Casting-On Without a Slip Knot

In this video we take a look at how using or not using a slip knot in your cast-on changes the look of your knitting, and I demonstrate how to cast-on without a slip knot in a couple of different long-tail COs.

The yarn I use for demonstration is Spud & Chloe Outer.

The needles I use for demonstration are Knitter’s Pride Basics.

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

2 x 2 Tubular Cast-On

This cast-on is great for the brim of hats, and can be easily substituted in if the hat pattern calls for a regular 2×2 rib.

You can see my 1×1 Tubular Cast-On video here.

Instructions for working this cast-on:
1. Using a provisional cast-on and scrap yarn, cast-on HALF of the total number of stitches you need.
2. Starting at the slip knot end with a knit row, knit 4 rows of stockinette stitch (knit a row. purl a row).
3. Remove the provisional cast-on and slip those stitches on to another needle, line up those needles.
4. Knit 2 knit stitches from the front needle, 2 purls from the back needle, repeat those Ks and Ps across all of the stitches.
5. If you are joining in-the-round, this is the time to join in-the-round.

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

The needles I use for demonstration are Knitter’s Pride Bamboo DPNs.

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

Reactive Lifelines Using a Circular Needle

If you’ve already made a mistake and a “reactive” lifeline will keep you from making an unraveling mess, a tiny circular needle is a good tool to use.

The 40″ size 0 US needle I use for this technique is an Addi Turbo needle.

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

The DPNs I used are Knitter’s Pride Bamboo DPNs.

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

Multiple Increases in One Stitch

In this video I demonstrate increases that go beyond the normal one-stitch increase, on both the knit and purl side of the work.

I mention a pattern called Fox Paws (not my design), you can see it here.

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

The needles I uses are Knitter’s Pride Bamboo DPNs.

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

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.

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

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.

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 needles I’m using can be found here.

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.