Short Row Shaping in Knitting

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Short rows… One of those knitting techniques that knitters either embrace or fear. The first time I used short rows, I didn’t know that’s what they were. I was shaping the shoulders of a sweater, and didn’t want to bind off and sew the shoulder seams (lazy knitter) so I fudged my way through, figuring … Read More

Knitted Selvedges (or Selvages)

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A selvedge or selvage is the very edge of knitted or woven fabric. In textiles, it is usually woven differently than the rest of the fabric to create a firm edge. In knitting, a selvedge is made by working the edge stitch(es) a little differently to create a visual or functional element. From left to … Read More

Shawl Anatomy

Shawl Anatomy

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When you’re picking a shawl pattern, or designing your own, there are a few basic construction recipes to start from. You can start with the recipe and alter it by adding texture, lace, color. You can also add a knitted-on border after the basic shape is made. The shapes here are of the triangular, crescent … Read More

Provisional Cast On

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There are a few provisional cast on methods, and you might see them named differently, but here are 3 that you might run into. Crochet Provisional Cast on This is the one I like to use, partly because it’s the only one I can remember. With a smooth contrasting yarn, crochet a single chain a … Read More

How to Make a Pom Pom

How to Make a Pom Pom

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Yarn pom poms are a charming little addition to knitted hats and scarves. They’re fun on their own too, just stick some googly eyes or felt ears on them, and you have a new creature. They are a great use of scarp yarn, and kids can make them with almost no adult assistance. Download a … Read More

Knitting Health: Repetitive Stress and You

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I’ve knit more in the last 12 months than I have in my entire life. I did a quick inventory just now… In the last year, I’ve finished 46 projects. Is that right? Yup, just counted them again. Mostly sweaters, mostly for adults. That doesn’t include little things like swatches, washcloths, bookmarks, hats. And it … Read More

Garter Stitch Tab for Shawls

Garter Stitch Tab for Shawls

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If you’ve looked at any top-down shawl patterns, you have probably seen the “garter stitch tab”. I didn’t include one in the Oaklet Shawl pattern, because I wanted the shawl to be doable by a beginner knitter. But it’s a handy technique, and once you get past its trickiness, it adds a lovely seamless border … Read More

Vertical Ruffles

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The advantage of vertical ruffles is that you don’t have to cast on very many stitches. The disadvantage is that they have to be sewn on (unless you’re making the ruffle into a scarf).   Corkscrew Ruffle The ruffles themselves look like overlapping petals. You can seem them on the cover of Vogue Knitting, Early … Read More

Drop Stitch Pleats

Drop Stitch Pleats

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Pleats are less ruffly, and more, well, pleaty. That is, they lie a little flatter, and are slightly less girly. Because they are flatter, they also don’t require as many stitches. I saw this version of drop stitch knitted pleats in Vogue Knitting Early Fall, in Cathy Carron’s pleated tank design. It’s worked from the … Read More

Bell Ruffles

Bell Ruffles

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There are many versions of knitted bells, but this Embossed Bell Motif, from Walker’s Treasury of Knitting Patterns, is a nice example. You can use it at the edge of a garment as a single row of bells. Or repeat the pattern several times for a more extravagant border. I like that you don’t have … Read More