Learn to knit

Tip for working in the round

By Megan Goodacre

Tip for working in the round
When working in a smallish round, like a hat, you can sometimes use a very short circular needle.

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Finishing: Weave then block, or block then weave?

By Megan Goodacre

Finishing: Weave then block, or block then weave?
It's your basic chicken and egg situation. When you're finishing a piece of knitting (and by finishing, I don't mean getting to the end of knitting, I mean sewing it all together, blocking, i.e., sending it to Finishing School) should you weave your yarn ends in before you block?

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Tips to Stranded Color Knitting

By Megan Goodacre

Tips to Stranded Color Knitting
Stranded color knitting (often called Fair Isle knitting, although to be precise, while Fair Isle color knitting is stranded, not all stranded color knitting is Fair Isle) is gorgeous to look at, but takes a little practice to master. I'm no master color knitter, but I have figured out what works for me.

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Sewn Bind Off

By Megan Goodacre

Sewn Bind Off
Here's a very nice bind off technique that is worked with a yarn needle rather than the knitting needles. (I've also seen this called Elizabeth Zimmerman's Sewn Bind Off, which probably means she "unvented" it.)

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Knitting Patterns with Cables

By Megan Goodacre

Knitting Patterns with Cables
Are you looking for easy knitting patterns that use cables? You can find 3 patterns for learning in the Idiot's Guides: Knitting (the blanket and the hat (pictured above) are available for free from the Idiot's Guide website):

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Cable Knitting

By Megan Goodacre

Cable Knitting
I'm going through a bit of a knitted cable renaissance lately, and am really enjoying it. Ever since I started making them without a cable needle (more on that later) I'm super keen on them.

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Knitting Stitches: Seed Stitch

By Megan Goodacre

Knitting Stitches: Seed Stitch
Also called Irish Moss Stitch

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Knitting Stitches: K2, p2 ribbing

By Megan Goodacre

Knitting Stitches: K2, p2 ribbing
Also called 2/2 ribbing

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