Quick Clips: Advanced Techniques

Advanced Techniques

Techniques on this page:

Swatching –

Swatching for a circular project by knitting it flat

Picking up stitches –

along a selvedge edge

in the middle of your work, 3 ways

Short Rows –

Wrap and Turn Short Rows

Individual Stitches –

Norwegian purl

Portuguese purl

Specific Techniques –

Knitting with pre-strung beads

Knitting with beads one at a time

Kitchener Stitch

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Swatching for a circular project –

If you need to swatch for a project where you’ll be working in the round on a large circumference, such as a sweater, it can be daunting to think of casting on ALL of those stitches just for a gauge swatch! We’ll show you how to knit a smaller swatch flat and still make it match up to your circular knitting gauge.

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Picking up along a selvedge edge –

This technique is great if you need to pick up stitches for a sock gusset or for the ribbed band around a cardigan.

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Picking up in the middle of the fabric, 3 ways –

If you need to pick up stitches in the middle of a piece of knitting, we’ll show you three options! This is the type of technique you’ll need to have in your toolbox if you want to add pockets to a sweater or ruffles to a garment or accessory, among other things.

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Wrap and Turn Short Rows –
Working short rows can be confusing, but with a few quick hints you can learn how to ensure your wrap always works (and stays wrapped), the trick to incorporating the wrap and a little known hint to make the transition even smoother.

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Norwegian purl

For anyone who doesn’t like switching yarn from back to front, the Norwegian purl can be a solution! Learn how to purl with the yarn held behind your work in this clip:

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Portuguese purl

The Portuguese purl helps solve tension issues, because in this purl you hold the yarn around your neck or attach it to a pin on your lapel. This way you can just focus on making the stitch and not tensioning the yarn. Watch how:
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Knitting with pre-strung beads

In this video, we’ll show you how to string beads onto your yarn and then manage them as you knit, adding them where you want them to go within the pattern you choose.

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Adding beads to your knitting, one at a time

If you’d prefer not to string all of the beads onto your yarn before you begin a project, we’ll show you how to add them to individual stitches as you knit.

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Kitchener Stitch

The Kitchener Stitch is a handy skill for any knitter – it’s not just for closing up the toe of a sock! Learn this technique for closing a tube of knitting with this video:

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