Knitting Sitemap - Page 1 2016-09-26

Decreasing Stitches - How to Decrease Stitches in Knitting
There are many different ways to decrease the number of stitches on your needles to shape a garment; here are some of the most popular and a couple you might not have tried.

Learn to Knit - How to Knit
It's easy to learn to knit. You need only a few basic skills to start making your own knitted items. Once you know how to cast on, bind off, knit and purl you'll be well on your way to making your own knitted projects for yourself or to give as gifts. Here's all you need to know to get started learning how to knit.

Increasing Stitches - How to Increase Stitches in Knitting
There are several common ways to increase stitches in knitting; here's advice on how to use a few of them.

Knitting and Purling - How to Form the Basic Stitches in Knitting
There are several different ways to knit and purl, but the English and continental methods are by far the most popular.

Why and How to Knit Swatches
Swatching is a key to knitting more accurately from other people's patterns. It seems like knitting drudgery, but you can learn a lot about the yarn you're planning to use if you take the time to knit a swatch.

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Easy Knitting Patterns for Beginners
A gallery of some easy knitting patterns to help new knitters make projects with confidence.

SKP Decrease - Slip 1, Knit 1, Pass Slipped Stitch Over
The SKP decrease in knitting is performed as a slip one, knit one, pass slipped stitch over. See a step-by-step demonstration of this technique.

SKP - Slip 1 Knit 1 Pass Slipped Stitch Over - How to Make an SKP - How to Slip 1 Knit 1 Pass Slipped Stitch Over
The next step in an SKP decrease is knitting the next stitch

SKP - Slip 1 Knit 1 Pass Slipped Stitch Over - How to Make an SKP - How to Slip 1 Knit 1 Pass Slipped Stitch Over
To finish an SKP decrease, pass the slipped stitch over the knit stitch.

SKP - Slip 1 Knit 1 Pass Slipped Stitch Over - How to Make an SKP - How to Slip 1 Knit 1 Pass Slipped Stitch Over
The final SKP is a left-leaning decrease that can be used interchangeably with an SSK.

Free Knitting Pattern - Basic Stockinette Stitch Hat
Use this free pattern to knit a Basic Hat, made in bulky weight yarn in Stockinette Stitch with a ribbed brim.

Free Knitting Pattern - Basic Stockinette Stitch Hat
Use this free pattern to knit a Basic Hat, made in bulky weight yarn in Stockinette Stitch with a ribbed brim. It's a great beginner's project

Stretchy Bind Off - Photo Tutorial for a Bind Off with Lots of Stretch
Use this tutorial to learn how to do a simple bind off with more stretch than a regular bind off.

How to Knit the Stretchy Bind Off
Use this knitting tutorial to learn how to do a simple bind off with more stretch than a regular bind off, perfect for cuffs and shawl edges.

How to Bind Off though the Back Loops
Use this tutorial to learn how to do a simple bind off with more stretch than a regular bind off.

Troubleshooting: Knitting Glossary
If you've ever wondered what knitters were talking about when they talk about knitting, or came across a term in a pattern you couldn't decipher, this glossary will help.

What Is Stockinette Stitch and How to Do It
Stockinette Stitch is one of the most basic stitches in knitting, which means the term often goes unexplained in patterns—Here's all you need to know.

Basic Instructions: How to Knit a Toggle Baby Sweater
Wondering how to knit a baby sweater? Learn how using this double-breasted, toggle sweater pattern with very basic instructions for a garter stitch.

Baby Sweater - Knitting the Back and Fronts
Page 2 of 3 using a pattern to make a basic double-breasted baby sweater in garter stitch, available in sizes preemie to six months.

Absolutely Basic Baby Sweater - Free Knitting Pattern for an Absolutely Basic Baby Sweater
Use this pattern to make an absolutely basic baby sweater in garter stitch. This simple double-breasted sweater pattern is available in sizes preemie to six months, and features modified drop sleeves, a square neck and wooden duffel coat toggles.

7 Cast on Methods for Knitting - Learn Them by Name
In knitting there are so many different cast on methods—Find all the multiple names and where to seek tutorials to learn the different ways to start.

Knitting Tools: What Is the Gauge of That Needle?
Sometimes you can't tell the gauge of a knitting needle just by looking, so here's a foolproof way to measure your needles and mark them for easy use.

Make One or M1 in Knitting: What It Is and How to Do It
Make one or M1 in Knitting is a common increase that's mostly invisible. It can be a little tricky to start—Learn what it is exactly and how to do it.

Knitting on an Airplane - Safety and Politeness
Generally the answer to the question of whether you can knit on an airplane is yet, but there are some tips that can make it easier for everyone involved.

Basic Toddler Mitten Pattern
This simple toddler mitten pattern, sized for toddlers and bigger kids, is the perfect canvas for embellishment, or to leave as-is for a quick gift.

How to Knit a Sweater (Beginners Tips and Patterns)
Learn all you need to know in order to knit your first sweater and look at some easy patterns for your first time out. Here's how to knit a sweater.

Mobius Scarf Pattern Instructions
This easy take on a mobius scarf or infinity scarf is worked with a twist on purpose and is great to wear wrapped around your neck for tons of warmth.

Simple Toe-Up Sock Knitting Pattern
These toe-up Stockinette socks are great socks for learning the basics of toe-up knitting. They use the Turkish Cast on, a short-row heel, and more.

How to Make a Twisted Cord to Finish Knitting
A twisted cord is an interesting way to finish a knitting project, whether you need a cord to use as a tie or for some other sort of embellishment.

Getting Ready to Make Twisted Cord
When making twisted cord you have to wrap the yarn around something that will give you traction so you can actually twist the cord. In this case, I used a chair.

Twisting the Cord
Now that you're ready to make the twisted cord, it's time to twist the cord. Keep twisting and twisting until the yarn is nice and tight.

Adding Another Twist to Twisted Cord
The twisting isn't done yet! Now your twisted cord will get folded in half again and be allowed to twist on itself some more to make the final twisted cord product.

Finishing the Twisted Cord
Once all the twisting is done, you just need to do a bit of finishing so that your twisted cord will stay twisted just the way you want it.

Turkish Cast On for Toe-Up Socks
Knitting socks from the toe up is a lot of fun, and there are many different ways to get started. Learn how to do this Turkish cast on for toe-up socks.

Cast on for Toe-Up Socks - Turkish Cast On
Once you have the needles in position it's time to loop the yarn around the needle and begin the Turkish cast on.

Starting Knitting with the Turkish Cast On
Once you have the loops on your needles, you have to figure out how to knit them so you can get your sock started.

Finishing the First Round After the Turkish Cast On
Once you've knit the first set of loops, knit the second set to complete the cast on and first round of knitting.

Continuing the Sock after Turkish Cast On
Once the cast on and the first round are complete, follow your pattern to determine when to begin increasing for the foot. It should happen really soon.

Learn to Knit Intarsia - Photo Tutorial
Intarsia knitting is also sometimes referred to as picture knitting and involves knitting a design in two or more colors. This tutorial will show you how.

Learn to Knit Intarsia - Working Intarsia on the Knit Side
Starting intarsia on the knit side is not too difficult, you just need to remember that when you change colors you are picking up a new strand of yarn, not working from the yarn that's already attached to the ball.

Learn to Knit Intarsia - Working Intarsia on the Purl Side
Working intarsia knitting on the purl side is similar to working it on the knit side, you just can see how the different pieces of knitting come together and ensure that you're twisting the yarns to make the pieces hold together.

