Knitting Techniques and Resources

This is a collection of helpful pages and videos to which I frequently return when working on knitting projects.

Laura’s words of wisdom: Just go for it. Can’t hurt.

Tubular cast onYouTube video by Ysolda Teague – This produces an amazingly stretchy and attractive cast on for 1×1 or 2×2 rib, which I use for everything. It’s matched by:

Tubular cast offTechKnitting description and diagrams – This produces an amazingly stretchy and attractive cast off for 1×1 or 2×2 rib, which, yes, I use for everything.

Kitchener description and demonstration – KS is one of those things that I know how to do, but still have to look it up every time I do it. This is a great description with some clear photos.

Ring cast onvideo of Fleegle’s simple ring cast on for circular things – Smart way of casting on for circular shawls or other items that start from a central point. Also contains link to explanatory post.

Judy’s Magic Cast Onpicture tutorial of cast-on for toes (or heels) – Neat way to cast on for socks, similar to Turkish cast on.

Provisional (or not) Crochet cast on – Knit Purl Hunter’s Crochet Cast On – video tutorial (for the benefit of non-crocheters ;)) for crochet cast on, which when done with waste yarn, becomes a great provisional cast on.

Knitting in the round on two circular needlesweebleknits’ picture tutorial – Colour coded tutorial demonstrating how to knit with two circs at the same time. For when magic loop just won’t do.

Picking up and knitting stitchesStitchDiva’s tutorial for picking up stitches – Picture guide to picking up stitches along various edges of knitted work.

Joining to knit in the roundVeryPinkKnit’s demonstration of joining circular knitting to work in the round – very clear and simple video demonstration. Note that some people advocate switching stitches from one needle to the other to secure the join – personally, I don’t as it often looks messy. If you end up still with a gap at the end of the knitting process, it’s easy just to ‘darn’ the gap with your tail of yarn.