Why is My Knitting Curling?

Why is my knitting curling, and will blocking stop the curling? Two questions knitters often ask me. In this video, I address those questions, show you when curling is a good thing, and explain the difference between stitch combos that curl and those that don’t. Information on things you’ll see in this video: The alpaca […]

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Testing Color Fastness

Will those colors run together once the yarn gets wet? It’s a good idea to find out before you knit those stripes! Here’s my method for testing yarn colors before I knit them together. Information on things you’ll see in this video: The cowl I’m wearing is my Sixes and Threes Cowl, pattern + video […]

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Ravelry Tips – Stashed Yarns

Looking for ideas on some yarn you have stashed? Or want to browse other people’s stashed yarns – maybe to locate some yarn you need to finish a project? In this video I demonstrate how to navigate Ravelry in relation to stashed yarns. To follow this video and see the screen clearly, I recommend expanding […]

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Using Circular Needles

So many choices with needle shapes and types – what are the differences? Circular needles vs. straight needles, fixed circulars vs. interchangeable sets, different cord lengths? In this video I talk about all of that, including my personal preferences. Information on things you’ll see in this video: The Log Cabin Blanket quilt block is a […]

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Fixing Loose Stitches and Snags

In this video, I show you how to repair loose stitches and snags in your knitting. (If you are looking for instructions on how to cover or repair more damaged work, please see my Duplicate Stitch video.) Information on things you’ll see in this video: The latch hook snag fixer I use can be found […]

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German Short Rows

Plenty of knitters don’t like working wraps & turns when knitting short rows. German short rows are an alternative to w&ts that actually do their job and look good! In this video, I show you how to work them, and how to substitute German Short Rows for w&ts in patterns. Here is a link that […]

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Winding Yarn into Two Equally-Sized Balls

For some patterns and yarns, it’s important to wind your yarn into two-equally sized balls before you start knitting – especially when you’re knitting toe-up socks. Here’s my tried-and-true method for doing that. My ball winder and swift are from Strauch Fiber Equipment Company. You can learn more about the company here. They also have […]

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Stellar Swatching

Some tips and tricks for swatching, including how to knit an in-the-round swatch on a small, flat piece. The yarns I used for the swatches is Australian Superfine Merino by Cleckheaton. For more information (including info on free shipping), visit their website. The colors of Cleckheaton yarn I used are Soft Blue, Mid Navy, Coral, […]

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Correcting Gaps in Socks

Cuff-down or toe-up, there is always a chance that you’ll get a hole in your socks right where the heel meets the rest of the sock. Here’s how to keep that from happening. Information on things you’ll see in this video: The yarn I’m using in my socks is Knit Picks Hawthorne Fingering, in color […]

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Pinhole Cast-On

The Pinhole Cast-On can be used when working just a few stitches on double-pointed needles, and it is unique in that it can be tightened, leaving no hole or gap in the very center of your work. The pattern for the square swatches I show in the video is as follows: CO 8 stitches, divide […]

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