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Knitting Skills - Intermediate and Advanced

For advanced beginners, intermediate and advanced knitters, tips on how to take your knitting to the next level while learning about different techniques, tools, and special projects you'll want to try.
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Color Knitting Tips - Readers Share Color Knitting Tips
Readers share their tips for working with multicolored yarn, knitting stripes and other color knitting tips and techniques.

Reading a Lace Knitting Chart
Reading a lace knitting chart isn't too difficult once you understand the basics and know how to interpret the symbols.

Using a Lifeline in Lace Knitting
When working a complex lace knitting pattern, using a lifeline can be a great help if you should ever have to rip out some of your work.

Sew a Horizontal Seam in Knitting
The horizontal seam is used to sew a cast on and a bound off edge together and is popularly used to sew the top of a shoulder seam together. Also known as faux Kitchener or faux grafting, it's a similar technique to that used to sew live stitches together.

Knit a Sock on Two Circular Needles
If you don't have the double-pointed needles you need to knit a sock, or just don't like fussing with all those pointy ends, you can also knit one sock at a time with two circular knitting needles. Here's how you go about setting up and knitting a sock on two circulars.

Short Row Wrap and Turn
Working short rows is a common way to shape a sock heel or add length or width to a particular part of a project rather than the whole thing. Wrapping and turning allows you to shape your knitting with short rows without leaving holes behind.

Color Knitting
Color knitting is a lot of fun and there are many different ways to add color to your knitting. Here's an overview of some of the most popular ways to use more than one color when knitting.

Resizing a Hat Pattern
Sometimes you'll find a great pattern for a knit hat that you really love, but maybe it's not the right size to fit the person you are knitting for. Resizing a hat pattern is not all that difficult, but it does involve some math (and the dreaded gauge swatch).

Knitting Butterfly Stitch
Butterfly Stitch, sometimes also referred to generically as smocking, is a lovely knitting stitch that adds a graphic nature to knit fabric without a lot of work. But if you've never worked the stitch before, it can seem kind of strange. Here's how it's done.

Cable Back without a Cable Needle
Making a cable without a cable needle is much faster for when you're only crossing a couple of stitches at a time. This tutorial will show you how to make a back-crossing cable without a cable needle.

Cable Front without a Cable Needle
Cabling without a cable needle is a quick and easy way to make cables that use a small number of stitches. Learn how to knit a cable front, also known as a left-slanting cable, without a cable needle.

Knitting Etiquette
Just like anything else in life, there are knitting etiquette rules. Here's a quick list of the most commonly accepted forms of knitting etiquette so you can stay on the good side of all your fiber friends.

Making an I-Cord
I-cord seems difficult until you know how to do it, and once you learn how to make an I-cord, you'll come up with tons of reasons to use them.

Knitting with Circular Needles
Knitting with circular needles is a little mysterious for the beginning knitter. Patterns assume that you know how to knit with circular needles, but if you don't, this guide will help.

Knitting in the Round with Two Circular Needles
Most knitters learn to knit small projects in the round using double-pointed needles, but many prefer to knit in the round using two circular needles instead. This tutorial will show you how to knit in the round with two circular needles.

Knitting with Double-Pointed Needles
Double-pointed needles are the tool of choice when knitting a small circular object such as a sock. But they can be a little tricky to deal with. Here are some tips to help you use double-pointed needles.

Knitting a Circular Gauge Swatch
Knitting a gauge swatch in the round is vital if you really want to know how your yarn is going to behave when knit in the round. Fortunately, there's an easy way around knitting a gauge swatch in the round.

Knitting Flat with Circular Needles
Using a circular knitting needle to knit a flat project is a great idea if your project is big, if you're going to be traveling with it or if you want to keep it safe.

Picking up Stitches
Picking up stitches is required for many different reasons in knitting, from adding embellishments or a button band to a finished item to making a project seamless. Here's how to pick up stitches like a pro.

How to Drop Stitches
Usually dropping stitches in knitting is not a good thing, but sometimes a drop stitch can be used to make a very cool look. Here's how you drop stitches and why you would want to.

Right-Slanting Cable
The right-slanting cable (or cable back) is probably the easiest form of cable to make. It's very easy to do and looks great in all sorts of applications.

Left-Slanting Cable
A left-slanting cable, also known as a cable front, is one of the easiest cables to make, but it is a little more awkward for some knitters than the right-slanting variety.

Making Bobbles
Bobbles are a relatively common way to add dimensional texture to a piece of knitting. They involve increasing several times in the same stitch, turning the work, purling back and decreasing those stitches immediately.

How to Knit with Wire
Knitting with wire can be a lot of fun, but it's a little different from knitting with yarn. Here are some things you should know before you get started.

Heel Turning
Turning a heel is probably the part that most keeps people from knitting socks. Don't be scared! It's actually pretty easy to turn a sock heel once you understand what the instructions are asking you to do.

Grafting with the Kitchener Stitch
Grafting, also known as Kitchener Stitch, is a popular way to close up sock toes and other pieces of knitting that are live on two needles. It can be a little intimidating, but with practice and a mantra in your head, it gets easier.

Organizing Your Knitting Records
Every knitter takes notes about patterns, collects gauge swatches or designs his or her own patterns from time to time. If you're not careful, you can have a big mess on your hands. Here are some ideas for containing your knitting records.

How to Duplicate Stitch
Duplicate stitch is an easy way to add color to a basic stockinette stitch fabric. It's somewhat similar to cross stitch, but makes Vs instead of Xs.

Knit a Duplicate Stitch Sample
Making duplicate stitch is an easy way to jazz up plain stockinette stitch, but it can be a little intimidating to just read about it. This sample duplicate stitch project can be worked on a swatch of stockinette, and by the end of it you'll be a confident duplicate stitcher.

