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...

I-Cord

I-cord is a very useful technique. It can be used to create decorative effects or used practically as in belts and straps or even fingers for gloves. It can be knit on a various number of stitches. The basic directions are the same. The main difference for this...

Square knot

A square knot will be secure and not slip. Holding one end of item to be tied (thread, yarn, i-cord) in each hand, place the right end over the left and bring what was the right end underneath and pull it towards the left. You now have reversed the ends. Now bring the...

Color changes in stripes

This technique can be used to reduce the jog effect when knitting stripes in the round At the end of the first round of a new color, pick up a loop from the first stitch in the round below (previous color) and place it on the left needle. Knit that stitch together...

Crochet bind off for knitters

Crochet bind offs can add a touch of elegance to your knitting.   Place crochet hook through the first stitch on the left hand needle knitwise, wrap and pull a loop through, dropping the original stitch off the needle. Pull another loop through the stitch on the...

Provisional Cast On with Crochet

This cast on provides a set of stitches that can be picked up later and used to knit in the opposite direction. This method starts with a contrasting color yarn that will be removed later to expose the stitches. Directions Using a contrast color waste yarn make a slip...