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How To: Bind Off on a Purl Stitch

You've come to the end of your work and are ready to BIND OFF, but you're on a PURL row. What to do? You've learned how to BIND OFF on a knit stitch, but this is something new. Usually you will do the BIND OFF stitch on a knit row, but now your pattern is telling you to BIND OFF on a Purl row. Sometimes, like in ribbing, you will need to do both. If you've never bound off purling here are the instructions to follow.

How To: Do the square or box and circle stitch for lanyards

This how-to video demonstrates everything you need to know for lanyard needs. Follow along and find out how to start and finish a lanyard using the square of box stitch (or the circle stitch) throughout. All you need is two lengths of plastic thread. Use your lanyard as a keychain, or to hang a whistle onto. Watch this video tutorial and learn how to make a lanyard using the square or box as well as the circle stitch.

How To: Crochet a puffy Valentine's Day heart

This video shows how to make a small woven puffy heart. It Measures approximately 3 inches of yarn and 8 inches across. Use sufficient yarn and a size G crosha. Make a knot and attach the knot with the crosha. Make a chain of 3. Twin with the beginning chain to form a loop. Now make 9 rings with the center of the loop. This completes round 1. Now round 2 will have 18 rings around round 1. This completes round 2. Likewise work for two more rounds with 12 or 18 rings. Further round 4 will have ...

How To: Crochet a Tunisian forward pass increase

This video crocheting tutorial provided by thecrochetside.com, shows how to increase on the forward pass in Tunisian crochet. The Tunisian crocheting method uses an elongated hook and is considered a mixture of knitting and crochet with no need to turn the work over. Learn how to forward pass increase in Tunisian crochet by watching this instructional video.

How To: Knit with a serenity loom

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...

How To: Sew knitted pieces together using a whip stitch and other stitches

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.

How To: Make a double-crochet edge

This video demonstrates how to make a double- crochet edge. The video uses a large cardigan neck to create a double crochet edge on. First, back the yarn around the hook and go into the next stitch. Then pull through a loop on to the hook. Take another loop on to the hook. Next, go through the first two stitches at the end of the hook. Then take another loop onto the hook and go through the last two stitches. So, you wrap, insert through next stitch, pull on another loop, draw the hook throug...

How To: Crochet a crescent moon

Watch this instructional video to crochet a crescent moon. These visual guidelines will walk you through each step in creating this crochet ornament. This is a small crochet project, but the crescent moon may take a few tries to master.

How To: Knit a Ball

Knitted balls can be used for all sorts of projects. The obvious is a Christmas ornament, but knitted balls can also be the basis for knitting toys or snowmen. And of course, they can be used simply as balls which make a lovely gift for a baby. They can be all one color, striped or patterned. To get started, follow the directions below for a one-color knitted ball. You will need to know how to knit on double-pointed needles, so if you need help with that, check out my other article.

How To: Do the Two Needle Cast On Knitting

There are so many different ways to cast on knitting. I have my own favorite. It's the way I learned when I first started knitting. My way is called TWO NEEDLE CAST ON. I like this 2 needle method because you don't have to guess how much you need to measure out a length of yarn at the beginning. I also think it makes a tighter and straighter edge.

How To: Increase Using the Purl Stitch in Knitting

In this video, we learn how to increase using the purl stitch in knitting. First, take the thread in between two stitches and twist it onto the left needle, then purl it off. Do this over and over again, then purling the next stitch. This is the easiest way to do this, and the most efficient in saving time. When you reach the end of a row, start a new row and do the same process over again. When you are finished, you will have a beautiful type of knitting that wasn't hard to learn and is easy...

How To: Knit a button loop

Berroco knit bits shows how to knit a button loop easily within minutes. 1) Thread a tapestry needle with a 18-24″ piece of yarn. 2) Knot the end of the yarn and insert the needle where you want your first button loop. 3) Make a second stitch an inch or so away from the first stitch. 4) Tighten up the thread, placing your fingers in between the yarn and the button band creating a loop. 5) Work blanket stitch around this loop, stacking each stitch on top of the previous one until the ent...

How To: Finish a crochet never ending granny square

In this video, we learn how to finish a crochet never ending granny square. There is a spiral effect happening in this, because there is no place that is stopping, it's going in a continual circle. To finish one of these, you will see that the corners should be perfect. But, you will need to choose one corner to finish it off at. Go across, then choose a side to stop at. Then, chain over and double crochet in. When you come across with another color, you can weave in the end so that you can't...

How To: Basic treble crochet a scarf

This wonderful two part tutorial will have you crocheting in no time. It's a back to basics account, to have you easily crochet your very own treble stitch scarf. Using single crochet, double crochet, and half double crochet. This is great for beginners or someone looking for a new adventure.

How To: Speed knit with the world's fastest knitter

Learn how to increase your knitting speed with Miriam Tegels, the World's Fastest Knitter. She can stitch 118 stitches in one minute; a record that appears in the Guinness Book of World Records. Miriam Tegel's knitting secret is keeping all movements to a minimum. Use size 8 knitting needles and DK weight yarn for optimal performance. After casting on sixty stitches, see how many stitches you can knit in three minutes. Good luck!

How To: Knit a spider stitch

Watch this two part instructional knitting video to knit a spider stitch. A spider stitch is a stitch used in lace making to fill in open spaces with threads resembling a cobweb. The knitter's version of this stitch makes an elegant, open weave pattern.The Continental method is used here, meaning the yarn is held with the left hand.

How To: Knit alternating colors for a two-row stripe

Need some stripes in your knit-work? Judy's going to lend you her expertise and show you how to make stripes of two rows. She starts out adding a row of red yarn above previously knitted gray row, to make her stripes. Just follow her guidelines for stitching and you should have no problems knitting stripes in your future projects.

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