Tuesday, April 13, 2010

What interests you? A poll with a chance at a prize

Addendum, May 16: The contest discussed below is over. I thank you SO much for participating, and for all the GREAT ideas. --TK

Dear Readers:

Today TECHknitting has a POLL with a chance at a PRIZE.

Is there something about hand-knitting not yet covered in TECHknitting blog, but that you wish there WAS a post about? You see, I'm looking over the list of subjects not yet covered and trying to decide what to write/illustrate about next.

I know there are some major topics not yet covered, such as cables and buttonholes and zippers. However, these three particular subjects will be coming up--there will be something about cables on TECHknitting blog this upcoming fall or winter; buttonholes will be the subject of a forthcoming article in the Summer 2010 Interweave Knits, and zippers will be the subject of an article in the upcoming winter Interweave Knits.

So, leaving aside the three subjects of cables and buttonholes and zippers, is there anything ELSE related to hand-knitting that you would like to read about? If so, would you consider sharing your requests in the comments? Long posts are OK--the more detail about what you find interesting, the better. I can't promise that any particular subject will be written up, but it would be extremely interesting to learn what subjects you would find interesting.

To thank you for taking the time, there will be a random drawing for one winner from the names of all who comment--a $20.00 gift certificate to the yarn shop of your choice (or, if you are outside of the US, a prize of equal value).

The cut off date is May 15, 2010 at midnight central (Chicago) time, and the winner of the random drawing will be posted soon thereafter. (Also? If you want to qualify for the drawing, be sure to leave not just your comment, but also a way of getting in touch with you!)

Thanks in advance for participating--I'm really looking forward to reading your comments.

Best --TK


Blogger Halfway Crafter said...

I would really like to know how to change a cardigan written as a bottom-up pattern to a top-down pattern. So many people out there seem to know how to do this and are customising the fit of their knits... I'm just following a pattern and crossing my fingers that it fits in the end!

April 13, 2010 at 9:41 PM  
Blogger Aliceq said...

I've seen several tutorials on "knitting in" ends as you go along, and have yet to be able to make it work properly. I don't know if this is because I knit Continental, and all the diagrams I've attempted (unsuccessfully) to follow assume that I "throw". So that's one thing I need more exposure to. Related to this is another issue that you can't have too many illustrated tutorials on: yarn dominance in stranded knitting. I don't need more pictures of the effects of not maintaining consistent dominance; what I need is pictures of how to keep the dominant color dominant, regardless of how one holds the two yarns (i.e., both left hand, both right hand, or one of each).

April 13, 2010 at 9:43 PM  
Blogger wenat said...

I love entrelac, but I'm puzzled about the best ways to join the different squares together. Along the edging, the alternate colour always peeks through just a little bit, or a lot. Is there a tidier way to join the blocks?

April 13, 2010 at 9:54 PM  
Blogger Jason said...

Sweet opportunity! Ok, here's mine. I've always wanted to know how to finish grafting the toe of a top down sock. Lots and lots of places on the internet show you how to start grafting (purl the front stitch, knit the back) but I've yet to find ONE that tells you how to finish neatly. I always end up just pulling the yarn through those last two stitches in whatever way best seals up the hole. There's always a little bump there and it bugs me. I know it's not a full fledged technique, but if you could answer that question, if would make me happy.

April 13, 2010 at 10:09 PM  
Blogger Hollin said...

I would like to see more embellishments. Beads would be fun and if there is some secret way to get the look of intarsia while still knitting in the round I would be so happy!

April 13, 2010 at 10:12 PM  
Blogger Alicia said...

How about some tips on yarn substitutions? How to obtain the same look, but without having to buy the exact same yarn as called in the pattern.

April 13, 2010 at 10:47 PM  
Blogger Cynthia A. said...

I would really like some help with how to convert sweater patterns from pieces to being worked in the round. What kind of patterns are best suited to this conversion, are there tips or tricks? Things that I won't have considered until I get halfway done, then realize too late? Thank you.

April 13, 2010 at 10:49 PM  
Blogger the Shapka said...

I've been reading your site only for a short while and thus am still browsing through your impressive archive. I'm trying to think of things I want to know about--blocking, lining knits, Kitchener stitch, seaming/sewing--and you've already covered them beautifully.

The other big ones I want to know about (as I now tackle my first sweater[s]) is button bands and sewing in zippers. I'm awaiting the forthcoming articles in Interweave very eagerly. I find your tutorials so very easy to follow and very clear in the pictures and explanations.

I'm going to agree with Aliceq and ask for a post on knitting in ends as you go along and also perhaps a post explaining fair isle/stranded knitting: round vs. flat, various types of steeking, carrying yarn in one or two hands, how best to do stranded knitting in non-sheep (and even non-animal) fibers.

Thank you so much for writing this blog. It's helped me enormously!!

April 13, 2010 at 11:13 PM  
Blogger zimme345 said...

I would really like to know about steeking and resizing guage and patterns to fit a yarn substitution, i.e. taking a worsted weight pattern and using fingering weight instead.

April 13, 2010 at 11:39 PM  
OpenID mrsfife said...

You do cover everything so beautifully that half the time I don't realise until I read you that there was so much to learn!
It's difficult to think of something. Let's see. How about clever ways of avoiding seams? Or how to convert in-the-round square patterns to rectangles. For example, I've made a few blankets, doilies etc. from the centre which are meant to be squares, but what if I wanted a rectangular object? Would there be a formula to do that from an existing square pattern?

April 13, 2010 at 11:39 PM  
Blogger Emily said...

I'd love some thoughts on how to weave or knit in ends neatly on a lace project. Especially when you're actually working with laceweight yarn, they always seem to show a bit...

April 13, 2010 at 11:50 PM  
Blogger Meri said...

Hi, I could not find in your pages... 1. italian cast on (for strengthening the edge with knitted rows) and 2. stitched (with needle) italian cast offs (for 1k1n and 2k2n?). I've seen then in an italian knitting magazine maybe a century ago and did not copy them anywhere...

April 14, 2010 at 12:02 AM  
Blogger Fromagette said...

A while ago I needed to mend some holes in my son's diaper covers and realized that I had no idea how to mend a hole. I did my best with a yarn needle and a couple of double pointed needles, but if you have any experience with mending holes in knitted garments, I would love all the tips you could give!

April 14, 2010 at 12:06 AM  
Blogger Megan said...

Tightening purls in stockinette
bust darts

April 14, 2010 at 12:51 AM  
Blogger Huan-Hua said...

I'd love a post about how Estonian braids work (the kind where you wind up with a row of what looks like horizontal stockinette stitches running at right angles to the main knitting)
also, the technical nitty-gritty of brioche knitting!

April 14, 2010 at 12:55 AM  
Blogger Samma said...

I would like to know more about steeking.
Thanks for your great blog!

April 14, 2010 at 2:38 AM  
Blogger Moorecat said...

I've never been able to master intarsia: specifically, the uneven tension of the stitches where the colour change occurs.
There is always a stitch on the edge of the colour in each row which is much "foofier" (yes, that is a technical term!) then its neighbours.

April 14, 2010 at 2:49 AM  
Anonymous Salihan said...

I think a few people have mentioned it but I would like to learn more about steeking and modifying sweater patterns eg top down or bottom up, instead of sewing different pieces; changing to a v-neck instead of round neck.

Thank you again for all your tutorials! (me@salihan.com)

April 14, 2010 at 3:10 AM  
Blogger Sally said...

I'd love an explanation of gauge and, specifically, the proportions of a stitch. How come different knitters can get the same stitch gauge but different row gauges? What affects the geometry of the stitch? How much of the length of yarn in the stitch goes into the height, and how much into the width? Is it the way one holds the yarn and needles? Loose or tight knitters? If you could specify an easily-available yarn, would your readers knit samples and send in results to see if there's some sort of common factor?

April 14, 2010 at 3:34 AM  
Blogger Julie K said...

i'd like a post on bravery in knitting. just assuming that you've developed so many of these techniques (and their alternatives) by seeing something that was a problem and trying tens of times to fix it, even if that means deviating from the written pattern. having a pep-talk on the fact that making a little change in a pattern or trying something new won't ruin the whole project would be great. and how you might mark a spot in a project so you could rip back if it doesn't work. this kind of personal post would be a great motivator. thanks so much for all the work that goes into every entry!

April 14, 2010 at 3:54 AM  
Blogger Protean said...

I'd like a post on gauge and drape in a garment-particularly when doing stranded work.

I'd also like to see a post on how to go about choosing colours in stranded work. It can be really hard in fair isle patterns to choose the right colours...

April 14, 2010 at 4:14 AM  
Blogger GinkgoKnits said...

