Knitting: Most Popular Articles
Get the stitches on your needle and learn to knit at the same time by performing the knit cast on. This easy cast on method includes a lesson on forming a slip knot.
All you need to know to learn to knit all in one place. This guide covers casting on, knitting instructions and troubleshooting, as well as guiding you to patterns that are great for beginners.
Stockinette stitch is one of the most basic knitting stitches out there, and it is one of the first stitch patterns most people learn.
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.
This week we had what I hope will be the last cold snap of the winter, so I'm feeling even more than I already was that spring needs to go ahead and get here
There are so many different ways to cast on, and all of those ways seem to have multiple names. This list aims to clear up some of the confusion in vocabulary and direct you to tutorials where you can learn the different cast on methods.
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Blocking knitting is a great way to smooth out imperfections in your knitting, to make pieces uniform in size and to make garments look and fit better. Learn how to block your knitting and enjoy better looking projects.
Potter Craft offers a compendium of 400 different stitch patterns to try, from basic knit and purl combinations to cables, lace, slip-stitch patterns and more.
Different yarns are said to have different weights, or thicknesses, and different weights of yarns are used for different types of projects. Learn what the different weights are and how to use them.
This collection of free knitting patterns offers great choices for beginning knitters. Knit up something that doesn't look like a new knitter made it!
Using two colors to cast on is a great way to start a double knitting project, a pattern that starts with corrugated ribbing or just as a fun accent to a two-color project.
Double knitting is a fun way to produce a reversible colored fabric that's two layers thick with layers that are knit at the same time.
Knitting with circular knitting needles makes it possible to knit larger pieces than you could fit on straight needles and to work in the round so you don't have to seam garments and other items. Here's how to get started with circs.
Knitting stripes is a simple way to add color to your knitting, but some new knitters aren't sure how to go about changing colors when knitting stripes. Here's how you knit stripes. Page 2.
Wrapping the yarn around the cardboard is what makes your pom-pom take shape.
Learn how to knit the knit stitch using the English (sometimes called right-handed or
Learn all you need to know in order to knit your first sweater and get a look at some easy patterns for your first time out.
The basic bulky Garter Stitch scarf is a classic first knitting project and with good reason. Straight knitting and a quickly finished project will give you confidence to continue, and it's a handsome enough result that you'll want to use it or give it as a gift.
Seed Stitch is a fun and simple stitch pattern that makes raised stitch areas that look like seeds.
Yarn over, abbreviated YO, is an easy way to increase your stitches by making a hole in your knitting.
If you need an infusion of bright colors and cheery projects in your life, look no further than Arne & Carlos Knit-and-Crochet Garden. To me this book is
It's a rarity that I ever manage to a review a book even when it's new, let alone before it even comes out. Martin Storey's Floral Knits isn't due until May,
SSK or slip, slip, knit is an easy way to decrease the number of stitches on your knitting needle. This makes a decrease that leans to the left.
Once you've knitted in the front of the stitch, you also need to knit in the back of the stitch to complete the increase.
Everyone needs more washcloths and dishcloths, and these little projects are a great way to try out a new stitch pattern or decorate for the holidays. They make great gifts, too.
Intarsia knitting is also sometimes referred to as picture knitting and involves knitting a design in two or more colors, each of which are used for a portion of the design and not carried across the back of the work. This tutorial will show you how to knit a simple intarsia project.
Binding off, sometimes also called casting off, is the way to finish a knitting project so all your hard work doesn't unravel.
All knitters who travel wonder if they can take their knitting on a plane. The answer is yes, but there are some guidelines to make knitting on a plane safer and easier.
Needle felting is a fun and easy way to add texture and color to knit and felted fabric. It's not difficult to do, but a few needle felting tips will help you to be successful.
Weaving in ends is a necessary part of any knitting project. A lot of knitters don't like these finishing tasks, but they are necessary if you want a knitted item that looks good and is going to last.
A gallery of some easy knitting patterns to help new knitters make projects with confidence.
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.
As in any kind of cast on method, to make the wrap cast on you have to make a loop. Here's how you start.
There are so many knitting tools out there, it's hard to know what you really need in order to get started. This quick guide should help.
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.
Garter stitch is the most basic pattern stitch out there, but it is actually quite useful for scarves, washcloths and other utilitarian projects.
The long-tail cast on method is one of the most popular cast on methods in knitting. While it takes a little fancy fingerwork, it's quick and easy once you know how to do it.
Sometimes when working short rows, as on the heel of a sock, you will be told to wrap and turn in the middle of a row. It's easy to do a wrap and turn on the knit side of the work.
