Estimating if have enough yarn left to knit another row

I’m sitting here wondering if you’re all already doing this, because it seems so simple, but it’s something I only thought to do the other day.

As I’ve mentioned before, I’m knitting a curl…

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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!”

Don’t like Kitchener stitch? Here’s a sock toe without Knitchener stitch

Update 01/02/17 – This post is about knitting a toe that doesn’t use Kitchener Stitch. You can adapt it to the pattern you’re currently using by starting working on it when the foot of your sock is about 2″/5cm less than your desired foot length. If you’ve finished a toe that needs Kitchener stitch and don’t want to frog back 2″/5cm, I don’t have a post to tell you how to that – although you could just cast off and sew it up – but I do have a picture tutorial that might help you with Kitchener stitch here.

Original Post…

In my quest to explore different ways to knit socks, I decided to work a round toe on the socks that I’m knitting for the No Nylon Sock KAL. A round toe is simple to work and involves no Kitchener stitch.

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Working a round toe:

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How to rescue a wrongly twisted cable – or one you forgot to twist – without frogging

I confess that while knitting the Secret Sweater  I’ve been in such a hurry on a couple of occasions I’ve managed to twist cables the wrong way. Although it does take a short time to sort out a wrongly twisted – or untwisted – cable, there’s absolutely no need to frog – unless you like frogging. It took me about 20 minutes to sort this one out, which was eight rows down from where I was working.  Here’s how I did it: Continue reading “How to rescue a wrongly twisted cable – or one you forgot to twist – without frogging”

Knitting tips and tricks: Stopping cable stitches slipping from your cable needle

Lately a few people have said to me that they have trouble stopping stitches slipping off their cable needle. Although I know that the ‘slippiness’ of a knitting needle depends on the material it is made from, I’ve never thought about the slippiness of cable needles. Or at least I hadn’t until I travelled up country the other week. Continue reading “Knitting tips and tricks: Stopping cable stitches slipping from your cable needle”