I've been struggling with embroidery on handknit toys. While I've been able to teach myself the embroidery fairly well, it's challenging to keep the stitches even on knit fabric.

Also, though your increasing and decreasing posts are wonderful, some sort of cheat sheet that would lay out the options in a more visual manner would be a great help (the name and an illustration from the post where the method is explained with the link for more information below). If you had such a page, I'd use it all the time.

April 14, 2010 at 4:43 AM  
Blogger Laurie said...

Converting a stair step shoulder into short rows. How to calculate raglan increases/decreases when your gauge doesn't match the pattern's. How to cardiganize a pullover pattern. Other hints on sweater modifications when row gauge is off and stitch gauge is fine.

April 14, 2010 at 5:43 AM  
Blogger Cindylou said...

Row gauge and how it effects armholes. Most of the time row gauge may not matter, but three sweaters with tight arm openings cry otherwise!

April 14, 2010 at 6:05 AM  
Blogger Terri D. said...

I'd love instructions on setting in sleeves in a sweater so they don't look like the dog's dinner. Thanks for your blog!

April 14, 2010 at 6:05 AM  
Blogger Wyld Rose said...

An "advanced" piece on bust darts, for the very endowed. There's lots of articles that cover the basics, but they skip the complicated stuff like:
- combining horizontal and vertical darts (one first and then the other, or both at the same time?)
- how to handle multiple sets of horizontal darts (do you need to start earlier, what do you put between them, divided evenly or the most possible in the first set, how to do more than two at all?)

Also, the use of short rows in improving the fit of raglan shoulders.

April 14, 2010 at 6:21 AM  
Blogger Kay-From the Back Yard said...

How to convert stitch patterns from flat knitting to "in the round" for socks or seamless items would be interesting.

I thank you, too, for your blog.

April 14, 2010 at 6:21 AM  
Blogger Cabbage said...

I would like to know how to eliminate the "step" that results from binding off something in the round (like a cuff, for example). Thanks for being a rockin' blog hostess! :)

April 14, 2010 at 6:40 AM  
Anonymous NathalieS. said...

How size of yarn over hole depends on neighbouring stitches (i.e. k-yo-k vs. k-yo-p vs. p-yo-k vs. p-yo-p). And how to uniform yarn overs in complicated lace pattern such as Japanese lace.

April 14, 2010 at 6:55 AM  
Blogger Sarah D said...

Hello! I'd like information about picking up stitches. I've been knitting for 30 plus years and this is my least favorite thing to do - mostly because I do it so badly.

I really enjoy you site. Thank you for all your work!

April 14, 2010 at 7:18 AM  
Blogger Anisa said...

I think I'll second the "embroidery" request. I can graft and convert sweaters to have seamless set-in sleeves and everything, but the word "embroidery" strikes fear in my heart.

Another fear: selvedge stitches and edge effects in general.

April 14, 2010 at 7:39 AM  
Blogger Deeners said...

Steeking. I know how to do it and how to prepare the sweater for cutting. But I haven't seen a lot of tutorial information about how to pick up for a button band after. And I would love to find out more about how hand sewing vs machine sewing the steek effects the outcome. i worry with the bulky cardigan I'm doing that machine sewing is going to stretch the fabric.

April 14, 2010 at 7:44 AM  
Blogger Amy said...

I'd like to know more about steeking, especially ways of securing the stitches without the use of a sewing machine.

April 14, 2010 at 8:05 AM  
Blogger Tracy said...

Wow I'm not sure I'm smart enough to know how dumb I am to be able to recommend a topic. :o) You are my goddess, thank you.

How about a completely off the wall suggestion, double knitting, as in tubes and/or as a two-faced color-work piece?

Oooo darning is a good one someone else already mentioned.

How about something that takes me forever to figure out so I must being doing something wrong and you'll prob'ly have a nifty way of doing it...Some sort of formula or rule of thumb for calculating various slopes/angles in knitting. (how to get a 45 degree angle, a 30 degree angle, 60 degree angle, etc in stockinette and/or garter)

Thanx again for sharing your brain. When I see a new post from you it perks up my day.

April 14, 2010 at 8:08 AM  
Blogger Diane said...

I would be interested in a discussion of yarnovers in lace and how to make them even - they tend to be elongated on one side vs another.

April 14, 2010 at 8:12 AM  
Blogger Leanne said...

I second (third? fourth?) the request for yarn substitution tips. Specifically substituting different weights.

Thanks so much for your blog. I'd be lost sometimes without you.

April 14, 2010 at 8:23 AM  
Anonymous Geri said...

How about doing a Moebius cast-on?

April 14, 2010 at 8:24 AM  
Anonymous eadaoine said...

I would like an explanation on how to convert a lace pattern from top down to bottom up. I love knitting lace but patterns where you start at the edge and knit inward I'd like to do from the center out.

April 14, 2010 at 8:25 AM  
Blogger Owl Chick said...

I'm completely in agreement with Aliceq, the second comment.

I've just started my 'year of learning to do colorwork' and have been struggling to figure out how to convert all the tutorials I find from right-handed throwing to continental.

April 14, 2010 at 8:26 AM  
Anonymous Holly said...

I also vote for working a sweater in the round when the directions are for flat seamed pieces (and the wisdom to know when the seams are needed), also how to make a fake seam (I know EZ wrote about this but I have all her books and can't find it).

April 14, 2010 at 8:34 AM  
Blogger knottygnome said...

hmm, maybe something about various shawl shapes and how to achieve them. i've seen some very basic articles on triangles but i'd like to see other shapes as well, like circles and squares.

April 14, 2010 at 8:44 AM  
Blogger Le said...

I could really use a compare and contrast article on traditional plant fibers. For example, linen and ramie seem to knit up the same but have very different properties when wet. Does that mean I can "abuse" ramie more when washing and blocking to get it to that wonderful soft easy texture when dry?

Also a compare and contrast on washing and blocking different fibers and a few trickier combinations. For example, I know what to do with wool and cotton but what about silk? What about silk with wool when I would normally use a hot wash and a hot rinse to avoid shocking the wool fiber? How should rayon be handled? Can I use blocking wires with it?

April 14, 2010 at 8:48 AM  
Blogger chelsea said...

I would like a technical discussion of different types of ribbing. Your pieces about the unsupportedness of edges have been really helpful, but I think both my sweaters and my socks would benefit from being better able to judge how ribbing choice affects the stretchiness and hand of the fabric created. Also, how any incorporation of lace into these patterns affects the amount of yarn used and subsequent stretchniess? I finally realized why garter stitch eats so much yarn, so that's what sparked this idea.

April 14, 2010 at 8:57 AM  
Blogger gayle said...

(I just got lost in your archives... I've now bookmarked several pages that I'd missed!)
I would be interested in an in-depth look at brioche stitch. I've seen several sites with information about it, but they tend to be confusing - and conflicting. Your help would be appreciated!

April 14, 2010 at 9:16 AM  
Blogger Angie said...

I would love to learn more about steeking and lining bags. Totally unrelated but both things I know little about. I'm also interested in learning more about customizing pattern for fit.

April 14, 2010 at 9:39 AM  
Blogger Soto Sister said...

How about jogless fairisle? I have read all about jogless stripes, but can't figure out jogless fairisle without messing up the design.

Another is what to do if after you make a sweater and it's all seamed up, and you realize that the body is 2" too short. Or the sleeves are 2" too long. I have thought of unraveling a row then picking up and adding rows, then grafting back together for the first example, but don't know if that would work; it does work in my head! For the sleeves, can rows be unraveled then grafted? Does large scale grafting look obviously like a seam?

April 14, 2010 at 9:45 AM  
Anonymous Jennigma said...

Symmetry in increases and decreases.

What makes p - yo - k look different from k - yo - p? why don't k2tog's and ssk's both line up neatly?

When you make an m1, does it matter which way you twist the bar when you lift it? Should you mirror?

There are so many times I want to knit something with mirrored symmetry, but fail. Help me do better. :-)

April 14, 2010 at 9:55 AM  
Anonymous AnaB said...

Set-in sleeves from the top is a topic I never see explained in simple terms. It takes pages in Barbara Walker's book, and some have tried to simplify that text, but I am still not clear on exactly how it all works. I would love to see it covered in your unique style. Thanks for making so many things so much easier for those of us with little precious knitting time!

April 14, 2010 at 9:58 AM  
Blogger Simply Sitting said...

Techknitter you are just the awesomest - if only there were a Knitting Oscar to give away, you would be a winner in all categories.

I second Moorecat - intarsia has so few in-depth resources. Most sites talk about yarn management and the basic "twist your yarn when crossing colors" - but it is so much more than that. How do different stitch patterns affect intarsia, how do you fix mistakes, what if the same color repeats multiple times in a row etc.. Please?

