- A Metric Conversion Guide
This handy metric conversion guide will help you to convert yarn weight, needle sizes and more.
- Brioche - all you need to know from the expert
The Queen of Brioche Nancy Marchant explains all about Brioche. She has spent many years learning the stitch, coming up with a universal stitch abbreviations the BRK and the BRP and designing some lovely patterns
Learn to knit series - buttonholes, horizontal and vertical
Cable-knit sweaters and accessories are time-honored classics in the knitting world. There are several versions of the cable stitch; here are a few to choose from as you move on to this more advanced style of knitting. And don't be intimidated; cabling is much simpler than it looks!
- Casting off / Binding off
Learn to knit series - Casting off knitwise and purlwise , instructions and diagrams
- Casting On
Learn to knit series - Casting on with the thumb method (one needle) and Casting on with the cable method (two needles)
with instructions and diagrams
- Catching fair isle floats
Keep your Fair Isle knitting neat and tangle-free with these simple steps
- Charting lace
How to create lace motifs
- Choosing a name for your pattern by Kate Atherley
When you’ve worked hard on designing a pattern, it’s important to give it a name that stands out in a crowded digital world of patterns. Kate Atherley is here to help you name your patterns
- Dandelion Stitch video
The Dandelion stitch , a stitch so often used in The Feminine Touch Designs
- Definitions of Cable Knitting Pattern Symbols
There are a variety of methods that can be used when it comes to knitting cables. There are also many ways for these particular pattern instructions to be represented by their abbreviations.
- Design Tutorials - THESE ARE GREAT
How to use Excel and other software for designing anything
- Designing Lace Shawls
A blog about designing lace shawls
- Excel for Pattern Writing - Part IV
This is the last in a 3-part tutorial covering this spreadsheet, and one of several tutorials on using Excel for designing.
- Fix a Knit stitch
We’ve all been there. Dropped a knit stitch 10 rows ago and have no idea how to fix them other than ripping the rows back.
- Fix a Purl stitch
We’ve all been there. Dropped a purl stitch 10 rows ago and have no idea how to fix it other than ripping the rows back.
- How much yarn do I need?
How do you calculate how much yarn you need for a project? - here's a download to help you, you just need to knit a swatch and do the calculations.
- How to add an Icord border to a finished edge
add a beautiful finishing touch to your creative garments
- How to block a lace shawl
Once finish knitting and binding off a lace shawl, you may be a bit ‘at a loss’ for how to finish the project. If you haven’t blocked before, simply follow along with these instructions and get started.
- How to Cable
Simple cabling instructions with some free patterns too
- How to do to an Horizontal Invisible Seam on Garter Stitch
This is an invisible method to horizontally join two pieces of garter stitch end to end that gives a beautiful, finished look
- How to dye wool with food colouring
Even though the world is full of gorgeous yarns, kettle-dyed, hand painted, and painstakingly designed. Independent yarn dyers agonize over their colour choices, dye methods, and fibre content. Even though there's a plethora of yarn, no one knows exactly what colours are your favourites: and after all, dyeing your own yarn is just plain fun.
- How to insert lace motifs into triangular lace shawls
How to insert lace motifs into triangular lace shawls by Michelle Miller
- How to join seams using the Kitchener technique
A great download explaining this invisible seam process
- How to Knit a yarn Over
Learning to knit a yarn over is a great tool to have in your knitting bag of tricks. This stitch is an easy way to make an increase or, add lace detail, or when paired with a decrease, a buttonhole.
- How to knit into the front and back of stitches
How to increase by knitting into the front and back of stitches
- How to knit the Knot Stitch
This video knitting tutorial will help you learn how to knit the knot stitch. This stitch creates tightly knit diagonal rows of knots making for sophisticated texture. The knot stitch would be great for sweaters, hats, purses and scarves.
- How to knit the Raspberry stitch
How to knit the Raspberry stitch
how to do the two stitches used to make the raspberry stitch, which are purl 3 stitches together, and knit 1 purl 1 knit 1 in the same stitch.
- How to pick the right needles
How to pick the right needles for you and your knitting.
Whether it's wood, metal, or plastic, what your needles are made of really does matter.
