Sewing pocket linings

Sewing pocket linings

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The trick to a good-looking pocket lining is to use a spare needle as a guide on the body, to line up the base of both pockets to each other (if you have two pockets), and to use a simple whipstitch to keep the seam lightweight. You will need: a blunt yarn needle and spare … Read More

Knitting Techniques: A little bit about charts

Knitting Techniques: A little bit about charts

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  The Lundell Pullover is getting very close. I’ve been wearing it quite a bit, and love how simple it is. I wanted to talk a little about knitting charts. I frequently get messages from knitters who don’t knit from charts, either from preference or they haven’t learned yet. But the hard truth is that … Read More

Knitting Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

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We have a spooky sweater in our house that is haunted; it is actually 1 sweater plus the 2 sweaters that I unravelled. It was a sweater for Charles. The first one was a top down seamless raglan with stranded colour work around the yoke. I got 75% done, and realized the whole thing was … Read More

How to Knit Ruffles

How to Knit Ruffles

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Knitted ruffles and frills are a feminine addition to sweaters, skirts, jackets, scarves, baby clothes and blankets. You can even knit an entire scarf out of ruffles. Barb’s Koigu Ruffle scarf from Churchmouse Classics is one of my favorites.  

Health Watch for Knitting Gladiators

Health Watch for Knitting Gladiators

Expert knitting, How to knit

The new Twist Collective is out, and it’s beautiful as usual. Wonderful models, designs, photography. And, in the Ask the Problem Ladies section, there is a piece about Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. I wanted to blog on the topic of hand-health, because it’s been on my mind a lot this year. (Please see the usual disclaimer … Read More

How to Knit a Buttonhole

How to Knit a Buttonhole

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Wondering how to knit a buttonhole? There are several options, from the simplest eyelet buttonhole, to the “Tulips” buttonhole seen in Interweave Knits. Simple Eyelet Buttonhole The simplest way to knit a buttonhole is to make an eyelet: just knit 2 stitches together, then bring the yarn over the needle. On the next row, work … Read More

Basic Ruffles

Basic Ruffles

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Top Down Top down knitted ruffles are made by increasing the number of stitches, by 2, 3, or 4 times.   Example: Garter Stitch Ruffle Cast on 20. Rows 1- 4: Knit. Row 5: *Kfb, repeat from *. 40 stitches on needle. Row 6: Knit. Repeat rows 5 and 6. 80 stitches on needle. Bottom … Read More

Kitchener Stitch

Kitchener Stitch

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Kitchener Stitch is a knitting technique for joining two sets of live stitches invisibly. It’s also called grafting. It’s used where you don’t want to see or feel a seam in your knitting. You’ll see it in sock toes, on the underarm stitches of seamless raglan sweaters (like the Cordova Cardigan), and on scarves that … Read More

Knitting a Selvedge, or Edge stitch

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A selvedge, or edge stitch, is a nice way to make a neat edge on your knitted pieces. There are different kinds of knitted selvedges, and which one you use depends on what will happen to that edge. The word comes from “self-edge” and means an edge that prevents unravelling in cloth. (Selvedge is also … Read More

Henning Cowl Detail: Slip of the Stitch

Henning Cowl Detail: Slip of the Stitch

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In Henning, you move the yarn to the front of your work, slip a stitch purlwise, then move the yarn to the back. Because the slipped stitch is a contrasting colour, you create a vertical stripe. You would think that slipping a stitch instead of working it for one or two rows would create tension, … Read More

Sewing Buttons on to your Knitting

Sewing Buttons on to your Knitting

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As I sewed the buttons on to Arbois, I took some snapshots with the phone as I went. When I sew buttons on to my knitting, I do it a little differently than the recommended method you’ll see in knitting guides. And I think all of us knitters should do this with our knitting. It’s … Read More