April 14, 2010 at 10:00 AM  
Blogger cynthb said...

Thanks for your wonderful blog! I'd like to see something on saddle shoulders, maybe with a section on converting standard set-in shoulders to saddle shoulders.

April 14, 2010 at 10:05 AM  
Anonymous finalucci said...

I'd be interested in a couple of subjects - darning beautiful hand knits to keep them around longer; stieking (sp?); and lastly perhaps something on the different sock heel construction methods - the differences between them but also the math behind the "pattern." That way you can make it work in any gauge or for any number of stitches you may have cast on for that particular sock.

April 14, 2010 at 10:09 AM  
Blogger Deb said...

I really would like to learn more about using sideways borders, for instance on lace shawls. The pickup of the stitches always looks wrong when I do it.


April 14, 2010 at 10:34 AM  
Blogger Marnie said...

In your Kitchener stitch with a knitting needle you say in the comments in response to a question the following:
"At the very end, you must imagine that the last two stitches have partners. Of course, they don't, but you must treat the last two stitches as if they do, and go into each of these stitches twice, with the correct angle, using the running yarn. That'll make the loop go away.

Another trick is to work the first and the last TWO stitches as if they were one stitch--this gives a very rounded edge and eliminates loops, but you'd want to start the toe shaping one or two rows further along when using this trick (so you can end when there are more stitches on your needle at the toe end) because working stitches together makes the grafted edge at the toe that much narrower."

I still don't "get" it and would like to see your lovely diagrams detailing the final procedures.

April 14, 2010 at 10:42 AM  
Blogger PenCraft said...

I am sure there is a huge depth of knowledge in the archives that I haven't tapped yet. Your site is wonderful! Maybe you've already covered it, but I am interested in finishing techniques. I recently had a sweater with shoulder saddles that were edged with purl stitches. For the life of me, I could not get a decent looking seam between the purls and the stockinette body.

Normally, a perpendicular seam isn't too big of a deal, but because of the purls, this seam was a real challenge. I finally ended up ripping out the saddles and reknitting them with two knit stitches on the edge so I could get I better look.

So, my request in general, is how do nice seams in reverse stockinette, garter stitch, lace patterns, etc. Some help with parallel and perpendicular seams and the inbetween stuff, like you encounter when sewing in a sleeve.

Actually, any tips of finishing techniques would be welcome.

April 14, 2010 at 10:43 AM  
Anonymous Stella said...

I'm with Sally. Gauge, gauge, gauge. I knit tight and can't seem to manage a comfortable tension that creates a consistent and even stitch.

April 14, 2010 at 11:01 AM  
Blogger pamade said...

Thanks for asking - I really enjoy your website. Your instructions are wonderfully clear and easy for me to follow.

I have been wanting to knit a scarf or shawl with a short row ruffle on the selvage edge. There are patterns that have you knit the ruffle on after the shawl is knitted, but I want to knit it as I go for two reasons. I want a smooth transition, and I don't want to knit the shawl and then not have enough yarn to finish the ruffle. I would love instruction for this on a rectangular shape and also on a triangle shape.

April 14, 2010 at 11:44 AM  
Blogger Honnay said...

How about your thoughts on "holding and tensioning" yarn? I see beginners with yarn pinched between thumb and forefinger in their right hand, carefully wrapping and dropping their needle and tugging, every stitch with its own unique, and probably tight, tension. Then there is Eunny with yarn wrapped around her tightly hooked left index finger moving at blinding speed. There are those who hate to purl perhaps because their chosen method of holding yarn makes it difficult. I think a better understanding of the value and principles behind good tensioning and positioning would be very valuable. It would reduce injury and enhance knitting experiences.

Happy to discuss further...

Elizh (on Ravelry)

April 14, 2010 at 11:50 AM  
Anonymous Melanie said...

I would love to see someone inserting and sewing a set-in sleeve into a sweater. For some reason that petrifies me and I haven't found a tutorial on the internet yet.

April 14, 2010 at 11:51 AM  
Blogger Michelle said...

Some of us don't have the extra money or time to subscribe to the various mags, so those things (buttonholes and zippers) coming up in print won't help us! It would be great if you'd cover those.

April 14, 2010 at 11:53 AM  
OpenID nicolaknits said...

I was just looking through your indexes and couldn't find anything on steeking. I'm surprised as I thought you'd covered that, but maybe it's buried somewhere. I think if you made the titles of your blog posts shorter and more relevant, instead of "How To...", then the specific ones would be easier to find. I'm about to start a cardigan in acrylic, just one colour, and I'd like to see something about steeking that - so many tutorials assume that you're doing Fair Isle and tell you to do a two-colour section for the steek, but what about knitting with one colour - do you put a purl stitch in so that you can see where to make the fold and pick up the stitches later?

A REALLY useful feature on the blog would be a search bar, so I could type in one word and find the posts with that word, rather than having to troll through the index.

Thanks for listening, and congrats on an excellent blog.

April 14, 2010 at 12:09 PM  
Blogger Raben said...

Hello! I have been silent so far, but your blog has helped me on so many things! I have been knitting for a long time, but still have problems keeping an even tension, especially when using cotton. I have concentrated very hard on it, but still get some rows looser than others... grr!!

April 14, 2010 at 12:24 PM  
Blogger Jen said...

I would really love a tutorial on steeking. Thanks!

April 14, 2010 at 1:17 PM  
Anonymous Dee said...

I'd like to learn about how to do intarsia the right way. Someday, I'm going to knit a Kaffe Fassett design!

April 14, 2010 at 1:23 PM  
Blogger Anna W said...

Hiya, your blog has improved my knitting SO MUCH.

So I was thinking I would like a tutorial on lever knitting, if you know anything about it.

Also, is there a way to seam pieces together as you knit them?

April 14, 2010 at 1:31 PM  
Blogger Angeluna said...

You asked and look at all the suggestions you have already. You are my first "go to" whenever I have a knitting question. Thanks for all you have given to us knitters.

I would be interested in fit for the more endowed. Knitting a sweater that doesn't ride up in the front to start with. I'm adept at short rows, but it seems most of the designs I make, or want to make, have a design that doesn't lend itself to the short rowing easily. Checkerboard (I'm knitting one and stopped at the bust), lace, cabled; all pose a problem to the short rows.

Also getting a shoulder that fits well in a larger size, so one doesn't end up with way too much fabric under the arm.

April 14, 2010 at 1:44 PM  
Anonymous Purlista said...

In think for me, the thing I most want help with is fitting. Even after nearly 10 years of knitting, I still have a terrible time translating what a pattern is doing to how it will fit on my actual person. When should I lengthen the sleeves, when should I shorten them, when do I want waist shaping, when don't I? and where do I make that adjustment?All these are the questions that confront me at the beginning of every project.

I am also terrified of negative ease, even after seeing all the projects on Ravelry that illustrate that sometimes it's the best fit for a particular sweater.

BTW, thank you for your blog. I have read every tutorial, many of them more than once. I really appreciate your sharing your experience with us!

April 14, 2010 at 2:25 PM  
Anonymous Janina said...

A poll, what a nice idea! I haven't worked my way through all the archives, but you are my go-to-first resource when I'm embarking on a new technique.
I have a pear shaped figure, and I'd like to be better at knitting to fit. Enlarging for the bottom is fairly easy, what I need to know is how to give room for "the girls" while still keeping the needed smaller neckline and shoulder. And then how to engineer a sleeve to fit both that smaller shoulder with a much larger bicep, without ending up with gobs of fabric at the underarm.
The thing with fitting knits is it is so time consuming, and you don't know if you've done it right until you've invested hours and hours of knitting and sewing-up. Compared to knitting, making a muslin for a sewn project is a breeze!

April 14, 2010 at 2:28 PM  
Blogger Rebecca said...

I would like to see an article about how to "knit in ends" as you go along. Also any tips for weaving in ends on lace projects would be appreciated.

April 14, 2010 at 2:29 PM  
Blogger Reluctant Penguin said...

Just little thing, but something that always bothers me: After doing a conventional bind-off, the last stitch always looks sloppy. I have yet to see a solution to this problem. There has to be something better than trying to tie it down when weaving in the tail of the yarn.

April 14, 2010 at 3:10 PM  
Blogger AnnaT said...

How about knitting backwards?
Doing the short rows that entrelac needs is sooo tedious to keep swapping everyting around

Anna T

April 14, 2010 at 3:10 PM  
Blogger Dragonridermom said...

I would like to know how to select the correct pattern and yarn to match the person for whom I am knitting. I am 5' and my husband is 6'4". There is more to it than resizing gauge.

