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Top 10 Essential Knitting Techniques

Top 10 Essential Knitting Techniques

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  • April 10 2015 – thisisknit

    Casting on the smart way!

    We're declaring today the first day of summer! It's Cast On Day for our Summer '15 Knit-A-Long, and we've even got the weather cooperating. So following on from our stitch markers technique post on Tuesday, we've got a nifty trick for managing the cast on for Chicane. The first part of the pattern involves casting on 173 stitches, and then...

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  • April 07 2015 – thisisknit

    Stitch markers are magic!

    At the counter, we get asked a lot about how to use stitch markers, so we thought it would be a good idea to do a couple of posts on them. What's more, Chicane, the chosen pattern for our summer Knit-a-Along, makes clever use of them, so this post counts as a bit of a warm up for that. Stitch...

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  • March 03 2015 – thisisknit

    Easy beads!

    Adding beads to knitting makes for really beautiful finished objects. For instance, just look at WittyKnitty's wedding shawl above. There's two distinct ways of doing it - prethreading the beads onto the yarn before you start, as our Party Lace Scarf does, or adding them to individual stitches as you work. The second technique means you can dive straight into...

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  • February 03 2015 – thisisknit

    Colourwork that pops!

    Our last post on colourwork technique was about choosing colours that work together well. Choosing the orange and dark grey in the little swatch above gives a fabric with good contrast: the small diamond motifs pop out pleasingly. But what's happened here? This is the same yarn, the same needles and the same knitter - in fact, it's the other...

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