, you may ask, is a Video Knitting Dictionary?  I didn’t get it, either.  It’s a PDF document you download for FREE with  thumbnails that link to streaming videos demonstrating knitting techniques.  Easy to navigate.

My favorite is the video on picking up dropped stitches:

After making a few videos myself, I really appreciate the quality of Liat’s videos–excellent lighting and sound, high resolution.

Sign up for a FREE download at her blog, or her site.

Did I mention it’s free?  More money for yarn!

Three-Needle Bind Off

October 27th, 2010

I like a three-needle bind off at the shoulder seams because I think it makes a neater looking seam. This means my shoulder stitches must be live, which is why I do all that horsing around with short rows for shoulder shaping that you saw in the previous post. Another way to work your shoulders is via binding off stitches, and then grafting the seams or sewing them with a backstitch, but try as I may, mine always look messy. That’s why I like the method I’ve shown.

Three-Needle Bind Off

A Cute Scalloped Edge

October 22nd, 2010

Berroco (one of my favorite yarn companies) has posted a nice video on crocheting a scalloped edge on your knitted or crocheted sweater (or anything else, for that matter).  If you’ve done any knitting for children, you know boy’s and girl’s clothes are the same, except for the color and trim.  Take any child’s sweater, knit it in pink with this scalloped edge, et voila!  Something for the girly-girl in your life.

Shaping Shoulders Using Short Rows

October 7th, 2010

I like to use short rows and a three needle bind-off for my shoulders because I think it makes a tidy-looking seam. This may seem more complicated than binding off and seaming or grafting the shoulders. I chose this method because I think getting a nice-looking, non-lumpy shoulder seam is problematic for newer knitters.  If you want to view them in a larger window, click on the video to be taken to youtube.
First, short rows.  I use a slightly different method than you may have seen.

Now, Part 1 of Shoulder Shaping:

Part 2:


Part 3:

Cast on for Ribbing

October 6th, 2010

Eunny Jang from Knitting Daily shows how to cast on for ribbing that looks good on both sides.  I had seen this before, but then lost the source and couldn’t quite remember how to do it–which is strange, because it’s so easy! I have to plead middle-aged memory again. This is one of those subtle techniques that doesn’t seem like a big deal, but adds a more polished look to the finished garment.


 

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