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From Tips to Tutorials, learning new things makes knitting even more fun
This directory page provides links for the tutorials, online classes and other educational resources I have developed for you. Check back often to see what is new. If you are looking for something and cannot find it, of course, feel free to email me.
I can't guarantee that every tutorial, class or article will provide you something brand new, but you might find that several do. Even for those covering things you already feel comfortable with, I encourage you to keep an open mind to see how the technique or method might be used in ways new to you. It's always a good idea to refresh and reinforce past knowledge. You never know; you might discover a twist or new slant on something you hadn't considered or had forgotten.
Featured Knitting Technique Tutorials
These tutorials are stand-alone lessons; some are free (although donation is always appreciated if you feel inclined) and some are for fee.
BOBBOL 2013 at KnitHeartStrings
Learning, sharing and taking the art of knitting to new heights.
Join BOBBOL 2013, a year-long series being hosted at KnitHeartStrings.com where you get Free Standard Membership. Learn-Along with a free project pattern each month. Also, get free access to new bit-sized tutorials, tips & techniques posted throughout the month.
BOBBOL 2013 is the nickname for Bits of Beads/Bits of Lace, and continues the popular Bits of Lace 2012 Series with the addition of projects for building skills in beading.
Register at KnitHeartStrings now - It's a great deal with Free membership! (for even more value, Premium memberships are now also available)
Bits of Lace 2012 Tutorials, Tips & Techniques
BOBBOL 2013 Tutorials, Tips & Techniques
Free with KnitHeartStrings membership
If you missed some of the knit-alongs for Bits of Lace 2012 or BOBBOL 2013, you can purchase the pattern used for the KAL while still taking advantage of extra bonus FREE tutorials, tips & techniques articles in the archives at KnitHeartStrings.
There's lots of good information in the articles to help you enjoy your pattern even more (and who knows, you might even pick up a tip or trick along the way). Join KnitHeartStrings for free (premium level memberships also available).
Join Without Twisting: a foolproof method
Avoid mishaps of twisting your stitches while joining for circular knitting.
This method is especially useful when there are lots and lots of stitches involved and/or using finer yarns where you can't easily see or feel the stitches (e.g. laceweight yarn). It also helps to easily count groups of stitches for pattern multiples, and to confirm number of stitches cast on.
Available for immediate download in PDF format upon completion of payment (your choice of Paypal or credit card (via Shopatron downloadable HeartStrings Patterns service). Detailed step-by-step instructions. 6 pages, 8 pictures. $5.
Knitting Style – "Lever-action" English style knitting
This is not an endorsement of the way I knit. I am describing here, only because so many people have asked. If you are looking to add to, change or refine your repertoire of knitting methods, I hope you find these ideas helpful. The basic premise is that less wasted motion means quicker knitting. A side benefit is the reduction of risk for repetitive motion stress ailments.
Lace Repair – Repairing a lace knitting disaster
Nearing the big FO (Finished Object) stage for a shawl, I instead detoured to the disaster stage. I washed and went to block the shawl and a big area in one of the corners was nearly disintegrated. Here is the story …
A Continuous Yarn
Do you feel as I do sometimes, and just wish that your ball of yarn would go on and on? Read about 3 of my favorite methods for joining yarn. Each method meets different needs and scenarios depending on the type yarn, fiber and color(s) I am using –
"No Sew" Method of Attaching Buttons
Have you ever thought about attaching your buttons directly onto a sweater button band as you knit/crochet, rather than sewing them on afterwards? Here is how …
Bind off loosely …
When the directions say "Bind off loosely …", do you have a favorite way of producing an elastic, yet attractive edge? Are you are looking for some easy variations you might not have tried before? Glad to help!
Here are my top favorites …
This is from a class I teach in the top-down Faroese Shawl construction that I have been using since the early 1990's. I had been motivated to reverse engineer the traditional bottom-up Faroese Shawl into top-down soon after I learned to spin. With top-down, I could better gauge how long I could make the shawl before running out of yarn. When using your own one-of-a-kind hand spun yarn, it's not like just going down to the store and getting more.
Repairing a hand-knit sock with a knit-in-place patch
Considering the time and expense of making hand-knit socks, it is well worth the effort to repair them if you eventually wear through a hole. You say you don't know how to darn a sock? Let me show you.
HeartStrings Project Classes
Project classes combine learning new technique skills with knitting a project with which to practice those skills. The classes are multi-part, and delivered to you electronically on a weekly or semi-weekly basis depending on the pace you want to set for yourself. Hands-on practice of the techniques while making the project reinforces understanding and builds confidence. And of course, you'll have the fun and satisfaction of making something, too. When you register, you will receive the Class Introduction, and the first lesson a day or two after that. Thereafter, you will receive each subsequent lesson on the schedule you request at the time of registration.
Lace Socks Class
Is there a mystique about lace socks that brings romantic summer evenings to your mind? Can you just imagine a pair of lacy socks adorning your feet, but have been hesitant about striking out on your own? Come along with me and we will explore the pleasure of making our own lace socks! For the class project, we will be knitting handsome lace socks that look more complicated than they really are. We will also explore ideas for your own lace sock designing. 7 lessons. $35.
Technique Teddy Bear
An independent study version of this class is being developed based on the class I formerly taught at Needlecraft University until it closed in December 2012.
HeartStrings Patterns that Teach
So many of the HeartStrings knitting patterns themselves contain tutorials and helpful tips, that I thought it would be a good thing to give an all-inclusive place to cross-reference these. I am working on this listing and will get it posted when available.
HeartStrings Short Articles &Tips
From the knitting needles and spinning wheel of Jackie E-S, here are articles and tips from past issues of HeartStrings Knitterly News, the e-Newsletter publication of HeartStrings FiberArts. My wish is that a tip or comment here will cause you to think of something in a new way, or you will recall something long forgotten, or otherwise lead you to creative expression and added joy in your knitting.