TECHNIQUES AND TUTORIALS
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- binding off
- knitting in the round
- cast on
This three needle bind off technique is great for seaming edges together.
I-cord makes a nice round knit cording, used for edging or toggle strings. It can be a little daunting at first, but this video tutorial by Bridget McKenzie makes it easy.
The kitchner stitch produces a seamless, invisible join between two open ends of knit fabric. It can be tricky to learn, but if you dislike binding off and seaming it can be a wonderful option for shoulder seams and more.
If you’re new to circular knitting, this tutorial will show you how to join your stitches for working in the round.
One of the most common questions we get here at the Tangled Web is how to bind off. If you can’t make it in for a private lesson, here’s a video to show you how.
Feeling bewildered by the buttonhole instructions on your sweater? Never fear! Catherine Hirst is here to show you just how to do it.
Knit fabrics offer great stretch and drape, but sometimes you need something with a little more structure. The linen stitch is a great option for producing a thicker, firmer fabric. The front has a woven look to it, and the back looks like an extra bubbly version of seed stitch.
If you’re making scarves and are tired of garter and rib, try the linen stitch!
Left your cable needle at home? No problem! This video by Domiknitrix shows you how you can make your cables on the fly, with no extra tools necessary. It does take a small leap of faith, your precious stitches will be floating in the breeze for a hot second, but once you master the technique you’ll be free to knit cables any time, any where!
When we decided to do the Billington Bag for our April Knit-Along I was excited but also apprehensive; how would I felt the bag? My new washing machine is front loading, and I’d only ever felted in a top loader.
My bag prior to felting
Before anyone tells you otherwise, you can asbolutely felt in a front loader. It may take a bit longer due to the the gentler agitation (which is better for your clothes!) but it’ll happen. Some people throw a few tennis balls in with their item to beat it up a bit. The biggest drawback of a front loading machine is you can’t stop it mid-cycle to check your progress. Most machines are locked for the duration of the cycle to keep you from dumping water all over your floor.
Since the Billington Bag is one that really shouldn’t be over-felted, I tried a different option: felting in the dryer. It’s the same principal as felting in the washing machine (moisture, heat, agitation), you just go about it in a different way.
The basic plan is this:
- Thoroughly soak item to be felted in water – ideally for an hour or more.
- Place the item in an old pillow case or laundry bag and throw it in the dryer
- Get a few wet towels and place in the dryer with your project
- Run the dryer, checking every 10-20 minutes
- If necessary, re-wet your project to keep it from drying out
My bag’s total time in the dryer was about an hour. Halfway through I dunked it in the sink again to re-wet everything, so the bag was still a little damp when it was done. I was really pleased with the results.
The same bag, after felting
I think I may prefer felting in the dryer to using a top loading washer. There’s no fishing around in the water trying to find your item, and no racing to catch the machine before it moves on to the next part of the cycle. I’m a convert – a knitter who has made peace with the front loading washing machine.