Dealing with Stash Guilt
Some days you just feel like you've got too much yarn. What are you saving it all for? Here are some strategies for alleviating stash guilt

Standard Bed and Blanket Sizes
Did you know bed sizes are different in different countries? If you want to design your own knitted blankets, here are some guidelines for blanket sizes to help you know how big to make your blankets.

Sock Basics
Many knitters are afraid of knitting socks, but there's nothing to be worried about. Just trust the pattern and read this pep talk to get started.

How to Read a Knitting Chart
Reading a knitting chart is a basic of multi-colored knitting, but it can be a little intimidating for new knitters. Here are some basics on how to read a knitting chart.

Learn to Resize a Simple Garment
If the bodywarmer pattern doesn't fit you, here are the calculations behind the pattern so you can resize it exactly to fit your needs. This is good practice for altering patterns.

Resolutions for Knitters
Most people make resolutions realted to their health, breaking bad habits and the like. But do you make any knitting related resolutions? Here are five great ones to get you started.

Knitting Buttonholes
This simple page offers basic instruction on how to make horizontal or vertical buttonholes. Most patterns that require buttonholes will tell you how to shape the buttonhole, but if you're working on an original design or adding buttons to a project that didn't call for them, this page can be a huge help.

Introduction to Aran Knitting
Aran knitting, also known as fisherman knitting, originated in the English Aran Islands. This beautiful technique is rather advanced, but this page runs down the basics of making a couple of Aran afghan squares, which are good projects for those new to Aran knitting.

Advanced Knitting Stitches
If you're ready to take your knitting to the next level, check out these advanced vintage knitting stitches. Make a peacock tail fan stitch, spiral stitch, knotted stitch and more. This site is not for the meek, or the beginner!

Coverting Pattern Stitches to Knit in the Round
Many stitch patterns are easy to convert to knitting in the round if you want to make a project that is knit circularly instead of knitting it flat. Here are some tips to get you started converting pattern stitches to knit in the round.

Knitting Two Socks on Two Circular Needles
Knitting two socks on two circular needles at the same time is a great way to avoid second sock syndrome, and it's not as difficult as you might think. This tutorial takes you through the basics of knitting two at a time socks, as well as providing a sample pattern to practice with.

Converting Sock Patterns to Different Needle Configurations
It's easy to convert sock knitting patterns to a different configuration of needles, say, from a pattern that calls for double-pointed needles to working on two circular needles. Here's how to go about changing the needles you use for sock knitting.

Using a Stitch Pattern in a Basic Knitting Project
Have a stitch pattern you'd like to use in a basic project like a scarf or shawl but you can't find a pattern? Here are the basics for using a stitch pattern in a knitting project.

Stockinette Knitted Hem Tutorial
Use this free tutorial to make a flat Stockinette Stitch edging on your knitting.

Blocking in the Round
Use this free tutorial to help you block your circular shawl, tablecloth or doily.

How to Make Your Own Knitting Charts
If you've ever wanted to make your own knitting chart for a motif but aren't sure where to begin, this quick tutorial will get you started.

How to Make a Bigger Neckline on Children's Knits
Sometimes you want your kids to be able to wear a knit garment longer but find that the neckline is too small to accommodate the head. Here's an easy way to get more space and more life out of your knit garments.

Which Increase or Decrease Should I Use?
Increasing and decreasing are key parts of making garments that fit, but if a pattern doesn't tell you which increase or decrease to use, which one should you choose?

Adjusting a Knitting Pattern
If you have a knitting pattern that doesn't quite work for your needs, here's some guidance on how to alter it for your yarn or your style.

How Long Should a Scarf Be?
Want to knit a scarf for someone and you're not sure how long it should be? Keep these ideas in mind while you're planning your project.

Turkish Cast On for Toe-Up Socks
The Turkish Cast On is a relatively easy choice for knitting toe-up socks and does not require the use of waste yarn.

The Makings of a Magazine, Part One
Learn how to prepare a submission for a knitting magazine with these tips from Creative Knitting editor Kara Gott Warner.

The Makings of a Magazine, Part Two
Learn the role that color plays in a knitting magazine's design and how color stories are chosen.

The Makings of a Magazine, Part Three
Learn what goes into a knitting magazine photo shoot as we continue our look at the makings of a magazine.

Knitting a Heel Flap
Knitting a heel flap is the first step of knitting and turning a heel. If you're confused about what to do, here's all you need to know.

How to Turn a Round Heel on a Sock
This detailed tutorial covers turning a round heel from start to finish, including wrapping and turning and short rows.

How to Start a Sock Gusset
How to pick up stitches and work around the sock after the heel turn before you start the gusset shaping.

How to Knit the Brioche Stitch
Brioche stitch is a fun way to add lots of texture and warmth to your knitting. Here's how it's done.

Loom Knitting
Knitting without knitting needles is possible with the help of a knitting loom, a wooden or plastic pegged tool that makes a fabric that looks like knitting.

Step it Up with Seed Stitch
Learn how to knit seed stitch, how it varies from moss stitch and how to work the stitch pattern in multiple colors in this tutorial from Kara Gott Warner of Creative Knitting magazine.

Learn How to Knit Socks
Check out the best resources for learning how to knit socks, whether you want to learn to knit socks from the cuff down or the toe up.

The Magic of Mitered Knitting
Learn the basics of mitered knitting in this instructional piece by Creative Knitting magazine editor Kara Gott Warner.

Fall in Love with Lace and Openwork
Learn the basics of lace and openwork knitting with this helpful guide by Creative Knitting Magazine editor Kara Gott Warner.

How to Knit a Sweater
Learn the basics of sweater knitting in this guide to the skills you need, great patterns to try and more.

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