Friday Finishing Series, Techniques

Weaving in Tails – Seed Stitch

This is the last tutorial post in my series on tail weaves for the time being, if you have suggestions for other stitch patterns that you’d like to see tail weaves for, let me know!

Today we look at seed stitch. This uses the same method we used last week in the garter fabric, but we have to mix up where the tail weave goes a little bit. Here’s a tutorial video:

As always, I hope this is helpful! Do drop me a line or a comment here if you have ideas for other videos you’d like me to do!

Until next time, Happy Knitting!

Friday Finishing Series, Techniques

Weaving in Tails: Garter Stitch

Today’s post is the third in my series on weaving in tails. We look at garter stitch today!

We saw that duplicate stitch was the best method for stockinette stitch last week. We can still use the same method, but we have to only use the visible purl bumps in garter. Here is a video showing the technique:

I hope this is helpful!

Next week will be last in this particular series for now, and we’ll look at seed stitch. If you have suggestions for other stitch patterns that you’d like to see tail weaves for, let me know!

Happy Knitting!

Friday Finishing Series, Techniques

Weaving in Tails: Stockinette Stitch

Today’s tutorial is the second in my series on weaving in tails. We look at the most common fabric and technique: weaving in tails in stockinette stitch.

(Check last Friday’s blog post for weaving in tails in ribbing.)

Duplicate stitch is the best method, by far, for weaving in tails on the WS in stockinette. You can split the stitches as you work to be extra sure the tails don’t show to the RS.

Here is a tutorial video on duplicate stitch for tails in stockinette:

I hope this is helpful! Stay tuned next Friday for how to weave in tails in garter!

Happy Knitting!

Friday Finishing Series, Techniques

New tutorial series: Weaving in Tails

Hello again!

Starting today, and for the next few Fridays, I’m going to release a series of tutorial videos and posts on weaving in yarn tails.

Today’s post and video is on weaving in yarn tails in ribbing.

First though, let’s go over the three key items to take note of for tail weaves:

  1. They should be invisible (or as close to invisible as possible) on the RS of the work.
  2. They should not come undone!
  3. They should not hinder the inherent stretch of the knitted fabric – horizontally, vertically, and diagonally.

True duplicate stitch doesn’t work well for ribbing, since the path of the tail would end up on the RS of the work in spots. So, for ribbing we need to do something different. Here is a video:

Following the rib up on the WS makes it nearly invisible on the RS, and allows it to stretch with the fabric. Anchoring the final stitch via duplicate stitch and weaving back down for a couple of stitches makes sure it will not come undone as the fabric is worn and stretched.

I hope this is helpful! Stay tuned next Friday for weaving in tails in stockinette stitch!

Happy Knitting!

Friday Finishing Series, Techniques

Friday Finishing Part Thirteen

So, we’ll finish this series up for the time being with # 13. 🙂

Today’s topic for Friday Finishing is picking up Neckband stitches.

Here is a video tutorial I made on working this pickup:

This works for armhole pickups as well, and pretty much anywhere you have stitches to pick up.

Similar to last week’s horizontal to vertical seam, you need to measure your gauges (the neckband pattern in the needles you will be using, and the vertical edge of the base piece) and determine your vertical pickup ratio. A standard ratio that is sometimes listed in books or assumed in patterns MAY NOT work for your project. Usually a knitter can match the stitch gauge of a project, but then the row gauge is slightly different. Because of this, the pattern’s pickup ratio may not work in your project if your row gauge is differing. To look the best it can, you should determine your particular ratio.

Once you know your ratio, the steps for working this pickup are:

  1. Using working yarn and needles, and starting at a horizontal edge, working left to right, insert the needle into the center of the first stitch (selvedge st) directly below the bind off edge. Pull up a loop of the working yarn from back to front.
  2. Move to the next stitch and insert the needle into the center, and pull up a loop of the working yarn.
  3. Repeat along the horizontal edge. At stair steps, move up to the stitch directly below the bind off edge in the next column over. (It will span a couple rows – don’t worry, it will end up looking nice!)
  4. Beginning at diagonal lines, work the ratio of pickups determined by your gauges. Do not go into the first ‘hole’, skip that space and go into the next ‘hole’. Pick up a loop of the working yarn from behind the work and into that space. Skip one (or two) bars, depending on your ratio, and pick up another loop. You are picking up at the space between the selvedge stitch and the next stitch in.
  5. Continue up the diagonal edge and along the straight vertical edge as well, maintaining the ratio.
  6. When all stitches have been picked up, begin working your neckband pattern. Your first row will be a wrong side row (unless you are working in the round.)

So, that’s the last of my Friday Finishing posts for a while! I hope this series has been helpful – let me know if there are other finishing techniques that you would like me to post about!

Until next time, Happy Knitting!