Knitting Blogs

Knitting Blogs
Where knitters gather to share tips, techniques, latest projects, and their frustrations.

All the blog owners have included their favorite knitting tips.
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The Yarn Grove

Where you will read about the knitting antics of The Yarn Grove Gal Pals ... in all their glory ...

Free Knitting Pattern Tip

Free Project - Making a scarf from scrap yarn.

Materials: Water soluble stabilizer, lots of scrap yarns, ribbons, thread.

Cut water soluble stabilizer in strips as wide and long as you want your scarf. Lay one strip down and layer with pieces of yarn, ribbon, etc. Make it fairly thick and completely cover the stabilizer. Lay second piece of stabilizer on top and pin together.

Sew a grid over the entire stabilizer, vertical and horizontal about an inch apart. Using a sewing machine is recommended.

When finished, rinse in cool water until stabilizer is gone. Add fringe if desired....You have a scarf that cost very little and will get many compliments.

 
 
TECH Knitting

A knitting blog that is more like a master class on technique.

Editor's Note: I came across this site on my own and although I'm not a knitter, this site has some of the best illustrations I've seen anywhere. The author of this knitting blog mentions that she had started writing two different knitting books but opted for the blog format as it was a much more interactive medium - how lucky for knitters. This site is definitely a must see.

Knitting Tip
When knitting garments with multiple colors, remember that the multi-colored areas are going to be a bit heavier than the single color areas and this may cause the garment to drape differently.
 
Joyarna Knitblog

A blog centering around a college student's exploration of fiber arts: knitting, spinning, dyeing yarn and roving, and maybe some crochet now and then.

Yarn Dying Tip
When experimenting with dyeing yarn, remember that complimentary colors (those on opposite sides of the color wheel) look nice together, but if they mix, they turn into brown.
 
ToppyToppyKnits

ToppyToppyKnits offers a variety hand-knitted hats, gloves and scarves. Coral has been knitting and crocheting her entire life and loves designing new accessories and homewear knits. On her blog, she posts pictures of her work and pictures of her satisfied customers modeling their new knitted items.

Crafting Tip
For making drop stitch, instead of doing it in the traditional way:
 
Row 1: Knit.
 
Row 2: Knit each stitch, wrapping the yarn around the needle twice instead of once when completing the stitch
 
Row 3: Knit each stitch, dropping the extra wrap off the needle as you complete each stitch.
 
Repeat these three rows for pattern.
 
I use a needle some sizes bigger for the second round: If I'm knitting with size 10 needles, I use a 15 for that round and get the same result. So simple and easy.
 
Knitting & Purling Blog

A knitting blog that's more than just a "knitting blog." Follow this knitter's journey through gorgeous art yarns and glamorous sweater patterns. Plus, read about other arts and crafts (including jewelry making, Japanese paper crafts and scrapbooking), and discover featured posts on buying handmade one of a kind goods created by local artists and artisans.

Knitting Tip
If you're anything like me, then you're often found at yarn shops drooling over gorgeous yarns of all colors, textures and fibers.
 
Ever wanted to substitute the yarn specified in your knitting pattern with something that you've fallen in love with at the knitting store? This can easily be done, so long as the two kinds of yarn are similar enough to each other in terms of:
 
1) Texture and Fiber (If a garment was intended to be knitted in an animal fiber yarn like wool from sheep, angora from rabbits or alpaca from llamas... you should probably use a similar animal fiber yarn as your substitution, instead of a plant-based fiber yarn such as cotton or an artificial fiber yarn like acrylic)
 
2) Length : Weight Ratio (Always do the math! Check to see if both the specified yarn and your substitution yarn have approximately the same yarn length vs. yarn weight ratio value. Remember, the closer the two ratio numbers are to each other, the better!)
 
3) Check to see if the gauge size given on the labels of both the specified yarn and the substitution yarn are comparably similar in terms of: a) the knitting needle size required to knit a 4" x 4" swatch, and b) the # of rows and # stitches across that are needed to fully knit the gauge swatch.
 
Here's a final important note: Before you start any knitting project with a substitute yarn, BE SURE TO KNIT A GAUGE SWATCH! You wouldn't want to have knitted half your garment before realizing the size is off and it no longer fits. Remember, taking the extra 5.. 10.. or 15 min required to knit your gauge swatch can save you days.. weeks.. and even months of hard work!
 
 

Stephanie Pearl-McPhee is the Yarn Harlot. She is a talented knitter, spinner and cyclist. Her knitting blog is an adventure in her projects, introductions to other talented knitters and introductions to yarns. She also offers conversations on spinning, the family cycling team and life in general.

Knitting Tip
One of my favorite knitting tips is for new knitters who are having trouble with floats. The biggest problem with carrying yarn across the back of colourwork is puckering caused by making your floats too tight. New knitters should look for patterns where the floats are shorter or staggered. Patterns where the floats are not uniformly spread across the piece will help you learn how far to spread the yarn while disguising your learning curve.