Stash Busting

Stash Busting

How to knit, Knitting basics

Stash Busting. If you’re new to yarn, then this term might sound weird to you. (Not to be confused with Stache Busting, where a bunch of guys get together and groom each other for Movember.) The knitter’s (or hooker’s or weaver’s) stash is their yarn that isn’t in use. The stash might contain some yarn collections that are … Read More

Basic stitch anatomy

Basic stitch anatomy

Knitting basics

If you look at stockinette stitch from the right side, you will see that it looks the same upside down as it does right side up. Stocking stitch (stockinette) right side up: Upside down: However, you can’t simply flip a stitch upside down. A stitch is not the same on the bottom as it is … Read More

Learn to Crochet: Slip knot

Learn to Crochet: Slip knot

Knitting basics, Learn to Crochet

Slip knots are very useful in knitting and crochet. A slip knot is a quick way of securing a loop of yarn to a needle or hook, and is one of those knots that gets tighter the more it’s pulled. (Here’s some knot trivia: the slip knot and noose knot are very similar and are often … Read More

Finishing: Weave then block, or block then weave?

Finishing: Weave then block, or block then weave?

Knitting basics

It’s your basic chicken and egg situation. When you’re finishing a piece of knitting (and by finishing, I don’t mean getting to the end of knitting, I mean sewing it all together, blocking, i.e., sending it to Finishing School) should you weave your yarn ends in before you block? As far as I can tell … Read More

How to knit garter stitch in the round

How to knit garter stitch in the round

Knitting basics

When working flat, there isn’t anything easier than garter stitch. No decisions to make or rows to count; just knit every stitch and count the easily-countable ridges. But in the round, you alternate knit and purl rounds. Which one to start with? If you are starting from the cast on edge, your first round will … Read More

How to Cast Off

Knitting basics

I’ve talked to more than one beginner knitter who told me about the super long scarf they made because they didn’t know how to get it off the needles so they just made it longer and longer. That’s where casting off, also called binding off, comes in. Casting off The basic method of casting off: … Read More

How to Cast On

Knitting basics

Casting on (abbreviated as CO in knitting patterns) is how you make the first row of stitches on your needle. When you’re learning to knit, casting on can feel like a bit of a hurdle. Even though it’s a small part of your finished knitting project, you can’t skip this step. And then, when you … Read More

Easy stitches using knit purl combinations

Knitting basics

The beginner knitter will often start with garter stitch, where every row is knit. Then we move on to stocking (stockinette) stitch, where the right side is knit and the wrong side is purled. And the next big breakthrough is combining knits and purls. If you’ve mastered knit and purl, all you need to learn … Read More

How to Cast On Knitting

How to knit, Knitting basics

There are a lot of answers to, How to Cast on? The Cable Cast On is the casting on method I like best. It makes an attractive firm edge, and it’s not too difficult to do. But it’s not always appropriate. And if you’re a Continental knitter (you hold the yarn in your left hand), the … Read More

To Save Time Check Gauge

To Save Time Check Gauge

Knitting basics

Non-knitters, kids especially, like to ask: “What are you knitting?” And it’s often a gauge swatch. Which leads to the inevitable: “What’s a swatch?” Knitting gauge is key to all knitting. Even the most humble square gets its size from its gauge. Knitting patterns will often include the phrase “to save time, check gauge” or … Read More

Joining new yarn – easiest way

How to knit, Knitting basics

Joining new yarn is such an important question to answer, and is closely related to weaving in the ends. Another method that didn’t get included in joining new yarn is one of the simpler methods. The ideal way, with feltable yarns, is to spit join. But you can also do this: When you have about … Read More

Teaching Kids to Knit

How to knit, Knitting basics

I remember my first knitting project. It was stripy and shaped, roughly, like a wobbly triangle. It started as a doll scarf, but then it, well, evolved. My seven year old son —the same age as me when I learned to knit— is learning to knit. He already knows how to finger knit. But teaching … Read More