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Quick and Easy Alternative to the “Slip, Slip, Slip, Knit” (SSSK) Decrease

We don’t use double decreases often, but when we do need to make one stitch out of three, we have a choice – an awkward “knit 3 together”, a tricky centered double decrease, or a time-consuming “slip, slip, slip, knit” (SSSK) decrease. But what if we need to make several double decreases in the same row, and …

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Easy Way to Make a Bind Off Edge Less Tight, More Elastic and More Beautiful

You know how an edge formed by the regular bind off often looks like a slim line that is too tight to allow for the natural elasticity of the knitted fabric? If only we could loosen the edge a bit to make it more elastic and to open the lovely chain of stitches sitting on top of the edge. …

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Simple Way to Make Vertical Buttonholes Without Breaking the Yarn

When we inspect designer shirts and cardigans, we most likely see vertical buttonholes along the button bands, not horizontal buttonholes. It is not a coincidence. Because buttons can slide from side to side in horizontal buttonholes, the overlapping button bands shift. Even with minimal tension this shift leads to gaps in the sections between the buttons. Vertical buttonholes, …

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Super Simple and Often Overlooked Way to Make Sure Your Knits Are Not Too Big or Too Small

You make a swatch, block it, count the number of stitches and rows in a 10cm / 4″ square, make sure the gauge is close to the one recommended in the pattern and confidently cast on the number of stitches required for your size. Once the project is finished you happily put it on only …

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Right and Left Cable Decreases Without a Cable Needle

We often see these decreases at the armholes of designer sweaters and cardigans, but they look equally well on hand-knitted projects, especially along the raglan lines. It seems that the fabric was slightly pinched in spots where we use cable decreases to shape our knits. This effect adds a subtle detail that shows that this project is well-thought-through and well-finished. There …

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