My Latest Resource – The Why And How Of Test Swatching

All pattern instructions including those projects you design begin with the gauge, calculated from the test swatch. The gauge determines the size or finished measurements of any project. If you avoid test swatching, and hope that your project turns out, I want you to stop and read this short e-book. See how easy it is…

My Favorite Way To Knit Front Borders – The Vertical Ribbed Band

We all find our favorite ways of finishing projects. For me, the following method of knitting front borders is one of the best ways to prevent flaring (the border looks too long for the edge). Flaring is often caused by picking up too many stitches along the front edge when using the common, horizontal technique…

Taking Measurements For Knit Hats

I came across this post on Churchmouse Yarns and Teas, and it’s definitely worth passing on to my readers. For the best fit, it’s important to take the proper measurements for all garments and accessories. Even though hats are easier to fit than sweaters, head measurements are often overlooked. Bonus:  How to take measurements for…

The How-To’s of Intarsia

Intarsia is a method for knitting areas of color, pictorial or graphic designs. Blocks of color are worked with small separate balls of yarn, lengths of yarn, or bobbins. Unlike Fair Isle knitting, when working Intarsia, the yarn isn’t carried across the back of the work between color changes. Rather, the yarns are twisted around…

Circular Knitting Needles – Remember These Important Points

What are circular needles? Fixed circular needles are two short straight needles connected with a thin nylon or plastic wire, and are found in the same materials as for straights. Interchangeable circular needle sets are popular. These sets include a variety of needle tip sizes paired with different cable lengths. The point at which the…

How To Properly Sew Sleeves Into Armholes

Just a few terms: Set-in Sleeve – means the sleeve is joined to the body of the garment with the center of sleeve top or cap placed at shoulder seam and stitched around the armhole. Sleeve Cap – here “cap” refers to the shaped sleeve top extending from beginning of the armhole shaping; the part…

Add Linings to Your Hand Knits For a Couturier’s Finishing Touch

With simple sewing skills, you can add an elegant touch to tailored hand knit garments like coats, jackets, and skirts by lining them. Although lining hand knit garments is a personal choice, linings provide stability, retention of shape, warmth, prevent sagging, provide longer wear, and make it easier to slip items on and off. The…

A Decorative Bind Off You May Not Have Tried: The Decrease Bind Off

Recently, while working on a sample with an exposed neckline; I needed to finish this edge so it looked neat and even. Researching bind off types, I came across the decrease bind off, which creates a decorative edge, ideal for exposed edges such as pockets, trims, or necklines. It is very simple, and here are…

A Quick Way To Finish Knit Projects – Reverse Or Corded Single Crochet

My favorite crochet edging is reverse single crochet (rev sc), a decorative and quick option for finishing edges of a knit garment. It consists of working single crochet (sc) stitches in the “wrong direction”, working from left to right rather than right to left. For those not familiar with single crochet, below are the steps…

An Attractive Cast On Method – The Tubular Cast On

I’m not terribly adventurous when trying different cast on methods. I use the double or long tail cast on most often, and the cable cast on when I need to add stitches within the body of a piece.  Tubular cast ons are common in machine knitting, and not used often in hand knitting. A tubular…

A Simple Edging Instead of the Usual Rib Border

I don’t know of a simpler applied edging than the one I’m sharing with you in this post. This edging is a great alternative to a ribbed border. It neatly finishes off an armhole or neckline edge. I like adding this edging to a vest or tank armhole. Steps to making this edging: Seam both…