Learn to Knit Intarsia - Finishing the Intarsia Project
Now that you know how to work intarsia on the knit and purl sides, just keep going until you've worked your whole chart or made the design you want.

How to Knit Infant and Preemie Socks
These easy little socks were designed as preemie socks, but are sized up to full-term babies as well. The simple rib and Stockinette means they'll be quick.

Entrelac Knitting - Continuing to Shape the Base Triangle in Entrelac Knitting
Short rows in entrelac knitting help form the distinctive shapes on the knit fabric that look like they are woven together. To keep forming the base triangle, you'll need to turn the work and keep going.

Base Triangles Instructions for Entrelac Knitting
Entrelac knitting can seem complicated at first because there are so many different pieces required to form the knit fabric. Learn about base triangles.

Entrelac Knitting - Starting the First Triangle in Entrelac Knitting
Entrelac knitting begins with a base of triangles onto which the first set of squares is worked. Here's how to get started shaping the first triangle.

Entrelac Knitting - Finishing the First Base Triangle in Entrelac Knitting
Working one more stitch on each right side row until your base triangle is the width it needs to be is all you have to do in order to make the base for entrelac knitting.

Entrelac Knitting - Finishing the Base Triangles for Entrelac Knitting
Now that you have one base triangle worked, just continue in the exact same way to complete the rest of the triangles you need to work for your project.

How to Knit a Blanket Border on an Afghan
Knitting a blanket border onto an afghan after you've worked the main body is a great way to add cohesion and a literal border to your work.

Knitting the Border on an Afghan
Once you've picked up the right number of stitches around the edge of your afghan, you can knit your border in the round as normal.

Finishing and Blocking a Knit Afghan Border
Once the knit border for your afghan is worked, all you need to do is bind off and block the piece to get a less rounded look out of the edges.

How to Knit with Circular Knitting Needles
Knitting with circular knitting needles makes it possible to knit larger pieces than you could fit on straight needles and to work in the round.

Kids Skinny Scarf Free Knitting Pattern
This skinny Garter Stitch scarf is a great first knitting project for kids and adults alike, providing practice in knit stitch. Get the kids scarf pattern.

How to Knit with Double-Pointed Needles
Double-pointed needles are the tool of choice when knitting a small circular object like a sock. Here are some tips to help you use double-pointed needles.

Slip 2 Knit 1 Pass Slipped Stitches Over - SL2 K1 P2SSO
To begin an S2KP decrease, slip two stitches as if to knit. Learn all about SL2 K1 P2SSO or a centered double decrease in your knitting projects.

S2KP - Slip 2 Knit 1 Pass Slipped Stitches Over - How to Make an S2KP
To continue the S2KP decrease, knit the next stitch.

S2KP - Slip 2 Knit 1 Pass Slipped Stitches Over - How to Make an S2KP
To finish an S2KP decrease, pass the slipped stitches over the knit stitch.

S2KP - Slip 2 Knit 1 Pass Slipped Stitches Over - How to Make an S2KP
A finished S2KP is a great centered double decrease.

The Finishing Touch: Making Scarf Tassels for Projects
Making tassels for knitting projects is a fun and easy way to embellish projects, making them more special. Learn how to make scarf tassels and more.

Garter Stitch Knitting and Beyond
Garter stitch is simple, but there's still a lot to know when you're working with it. Learn how to knit garter stitch, how to count rows, and more.

Reading Your Knitting - Knit vs. Purl
Reading your knitting, or knowing the difference between what a knit stitch looks like and what a purl stitch looks like, knit vs purl, is a necessary step.

Reading Your Knitting - Knits vs. Purls
Reading your knitting, or knowing the difference between what a knit stitch looks like and what a purl stitch looks like, is a necessary step to becoming a proficient knitter.

Knit Stocking Cap Patterns and Tips
This striped stocking hat in red and white would be a great variation on the traditional Santa hat. Here's how to make a knit stocking cap.

Short Row Wrap and Turn - Picking up and Working the Wraps
When you start to work back over those short rows you used the wrap and turn on, you will need to work the wrap together with its corresponding stitch so those bumps of yarn aren't there to mar your work.

Wrap and Turn Knitting with Short Rows
Sometimes when working short rows, as on the heel of a sock, you will be told to wrap and turn knitting in the middle of a row. It's easy to do.

Short Row Wrap and Turn - How to Wrap and Turn Short Rows on the Purl Side of Knitting
Wrapping and turning on a purl stitch is a little different than wrapping and turning a knit stitch, but it's no more difficult and a great way to limit holes in your work.

Binding Off Knitting Tutorial
Binding off knitting, sometimes also called casting off, is the way to finish a knitting project so all your hard work doesn't unravel. Here's how.

Duplicate Stitch on Knitting
Duplicate stitch is an easy way to add color to a basic Stockinette stitch fabric. It's somewhat similar to cross stitch, but makes Vs instead of Xs.

Duplicate Stitch Over Knitting
To continue the duplicate stitch, just put the needle back through the point where you started.

How to Use Duplicate Stitch in Knitting
How to use duplicate stitch in knitting projects.

How to Add Duplicate Stitch to Your Knitting
To make the first leg of the V you are trying to duplicate with your duplicate stitch, put the needle through the stitch above.

How to Make an I-Cord Bind Off - Knitting
The I-cord bind off is an interesting way to get the stitches off your needles. It's very time-consuming but leaves you with a great tube edging.

I-cord Bind Off - Beginning to Bind Off
Now you're ready to actually begin the I-cord bind off. A simple procedure gets the stitches moving and your bind off working into a tube shape.

I-cord Bind Off - Continuing the Bind Off
To continue the I-cord bind off, you will work in the same manner, but start by slipping the previously worked stitches back onto the left hand needle.

I-cord Bind Off - Finishing the Bind Off
Finishing the I-cord bind off is just a matter of continuing to work your way across the row as established.

How to Do the German Twisted Cast On
German twisted cast on, sometimes referred to as Old Norwegian cast on, is a great, stretchy cast on method that is perfect for socks. Here's how.

German Twisted Cast On - Beginning the Stitch
To begin to form a stitch in German twisted cast on, place the needle behind the yarn on your thumb.

German Twisted Cast On - Making the Twist
The name says there's a twist in German twisted cast on, and this is where it comes in.

German Twisted Cast On - Grabbing the Other Thread
Up to this point the index finger and its yarn have stayed out of the action of forming the German twisted cast on, but now they take a leading role.

German Twisted Cast On - Forming the Stitch
The final step of forming the stitch in German twisted cast on is a little tricky.

German Twisted Cast On - Finishing the Stitch
Finishing a stitch in German twisted cast on from this point is easy, just drop the yarn around your thumb and pull tight.

German Twisted Cast On - Continuing to Cast On
Now that you know the steps, keep going until you have as many stitches as you need.

All About Yarn Weights for Knitting
Different yarns are said to have different weights, or thicknesses, and different yarn weights are used for different types of projects.

Scarf Hat Pattern and Instructions
The scarf hat (or hat scarf) is a combination hat and scarf where the scarf is attached to the hat like ear flaps. Here's a scarf hat pattern to make one.

Tips for Knitting With Bamboo Yarn
Bamboo yarn is a lot of fun to work with and produces beautiful knitted items that are also antibacterial. Here's more information on bamboo yarn.

Free Knitting Pattern for Seed Stitch Hat
This free knitting pattern for a seed stitch hat for babies is quick and easy to knit up and includes sizing for preemies and newborns. Here's how.