April 14, 2010 at 3:16 PM  
Blogger catmum said...

I'd love to see a technical discussion of types/shapes of feet and how that effects what kind of sock one knits. Toes and heels for sure, but maybe also arch-shaping etc.

April 14, 2010 at 3:25 PM  
Blogger June said...

How about a post on how to systematically close up those triangle-shaped holes one gets when knitting in the round, just at the point where sleeves are attached to the body? Thanks for the chance to make suggestions.

April 14, 2010 at 3:35 PM  
Blogger heather said...

I see lots of great ideas in the comments already. I really enjoy your blog it has improved my knitting immensely.
I would like to see the button hole methods and zipper ideas as well, I don't subscribe to any mags to expensive. I also would love to know some different methods for thumbs on gloves and mittens. I like to knit mittens but my thumbs look terrible and I always have holes even picking up extra stitches doesn't seem to work. Maybe some ideas or tips for working lace would be possible as well. Thanks for the help you are awesome.

April 14, 2010 at 3:48 PM  
Blogger Lunaria said...

I agree with several others - I need t learn teachniques to make a pattern personalized fpor me - such as converting from back-and-fiorth to in -the round, bottom up to top down, and converting patterns when you are using a differnt gauge. Right now I have 2 tank top patterns I want to make for summer, but they both call for aran yarn which is just too heavy for summer. I'd like to use Dk yarn, but if I knit at gauge the fabric will be too open and lacy.

April 14, 2010 at 6:10 PM  
Blogger Stacey said...

I'd like to add my voice to all those that called for steeking, please!
Also, I'd be interested to see something on knitting lace patterns, itended to be knitted flat, into one knitted in the round.

April 14, 2010 at 7:02 PM  
Anonymous random Cindy said...

I'd be interested in top-down sweater construction, especially with the addition of gussets under the arms and possibly sleeves other than raglan. I'd also love to see toe-up sock construction with the inclusion of gussets with short row heels. Choosing needles not just for gauge but for texture of the resulting fabric. And I'll second yarn substitution and steeks. I usually spin my own so I find myself either hunting for the right pattern to fit the yarn or trying to spin to fit the pattern. Thanks for asking us!

April 14, 2010 at 7:02 PM  
OpenID almeda said...

Seconding several things above (entrelac, colorwork, several ways of burying ends) plus:

I'm a combined knitter. I hold my yarn Continental, and knit the way I'm expected to for that, but I purl 'backwards' -- the yarn goes the other way around the needle, because the ergonomics of DOING the purl stitch with the yarn held where I do is about eighty times easier that way.

However, patterns where stitch-twisting matters assume I knit like they do, and very narrowly tell me what motions to make with the stitches, instead of what I should have when I'm done -- 'ssk, yo, k2tog, K1b' instead of 'dec-right, yo, dec-left, knit twisted'.

Swatching and reverse-engineering to figure out what they WANTED me to do is a bear. Any suggestions?

almeda@livejournal.com is a working emaill for me.

April 14, 2010 at 7:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi - I haven't read all the comments, so maybe someone already said this - but knitting in ends as you go - esp with garter stitch. I do a lot of log cabin-ing and the ends can get me down.... thanks

April 14, 2010 at 7:21 PM  
Blogger Nancy said...

I'd like tutorials on placing buttons and how to place buttons without the sweaterband pulling so that it appears a sweater or jacket is too small even when it isn't. We see many 'professional' magazine photo shoots in which the garments are dreadful because of misplaced buttons!


April 14, 2010 at 8:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm PandaLark on ravelry, best way to contact me.

I'd like to twelfth the comments about steeking, and cardiganizing pullovers.

I don't know if anyone mentioned how to put in elastic without sewing, but I'd love more info on that... I just did it and it was torturous.

April 14, 2010 at 8:11 PM  
Blogger Enjay said...

Hello :)
I'd love to see a series of posts about altering patterns. Resizing, adding/removing shaping (especially while resizing), using a different grist yarn and how to handle motifs. I can't figure out how to add shaping in fair isle and arans without it looking weird but without it I wind up with a sweater that either fits but streeeeetches too much over the hips and the girls, or hangs like a sack everywhere but in the chest. I also live in a warm southern climate and don't need a lot of heavier sweaters so I ike to use dk or finer yarns but I run into problems trying to do the math to get all the changes in for shoulders, armscye, neckline etc.

April 14, 2010 at 8:11 PM  
Blogger Katie said...

Not Sure if this counts, but I'd really like to see a Techknitter book. If you put all of your posts/articles into a book, it would be an encyclopedic tome for the ages.

Also, I really like the posts that incorporate sewing fabric into the knitting, so more along those lines. It is those details that turn some not-so-nice knits into usable items.

April 14, 2010 at 8:21 PM  
Blogger Dana said...

I'll have to do with mending holes too, or re-knitting a heel on a sock,.

April 14, 2010 at 8:52 PM  
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April 14, 2010 at 9:10 PM  
Blogger Darlene said...

You've opened Pandora's Box. lol

I'll add my vote to all things sweater. I too am a plus size, but short. Things that fit in the bust hang off of my shoulders and/or ride up in front. Then there's wanting to do the sweater from the top down so it can be tried on while "under construction", rather than spending months knitting something that doesn't fit. I'd like to know how to change a sweater from a cardigan to a pullover and vice-versa. Going from flat knitting to knitting in the round on sweaters would be great too.

You have a great blog. Thank you!

April 14, 2010 at 9:39 PM  
Blogger Monique said...

I second the ideas for the mechanics of gauge and tricks to yarn substitution. I love all the detail you put in your posts, especially the why something works.

Thank you.

April 14, 2010 at 11:09 PM  
Blogger Lady Heather Shea said...

How about the different contructions of lace shawls? Advantages/disadvantages, triangle vs rectangle vs oblong vs round. Top down vs bottom up.

April 14, 2010 at 11:52 PM  
Anonymous Calfaile said...

Intarsia in the round. There are plenty of cool hat designs with just a single CC motif on the front. I've tried the techniques described here http://explaiknit.typepad.com/let_me_explaiknit/2006/08/rock_around_the.html but I can't seem to get the tension at the joins right so it looks seamless. I also have trouble getting the yarn to start at the right places. You're so good at explaining technique, I really hope you can help with this one!

April 15, 2010 at 12:01 AM  
Anonymous =Tamar said...

Another vote for diagrams for getting rid of the bump at the end of the graft on the toe. I _think_ I understand but I'm not sure.

Thumbs on fingerless mitts: shaping, preventing gaps. For some reason they are harder for me than complete ones on mittens.

April 15, 2010 at 1:14 AM  
Blogger Jacquiebean said...

There area million ideas here that I also want, but here are the two I thought of for myself:

1) Doing colourwork without pulling the strands too tight. I really want to do lots of colourwork, but my mitten attempts have all been small and narrow! Also, carrying unused colours up in striped rows...I can't seem do it it neatly without a vertical seam that can be seen but also FELT. Yuck!

2) How to combat "rowing out" in stockinette. My purls seem to be different than my knits.

3) Double knitting: My edges are all jumbly. I did a learning class but still can't get it right. I need your step by step diagrams of which crosses which other yarn, and in what direction / order.

Thanks! Whether any of these ever get addressed I remain a huge huge fan of yours!

April 15, 2010 at 7:00 AM  
Blogger Jessica said...

What a great idea. I'm a big fan of TECHknitting, so any chance to offer input is fun for me. I'm interested in entrelac right now, and I'd love to read anything you have to say on the subject-- especially if you can help us readers figure out a short cut so we don't have to keep going, "knit 1, turn, purl 1, turn, turn, turn, turn, turn" etc. Knitting backwards, maybe? (And I don't mean tinking).

April 15, 2010 at 7:35 AM  
OpenID Marsha said...

Oh, please write about knitting in ends! I read about a technique for this a couple of years ago, but whenever I use it the area in question looks like it obviously has knitted-in ends. How can this be avoided?

April 15, 2010 at 7:53 AM  
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April 15, 2010 at 8:27 AM  
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April 15, 2010 at 8:32 AM  
Blogger Melissa said...

Could you please talk about attaching buttons? Nancie Wiseman's finishing book has plenty to say about buttonHOLES, but nothing to say about the buttons themselves.

April 15, 2010 at 8:40 AM  
Blogger gardienne said...

How about different techniques for finished shoulder seams? 3 needle bind off, how to match patterns on the should seam, etc.

Love your site, I've recommended it to a number of people. :)

April 15, 2010 at 9:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I, also, would like to know how to attach buttons properly. Another technique would be how to cast-off on a cabled edge without it frilling out. I have tried knitting the middle two stitches of a cable together, and also casting off from the wrong side of the fabric, but still ended up with the same look on the right side of the sweater.


