How to Knit Magic Loop with 2 Circular Needles

Magic loop is a term that refers to knitting a project in the round using a circular needle with a cable that’s much longer than the circumference of the project. The way I like to knit magic loop uses two sets of circular needles (four needles, two cables.) You can use this technique anytime you’reContinue reading “How to Knit Magic Loop with 2 Circular Needles”

How to do Duplicate Stitch

Duplicate stitch traces the exiting stitches knit in stockinette. Often used as a decorative accent, it can also be used to mask an error. The trick is sliding the needle behind both legs of the stitch above the one you’re tracing, which can feel counter-intuitive; see image below. A demonstration of how to do duplicateContinue reading “How to do Duplicate Stitch”

Tivoli Slouch Hat Pattern

This Tivoli Slouch Hat is adorable, easy to knit, and comes together quickly. The hat in the photo above was knit with Lion Brand Heartland Yarn in the Grand Canyon color. It’s knit in the round on 16″ size 8 circular needles and finished with size 8 double pointed needles (DPNS). You’ll also need aContinue reading “Tivoli Slouch Hat Pattern”

How to Knit Front Back (Kfb)

Knit Front Back (Kfb) is a method of increasing the number of stitches in a row. To do it, you simply knit the front of the stitch (in front of the left hand needle, like usual) but before you slip the stitch off the left hand needle, knit the back of the stitch (the sameContinue reading “How to Knit Front Back (Kfb)”

How to Knit with DPNS (and avoid common problems)

Knitting with double pointed needles (DPNS) seemed a bit like magic to me when I was first learning to knit. But once I gave it a try, I realized it’s pretty straight forward. One trick is to use knitting needles with a little more grip, such as using bamboo and avoiding metal needles. I’m partialContinue reading “How to Knit with DPNS (and avoid common problems)”

How to Move Stitches to Scrap Yarn

Sometimes a pattern will call for moving stitches to scrap yarn. For example, when knitting a raglan sweater, the sleeve stitches will be held on scrap yarn until the body of the sweater is finished. Learn how to move stitches to scrap yarn in the video below. You’ll need a small amount of yarn inContinue reading “How to Move Stitches to Scrap Yarn”

How to Knit Cables

In this video you’ll learn how to knit cables. You’ll either need a cable needle (two different shapes are shown in the picture above) or can simply use a double pointed needle. Your pattern will tell you the “recipe” for the cables you’re going to knit. As a general matter, you will slip some stitchesContinue reading “How to Knit Cables”

How to Block Your Work

Blocking your work can help relax and smooth out your stitches so they look more beautiful, and is essential on larger projects with shaping such as sweaters. Here are the basic steps: Fill a small sink or bowl with cool water; mix with a small amount of Woolite or other soap made for wool, AddContinue reading “How to Block Your Work”

How to Add Fringe

Fringe is a fun addition to some projects, like a scarf, shawl, or this Woven Coaster. The great news is it’s also easy to do, especially with a crochet hook. Learn how in the video below. If your fridge isn’t laying flat, a pro tip is to run a hair straightener set to low heatContinue reading “How to Add Fringe”

How to do Jenny’s Stretchy Bind Off

Jenny’s stretchy bind off is a very versatile and, as the name suggests, stretchy bind off that’s great for at the top of socks, mittens, etc. The stretch comes from a yarn over that you do right before each stitch, which gives you three stitches on the right needle. You then pull the yarn overContinue reading “How to do Jenny’s Stretchy Bind Off”