This page will be updated as knitting/crochet tutorials are completed – check back frequently to see what’s new! Each tutorial is a printable PDF, including photos and technique description, perfect for tucking into your project bag. If there is a technique you are particularly interested in – please let me know. Suggestions for knitting/crochet tutorials are always welcome.
Centered Double-Decrease: Learn to decrease 3 sts into 1 st with the middle st centered over the two side sts. This decrease results in a defined vertical line, and can be used in many situations.
Crochet Cast-On: This is way to cast on for your knitting project, which matches a standard knit bind off perfectly. It can also be used as a provisional cast on if you use a smooth, waste yarn (like cotton) for the “crochet chain”, then change to your project yarn to pick up the stitches.
EZ Sewn Bind-Off: Elizabeth Zimmerman’s sewn bind off is a wonderfully stretchy bind off suitable for necklines & cuffs on children’s garments, sock cuffs, armhole edgings – anywhere you need lots of stretch. It goes exceptionally well with garter stitch, is easy to learn and easy to do.
Folded Waistband with Decorative Trim: This is a little trick I use to help my SIL tell the outside from the inside of her skirts. Use it on skirts, shorts, pants – any garment where you want to have elastic in the waistband.
German Twisted Cast-On: Many times you’ll want to use a cast-on that is very stretchy, and the German Twisted Cast-on is one to consider. (It’s also known as the Norwegian Cast-On). Adding a twist to the cast-on stitch adds a bit of extra yarn, which makes this cast-on a good choice for those edges that need to be ‘stretchy’.
Japanese Short Rows: Short rows have many uses and this method produces a very neat, nearly invisible result.
Lifted Increase: There’s more than one way to make new stitches. Learn an easy, versatile and nearly invisible method of increasing.
Wrap & Turn Short Rows: Another way to work short rows, simple to remember & easier to work than you think.
Yarn Over Double Increase: Show off those increases with this decorative technique.