Techniques

Crocheted Surface Stitch

The surface stitch is a way to add a decorative “drawing” to your knitting. I’ve seen it frequently used in crochet, but it’s just as easy to add to your knitting.

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The Knitter’s Pride hooks I’m using can be found here.

Knit/Purl Cast-On

This cast-on is stretchy and nearly invisible, and a good choice for things like cuff-down socks and hat brims – items that have ribbing and require some extra stretch.

A question came up when I was working this cast-on – can any rib combination work? I’ve tested it out, and the answer is yes. Just watch how the stitches are forming on the needle as you work them. Working multiple K or P stitches together can make a funny twist on the stitches, but they can be straightened out.

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Bickford Seam

The Bickford Seam is an alternative to the mattress stitch, not quite as sturdy as the mattress stitch, but it leaves no ridge on the inside of the work.

This video is sponsored by Eucalan, the wool soap I trust for all of my knits – I’ve used this fiber wash for years! Eucalan is available at many retailers, you can learn more and purchase at their website here.

In the video, I say that the yarn I’m using for demonstration is worsted weight, but it’s actually Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Bulky.

Good Tension Between Knit and Purl Stitches

No loose spots! This is the little trick I use for making sure my tension stays even across a row with both knit and purl stitches.

This video is sponsored by Eucalan, the wool soap I trust for all of my knits – I’ve used this fiber wash for years! Eucalan is available at many retailers, you can learn more and purchase at their website.

The June Cashmere scarf I show in the video can be found here.

The yarn I’m using for demonstration is Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Bulky.
The needles I’m using are Knitter’s Pride Dreamz from an interchangeable set.
The straight needles in the video thumbnail photo are Knitter’s Pride Royale.

Portuguese Fair Isle

Using the Portuguese style of knitting in fair isle is a unique way to keep both strands of yarn easily going at once.

This video is sponsored by Eucalan, the wool soap I trust for all of my knits – I’ve used this fiber wash for years! Eucalan is available at many retailers, you can learn more and purchase at their website here.

You can see my playlist of Portuguese Knitting videos here.

My two magnetic Portuguese knitting pins are from these Etsy shops:
BessTIME Etsy Shop
CoffeeNapKnit Etsy Shop

The hat I’m knitting in the video is called Bror. I finished this hat a few weeks ago using opposite dark/light coloring. The yarns I’m using are both Berroco Vintage Worsted.

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The needles I’m using in the video are Knitter’s Pride Royale from a 16″ needle set.

Portuguese Cast-On

The Portuguese Cast-On is both a very cool technique, as well as an easy PURL-WISE long-tail CO. Unlike other long-tail cast-ons, once you finish the CO, you’re ready to work a right-side row.

You can find more information about Knitter’s Pride needles, as well as retailers using these links:

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Knitter’s Pride Shop finder

The Knitter’s Pride Marblz needles I’m using can be found here.

Two good sources for handmade knitting pins:

BessTIME Etsy Shop
CoffeeNapKnit Etsy Shop

The yarn I used for demonstration is Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Bulky.

My nail polish is by Julep, color “Janie”.

Repairing Your Knits – Darning

Darning is a strong, reinforced repair for a hole or threadbare area. In this video, I demonstrate a couple of the ways you can use darning to fix a hole in any knitted piece.

The yarn I used for demonstration is leftover worsted-weight scraps, mostly Cascade 220.

My silver ring is actually a knitting needle gauge, and can be found here.

My nail polish is by Julep, color “Janie”.

What’s Your Knitting Style?

Thrower, picker, flicker? In this video I briefly cover the six most common knitting styles, and the most common names for these styles.

You can find more information about Knitter’s Pride needles, as well as retailers using these links:
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The Knitter’s Pride Cubics needles I’m using can be found here.

Annie Modesitt’s website on Combination Knitting can be found here.

The yarn I used for demonstration is Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Bulky.

My silver ring is actually a knitting needle gauge, and can be found here.

My nail polish is by Julep, color “Janie”.

Ribbing in Portuguese Knitting

In this video, I demonstrate the rib stitch in Portuguese Knitting. This technique is the same any time you’re alternating knit and purl stitches in a row (ribbing, seed stitch, etc). You can see all of my Portuguese Knitting videos in this playlist.

You can find more information about Knitter’s Pride needles, as well as retailers using these links:
Bryson Distributing
Accessories Unlimited
Knitter’s Pride Shop finder

The Knitter’s Pride Marblz needles I’m using can be found here.

The yarn I’m using for demonstration is Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Bulky.

The needles I’m using are Knitter’s Pride Bamboo DPNs.

My silver ring is actually a knitting needle gauge, and can be found here.

The nail polish I’m wearing is by Julep, color “Lorraine”.

Decreasing in Portuguese Knitting

In this video, I demonstrate the basic decreases in Portuguese Knitting. You can see all of my Portuguese Knitting videos in this playlist.

The yarn I’m using for demonstration is Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Bulky.

The needles I’m using are Knitter’s Pride Bamboo DPNs.

My silver ring is actually a knitting needle gauge, and can be found here.

The nail polish I’m wearing is by Julep, color “Lorraine”.