Many knitters strive to unite their personal convictions with their crafting. Whether concerned with protecting the environment, maintaining a vegan lifestyle, or supporting fair-trade businesses, there are a variety of products that strive to make your yarn dollars count.
Buying eco-friendly yarn may seem like a no-brainer to most knitters. Many small batch growers, spinners and
Weaving in ends is the least popular part of our craft. It is a tedious but necessary job – not unlike cleaning up the kitchen after Thanksgiving dinner. Here are some tips to make the dreaded task a bit easier to bear.
Use the right tools
Weaving in ends does not require complicated tools. All you really
(Note: This article is not intended as a substitute for medical advice.)
Many of us love knitting because it combines creativity with peace of mind. But let’s face it. Knitting hurts! Who among us hasn’t gotten up from an evening of yarny fun without noticing a twinge in the hands, wrists, arms, or neck? Your body
Every group of people with shared interests has its own lingo, and we knitters are no different. There are, of course, abbreviations every new knitter must learn. After all, it would be difficult to read patterns without knowing “ssk” means slip, slip, knit, or “p2tog” means purl two together. But beyond the purely technical terms,
Knitting patterns usually call for a particular yarn, but that doesn’t mean you can’t use something else. The secret to successful substitution is understanding weight and fiber content.
A yarn’s weight refers to its thickness. The Craft Yarn Council has established a standard grading system ranging #0 for lace weight up to #7 for jumbo
Stripes are popular with almost all knitters since they add a bit of flair to otherwise plain vanilla projects while creating opportunities to use up leftover yarn in your stash. Unfortunately, knitting stripes in the round can present a bit of a problem. Each time a new color is added, a small hiccup or
Some of my favorite fibers to knit with are silk, bamboo, and cotton, but these beautiful yarns have bad memories. They can provide lustrous sheen and magnificent drape to any garment or accessory, but they do not have the natural elasticity or “memory” of wool. This means they just won’t hold their shape over
Twisted stitches can be a real challenge for new knitters. The problem generally arises when stitches are oriented incorrectly on the left hand needle. In figure 1 we see the traditional orientation in which the right-hand leg of each stitch is sitting toward the front of the needle. In this position working into the front
So, you’ve been making steady project on a knitting project and it’s just about time to finish things up, but what bind-off technique should you use? There are many options to choose from, and each technique is more suited to a different type of project, but there are three main categories of techniques: traditional,