After you learn to knit, basic techniques you'll need to know to follow almost every pattern are checking your gauge, plus basic stitches like yarnover, slipped stitches, and pick-up-and-knit.

Video Knitting Course: Fearless Knitter

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Knit-and-purl is fine, but greater things await you! Luckily, it is well within your abilities to improve rapidly and start knitting complicated projects.

Learn to cast on, purl, rib, choose yarn, fix mistakes, read your work, read patterns, increase, decrease, slip stitches, and more in this fundamental course for beginning knitters.

Video Knitting Course: Knit Faster!

Many knitters knit slower than they should. Luckily, there are proven ways to knit faster, avoid hand fatigue, and enjoy knitting your projects more than ever.

Learn to avoid the top 10 time-sucking errors that slow knitters down and make them repeat steps over and over. It's time to start enjoying your knitting again!

Blog Post: How To Change Colors in Knitting: Making Stripes

Lolcat tiger stripesBy Liat Gat – Founder / Basic Knitting Techniques / January 19, 2011 / 35 Comments

Making stripes in knitting is as easy as starting to knit with the new yarn. I show you how, plus tips like how to twist the yarn up the sides of your work so you don’t have to cut it, and how to make stripes on ribbing without an ugly purl-bump row.

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Blog Post: How To Slip A Stitch In Knitting – Sl 1

How to Slip a Stitch in Knitting – Sl 1 squareBy Liat Gat – Founder / Basic Knitting Techniques / January 28, 2011 / 31 Comments

A slipped stitch makes a smooth edge on knitting. It can also make lovely stitch patterns come to life. A “slip 1” is as easy as moving a stitch from your left to right needles without knitting. Always do it purlwise unless otherwise instructed.

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Blog Post: For Perfectionist Knitters Only: How To Knit a Gauge Swatch In a Hurry

Tiny Swatch How to Knit a Swatch in a Hurry lightenedBy Liat Gat – Founder / Basic Knitting Techniques, Gauge, Yarn / November 4, 2011 / 30 Comments

Are you the kind of knitter who thinks you “should” knit a gauge swatch — and hardly ever does? You may be suffering from swatch perfectionism – when you believe swatches have to be perfect. Here’s how to overcome perfectionism and make a perfectly good swatch – FAST.

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Blog Post: The Trick To Counting Rows and Changing Colors Smoothly on Garter Stitch

Dr Who Scarf 300x300 1By Liat Gat – Founder / Basic Knitting Techniques / January 22, 2011 / 22 Comments

Counting rows on Garter stitch is a little more complicated than the “2 rows for every ridge” rule-of-thumb. Here I show you how to be sure of your rows, and also when to switch colors to make perfect-looking stripes on Garter stitch.

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Blog Post: The Fastest Way to Count Stitches And Rows In Knitting

By Liat Gat – Founder / Basic Knitting Techniques, Knit Faster / September 29, 2010 / 17 Comments

Counting stitches and rows in knitting is key to knowing where you are, what you’ve done, and how to get back on track if you get lost, which happens to the best of us. Here I show you the easiest and most efficient way to keep track in knitting.

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Blog Post: Knit And Purl Yarnovers In Any Combination

By Liat Gat – Founder / Basic Knitting Techniques / April 22, 2011 / 13 Comments

“Yarnover” means to put a loop of yarn around the right-hand needle. Here’s how to do yarnovers before and after both knit and purl stitches. This is a good refresher for those just learning to knit.

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Blog Post: What “Work Even” Means And How To Do It

By Liat Gat – Founder / Basic Knitting Techniques / December 28, 2010 / 10 Comments

“Work even” or “work all stitches as they appear” means to knit all knit stitches and purl all purl stitches. To do so, you much be able to recognize a knit or purl stitch when you see it. Here’s how to remember which is which.

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Blog Post: How To Pick Up and Knit Stitches Two Ways

Pick-Up ArtistBy Liat Gat – Founder / Basic Knitting Techniques, Heels / January 14, 2011 / 10 Comments

Picking up stitches is called for anytime you want to start knitting from an edge that has no live stitches. That’s right, you can create stitches on either a finished or a raw edge with the “pick up and knit” technique. Here’s how.

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Count Stitches by Fives

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How to Join a New Ball of Yarn/Change Colors and Make Stripes

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How to Count Rows on Garter Stitch

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This video shows you how to count rows on garter stitch. Use the tail to know if you are looking at the right side while you count ridges.

How to Keep Track of Your Knitting – Count Rows Easily

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Gauge – How to Check Your Gauge on Flat Knitting

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Make a swatch (a small square of knitting at least 3 inches wide), block it, and then check your gauge. If your stitches are too small, use a needle one size bigger. If your stitches are too big, use a needle one size smaller.

You don’t always have to check your gauge (I know, you won’t anyway), but please do it on projects that you really need to fit a certain size. Watch the video to see how it’s done.

P/u (Pu) and Knit – Pick up and Knit

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How to pick up and knit stitches in knitting:

Socks patterns and mitten patterns both call for you to pick up stitches.

Top-down socks have a heel flap which usually has a slipped-stitch edge that you need to pick up into, whereas mitten thumbs have a raw edge.

K – Knit Stitch – American Style

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LTCO – Long-Tail Cast-On

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Sl – Slip 1 – Slip a Stitch

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Weave in Tails/Ends on Stockinette Stitch

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Blocking Knitting – How to Block Your Work

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Recommended Notion: Knit Chek Gauge-Checker by Susan Bates

Susan Bates Knit-Chek Gauge Checker

A gauge-checker is essential for ensuring your knit projects come out the right size. Make a small swatch (or a big one, if you’re a perfectionist), block it, and lay the gauge-checker over the stitches. Count how many stitches are in 2 inches and divide by two. That’s your gauge.

Buy Knit Chek Gauge-Checker online

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