Techniques featured in this series are based on the right-handed English (or throwing) style knitting, where for the most part the working yarn is held in the right hand. Have a particular technique you'd like demonstrated? Send an EMAIL. Thanks for visiting!
The knit stitch is the beginning of everything knitting! Take your time and practice this stitch to get comfortable with it if you're just learning; move slowly and allow yourself to start over multiple times. Knitting every stitch of each row results in a pattern called garter stitch.
The companion to the knit stitch is the purl stitch; it's the "other" basic knitting stitch. With these two stitches, there are so many patterns that can be created - ribbing, stockinette, garter, seed stitch... the list goes on and on. Really get this one down, and you'll have a good foundation to continue your knitting journey.
Here's an easy-to-do technique to spice up the ribbing in your knitting. Works with 2x2 and other ribbing as well (but is shown in 1x1 rib). The result is a "twisted" knit stitch which adds a bit of texture to the piece.
Duplicate Stitch (Swiss Darning)
Duplicating a stitch in knitting is pretty simple. This technique helps to eliminate the need for small bits of intarsia in larger patterns. The tutorial includes some hints when working this technique.
The float stitch is used in the Analog vest featured in Knitty magazine's First Fall 2012 issue. The technique involves a combination of fair isle stitch technique (knitting with two strands of yarn at once) and garter stitch, making a reversible, comfy, thick fabric.
Fair Isle Knitting
Knitting with two colors is actually easy once you know how. This video demonstrates fair isle knitting in the round. The pattern featured in this video is my design, the "Angkor" hat, which can be purchased through Blue Moon Fiber arts HERE.