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Jessica Joy

Knitwear designer and writer


Kitchener stitch is an invisible way to graft two sets of live stitches together. It’s used to close the toes of socks, the tips of mittens, and anywhere that you’d like your seams to look uninterrupted. You’ve probably seen kitchener stitch used to graft stocking stitch together, so it might come as a surprise to see it used with garter stitch, but it’s entirely possible. The trick is to work out the orientation of the stitches, and then the correct combination of movements with the needle. Let’s look at how it works on my Jersey Basket pattern:

Tutorial: Kitchener Stitch for Garter Stitch

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Short rows are an ingenious way to shape knitted fabrics. They effectively work darts, or curves, into a pattern to add shape – without increasing or decreasing the stitch count. They’re most commonly used in sweaters at the bust, waist and shoulders.

Tutorial: Wrap and Turn (w&t)

To work a ‘short row’ you only knit part way along the row before wrapping a stitch and turning to work back along the other side. The stitch at the turning point is ‘wrapped’ with the working yarn to avoid creating a hole. In garter stitch this wrap blends in, so doesn’t need any further work. In smoother fabrics, such as stocking stitch, the wrap needs to be picked up and knit together with the stitch it’s wrapping, to hide it. I’ll cover this in another tutorial, but for now, let’s look at how to wrap and turn.

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After releasing my polka dot hat pattern last week I thought it would be useful to post a tutorial on how to read colour charts, specifically when there are decreases involved. Polka Face is constructed (almost) entirely using charts, one for the body of the hat, and one for the spokes at the crown.

Knitting Tutorial: How to Read Colour Charts

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Applied iCord edges are a super-cool way to finish off colour work and hide any bumpy loose tension, or to counteract that rolling stockinette stitch edge. This particular method works well when the applied iCord is in a contrasting colour to your project, and it creates a really neat, crisp edge. I love it!

How to Knit an Applied iCord Edge

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Have you ever noticed baggy purl stitches in your 2×2 ribbing, specifically a slightly longer trailing yarn between a knit and a purl stitch? I have, and I found it really frustrating until I discovered this super cool trick.

How to Knit Tighter 2x2 Ribbing

Plant fibre yarns seem to accentuate the problem and combine that with loose purl stitches and the meandering motion of moving from a knit to a purl stitch, and the result is just plain saggy.

Have a go at this tutorial and make your ribbing pop!

There’s a written description down below the video, including how to do this when knitting in the round. If you enjoy this video, you can subscribe to my channel here.

For the first purl stitch of every p2 twist the working yarn clockwise around the front of the needle (opposite direction to normal). This effectively twists the stitch and hugs it in closer to the previous knit stitch. If you’re working flat, untwist this stitch on the return row by knitting through the back loop (the twisted purl stitch is now a knit stitch). At the same time keep wrapping every first purl stitch clockwise.

Tighter 2x2 ribbing

If you’re working in the round twist and untwist the same purl stitch by purling through the back loop on the alternate round. Happy days!

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Duplicate stitch is a really great way to add a colour-work motif to your knitting. It’s used as a quicker alternative to fair-isle, or to embellish a ready-made garment. This particular technique mimics stockinette stitch, and the plus side, you can easily rip it out and start again without affecting the original piece.

How to Work Duplicate Stitch

Just be sure to count the stitches on your sample, and on your colour chart, so you can position it where you want to.

I have a series of cute critter colour charts to publish soon, OUT NOW, including Mr. Fox up there. I hope you find this useful!

Click here for the Knitty Critter pattern.

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Over the last few weeks I’ve been working on a new series of video tutorials, which I’m uber excited about. I’m going to be sharing fortnightly videos on my favourite tips, tricks, techniques and stitch patterns. I have a whole bunch lined up so if you’d like to follow along, subscribe to my YouTube channel or the blog (bloglovin’, RSS) – or both!

How to Knit Loopy Stitch

The first video in the series is my new favourite stitch, loopy stitch. It’s so much fun to knit and looks awesome. This method is a lot easier than others I’ve seen and uses very few steps to create really neat and tidy loops.

I hope you find it useful!

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