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The Essentials of Knitting

Knitting is a relaxing and creative pastime, whether you're hand-making clothing or clever household decor. Get started on a fun knitting project with this essential information and instruction.

How to Read Knitting Abbreviations

Knowing how to read knitting abbreviations and shorthand becomes easier the more you work with knitting patterns. Common knitting abbreviations and shorthand include RS [more…]

How to Follow Written Stitch Patterns in Knitting

In knitting, written stitch patterns include punctuation such as commas, asterisks, and brackets (or parentheses). The punctuation in knitting instructions mean more than you may think, however. [more…]

Types of Yarn Packaging

Yarn is packaged (or put up) in different forms: balls, skeins (rhymes with canes), and hanks. The differences in yarn packaging shouldn't have much effect on the yarn you choose, but the shape does determine [more…]

How to Cast On with the Two-Strand Method

When you cast on with the two-strand method in knitting, you need only the RH needle. The two-strand cast-on method (or long-tail method) is a great all-around cast-on for your knitting repertoire. This [more…]

How to Knit, English-Style

Most knitters in the U.S. use the English style of knitting, as opposed to the Continental style. To knit in the English style, hold the yarn in your right hand, and hold the knitting needle with the cast-on [more…]

Knit and Purl in the English Style

Knitting and purling in the English style is the most common method in the United States. To purl in the English-style, you just work a knit stitch backwards: Instead of going into the stitch from front [more…]

How to Knit a Gauge Swatch

When you knit a gauge swatch, you determine if your gauge matches your knitting pattern. A gauge swatch is a small sample that you work using the same pattern, yarn, and needles you intend to use for your [more…]

How to Measure a Gauge Swatch

In knitting and crochet, accuracy counts when measuring your gauge swatch. Before you measure your gauge swatch, wash and block it, if that's what you'd do for the completed project. Next, smooth out the [more…]

Knitting Cables

The simple technique of cabling (crossing one group of stitches over another) lends itself to many interpretations in knitting. It's easy to do, you can make all kinds of interesting and imaginative cable [more…]

How to Bind Off or Cast Off Knitting

To bind off or cast off knitting, you secure the stitches in the last row worked so they don’t unravel. Binding off and casting off knitting is also called [more…]

How to Spray-Block Knitting or Crochet

Spray block a knitted or crocheted piece to smooth out all the uneven stitches and to straighten wavy, rolling edges. When you spray block knitting or crochet, you use a spray bottle to wet down the piece [more…]

How to Wet-Block Knitting or Crochet

When you wet-block a piece of knitting or crochet, you wet it and coax it into its final shape. To wet block your knitting or crochet, you get it completely wet in a sink or basin of water. Have a large [more…]

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