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Simple and Reliable Way to Evenly Pick Up Stitches from Necklines, Armholes and Other Edges

When we finish sweaters and cardigans, we often need to pick up and knit stitches along a neckline, an armhole or a vertical edge to make a neckband, an armhole band or a button band. The patterns usually instruct us to pick up stitches evenly. If we fail to do so, some segments of the bands […]

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Simple Way to Cross Two Stitches With and Without a Cable Needle

Whether you know them as two-stitch cables, 1×1 cables, crossed stitches or twisted cables, these little design elements are perfect for forming all kinds of geometric patterns, like the ones used in the gorgeous Japanese stitch patterns. Depending on the pattern, the mini-cables with stitches crossed to the left are called “cross two left” (C2L),

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Improved Tuck Cast On

There are a few ways to make a cast on edge that keeps the stockinette fabric from curling without drastically changing the look of this widely used stitch pattern. All these ways have one major disadvantage – the very bottom of the edge is bumpy and uneven. It happens because we pull stitches from the edge to

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