I drew a complete blank about what to write about this week. (It happens to everyone sometimes!) Instead, I’m going to share some links to some of my favorite technique posts that I’ve written.
First, a useful link elsewhere:
- how to bind off if there’s not enough yarn (without unraveling a row). LaVisch designs has some other useful tutorials, too. Check them out!
Second, three links to some older posts of mine I think you might find useful:
Here’s links to a bunch of techniques and tutorials I’ve collected since the last time I posted one of these link lists. I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I did! I’ve included some crochet links even though I can’t use them myself, just because I thought they were interesting.
- Mosaic Knitting 101 – mosaic knitting is a way of knitting fancy colorwork patterns while only working with one color at a time.
- A Cheater’s Guide to Wraps Per Inch (wpi): the first method for figuring out what needle size to use with yarn is one I use all the time. I’m a tight knitter; you might need to learn to adjust based on whether you’re a tight or loose knitter.No More Estimating Tail Length for a Long Tail CO: this is how I do it for long cast-ons.
- How to hang a sweater without ruining it.
- How to knit a 2 color Italian cast-on (good for 2 color brioche)
- Seaming 2 color brioche with mattress stitch
- Instructions for lots of different shawl shapes
- Underline stitch: an interesting stitch pattern technique
It’s been a while since I did a link round-up!
Knitted Borders and Corners – some different ways of approaching corners when working a knitted-on border.
Learning, Practicing, Perfecting – Sara Lamb writes here about the learning process in respect to weaving and leatherwork, but the process itself is universal to handcraft. Well worth reading.
Non-roll Stocking Stitch Edge? – well, not exactly. This post tells how to use twined knitting to make what looks like a stockinette hem that won’t curl.
Bunny ears decreases– I’ve talked a little about the 3-to-2 decrease I like to use, that some people call Bunny Ears Back. It produces a symmetrical single decrease that doesn’t appear to lean to either side. They are now accounted for in Stitch Maps, which makes me happy. The linked blog post also shows a couple of stitch patterns making use of them – I really like Little Hearts a lot and am planning on making use of it. A more complex stitch pattern of mine that uses them is Beloved – and I can see that I’ll need to go edit the stitch map!
Taming long floats via the STUART method for color-knitting – an intriguing trick from TECHknitter (so many of her tricks are intriguing) for dealing with long floats. This looks like it might be the key for knitting more of my code grids as colorwork even with long floats. Hm!
Here’s an interesting set of stitch patterns with an interesting technique:
- Crimped Row Stitch #1
- Crimped Row Stitch #2 (and with stripes)
- Crimped Row Stitch #3 (and offset variation)
And here’s some more miscellaneous links:
- some methods for darning from Twist Collective
- purl decreases from TECHKnitter
- picking up stitches along a selvedge, also from TECHKnitter
- Just in case it’s not obvious, perhaps you should just read everything on TECHKnitter’s blog!
Happy Spring, everyone! It seems like a good moment to link to the Equinox stitch pattern I designed a while ago.
And here are some other links:
- TECHKnitting has a post about pinstriping, which is a great name for the technique I used in my Scored hat pattern. There’s a bunch of later posts showing uses and variations on pinstriping; I recommend looking at them all.
- Several methods for seaming from Knitty.
- A clever idea for making an insole into a slipper sole. I’m linking to the pin I found on Pinterest because I’m finding the original site (linked from the pin) hard to navigate. Still, I think the photo is clear enough.
- Make 1 stitch into 5, from Impeccable Knits; useful for closed ring cables (probably for lace, too).
- Two variants of a double increase from Impeccable Knits (this time on her Ravelry group – login required).
Not very many links this time, because Pinterest has become frustrating to me. I need to find a better place to discover and bookmark interesting yarncraft things. Any suggestions? I don’t care if they have ads, but I want them to not suggest pins to me from people I don’t follow.
- A Twined Knitting cast-on, and also sources for commercial Z-plied yarn for twined knitting.
- A series of posts on how to read your knitting. I don’t agree that nobody talks or writes about it, but it is true that it’s a very helpful thing to be able to do.
- And TECHKnitter has been posting again lately! Here’s a couple of the latests posts. And if you don’t have TECHKnitting in your RSS reader, whyever not?
Here are some links to interesting knitting things I’ve seen recently (if you follow me on Pinterest, you’ve probably seen them already).
I wasn’t going to post today, since I made the Tau Day post yesterday. But I’ve been thinking about writing a post encouraging people to embrace mistakes and go ahead and try things they want to do even if they think they can’t do them. And I just read a post by Tien Chu that says much of what I wanted to say, only better. (Hm, maybe I should take my own advice.) Anyway, I think everyone should go read it: On Developing Skills. Here’s a quote:
Don’t let the fact that your early work sucks bother you. It’s going to suck. It’s good that it sucks, because if you can let go of needing to be good at it, you can get on with the real work, which is improving the skills that you’ll need to produce better work. As a weaving teacher I know tells her students, “Don’t worry about making the first piece perfect. You’re not making a scarf – you’re making a weaver.”
I may yet write my own post about this, but it’s a cornerstone of the way I go about exploring my work with yarn, and other things too.
Sybil posted over the weekend about knitting random lace, which is something I’ve been meaning to try for a while. (There’s so many things I want to do! I’ll never run out of things to try, I think.) She links to a tutorial and a book. The funny thing is that I think I once saw a different book on the topic in a secondhand book store, but it didn’t catch my interest at the time.
Aside from her excellent link, I’d like to recommend this random lace generator from Knitting Fool. (Not truly mathematically random, but that’s okay.)
What interests me about random lace is what I suspect it can teach the knitter about how lace structure and design work.
(The fact that Sybil linked to me in that post is entirely coincidental; I was reading it in my RSS reader and considering posting about it anyway when I noticed the link. I can entirely sympathize with the desire to avoid counting. )
Here is a somewhat more typical collection of links from me, if sparse: