Learning and incorporating decorative borders on crochet projects can be a headache when they start to scrunch up. This crochet how-to video is a tutorial on how to do single stitch borders around a project without scrunching or messing up corners. Watch and let Mike show you how to work the needle so that you don't get any bunching around the edges.
Most of the time you will increase on Knit stitches. You can see my article on that here. However, there will be times when you will need to know how to increase on a Purl stitch. Here's how:
When you make an actual garment you will have to know how to decrease and increase stitches. For this article we'll deal with just the increase.
In this tutorial, we learn how to install a zipper into your knit. The first way you can do this is to take it to a tailor and they will do it for around $15. To do this by hand, grab your piece that needs a zipper and then steam the edges. After this, take a sewing needle and start to sew the zipper underneath both sides of the edges of the piece. You can also use pins to place into these so it stays in place. Do a backstitch also, to help make the zipper more sturdy and stay on longer.
In this episode of LetsKnit2gether, we demonstrate lace knitting stitches and how to read lace charts.
A keyhole is a great way of adding decorative effect to your knitting projects, and master knitter Judy Topaz is going to show you how it's done on a striped scarf. Adding a keyhole is more complicated than just knitting a basic scarf, but follow along to the video and you shouldn't have any problems.
You've finished your very first crochet project! Congratulations! But now how do you tie off the yarn in such a way as to keep the whole thing from unraveling? This video demonstrates a simple and easy technique to finish your project and keep it together.
It's easy to add a new yarn color in the middle of your row. See how to change colors in the middle of the row when knitting, with this easy, up close demonstration by Judy Graham, Knitter to the Stars.
These lovely scarves have different names. I call it the Spiral Ruffle Scarf. It's easy to make and looks great in either a fine or a medium weight yarn. I made mine with softball cotton yarn and size 8 needles. Here are the videos and written directions:
This is a great knitting tip. See how to switch from a straight needle to a round needle when knitting, and why, with this easy, up close demonstration by Judy Graham, Knitter to the Stars.
This sweet little knitted heart cushion is easy to create and makes a lovely gift. It can also be used as a sachet. Here are the directions.
Learn how to use a right-handed Afghan (or Tunisian) crochet stitch with a crochet shell when crocheting a scarf. You can easily modify the size to make a baby or a full-sized afghan. For step-by-step instructions, take a look.
In this video, we learn how to edge a knitted piece with a crab stitch. First, attach your yarn to the left edge of your work. After this, work one chain stitch, then go backwards with the hook. Insert it into the fabric and grab the yarn and pull it through the loop. Go around the yarn again and pull it through again. Keep going backwards and grabbing more yarn as you go in reverse. You are working with one loop on the needle while going into the fabric. Make sure you're consistent with the ...
This video demonstrates how to seam up your knitted items. Watch and learn!
This isn't necessarily a one-size-fits-all sweater, but more like a one-size-fits-"most" sweater, and it's the perfect creation for beginner knitters to try out as they learn the ropes knitting. And this cozy and creative knitted sweater is a great present for anyone! Try it out. Just follow along with the video's step-by-step instructions.
This is a quick little tutorial that shows you a good finishing stitch for your crochet project. If you're down to the end of your thread, here is how you can easily tie off a short tail, no matter what you're making.
In this video, you'll learn how to knit a triangle shawl. This shawl is knitted using the yarn over increase, which is just one of many ways you can knit this shawl. This video takes you step by step through the stitches necessary to make a beautiful and gorgeous triangle shawl.
In this tutorial, we learn how to recognize a backwards knitting stitch. Sometimes if you have to undo stitches, you may need to recognize where the stitches are so you can fix the problem. The front leg will be sitting in front of the one in the back when it's done correctly. If done backwards, you will be able to see the front leg in the back of the back leg. To fix this, you can simply take the stitch off, turn it around, and orient it correctly. Or, you can knit through the back loop to t...
This crochet stitch tutorial is definitely not for beginner crocheters, as it involves a rather difficult pattern called the crochet boxed block stitch, but the results are fabulous if you're an advanced or intermediate knotter and approach the project with patience.
Is it possible to make Minions with Macrame? I tried - look what happened :) Macrame Minion from Despicable Me movie based on Kinder Surprise egg.
