How to wave in ends on a lace project?

I usually add new yarn by knitting two stitches with both old and new yarn held together. Also, I try to do that in a place where there’s less lace pattern like on a garter stitch edging, on a filler stitch sections, etc. Once the shawl is blocked you can hardly...

How important is the gauge for a simple straight lace scarf?

For scarves and shawls, I don’t think the gauge is a problem if you have enough yarn (you might need more yarn if your gauge is larger). There’s also no such thing as “too lacy”. It all comes down to your preferences and the outcome will be...

What is a “lifeline” and how do you use it?

Lifeline is an extra yarn you put in your stitches (like a soft knitting needle). That way if you need to frog you have a stopping point where you know your work was good. You can then pick up the stitches from the lifeline without any problems and you won’t...

Waving in yarn ends

  Step 1: Untwist the yarn tail… Step 2: …and split the yarn end into two thinner strands. Step 3: Thread one strand on a small sharp needle and weave it in one direction following the stitch path of the pattern (for an inch or two). Make sure to take the...

Is it normal that lace shawl looks crunched?

Yes, that is completely normal. Blocking is what really makes your lace open up the design and show off the beauty. As a beginner lace knitter, it’s normal to be worried about that, and everything is perfectly fine. Note that the lace shawl will grow in size in...

260 Knitting Patterns – A book by Hitomi Shida [book review]

This blog post may contain affiliate links which means that if you choose to make a purchase, I will earn a commission at no additional cost to you.  I’m on a constant lookout for some interesting knitting pattern ideas and new takes on already known knitting...

Wrap stitch knitting instructions

Wrapping a stitch is most commonly known as a part of knitting short rows, but did you know that you can wrap stitches to get an awesome textured effect? This knitting technique is so old, but somehow we’ve forgotten to use it as we have so many new things to...

Russian bind off

This cast off technique is very interesting one. It may be a bit complicated to learn at first, but it’s definitely worth to try. Although it’s not as stretchy than Estonian bind off, it is very neat looking and my second favorite cast off method for now....

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