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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 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 Knit Textured Stripes

When you knit textured stripes, you use one color of yarn. The texture is what makes the stripes stand out. The textured stripes can be of one thickness or you can alternate thick and thin. Here are some [more…]

How to Knit Standard Cable Stitch (Rope Cable)

Standard cable stitch (or rope cable) is a basic knitting stitch that looks like twisted rope. The cables have the same number of plain rows between turning rows as there are stitches in the cable. If [more…]

How to Knit an Open Cable

The open cable stitch is sometimes called the traveling cable stitch. To make open cables, you use basic cabling techniques and cross stitches over the background. To work an open cable, you simply cross [more…]

How to Knit a Wave Cable

A wave cable knit pattern consists of a panel of 12 stitches (the wave cable itself is 6 stitches wide). This cable gets its appearance from crossing inconsistently — to the right on one turning row and [more…]

How to Knit a Chain Cable

A chain cable is just two wave cables that move in opposite directions and line up side by side. This sample chain cable panel consists of 14 stitches; the chain cable itself is 8 stitches wide. [more…]

How to Knit a Braid Cable

When you knit a basic braid cable, it'll look like three knitted strands that are braided. Knitting braid cable looks hard, but it's really not. Practice by knitting this sample panel of braid cable. The [more…]

How to Knit a Twist to the Right

Knit twists are diminutive cousins of the knit cable. You can knit the twist to the right or knit the twist to the left. Either way, a knitted twist consists of 2 stitches — 1 stitch crossing over its [more…]

How to Knit a Twist to the Left

Knit twists are diminutive cousins of the knit cable. You can knit the twist to the left or knit the twist to the right. Either way, a knitted twist consists of 2 stitches — 1 stitch crossing over its [more…]

How to Knit Eyelet Patterns: Ridged Ribbon and Cloverleaf

Discover how to knit eyelet patterns such as ridged ribbon and cloverleaf. Eyelet patterns generally have fewer openings than out-and-out knitted lace patterns; and eyelet patterns are characterized by [more…]

How to Knit Open Lace: Arrowhead and Miniature Leaf Patterns

Open lace patterns, like arrowhead and miniature leaf, offer a traditional knitted lace look. Knit open lace patterns in fine yarns on fine needles (think elegant cashmere scarves) or in chunky yarn on [more…]

How to Knit Faggot Lace Patterns

Faggot patterns (basic lace) are really a category unto themselves. Faggot lace patterns are composed of nothing but the simplest lace-making unit: a yarn over followed [more…]

How to Graft Stitches Head to Head

By using grafting (also known as the Kitchener stitch), you can join two knitted pieces. Grafting stitches is a way to mock knitting by using a tapestry needle, and it creates a very stretchy and almost [more…]

How to Graft Stitches Head to Side

Grafting head to side makes a smooth, weightless seam. You graft the heads of stitches on one piece to the sides of stitches on the other piece. Grafting head to side is great for joining a sleeve top [more…]

How to Join Knitted Pieces with the Mattress Stitch

Mattress stitch makes a practically invisible and nicely flexible seam for joining pieces side to side. You can’t use mattress stitch successfully, however, on pieces that don’t have the same number of [more…]

How to Join Knitted Pieces by Sewing with Backstitch

When you join knitted pieces by using backstitch, you sew them together in the conventional manner. Backstitch involves placing the right sides of your pieces together and moving your tapestry needle in [more…]

How to Pick Up Stitches along a Horizontal Edge

Picking up stitches is a knitter’s way to avoid sewing on extra edgings. Pick up stitches along a horizontal edge by pulling up new loops along that edge and knitting a border right then and there. After [more…]

How to Pick Up Stitches along a Vertical Edge

Picking up stitches is a knitter’s way to avoid sewing on extra edgings. When you pick up stitches along a vertical edge, such as a cardigan front, remember that there are more vertical rows of stitches [more…]

How to Pick Up Stitches on a Diagonal or Curved Edge

When knitting curved edges or on a diagonal, create a picked up band that results in an attractive continuous curve or edge. Most curved edges are made by a series of stepped bind-offs followed by decreases [more…]

How to Knit Moss Stitch

Moss stitch is an elongated version of seed stitch. Instead of alternating the pattern every row (as you do for seed stitch), for moss stitch, you work 2 rows of the same sequence of knits and purls before [more…]

How to Knit Basketweave Stitch

Like many stitches, the basketweave stitch looks complicated but is actually very easy to create. Basketweave stitch got its name for obvious reasons, as you can see. [more…]


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