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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.

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 cast off

So, you’re knitting your first project (a scarf, right?) and you’ve come to the point where you are ready to finish but find yourself asking “HOW DO I STOP!?!”

Don’t worry, casting off (aka binding off) is super simple and this video will show you just how to do it.

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

CREDITS
Video and editing: Kristin Butler, JKS Productions
Music: The Insider “A Difficult Subject” (Intro), Silent Partner “Standing Here”
Toy animal photo from “Cool Knitting”. Photographer: Louise Lister, Stylist: Louise Bickle

 

Knitting on airplane

Can I bring knitting needles on an airplane?

As both a frequent flyer and knitter this is a question I get asked a lot! I cannot speak on behalf of airlines or the airport security policies of different destinations – all of which have their own guidelines. The USA and UK have detailed information online about knitting needles in checked baggage (plus info on all those other less important… Read more →

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

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Calling all knitters for the “Karla’s Kritters” fundraiser!

I am so honoured that a lovely group of knitters has decided to use patterns from my book Little Land of Knitting to raise money for the British Lung Foundation. Below is the message from organiser Libby Swindells about how you can get involved and some general guidelines on how to make the characters. We have also created a checklist to help ensure the… Read more →

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:

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

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

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Halloween knitting

Last year my son asked if he could be a pumpkin for Halloween. Having only a couple of days left to complete the task, I found some very chunky orange wool, and with a large circular needle I cast on around 100 stitches, ribbed for 8 rows, then increased in every stitch to make it balloon out. After knitting to… Read more →

How to start knitting from the very beginning

Lots of people have asked me questions such as:

  • What knitting needles should I buy?
  • What wool should I buy?
  • What is a tension square?
  • What is needle gauge?
  • What are some patterns that are good for beginners?

In this video I talk through some of these basics of starting to knit.

Once you have all your materials, be sure to check out my video tutorials for how to cast on; how to knit stitch and how to purl stitch and you are on your way!

If you have a knitting question please connect with me in the comments below.

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!