How to knit horizontal bust darts

I have finished knitting the sleeves and body of my pink sweater and am ready to start the yoke tonight! And as a special treat for you I finally wrote down and took pictures of what I was doing when I started to knit horizontal bust darts during the last few rounds of the body. If you don’t know what I’m talking about: Horizontal bust darts …

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 …

How to Close Shoulder Seams

How do you close shoulder seams so that they are invisible and flat? This tutorial is the answer to this question. This kind of seam immitates stitches and is very easy to do. As you can see those stitches on the right side of the garment after sewing it’s important that you use the working yarn to sew both pieces together. I’m using two different …

How to start knitting a top-down shawl

This is a tutorial for all who have been wondering how to start knitting a top-down shawl. First things first: What is the difference between a scarf and a shawl? Easy answer: If it’s not rectangular, it’s a shawl. Usually a shawl will take some shape that is more or less a triangle or a half circle. This form is either achieved by 1. working up …

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 …

Strickbündchen selber machen

Der Markt gestern hat mal wieder unglaublich Spaß gemacht. Eine Freundin hat auch ein paar Bilder gemacht, die ich vielleicht später diese Woche noch zeigen kann. Heute gibt es daür ein Foto aus meinem Lieblingsnähbuch, das ich von meiner Oma geerbt habe. Nur falls sich schon mal jemand gefragt hat, wie das mit den Ärmeln vor fertiger Bündchenware funktioniert hat. Ich muss ja gestehen, dass …

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 …

1978 – von der Seite

Wie letzte Woche versprochen präsentiere ich heute einen Strick-Trend aus dem Jahre 1978, der gerade wieder ein Comeback feiert: quergestrickte Oberteile. Nachdem es momentan selbst bei H&M zuckerwatte-mintgrüne Pullis im Patentmuster mit quergestricktem Rückenteil gibt und ein ganzes Buch zum Thema bei Interweave, fiel mir auch beim Durchblättern der nicht geringe Teil an Quergestricktem im Großen Buch der Handarbeiten auf. Hier nun die Beweisfotos. Welches …

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 …