How to Make a Bobble Stitch Knit
The bobble stitch knit is a relatively common way to add dimensional texture to knitting. It involves increasing several times in the same stitch.

Types of Knitting Needles - All About Double-Pointed Needles
Double-pointed needles or DPNs and a great choice for socks and small-circumference knitting in the round.

Types of Knitting Needles: Cable Needles and More
There are many different kinds of knitting needles you can choose, including different materials and uses. Here's a quick guide from cable needles and more.

Types of Knitting Needles - All About Circular Needles
Circular needles are a popular choice for a lot of knitters, and not just for projects worked in the round.

Types of Knitting Needles - All About Cable Needles
Cable needles are a special needle you'll only need when knitting cables, and not always even then.

How to Picot Bind Off to Finish a Project
The picot bind off is a really cute way to finish off the bottom of a sweater (or the neckline) or anything else that you want to give a flourish to.

Picot Bind Off - Starting the Picot Bind Off
Once you've cast on the number of stitches you need for your picot bind off, you can actually begin making the first point of the bind off.

Picot Bind Off - Finishing the Picot Bind Off
To continue the picot bind off, slip the remaining stitch back on the left hand needle, cast on and bind off again across the row.

Moss Stitch Lap Afghan Pattern
This free knitting pattern for a moss stitch lap afghan is a quick project for beginners, and you can make it as large as you want just by using more yarn.

How Does 8 Ply Yarn Relate to Yarn Weight?
Knitters sometimes get confused about yarn weight and yarn ply and whether they have anything to do with each other. Learn more about 8 ply yarn.

How to Do a Heel Turn While Knitting Socks
Turning a heel is probably the part that most keeps people from knitting socks. Don't be scared! It's actually pretty easy to do a heel turn.

Turning a Heel - Working the Second Row of a Sock Heel
To continue turning the heel of your sock, all you have to do is turn the work, knit the stitches that the pattern tells you to, and turn the work again.

Turning a Heel - Finishing up the Heel Turning
Now that you know how heel turning works, just follow the instructions given in the pattern to get your heel to come out perfectly.

How to Stop Angora Sweater Shedding
Yarn that sheds, either while you're knitting a project or while you're wearing it is a big pain. Here are some tips on how to stop angora sweater shedding.

What Does It Mean to Knit the Knits and Purl the Purls?
Sometimes in a pattern instead of specific instructions you'll see something that says to knit the knits and purl the purls as you see them. Find out more.

How to Add Yarn When Knitting with a New Ball
Joining a new ball of yarn to your project is a great skill if you want to knit with than one skein of yarn. Here's how to add yarn when knitting.

Ribbed Hat Pattern for Men's Hats
This ribbed hat pattern for men is very easy to knit and offers a classic style that even the most knit-phobic guy will like. Here's how.

Counting Garter Stitch Rows in Knitting
Garter Stitch is simple to knit, but some people get confused about how to count rows in this compact stitch. Learn about counting garter stitch rows.

How to Make Stitch Markers with Beads
Learn how to make stitch markers with beads. Stitch markers are an easy way to make a simple knitting accessory a little more fun and they're quick.

Making Stitch Markers - Choosing Your Beads
Once you have the supplies gathered to make your own stitch markers, you will need to choose the beads you want to use on your stitch markers.

Making Stitch Markers - Bend the Head Pin
To make it so the beads stay on the head pin and thus on the stitch marker, it's time to put a bend in the head pin.

Making Stitch Markers - The Wrapped Loop
Next the wire must be wrapped around the bottom of the loop to secure the beads onto the stitch marker ring.

Making Stitch Markers - Making a Set
Once you've made one stitch marker you'll want to keep going so you have a set to use for projects for yourself or to give as gifts.

Baby Cocoon Knitting Pattern
Use this baby cocoon knitting pattern. Sized for newborns and useful as a wearable blanket or swaddle, this is ideal as a photography prop for portraits.

Free Knitting Pattern for a Knitted Swaddle (Baby Cocoon)
Use this free pattern to make a cocoon for your baby. Sized for newborns and useful as a wearable blanket or swaddle, this is ideal especially ideal as a photography prop for newborn portraits.

Baby Cocoon - Free Knitting Pattern for a Knitted Swaddle
Use this free pattern to make a cocoon for your baby. Sized for newborns and useful as a wearable blanket or swaddle, this is ideal especially ideal as a photography prop for newborn portraits.

Cascade Magnum Yarn Substitute
Substituting yarns is something every knitter has to do from time to time. Learn the cascade magnum yarn substitute with ease and confidence.

Cascade Magnum Yarn Substitute - How to Substitute
Now that you know the basics of substituting yarn, learn how to know if that new yarn will work. Learn the cascade magnum yarn substitute. Page 2.

Blocking a Felted Knitting Project
Once your felted knitting is out of the washer, there's one more step to make it look its best once it is dry.

Felting Knitting - When is a Project Fully Felted?
The biggest trick to felting knitting is knowing when to say the felting is finished.

Getting Ready to Felt a Knitting Project
Proper machine and knit project preparation is beneficial to getting your project to felt a bit faster and come out the way you want.

Felting Knitting - Keep an Eye on Your Project
When felting knitting in the washing machine, you need to check your progress regularly so you know when to stop the process.

How to Felt a Knitting Project in a Washing Machine
Felting a knitting project is a great way to make something more sturdy and to bring a whole different texture. Here's how to felt, using a washing machine.

Knitting Letters - Upper Case Alphabet Chart
Use these alphabet charts to personalize your knitting and add words, slogans, names or initials to your knitted gifts. Here's how to use knitting letters.

Alphabet Charts for Knitting - Lower Case Alphabet Chart
Lower case letter charts. Knitting.

Needle Felting Instructions - Your Needle Felting Design
Deciding how you want the needle felting on your felted fabric to look is the next consideration when preparing to needle felt a project.

Needle Felting Instructions - Finishing Needle Felting
Once you get started needle felting on a project, you might find it difficult to stop. Here are some ideas for using needle felting and tips for finishing your needle felting project.

Use Needle Felting to Add Texture to Knit
Needle felting is a fun and easy way to add texture and color to knit and felted fabric. It's not difficult to do, but tips will help you to be successful.

Needle Felting Instructions - Beginning to Needle Felt
When it's time to begin to needle felt, remember that the needles are very sharp. These tips should help you make quick and safe work of any needle felting project.

Needle Felting Instructions - Needle Felting Tips
Keep using the needle or needle felting tool to fuse the fibers onto the base fabric. The more you plunge the needles into the fabric, the more secure and firm it will be.

How To Knit a Leftover Yarn Afghan
A stash afghan is a great way to use up a bunch of odds and ends that are taking up space in your storage. Here's how to make a leftover yarn afghan.

Yarn Over for Different Situations - Knit Stitches
Yarning over between two knit stitches is the most common way to make a yarn over increase. Learn how to do a yarn over in different situations.

Yarn Overs for Different Situations: Between Two Purl Stitches
Sometimes you might be asked to yarn over between two purl stitches. This isn't any more difficult than any other yarn over, but it's not entirely intuitive. Page 2.

Yarn Overs for Different Situations
Making a yarn over between a knit stitch and a purl stitch is a really simple way to add a decorative hole to your knitting. Page 3.

Yarn Over Between a Purl and a Knit
Making a yarn over between a purl stitch and a knit stitch isn't difficult, but it may feel like you're doing it wrong. Page 4.

