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Tips and Tricks Gallery
Tips and Tricks Gallery
Sew As You Go
The Sew-As-You-Go method allows the knitter to join an edge of their fabric to live stitches to create a hem or pleat. This technique is featured on the January Mittens cuff as part of our Year of Mittens.
Working From Charts: Alternate Colorways
A knitter may run into a problem if the colors they are working with are different from the MC and CC as they appear on a chart. If you face this same challenge, here's a quick guide to using alternate charts to your best advantage.
Two Stitch Cables
A video tutorial showing a quick and safe way to process the two stitch cable crosses featured in the October Mitten without taking the stitches off of the needles.
September Mitten Cuff
The September Mitten cuff is a very simple lace edging, worked back and forth on two DPNs. The edging is then joined into a circle, and stitches are then picked up along the straight side to work the hand.
This particular bobble is the one used in our Year of Mittens September Mitten. For this bobble, yarn overs increase 1 stitch into 5 stitches, then decreases reduce the count down to three, then back to 1.
Seaming Perpendicular Pieces
How to seam two pieces of knitting held perpendicularly with perfect results every time.
While often very complex in appearance, filet crochet is a simple form of crochet that uses a open netting and filled spaces formed by a combination of chain stitches and double crochets.
Swatching in Cable Pattern
Why is it important to swatch in pattern, and not just in St st? Why is the St st gauge not even listed? Why bother blocking your swatch? All your answers - and more - in our in depth guide to help you get the best end result!
Picking Up Stitches from Waste Yarn
This technique is worked by first knitting future thumb stitches with waste yarn. Once the mitten is complete, the waste yarn is removed the live stitches are placed onto double pointed needles.
Crocheting in a Tube
Two methods for crocheting in a tube, stepped and spiral.
Keys to Success / Counting Rows
How to correctly make pieces the same length to easily - and successfully - seam them together.
Crochet Granny Square
I always go back to the granny square when messing around with a new project or idea. They're fun and easy to make, and quite addictive!
Japanese Short Rows
An alternative method of creating short row shaping if you're looking for as subtle a short row as possible.
How join provisionally cast on and live stitches into a seamless folded brim that is warm and strong and requires no additional finishing save for weaving in ends.
Provisional Cast On
The crochet provisional cast on, our preferred method for casting on stitches when working folded brims as found in the Fringe Hatalong by Kate Gagnon Osborn, Seathwaite.
Channel Island Bind Off
A unique bind off to compliment the Channel Island Cast On.
Channel Island Cast On
A cast on traditionally used on the hem of Gansey fisherman sweaters of the British Isles.
Crochet / Sewn Top
A tutorial for creating a box top with a sewn body and crochet yoke as part of our crochet summer feature.
Perfectly Picked Up Stitches
An easy way to calculate the correct number of stitches to pick up along a vertical piece of knitting.
Cabling Without A Cable Needle
How to efficiently and effectively cable without using a cable needle.
A wonderful finishing technique that connects two opposing pieces of fabric together for a seamless join.
Single Crochet in Rows
How to work back and forth in rows when working single crochet and figure out where to work the first stitch in a new row.
Three Needle Bind Off
Step by step instructions on working a secure, yet not-bulky bind off perfect for a shoulder seam.
Granny Square Triangle
An accompaniment to the free Asticou Terrace pattern found here.
How - and why - you should always block your knitting.
When substituting a yarn of different weight compared to that used in the pattern, it is imperative to swatch and sometimes redo some of the math to make an appropriate switch.
A guest tutorial by Cal Patch on adding a simple crochet neckline to a top.
Garter Tab Cast On
How to create a beautiful seamless edge to a garter stitch border and eliminate the need for seaming at the base of a shawl.