Knitting Loop (Loopy) Stitch YouTube Tutorial

A while ago I posted about being asked how to do the Loop Stitch that makes the coat in my Dartmoor Sheep kits. What I really wanted to do when the lady asked, was send her off to watch one of my You Tube video stitch tutorials. The only problem with that was I hadn’t made any. I didn’t even have a YouTube channel.

Well, all that’s changed. I’ve  just made my first video tutorial. I don’t intend to make heaps of stitch tutorials, just ones relevant to the kits and patterns I write, so that people who buy them have a resource to show them stitches/techniques they don’t know. I thought I’d share the first one on my blog as I’d love to know what you think and if you have any advice or suggestions. If you’d be kind enough to like and/or subscribe to my YouTube channel I’d also be awfully grateful.

Thank you!

Here it is…

Tutorial: Circular Cast on that doesn’t leave a hole in the middle

If you’re a regular visitor to my blog, you’ll know that this year I set a goal to learn at least one new thing about knitting each month. Having found the slopped shoulder bind off in my copy of Cast on Bind off last month, I decided to see if there was a better way to make a circular cast on for a flat circle when I decided to make one.

Not something I make often, but when I have, I’ve cast on the right number of stitches, joined the circle as tightly as I could, then sew up the little hole at gets created in the middle. I was therefore delighted to find a a way to cast on for a circle that doesn’t create a hole. So while did it I made a tutorial… Continue reading “Tutorial: Circular Cast on that doesn’t leave a hole in the middle”

YAY! I’m UFO Free!

One of the great things about blogging is that once I’ve promised to do something on my blog, I find it much harder to hide from doing it. I’ve no doubt that if I kept quiet and didn’t mention it again, you guys would forget I ever made the promise, but still making that promise in open forum makes it so much more compelling. After all a promise is a promise. Continue reading “YAY! I’m UFO Free!”

UFO Update and Kitchener Stitch Picture Tutorial

As I promised last week, I dug to the bottom of my knitting basket at the weekend in search of UFOs. I was delighted to find only the one UFO I already knew was there; a pair of socks, one sock waiting for an afterthought heel, the other in need of a spot of Kitchener stitch to close the toe.


Having vowed to rid myself of UFOs for the year, I took out my tapestry needle to Kitchener stitch the toe closed, when it occurred to me, I could take some pictures and write a Kitchener stitch tutorial. Hopefully some of you will find it useful and hopefully it will divert all of you from noticing the afterthought heel is still unfinished. Continue reading “UFO Update and Kitchener Stitch Picture Tutorial”

Tutorial: How to Knit Loopy Stitch (or Loop Stitch)

Over the weekend I was contacted by a lady who was knitting one of my Dartmoor sheep kits and couldn’t work out why she kept gaining a stitch each time she knitted the loopy stitch.


For some time now I’ve been intending to put some tutorials up to help with knitting the Dartmoor Yarn Company Knitting kits. So  here’s the first: a video of how to knit loop/loopy stitch. A Picture Tutorial is below.

Loopy Stitch/Loop Stitch

  1. Knit into stitch but do not slip off needle.

2. Bring yarn to front between the needles.



3. Place thumb on the yarn…


4. …and pull the yarn up over your thumb and back between the needles.


5. Keeping the yarn wrapped around your thumb, knit into the front of the same stitch,


this time slipping it off the needle.


6. Remove your thumb and you will have a loop hanging between two stitches.


7. Put your left hand needle into the front of the right hand stitch (i.e. the first half of the stitch you knitted)…


…and slip it over the stitch on the left hand side of the loop.


Et Voila! You have knitted a loop stitch – or maybe a loopy stitch.


And if you knit enough loops you can knit a Dartmoor sheep…



Sloped Bind Off – creating a more even edge in your knitting when casting off shoulders

This year I said I was going to at least learn one new thing about knitting each month. When I found myself about to cast off the shoulders of a cardigan the other night, my subconscious was clearly thinking in this direction, as I wondered if there was a better way to cast off a shoulder.

I headed for the bookshelf and my copy of Cast On Bind Off by Leslie Ann Bestor.

In it I found the ‘Sloped Bind Off’. Continue reading “Sloped Bind Off – creating a more even edge in your knitting when casting off shoulders”