Understanding Knitting Patterns & Techniques

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How to Knit the Puzzle Piece Mosaic

The puzzle piece mosaic looks a bit like jigsaw puzzle pieces, but it's not puzzling to knit. The puzzle piece mosaic is quite predictable; you'll soon discover a rhythm to knitting this pattern after [more…]

How to Knit the Woven Cord Mosaic

The knitted woven cord mosaic creates a dynamic design with strong diagonal elements. You can practice this woven cord mosaic by making a swatch that’s made with 35 stitches or any multiple of 16 plus [more…]

How to Knit the Little Boxes Mosaic

The little boxes mosaic creates a knitted pattern that looks like . . . well, little boxes. Practice this knitted little boxes mosaic pattern until you're comfortable with it. [more…]

How to Add Duplicate Stitch to Knitting

Duplicate stitch, also called Swiss darning, allows you to go back over your knitted stitches with a different color. When you do duplicate stitch carefully, you can’t even tell that the stitches weren’t [more…]

How to Add Surface Crochet to Knitting

Surface crochet is a great way to add colorful details to a finished knitted piece. Surface crochet is a fun technique to experiment with and can be used on top of any stitch pattern. To try surface crochet [more…]

How to Read Knitting Schematics and Charts

A knitting schematic is an outline drawing of a knitted piece. A knitting chart shows you a stitch, cable, or color pattern. Schematics and charts can also show an unusual feature of the garment. [more…]

How to Knit a Messenger Bag in the Round

This modified messenger bag is knitted-in-the-round has a smaller flap than the messenger bag. A charming I-cord buttonhole loop secures the flap. You can vary it by knitting a buttonhole into the bottom [more…]

How to Knit a Vertical Buttonhole

A vertical buttonhole is stretchier than a cast-off horizontal buttonhole. You work each side of the vertical buttonhole with a separate ball of yarn. Test the buttonhole opening with the width of your [more…]

Terms and Abbreviations Used in Knitting Patterns

Knitting has its own writing method, so when you look at knitting patterns you may see a variety of unfamiliar terms and abbreviations. Once you know the following list of common knitting abbreviations [more…]

How to Convert Metric Measurements on Knitting Patterns

Reading knitting patterns can be slow work if you're not used to converting from metric measurements to yards, inches, and ounces. Speed up your knitting projects when you're figuring out materials by [more…]

Body Measurements Chart for Knitting Projects

Before starting a new knitting pattern, record your body measurements —and those of friends and family — for an accurate fit. Don't let your knitted projects go unworn because the measurements were off [more…]

Deciphering Knitting Lingo

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How to Unknit to Fix a Mistake

If you need to go back a few stitches or even a few rounds to fix an error, you can do so by unknitting, which is when you work backward and take out each new stitch and place it onto the left needle. [more…]

Part of the Series: Knitting Socks: Troubleshooting Knitting Problems

What Is Slip-Stitch Knitting?

For any knitter new to color knitting, the prospect of handling two or more strands of yarn at a time may seem daunting. Enter the magic of slipped stitches: You only one use strand at a time, while creating [more…]

Part of the Series: Knitting: Three Slip-Stitch Projects

Knitting: Stranded Colorwork Explained

The secret behind knitting the beautiful designs in stranded colorwork is in the stranding. Using two strands of yarn at a time enables the knitter to create designs, or motifs, in the knitted fabric. [more…]

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How to Knit a Stranded Colorwork Blouse

The shallow yoke and gathered sleeves of this top knitted using stranded colorwork are accented with two different sizes of bobbles, as well as embroidered French knots. Gentle waist shaping and ribbing [more…]

Part of the Series: Knitting: Three Stranded Colorwork Projects

How to Knit a Finniquoy Waistcoat

Named for a shady ravine on Fair Isle, this vest is a classic example of traditional Fair Isle knitting. Seven colors of two-ply wool create a cohesive knitted fabric, while crocheted steeks provide a [more…]

Part of the Series: Knitting: Three Stranded Colorwork Projects

How to Knit a Regnbue Cardigan

Regnbue (pronounced “rhine-boo”) is the Danish word for rainbow. Kauni Effektgarn is a special yarn from Denmark that slowly changes color over the course of yards and yards of yarn. The color changes [more…]

Part of the Series: Knitting: Three Stranded Colorwork Projects

How to Knit a Stripe Yoke Turtleneck

In this yoke turtleneck sweater, the stripes are repeated exactly the same way from garment bottom to top. It’s the strategically placed decreases in the yoke that cause the stripes to bend into rings [more…]

Part of the Series: Knitting: Two Striped Projects

How to Knit Stripes

You can knit stripes in any size or scale, taking advantage of their versatility to highlight or disguise different figure traits. They can also be used to set off other areas of color and texture. Stripes [more…]

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How to Knit a Vertically Striped Vest

Knitting a vertically stripped vest relies on long-repeat self-striping yarn for its color changes. Knitting the piece from side to side causes the stripes to run vertically, for a slimming effect on the [more…]

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The Basics of Entrelac Knitting

The architecture of entrelac is different from that of other types of knitting. Entrelac fabric is composed of tiers of blocks that are set on their points, forming diamond shapes. Each block is worked [more…]

Part of the Series: Knitting: Two Entrelac Projects

Knitting Basics: Intarsia

The intarsia knitting technique enables you to introduce areas of color in any shape, size, and number to the background. Think of these intarsia areas as islands floating on the sea of their background [more…]

Part of the Series: Knitting: Three Intarsia Projects

The Basics of Modular Knitting

Modular knitting designs rely on the smaller pieces from which they are constructed for their shaping, and their overall silhouettes. The simplicity of this construction enables knitters to create unique [more…]

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Laddering: A Potential Problem in Circular Knitting

A ladder is a column of extended running threads that are surrounded on either side by normal stitches. They resemble the rungs of a ladder, hence the name. Laddering can happen in circular knitting in [more…]

Part of the Series: Circular Knitting: Special Techniques for Knitting in the Round

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