- How to recycle yarn from sweaters
I am going to go through the different aspects that you need to consider when you begin to make your own recycled yarn and while I do so I will refer you to some of the best posts and videos where you can see what I am talking about. I am not going to go into detail about everything because there is so much written already about this and I just want to summarize this and point you in the right direction.
- How to size your knitting patterns
Help in understanding average size measurements and how it all works
- How to stop stocking stitch from curling
If you cast on and knit a stocking stitch square, cast off and let it go it will often roll itself into a tube. A project that can’t roll at both ends (such as a sweater or even a baby hat) will tend to curl up at the loose edge. If you pin both cast on and cast off down, it may roll at the sides. This is known as a rolled brim or rolled edge, and is a design feature on many patterns. But if it’s not what you had in mind, what can you do?
- How to: Slip Stitch Colour work
How to: Slip Stitch Colour work
- Intarsia cables
Faye Perriam explains how to apply intarsia techniques when working with cable and stripe patterns.
- Knitted Lace Triangle Construction
Knitted Lace Triangle Construction by Michelle Miller
- Knitting Stitches You Need to Know
Knitting Stitches You Need to Know - a craftsy eguide for you to download
- Knitting with lace
Here are some pointers to successfully knit with lace yarn
- Lace knitting & Eyelet stitches
Learn to knit series - Lace knitting & Eyelet stitches
- Needle and Gauge help
A brilliant little guide to needle sizes and the type of yarns for each needle.
- Needle Conversions
Needle Size Conversion chart
- O’ Kitchener! O’ Kitchener! Of All the Seams Most Lovely
O’ Kitchener! O’ Kitchener! Of All the Seams Most Lovely . Learn how to finish off those socks !
- Picking up stitches along an edge
Learn 2 knit series - learn to pick up stitches along an edge, instructions and diagrams
You can choose from many types of seaming techniques, depending on your personal preference. Each method has its own characteristics and may require different tools
- Super Sock Calculator
An online calculator for toe-up (magic cast-on), short-row heels, two at a time socks.
- Symbol key and abbreviations list
Symbol key and abbreviations list
- Tech editing, test knitting, and sample knitting by Kate Atherley
As Kate discussed in the first post of this series, a pattern needs to be proofread and checked over before it’s ready to publish. Read on to find out how…
- The Beginner's Guide to Crochet
The Beginner's Guide to Crochet - a Craftsy eguide for you to download
- The pattern introduction by Kate Atherley
Calling all designers! However good your pattern looks in photographs, if it doesn’t read well, knitters won’t buy it! Learn how to write a pattern introduction with Kate Atherley…
- Triangular shawl construction
I was thinking about all the different ways one can construct the shawl. Take for example a triangular shawl. There are at least 3 different ways it could be knitted:
- UK Crafts Directory
A great resource for arts and crafts supplies and services
- Understanding crown shaping
Hat styles are determined by how the crown is shaped. Woolly Wormhead explains how to construct your own designs.
- Understanding knitting patterns and charts
Deciphering knitting patterns and charts Becoming a savvy pattern buyer its you know, knitting is made up of stitches, rows, decreases, and increases. You can ¥ \ make it all up as you go along, of course, but if you want to repeat someone else’s work, you either have to be by her side the whole time (which might be okay if that knitter is your mom) or you have to come up with a way of translating the knitting onto paper.
- Understanding positive ease
Ease is all about fit. Some clothes and knits are designed to have a close fitting shape, and some are designed to be loose. The amount of space between a garment and your body is known as “ease”.
- Using Excel to aid in writing multi-sized patterns
Excel can be used to help you organize and plot your final pattern. Unfortunately, it can't do all the dirty work, but you can find yourself being a bit more consistent, if you let the program do your calculating.
- Using Excel to change tension
Want to adapt your stitch counts for a different yarn or tension? Ellen Gill explains how Excel can do the sums for you quickly in this week's Midweek Masterclass.
- Working a tension swatch
Learn to knit series - working a tension swatch
- Yarn choices for your patterns by Kate Atherley
How do you choose a yarn for your design? Kate Atherley shares her advice…