If you’re a beginner knitter, most of your focus is on making sure you complete your knit or purl stitches, but fairly quickly, you’ll wonder why your knitting is so uneven, lopsided, and doesn’t look like knitting in a lot of pictures on the internet. If you’re not sure what tension is, or how to achieve a “proper” tension, check out my video here. (And a bonus: Franklin makes an appearance to play with some yarn demonstrate how not to… Read more »

Looking over a knitting pattern for the first time can be intimidating or even scary, especially if you’re looking at abbreviations for lifting stitches, cabling, or making bobbles. Sometimes though, even writing out knitting abbreviations like k3, p2, c4b, p2, k3 is too much work, and that’s where knitting charts come in. I don’t know anyone that likes charts and is eager to learn how to read them right away, but they are useful and if it’s a complicated piece of… Read more »

Are you ready for another Knit Along? Because it’s time!! Voting happened over the last week and a half or so, and with 63% of the vote, the Rockaway Cardigan beat out the rest of the options. Great news: whether you voted for the Rockaway Cardigan or not, all of the options up for vote are 50% off in Ravelry until the 1st of June – just add it to your cart and the discount automatically applies. More good news:… Read more »

In honor of my latest pattern being released, Lake Diamond, and since a lot of my patterns involve lace in some way, I thought I’d come up with a list of tips for the beginner lace knitter. While knitting lace is certainly a skill that takes a little bit of work, it’s not nearly as intimidating as most people think it is – so here’s my 10 tips for lace knitting. 1. Pay Attention. If you like to zone out when… Read more »

I am so excited to introduce this tank top to you guys! It’s part of Knitty’s Spring + Summer 2016 collection, and my tank top is the surprise for the issue, which technically came out a little over a month ago. Surprise!   Lake Diamond was inspired by the hot summer days spent chasing a cool breeze. A lacy, cotton tank top is perfect for summer. The open lacework is stylish and will keep you cool, whether you’re spending a day… Read more »

So after a long hiatus for the winter, Any Stitch Will Get You There is back! Episode 7 features Sarah Wilson from The Sexy Knitter, and it is definitely worth the wait. Sarah is such an accomplished designer, and I’ve been a fan of her work since before I started knitting. Her sweaters, dresses, and skirts are so innovative and everything would be in my closet if I had all the hours to knit everything. Flip through a sample of her… Read more »

Sort of from the archives (have I been making videos this long??), here’s a video for beginners that goes a bit beyond Yarn 101. In the video, I discuss a few things: -Different ways yarn is stored -How to start a new ball using yarn from the inside and the outside -When you need to wind your yarn -How to wind your yarn (so that it pulls from the inside!) when you don’t have a ball winder  

Knitting is hugely important in our lives, obviously, and so it only seems natural to want to extend and share our knitting with others. I’ve been trying to compile a list of national charities either in the US or in the UK where you can make a difference in someone’s life. I’ve broken down the charities by topic, and I’ve also tried to include a variety – because while it’s great to knit a million blankets for those in need,… Read more »

It’s time for a technique video! Double pointed needles are super versatile and can be used on so many projects, but if you’re new to using them, getting started can be a bit of a pain. I’ve put together a little video to show you how to spread out your stitches, begin knitting, and make sure you don’t get those pesky ladders up the sides of your project. Check it out here:

The Catalina Beach Sweater Knit Along starts next week! (Do you need the details and sign up info??) And, of course, the question inevitably comes up of the best yarn substitutes, and, with that, gauge swatching. I did a quick poll on social media and in my facebook group, and I found that pretty much everyone hated it. And I do get it. I hate swatching for a lot of projects. But sometimes it’s necessary. And sometimes it can even… Read more »