Techniques

 

There are many sources on the internet for learning knitting techniques, not all of them trust-worthy. This page contains instructions linked to my friends at Purl Soho and Brooklyn Tweed (and a few links to other resources) that will teach you how to work the special techniques mentioned in Julie’s patterns, as she would.

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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.

 

RLI (abbreviation used in Chaleur):

Another term for this increase stitch is “lifted or raised increase – right slanting” as shown here.

Short Rows (Wrap & Turn Method)

The wrap & turn method is my preferred method for short row shaping, as shown in this video. More good information about short row shaping can be found here.

 

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.