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TECH-niques to turn HOME MADE knitting into HANDMADE knitting

Updated: 2018-03-19T14:18:57.208-05:00


Corrugated ribbing tricks and tips


Corrugated ribbing looks like a very fancy kind of ribbing and it's knitted like a fancy kind of ribbing, but doesn't act much like a ribbing at all. Front and back of a simple 2-color corrugated 1/1 ribbing. 15 columns are shown: 8 knits, 7 purls. Admittedly gorgeous, corrugated ribbing is certainly traditional for certain kinds of Fair-Isle knitting. Yet, structurally speaking,

Fastening long floats for invisible stranding--alternatives to the STUART ladderback


Invisible stranding in color knitting via ladderbacks has been the topic of several previous TECHknitting posts. The first post was an intro to the STUART ladderback method Next was an (adorable!) skeleton hat  showing STUART in action Then,  in the post right before this one, I showed a hot water bottle cover featuring a modification: using pinstripes to firmly fasten down the floats of a

Long floats in color knitting: modifying STUART ladderback jacquard for rough-use situations


The STUART long-float method, which I recently introduced, showed how to tame long floats in color knitting.  That was followed by a gallery-post--a photo essay showing the STUART method used to knit a long float hat. Today's post extends the STUART theme by showing modifications for making the ladderback tighter, as well as for tacking it onto the fabric-back. Why would you want to tighten the

Warning: Politics


For 10 solid years, TECHknitting has always been about pure, straight up knitting. Well, not today. Fair warning: if you want knitting, wait til the next post (which will be more about the STUART method) or read through the archives.  Today, TECHknitting is a personal letter from me to those who voted for Donald Trump.  If you're too young to vote, voted for anyone else, didn't vote, live in a

Ten years of TECHknitting


Ten years ago today, I read a knitting blog and thought to myself "I could write a blog, too..." Thanks for reading TECHknitting blog--TK

Zippers in knitwear, the no-sewing way, update!


In 2010, I wrote an article in Interweave Knits about installing zippers into knitwear, a new non-sewing way. In 2012, I wrote an illustrated blog post about it.  There's also a video about the method. This no-sew method involves turning a zipper into a "knitable object" by  using a knit-picker (a tiny latch hook) to basically YANK loops of knitting yarn directly through the zipper tape. These

Yarn organization for color knitting


Used to be, as soon as I'd start any project with more than one color of yarn, the yarns seem magnetized: they'd instantly glom together in a tangled mess.  Over the years, I've tried many methods to avoid tangling between the colors. Below are the tricks I've really come to like-- Yarn in plastic bags Yarn unspoolers (also called yarn lazy susans)--with instructions to make a really neat one

STUART ladderback jacquard gallery, part 1: Skeleton hat "Round Dance"


For working long floats in color knitting, TECHknitting recently introduced the STUART technique of ladderback jacquard.   STUART--which stands for Slip Then Unhook And Rehook Twice--is a substitute method: there is no trapping long floats via twisting, there is no knitting the stitches to the surface as is done with double-knitting ladderbacking. STUART is used when color-knitting in the

Taming long floats via the STUART method for color-knitting


Back in 2007, when I first published a post about the how-to for color knitting, I promised to show a trick for invisible long floats (invisible stranding).  I'm not sure why this has taken nearly a decade to bring the promised technique before you, but today (ta da!) I am keeping that promise.  Herewith, the STUART method for taming long floats in color knitting. Have a look: on this finished

TECHknitting, now via e-mail


You can now sign up to get e-mail notifications when there is a new TECHknitting post.  The sign-up is located in the right ---> sidebar. As to Ravelry, the "friends' blogs" notification does not seem to be working very well--evidently, there is something a bit off about my feed, whatever that might mean...  So, sign up and be my Ravelry-friend by all means!  Please! But if you want

Smoothed circles: a jogless join for single rounds in different colors


See for yourself--no jogs(and yes, you are looking at someround-ends!) Here's a way to completely avoid the jog when knitting single rounds in different colors. Not only do you avoid the jog, but your ends are worked in at the same time.  Introducing "smoothed circles." TECHknitting blog has tackled the subject of jogless stripes several times.  If you want to know how smoothed circles fit in

(Housekeeping) New blog template under construction


Notice anything new?  TECHknitting blog is coming to you via a new template. Why?  Way too many people said the site just didn't work on mobile devices.  Plus, it's good to shake things up every few years. If something about this template isn't working for you, I'd appreciate your telling me.  There are still a few bugs in the commenting process--it works with some phones, but not others,

Afterthought reversible cable-ette border


Afterthought cable-ette border --knit side What if you could knit a straight-up blob of of stockinette when you're tired and in need of comfort, but then, when you are peppy and in need of a challenge, you could tinker around to convert your dull blob into exciting texture knitting? Well, you can. Today's TECHknitting post shows how to put an afterthought cable-ette border onto a straight

Duplicate Stitching via Netting (part 2 of a series).


