Understanding Knitting Patterns & Techniques

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Understand Knitting Abbreviations and Knitting Terms

To knit from patterns, you need to know knitting abbreviations and knitting terms. As you work with knitting patterns, you'll get to know the most common abbreviations — for example, RS [more…]

Tips for Knitting to the Right Gauge

You know what gauge is and why matching a pattern's recommended gauge is important. But what are you supposed to do about it? Read on to come to grips with getting the correct gauge. [more…]

Checking Your Gauge throughout a Project

You need to be mindful of your gauge throughout the entire knitting process (at least on projects that are supposed to fit a certain way). Read on to see when and how to check your gauge throughout a project [more…]

How to Knit Colored Stripes

Knitting colored stripes is a quick and easy way to get started in color work. Colored stripes allow you to use as many colors as you please while working with only one color at a time. [more…]

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…]

Common Phrases Used in Knitting Patterns

Certain phrases used in knitting patterns can be confusing. Some knitting pattern phrases aren’t as clear as they could be, but experience will make you familiar with them. Eventually, you’ll be surprised [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…]

How to Follow Charted Stitch Patterns in Knitting

Knitting patterns come as either written instructions or as charts. Stitch-pattern charts use a square to represent each knitting stitch and a symbol inside the square to indicate how to work the stitch [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…]

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 Use the Cable Cast-On Method

The cable cast-on method, or knitting on, is less elastic than the two-strand cast-on. Use cable cast-on (abbreviated cable co) when you need a sturdy, not-too-stretchy edge or when you need to cast on [more…]

How to Cast On with the Thumb Method

In knitting, casting on with the thumb method is quick and easy, but the thumb cast-on (sometimes called e-loop) doesn’t look as nice as the cable cast-on — and it isn’t easy to knit into. The two-strand [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…]

How to Knit, Continental-Style

When you knit Continental-style (as opposed to English-style), you hold both the yarn and the needle with the stitches in your left hand. Both methods give you the same results. The important goals are [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 Purl, Continental-Style

When you purl in the Continental style, you hold both the yarn and the needle with the stitches in your left hand. Purling (whether Continental or English style) is just like working a knit stitch backwards [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 Make a Knitted Yarn Over

A yarn over (abbreviated yo) makes an extra stitch on your needle and creates a deliberate little hole in your fabric. Yarn overs are an indispensable part of lace knitting. They have a multitude of other [more…]

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 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…]

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