Category: Technique Speak

Ribbing Solutions: Clean Color Changes

If you purl on the RS of the work, on the first row of a new color, you’ll end up with the new color showing up as purl “bumps” or “blips” in the old color. If you want a clean color change in ribbing – or any time you have a purl st involved in…

Slipping Stitches

Many knitters get confused over the directive to “slip” a stitch. To slip a stitch means simply to move it from one needle to the other.  That’s all that “slip”, by itself, means. Once I had a student arguing with me that “it can’t be that easy!” but believe me, it is. Of course, it…

Hand Health

Healthy, pain-free hands are perhaps THE most important tools in your hand-knitting toolkit.  Yarn is important, to be sure — but of what use is even the most fabulous pink MOHAIR, if it hurts when you knit? Over the years I’ve collected many bits and pieces of information about keeping your hands in good shape —…

On the Edge

Soooo… you want to be a better knitter?  Probably one of the single biggest wholesale improvements you can make to your knitting is:  use edge stitches. Unfortunately, this is one of those knitting things that sometimes I hear complaints about:  that no one explicitly spells out this for you in a knitting pattern — you’re…