April 15, 2010 at 9:44 AM  
Blogger carloz said...

anything on socks would be fine :>

April 15, 2010 at 9:55 AM  
Blogger reluctantMANGO said...

I would like to see an article on calculating increases/decreases for necklines... for instance when creating a sweater from the bottom up, calculating how often and how many decreases are needed to arrive at the proper depth and angle of a v-neck, crew neck, etc. Also calculating increases when knitting a yoked neckline from the top down or decreses when bottom up. I know all of this has to do with row gauge and shape, but I've yet to find a clear explanation. Thanks!

April 15, 2010 at 11:10 AM  
Blogger Turtle said...

I am looking to perfect knitting in the ends, as well as how to add your buttons in a way they do not end up stretching and sagging. I have tried a couple of different methods but not happy with the results yet. thanks!

April 15, 2010 at 11:27 AM  
Anonymous Susan said...

Probably not something that could be covered in a single post, but I would love to read your techniques on sock knitting (both top down and toe up). I've bugged you when I've encountered problems and you've always been kind to respond, but I'd still read every word of advice you'd care to impart.

Also - Your best cast on and cast off for lace projects.

Also also - Frogging and tinking without tears! (related to fiber weight and content)

Finally - How to overcome a knitting slump (although I suspect that's something you've never experienced).

April 15, 2010 at 12:00 PM  
Blogger kaykatrn said...

I would like an explanation for writing lace patterns, esp in regard to when to yo should come first and when the k2tog/SSK should come first, and which K2tog stitch should be used when. Thanks for asking.

April 15, 2010 at 12:19 PM  
Anonymous majolo said...

I'll add to the couple posts asking for advice on mitten thumbs and avoiding holes (I'm thinking specifically of sore thumbs). Some of your diagrams of where exactly you think it best to pick up stitches would be great.

April 15, 2010 at 1:41 PM  
Anonymous Josiane said...

I'm with the few people who asked about how to properly finish grafting the toe of a sock.
I'm sure I'd have more questions, but you've covered so much already that the answers probably lie in a review of your archives... and in buying the IK issue in which you cover zippers! :)

April 15, 2010 at 2:28 PM  
Anonymous Dorothy E said...

How to finish the edges on double knitted items such as potholders so they look handcrafted not handmade. DorothyE

April 15, 2010 at 2:36 PM  
Blogger Evelyn said...

want to understand short rows better. I tried the no wrap one by fleegle, but I still got some wonkiness.Also, I wish I could get a better fit and finish.

April 15, 2010 at 7:20 PM  
Blogger Melissa said...

Re-posting to include contact info.

I would be most interested in a revisit to the delayed discussion of garment shaping that was flirted with in December of '08. Most specifically, I would love a discussion of the advantages and disadvantages of using horizontal and vertical bust darts, when to use one or the other, and perhaps how to combine the two.

I have been an avid follow of your blog, and I know 'll learn something whatever topic you choose. Thank you for sharing with us your time and experience!

ladymadrian at gmail dot com

April 15, 2010 at 7:57 PM  
Anonymous Maureen said...

I would love to know about short rows...how, what, when, where and why! I've read about using short rows on the back neckline of a sweater for a better fit, but I wouldn't know how to go about it if my life depended on it. Can you please be my hero?

Thanks so much for your blog...I use it constantly...it's fabulous!

April 15, 2010 at 8:51 PM  
Blogger MaryLou said...

I'd love to see some techniques for managing yarns when knitting intarsia. Easy shortcuts or rules of thumb to reduce the number of ends to weave in at the end of the project.

April 15, 2010 at 9:50 PM  
Anonymous eva slipper said...

thank you for your post

April 16, 2010 at 2:12 AM  
Blogger nicoledemana said...

I would like to see (pics) of how to knit socks I recentley bought a kit to make socks stupidly thinking it would have a concise instructions but no alas still in the dark hope you feature this for all the non sock knitters lol

April 16, 2010 at 3:42 AM  
Blogger Anina said...

I would love it if you would have a page dedicated to the types of knitting errors indexed by pictures of the errors. As a self taught knitter sometimes I don't know what the error is called but I can see it in a picture.

For example: I was knitting ribbing in the round and I somehow ended up with a loose sideways loop poking out from the left side of a row of knit stitches. I have no idea how to fix this. I saw your post about fixing loose loops like this on the edge of knitting but how do you fix it in the round?

April 16, 2010 at 9:28 AM  
Blogger ikkinlala said...

I'm definitely looking forward to the aticle on cables. I'd also like to know more about using short rows (for bust and shoulder shaping) in sweaters.

April 16, 2010 at 9:40 AM  
Blogger C said...

I think I've already asked you this in a previous comment, but I would love to see some posts on cabling. Or intarsia knitting! (Like the right way to twist the yarns and when...)

April 16, 2010 at 10:09 AM  
Blogger soknitpicky said...

I tend to get holes around the armhole when I pick up stitches there. I've been experimenting with ways to eliminate this but would LOVE to hear what you have to say about it.

Even though I've done intarsia, I don't have confidence that I'm controlling the yarns well and that I'm really twisting the yarns properly.

I'd love to know more about steeking as well.

Thank you for so a wonderful and informative blog!

April 16, 2010 at 3:08 PM  
Blogger Barbara said...

I second the post on doing set in sleeves from the top down by picking up stitches ( how to judge how many) around the armhole and doing short rows.

Thanks for all your great tutorials!

April 16, 2010 at 3:56 PM  
Anonymous marianne said...

I would like to understand more about top-down raglans. I've made several pullovers and cardigans this way and have adjusted my stitch count according to widely differing gauge, and it still works out perfectly. I don't even understand what I'm doing, really. I think there is some voodoo magic going on.

April 16, 2010 at 7:51 PM  
Anonymous marianne said...

oh, I forgot contact info. I'm beforesunrise on ravelry.

April 16, 2010 at 7:56 PM  
Blogger kmkat said...

I was going to ask for an index to your blog... then I checked and found you already had an excellent index. Thanks!

April 17, 2010 at 10:42 AM  
Blogger Abril said...

Thank you for your blog! I don't know if you already talked about sleeves, how to sew set-in sleeves is what keeps me from knitting a sweater, thanks!

April 17, 2010 at 2:11 PM  
OpenID mel said...

This website is so fantastic. I am interested in diving into steeks soon, and also wonder if you can cover information about doing a lifeline. When and where should you put it, and how often?

April 17, 2010 at 4:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't knit sweaters or socks but I've dived in and have knitted the tree of life blanket (nicky epstein). However, there are really no instructions I have found how to attach the lovely edging to the main blanket so that it lays flat. Tips on attaching edging would be helpful.


April 17, 2010 at 5:57 PM  
Blogger Rebecca Z. said...

Ease. The greatest mystery in designing your own sweater; typically dealt with by suggesting, "measure a favorite, well-fitting sweater." Particularly the relationships between sleeve/body for both armhole length and width and sleeve length.

April 18, 2010 at 6:35 AM  
Anonymous Aud said...

I am wondering, if it is possible to calculate how much stitches a pattern needs that in original is knit with knots/cables and now will be stitched in stockinette stich?

Is that understandable?

Greetings from Germany

April 18, 2010 at 8:22 AM  
Blogger Judi P said...

What a great question! I have three things that come immediately to mind. First, yarn substitution issues. I'm having fun with this on a current project, but realize I'd never have been able to tackle the Aran-for-DK sub. I'm doing a year ago (because like every year, I've learned a lot aout knitting in the past 12 months, thanks in huge measure to your site). Second, how to fix holes (moth holes, holes in socks) by reweaving. I've got a couple of things lying around that I'm tempted to toss because of the unliklihood of figuring out how to do an undetectable job. And finally, I totally agree with Jason. I have a technique I made up for ending a Kitchener row, and it seems to work, but I'd love to see your solution for avoiding the lumpy bump that wants to form.

April 18, 2010 at 12:22 PM  
Anonymous deb anne lee said...

I recently decided that I was wrong. Thirtyfive years age I did not want to sit and learn to knit when my mother tried to teach me. It seemed a long, tedious process to produce something that looked "homemade" instead of store-bought. Youth... Now of course, I am my mothers age, and I so wish I had 35 years experience in knitting. In an odd way, knitting has brought me closer to my memories of my mother, in a way that no photo album could match. So, I knit, and I remember, and I try not to be sad.

