Kelbourne Woolens Tips and Tricks
Below is our ever-expanding catalog of knitting and crochet tutorials. Techniques are organized by theme or topic, and most are relevant across a variety of designs and applications. Looking for a specific tutorial? Send us a note and we will do our best to accommodate your request!
A line by line explanation of how to read charts and understand stitch count when working increases integrated into the pattern.
A sweet decorative bind off that is simple to execute.
A stretchy tubular cast on perfect for cuffs or brims.
How to work cables that cross over into another round.
This unique cast on is worked by making a chain of picots with your knitting needles.
A knitted cast on provides a sturdy edging, and is easy to work as well!
A quick guide to using alternate charts to your best advantage when working a project in different colorways.
Why is it important to swatch in pattern, and not just in stockinette stitch? Why bother blocking your swatch? All your answers - and more - in this depth guide!
An alternative method of creating short row shaping if you're looking for as subtle a short row as possible.
Short rows using the Wrap and Turn method.
How join provisionally cast on and live stitches into a seamless folded brim.
The crochet provisional cast on, our preferred method for casting on stitches when working folded brims.
A unique bind off to compliment the Channel Island Cast On.
A cast on traditionally used on the hem of Gansey fisherman sweaters of the British Isles.
An easy way to calculate the correct number of stitches to pick up along a vertical piece of knitting.
How to efficiently and effectively cable without using a cable needle.
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.
How to create a beautiful seamless edge to a garter stitch border and eliminate the need for seaming at the base of a shawl.
A simple trick we use often in order to cast on without a lot of yarn waste.
YEAR OF MITTENS
Embroidery is a really simple and quick way to add additional embellishment to your finished knitting.
How to work the traditional decorative edging as featured in the March Mittens.
How to work decreases that cross repeat lines without losing your place in the pattern or going off track.
Where to pick up the stitches for the lining on the February Mitten after the leaf lace cuff and the outer mitten have already been knit.
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.
A quick and safe way to process the two stitch cable crosses featured without taking the stitches off of the needles.
How to work the lace edging and pick up stitches for the September Mitten.
How to work the 1-5-1 stitch bobble as featured in the September Mittens.
How to knit stitches with waste yarn and remove and place them on needles in preparation to work mitten thumbs.
The sewn bind off is perfect for when you need a firm and stretchy edge.
How to seam two pieces of knitting held perpendicularly with perfect results every time.
How to correctly make pieces the same length to easily - and successfully - seam them together.
A wonderful finishing technique that connects two opposing pieces of fabric together for a seamless join.
Step by step instructions on working a secure, yet not-bulky bind off perfect for a shoulder seam.
How - and why - you should always block your knitting.
How to seam vertically knit pieces together with perfect results every time.
WORKING FROM CHARTS
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.
Two methods for crocheting in a tube, stepped and spiral.
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!
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.