Fair Isle, or, more accurately, stranded knitting, is an easy technique for working two colors of yarn in the same row. You simply carry the yarn you aren't working with across the back of the work, leaving a strand of yarn across the back.
The first real step in every knitting project is making loops of yarn on the needle so that you can knit. This is known as casting on. There are many different methods for casting on, but a couple are best for new knitters.
Knitting Abbreviations Don't Get Lost in Translation One of the most frustrating things for beginning
Knitting needles come in many different sizes, and those sizes can be labeled in several different ways. Here are the basics you need to know about sizing knitting needles.
Use this pattern to make an absolutely basic baby sweater in garter stitch. This simple double-breasted sweater pattern is available in sizes preemie to six months, and features modified drop sleeves, a square neck and wooden duffel coat toggles.
This easy Basketweave Scarf is a great project for learning to knit and purl on the same row, and it makes a super warm scarf in no time at all.
This free knitting pattern for a moss stitch lap afghan is a quick and easy project for beginners, and you can make it as large as you want just by using more yarn.
Once you've cast on the number of stitches you need for your picot bind off, you can actually begin making the first point of the bind off.
Hanks, balls, and skeins are all common ways of buying yarn, but what are the differences?
Pass slipped stitch over, often abbreviated PSSO, is an easy way to get rid of a stitch that's often used when two stitches are being decreased at once.
Looking for quick knitting patterns? Here are some good, free, easy knitting patterns that you can use when you need a quick gift or just want a project that's pretty close to instant gratification.
This easy take on a mobius scarf or infinity scarf is worked with a twist on purpose and is great to wear wrapped once or twice around your neck for tons of warmth.
Knitting patterns often seem like they are written in code. Here are some tips for reading your first knitting patterns.
The purl stitch is the second stitch you learn in knitting, and it makes it possible to form knit fabric in Stockinette Stitch or ribbing. The method for purling is sort of the opposite of knitting.
These simple mittens, sized for toddlers and bigger kids, are the perfect canvas for embellishment, or leave them plain for a quick and simple knit.
This men's ribbed hat is very easy to knit and offers a classic style that even the most knit-phobic guy will like. Knit slightly shorter (or with the bottom edge turned up) this hat would also fit a woman.
Make one or M1 is a common increase that's mostly invisible. It can be a little tricky the first couple of times, as it is a little tight, but once you get the hang of it you'll be using make one everywhere you don't want your increases to be obvious.
These toe-up Stockinette socks are great socks for learning the basics of toe-up knitting. They use the Turkish Cast on, a short-row heel and a stretchy bind off for a perfect fit.
Stockinette Stitch is one of the most basic stitches in knitting, which means it often goes unexplained in knitting patterns.
Teaching children to knit can be a wonderful bonding experience, or it can be full of frustration. Like other things we try to teach children, the child's attitude and level of development play a big role in whether we'll be successful.
Substituting yarns is something every knitter has to do from time to time. Learn how to substitute yarns with ease and confidence.
Felting a knitting project is a great way to make something knit more sturdy and to bring a whole different texture. Here's how, using a washing machine.
Use this tutorial to learn how to do a simple bind off with more stretch than a regular bind off.
Joining a new ball of yarn to your project is an essential skill if you want to knit something bigger than one skein of yarn will allow. There are a few different ways to join start a new yarn ball, and here are couple of the most popular.
Linen stitch is a nice, firm knitting stitch pattern that looks similar to the woven fabric called linen. It's a great reversible pattern perfect for bags, scarves and just about anything else you can think of.
This super easy pattern takes you through the basics of sock knitting on a small scale with large needles. It aims to get you comfortable with all the techniques needed to knit socks without having to worry about knitting on tiny needles or if the finished sock will actually fit on a foot.
Making a yarn over between a knit stitch and a purl stitch is a really simple way to add a decorative hole to your knitting. Page 3.
Scarves are very popular knitting projects and easy to design yourself, but many knitters who go their own way wonder how long a knit scarf should be.
The second stitch in the cable cast on is formed as if you were knitting a stitch.
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.
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.
Even if you aren't skilled at crochet, you can use a simple single crochet to make a decorative border on a knitting project.
Washcloths and dish towels are a lot of fun to make. They are quick projects and completely useful. This stockinette stitch washcloth has a seed stitch border to keep it from curling.
Double moss stitch, sometimes also called double seed stitch, is a knitting stitch pattern very similar to the box stitch that looks like alternating rows of double ribbing.
Feather and Fan is a classic knitting stitch pattern that makes a scalloped edge and rows of lacy fans.
Jil Eaton shares a step-by-step approach to get new and returning knitters from the basics of casting on, knitting and binding off to more advanced skills like making bobbles, cables and lace in her book.
