Knitting Basics

Chinese Waitress Cast On

How to do the Chinese waitress cast on with a crochet hook The Chinese Waitress cast on is a little more complicated and time consuming than some other cast on methods. And honestly, it took me a while to figure this one out. But don’t let that scare you off! Why? Because the Chinese waitress …

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Backwards Loop Cast On

Add new stitches with the Backwards loop cast on The backwards loop cast on works both for casting on for a new project and for adding new stitches in the middle of an project. The most prominent features of this cast on is that it’s easy to do and very loose and floppy. The looseness …

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5 Ways To Improve Your Knitting

Things new knitters don’t do (that maybe they should) I have noticed a few things that experienced knitters do, but new knitters may not have learned yet. These are 5 easy ways to improve your knitting! Using your swatch for more than measuring gauge Getting to know your yarn and fibers properly Knitting on multiple …

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How to knit a diagonal rectangle

Easy pattern: How to knit a diagonal rectangle A rectangle knitted diagonally, also known as a corner to corner rectangle, is super easy to do. At first, it can be a bit confusing but once you understand how the rectangle is shaped it’s a breeze! This type of rectangle is great for knitting throw blankets, …

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Knitting a Diagonal Square

How to knit a diagonal square (aka a corner to corner square) Knitting a diagonal square (from corner to corner) is a basic knitting technique that’s good to know. It’s a favorite technique of mine and I often use it for dishcloths (I only use my handknit dishcloths from recycled cotton) but also for knitting …

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Rib Knit Stitch

The simplest rib stitch patterns Rib stitch is a knitting stitch pattern built up of columns of knit and purl stitches that produces a stretchy fabric that doesn’t curl, useful for example cuffs.  This technique is commonly used in knitting, especially for garments like hats, socks and sweaters to stop the knit fabric from rolling …

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