A Cute Scalloped Edge

Friday, 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

Thursday, 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. 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

Wednesday, 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.

More Than You Ever Wanted to Know About Sleeves

Tuesday, July 20th, 2010

Here is an excellent and extensive article about armhole shaping and sleeve styles. It doesn’t use the top-down method for set-in sleeves, but if you’ve been wondering about drafting a sleeve, plus drop-shoulder and modified drop shoulder (and raglan and everything else), check out this article from

Got Gauge?

Sunday, June 20th, 2010

Excellent article on understanding gauge from Interweave’s Knitting Daily ezine.

How to Knit a Child’s Sweater

Friday, June 11th, 2010

I just got a question from a knitter who said she didn’t have a circular needle (only straight, single-points), and wants to knit a sweater for her young daughter.

There are a couple of things she will do differently:

  • The sweater body is worked flat, with the front and back in two separate pieces that are seamed together in final assembly. An extra stitch must be added to each side seam as selvage stitches. They will become the seam allowance and lie inside the sweater.
  • No shoulder shaping is required–the shoulders can be knit straight across. Neck shaping is still needed, though.
  • Sleeves are drop-shoulder. That means no armhole shaping.
  • After shoulders are seamed, but BEFORE you sew the side seams, pick up stitches for the sleeves along the straight seam in the armhole area and knit the sleeve top down–no short rows.
  • Seam the side seams and sleeve seams, and you’re done except for neckline finishing.

Are you getting the picture here? Knitting a child’s sweater is like knitting two dishcloths, sewing them together and adding sleeves.

Check Out This Buttonhole…

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010

I tend not to post any videos but my own, but this video on the tulip buttonhole from Interweave knits is not to be missed. If you’ve tried making a decent buttonhole, you’ll see the value in this immediately. It looks like a little trouble, but the result is so worth it.

Have I Been Doing It Wrong All These Years?

Friday, May 14th, 2010

Watch this video by Berocco on casting on. Watch the long tail cast on closely. Is this how you do it? After scooping the thumb yarn, I have always brought my needle over the top of the index finger yarn (clockwise) and though the thumb loop. In this video the narrator brings her needle under and over the top (counterclockwise) of the index finger yarn. I tried this a few times and think the difference is the way the loop way gives the stitch the proper twist. I am still working swatches to see if they look any different.

The Berocco videos, by the way, are terrific. You can get on their mailing list and get notified every time there’s a new one.

Ahem…Slight Correction.

Friday, April 2nd, 2010

OK, here’s the correct Measurement Form. Use this form to record your measurements before you launch on your sweater design project.

And We Finish the V-Neck–Part 3

Friday, October 16th, 2009

We’ll do the actual knitting on Niki’s V-neck.


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