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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...