Many luxury yarns are sold in hanks, which must be wound into balls before you can knit with them. Here's a quick and easy way to handle a hank of yarn.
Some of my favorite hat knitting patterns from about About.com for babies, kids, men and women.
Where to start when blocking a lace shawl. Page 2.
New knitters might wonder whether they should learn to knit in the English or continental style of knitting, while those who have learned one technique might want to know if it's worth it to learn the other style. Here are the major differences between continental and English knitting and why it pays to know both.
Entrelac knitting begins with a base of triangles onto which the first set of squares is worked. Here's how to get started shaping the first triangle.
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.
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.
Use this free pattern to knit a Basic Hat, made in bulky weight yarn in Stockinette Stitch with a ribbed brim.
Use this free pattern to make a Cocoon for your baby. Sized for newborns and useful as a wearable blanket or swaddle, this is ideal especially ideal as a photography prop for newborn portraits.
This super quick and easy ribbed scarf is the perfect last-minute project for a gift or a great way to warm yourself or a family member all winter long. Make the scarf even longer (or better suited for a man) by omitting the fringe.
Knitting a border onto an afghan or blanket after you've worked the main body is a great way to add cohesion and a literal border to your work.
Some patterns say you should pick up stitches, while some say to pick up and knit. This is what they mean
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.
This easy baby blanket looks more dramatic than it is thanks to the use of simple slip stitches with the yarn in front to make a ladder-like pattern that adds texture to Stockinette Stitch.
Learn how to double knit with Reverse Stockinette showing on both sides with help from this book (and a YouTube video).
Flat hats are a great way to make a quick project without the worry of having to work with circular and/or double-pointed knitting needles. This ribbed hat has a little bit of shaping at the top for a snug fit and is perfect for cool days.
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.
How to start the Frilled Cast On.
German twisted cast on, sometimes referred to as Old Norwegian cast on, is a great, stretchy cast on method that is perfect for socks. It's a little tricky at first but you will love to use it.
Brioche Stitch makes a fluffy, squishy, adaptable pattern that's fun to knit and even more fun to play with. It's great for scarves, afghans or even as ribbing on a sweater or other project.
Knitting with two (or more) strands at once can be a little frustrating, but the results are often well worth it.
The fun options for reversible fabrics are best for knitters who have a little experience with double knitting techniques.
These pretty shawls are both relatively easy to knit and easy to wear in your every day life, which is not something that can be said for all shawl patterns.
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. Page 2.
Knitting with different colors is easier than you might think. This quick tutorial will show you how to knit with color and make stripes.
This free knitting pattern for a cabled headband and earwarmer is an easy way to learn how to knit cables and a perfect addition to your winter wardrobe.
Use this free pattern to make a lacy cotton shrug for your baby. Sized from 12 months to 6 years, this is an ideal introduction to lace knitting.
This free knitting pattern for a seed stitch baby hat is quick and easy to knit up and includes sizing for preemies and newborns. The textured stitch makes the hat stretchy, and the cotton yarn makes it perfect for a new mom.
Felting with the use of a washing machine is the preferred method because it is quick and easy, but if you don't have access to a machine, you can felt by hand with these tips.
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.
Cable needles are small but helpful items when you want to knit cables. Here's a quick look at what cable needles are and when you can do without them.
These easy little socks were designed for preemies, but are sized up to full-term babies as well. The simple rib and Stockinette combo means they'll whip up in a hurry as a gift for a baby of any size.
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.
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).
Use this free pattern to make ruffled leg warmers in toddler and child sizes. Made seamlessly in one piece, they have a tapered leg and ruffled hem.
A rolled brim hat is a about the simplest hat design there is, but it's a really cute project that is perfect for a colorful, chunky yarn and when you need to get a hat knit in a hurry.
Use these Alphabet Charts to personalize your knitting and add words, slogans, names or initials to your knitted gifts.
Knitting a letter into a knitting project is a great way to personalize a baby blanket, a sweater or a bag. These simple block letters are made to be about six inches square when worked in a medium-weight yarn.
Baby booties or baby socks are a great present for a new little one, and they're super quick to knit as well. This basic pattern leaves lots of room for embellishment, from changing the stitch pattern to adding embroidery when they're finished.
Continental knitting, sometimes also referred to as German knitting or picking knitting, is one of the most common ways to knit.
Reading your knitting, or knowing the difference between what a knit stitch looks like and what a purl stitch looks like, is a necessary step to becoming a proficient knitter.
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.
