Posts by Sarah

An attorney by day, Sarah turns to knitting in her free time to unwind. She loves to knit soft, fluffy baby blankets, sweaters for her mom, shawls and kicky berets for her sister, and whatever fun or crazy items her friends challenge her to create. She is currently working on a custom pattern for an Imperial Tie Fighter. She has yet to knit anything for her dog, but the dog eyes each new yarn purchase with suspicion. It’s only a matter of time.

How to Knit Letters: Tips & Tricks

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Incorporating words, or just letters, into knitting adds a personalized touch! Perhaps you want to make a monogrammed baby blanket, where the center of the blanket is the baby’s initial, or baby blocks with the alphabet. You could also make a throw pillow with a cute saying or phrase on it. Learn how to knit letters a variety of ways.

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Friendship Knitting: Many Knitters, One Project

Friendship KnittingDon’t just knit near your friends, knit with them, by working together to create one beautiful project! Learn how to find the best patterns that can be created in pieces, which can then be pulled together as one unified project. Read more »

Have You Heard About the German Knitting Technique?

German KnittingAfter learning about all the different knitting techniques used throughout the world (like the Russian knitting technique, the Japanese knitting technique, and the Armenian knitting technique) are you beginning to be a little confused, wondering just how many ways there could possibly be to hold your yarn and work a knit stitch? Well, let’s take the confusion out of one of them: German knitting. Read more »

For a Fabulous Finish, Felt Your Knits

Felting KnitsCreate a whole new kind of knitted fabric by felting. Turn your individual stitches into a solid piece, to make bags that pens won’t poke through and slippers that look like slippers, not socks. Running a finished knitted project made with the right kind of yarn through a washing machine with hot water will transform your project! Read more »

Combined Knitting Tutorial

Combined KnittingCombined knitting pairs a Western-slanting knit stitch with an Eastern-slanting purl stitch to make the flattest, most even stockinette fabric around. By wrapping the yarn clockwise on a purl stitch, Combined knitters then position themselves to work the knit row by knitting through the back loop. To account for the different slant of the resulting stitches, combined knitters must be mindful to alter their increases and decreases accordingly. Read more »

Knitting with Ribbon Yarn Tips

Knitting Ribbon Yarn TipsRibbon yarns can create a fun, festive project, with a little shine and often with a metallic touch. They can be slippery yarns, so be careful when choosing needles and keep your yarn in a plastic bag while knitting, in case your ball unwinds itself. To play up the visual appeal of ribbon yarns, use a pattern that involves a drop or wrap stitch, letting the ribbon yarn shine. Read more »

Jazz Up Any Scarf with Ruffles

Knit RufflesScarves are one of the easiest knitting projects, right? Whenever you can’t think of what to make for someone or with a particular skein of yarn, you often default to: scarf. At least I do. So I’m always looking for interesting embellishments to jazz them up. One great option? Add ruffles! Read more »

How to Knit Stripes

How to Knit StripesStripes can be incorporated into any knitting project in a couple of ways; either through the use of self-striping yarn or by alternating between a couple of yarn colors. If you choose your own colors and alternate between skeins of yarn, you’ll need to designate a right side of your project and make sure you always incorporate your new yarn while working a right side row. Learn tricks for knitting stripes! Read more »

Discover the Norwegian Knitting Technique

Norwegian Knitting TechniqueThe Norwegian knitting technique is the fastest way to work a rib, or any pattern that calls for switching between purls and knits within a row. The yarn hold remains consistent, so there’s no constant moving of the yarn from front to back. Instead, you move the right-hand needle back and forth to get the yarn where it needs to be to create the purl. Read more »

How to Knit Ribbing

How to Knit RibbingRibbing is one of the most useful, versatile knit stitches around. You’ll need to know how to knit ribbing for projects as varied as hats, sweaters, and socks. Ribbing creates an elastic fabric that stretches when you need it to, but fits snug otherwise, and it never rolls. The basic principle of ribbing is to alternate columns of stockinette stitch with columns of reverse stockinette. Read more »