Crochet cables, which look like little round buds, create beautiful patterns and are often seen on sweaters. This tutorial shows you how to master this unique crochet pattern. All you need is crochet yarn, a hook, and a little bit of patience.
Learn all there is to learn about yarn from Naztazia... watch this video tutorial to learn how to substitute fiber, texture, and weight in yarn patterns.
The leaf pattern is a variable shape in crocheting projects. Learn how to crochet a leaf pattern by watching this video handicraft tutorial.
There are not many stitches that are more beautiful than this LACEY EYELET RIB STITCH. And, there are few that are easier. Most knitters are apprehensive about knitting any lace patterns, and truthfully, many are difficult because of so many rows. This one, however, consists of only 4 rows. You can use either side of the work and it is a lovely stitch to know. You can use it for a beautiful scarf or for just about anything for a baby. I've made many baby sweaters and blankets using this stitc...
We enjoy the fuzzy wool yarns at craft stores as much as any other knitter, but did you know that yarn doesn't have to be made from wool or any of the typical yarn fibers? In fact, you can make your own yarn at home. Don't worry, we're not going to put you in front of a weaving machine.
We don't know about you, but anything that says "Greek goddess" in the label gets us instantly interested. In this tutorial, you'll learn how to look like a Greek goddess by making a knitted headband composed of three strands that tie at the back.
So you've been working on a crochet project for a round piece, and now you are at the end. How to join the two edges together seamlessly? This tutorial shows you an easy and simple way to join your rounds together.
Thread Heads Quickie: turn an old afghan (or some piece of fabric) into a cute little flower applique.
See how to add a new ball of yarn when knitting, with this easy, up close demonstration by Judy Graham, Knitter to the Stars. Judy's knits have appeared in movies, television, and concerts for over thirty years. She herself has been hand-knitting for over fifty. Watch as she teaches you how to add a new ball of yarn when stitching.
In this tutorial, we learn how to knit a scarf for an American Girl doll. First, make a slip knot on one knitting needle. Next, case on the stitches. You may do this as many times as you want to create a thicker scarf. Do this by grabbing the loose yarn, wrapping it around your finger and needling through it once. Then, pull one on your finger and then up and over the needle. Repeat casting on the stitches as much as you need to. Do this for each of the stitches, then when you are finished ti...
Watch this instructional knitting video to hang a knitted hem. Add weights the inside of a hem to keep your knitted piece straight. If you knit with a knitting machine, this is an essential trick for getting started with larger projects.
Cat Bordhi shows you how to work the most invisible, smoothest paired increases for your socks.
For the craftsters & LED lovers, great idea by Johanna Hyrkas. The LED carpet-light: a simple, yet novel DIY project. A single strand of LEDs is encased in a knit tube; the knit tube is wound together to form a carpet. Brush up on your knitting skills, and get creative.
This video demonstrates how to knit with a serenity loom. A serenity loom can produce a blanket up to 10 feet. To start, thread a double loop of thread through a straw. Then use the loop of thread to pull through a piece of yarn. The straw will help you place the yarn around the pegs of the loom easier. Tie a loop around the anchor of the inside of the loom. Then loop completely around each peg, being sure to place the loops in the middle of the pegs consistantly. Wrap as far as you want your...
Tie loose ends together - in the literal and original sense sense of the phrase - by sewing together the ends and/or hems of your knitting projects like a pro. Whether you're fusing together two pieces of wool-knitted cloth to form the back of a beautiful winter sweater or just want to join patchwork knits into a rasta-cool beanie, knowing how to stick pieces together is integral for a tidy project.
You will need around twenty feet of thick, sturdy rope (something smooth like jute or nylon will also prevent the harness from digging into your skin). Tie as demonstrated in this video, and you'll have an instant messenger bag for carrying boxy things around!
Sometimes your pattern will instruct you to CAST ON AT THE END OF A ROW. CASTING ON AT THE END OF A ROW is quite easy. Here's how to do it:
Ever wonder how to cast on with work in progress when knitting? Well, wonder no more with this knitting demonstration video!
The single stitch is a very simple stitch, easy for beginners to master, which can be used to join two granny squares together. This is a useful technique for joining any two crochet pieces together of any size or shape, not just granny squares!
Sometimes your instructions will include having to CAST ON AT THE BEGINNING OF A ROW. It's not difficult and here's how to do it.