FO of today's trick:duplicate st on netting Today's trick, duplicate stitch on netting, sets out to solve a major problem with classic duplicate stitch. So, what is that problem? Well, classic duplicate stitch is where you sew (embroider) a whole new "stitch" duplicating (following exactly) the path of a stitch in the underlying fabric. What you're doing is cramming TWO yarns in where

Duplicate stitching on knitting--basic how-to + tricks for better results (part 1 of a series)


Duplicate stitch is a form of embroidery worked on a stockinette fabric.  It gets its name because the path of the embroidery yarn exactly follows--duplicates--the path of the underlying knitting.  Today's post, first of a series, shows the how-to, as well as a few little tricks to overcome some common problems. Duplicate stitch, part 1 TABLE OF CONTENTS Background Issues How-to     starting

Gallery: Fake Latvian Braid + Pinstriping--a vest project featuring both kinds of added-color techniques.


 FAKE LATVIAN BRAID (FLB) and PINSTRIPING techniques have occupied the last several TECHknitting posts.  Today's post is the grand finale on these subjects: a gallery view of a plain vest, decorated only with FLB and pinstriping. ...decorated only with FLB and two-color pinstripe... ...zipper + "beautiful" facing... The project includes a no-sew zipper added via the "beautiful facing"

Undulation Rib Pinstriped Scarf--knitting pinstripes on curves + geek notes on converting ribbing in a shaped fabric via controlled drop


Pinstripes (the subject of the previous several posts) need not be straight. They only require a continuous column of purls, and that column can as easily be curvy as straight. Undulation Rib scarf, pinstriped with metallic gold yarn The first part of today's post, which starts just below, features a pattern for the above scarf where the pinstripes appear on an undulating background.  I call

A pinstriped hat--basic and with variations


Pinstriped hat pattern** click any photo to enlarge Both sides of the basic pinstriped hat, worked in a color wheel progression.  The pinstripes are worked in Paternayan embroidery wool. Variations on the basic hat: two color pinstripes and a brim with horizontal decoration.  The pinstripes and decoration are worked with sock yarn scraps. BASIC INSTRUCTIONS (Variations,

Two-color Pinstriping: vertical columns of color on a knit fabric


Just as Fake Latvian Braid can be made in two colors, so its cousin Pinstriping can be worked in two colors also. Close-ups of two-color Pinstriping To work a two-color pinstripe, hold two different colors of yarn behind the fabric and draw first from one, and then from another.   In the above photo, both the red (left) and the brown (center) pinstriping were worked "upside down," that

Pinstriping: vertical columns of color, added after the knitting is finished.


lots of photos and illustrations plus a video-- Pinstriping on knitting--what is it? click any picture to enlarge Pinstriping Pinstriping is vertical Fake Latvian Braid. Like Fake Latvian Braid, pinstriping is added via a crochet hook and the slip-stitch, after the knitting is done.  Yet, although they are the same basic technique, FLB is horizontal (and stackable) while Pinstriping is

Picking up stitches part 2: picking up along a bound-off edge


Garment finishing often requires the knitter to pick up stitches--to form a new row of live loops at the edge of a fabric where no live loops exist. TECHknitting blog has already dealt with picking up stitches along a selvedge, which is the "vertical" type pick up typical of cardigan bands.  This type of pick up is shown in green on the below schematic. Today's post deals with a different kind

I cord bind-off, I-cord selvedge border


Today's post is about knitted-in-place I-cord bind-offs AND edgings. Along the way, I'll show you a little trick for two-color I-cord.  (Today's post is not about attaching I-cord which was knit ahead of time--that is called "applied I-cord" and is a trick for another day.)   Below: this little trivet has a two-color I-cord bind-off across the short end, which segues around the corner right into

Picking up stitches along a selvedge


Getting live loops where there are none requires you to pick up stitches. But what does "picking up stitches" mean? Part of it depends on WHERE you are picking up stitches.  Per the below diagram, one common type is picking up along a vertical edge.  This is called picking up through a "selvedge" (sometimes spelled "selvage" or "selvedge") and is the subject of this post, which is the first in a

Sweater-saver: reknitting the cuffs of a purple sweater


Poking around some drafts of blog articles written through the years, I came upon a sweater-saver  project from several years back. Although I thought this got posted a long time ago, I can't find it online anywhere, so here it is (again?) * * * This purple cabled store-bought sweater was beloved of its owner, but the cuffs were baggy and the sleeves too short.  I put on my "Garde Tricot"* hat

The mechanics of slip stitching (Fake Latvian Braid)


Includes 2 illustrations and a video There haven't been many posts lately (sorry 'bout that...) but the most recent ones have been about applying slip stitching to the surface of knitting, a trick I call "Fake Latvian Braid," FLB for short. Today's post shows more about the mechanics. The reason for today's post is that after the FLB post was published, quite a few knitters have written in