Yarn Over - Yarn Overs - Yarn Over at the Beginning of a Row
Many knitters get confused about how to yarn over at the beginning of a row, but all you have to do is lay the yarn across the needle the right way.

20 Free Knit Dishcloth Patterns
Everyone needs more washcloths and dishcloths, and these knit dishcloth patterns are a great way to try out a new stitch pattern or decorate.

20 Free Knit Dishcloth Patterns
Everyone needs more washcloths and dishcloths, and these knit dishcloth patterns are a great way to try out a new stitch pattern or decorate.

Knitting Skills - Intermediate Knitting Skills
The basics of learning to knit are easy to grasp, but there's a lot more to learn. From circular knitting to using double-pointed needles to knit socks, lace knitting, intarsia, entrelac and much more, you're sure to find a knitting skill you'd love to learn.

Circular Knitting Tips and Tricks
Knitting in the round is a great way to work a lot of knitting projects. Learn all the circular knitting techniques and tips to make the process easier.

How to Knit Stripes - Changing Colors
Knitting stripes is a simple way to add color to your knitting, but some new knitters aren't sure how to go about changing colors when knitting stripes. Here's how you knit stripes. Page 2.

Changing Colors in Knitting with Stripes
Knitting stripes is a simple way to add color to your knitting, but some new knitters aren't sure how to go about changing colors in knitting.

How to Knit Stripes - Changing Colors in Knitting
Knitting stripes is a simple way to add color to your knitting, but some new knitters aren't sure how to go about changing colors when knitting stripes. Here's how you knit stripes.

Felting in a Front Loader Washing Machine
If you have a front-loading washing machine, it's not impossible to felt knitting with your machine. Learn all about felting in a front loader.

Knit Hat Size Chart and Resizing Pattern
Sometimes you'll find a great pattern for a knit hat, but it's not the right size to fit you or someone else. Here's a knit hat size chart.

Knitting FAQs: Storing Wool Properly
Storing wool to protect it from moths is very important since your stash can be a big investment. Here are some ideas on how to protect your wool.

What Is Slip Slip Knit (SSK Knitting)?
SSK knitting or slip, slip, knit is an easy way to decrease the number of stitches on your needle. This makes a decrease that leans to the left.

How to Make a Pom-Pom for Knitting Projects
Pom-poms are a fun finishing touch to hats, scarves, and other knitting projects. Here's how to make a pom pom for knitting projects to add flare.

Wrapping the Yarn to Make a Pom-Pom
Wrapping the yarn around the cardboard is what makes your pom-pom take shape.

How to Make Pom-Poms
Before your pom-pom is complete you have to be able to get it off the cardboard. Tying an additional piece of yarn to the wrapped piece will make this possible.

Finishing a Pom-Pom
Now the magic happens when you cut your pom-pom off the cardboard.

How to Handle a Hank - Rolling Yarn
Many luxury yarns are sold in hanks, which involve rolling yarn into balls before you can knit. Here's a quick and easy way to handle a hank of yarn.

Learn to Knit: How to Handle a Hank
Many luxury yarns are sold in hanks, which must be wound into balls before you can knit with them. Here's a quick and easy way to handle a hank of yarn.

Learn to Knit: How to Handle a Hank
Many luxury yarns are sold in hanks, which must be wound into balls before you can knit with them. Here's a quick and easy way to handle a hank of yarn.

Learn to Knit: How to Handle a Hank
Many luxury yarns are sold in hanks, which must be wound into balls before you can knit with them. Here's a quick and easy way to handle a hank of yarn.

Learn to Knit: How to Handle a Hank
Many luxury yarns are sold in hanks, which must be wound into balls before you can knit with them. Here's a quick and easy way to handle a hank of yarn.

Knitting Skills - How to Make an I-Cord
I-cord seems difficult until you know how to do it, and once you learn how to make an I-cord, you'll come up with tons of reasons to use them.

Knit in the Front and Back - KFB - Finishing the Increase
Once you've knit into the front and back of the stitch, simply slide it off the left needle and continue knitting as normal.

How to Knit in the Front and Back of a Stitch - KFB
Knitting in the front and back of a stitch (KFB) is a relatively easy way to make an increase. Here's a look at how to do it step by step.

Knit Front and Back - KFB - How to Knit in the Back of the Stitch
Once you've knitted in the front of the stitch, you also need to knit in the back of the stitch to complete the increase.

Knitting in Front and Back - KFB - Continuing to Knit
Once you've made your kfb increase, keep knitting as the instructions say.

Basket Weave Scarf Free Knitting Pattern
This easy basketweave scarf is a great project for learning to knit and purl on the same row, and it makes a super warm scarf in no time at all.

Alphabet Knitting Blocks - Knitting Letters
Knitting letters into a knitting project is a great way to personalize a baby blanket, a sweater or a bag. These simple block letters are fun to make.

Alphabet Knitting Blocks - Knitting Letters
Knitting letters into a knitting project is a great way to personalize a baby blanket, a sweater or a bag. These simple block letters are fun to make.

Alphabet Knitting Blocks - Knitting Letters
Knitting letters into a knitting project is a great way to personalize a baby blanket, a sweater or a bag. These simple block letters are fun to make.

Learn to Popcorn Stitch Knit
Popcorn stitch knit is an easy way to add a textured embellishment to knit fabric. It's technically different from bobbles but gives a similar look.

How to Knit Two-Color Houndstooth Knitting Pattern
Houndstooth is a fun knitting pattern that involves two different colors of yarn worked on the same row. It's an introduction to stranded knitting.

Double Knitting (Knitting Two Layers at the Same Time)
Double knitting is a fun way to produce a reversible colored fabric that's two layers thick with layers that are knit at the same time. Learn how.

Double Knitting - Purling in Double Knitting
Double knitting continues by purling the stitches on the second

Double Knitting - Yarn Management in Double Knitting
How you hold and carry your yarn is of vital importance to your double knitting success.

Double Knitting - Finishing the First Row of Double Knitting
Continue as established to finish the first row of your double knitting project.

Double Knitting - Continuing Your Double Knitting Project
Keep knitting as established, alternating colors each stitch, to keep your double knitting project going.

Double Knitting - Changing Colors in Double Knitting
Making a color pattern on both sides of your double knitting fabric is a lot of fun and it's not too difficult to do.

Double Knitting - The Pattern Emerges
Keep working in your established pattern to see your design develop.

Double Knitting - Binding Off in Double Knitting
You can bind off in the usual way or bind off your double knitting using two colors.

How to Do Blocking in Knitting
Blocking knitting is a great way to smooth out imperfections in your knitting, to make pieces uniform in size and to make garments fit better.

Knitting FAQs: What is a Hank? A Ball? A Skein of Yarn?
Hanks, balls, and skeins are all common ways of buying yarn, but what are the differences? Learn about a skein of yarn and how far that will take you.

How to Wash Machine Washable Hand Knits
Lots of yarns say they are machine washable, but that doesn't mean you can wash items knit from them just like you'd wash any other clothes.

11 Essential Skills Every Knitter Should Have
If you're new to knitting and not sure where to start when acquiring new skills, here's a great checklist of 11 skills to get you started.

Choosing the Right Project When Knitting for a Baby or Child
Baby knitting projects are always popular, running the range from basic to sophisticated, using every kid of fiber and construction method out there. How can you choose the best baby knitting patterns for your situation?

Baby Blanket Knitting Patterns - Free Knitting Patterns for Baby Blankets
These free baby blanket knitting patterns make it easy for you to welcome a new little bundle of joy into the world with a gift of warmth. Easy knitting patterns mean you'll be able to finish your gift fast, as well.

