cast ons & bind offs

Double Bind-Off Video Tutorial

Double Bind-Off Video Tutorial

The Double Bind-Off is a decorative bind off similar to the three needle bind off but it results in two columns of knit stitches that lay nice and flat. Here’s a short video tutorial demonstrating the technique. And for those of you who prefer a quick photo tutorial as a reminder, just scroll down. The Breakers cowl in my book Tempest uses this technique. Feather Cardigan Wrap, a pattern that was exclusively designed for River City Yarns. DOUBLE BIND-OFF PHOTO TUTORIAL To work the bind off you’ll need three needles, one of read more

Double Needle Cast On

Double Needle Cast On

This is my favourite way to cast on these days. The long tail cast on is my ‘go to’ cast on but my cast on tension is generally tighter than my knitting tension. Originally developed by June Hemmons Hiatt, I use a variation of the Double Needle Cast On to consistently incorporate the right amount of spacing between my sts so my cast on edge is the same gauge (same width) as my knitting. This is a video I posted on Instagram (click the image to play). I’ve referred students to this read more

Double-Wrap Long Tail Cast-On Tutorial

Double-Wrap Long Tail Cast-On Tutorial

The Breakers cowl in my new book, Tempest uses a really simple but not widely know stitch pattern called double garter stitch. It’s a great pattern that can use any number of stitches and it’s worked the same on both sides, just like garter stitch. While it’s possible to use a conventional cast on, I developed a Double-Wrap Long Tail Cast On so the double garter stitch pattern is worked from the very beginning. Breakers has three tutorials, but trust me, it is a simple knit once you know how. Double-Wrap Long read more

Sewn Bind Off Tutorial with No Sewing

Sewn Bind Off Tutorial with No Sewing

Hana loves yellow. She’s been asking me for handknit yellow socks. I was worried that by the time I had time to knit them she might have a new favourite colour—she does that sometimes. Since I needed a new sample for my Tip-Toe-Up Socks class, the decision was easy–yellow socks! Hana loves them and she still loves yellow. In the class I show how to knit a replaceable heel for these socks and it requires some grafting. I demonstrate grafting on the needles which feels much more read more

Picot Bind-Off

Picot Bind-Off

You just can’t have a Picot Cast-On tutorial without a Picot Bind-Off one. So, it’s time for another tutorial. This bind off nicely mirrors the look of the picot cast-on used in the birthday sweaters (One! Two! Three! and Four! Five! Six!). When you get to the point where you would like to place a picot bump on your read more

Picot Cast-On

Picot Cast-On

While Two! is drying on the blocking board, I have a moment to pull together a tutorial on the picot cast-on that I call for in the girl’s version of the One! Two! Three! and Four! Five! Six! patterns. The picot cast-on is worked using the cable cast-on. (Click on photos to make them larger.) Cable cast-on starts with a slip knot. read more

“Long Tail” Bind Off

“Long Tail” Bind Off

Ack, my internet connection went down for a couple of days. After the cable company tech said there was nothing more he could do for me to correct the problem and that I will have to take my computer in to be checked, my husband was able to get it back online. The mysteries of computers … . Oh, and aren’t husbands great?! As promised, I’ll detail how I make a bind off look just like a long tail cast on. I examined my cast on edge carefully and picked it apart. This is what I came up with. At the time I hadn’t read more