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Using a Dress Form for Knitting = Perfectly Polished Finished Projects

By Ashley Little

Like a lot of other supplies we think of as strictly for sewers โ€” seam rippers, buttons, thread โ€” dress forms can actually be super helpful for knitting, too! Don't let the sewers have all the fun. From fitting to testing swatches, here are a few ways that dress forms can help you with your knitting.

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Get the Right Fit: All About Negative Ease

By Ashley Little
Woman Holding an Umbrella Wearing a Knit Cardigan and Red Dress

There are a few special things we knitters have that no other craft does. There are tools, of course, like cable needles. We have our double-pointed needles and our circular needles. And we even have a few tricks up our sleeves when it comes to fitting knitted fabric. One of those tricks is negative ease.

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Get the Right Fit for Your Knits: What Is Positive Ease?

By Ashley Little
Woman Wearing a Yellow Knit Cardigan

Getting the right fit for your knits is one of the biggest challenges of making garments. Once you knit up a piece, there's usually no going back -- unless you rip it out, of course. That's why it's important to know all about fitting your knit garments before you even get started. One of those little bits of knowledge you'll need to know about is positive ease.

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Choosing Yarn: Testing the Draping of Your Knitted Swatch

By Ashley Little
Knit ShawlWhen we think about yarn substitution, most of us are guilty of just matching the gauge and moving on. It doesn't matter how that gauge looks to us, even if the stitches look like they're packed in there tightly. But what if it's a wearable? Things can go wrong in ways you never expected when you don't consider draping while choosing yarn for your project. Read more »

Let’s Play Runway: Design Your Own Sweater

By Ashley Little
Knit Shawl Collar TunicThere are plenty of gorgeous sweater patterns out there, but have you ever imagined the perfect sweater in your mind then couldn't find the pattern for it? If you find yourself in this situation often, it's time to start thinking about designing your own sweater. Read more »

Don’t Fear the Armscye

By Ashley Little
Sleeveless Cable HoodieWhat happens when you see a beautiful, gotta-have-it pattern and that scary word "armscye" appears in the instructions? Learn what an armscye is and why it's important for your knitting. Read more »