Naturally Caron Country Yarn Review
While it has been discontinued, Caron Country yarn is still a great choice if you can find it for easy-care sweaters and other garments for kids and adults alike.

Avoid Twisting Stitches When Working in the Round
Most circular knitting patterns advise you to be careful not to twist your stitches when you join to knit in the round. What happens if they do twist?

Placing the Yarn on the Yarn Swift - Winding a Ball with a Yarn Swift and Ball Winder
Putting the yarn on the swift itself is the only potentially confusing part of winding a skein on a swift, and once you get it down you'll have a yarn ball in no time.

Using a Yarn Swift and Ball Winder
Making a skein of yarn into a workable ball by hand can be pretty tedious. Using a yarn swift and a ball winder makes short work of a skein and turns it into a great center-pull ball.

Winding a Ball Using a Yarn Swift and Ball Winder - Connecting to the Ball Winder
Once you have the yarn secured on your yarn swift, you simply have to connect the yarn to the ball winder and you'll be ready to begin turning your yarn skein into a ball of yarn.

Making a Ball with a Yarn Swift and Ball Winder - Winding the Ball
Once you have your yarn swift and ball winder set up, it's actually a quick and easy manner to wind your skein into a ball of yarn.

Making a Ball of Yarn with a Swift and Ball Winder - Finishing the Ball
Keep slowly turning the crank on the ball winder and guiding the yarn off the swift and in no time flat you'll have a perfectly wound ball.

Winding a Ball with a Yarn Swift and Ball Winder - Using Your Yarn
Now that your ball is wound, just slide it off the cone and use it as you would any other ball of yarn.

Winding a Ball into a Skein - How to Wind a Ball of Yarn into a Hank
To begin winding a ball of yarn into a hank using the back of a chair, just start winding the yarn loosely around the chair back.

Winding a Ball of Yarn into a Skein
It's not often you need to wind a ball of yarn into a skein (we're usually going the other way around), but this trick is helpful when recycling yarn from a project that's been on the needles to long or from a finished project that has gotten kinky and hard to work with.

Winding a Ball into a Skein - How to Wind a Ball of Yarn into a Hank
Just keep winding until you've finished up the yarn that's in your ball. Tie the yarn off in a few places to keep the hank together and you're done.

Winding a Ball into a Skein - How to Wind a Ball of Yarn into a Hank
Once the winding of the ball of yarn into a hank is done, just slip the skein off the chair back and add more ties, if necessary.

Winding a Ball into a Skein - How to Wind a Ball of Yarn into a Hank
If you have a yarn swift, you can also wind a ball of yarn into a hank using it instead of the back of a chair. This method might be a little faster, but both work well.

Winding a Ball into a Skein - How to Wind a Ball of Yarn into a Hank
Now that the swift is set up, use one hand to turn the swift and one hand to guide the yarn onto the swift in order to wind the yarn from the ball into a hank.

Winding a Ball into a Skein - How to Wind a Ball of Yarn into a Hank
Keep winding the yarn onto the yarn swift in the same manner until you run out of yarn, then use extra yarn to tie the hank together in several places.

Winding a Ball into a Skein - How to Wind a Ball of Yarn into a Hank
Loosen the swift so you can remove the hank from it and you've got a nicely wound hank ready to process further.

Basketweave Square - Knit a Basketweave Square for a Sampler Afghan
Basketweave is a lot of fun to knit and adds a great texture to the block it is found on in your sampler blanket. Page 8.

Broken Rib Square - Knit a Broken Rib Square for a Sampler Afghan
It wouldn't be right to have a sampler without a rib, but make the knitting a little more interesting for yourself by choosing Broken Rib over a more traditional ribbing choice. Page 9.

Crossed Stockinette Stitch Square - Knit a Crossed Stockinette Stitch Square for a Sampler Afghan
Stockinette Stitch is a natural for a sampler block, but it's a little boring to knit 12 inches square of nothing but Stockinette. Instead, change it up a bit with Crossed Stockinette Stitch. Page 10.

Diamond Brocade Stitch Square - Knit a Diamond Brocade Stitch Square for a Sampler Afghan
Diamond Brocade is a nice, fancy looking stitch pattern that adds a good focal point for your sampler afghan or baby blanket. Page 4.

Garter Stitch Square - Knit a Garter Stitch Square for a Sampler Afghan
A Garter Stitch square is a great place for your sampler afghan to start. Page 2.

Moss Stitch Square - Knit a Moss Stitch Square for a Sampler Afghan
Moss Stitch is a great choice for a sampler afghan when you want to add a lot of texture and warmth. Page 5.

Sampler Baby Blanket - Free Knitting Pattern for a Sampler Baby Blanket
This baby blanket pattern involves nine blocks using different stitch patterns, making an interesting sampler for your favorite little one.

Seed Stitch Square - Knit a Seed Stitch Square for a Sampler Afghan
Seed Stitch is an easy choice for a sampler afghan that has a ton of texture. Page 3.

Stockinette Monogram Square - Knit a Stockinette Alphabet Square for a Sampler Afghan
Knitting the first initial of the person you are knitting the blanket for makes it sure that this gift is for them (or labels a larger blanket as yours rather than anyone else's in your family). Page 7.

Free Knitting Pattern for a Sampler Baby Blanket
This baby blanket pattern involves nine blocks using different stitch patterns, making an interesting sampler for your favorite little one.

Ripple Stitch Square - Knit a Ripple Stitch Square for a Sampler Afghan
Ripple Stitch is a lot of fun to knit and is a quick block to add to your sampler blanket. Page 6.

Knit an Easy Box Stitch Scarf
The box stitch is an easy knitting stitch that makes a fabric with a lot of texture. This scarf uses the stitch to make a chenille yarn a little more interesting.

Reading Your Knitting for Proper Stitch Orientation
If you've ever had to put a stitch back on the knitting needle you know it can be difficult to determine which way the stitch is supposed to go. Giving the stitch a good look will ensure you get the right stitch orientation on the needle and don't twist the stitches.

Understanding Skill Level on Knitting Patterns
Knitting skill level is an important thing for knitters to understand because it gives you an idea of the skills you might need to complete a pattern before you get started.

How to Make a Right-Slanting Cable
The right-slanting cable (or cable back) is probably the easiest form of cable to make. It's very easy to do and looks great in all sorts of applications.

Right-Slanted Cable - Slipping the Stitches for a Right-Slanted Cable
When you're ready to form your cable, you need to slip a few stitches from your working needle to a cable needle in order to be able to knit them in a different order.

Right-Slanted Cable - Positioning the Cable Needle for a Right-Slanted Cable
The secret to a right-slanted cable is putting the cable needle in the right place when you knit the other stitches. For a right-slanted cable, that means behind the working needles, thus the name cable back.

Right-Slanting Cable - How to Knit from the Cable Needle for a Right-Slanting Cable
Knitting from the cable needle onto the right-hand needle makes the magic of the right-slanting cable happen.

Right-Slanting Cable - Finishing a Right-Slanting Cable
Continue in the manner established to make a right-slanting cable of any length you like.

Two Socks on Two Circular Needles - How to Knit Two Socks at Once on Two Circular Needles
Finish the heel turn on two socks knit at the same time by working across the top of the foot and picking up the remaining stitches.

Two Socks on Two Circular Needles - How to Knit Two Socks at Once on Two Circular Needles
Finish your socks at the same time (!) by cinching up the toes or grafting them shut if you prefer.

