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 …

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 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 …

My Tools for Blocking Knits

Last friday Tami asked about how to best block her new hat and there were a couple of interesting comments that inspired me to share my favorite tools for blocking knits with you today. 1. Stainless steel pins and a big towel. These are useful for most flat items like shawls and sweater pieces before seaming up. You just pat the damp knit in form and …

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 …

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 …