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Tuesday Tip: Duplicate Stitch to the Rescue!

Tuesday Tip copyBy far the most powerful tool in the knitter’s toolbox is duplicate stitch (also known as swiss darning). There are so many fixes that can be done once you master this little darling. Furthermore, once you do, you will also have a much better understanding of the anatomy of your stitches.

Swiss Darning (Duplicate Stitch) Sock Repair

Heel of sock is nearly worn through. A wooden darning egg is helpful for this operation

Save Your Knitting : Duplicate Stitch to Prevent a Hole

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Tuesday Tip: Extra Stretchy Bind Off

Tuesday Tip copyLast fall I ran a knitalong with Creative Knitting for my Fan the Flames Cowl. Since you know, I’m gonna pack it full of tips and tricks that aren’t on the page, I thought I’d share some of my favorites here.

The words “bind off loosely” can cause much frustration to knitters.  A stitch is wider than it is tall, so OF COURSE, when it lies down on it’s side for a bind off, it can’t possibly reach the next stitch. It needs a little help

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Better SSK

Tuesday Tip – Matching SSK & YOs

Tuesday Tip copyRecently I ran a knitalong with Creative Knitting for my Fan the Flames Cowl. Since you know, I’m gonna pack it full of tips and tricks that aren’t on the page, I thought I’d share some of my favorites here.

Here I go over the two things that drives a perfectionist lace knitter crazy. How to make their SSKs match their K2togs and making their YOs match in size.  I’ll tell ya the truth, there are three different tricks to making your YOs match, this is just one of them (I teach all three in Patty’s Knitting Bag of Tricks!)

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Tuesday Tip – Measuring Gauge

Tuesday Tip copyYeah, yeah, yeah (you’re probably thinking), I know I need to make a gauge swatch. This isn’t about the need or even the how, but the what the heck do you do when . . . .

Measuring in Knitting – The X-Ray

So as many of you that have taken my gauge class knows, I’m not a fan of just measuring the entire width of a swatch to get your gauge. This method (for me) has proven to be very inaccurate, especially when designing a garment in negative ease where the gauge will really matter.

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Tuesday Tip – Better Bind Off

Tuesday Tip copyWhen Bad bind offs happen to good people.

When you bind off do you get something that looks like a noose at the end of your knitting? Does it bug you as much as it does me?

Better Bind Off

First let’s take a look at what a regular bind off leaves you with:

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Not an enjoyable edge!

Ah, but to paraphrase Jason Robert Brown’s Last Five Years (movie coming out soon!), we can do better than that!

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