Tips & Tricks

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Russian Grafting

Russian grafting is a decorative way to join two pieces of knitting, no working yarn necessary. Additionally, it leaves no ridge on the back of the work, making it appropriate for pieces worn next to the skin. The needles I used for demonstration are Knitter’s Pride Bamboo DPNs. The crochet hook I used is Knitter’s […]

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Removing a Bind-Off Row

In this video, I show you how to remove a bind-off row – either to correct a mistake, or redo the bind-off (because it was too tight or too loose). Information on things you’ll see in this video: The yarn I used in the demo piece is Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Bulky. The […]

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Twisted Knit Stitches

In this video, I cover everything you ever wanted to know about twisted knit stitches. When it’s good, when it’s bad, and how to easily correct a twisted stitch. You can find more information about Knitter’s Pride Marblz needles, as well as a retailer using these links: Bryson Distributing Accessories Unlimited Knitter’s Pride Shop finder […]

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Determining Yarn Weight (WPI)

In this video, I demonstrate how to create your own WPI (wraps per inch) tool, and how to use it to determine the weight of mystery yarns. The Ravelry Standard Yarn Weights chart can be found here. The yarns I use for demonstration are Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Bulky, Berocco Vintage Worsted, and […]

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Binding-Off in the Middle of a Row

There are several reasons that a pattern will have you binding-off stitches in the middle of a row – the necklines of sweaters, for example. In this video I show you how to do that, while keeping the correct stitch count. The basketweave stitch in my sample is the stitch I use in my Mimi […]

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Knitting Double Stranded

The clog/slipper pattern I mention in the video can be found here. The pattern I used in my swatch is Mock Rib. The yarn I’m using is Lion Brand LB Collection Cotton Bamboo. The needles I use are Knitter’s Pride Bamboo DPNs. The nail polish I’m wearing is by Julep, color “Amanda”. My silver ring […]

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Tinking Increases and Decreases

Whoops – you’ve made a mistake several stitches back, and “tinking” (unraveling one stitch at-a-time) is your best option for correcting the mistake – but the row you’ve knit is full of increases and/or decreases. In this video, I show you how to tink back through common increases and decreases. Other videos available on tinking: […]

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Knitting Help – Comparing Increases

In this video, I show how different increases look side-by-side, and talk about how to substitute one for the other. A bit more complicated than substituting decreases, some increases “use up” a stitch, while others do not. The “sister” video comparing decreases can be found here. Slow demonstrations of the increases shown: Yarn-Over KFB (knit […]

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Knitting Help – Comparing Decreases

Sometimes patterns, especially older patterns, will tell you to decrease without specifying which decrease to use. Or you may be working a pattern where you think a different decrease will work better than the one the pattern calls for. In this video, I compare three popular decreases side-by-side so you can see the differences. Slow […]

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Ravelry Tips – Adding a Project

Adding your knitting and crochet projects to Ravelry is the most basic and important way to contribute to the Ravelry community. You can add as little or much information as you like, from notes to yourself to photos for the world to see. In this video, I walk you through the basics of adding a […]

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