My best tips for how to make your knitting neater, cleaner, and spiffier. Here is how to bring the best out of your knitting with a few simple tricks you may not be aware of.

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Neaten the Last Stitch of Your Bind-Off (Flat Knitting)

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Neaten the Last Stitch of Your Bind-Off (Round Knitting)

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Every single time you’re binding off in the round, use this trick to make the join completely disappear. No one will be able to tell where you started and where you stopped.



Blog Post: How to Neaten the Last Stitch of Your Bind-Off on Flat Knitting

By Liat Gat – Founder / Bind-Off Tips and Tricks, Bind-Offs, Tips and Tricks / February 6, 2014 / 276 Comments

This is a simple move to neaten the last stitch of your bind-off every time you finish a project. It’s a little superstar trick that you do at the very end that will square up your edges, especially if your side stitches tend to get stretched-out.

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Blog Post: How to Neaten the Last Stitch of Your Bind-Off in the Round

How to Neaten the Last Stitch of Your Bind Off in the Round Knitting TrickBy Liat Gat – Founder / Bind-Off Tips and Tricks, Bind-Offs, Magic Loop, Tips and Tricks / February 13, 2014 / 172 Comments

Every single time you’re binding off in the round, use this trick to make the join completely disappear. No one will be able to tell where you started and where you stopped.

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Blog Post: How To Pick Up Wraps On The Purl Side: Wrap and Turn

Cedar Leaf Shawlette thumbnailBy Liat Gat – Founder / Tips and Tricks, World Travels / June 30, 2012 / 40 Comments

If you use the same technique to hide purl wraps as you do to hide knit wraps, it doesn’t look good on the right side of the work. This is the very trick you need in order to pick up wraps on the purl side of your short rows and keep your work neat and tidy.

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Blog Post: Garter Stitch In The Round Without Purling

Garter stitch in the round square crop smBy Liat Gat – Founder / Tips and Tricks, World Travels / August 29, 2011 / 18 Comments
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Blog Post: How To Knit or Purl Backwards And When To Do It

Walking Backwards Moonwalk for Knit Backwards Post squareBy Liat Gat – Founder / Heels, Tips and Tricks / September 19, 2010 / 17 Comments

Knowing how to knit (purl) backwards is optional, but take a look and see if you feel comfortable trying it on your next sock heel. It will save you a lot of time because if you know how to do it, you don’t have to turn your work back and forth every row.

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Blog Post: When You Run Out Of Tail – Tricks For Casting On And Weaving In Short Ends

By Liat Gat – Founder / Cast-Ons, Finishing, Tips and Tricks / October 3, 2010 / 4 Comments

Sometimes, when casting on tons of stitches you run out of tail right before end. Don’t worry – you do not have to start your long-tail cast-on over. Use the backwards-loop cast-on or any short-tail cast-on to add the last few stitches.

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Pick Up and Hide Purl Wraps – Wrap and Turn on the Purl Side (Short Rows)

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If you use the same technique to hide purl wraps as you do to hide knit wraps, the right side of your work will be a mess. The problem with the “intuitive” way of picking up purl wraps is that it places the wrap in front of the stitch. The challenge is to find an easy way to get that wrap in the back, which is exactly what our trick does.


Neaten the Last Stitch of Your Bind-Off (Flat Knitting)

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You should be doing this easy bind-off trick at the end of every project. See the results for yourself below – I think you’ll agree.

This is a simple move to neaten the last stitch of your bind-off every time you finish a project.

It’s a little superstar trick that you do at the very end that will square up your edges, especially if your side stitches tend to get stretched-out.


Neaten the Last Stitch of Your Bind-Off (Round Knitting)

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Every single time you’re binding off in the round, use this trick to make the join completely disappear. No one will be able to tell where you started and where you stopped.


Knit or Purl Backwards

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To knit backwards, insert the left-hand needle from front to back through the first stitch on your right-hand needle. Wrap the yarn around the left-hand needle counter-clockwise (towards you), and then pull the stitch on the right-hand needle over the wrap and off the needle.



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