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 Julie’s patterns, as she would. This list will grow. If you find a link is not working properly, please let us 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):
K1BB (Knit 1 Below - Back) is an increase stitch that is worked similar to a k1b (knit 1 Below – commonly used in fisherman's rib), however you will be increasing 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 – note it is worked in a slightly different manner, but achieves the same result).
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.
Sewn Bind Off
When you need a very stretchy bind off (especially good for a rolled neck edge), this technique is great for controlling your tension. Break your working yarn, leaving a tail 3-4 times as long as the edge that will be bound off. Thread yarn tail onto a blunt tapestry needle and work the steps shown in 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 neatly 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.