Two Socks on Two Circular Needles - How to Knit Two Socks at Once on Two Circular Needles
Starting the first sock for knitting two socks at a time on two circular needles

Two Socks on Two Circular Needles - How to Knit Two Socks at Once on Two Circular Needles
Getting started knitting the first round when working two socks at a time on two circular needles.

Two Socks on Two Circular Needles - How to Knit Two Socks at Once on Two Circular Needles
Continue working the first round of knitting two socks at a time of two circular needles by knitting the stitches of the first half of the second sock.

Two Socks on Two Circular Needles - How to Knit Two Socks at Once on Two Circular Needles
Knit the second half of the second sock next to continue to knit two socks at the same time on two circular needles.

Two Socks on Two Circular Needles - How to Knit Two Socks at Once on Two Circular Needles
Finish up the first round of two socks at the same time on two circular needles by knitting the second half of the stitches from the first sock.

Two Socks on Two Circular Needles - How to Knit Two Socks at Once on Two Circular Needles
Once the legs of both of your socks have been knit, it's time to work the heel flaps of your two at a time socks.

Two Socks on Two Circular Needles - How to Knit Two Socks at Once on Two Circular Needles
Turning the heels on two socks knit at the same time on two circular needles is the only time after the first round that the process gets a little tricky.

Knitting Two Socks at the Same Time
Knitting two socks on two circular needles at the same time is a great way to avoid second sock syndrome, and it's not as difficult as you might think. This tutorial takes you through the basics of knitting two at a time socks, as well as providing a sample pattern to practice with.

Two Socks on Two Circular Needles - How to Knit Two Socks at Once on Two Circular Needles
Work the gusset and foot in the same manner as the leg was worked, continuing to knit two socks at the same time.

Two Socks on Two Circular Needles - How to Knit Two Socks at Once on Two Circular Needles
How to cast on for the second sock when working two socks at a time on two circular needles.

Entrelca Knitting - Beginning the Right Side Triangle
Now that you've worked to what looks like the edge of the work, it's now time to make a right-side edge triangle, similar to the one on the left side, that will help give your work a straight edge on this side as well.

Working the Purl Side Squares for Entrelac Knitting
Entrelac knitting is a series of triangles and squares built on top of each other to present a woven look. Once you've worked the base triangles, it's time to add the side triangles and work the purl-side triangles.

Entrelac Knitting - Shaping the Left Triangle in Entrelac Knitting
To begin shaping the triangle you'll both increase and decrease stitches on the purl side to make a wedge-shaped piece of knitting that ultimately contributes to entrelac with straight side edges.

Entrelac Knitting - Finishing the Left Triangle
Continuing in the same manner you can quickly and easily shape the rest of the left side entrelac triangle.

Entrelac Knitting - Working the Purl Squares in Entrelac Knitting
Now that the edge of the work is well situated, it's time to continue your entrelac adventure with working the purl side squares.

Entrelac Knitting - Starting the Purl Squares
Shaping the purl squares on entrelac knitting is really easy and involves decreasing stitches from the previously worked base triangle.

Entrelac Knitting - Finishing the Purl Side Entrelac Square
Continuing in this manner will allow you to shape the purl side entrelac square.

Entrelac Knitting - Shaping the Right Side Triangle
Shaping the right side triangle is very similar to the shaping that's done on the other squares and triangles, with purl 2 togethers worked on the wrong side rows.

Enterlac Knitting - Finsihing the Right Side Triangle
Continue in the same manner, decreasing on each purl side row, to shape the right side entrelac triangle.

How to Make a Cable Back without a Cable Needle
When you're working a narrow cable (or you're just a person who never has knitting supplies handy when you need them) it's easy to turn your cables without using a cable needle. Here's how to work a cable back/right-slanting cable without a cable needle.

Cable without Cable Needle - Knit the Next Stitches
Once you've gotten the first stitches out of the way, you work the next stitches just like you would if you were using a cable needle.

Cable without a Cable Needle - Picking up the Stitches
In order to make the twist when forming a cable without a cable needle, you need to pick up those stitches you slipped initially to put them back on the left-hand needle.

Cable without a Needle - Putting the Stitches Back in Play
The next step in cabling without a cable needle is getting those stitches you initially slipped back to a place where you can knit them. That means slipping the stitches you did work briefly off the needle.

Cable without a Needle - Finishing the Cable
Now you can finish your cable knit without a cable needle just by knitting those last two stitches, which were originally the first two stitches.

Cable Back and Abbreviations in Knitting
Cable back is a knitting term that is telling you to make a specific kind of cable, one which slants to the right.

2011 Knitting Readers' Choice Awards Finalists and Voting
Vote for your favorite knitting needles in the 2011 About.com Knitting Readers' Choice Awards from Feb. 11 to March 8, 2011.

Best Wool Knitting Yarn for 2011
Vote for your favorite wool knitting yarn in the 2011 About.com Knitting Readers' Choice Awards from Feb. 11 to March 8, 2011.

Readers' Choice Awards Voting - 2011 Knitting Readers' Choice Awards Voting Pages - Best Cotton Knitting Yarn
Vote for your favorite wool knitting yarn in the 2011 About.com Knitting Readers' Choice Awards from Feb. 11 to March 8, 2011.

Readers' Choice Awards Voting - 2011 Knitting Readers' Choice Awards Voting Pages - Best Sock Knitting Yarn
Vote for your favorite wool knitting yarn in the 2011 About.com Knitting Readers' Choice Awards from Feb. 11 to March 8, 2011.

Readers' Choice Awards Voting - 2011 Knitting Readers' Choice Awards Voting Pages - Best Knitting Book of 2010
Vote for your favorite knitting book of 2010 in the 2011 About.com Knitting Readers' Choice Awards from Feb. 11 to March 8, 2011.

How to Start and Run a Knitting Group
Joining a knitting group is a great way to get yourself to knit more and to meet other people who share your passion. But what if you can't find a local knitting group? Here are some tips on starting your own knitting group.

Behind the Scenes: Knitting a Prayer Shawl
A shawl is just a shawl, but the intention behind it and thoughts put into it transform a standard shawl into what's known as a prayer shawl.

Knitting Pattern for a Wine Bottle Cozy
A wine bottle cozy is a great way to give a bottle of wine as a gift, along with a gift that's a little more lasting, and they're also a big help when transporting bottles of wine.

Lever or Irish Cottage Knitting Style
Pivot knitting is probably the fastest knitting method, allowing users to knit quickly for long periods of time without putting strain on the body.

Knitting Pattern for a Mini Easter Basket
This cute little knit basket is the perfect thing for storing a little Easter candy or using for decorations throughout the spring and summer. It's a really quick knit and not too difficult for people new to circular knitting.

How to Dye Yarn Naturally with Dandelions
Dyeing yarn with natural materials is a lot of fun and less strain on the planet than chemical dyes. See what happened when I dyed yarn with dandelions and how you can use natural dyestufs to diy dye your yarn, too.

How to Dye Yarn with Dandelions - Natural Dye Process for Yarn
The results of dyeing with dandelions and how to treat your naturally dyed yarn once its finished.

How to Dye Yarn with Dandelions - Natural Dye Process for Yarn
Once your yarn has been prepped and your dye bath has been made, it's an easy matter to dye your yarn with dandelions or any other natural materials.