This Candle Flame Cowl uses a lovely lacy pattern to add interest, but the bulky yarn means you'll still be cozy even though there are a few holes in your finished project.
Materials: 1 skein of Elann.com Peruvian Highland Wool in shade 1004 Pumpkin, or about 100 yards of medium/worsted
These easy and quick to knit bulky fingerless gloves can be worked up in an afternoon to keep your hands warm or for a near-instant gift.
This quick-to-knit bottle cozy is a great first Fair Isle knitting project because it's a small project worked in the round, making the pattern easier to follow. It uses a classic design and is a very useful project if you ever drink from bottles.
Knitters sometimes get confused about yarn weight and yarn ply and whether they have anything to do with each other. Learn more about how yarn ply affects yarn weight.
Dropping a stitch is one of the most common knitting mistakes, but it's an easy one to fix. This tutorial will take you through the process step by step.
This Quaker Rib afghan is super easy to knit and makes a nice warm throw for cool spring evenings. In the summer, it's a great picnic blanket.
This baby blanket pattern involves nine blocks using different stitch patterns, making an interesting sampler for your favorite little one.
Arrowhead Lace is a lovely knitting stitch that makes a bold V shape (like an arrowhead) surrounded by eyelets of various sizes. This would be a great pattern for a simple shawl or any other lacy thing you'd want to knit.
Trinity Stitch, also sometimes called cluster or bramble stitch, is a cool textured pattern that requires knitting, purling and knitting again all in the same stitch. Once you get the hang of it, it's a lot of fun.
Now you're ready to actually begin the I-cord bind off. A simple procedure gets the stitches moving and your bind off working into a tube shape.
A Stockinette Stitch sock is as easy as sock knitting gets, and is a great way for new sock knitters to focus on the instructions without getting distracted by a complex pattern stitch.
Making T-shirt yarn is a quick and easy way to use T-shirts that you might have lying around the house that are stained, don't fit or that you just don't wear anymore. Use the yarn for bags, rugs, coasters and other bulky projects.
The triple rib makes a lovely baby blanket for a modern-looking baby room. This pattern is easy and quick to knit.
If you're looking for the warmest scarves to get you through the coldest winters, look no further than this compilation of the best scarf knitting patterns for cold weather.
Use this free knitting pattern to make a Personalized Christmas stocking. This stocking features bold stripes, a short-row heel, a Kitchener Stitch toe, I-cord edges and Duplicate Stitch lettering.
Knitting socks from the toe up is a lot of fun, and there are many different ways to get started. I like this Turkish cast on for toe-up socks because it doesn't require the use of waste yarn as some other cast on methods do.
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.
Knitting stripes can cause the extra hassle of having a lot of ends to weave in, but if your stripes are narrow you can carry the yarn you aren't working with up the side of the project.
Bamboo stitch is an interesting but relatively easy knitting stitch that involves slipping a yarn over over two knit stitches, making an interesting texture.
Slip stitch honeycomb, also known as loop stitch, is an easy pattern using slipped stitches to make texture on the other side of the work that looks like a honeycomb of diagonal lines.
This skinny Garter Stitch scarf is a great first knitting project for kids and adults alike, providing plenty of practice in forming the knit stitch while also offering a relatively quick-to-finish project that can be used as a scarf or belt.
To begin an SKP decrease, slip the first stitch of the decrease as if to knit.
What's the difference between the common texture patterns Seed Stitch and Moss Stitch? Here's any easy comparison to spot which is which.
The box stitch is an easy knitting stitch that makes a fabric with a lot of texture. This scarf uses the stitch to make a chenille yarn a little more interesting.
Knitting mistakes happen, whether they're a single knit where you should have purled or a problem with a pattern. Here are some tips on how to fix them.
Many knitters and those who wear knits are sensitive to the scratchy nature of wool, while others have a true wool allergy. What is a wool allergy and how can you find out if you're allergic or just sensitive?
Nearly every knitting pattern warns you to be sure to check your gauge. Learn why it is important to check your gauge.
Learn all about how to shape mitered squares in knitting with this article from Creative Knitting magazine's editor Kara Gott Warner.
Storing wool to protect it from moths is very important since your stash can be a big investment. Here are some ides on how to protect your wool knitting yarn from moths.
This is a very easy hat pattern that makes a slouchy, fun hat for teens or adults. Three sizes are given, so you can knit it big or small.
Bamboo yarn is a lot of fun to work with and produces beautiful knitted items that are also antibacterial. Here's more information on pros, cons and tips for knitting with bamboo yarn.
Making tassels for knitting projects is a fun and easy way to embellish projects, making them a little more special and interesting than they might be otherwise. Here's a really quick way to make tassels for any project.