How to calculate starting stitch for color chart work

For Scandinavian styles garments, you are often left with figuring out where to start your row, as the number of stitches in the chart do not match the number of stitches in your row.  Also, these patterns are often centered on a single stitch. This is usually marked...

Joining double stranded yarn

When you need to attach a new ball of two-stranded yarn, stagger the joins. About 4 or 5 stitches before you need to actually join the new yarn, let one strand of your working yarn fall and pick up one strand of the new yarn. Work the 4 or 5 stitches thus (with one...

Joining pieces while knitting

You can join your current knitting to previous knitting by working a stitch from the current piece together with a stitch from the edge of the previous piece. This requires that the previous piece either has stitches that were left on holders, or you have picked up...

Double Crochet bind off

Using the Double crochet bind off gives a nice elastic edge to your knitting.   Use a crochet hook that is equivalent in size to your knitting needles. Insert hook knit-wise into first stitch. Wrap the yarn around the hook as if to knit. Pull the yarn through the...

Cast on for toe up socks

For toe up socks, we need a cast on that will produce a circle of knitting already joined together at the toe.   One method is to cast on half the number of required stitches onto one circular needle. Then knit across these stitches increasing in each one by knitting...

Kitchener bind off for K1, P1 in the round

To obtain a nice stretchy bind off for K1, P1 circular ribbed items such as the tops of sock cuffs, we use a modified Kitchener bind off. The modification is to omit some of the preparatory rows that you see in many instructions (these rows slip half the stitches for...

Tubular cast on

This technique works well for items such as sock cuffs as it provides a stretchy cast on edge.   With waste yarn cast on half the required number of stitches. While working first round divide stitches evenly across needles Using project yarn: Round 1: [k1, yarn over]...

Kitchener stitch (on three stitch I-cord)

This technique joins two I-cord strips   Place knitting to be joined on two needles and hold them parallel to each other with the end of the needles to the right. Pick up the tail of yarn from one piece of knitting and thread it through the eye of a yarn needle. Using...

Whip stitch seam

The whip stitch is an overcast stitch which can be used to bind the edges of the fabric.   Secure yarn at the back of the fabric, then bring yarn to front. Holding the two pieces with wrong side together work along the seam edge as follows: place needle through layers...