The one thing I never did learn, was how to take all the parts that I make, and sew them together to make a product that does not look like a scare crow's winter wardrobe! I have recently completed the front and back of a tank top; the front, back and sleeves of a sweater; and all the parts of a brimmed cap. I have tried to sew them together, but each time the look so bad I rip out the seams. Some of your wonderful illustrations and indepth step-by-step instructions on how to construct my knitted projects into objects would be so appreciated.

Love your blog - it too reminds me of my mother.

April 18, 2010 at 1:20 PM  
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April 18, 2010 at 3:00 PM  
Blogger Andrea said...

I'm curious about shaping garments knitted vertically. As a big girl, I like to knit striped garments so that they form vertical, rather than horizontal stripes. I wonder how to include waist shaping and bust darts...

April 18, 2010 at 7:46 PM  
Blogger melonkelli said...

More about fixing errors -- like those you find 10 rows on (not that I'm speaking from experience...).

How about how to weave in ends when you're knitting -- what keeps me from finishing projects is the finishing itself. If I could just work in the ends along the way. I've "felted" ends together with wool, but what about cotton or superwash wool?

April 18, 2010 at 11:25 PM  
Blogger Patricia said...

there is something that I don't understand. If you can't get the gauge some people say do the next size larger or smaller and everything will be okay. You are looking at stitch counts etc in order to accomplish this.

better fitting garments. Small gauge for the larger woman. Just because you are bit you don't hide in your knitting, but rather find flattering styles and gauge that works for you

April 19, 2010 at 7:51 AM  
Blogger Natasha said...

I was going to suggest tips on the proper way to seam garter stitch, but it seems all I have to do is read your upcoming magazine article. :o)

Keep up the good work!

April 19, 2010 at 11:10 AM  
Blogger Judy S. said...

Looks like you have a wealth of suggestions here and can't wait to see what you choose to feature! Thanks for the reminder to check your great archive and the current post on weaving in ends, also one of my issues. I'd also like to know how to convert a flat sweater pattern to in the round. Another request would be how to make sure the top and bottom of an added-on sweater border looks decent and not like mine! Thanks for the great blog; I agree that a book would be fabulous.

April 19, 2010 at 11:25 AM  
Blogger Comptons said...

Here's another vote for information on how to convert patterns when measurements don't match. I'm well-endowed, and if I chose a pattern size based strictly on my bust, it is often too big everywhere else. I know how to do extra decreases (top down) for the waist, but sometimes have issues with arm hole depth, shoulder width, etc.

April 19, 2010 at 11:46 AM  
Blogger bethc said...

I think this may fit with some already on the list, but when grafting a toe I always end up with weird little bumps sticking out on both sides... Any way to avoid these?

April 19, 2010 at 12:09 PM  
Blogger Katie said...

I tend to always have a hole on one side of my sock heel/gusset but not on the other. Even when I pick up an extra stitch and k2tog (and sometimes even when I ktbl to twist it tighter at the point where the hole usually is) I get a hole only on one side. WEIRD. Anyway, I'd love a discussion of this. I also second the poster who suggested different sock heel construction methods. The best I've found (no holes, whee!) was the reverse-stockinette gusset on the "brainless" socks, but I don't really like how reverse stockinette looks and the construction is so unusual for me (admittedly a new sock knitter) that I can't figure it out to alter it.

Yay for TECHknitting! I <3 this blog.

April 19, 2010 at 12:35 PM  
Blogger Acipenser said...

I am puzzled by the fact that my row gauge is always about 25-30 percent higher than the pattern gauge, when my stitch gauge is spot on. Not sure if you know the answer or can find it, but I wonder if there's a difference in row gauge between continental and English knitting (I knit continental). Its not only when I substitute yarns, but also with the same yarn, I still get much higher row counts. Very annoying with patterns that have you count rows instead of measuring.

I'm Acipenser on Ravelry

April 19, 2010 at 1:15 PM  
Blogger Cheryl S. said...

I am kicking myself because a couple of weeks ago there was something that I came across that I thought would be awesome if you could illustrate how it works. I even meant to leave a comment about it - but of course, by the next day, I had completely forgotten what it was. *bangs head on desk*

However, I would like to add my vote for intarsia - especially when the motif is irregularly shaped, since all of the instructions I've seen on it use a square or circle as the example - but what if you have a jog of 2 or three stitches for that color in the next row?

April 19, 2010 at 1:18 PM  
Blogger The Coffee Diva said...

Seaming/sewing seed stitch. I had to sew an entire seed stitch sweater and had to rip out the seams over and over again because they didn't look perfect. Painful experience.

April 19, 2010 at 1:19 PM  
Blogger Margie said...

Wow! What an opportunity!!! I'd like to know how to do the math to resize a pattern (or maybe just choose a different size???) when substituting yarn. I read, and read and read on this topic but nothing seems to "stick" with me.

Also, after having recently discovered the joy of top-down knitting, I'd like to know how to convert a pattern from one written in pieces to a top-down.

YOU ought to win the prize just for having THE BEST website!!!

April 19, 2010 at 1:34 PM  
Blogger Margie said...

Wow! What an opportunity!!! I'd like to know how to do the math to resize a pattern (or maybe just choose a different size???) when substituting yarn. I read, and read and read on this topic but nothing seems to "stick" with me.

Also, after having recently discovered the joy of top-down knitting, I'd like to know how to convert a pattern from one written in pieces to a top-down.

YOU ought to win the prize just for having THE BEST website!!!

April 19, 2010 at 1:34 PM  
Blogger Marlaina said...

I would like a tutorial for adding pockets to a garment. Both Vertical and Horizontal and maybe Diagonal? Steek, Afterthought, Double Knit? What is the best way?


April 19, 2010 at 5:00 PM  
Anonymous boki said...

I love your blog, it's helped me improve both my skills and my understanding. I'd love to read more about entrelac, and fixing mistakes in intarsia. (There are so many worthy subjects in these comments... :)

April 20, 2010 at 10:01 AM  
Blogger ZaftigWendy said...

I'd like to know your take on unevenness of wrapped short rows. Why are the ones that are wrapped on the knit side always so much looser, after picking up, than the ones that were wrapped on the purl side?

April 20, 2010 at 12:40 PM  
Blogger anne said...

I seriously need a tutorial on different methods of picking up stitches.

April 20, 2010 at 3:04 PM  
Blogger charleneanderson said...

I would like to read more about casting on and casting off and especially ones that match each other so that both ends of a scarf match.

April 20, 2010 at 3:41 PM  
Blogger Catt said...

I would love to have a post about Double Knitting....I'm trying hard to teach myself, but I just can't seem to get it.

April 20, 2010 at 4:14 PM  
Blogger Lexie said...

I've been trying to learn more about the differenes that come from knitting either English or continental. I read somewhere that carrying one colour in each hand willl cause one colour of yarn to sit higher, or be more pronounced? I'm not sure, but I'm very currious as to which way that works (left hand higher or right hand higher?) and why. I can think of a few places this could effect my knitting technique choices, but I bet you can think of more!
Thanks for this contest, it's a great idea.

April 21, 2010 at 10:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

First of all, your website has gotten me out of so many knitting jams. . . . I feel like you should be a co-creator on almost all of my projects.

Some topics I would love to get the techknitter treatment? Fixing mistakes (missing YO's, missing cables, etc), seaming (beyond mattress stitch), and what to do about the armholes when making a raglan sweater.

I am knitmap on ravelry.

April 21, 2010 at 10:47 AM  
Blogger 17th stitch said...

There are three things I would like to see (hear) you explain:

1) Intarsia. My tensions gets all messed up and the piece doesn't lie flat, even after blocking.
2) I know how to make an Estonian braid but I don't know how to finish one! Is there a trick for grafting the ends together to make it look seamless?
3) I think I saw someone else say it earlier, but I'll repeat: I'd love to know how to finish grafting together the top of a mitten or toe of a sock. I always get an unpleasant bump with that last stitch.

Thank you. Your blog has been a terrific resource over the past few years.

April 21, 2010 at 3:41 PM  
Blogger Gina said...

Can you post methods for "picking up" stitches correctly? For some reason, I'm having a difficult time understanding this concept and my attempts have been frustrating. :)

Thanks so much for your blog!


April 22, 2010 at 8:43 AM  
Blogger Giselle said...

This was a very clever ploy to make me go and start reading your blog from the very beginning! It's hugely enjoyable too - unfortunately I didn't get very far because I really want to read everything thoroughly.
Not sure if you covered this already: I am very interested in steeking though I have done straight steeks and am fine with those. I think it should be possible to apply the technique to curved seems like the underarm area: the steek stitches would have to include increases so they can become an inward turned facing, or remain a pretty narrow inner hem. It should be possible to pick up stitches for the sleeve along a curved line, surely?
I would LOVE tips on this subject! Thank you very much.
Absolutely terrific blog by the way - it is such fun to pick up tips or find out what the stuff is called that I do at times. Thank you for being so dedicated to pass on your knowledge! It is much appreciated.

