Techniques

Invisible Ribbed Bind Off

Today, as promised, I have a tutorial on how to work last week’s bind off without removing the stitches onto two needles first.

This is called the Invisible Ribbed Bind Off – but essentially it is a kitchener graft worked off of one needle.

I hope this was helpful!

I’ve got a lot of design work on my plate over the next couple of months, so there will be a small pause on new videos until those get done! Stay tuned for some sneak peeks soon of my socks I’m designing for Cast On, though.

Until next time, Happy Knitting!

Techniques

Tubular Cast On – Three Methods

Today I have a video for you on the tubular cast on technique.

Warning – it’s a long one (I don’t typically like to record long videos, but there you go.) I’ll provide the timestamps below in case you want to skip to just the particular method you’re interested in.

A tubular cast on is a form of invisible cast on that produces a tube at the cast on edge. The tube has to be there for it to be “tubular” and not just invisible. There are many different ways to make this edge, in this video I show you three different ways. The first two use waste yarn, the third one does not. I think method #1 is perhaps the easiest to work. My favorite method is method #3, but I know this method can give some knitters trouble!

Timestamps:
1:28 Method 1 – Provisional with picked up stitches
7:25 Method 2 – Provisional with k1 yo, and double knitting rows
14: 15 Method 3 – Italian tubular cast on with double knitting rows
Use a smaller needle for the methods that use double knitting (the second and third method). Method 1 and 2 are best for odd #s – if you need an even # of sts, cast on one extra and work a decrease on your first ribbing row. (Or you can cast on one less and then work an increase in your first ribbing row.)
I hope this is helpful!
Next week I’ll show you the tubular bind off method. Until then, Happy Knitting!
Techniques

Applied I-Cord Edging

This week I have a couple videos for you on an applied I-cord edging, and how to finish it when working in the round.

First up – how to work the applied I-cord:

Next, how to finish that I-cord when you’re working in the round:

I love using an I-cord edging when you want a rolled edge (I know you can use a stockinette edge and let it roll, but those tend to have a mind of their own sometimes!) With this edge you can control the roll!

I hope these videos are helpful!

Until next time, Happy Knitting!

Techniques

Tension Issues – Enlarged Left Knits

Today is the last post (for now) in my series on Tension Issues. We’ll be focusing on the left knit stitches in things like ribbing and cables.

The left-hand knit stitch in ribbing and cables is very often a bit enlarged compared to the other stitches. This is because of the excess yarn that is present when transitioning from a knit stitch to a purl stitch. Here is a video that shows this, along with some tips for fixing this issue:

 

Two main options for fixing:
1. Pull the yarn forward well when transitioning from knit to a purl.

2. Work a “backwards” purl, where the yarn in wrapped under the needle instead of over the needle to form the purl. Remember to knit those stitches through the back loop on the following row to avoid twisted stitches.

One or the other of these, or a combination of the two above methods, typically helps to fix the issue.

I hope these videos were helpful! If you have other tension issues you’d like to see me address, let me know!

Next week we’ll switch gears and look at cabling without a cable needle.

Until next time, Happy Knitting!