Use Pictures in Your Knitting Projects
Motifs or pictures are a great way to add a little whimsy and personalization to the most basic knitting patterns. Whether you choose a project that already has a motif or add a knit motif on your own, there are several different ways to make motifs show up in your knitting.

Knitting Pattern for a Flat Knit, Square Hat for Kids
This flat-knit, square Garter Stitch hat is a perfect first project and looks super cute dressed up with a little bit of basic embroidery.

Square Hat - Free Knitting Pattern for a Flat Knit, Square Hat for Kids
How to finish and embellish the Square Hat.

Cat Hat - Free Knitting Pattern for a Cat Hat for a Child
How to knit the ears and embellish the Cat Hat.

Free Knitting Pattern for a Cat Hat for a Child
This easy and quick to knit child's Cat Hat is sure to be a hit with any little one who likes kitties. It's so cozy they might even want to keep it on their heads for more than a few seconds!

How to Cast on Stitches Using Two Colors
Using two colors to cast on is a great way to start a double knitting project, a pattern that starts with corrugated ribbing or just as a fun accent to a two-color project.

Two Color Cast On - How to Cast on Stitches Using Two Colors
How to form stitches in a two-color cast on.

Two Color Cast On - How to Cast on Stitches Using Two Colors
Tips and hints for working a cast on with two colors.

How to Master the Wrap Cast On Method
The wrap cast on is probably the easiest cast on method to master, but it isn't easy to get the tension even with this method. Still, it's a good one for beginners and it gets stitches on the needle quickly.

Free Pattern to Knit a Bandana for Your Dog
Dogs love to get dressed up, too, so why not knit a quick cotton bandana for your furry friend that matches one of your outfits?

How-To: Little Pearls Knitting Stitch
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How to Knit Brioche Stitch
Brioche Stitch is a general name for a lot of squishy, stretchy stitch patterns that are a lot of fun to knit. Here's an overview.

How to Knit the Slip Stitch Honeycomb Stitch
Slip Stitch Honeycomb is a really easy and striking knitting stitch pattern that has the look of honeycomb and is made with simple slipped stitches.

Knit a Scarf in Farrow Rib
Farrow Rib is a simple knit and purl pattern that is great for projects for men and women. This Farrow Rib Scarf is a great knitting project for new knitters.

Knitting: The Butterfly Stitch
Butterfly Stitch is a lovely knitting stitch that involves slipping stitches between lengths of yarn, then working those strands together with a stitch to give them the gathered look of butterfly wings.

How to Knit Feather and Fan or Old Shale
Feather and Fan and Old Shale are two terms for knitting stitches that are often used interchangeably. Here's how to knit them and lots of patterns to try.

Knitting Help
Need help with your knitting? Dropped a stitch or messed up your pattern and you don't know what to do? Are you reading a pattern and it makes no sense? We've got all the help you need for your knitting problems, questions and dilemmas.

How to Read a Knitting Pattern - Tips for Beginners
New knitters often have trouble learning how to read knitting patterns. This guide will get you through the pattern information, abbreviations and more.

Reading a Knitting Pattern: Knitting Abbreviations
Reading a knitting pattern that's full of abbreviations can be difficult, but here are the most common abbreviations to get you started. Page 2.

Where to Find Good Free Knitting Patterns
There are so many free knitting patterns available online, but they aren't all good. Here's how to find and evaluate knitting patterns to chose the best ones.

Teaching Children to Knit - How and When to Do it
Teaching knitting to children can be great when they discover a hobby we love, too, or it can be full of frustration. Here are some tips to make it easier.

How Do I Decide Which Knitting Style to Learn?
English and continental are both popular knitting methods. Is there a better one to learn first, or should you try to learn both?

Mom Tattoo Bag Free Knitting Pattern
If you're a mom (or you have a mom) who likes things that are a little funky and unexpected, try out this easy to knit Mom Tattoo Bag. Worked mostly in Stockinette Stitch and using intarsia for most of the colorwork, it knits up fast and is fun as a purse, knitting bag or tote for kids' toys.

Color Knitting Techniques and Patterns
Color knitting encompasses many knitting techniques, from simply using multicolored yarn to stranded knitting and intarsia. Here's a quick overview.

Free Knitting Patterns for Quick Knits
Quick knitting patterns are a great choice when you need to knit a gift in a hurry or just want a project that will be on and off the needles quickly.

The Best Free Hat Knitting Patterns
Check out some of the best easy hat knitting patterns from About.com Knitting for all ages, and learn how to design your own.

Knitting With Bulky Yarn: Pros and Cons
Bulky yarn makes projects that knit up in a flash and are fashionably on-trend. Learn the pros and cons of knitting with bulky yarn.

Why Knitting a Gauge Swatch Matters
Knitting patterns usually ask you to check your gauge before knitting, but is it really necessary? You probably know what I'm going to say. Yes!

Learn to Knit Stripes
Learn to knit stripes and you'll have an easy way to add color to any knitting project and to use up all the leftovers you accumulate from projects.

Unique Knitting Books - Reviews of Knitting Books about Unique Knitting Techniques and Projects
Book reviews for people looking for patterns for knitting something a little different. These creative books highlight new techniques and trends in the knitting world. Find patterns that satisfy your uber-creative spirit.

What to Knit with Mini Skeins of Yarn
Do you collect mini skeins of yarn? Here are some ideas for what to knit with mini skeins, plus a look at a book with 25 patterns for your yarn bits.

Knit a Simple Scarf Out of Fun Fur/Eyelash Yarn
Eyelash yarn makes fun, fancy looking projects with no effort. This fun fur knit scarf is a great introduction to the yarn and an accessory for all.

How Long Should a Scarf Be When Knitting?
Knitting a scarf you design yourself is a lot of fun, but how long should your finished scarf be? Here are some guidelines on scarf length and width.

Free Knitting Pattern for a Ribbed Hat Knit Flat
Flat hats are a great way to make a quick project without the worry of having to work with circular and/or double-pointed knitting needles. This ribbed hat has a little bit of shaping at the top for a snug fit and is perfect for cool days.

How to Convert Stitch Patterns for Knitting in the Round
Circular knitting is the favored method for many knitters, but you have to put some thought into how to knit different stitch patterns in the round.

Tips for Adjusting a Knitting Pattern
Want to knit a pattern but your gauge, or the given size, isn't quite right? Here's how to adjust a knitting pattern to make it work for you.

Why Stockinette Stitch Curls and How to Avoid it
Newer knitters often wonder why Stockinette Stitch curls and how to fix it. The answer is easy; the fix isn't always.

What is Portuguese Knitting and Why Should I Try It?
Portuguese, Incan or

How to Knit a Three-Needle Bind Off
Grafting got you down? Try a three-needle bind off instead. It's a quick and easy way to join two edges together, no sewing needle required.

About Knitting – Free Knitting Patterns and Tutorials
Learn how to knit with free knitting tutorials, patterns, book reviews and more from About.com's Knitting Expert.

How to Knit a Gauge Swatch
Most knitting patterns for things that need to fit advise you to check your gauge before knitting the project. Learn how to knit a gauge swatch and why it matters.

Baby Blanket Yardage for Knitting Projects
If you want to knit a baby blanket without using a pattern, you may wonder how to estimate how much yarn you will need. Here are some estimates for baby blanket yardage, plus a more thorough method.

How to Knit a Gauge Swatch for Circular Knitting
It's important to work a gauge swatch in the round for a project that's going to be knit in the round, but doing so can be a pain. Here's an alternative method that may make it a little easier.