April 22, 2010 at 11:08 AM  
Blogger crazyestonian said...

I have another vote for intarsia, with the knitting back method. The Knitting Traditions book/magazine briefly touches it but it would be nice to see in-depth explanation.

And another vote for changing yarn in terms of weight (fingering for dk, sock for lace etc).

Anything to avoid the curling of button bands (the kind that have been either sewn on or knitted on). There must be something technical beyond blocking, which only lasts 1- wears.

And last, sewing on patches. I made Jarrett a while ago and while seaming in general came out beautiful, sewing garter stitch patches onto stockinette was horrible. I redid a few times and finally let it be. 3 years later, every time I see the cardigan it still bothers me.

April 22, 2010 at 2:14 PM  
Blogger Jocelyn said...

It seems you don't do much on socks, but I would love a gathering of all of my heel choices, both toe-up and top down. It seems most gatherings of all the options just aren't complete! And I'd like to know the advantages and disadvantages of them, which one tends to not stretch, looks cleaner, is easier, etc.

April 23, 2010 at 10:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Right now my burning issue is how to alter a pattern. For example if the neckline is too low or too wide for my taste where could it be changed to cover my shoulders and just skim under the collar bone in front? Not a crew neck, just that lovely line like a string of pearls.

April 23, 2010 at 1:24 PM  
Anonymous Karen said...

The neatest way to sew in set-in sleeves. I always goof it up somehow and so I avoid that style. Thanks! Karen

April 23, 2010 at 1:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What is the difference between "pick up" and "pick up and knit"? IS there a difference?

Gwyndolyn O'Shaughnessy

April 23, 2010 at 1:59 PM  
Blogger Raven said...

Please please please a post on ways to hold and tension your yarn while knitting. Also a post on how to knit tighter or looser.

April 23, 2010 at 2:27 PM  
Blogger Clare said...

After reading through the other comments, any help on short rows or darts would be lovely - sounds like a fair number of us could use some help with making the fabric curve where we do!

One tidbit I haven't seen mentioned yet is the "twisties." It's a pain for me (and happens to most of the other knitters I know) when there's more or less twist between the active stitches and the ball than the yarn was spun/plied. Then you're left with the strands coming apart (splityville) or supercoiling back on themselves. Argh. Why this happens and what to do about it would be fantastic.

Thanks for whatever you do end up writing about, this site has become one of my favorites!

April 23, 2010 at 2:41 PM  
Anonymous AnneNN said...

I would like an in-depth discussion of gauge swatching. I understand WHY to do this, but have trouble when the pattern says you want a gauge of Y stitches by X rows in stockinette, but the pattern is in seed stitch. And THEN, finding the correct gauge in stockinette does NOT give the correct seed stitch gauge. Is there a way to convert gauge instructions to the actual pattern that will be used?

April 23, 2010 at 2:43 PM  
Blogger Jen in Tucson said...

I would love to benefit from your knowledge on rewriting garment patterns in order to avoid finishing chores as much as possible -- this could include how to convert a sweater pattern written in "pieces" to a in-the-round patten, or also what types of choices made during knitting a garment would make any finishing task easier and better-looking.

April 23, 2010 at 3:26 PM  
Anonymous Jennifer Lavender said...

There are two things that have bugged me. Seaming, which I have seen in your index, but haven't checked out yet, and repairing items that were gifts. I have a beautiful baby blanket that has gotten a hole in it and I wish I knew how to fix it without having the thread or without making it so obvious that there is a repair there. For now it just sits in a box.

April 23, 2010 at 3:50 PM  
Blogger Ann said...

I want to know how to set in, and work sleeves from the top down by picking up stitches.

I am also one who would like more info on substituting yarns and especially handspun.

Thanks for all you do for us. You are truly appreciated.

April 23, 2010 at 6:35 PM  
Blogger carolyn said...

I would also be a fan on short rows and darts.

I would also like to know a good cast-on/bind-off for a 2x1 rib. A favorite pattern of mine is in this rib, and I can't seem to figure out how to get a nice edge.

Last, I understand tubular cast on, but find it difficult to handle with only two hands. I have particular difficultly if I'm knitting into the cast-on row and drop a stitch; I cannot for the life of me figure out how to reconstruct the lost stitch back onto the needle. I usually end up pulling the whole thing off and starting over. (Which usually means after a couple tries I give up and use an easier but less attractive cast-on method).

This is compounded trying to do a 2-color tubular cast on, which I've tried once, and never again. But wouldn't it be cool to master?

April 23, 2010 at 9:15 PM  
Blogger normanack said...

Similar, but not exactly the same as your article on knitting efficiently: Knitting faster.
Is economy of motion the only factor? (The Yarn Harlot has a lot of movement going on but is wicked fast.)
Are there particular hand positions or movements -- even just tiny pieces of the knitting action -- that make a big difference?
Is the entire style the most important factor: Portuguese, or maybe knitting with the right needle braced by the body?
I ask because I think knitting speed makes a huge difference in one's experience of knitting. I'd love to make sweaters and smooth, thin socks but am too slow to make a regular practice of either. It's not the amount of work that bothers me; rather, it's knowing that I won't have that sweater ready for months. Or that I won't have a good idea of how it looks/drapes/fits until I've put scores and scores of hours into it.
Thanks for all you do! You provide an invaluable resource over an astonishing range of topics and techniques, and in a depth unequalled (that I know of) by any other knitter.

April 23, 2010 at 9:18 PM  
Blogger Chantal B said...

I would like to know to adapt a pattern to get it without seam, to knit it as a round.

I love your work! It is so useful. you are my technical bible!

April 24, 2010 at 7:38 AM  
Blogger Lyn said...

Short rows - better W&T techniques, especially as used for bust shaping & picking up sts around the armhole to knit a set-in sleeve from the top down.

April 24, 2010 at 7:52 AM  
Blogger WarPony said...

Kay-From the Back Yard said...

"How to convert stitch patterns from flat knitting to "in the round" for socks or seamless items would be interesting."

YESYESYES! also... converting stitch patterns from flat work to in the round. last night I was asked to knit a pair of leggings and have the legs in seafoam pattern, with no seams. Is this even possible?? i do ok with some simple stitch patterns (seed stitch kind of thing...) but stuff like that would really be nice since almost all of my work is in the round.

April 24, 2010 at 8:24 AM  
Anonymous LaraMM said...

Thansk for having so much valuable knowledge here - it's been really helpful.
I would like to learn more about taking an existing pattern and re-sizing it. I can't tell you how many times I've picked up a pattern (for kids especially) and found the sizes were too small. My own fault for not checking in the first place, but if I could learn how to adjust the math, I'd be so grateful!

April 24, 2010 at 11:56 AM  
Anonymous Ühltje said...

When I've gone through the joy of making a gauge swatch (and measured it, washed it, measured it again), I often find that my gauge for the actual garment differs considerably.
My work-around is, to start with the sleeves, and properly measure those around the time to start the sleeve-cap and start again (most of the time) with my adjusted gauge. Is there a better method?

April 24, 2010 at 1:03 PM  
Blogger TECHknitter said...

Danelle, whose computer would allow comment-posting wrote by e-mail as follows:

"I can’t get my computer to Post-a-Comment on your blog, but I do have a suggestion for future topics to cover: The Curves.

I'm trying to adapt a neckline on a cardigan pattern to be a little deeper and rounder. Rather than going straight down from the neck with curves-in-the-corners, I'd prefer to have a smooth, gentle curve that starts almost from the shoulder seam. I know some of the variables depend on gauge and the rate of increase, but I can't quite get my knitting to look right. It seems like there should be a formula for adding the increases/decreases to achieve the desired shape--some curves are based on the circle, while others are based on the ellipse. Is it possible to plan this part of the pattern on paper? (I’m also eyeing the armhole . . . )"

April 24, 2010 at 2:52 PM  
Blogger T.T.J. said...

If only someone could explain so that I could understand the concept/technique of "knit in stitch below", it seems so simple but just doesn't work out that way when I try to knit. Thanks so much.

April 24, 2010 at 5:33 PM  
Blogger JeanP said...

Preventing injuries interests me. Does your style of knitting make you prone to different injuries? What are the best ways to prevent them? Exercises or modifying your knitting style? Anything else?Thanks for your wonderful blog.

April 25, 2010 at 8:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'd like to see an explanation of what makes a loose knitter knit loosely? Why, for example, do I get the same gauge on sz 0's that my co-worker gets on sz 2's ?

I have a suspicion that it's something to do with the amount of needle at the point of each stitch, but nothing conclusive.

