My preferred cast on for top-down socks with a 2×2 rib is the Double Start or Estonian cast on. Here is a video to show you how to do it.
The thing that puts a lot of people off knitting flap and gusset heels is having to pick up the stitches along the heel flap. If done right, though, this can be really simple. Here’s a short video showing the process. And if at the end you still hate it, try knitting toe up, then… Continue Reading: How to Pick Up Heel Stitches
In knitting, there are two main types of decreases involving two stitches – right-leaning and left-leaning. It’s really useful to be able to tell these apart and know which action will produce which result. Right-Leaning The first decrease most people learn is knit two together (k2tog). This results in the left-hand stitch on top, causing… Continue Reading: Right- and Left-Leaning Decreases
The most common way to finish a top-down sock is by using the Kitchener stitch. This video tutorial takes you through how to work it for perfect looking socks.
Cables can be quite intimidating when you first start knitting them and there seem to be a lot of different variations to learn. If you are using a pattern with a chart, this can make things a lot easier as the cable symbols often look the same as the end result. If you’re not familiar… Continue Reading: How to Understand Cable Symbols
Realising you’ve crossed a cable the wrong way is a common problem. This video shows you how to fix cables, even if the problem was a few rows down. This tutorial was created as part of my Level Up Your Socks KAL. Use it to help you knit patterned socks and enter to win prizes.
Reading your knitting means being able to look at a piece of knitting and recognising what stitch was used. Learning how to read your knitting will make it a lot easier to keep track of where you are in a pattern and help prevent mistakes. If you can see where you are in a pattern… Continue Reading: How to Read Your Knitting: The Basics
My patterns tend to have a lot of cables because I really like them. However, if you’re using a cable needle, this can make it slow and awkward. Here’s a video on how I cable without a cable needle. This was produced as part of my Level Up Your Socks KAL. Join in the KAL… Continue Reading: How to Cable Without a Cable Needle
Charts are really useful for knitting because they look the same as the finished knitting, so it’s easier to know what you’re doing and if you’ve gone wrong. However, they can be a bit confusing if you’ve not used one before. This blog post is going to help you learn how to read a knitting… Continue Reading: How to Read a Knitting Chart: The Basics