Sunday, November 5, 2006

An explanation of sorts

So, after 25 years of knitting, various knitting tricks have manifested themselves to me. And, after 25 years of knitting, these tricks, like a virus, are desperate to get out and infect other knitters. Beware. Once you discover there is a trick for every part of your knitting, you'll never again be happy with ruffled cast-on edges, or too-tight cast-off edges--with puckery points and floppy felting. There is a trick for going back a couple of rows back in lace knitting (before you made that terrible mistake) without tinking every stitch, there is a trick for lengthening the too short-sleeves without ripping out and starting over; there are hundreds and hundreds of tricks, and over time, they'll appear in this blog. Along these lines, I hope that if you have a trick infesting your mind, you will share it in the comments section.

So, give me a chance to get my feet wet in this new medium, and pretty soon the tips and tricks will be flowing along. We'll talk again soon.


Anonymous Julie said...

Looking forward to what you have to offer!

November 5, 2006 at 9:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hope you're not biting off more than you can chew!

November 5, 2006 at 10:27 PM  
Anonymous babette said...

right on!

November 24, 2006 at 12:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Go for it! Forget the "tall poppies" and do your thing....looking forward to hearing more from someone else who seems to be a newby!

December 9, 2006 at 6:10 PM  
Blogger Jillz said...

Wow, thank you for sharing your wealth of wisdom. I definitely am going to be spending some time here!

June 12, 2007 at 1:37 AM  
Blogger Gail_Jurczyk said...

Thank you TechKnitter!

I am going to get some Zest today in order to follow your instructions for storing winter woolies!

I have a challenge: daughter, age 11 and a new knitter, made an intarsia hat, following the pattern exactly. It begins with an e-caston and ribbing and ends with descreasing stockinette to the top. It is too floppy at the bottom (loose cast-on) and too short. Can I take out the cast-on and knit the ribbing down (from the former beginning!) to make it come down more on her face as she desires? She does not want to rip out all her lovely intarsia and begin the hat again. I want to fix this for her before the Harry Potter movie comes out, when she wants to wear it (it is from "Charmed Knits").

I have read somewhere that I can use a technique called "backward knitting" for this, but I need to purl, too, and cannot find instructions for this or imagine how to do it.

Thank you for considering my request. Best wishes to you.

June 23, 2007 at 10:50 AM  
Blogger --TECHknitter said...

Hi Gail-sorry it has taken some time to get back to you, I just now (August 16, 2007) noticed your question. Here's what I'd do:

1. Rip out the ribbing back to the last row of it you knitted (the row right before the body of the hat starts.

2. Pick up the stitches from this row, and knit the ribbing down from the brim, until it frames your daughter's face the way you'd like it to.

3. There is no reason to "knit backwards," you just knit regular. Remember to bind off loosely.

Hope this helps


PS: in the future (to Gail or any other reader) it would probably make sense to contact me by e-mail ( rather than through the comments of old posts--I usually don't look through the old comments very often! You'll get a much faster answer throgh e-mail!

August 16, 2007 at 9:51 AM  
Blogger Geraldine said...

Well done for your blog. I have been knitting since I was a kid, but never got past the basic knit and purl, and stockinette (stocking stitch), and perhaps the odd ribbing. So, i intend to come to use your site more and more!!

January 19, 2008 at 2:41 PM  
Blogger Jaxom said...

I look forward to reading ALL your Blogs. I went and joined to make sure I could post a comment to say thank you for putting this Blog together. I am new to Knitting and have so much to learn.

November 9, 2008 at 12:31 PM  
Blogger lindsay said...

i'm just getting back into knitting and stumbled upon your blog. THANK YOU!! i look forward to reading through it. :)

January 20, 2009 at 7:45 PM  
Blogger Gina said...

Wow, I can't wait to read through your blog! This is great! When will you be compiling it into a book?

January 29, 2009 at 3:26 PM  
Blogger Julie K said...

Just found this blog today - I´ve done basic knitting (looong rows of knits or purls, rarely mixed) but would like to make a jump into some more interesting stuff. Until now, I was worried I´d start a project and give up about half-way through when things got a bit muddled for me. With your blog I´m going to be brave and jump in. Your diagrams in particular are amazing - step by step photos just aren´t the same as your clear line drawings. THANK YOU so much!

March 10, 2010 at 12:48 PM  
Anonymous Mona Albano said...

I just found your blog, too! I have done very little knitting in my life and am now starting to learn. To my surprise, there are more stitches than just Knit and Purl. There's linen stitch and trinity and herringbone and various lacy things. I've bookmarked it because I need to know about sizing and fixing mistakes -- I just ripped out about six inches because I dropped a stitch back there. Thank you for passing on your skills.

January 23, 2014 at 11:24 PM  
Blogger TECHknitter said...

Hi Mona--so glad you're finding the blog to be useful. And, congrats on becoming addicted to knitting, join the club! Best, TK

January 24, 2014 at 6:18 PM  
Blogger Jeanette Fitton said...


Thanks for this blog. I've referred to it every so often when I've needed to know something and found it very useful. I'm now at the stage when I wonder what else I don't know so I'm reading your blog from the beginning. I love the technical side of knitting and look forward to many hours spent in your metaphorical company.


August 30, 2015 at 12:16 PM  

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