My Favorite Knitting Resources

Knitting Techniques

Most of these links point to photo tutorials (It love photo tutorials), with a few video tutorials mixed in.

Bind Offs

  • Jenny's Super Stretchy Bind Off
  • Even End to Bind Off in the Round


  • Using Waste Yarn to Block a Straight Edge
  • Cabling without a Needle

  • From Grumperina
  • From Knitting Daily
  • Cast Ons

  • Tilly Buddy's Very Stretchy Cast On. This cast on creates a really stretchy edge for 1x1 rib or 2x2 rib.
  • Lucy Neatby's Provisional cast on (video). This cast on uses a crochet hook to cast on over the knitting needle.
  • German Twisted Cast On
  • Judy's Magic Cast On
  • Pinhole Cast on
  • Decorative Techniques

  • Knit as you go tendrils
  • Decreases

  • Comparing left leaning decreases
  • Slip,Yank,Twist,Knit
  • Dye Bleeding

    Fixing Bleeding yarn with Citric Acid & Heat.

    Grafting & Seaming

  • Kitchener stitch
  • Mattress stitch
  • Grafting Using Waste Yarn
  • Various Grafting and Seaming Stitches
  • Hats

  • How to add a brim to a hat
  • . A friend used this technique to successfully add a brim to a hat.


  • M1 Purl increases video
  • Joining New Yarn

  • Russian Join Video
  • Russian Join by Pictures
  • Multiple join methods from Knitty
  • Knitting Machines

  • About Knitting Machines
  • Measuring & Gauge

  • How to measure waist, hips & bust


  • Plaidmaker
  • Picking Up Stitches

  • Picking up stitches
  • Short Rows

  • Shadow Wraps
  • Yarn Over Short Rows by Nona Knits
  • German Short Rows
  • Japanese Short Rows
  • Wrap & Turn Short Rows
  • Socks

  • An afterthought heel technique for self striping yarns: A Sock Surgeon's Afterthought Heel Technique
  • Padded Sweet Tomato Heel
  • Picking up the sock heel flap corner where the corners splits a rib or cable
  • Cat Bordhi's Sweet Tomato Heel
  • Picking up a sock heel flap corner using a K2tog
  • Sock Machines

    Sweet Tomato Heel


  • Jogless stripes slip stitch method,
  • and an explanation for traveling jogless stripes.
  • Helix Stripes
  • Helix Stripes by Grumperina
  • Yarns

  • Determining Yarn Weights
  • Yarn Substitutions
  • Books

    My favorite book resources are technique and stitch pattern books:
  • Cast On, Bind Off: 211 Ways to Begin and End Your Knitting by Cap Sease. This is probably the best cast on bind off reference that is available in paper and ebook form for kindle and perhaps others.
  • Cast On Bind Off by Leslie Ann Bestor. This book is a good reference to many different cast ons and bind offs. The book is available in paper, ebook form for the Kindle, Nook, and ITunes. The paper book is small and portable.
  • Japanese stitch dictionaries. There are many different versions; from 100 to 1000 stitches. They are expensive but very inspirational.
  • Clear and Simple Japanese Knitting Symbols Translated. This is a must have "key" for translating many of the symbols used in Japanese Stitch Dictionaries
  • German Stitch dictionaries. These are harder to find in the US
  • 150 Scandinavian Motifs by Mary Jane Mucklestone
  • 200 Fair Isle Motifs: A Knitters Directory
  • Omas Strickgeheimnisse by Erica Eichenseer, Erica Gril, and Betta Kron
  • Charts for Color Knitting: New and Expanded Edition by Alice Starmore
  • Latvian Mittens by Lizbeth Upitis
  • Estonian Sock Patterns All Around the World

    Where to Buy...


    There are some items that knitters use that can be hard to find and some items/tools that are just done better than anyone else. Here are some of my resources.
  • Flexible Blocking Wires. Flexible blocking wires are great for blocking anything with a circular or crescent shape. (I recently found another provider of Flexible blocking wires. I haven't tried them but take a look at Lazadas
  • Safety Eyes
  • Markers
  • Slipped Stitch Studio Project Bags: Website or Etsy Shop
  • Yarn

  • DyeforYarn
  • Hedgehog Fibres
  • Pigeon Roof Studios
  • Sundara Yarn
  • The Verdant Gryphon
  • ColorShiftYarns. If you need true gradients and color shifting yarns, this is a good place to go. Colorshift yarns are dyed in individual skeins.
  • I haven't tried this one, but they provide a good collection of color gradients that can be purchased in multiple sizes so you can size the gradient to the project. I hope to use them on a project in the future, so I need to record it: Apple Tree Knits
  • Hand-dyed self striping yarn can be found at Canon Hand Dyes.
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