Techniques

Slip Knot Cast On

Hello all!

Today I have a new video tutorial on the slip knot cast on. I really like this cast on for cuff-down socks. It looks great with 1×1 ribbing and is super stretchy.

Here’s the video:

Have you ever used this cast on before? What types of items do you like using it for?

Stay tuned next week – I’m going to start a series on common tension issues in knitting.

Until next time, Happy Knitting!

Friday Finishing Series, Techniques

Seaming Series: Using a slip knot versus Not using a slip knot

Hello!

Today I’m posting a tutorial video that was a request from a student (a while ago, so I apologize for my delay in filming this!) She asked me to show the difference between starting seams when you’ve used a slip knot versus when you haven’t used a slip knot for the long tail cast on.

I love starting my long tail cast on without a slip knot because it is faster for me. BUT, when it’s time to seam, it can be trickier to see where to place the needle to start your figure 8. Hopefully this video will be helpful to see the difference and to spot where to place your needle!

Until next time, Happy Knitting!

Friday Finishing Series, Techniques

Seaming Series: Finishing Mattress Stitch

Hello!

If you recall, I did a whole series of videos on seaming a couple of years ago – and one of my videos showed how to finish off the end of mattress stitch. Well, that method is only really applicable if no further seaming will be happening on that edge. (And isn’t really an appropriate method to finish off swatches for the Master Hand Knitter program.)

Today, I’m going to show you a better method for finishing off those seams where further seaming will be happening. It’s kind of like a figure 8 for the bind off edge.

Here is a video showing you that method:

Use this method anytime you will be doing some more seaming along that edge – this lines up the BO edges nicely, but doesn’t interfere in further seaming. I hope you find this helpful!

Until next time, Happy Knitting!

 

Techniques

Shawl Knitting – Garter Tab Start

Hello!

Today I have a tutorial video for you on the garter tab start for top-down shawls. Many top-down shawls begin with a garter tab, and this can be a confusing thing for new shawl knitters. It’s really not that difficult, though, once you know what’s happening!

Here is a video showing you what goes on with the garter tab start:

We are really just knitting that horizontal section at the very top of the shawl, and then picking up the stitches along the side of that “tab” to act as our shawl body stitches. Sometimes this tab can bunch up or bow out. The key is to work it as short as possible while still allowing enough stitches on the side to be able to be picked up. Don’t work those picked up stitches too tightly. Some of it depends on the lace pattern growing out of these stitches, too. A good blocking can usually help to fix this issue.

I hope this helps!!

Until next time, Happy Knitting!

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!