Understanding Knitting Patterns & Techniques

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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…]

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…]

How to Knit a Button Pillow

Pillows are semi-quick knits with a lot of variations — and knit pillows look great on your favorite chair or couch. Knit a button pillow or two (or a dozen) for useful gifts from the heart. [more…]

How to Knit a Scarf In Under an Hour

Knit a scarf in under an hour by using super-ultra-chunky yarn, large needles, and this Natascha scarf pattern. Even new knitters can knit this scarf in under an hour if you concentrate. [more…]

How to Knit a Plain Hat with Rolled Brim

This plain hat with rolled brim (the most basic of knit hats) is nicely shaped for just about every head size. Add some pizzazz to this plain knitted hat by adding any desired stitch pattern after you [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 Make a Cable Scarf by Knitting Lengthwise

When making a cable scarf by knitting lengthwise, you get to practice a lot of cable twists in a single row. You knit this cable scarf lengthwise, so you can stop knitting whenever you feel you’ve had [more…]

How to Knit a Striped and Textured Scarf

Knit a striped and textured scarf to practice your knitting technique. This knitted scarf pattern varies in texture, as well as colors. A striped scarf is the classic knitted item. [more…]

How to Knit Striped Wristlets

Knitted striped wristlets are simple but fun accessories that look amazing in multicolored or novelty yarns. The knitted wristlets are a great way to use up all the yarn bits you accumulate at the bottom [more…]

How to Make a Striped Bag by Knitting In the Round

Knitting in the round to make a bag is great because there's no purling. You knit the main body of the bag in the round, so no purling there, and the bottom is all garter stitch — also not a purl in sight [more…]

How to Read Cable Charts

Most knitting patterns give cable instructions in chart form. These cable charts show the cable stitches, turning rows, and often some background stitches. Depending on how complicated the cable pattern [more…]

How to Knit a Double Cable (Horseshoe Cable)

A double cable (or horseshoe cable) looks intricate but is easy to knit. Try knitting this sample panel of double cable. The panel is 18 stitches (the cable is 12 stitches wide with 3 set-up stitches on [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…]


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