Video Knitting Tutorials
Once you’ve cast on, it’s time to knit! A brief overview: there are only two stitches in knitting, the knit stitch and the purl stitch. Both are methods of pulling loops through loops to create a fabric, and both are worked in rows from right to left on your needle. Let’s get started!
We use this unusual increase in our Ancient Stitch Scarf. It adds a smooth and subtle extra stitch. In order to work it, you knit into the purl bump of the next stitch, leave the stitch on the needle, and then knit into the back of the same stitch. On the right side of the work, this creates a left-leaning increase.
Welcome to the wonderful craft of knitting! With this tutorial you’ll learn all the basics of knitting: winding a skein into a ball, followed by casting on, making knit and purl stitches, adding a ball of yarn, and binding off. Give it a watch, practice along, then think about casting on for your first project!
Brioche Stitch creates a wonderfully lofty, widely ribbed fabric. People often find it intimidating, perhaps due to the yarn overs or maybe because of the abbreviations used in the pattern, but really, this stitch pattern is surprisingly easy. Watch our video tutorial below for a step-by-step explanation of working Brioche Stitch with one color of yarn, and skip down to the Fixing Mistakes section of our still photo tutorials (below) to learn how to hit the undo button when you make a snafu!
A Caliper Cable is a variation on the Double Cable (two cables next to one another that mirror each other). To create this cable, you work a pair of yarn overs; you drop them off the needle on a subsequent row or round; and you pick up the dropped stitch a few stitches over, creating an elongated and very elegant cable. The result is a recessed vertical line, flanked by a pair of simple upside-down v-shaped cables. Very pretty!
You know how a knit 1, purl 1 rib is nice and stretchy except for that taut line along the cast on edge? The Long Tail Tubular Cast On is designed to fix that problem! Once you try this cast on, you will appreciate how magical it is. The technique is surprisingly simple and very similar to the traditional long tail cast on, but it creates a beautiful, elastic edge, perfect for hats, socks, cuffs or anywhere you need a little give! We used this cast on technique in our Classic Cuffed Hat project.
Working decreases in Brioche Stitch can be daunting, but it’s actually quite simple once you know how! We use a method that creates a clean right or left leaning decrease, while maintaining the stitch pattern of brioche. Here’s a video tutorial for a clear breakdown of each decrease…
Brioche knitting with two-colors is a simple multicolor technique that creates a beautiful fabric of ridges and valleys… Brioche fabric is truly as lofty and fluffy as its namesake, the light and buttery brioche bun. Our video includes a very detailed step-by-step explanation of this technique, as well as some bonus footage on how to complete the Set-Up Row and how to Fix Mistakes in Two-Color Brioche!
Short Rows are used to create triangles or wedges within your knitting. They shape everything from bust darts to ear flaps. Basically, a Short Row is just that: a row that you don’t knit to the end of the needle. There are lots of ways to turn your work partway through a row, but our favorite is called a Wrap + Turn (wrp-t). This simple method prevents holes along the Short Rows and works well with many different stitch patterns.
The Elongated Mock Cable Stitch, used in our Snow Tracks Scarf, is a beautiful all-over cable stitch pattern that eschews the fuss of a cable stitch holder. This stitch uses yarn overs and crossed knit stitches to create a fascinating texture in just two pattern rows… Easy!
The 3-Needle Bind Off is a great finishing technique for joining two pieces of knitting that are still on the needles. It is also a great time saver because you bind off and seam all at once! This modification involves just a few extra moves and creates a less bulky seam that lies flatter against the knit fabric. So pretty and smooth, it can be used as a design detail on the right side of your fabric!
The Dutch Knitting Stitch is a cinch to make! It consists of a simple six-row repeat: the wrong side is all purl rows, and the right side is nearly identical rows of knits and yarn overs. For the sequence that involves a yarn over and passing a stitch over, we’ve made a video to explain!
Braided Ribbing Stitch is a beautiful cable stitch that you work right on the needles, without the fussiness of a cable stitch holder. This stitch creates hearty ribs, alternating delicately entwined cables with a couple of reverse stockinette stitches, surprisingly intricate looking but not at all complicated! Try it out with our free Braided Rib Scarf and Braided Rib Wrap patterns!
While there are many ways to sew a button onto knitwear, here are two of our favorite methods: one without a backing button and one with. Both methods are very good at securing buttons, but a button with a backing button is sturdier and gentler on the fabric. Give both a try and see which one you prefer!
Steeks may not be for the faint of heart, but nor should knitters be intimidated by them! We aim here to make steeks approachable… and even fun! A steek is a multi-step process to create an opening (like the front of a cardigan or an armhole) or a place to attach another piece (such as a sleeve) that includes preparing, cutting, and finishing. There are lots of ways to do all this, and below, we demonstrate our favorite technique. We especially like it because it only involves knitting!