Category: Technique Speak

Joining Yarn

Hoo boy, it's been a while since I posted a good, solid, technical article. (Just in case you are wondering — yes, this does mean that my personal UFOlympics are sort of at a standstill.  I've spent a lot of time working on #5, the Rowan vest:  trying to figure out how to trim out…

Roomier Short Row Heels

OK, even I can admit that this short row heel obsession thing may be getting a bit out of hand. But there’s another little gem of genius here worth sharing, in my efforts to eliminate the inelegant flap-and-gusset-style heel from the face of the earth. I’ve seen where some people, especially men, prefer the fit of an F’n’G…

Why Do We Purl?

Every so often, as I’m teaching a new knitter, the question comes up:   What is the point of purling?  Why don’t we just ‘knit’ all the time? This is actually a really, really good question, if you think about it for a minute.  Why DO we bother with purling? After all, a ‘stitch’ is…

Twisted 3-st Cables, the Japanese Way

So, flipping through a Japanese knitting book of pattern stitches one day, I came across a twisted rib and cable pattern that I thought would make a VERY handsome sock for DH…which it did. If you’ve never seen a Japanese knitting book, let me tell you — very sensible system they have, those Japanese.  Everything is…