Tutorial – How to bind off

In this tutorial we are facing the question: How do I get the stitches off my needles once I finished knitting? Actually there is more than one way (as you can also see in the tutorial section) how to bind off stitches, but today I’ll focus on a basic bind off. 1. Knit the first stitch. 2. Knit the next stitch. You have 2 stitches on …

How to sew in knitted puff-sleeves

I have finished the knitting part of Enchanting, so now all I have left to do is sewing the thing up. At the moment I’m facing the task of how to sew in the gathered sleeves. Although I’ve done this in sewing more than once, in knitting this is a first for me. So I’ve done a bit of research and have documented the process …

Ein gerissenes Bündchen reparieren. / How to mend a broken Cast-On.

Dieses Mal geht es nicht darum, etwas Neues zu stricken, sondern ums Reparieren. Vielleicht kennt Ihr das auch: da hat man viel Zeit ins Stricken gesteckt und dann reißt der Maschenanschlag, weil er dummerweise zu eng war. Das passiert mir auch. Zum Beispiel bei meinem grünen Mohair-Pulli. Der Maschenanschlag war schon immer etwas straff und irgendwann hat er dann mal nachgegeben. Der Vorteil von Mohair …

How to Weave in Ends

Today I want to show you my favorite technique to weave in ends. Patterns tell you to weave in ends to secure your knitted object from unravelling. This means you weave the loose yarn ends into your knitting so that they can’t wiggle their way to freedom again. Not only that is needed as a result, it should be invisible from the outside, too. I …

How to swatch.

A bit more than a week ago I wrote about, why you should always knit a gauge swatch. Today I’m finally going to spill the beans on how to swatch. As you may remember, the main goal of swatching is finding out how many stitches and how many rows there are in a 10 x 10cm square (10cm = 4″). Why this is so important in …

Why should I knit a gauge swatch?

Why should I take the trouble and knit a gauge swatch? What is it any good for? What shall happen, if I don’t? Is there a knitting-god that will curse me…??? Hmm, probably not. But it may feel a bit like your project has been cursed, if it comes out the wrong size even though you followed the pattern to the t… How does this …

How to Graft Garter Stitch

I never can remember how to graft garter stitch and have to look it up somewhere. So I made this tutorial for easy reference. This method is useful for sewing together garter stitch stitches invisibly. For this technique all stitches have to be still on the needles – so called “live” stitches. For better visibility I used contrasting yarn for sewing, usually you use your …

How To Bind Off Drop Stitch – Part 2

This is the second technique you can use to bind off and at the same time drop stitches like you need to with my Drop Dead Gorgeous Loop for example. You can find the first Tutorial on how to bind off drop stitch here. 1. Bind off until the stitch that has to be dropped (drop stitch) is the first/next on your left needle. Knit …

How to Bind Off Drop Stitch – Part 1

This is the first of two bind off techiques I will show you, that come in handy when you have to drop stitches while you bind off. Like for example, if you knit my Drop Dead Gorgeous Loop. As you may know, if yo ever tried: the challenge is to leave the right amount of yarn for the drop between the two bound off stitches …

How to invisibly join yarns using a Russian Splint

There are moments when just starting with a new ball of yarn and later weaving in the ends just won’t do it. This is the case with very open lace work or – for example drop stitch. The Russian Splint is a useful way to join the ends of two balls of yarn when felting them together just isn’t an option. So this is great …