31 Days to Your Nicest Knitting

Hey, I’m glad you’re here!

This month, October 2014, I’m sharing a favourite knitting tip every day. They’re quick, simple little things, but each one will make your knitting nicer.

If you’ve ever been frustrated by wonky edges, if you’ve ever wondered what increase a designer wants you to use when they don’t specify, if you want to take your knitting from good enough to “It looks like it’s store bought!”*, then check out these posts. They’re for you.

Every day, I’ll add a new tip or trick. If you subscribe (using the little form at the top right side or in the footer), you’ll get them emailed directly to you every afternoon. Easy peasy.

If you have any questions or knitting frustrations, let me know in the comments, and I’ll cover them.

* We knitters all know that lovingly handmade is way better than store bought. But some of our friends haven’t gotten that memo yet, have they? 😉

31 days to your nicest knitting. www.aknitica.com #knittingtips

Here, in one handy place, are links to each post in the series (or at least, where they will be):

The Anatomy of a Knit Stitch and Why It Matters (hint: because it gives you more control of everything…)
How to Make Mirrored Increases … and choose which increase to use when the designer doesn’t specify.
Why You Should Spit Splice Your Yarn (hint: it’ll save you time later. No sewing in ends!)
How to Rescue Dropped Stitches, even if they’re in the cast-on edge.

This series of mine is part of the Write 31 Days challenge, instigated by The Nester. Check out all the other amazing participants here. There are some really cool things to read about this month!

  • jennifer

    fantastic. Can’t wait to see all your tips on knitting.

    • So glad you’re here! Thanks. 🙂

      • jennifer

        Thank you for the first tip about tension. Tried it last night,(knit 2 sts then pull yarn tighter) it worked!! Fantastic.

        • Sweet! That’s so encouraging for me to hear. 🙂 I love that tip, too.

  • Jillian @Iamahomemaker

    I love this idea…I will be reading along
    Pinned it

  • Doreen

    This is a great idea Amanda. I have lots of questions – you’ve already listed a couple of them. Also, when carrying the yarn in fair isle knitting apparently it makes a difference where we hold the yarn. We should hold the background colour below the contrast colour, is that right? Not sure what that means. And we also have to loop one over the other if we are carrying it more than 3 or 4 stitches? Then there is cabling without using a cable needle. How do we keep those little stitches that are held at the back or front from pulling out. I tried once and went back to using a cable needle.

    • Thanks, Doreen! I’ll see what answers I can work in this month. I may need to make even more series after this to cover everything! 🙂 Fair Isle is a whole topic on its own. You’re lucky I’m working on my cables class this week — I have some tutorial photos already on file. 😉

  • Robin Heim

    Oh, this is SO what I need right now! I’m seriously considering taking up my needles again — even though it’s still triple-digit temperatures here in So California. Will be reading along every.day!

    • Fantastic! I use my knitting as therapy. 🙂 It’s probably more expensive, though. Darn those luxury yarns. Let me know if I miss anything, okay?

  • Vivienne

    Could you please help me with knowing what the leg of a knit stitch is.
    A pattern calls for wrapping the yarn around the knitting into the leg of the stitch
    Thanks
    Vivienne