Rip It Out Before You Tear It Out: How To Correct Knitting Mistakes

So you’ve been knitting for a while and managed to get a good-sized chunk of that section done but when you look down and inspect your work you realize that you’ve made a mistake! Maybe it was getting your tension wrong and now your knitted piece is too big or too small, it  could be that you have missed out a stitch or two in a pattern repeat or you have somehow managed to decrease and increase in random places and that has now ruined your stitch count. However it happened it’s unlikely you’ll be able to repair it easily but you don’t want to lose everything that you’ve already made.

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An Introduction To Knitting Needles

The Tools Of The Trade

There is such a variety of knitting needles available on the market it can be hard for a beginner (and also seasoned knitters) to choose which type of needle you should be picking for your project.

As your needles will play a big role in the success of your project it’s vital that you chose the right one, preferably the first time. I will be going through all of the different types of knitting needles commonly available to help you make those important decisions.

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Moss Blocks Baby Blanket

Baby season seems like it’s always here, or as it’s known in my office “Oh, another one came along” (we have a lot of Mummies). Come the Summer time though you’ll be seeing all those fresh cheeked babies out in their strollers with their parents and they’ll be needing a little something to keep them comfortable: enter the Moss Block Baby Blanket.

This is an introduction to combining your basic knit and purl stitches, slip stitches, plus an easy crotchet edge as well.

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Free Textured Beginner Sock Pattern

Textured beginner sock

Socks For Beginners

Socks are a great way to build your skills as a knitter because they have a standard construction which you can build on to make a unique version of the vanilla sock.

This sock is going to use a combination of knits and purls to make a staggered moss stick pattern for the leg and front foot construction. The sock will be constructed in the Cuff-Down method: start with the cuff, move down the leg, turn the heel, make the foot, and decrease down to the toe.

The skills you will need to complete this pattern are:

  • Casting on
  • Magic Loop if you are using large circular needles (see video for instructions)
  • Knit and purl stitches
  • Decreases using SSK and K2tog
  • Kitchener Stitch (see video for instructions)

I will take you through the pattern step-by-step and show you how to integrate the textured pattern in the standard sock construction.

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How To Block Acrylic Yarn

Steaming acrylic yarns for a professional look

Taking Your Acrylic Projects To The Next Level

I love to work with acrylic yarns for many reasons but the top two are because projects made with them tend to hold their shape well when finished and the yarn is generally inexpensive. However, it is difficult to get acrylic projects looking professional because you cannot block them in the usual way.

After many of my failed attempts I came across another method which has saved many a project and made them into a high quality finished piece which my customers have loved.

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