Understanding Knitting Patterns & Techniques

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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 Read Knitted Lace Charts

Charts for knitted lace, like other charts for knitted stitch patterns, “picture” the patterns they represent. Knitted lace incorporates two simple knitting techniques: a yarn over [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 Knit a Scarf in the Faggot Lace Pattern

This faggot lace scarf is simple to make. Knit this scarf's faggot lace pattern up in a soft, cozy yarn and you’ll never want to be without it — except perhaps in the heat of summer. [more…]

How to Knit and Felt a Scarf in Horseshoe Lace

You knit this scarf in horseshoe lace and then felt it to create a soft, fluffy accessory. This horseshoe lace scarf is knitted in two identical sections so you can achieve a pointed edge on each end. [more…]

How to Read a Fair Isle Chart

When you knit small, repeating color patterns using more than one color in a row, you can use Fair Isle knitting (or stranding). Fair Isle knitting has you work with two strands of yarn, carrying them [more…]

How to Catch Floats in Fair Isle Knitting

Floats get especially long if your pattern has too many stitches between one color change and the next. You can carry yarn for stretches longer than 5 or 7 stitches, but pushing the traditional limits [more…]

How to Read an Intarsia Chart

With intarsia knitting, each color area has its own strand of yarn waiting, perhaps on a bobbin. Charts for intarsia patterns generally don’t show patterns in repeats. The entire design, whether it’s a [more…]

How to Knit an "Everywhere Bag" in a Triangle Pattern

Knit this versatile “everywhere bag” in different sizes to carry almost everything. For this colored triangle-patterned everywhere bag, gather up your colored yarns and knit a striped pattern, breaking [more…]

Levels of Difficulty in Knitting Patterns

Many knitting patterns clearly indicate the level of difficulty involved. But what do those levels of difficulty mean when you're new to reading knitting patterns? [more…]

How to Weave Yarn Ends Up the Sides

After you knit, you need to weave the ends of yarn into the knitted piece. Here's how to weave in the ends up the sides of your work if you joined yarns at the side edges by tying the two ends together [more…]

How to Weave Yarn Ends Horizontally

If you switched yarns in the middle of a row and have loose ends dangling, you need to weave the ends in horizontally. To weave the ends in horizontally, untie the knot or pick out one of the stitches [more…]

How to Weave Yarn Ends into a Bound-Off Edge

When you’re weaving in an end at a bound-off edge that forms a curve, you can weave in the end in a way that creates an uninterrupted line of bound-off stitches. Use this technique where you’ve joined [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…]

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 Steam-Block Knitting or Crochet

Steam blocking is a gentle way to shape delicate knitted or crocheted pieces. When you steam block a piece of knitting or crochet, you steam it (instead of soak it) to coax it into its final shape. [more…]

How to Block Hats, Mittens, and Socks

Blocking hats, mittens, socks, or other three-dimensional pieces of knitting or crochet isn't hard at all. To block a three-dimensional piece of knitting or crochet, you use traditional blocking techniques [more…]

How to Join Knitted Pieces with the Three-Needle Bind-Off

Use the three-needle bind-off when you’re joining stitches head to head. The three-needle bind-off is the quickest and easiest joining method in knitting, and it creates a stable [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…]


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