Who says you have to bind off? Add a knitted on border instead. Pick any edge pattern, cast on, and knit it right into your project.
Lace deserves good finishing. If you’re making lace by hand, it must be blocked and set to show it off properly. Here is how!
Be a Finisher! Here is a guide for how to stop procrastinating, how to not be overwhelmed by WIPs, and how to get knit and crochet finished.
The Crown of Glory is a lace pattern from the cottage knitters of the Shetland Isles. Lovely isn’t it? You’re reaching for needles and yarn already right? Great because once you’ve mastered how to make that big eye opening, you’ll be knitting Crowns in no time.
Short rows are the most under utilized shaping tool in knitting. It takes practice to get professional results. But short rows can make any shape, up to and including entire sweaters.
In knitting there are dozens of ways to hide short rows. I’m working my way through Carol Feller’s in depth study of short rows and that starts with a side-by-side comparison of four different methods. For me I can live with the first, I like the next two, and I kind of, sort of hate the last.
Short rows are a powerful technique in knitting and modern designers are using it more and more. In most patterns the instructions simply say “wrap and turn” and “pick up the wrap”. There is more to it than that. Lots more. So this weekend I’m diving into an extended course on short rows and I hope you’ll be intrigued enough to dive in with me.
Mystery balls of yarn. We all have them. Here is a guide to figure out what you have, how much you have and what its made from. Then you be ready to make something with it! You know, in the next decade so so.
Need some help planning for your next yarn buying episode? Need a few ideas? Need an excuse, any excuse, to go looking at yarn for sale? I got you covered. Here is a guide for the different color styles yarn is sold in and how to best use them in your next project.
Here is a free tutorial for knitting simple flowers. Use them as applique, as broaches, or just to make your world bloom in color.