Length of Long Tail for Casting on Knitting
Many knitters love to use the long-tail cast on method, but there's nothing more frustrating than running out of yarn in the middle. Here are some tips to help you estimate the proper length of your long tail.

Boye Needlemaster Interchangeable Needles - Review
The Boye Needlemaster interchangeable needles have been around for years, and a lot of people love them, while others find them less than ideal. Weigh the pros and cons before you decide which needles to buy.

Infant Sock - How to Knit a Ribbed Infant Sock
This quick and easy infant sock is designed to fit a baby with a shoe size around size 4, but because it is so stretchy it will likely fit children with even larger feet.

How to Change Your Gauge in Knitting
When you don't get gauge for a project, it won't turn out the intended size. Here's what you can do if you're not getting the number of stitches per inch the pattern calls for.

Simple Stockinette Hat Knitting Pattern
This simple Stockinette Stitch hat pattern, sized for newborns to large adults, is a great entry-level, plain vanilla, learn to knit a hat pattern.

Light & Layered Knits by Vicki Square Book Review
Learn to layer with knits -- or knit for warm weather -- with this collection of 19 tops for women.

Two-Color Brioche Scarf Knitting Pattern
Work brioche stitch in two colors to make this simple, springy and warm scarf.

Norwegian Knits with a Twist by Arne & Carlos Book Review
Arne & Carlos combine traditional Norwegian knits and their colorful style to produce a collection of knits you'll want to warm up with.

My First Sweater by Amy Ross Craftsy Class Review
Intimidated by the idea of knitting a sweater? This Crafty class from Amy Ross for Lion Brand Yarn takes you through the basics of a simple sweater in about 90 minutes.

Slip Stitch Knitting
Slip stitching -- whether on a single-color fabric or in two or more colors -- is an easy way to add texture and interest to a knitting project.

What is a Wool Allergy - Am I Allergic to Wool?
True wool allergies are rare, but many people seem to be sensitive to the prickle factor of rough fibers. Learn the difference between wool sensitivity and a wool allergy.

Cropped Cardigan Free Knitting Pattern
This cropped cardigan is a great introduction to cardigan knitting for someone who's never knit one before. Worked in chunky yarn, the cropped shape takes no time to knit up, and the boxy, roomy shape is comfortable to wear when you need just a little cover up.

Knitting FAQs: What Do I Do If I Drop a Stitch?
Dropping a stitch happens to all knitters at one time or another. Most of the time it's quite easy to fix. Here's how.

How to Knit Flemish Block Lace
Flemish Block Lace is a lovely knitting stitch that is not actually the difficult to accomplish, though it does require your attention as you knit. It would make a beautiful shawl or wrap, or use anywhere else you'd use lace knitting.

How to Knit Basketweave Stitch
Add some easy texture to your knitting with Basketweave Stitch. There are a number of variations that will all give you knitting projects a woven look.

Cable Front Knitting Definition
Cable front is a term that is sometimes used when talking about making a cable that twists to the left. Here's what you need to know.

Fair Isle Knititng Definition
Fair Isle and stranded knitting are terms that are often used interchangeably in the knitting world, but they don't mean exactly the same thing. Here's the difference between Fair Isle and stranded knitting.

What Causes Holes in Knitting?
Wondering why there are holes in your knitting where there shouldn't be? It might be a matter of having accidentally made a yarn over.

What Does Tension Mean to Knitters?
Tension means different things depending on where you live, but tension in the states refers to how tightly or loosely you knit.

How Do I Know Where I Am in a Pattern?
If you've gotten lost in your knitting pattern, observing the stitches you most recently knit should help you figure out where you are in a knitting pattern so you can continue to work from where you left off.

Cascade 220 Superwash Yarn Review
Cascade 220 is a well-known go-to yarn for basic wool knitting, but the superwash counterpart, known just as simply as Cascade 220 Superwash, is a workhorse yarn that's also machine washable.

What is Purling?
Purling is basically the opposite of knitting, and to make good garments and other knitted items, you need to master both stitches.

Knit Through the Back Loop
Knitting through the back of a stitch produces a twisted stitch, which is a very cool look if you're doing it on purpose.

K2Tog - Knit Two Together Definition
Knit two together (k2tog) is a basic and quick way to decrease stitches, which slants slightly to the right. It is the decreasing method that most people learn first.

What Is Pass Slipped Stitch Over (PSSO) in Knitting?
A common knitting abbreviation where decreases are involved is psso, or pass slipped stitch over. Her'es how to make one and how you might use it.

How to Make a Purl 2 Together
Purl 2 together or P2tog is not as common as the knit 2 together decrease, but it is just as simple to make when you need to get rid of a stitch on the purl side of a fabric.

How to Purl Through the Back Loop
Purling through the back loop is not as common as knitting through the back loop, but it's another way to twist stitches to make a different textured fabric.

What Is a Knitting Stitch Marker?
Stitch markers are indispensable little knitting accessories that help you keep track of where you are on your row.

What is Superwash Wool?
Knitting with superwash wool has its advantages, mostly when it comes to caring for the finished project after knitting. Learn more about this special kind of fiber.

What is a Yarn Swift?
A yarn swift is a non-critical but fun addition to your knitting tool chest. Learn what it is, why you might want one and how to make your own.

Learn to Knit the Fish Scale Lace Knitting Stitch
Fish Scale Lace is a relatively easy, Stockinette Stitch based lace pattern that makes arcs of Stockinette Stitch that look a bit like fish tails, along with eyelets that look a bit like scales.

What Is Sock Yarn for Knitting?
There is a great variety of sock yarn on the market today, though you don't necessarily have to choose a yarn called sock yarn in order to knit socks.

Learn to Knit the Aran Honeycomb Stitch
Aran Honeycomb, also known as a Chain Cable when only one repeat is knit in an area, is a very cool cabled pattern that gives a honeycomb look to your knitted fabric. Learn to knit the Aran Honeycomb.

How to Knit Bamboo Stitch
Bamboo stitch is an interesting but relatively easy knitting stitch that involves slipping a yarn over over two knit stitches, making an interesting texture.

How to Knit a Braid Cable
The instructions for the Braid Cable look confusing, but it's really an elegant and relatively easy cable pattern once you get the hang of it.

How to Knit with Condo Knitting
Condo knitting is a method that was popular in the 1970s that involved knitting Garter Stitch with two very differently sized needles. A less dramatic style makes a really cool and useful mesh pattern.

Learn to Knit Diamond Brocade
Diamond Brocade is a very popular knitting stitch pattern that involves raised purl diamond shapes on a field of stockinette. There are many variations to this easy and pretty stitch.

How to Knit a Bias Garter Stitch Square
Give your knitting a different slant by working Garter Stitch on the bias. Make slanted fabric or form diagonally shaped squares with two easy techniques.

How to Knit the Hourglass Eyelet Pattern
Though the eyelets themselves are pretty subtle, the Hourglass Eyelet knitting pattern is a lovely, textured pattern that would be great for a sweater or vest.

Learn to Knit the Loop Stitch
Loop stitch is an interesting knitting stitch pattern that is a fun way to work a fringe-like element into a knitting project, or it can be used to make loops all over a piece of knitted fabric.

Knit a Simple Mock Cable
Mock cables make a plain or ribbed project a little more interesting without the use of a cable needle. It's an easy technique that is a great addition to lots of different knitting projects.

How to Knit Moss Stitch
Moss Stitch is a fun little knitting stitch pattern that makes bunches of raised stitches that have a look reminiscent of moss. It's a cute pattern that is very simple to complete.