Techniques

 

There are many sources on the internet for learning knitting techniques, not all of them trust-worthy. This page contains instructions or links to videos that will teach you how to work the special techniques mentioned in my patterns, as I would. This list will grow. If you find a link is not working properly, please let me know.

 

German Twisted Cast On

Similar to the long-tail sling-shot method, this techniques adds an extra twist and gives you a nice stretchy edge. To learn this technique, watch this YouTube video.

 

Long-Tail Purl Cast On

Alternate between standard Long-Tail and this method for a cast-on an edge that will continue in 2×2 ribbing. Also good for a smoother cast-on edge if your first row of knitting is stockinette stitch (eliminates the purl bump). To learn this technique correctly, watch this video.

 

K1BB (stitch abbreviation used in Chaleur):

This is not a technique, but I get asked about it often. K1BB is an increase stitch that is worked similar to a k1b (knit 1 below – commonly used in fisherman's rib), however you will increase a stitch because you will then knit the stitch above it rather than letting it fall off the needle. Another term for this increase stitch is “lifted or raised increase – right slanting” (as shown in this this YouTube video).

 

Sloped Bind Off

Using this method will help you avoid that unsightly “stair-step”, and is particularly great for binding-off shoulders and necklines. To learn this technique, watch this video.

 

3 Needle Bind Off – Modified

When you want the “seam” side showing on the right side of your work, use this variation on the 3-Needle Bind Off shown here. It eliminates the purl bump, leaving a minimal (less bulky) chained seam.

 

Kitchener Stitch - Grafting

When you want to join two pieces of stockinette stitch fabric seamlessly, use the method shown here.

 

Finishing – Seaming

This page is a great resource for the seaming methods recommend in my patterns. Follow "side-to-side" instructions for mattress stitch and "top-to-top" for invisible method. For backstitch, follow the illustration here.