Kitchener stitch

Kitchener stitch can be used to join two pieces of knitting together. With practice, this technique can produce a seamless effect.   Place the stitches to be joined on two needles with the same number of stitches on each. Hold the needles parallel to each other with...

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...

Bind off 3 stitches from one

This bind off  creates a decorative edge.  It requires at least one knit stitch prior to starting. Basically we are knitting into the front, then back, then front again of the stitch on the left hand needle, but binding off as we go.   Directions K1 but don’t...

Central Double Decrease

Just as the name says, this technique decreases two stitches. Simple and decorative, when done repeatedly it can create a visually emphasized and centered column of stitches. This decrease makes one stitch out of three. It creates a decorative, slightly raised center...

Color knitting – Stranded

Stranded knitting is used when the pattern repeats more frequently across a row. It is generally used for two-color knitting as in Fair Isle and Scandinavian styles.   Stranding refers to what is done with the yarn that is not in use for the current stitch. It is...