Special 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

For use on an edge that has 2×2 ribbing. 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 fishermens rib and brioche), however you will twist the increase stitch (by knitting through the back of the loop) and 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), but again you will twist the increase stitch by knitting it thorough the back of the loop.


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.