How to cast on: Making a provisional cast on

How to cast on: Making a provisional cast on

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This knitting tutorial covers how to knit a provisional cast on using a crocheted chain as the foundation. This crochet technique of making a provisional cast on edge is one of my favourites; it’s easy to remember, makes a nice cast on edge to pick up later, and works every time. You will need a … Read More

How to knit a blanket from a shawl pattern

How to knit a blanket from a shawl pattern

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This project was an experiment. If a top-down triangular shawl, which starts at the center and radiates out to the edges, can be shaped into a diagonal half-square through blocking, could you use the same pattern to make a full square for a blanket? Oh yes, you certainly can. I used Fledge, but you could … Read More

How to Block Very Large Things

How to Block Very Large Things

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I’m a big believer in blocking. More than that, I’m a big believer in wet blocking. But you might notice this gets really awkward when you are dealing with a very large project. A big wet stretchy wooly thing; how do you deal with it? If you’re lucky, you’ve got some dry weather and you … Read More

A scarf that won’t curl

A scarf that won’t curl

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Ah, that’s an age-old topic. How to make a knitted scarf that won’t curl on the edges. Well, the easy answer is to use a stitch pattern that uses an equal distribution of knits and purls. For example, garter stitch, 2/2 ribbing, 1/1 ribbing, seed stitch, or moss stitch. And those non-curling stitch patterns can … Read More

How to undo your knitting

How to undo your knitting

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No matter how carefully you plan, you will end up with knitting projects where you wish you had an undo button. About 20 steps in the past. This hat is a good example. I made two versions of the Gatineau Hat, but for some reason, the ribbing on the lighter version just didn’t sit right. … Read More

Tip for working in the round

Tip for working in the round

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When working in a smallish round, like a hat, you can sometimes use a very short circular needle. But you might find that, when using one short circular needle, it can be difficult to join after casting on because the cast on edge has more tension in it than a knitted round. Try this: Work … Read More

Sewn Bind Off

Sewn Bind Off

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Here’s a very nice bind off technique that is worked with a yarn needle rather than the knitting needles. (I’ve also seen this called Elizabeth Zimmerman’s Sewn Bind Off, which probably means she “unvented” it.) The sewn bind off is more subtle looking that a regular knit bind off, and looks very nice with garter … Read More