Tutorials & How-To's

Blocking acrylic yarn with damp towels

Howdy folks, it’s been a long time since I posted anything like a tutorial so I thought I’d share a tip on how I block my baby clothes which are knitted in acrylic yarn (this works for any synthetic yarn actually). And the good news is – it’s super-duper easy. All I do is to… Continue reading Blocking acrylic yarn with damp towels

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Alternative I-Cord Bonnet Ties

For those of you who want to knit any of my bonnet patterns but don’t want the threaded ribbon ties, I’ve designed an alternative knitted I-Cord finishing which can be substituted for the neck band in any of my bonnet patterns. Please follow the instructions in your pattern up to the point where you have picked up your… Continue reading Alternative I-Cord Bonnet Ties

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How to achieve neat, even ribbing in knitting

One of the main problems knitters encounter is keeping their ribbing looking neat. Ribbing, whether it be 1×1, 2×2 or whatever combination can look sloppy – the main reason for this is that the column of Knit stitches preceding a column of Purl stitches can often look wobbly and uneven. So why does this happen to so… Continue reading How to achieve neat, even ribbing in knitting

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Set in Sleeves – how to sew sleeves into armholes neatly

If you did a straw poll of knitters, asking them what they hate most about knitting, I would put a lot of money on the most popular answer being seaming. If you dug deeper and asked them to be more specific, I think a fair chunk of those people would say “setting in sleeves”. Does this sound like… Continue reading Set in Sleeves – how to sew sleeves into armholes neatly

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Hate Nupps? How to substitute nupps with popcorns

I hate nupps. As Sean so correctly points out, there is no simple way of purling 9 together – so why do we put ourselves through it?! I love knitting lace shawls and I love the effect of nupps on them but I just hated knitting nupps. I was increasingly reading on Ravelry project pages… Continue reading Hate Nupps? How to substitute nupps with popcorns