Discover the 8 Most Popular Knitting Tip Reels on My Instagram

One of the things I love best about Instagram is that it’s given me an opportunity to connect with so many of you through glimpses of my knitting life, participating in the global knitting community, and seeing YOUR projects when you tag me! It has been an amazing experience, and I am so pleased that there are now over thirty-thousand of you 🎉🎉🎉 who follow me and are part of this inspiring community!

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One thing that I often hear from knitters in our community is how much they love seeing tips in-action, so to that end, I’ve compiled some of the most popular tips that I’ve shared as videos. If you missed them, now is a good time to catch up!

Check out eight knitting tip videos to improve your skills!

Jogless stripe:

Everybody loves stripes, but when it comes to working them in the round, they may not turn out so pretty. Watch this quick video to learn how to work a lovely jogless join in a two row or larger stripe. The technique was first “unvented” by Meg Swansen.

Untwist a cast-on:

This is one of those things I wish I knew when I was a new knitter. Patterns simply state, “join in the round, being careful not to twist.” I had to learn the hard way, ripping out many twisted joins after completing the first row. Little did I know that there was a fix for it!

Dropped-edge stitch:

Everyone makes mistakes. Don’t be afraid of making them; instead, learn how to fix them! Here’s one of my tricks from my DVD class “Knitting ER.” Watch the video to learn how to pick up a dropped stitch at the end of your row.

Four ways to do a crochet cast-on:

I love how many ways there are to get to the same place in knitting. ⁠The crochet cast-on creates a beautiful cast on edge that perfectly matches the traditional pass over bind off.⁠ But for many knitters who have never crocheted, or for English knitters (throwers), holding the yarn in their left hand is tricky. Here’s a quick demo video showing you four different ways to get to the same place.⁠

I have also shared a few tips from my book, “Patty Lyons’ Knitting Bag of Tricks,” and transformed them into these short videos:

CDD trick:

The center double-decrease (CDD) is a lovely but much misunderstood decrease. Learn the trick to making an easier and cleaner CDD.

Speed swatch:

Who doesn’t love a speedier swatch? This brilliant little trick enables you to knit flat with no purls on circular needles. It’s a better way to swatch in the round without those pesky loops that go across the back.⁠

Fix the last stitch of a bind-off:

Before we can get to finishing, we have to bind off, a simple act that can go so tragically wrong. Learn how to fix that weird loop at the end of your bind-off, so it won’t bother you anymore.

Fix short rows in the round:

Attention short-row knitters—this tip is for all of you! Short rows are an amazing way to shape our knitting, but they are less than lovely when we work in the round. Do you want to hide that last wrap and turn without leaving a weird gap? Well, here’s the solution!

I hope you enjoy these tips! I share more personal content specifically on my Instagram. Follow me to see the latest post and make sure you never miss any life updates, sneak peeks, and the behind-the-scenes! Click on the link to follow!

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  • Susan Winters June 11, 2023   Reply →

    Looking forward to newsletters

  • Judy October 16, 2023   Reply →

    Would love to learn how to add on to a border if you want. To add length.. Any tips?

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