Category Archives: Essential Techniques

4 Quick & Easy Tubular Cast Ons to Improve Your Knitting Skill

so many swatches

Some cast ons are pretty. Others are merely functional but not especially decorative. But what do you do if you want the cast on of (for example) a cuff to be invisible? There are two options. Option 1: A folded hem. That may work, but it is usually lacking a bit in elasticity and therefore better suited for the bottom of… Read more »

How to Steek for the Absolute Beginner

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How to steek - Cutting the steek - it's not as scary as you might think!

If you’re following me on Twitter you know I’ve recently cut my first steek. I had been knitting on the cardigan for a while and was both excited and afraid at the prospect of cutting the steek. It turns out: Cutting into your knitting is a lot less scary and much more fun than I thought. And steeking really isn’t… Read more »

6 Quick & Easy Stretchy Bind Offs You Need to Know

Stretchy bind offs - The pretty edge of Jeny's Surprisingly Stretchy Bind Off

It’s important how you begin something. We’ve covered that. It is equally important how you end it. How often did I have the bind off edge of a toe up sock turn out just a bit too snug to easily pull them over my heels? How often did the hem of a top down sweater turn out a bit too… Read more »

7 Beautiful & Stretchy Cast Ons You Need to Know

Stretched Jenny's Stretchy Slip Knot Cast On

I think we’ve all been there. You’ve knit a beautiful pair of socks, a hat or sweater only to find out that the cast on ended up too tight. Even though you had swatched and everything seemed to match the needed gauge. Some projects need a cast on with more stretch to it than your usual cast on might offer…. Read more »

Knitting Fundamentals: 4 Basic Cast Ons You Need to Know

Long Tail Cast On (on a kid's cardigan I need to repair)

How you begin something is always important. It’s important to relationships, to writing and to buildings. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that it’s important to knitting as well. Maybe not as important as it is to buildings – lives are seldom lost to a bad cast on. But a knitters sanity might get fried. Today I want to introduce… Read more »