Tips to Stranded Color Knitting

Posted by on Dec 3, 2013 in Knitting with color
Tips to Stranded Color Knitting

Stranded color knitting (often called Fair Isle knitting, although to be precise, while Fair Isle color knitting is stranded, not all stranded color knitting is Fair Isle) is gorgeous to look at, but takes a little practice to master. I’m no master color knitter, but I have figured out what works for me. Tips for ...

Sewn Bind Off

Posted by on Nov 22, 2013 in Expert knitting
Sewn Bind Off

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 ...

Knitting Patterns with Cables

Posted by on Nov 2, 2013 in Knitting cables
Knitting Patterns with Cables

Are you looking for easy knitting patterns that use cables? You can find 3 patterns for learning in the Idiot’s Guides: Knitting (the blanket and the hat (pictured above) are available for free from the Idiot’s Guide website): And of course you can use the power of Ravelry to find great cabled knitting patterns.

Cable Knitting

Posted by on Nov 2, 2013 in Knitting cables
Cable Knitting

I’m going through a bit of a knitted cable renaissance lately, and am really enjoying it. Ever since I started making them without a cable needle (more on that later) I’m super keen on them. Are you tempted by cables, but are put off by their complex appearance? Ah, but they are all basically the ...

Knitting Stitches: Seed Stitch

Posted by on Oct 31, 2013 in Swatch it!
Knitting Stitches: Seed Stitch

Also called Irish Moss Stitch Work over an odd number of sts Row 1: * K1, p1 rep from *; k1 Row 2: Repeat row 1 Repeat Rows 1 and 2 for pattern

Knitting Stitches: K2, p2 ribbing

Posted by on Oct 31, 2013 in Swatch it!
Knitting Stitches: K2, p2 ribbing

Also called 2/2 ribbing Flat Worked over a multiple of 4 plus 2 stitches Row 1: *K2, p2; rep from *, end k2. Row 2: *P2, k2; rep from *, end p2. Repeat rows 1-2 In the round Worked over a multiple of 4 All rounds: *K2, p2; rep from *.

Knitting Chart Symbols

Posted by on Oct 31, 2013 in Glossaries

Here is a working list of knitting chart symbols. Right Side Wrong Side inc inc k p k1b p1b k2tog p2tog k2tog-b p2tog-b k3tog p3tog k3tog-b p3tog-b k4tog p4tog kfb pfb m m p k p1b k1b p2tog k2tog p2tog-b ssk p3tog k3tog p3tog-b k3tog-b p4tog k4tog pfb kfb sl sl sl1-wyib sl1-wyif sl1-wyif sl1-wyib ...

Knitting Stitches: K1, P1 Ribbing

Posted by on Oct 30, 2013 in Swatch it!
Knitting Stitches: K1, P1 Ribbing

Flat Worked over an odd number of sts Row 1: *K1, p1; rep from *, end k1. Row 2: *P1, k1; rep from *, end p1. Repeat rows 1-2 In the round Worked over an even number of sts All rounds: *K1, p1; rep from *.

How to knit cables

Posted by on Oct 4, 2013 in Knitting cables
How to knit cables

Knitted cables are fascinating to look at. To the uninitiated, they look impossibly complex. But the good news is, cable knitting is actually a very approachable knitting technique. How knitted cables are made Knitted stitches are arranged in a grid. Horizontal lines of stitches are called rows (or rounds if you’re knitting in the round). ...

How to sort your knitting swatches

Posted by on Jun 5, 2013 in Swatch it!
How to sort your knitting swatches

When you knit a lot of test swatches, it’s challenging not to be precious with every little knitted sample. You kind of want to keep them around, to admire and fondle them. But let’s get organized. Let’s declutter and move on.  Get yourself a couple of clear storage boxes with lids. Get all your swatches ...