EarlyBird (Rav name)

April 25, 2010 at 9:37 AM  
Blogger Jenae said...

I'm a bit late to this so I don't think I'm saying anything unique. Splicing yarn, weaving in as you go and modifying patterns from top down to bottom up and vice-versa would be very helpful!

April 25, 2010 at 12:50 PM  
Blogger MissingRib2 said...

I would like to see a tutorial on double knitting.

April 25, 2010 at 7:07 PM  
Anonymous Zoey said...

I would appreciate an explanation on how to avoid holes at the point where you divide the sleeves from the body of garments knit in one piece from the top down. When I go to knit the sleeves I end up with holes and I can't find a systematic explanation on how to avoid them!

Thanks for a great blog!

April 25, 2010 at 7:28 PM  
Blogger Connie said...

Thanks for your great tips and techniques. I refer back here often and tell friends about it, too. One of the projects I do a lot is scarves for charity and/or friends and family. I never like weaving in ends with such little fabric. I also don't like the last stitch from the bindoff and how it makes that pointy end.

April 26, 2010 at 8:14 AM  
Blogger Nina in the Northwoods said...

How to repair more complex pieces of knitting like Fair Isle. Due to the fact that more than one color is used in many rows, repairs are tough for me since the damaged yarn has to be anchored as well as made part of the sweater. Any help in this regard would be appreciated.

April 26, 2010 at 8:49 AM  
Blogger Elegy said...

I will add my voice to several of the requests above.

1. How to do set in sleeves:
(A) from the top down by picking up stitches; and
(B) how to PROPERLY sew on set-in sleeves after knitting them as a separate piece.

2. How to properly hold and tension the yarn especially in continental purl stitch, and thus (related) how to knit faster.

3. How to get sweaters to fit! Endless gauge swatches don't seem to do it.

I heartily agree with previous comments that THIS WEBSITE IS THE BEST. THANK YOU for your wonderful, clear, well-organized help and advice, and MARVELOUS pictures. Keep up the good work -- and then collect it into a knitting encyclopedia.

April 28, 2010 at 4:01 AM  
Blogger Kenny said...

I would like to know say on the edge of a cardigan..... you start picking up stitches to knit a 2 x 2 rib or a 1 x 1 rib..... at the bottom of the cardigan, the rib tends to pull in and makes the placket curve inward. Does that make sense? If you would like to know more, please e-mail me at kenny.chua@hotmail.com and I'll draw it out.

April 28, 2010 at 8:51 AM  
Anonymous pinestate34 said...

I am absolutely astounded by the degree to which this blog is appreciated but shouldn't be because I too, as a new user, find it incredibly helpful and am enormously grateful for your efforts.
Sleeves are my bugaboo, too. I'd love to know how to knit top down seamless sleeves on a flat knit sweater.
The site would be easier to use if a search feature could be incorporated.
Thanks again.

April 28, 2010 at 11:54 AM  
Anonymous Fifi said...

TECHknitting is such an incredible blog. I can't tell you how many times I've come to your site to figure out what the heck I'm supposed to do with these two sticks and string, lol!

I'm a beginner, and I'd love to see a section called "Beginner Basics" or something like that. I'm pretty much teaching myself to knit, with the help of books, and online resources. And in the back of my mind, I'm thinking, "maybe I'm missing something" or "maybe I'm doing it wrong and creating a bad habit." Kind of like when you learn how to play piano, it's important to learn how to place your hands and fingers.

I know that in knitting, there are many techniques to do any one thing, but there must also be some tried and true "givens." That's what I'd love to see you cover.

Thank you!

April 29, 2010 at 9:24 AM  
Blogger the boogeyman's wife said...

not sure if you'll cover this in your buttonhole article, but i'd love a post on a good way to sew buttons on knitted objects. i make it up as i go along, and so far no buttons have come undone, but....any advice on the topic would be great.

there's been lots of articles on making garments to fit different body types, but very few seem to give specific guidelines. like with math examples. i love princess seams and would like to change side shaping to princess seams, but haven't taken the time to figure it out in my own head. if that's something you've worked through already, i'd love to hear about your experience.

either way, thanks for all your great posts. some of my favorites address things i never thought of, so i always look forward to whatever you write.

April 29, 2010 at 6:18 PM  
Blogger Millard said...

I'm completely a self-taught knitter and in the midst of transitioning to a knitwear designer. A large part of my success has been the result of reading your blog! Thank you for your detailed explanations, amazing graphics and hard work!

I'd love to have more information on the execution of Latvian braids; namely, making the join seamless while knitting in the round, applications other than mittens and producing color variations.

millfontenot(at)gmail(dot)com; Ravelry username:Millard

April 30, 2010 at 7:31 AM  
Blogger Jen said...

I would like to see anything about converting patterns or pattern math. Thanks!

May 1, 2010 at 6:11 AM  
Blogger Romona said...

Romo here- i have a lot of old knitting patterns written in knitting log hand. I would like to convert these to a chart. When you are knitting a flat doily that is not to hard for me to figure out. I would like to know how to convert my round doilies to a chart. I have tried to do this myself and they never look correct. Having these in a chart would make life easier for me and also my granddaughter, who is nine, and getting interested in patterns that are charted. I am knitting some of their favorite lace and putting the instructions for them together for the family to have.

May 1, 2010 at 1:10 PM  
Blogger Alice said...

Sewing on buttons.

I have sworn forever that I cannot sew one on to save my life. Then I learned to knit and while my "sewing" abilities have improved, the buttons never line up properly ... help!!


May 2, 2010 at 4:42 AM  
Blogger MichaelaKnits said...

Turkish cast-on? Would be great! I find you so much easier to learn from than youtube etc. and have never seen this in a book. Thanks!

May 2, 2010 at 10:46 AM  
Blogger Barbie said...

I'd really love to have more information on how you create your diagrams. Not totally knitting-related, but they're some of the most gorgeous diagrams I've ever seen and I want to know how to make my diagrams look that good!

I'd also like to see something about teaching knitting. Most of the people I've taught to knit are engineers or scientifically-minded, so your blog has been very helpful. They're always interested in exactly what's going on when they do a certain stitch or technique. A compendium of previous posts and a few more posts on the structure/details of basic knitting would be very popular with the nerdy knitters.

May 3, 2010 at 8:11 AM  
Blogger Mrs. Exnicios said...

Toe up socks techniques

May 3, 2010 at 2:30 PM  
Blogger Barbara said...

I'd like to see a post on how to incorporate lace patterns into items not written for lace - how to make the increases and decreases for the sweater pattern flow with the pattern stitches of the lace.

Also, how to combine lace patterns in a pleasing way to make complex shawls that look like they were planned that way instead of just patterns knit one after the other.

May 3, 2010 at 2:33 PM  
Blogger French Press Knits said...

I would love a brief tutorial on using illustrator for knitting diagrams. Is everything completely done from scratch, or do can you save and change diagrams?

I'm also interested in seaming using a crochet hook.

May 3, 2010 at 2:33 PM  
Anonymous Ayse said...

Something I always struggle with is picking up stitches neatly and tightly. My current project has me picking them up in a contrast colour, which really highlights how sloppy it can look.

May 3, 2010 at 2:34 PM  
Anonymous KRB said...

I am a fairly new knitter and would really like to see a tutorial on picking projects to progress my skills. I know you don't have to learn something on every project, but does it make sense to go from knitting only flat projects to socks? what are the steps one should follow (and skills learned) before tackling a sweater? Are there intermediate projects that should be mastered before progressing to lace? How to get from a beginner to a proficient knitter is a topic I'd really like to hear more about. Obviously, time and number of projects play a huge role, but how do you know you're ready for something bigger or more difficult, especially when classes or knitting groups aren't readily available in your area? Thanks!

May 3, 2010 at 2:34 PM  
Anonymous Issy said...

Portugese Knitting

May 3, 2010 at 2:35 PM  
Blogger Nia said...

I really liked how you did the post with the links to different ways to weave in ends and why they are useful. I would think something like this with cast ons and bind offs would be great.

May 3, 2010 at 2:35 PM  
Blogger why said...

Entrelac Knitting

May 3, 2010 at 2:35 PM  
Blogger Mintlatte said...

How about conversion from knitting in round to knitting flat or vice versa...especially in regards to the structure of a garment - when can you tell if you need structure in a seam or not - are there other ways to duplicate not just the look of a seam but the structure of one too...

May 3, 2010 at 2:38 PM  
Blogger marlono said...

I'd love to learn more about how to work with multiple colors at once. The most I've done is 2-color stripes, but I'm almost scared of doing anything more complicated than that!

May 3, 2010 at 2:40 PM  

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