Ask a Knitter

For a couple of years, I wrote a column called “Ask a Knitter” which appeared in Ravelry’s newsletter This Week in Ravelry. Below are links to the original columns, along with the blurbs that originally appeared in the newsletter.  The column was created based on questions Ravlers asked me and included detailed information about the relevant technique(s), along with close up photos and videos.  Some columns covered just one technique; others covered several.  Some topics, such as short row shoulder shaping, were addressed over the course of multiple columns.

In which Rox demonstrates the short row technique she currently has a crush on.

Top down shoulder shaping; casting on additional stitches at the beginning/end of row.

Three reasons/ways to knit into a stitch below the needle.

In which Rox grafts seed stitch, maintaining the continuity of the pattern. Mostly.

Decreasing while maintaining pattern continuity in stranded color patterns and textured patterns.

The difference between seed and moss stitch, how to increase while maintaining the pattern.

Ptbl without dislocating any important body parts. Also, can there be too many videos demonstrating how to cast on in purl or in pattern? I think not.

Most professional cast on; how to work the first row after the long tail cast on

Why ribbing is worked on smaller needles and how to eliminate that pesky enlarged knit in ribbing, cables and basket weave patterns.

Yarn Over size, plus this and that

In which Rox has video mania. Fixing incorrectly knit or purled stitches from a previous row, a side-by-side comparison of purling methods with yarn held in left hand.

Binding off so that the last stitch isn’t enlarged; Efficient Continental purling

Shoulder shaping to improve the hang of a sweater; short row shoulders in place of stair steps

3-needle bind off variations; vintage patterns and the needle sizes called for

Lifted increases, and dealing with the holes/gaps at the junction of sock heels/insteps and mitten thumbs, and hand washing woolens – is a front loader the answer?

Sock heel flaps, why they aren’t the same on both sides, and what you can do about that.

In which we get completely twisted. Right Twists, Left Twists, twisted traveling sts, cabling without a cable needle.

The versatility of the Magic Loop technique; Zipper facings done all fancy like

Increasing in moss stitch, vertically mirrored cables, EZ’s make 1 increases

Fixing incomplete stitches, purled decreases, and how to move your stitches along the needles while you’re knitting

Twisted stitches, intentional or otherwise, plus how to unknit twisted stitches.

Adding length to a knitted cuff, calculating gauge for ribbing, solutions for a too-tight knitter, and why your twisted ribbing may not look right.

It’s all about casting on issues: fixing dropped cast on edges, counting rows from the cast on edge, and casting on in pattern.

In which we explore the use of the running thread for making new stitches; also, a video explaining how the Norwegian Purl works.

In which we compare what happens when you slip stitches and when you don’t for edges to be seamed or picked up later. Also, how to knit with the yarn in front.

Fastening off live loops for a toy and weaving in ends; loose edge stitches, and “backwards” knitting.

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