How tos

How to rib stitch

I did a series of how-to knit videos with The Australian Women’s Weekly Books and here is my video tutorial for how to do the rib stich.

Ribbing is simply switching between alternating knit and purl stitches on the same row. Ribbing is often used to make things like collars, cuffs or the rim of a knitted beanie — ribbing makes your knitting a bit tighter and more elastic.

Happy knitting!

How to cable knit

I did a series of how-to knit videos with The Australian Women’s Weekly Books and here is my video tutorial for cable knitting.

Knitted cables look a lot more tricky than they actually are – cables are simply twists in your work that you make by briefly using a third needle.

I love using cables to embellish projects to make them look extra fancy/cool – a sweater, scarf, hat or mitts can look extra special just by adding in a few cables!

Happy knitting!

How to knit with multiple colours at once

I did a series of how-to knit videos with The Australian Women’s Weekly Books and here is my video tutorial for Fair Isle/Intarsia/strand knitting.

Strand knitting, Intarsia or Fair Isle knitting, is a technique that allows you to switch between two or more colours in the same row to create patterns in your knitted work. It may seem complex but with a bit of practice you’ll be knitting words and pictures in no time!

Once you really master this technique you can try out my Free David Bowie knitting pattern grid!

Happy knitting!

KIDS CAN CREATE: How to make a ball of wool

This is a video series designed to help children learn how to knit! People often think knitting is hard – but it really is not. Once you get the hang of it, it is a simple and wonderful skill that allows you to create almost anything you can imagine with a simple piece of string!

This video is best suited to children 3-10 years old.

In this video, Marshall, 4 and Willow, 8, learn how to make a small ball of wool by wrapping the wool around their fingers loosely, pinching it off, then continuing to wrap the wool changing the angle slightly every 10-20 times to create a small ball.

Making a ball of wool is useful when:

  • You are making a pompom – your wool will need to fit through a small hole in the pompom maker so you need a small ball
  • You want to knit on the go and your ball of wool is too big
  • Your ball of wool is a mess and you need to tidy it up
  • You are bored and would like to make balls of wool

If you have any questions, suggestions or ideas let me know in the comments below!

#icancreate

Karla x

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Knitted toy sloth and lion patterns available in “Cute Knitted Toys

Happy Knitting!

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xo Karla

PS Check out my book Little Land of Knitting for some great knitting patterns for kids to try

CREDITS
Music: Bored With Four “Hey Bird” and The Insider “A Difficult Subject” (Intro), Silent Partner “Standing Here”

How to weave loose ends in knitting

So, you’ve finished knitting, cast off, and now there is a long piece of wool left over.

The WORST thing you can do is knot this tightly and cut it – if this comes undone your work will unravel and that won’t be fun : (

This is a simple weaving method to help secure a longer piece of wool for any loose ends, such as the wool left from casting on and off.

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Happy Knitting!

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xo Karla

How to knit in the round

Knitting in the round, or circular knitting, is a method that allows you to knit in continuous circles so that there is no seaming required.

It is great for many projects, such as hats (beanies), toys, mittens, socks and even sweaters!

There are a few methods, such as using a circular needle, “The Magic Loop” or using a set of double-pointed needles. This video deals with how to use double-pointed needles, addressing questions like:

  • How do I get started with knitting in the round?
  • How many needles am I actually knitting with at once?!
  • Why would I knit in the round when I can just knit and then sew it together?
  • What happens when I have gaps (ladders) in my work?

It is a bit long (sorry!) but bear with me as there are a few elements that need to be explained. Once you get the hang of it it will make your knitting life so much easier not having to worry about all those seams!

If you have any questions or need any other pointers feel free to ask in the comments.

Happy Knitting!

#icancreate

xo Karla

CREDITS
Video and editing: Kristin Butler
Music: The Insider “A Difficult Subject” (Intro), BOPD “2205”
Toy animal photo from “Cool Knitting”. Photographer: Louise Lister, Stylist: Louise Bickle

How to decrease stitches: S1k1 psso

I did a series of how-to knit videos with The Australian Women’s Weekly Books and here is my video tutorial for how to decrease stitches with the S1k1 psso method.

Slip 1, knit 1, pass slipped stitch over, or s1k1 psso, is a simple method that allows you to decrease two stitches into one.

Using this method will create a stitch that leans to the left.

Decreasing stitches is a really useful knitting skill to have, as it will allow you to go beyond making squares and rectangles and start shaping things! Think, armholes for sweaters or the tops of a beanie!

If you have any questions or need any other pointers feel free to ask in the comments below or connect with me on:

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Happy Knitting!

#icancreate

xo Karla

How to decrease stitches: K2 tog

I did a series of how-to knit videos with The Australian Women’s Weekly Books and here is my video tutorial for how to decrease stitches with the k2tog method.

Knitting two stitches together at once, or k2 tog, is a simple method that allows you to decrease two stitches into one.

Using this method will create a stitch that leans to the right.

Decreasing stitches is a really useful knitting skill to have, as it will allow you to go beyond making squares and rectangles and start shaping things! Think, armholes for sweaters or the tops of a beanie!

If you have any questions or need any other pointers feel free to ask in the comments below or connect with me on:

facebook.com/karlacourtney
twitter.com/karlacourtney
instagram.com/karlacourtney

Happy Knitting!

#icancreate

xo Karla

How to do purl stitch

I did a series of how-to knit videos with The Australian Women’s Weekly Books and here is my video tutorial for purl stitch.

The purl stitch is the reverse of the knit stitch – once you have mastered the basic knit stitch it will take a bit of practice to get used to purl, but it really is no more difficult. With purl you will be able to create stocking stitch and a range of other great stitches such as ribbing and moss stitch!

How to do the knit stitch

I did a series of how-to knit videos with The Australian Women’s Weekly Books and here is my video tutorial for the knit stitch.

The knit stitch is the base stitch of all knitting – master this and you can easily complete many beginner patterns!