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How to Knit through the Back of the Loop

When knitting through the back of the loop, you’re changing the direction from which the needle enters the stitch. By knitting through the back of the loop [more…]

How to Make a Bar Increase

The bar increase is best for increases worked at the edge of your knitting, where it’ll be enclosed in a seam. The bar increase gets its name from the telltale horizontal bar under the increased stitch [more…]

How to Work a Make 1 Increase

To work the make 1 increase (abbreviated m1), you create a new, separate stitch (hence, making 1 increase) between 2 stitches that are already on the needle. [more…]

How to Knit into the Stitch Below

Knitting into the stitch below is a technique used for increasing stitches. Your instructions may tell you to “knit into the stitch below,” often abbreviated k1b or k-b. When you increase a stitch, you [more…]

How to Make a Double Increase with a Yarn Over

Working a double increase with a yarn over results in 3 stitches being made from 1 stitch. (Work a double increase to add 2 stitches in the same place. A [more…]

How to Create a Double Increase with a Make 1

Creating a double increase with a make 1 adds a new stitch on either side of an existing center stitch. Make the increase symmetrical by twisting the m1 increase before the center stitch to the right and [more…]

How to Increase at Several Points in the Same Row

To increase several stitches evenly across a row, you must figure out the best spacing for these increases in the same row. [more…]

How to Purl Two Stitches Together

To work a decrease from the purl side, purl 2 stitches together (abbreviated p2tog) instead of knitting them together. You can purl 2 stitches together although most knitting patterns have you decrease [more…]

How to Slip, Slip, Knit

Slip, slip, knit (abbreviated ssk) results in a left-slanting decrease. The slip, slip, knit decrease is the mirror image of knit 2 stitches together (k2tog): It slants to the left. [more…]

How to Pass a Slipped Stitch Over

Psso refers to pass slipped stitch over, which makes a bound-off stitch in the middle of a row. Pass slipped stitch over is a decrease that appears in certain stitch patterns and in double decreases [more…]

How to Make Double Decreases

Sometimes, you need to decrease 2 stitches at the same time when knitting; this is called double decreasing. Certain stitch patterns depend on double decreases, and sometimes you need a double decrease [more…]

How to Find and Secure a Dropped Stitch

When you think you’ve dropped a stitch, the first thing to do is find and secure the dropped stitch. When you drop a stitch, it’ll cause your knitting to unravel, so find and secure it immediately. [more…]

Pick Up a Dropped Stitch in the Row Below with Knit Stitch

Pick up a dropped stitch in the row below by using a knit stitch or purl stitch. To pick up (fix) a dropped stitch by using the knit stitch, you first find and secure the dropped stitch. Continue knitting [more…]

How to Pick Up a Dropped Stitch in the Row Below with Purl Stitch

Pick up a dropped stitch in the row below by using a purl stitch or knit stitch. To use a purl stitch to pick up the dropped stitch, find and secure the dropped stitch. Continue working the current row [more…]

Pick Up a Dropped Stitch from Several Rows Below

To pick up a dropped stitch from several rows below, you need a crochet hook. Pick up a dropped stitch from several rows below by drawing the unworked strand through the dropped stitch from the front or [more…]

How to Rip Out Stitches, One At a Time

If you catch your knitting mistake before the end of the row, you can rip out stitches back to your mistake. Just rip out one stitch at a time. Basically, you undo what you’ve just done until you get to [more…]

How to Avoid Ripping Out Stitches

Ripping out stitches can be distressful when knitting or crocheting, but you can avoid having to rip out stitches under a few circumstances. [more…]

How to Rip Out Stitches, Row by Row

Ripping out rows of stitches is inevitable if you notice a mistake several rows down in your work, To rip out stitches row-by-row, you take the piece off the needles, undo your work as far back as necessary [more…]

Circular Knitting: How to Cast On

To cast on for circular knitting, you use the same sorts of cast-on stitches that you do for traditional straight knitting. But with circular knitting you do have to make some changes, depending on the [more…]

How to Join the Round on a Circular Needle

When you knit in the round on a circular needle, you first cast on, join the round, and then begin knitting. Joining simply means that when you work the first stitch, you bring the first and last cast-on [more…]

How to Join the Round on Double-Pointed Needles

When you’re knitting in the round on double-pointed needles, after you cast on, pattern instructions tell you to join and begin knitting. “Joining” simply means that when you work the first stitch, you [more…]

How to Work Common Stitches in the Round

When knitting in the round, the right side is always facing you — so you need to understand how this knitting-in-the-round stitch position affects the stitches you make. For example, whereas in flat knitting [more…]

How to Make Steeks for Cutting after Knitting in the Round

Steeks are an excellent way to secure stitches before you cut open fabric that's knitted in the round. After you steek a pullover sweater knitted in the round, you cut between the steeks to create a cardigan [more…]

How to Measure Gauge in the Round

Measuring gauge in the round takes some care. Knitting stockinette stitch in the round can give you a different gauge measure than knitting the same stitch flat. You get a different gauge in the round [more…]

How to Knit an “Everywhere Bag” in a Solid Pattern

Knit this versatile “everywhere bag” in different sizes to carry almost everything. This is a great project for novice knitters because it calls for garter stitch, which you never have to purl. [more…]

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