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 on – YouTube 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 off – TechKnitting 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 Stitch – Knitty.com 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 on – video 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 On – picture 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 needles – weebleknits’ 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 stitches – StitchDiva’s tutorial for picking up stitches – Picture guide to picking up stitches along various edges of knitted work.
Joining to knit in the round – VeryPinkKnit’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.