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HELP: Calculate your yarn

Ever wanted to know how to calculate the amount of yarn you need for your knitting project or designA while ago, I was asked if  I could calculate some yarn for someone and after I did, I came up with an idea. What if I asked knitters if there was something knit related that was a bit of a mystery. Something people wanted a guide to or if I could help with a knitting problem…..

One of the most popular responses was the question “How do I calculate yarn?” So I thought it would be a good idea to make it into a guide, a free guide.

There are so many knitters who need to adapt patterns, sizing for example or those who design patterns and the problem was that all of the other ones on the web seemed really complicated.  So I’ve put together a really simple step by step guide that takes you through the entire process. The tension swatch, the design of the pattern and even a couple of methods of calculation that gives you a basic estimate right through to a detailed part for those who want precise measurements.

Now I can’t pretend that the process is a really quick one, you so have to knit a swatch and look through your pattern if it’s an existing one, but it is simple.

So if you need to calculate the amount of yarn you need for a project , designed something or want to know how much you need for a specific size, you can download this guide below.

Download PDF HERE: Calculating yarn

 

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HELP: Join seams with Kitchener Stitch

Would you like a seamless way to join you knitting seams? Here's our free guide to KitchenerOh seaming ( or Linking )!

I’m not a fan of joining any seam by hand, but if you can get an invisible seam, at least that makes the join look nice.

Kitchener is actually really easy, but it tends to confuse people because of that funny line of the yarn, picking up half stitches here and there. Well let me help you join you seams with that invisible line using this step by step, how to guide. it’s completely free and ready for you to download.

Download PDF HERE: Kitchener stitch

 

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HELP: Grade your knitting patterns

Have you ever wondered how to grade a knitting pattern? I'll give you the rules from the fashion industry to help you grade your knitting pattern for both hand and machine knittingDo you want to grade your knitting patterns? Are you a bit confused by the rules? Well over a very long time in the fashion industry, I’ve had to write knitwear specs, go to fit meetings, speak to the manufacturers and make knitwear designs for the highstreet. This involves a lot of grading, measurements and calculations. So I think I have a pretty good grasp of providing you grade rules :)

Well over the years I don’t think that I’ve met someone with a ‘normal’ or ‘average’ body. We are all different, including my 5’2′ curvy frame. But what do we do? Retailers have to use some kind of rule to make garments bigger and smaller for their customers, so that’s where the grade rules come in.

As well as giving you the ‘average’ measurements, I explain how it all works and some points to think about for customising your own set of grade rules.

So firstly it’s really key to note that woven and jersey/knit specifications and grade rules are different. This guide will not work for woven garments. Jersey or knit garments have much smaller measurements than woven items.

Download PDF HERE: Gradient Rules

 

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HELP: Fix a Purl stitch

Do you need some help on how to fix your stitches? If you've dropped a stitch on a knitting machine or on your on your knitting needles, then here is how to fix themWe’ve all been there. Dropped a stitch on a knitting machine or 10 rows ago on our knitting needles and have no idea how to fix them other than ripping the rows back.

Well that is time consuming and completely pointless. If you hand or machine knit, the method is the same. If you are using a latch tool or a crochet hook, you can fix those stitches just by picking up the ladders and slipping them in a particular way to create a knit stitch.

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had to fix a dropped stitch and it’s so easy, I had to share the How To guide. I’ve put together a pdf for both knit and purl stitches. This one is for purl stitches. You can download that guide below.

Download PDF HERE: Dropped_Stitches_purl

 

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HELP: Fix a Knit stitch

Do you need some help on how to fix your stitches? If you've dropped a stitch on a knitting machine or on your on your knitting needles, then here is how to fix themWe’ve all been there. Dropped a stitch on a knitting machine or 10 rows ago on our knitting needles and have no idea how to fix them other than ripping the rows back.

Well that is time consuming and completely pointless. If you hand or machine knit, the method is the same. If you are using a latch tool or a crochet hook, you can fix those stitches just by picking up the ladders and slipping them in a particular way to create a knit stitch.

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had to fix a dropped stitch and it’s so easy, I had to share the How To guide. I’ve put together a pdf for both knit and purl stitches. This one is for knit stitches. You can download that guide below.

Download PDF HERE: Dropped_Stitches_knit

 

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HK HELP: SSK [Slip Slip Knit]

What is SSK? It means Slip Slip Knit and is a method of decreasing knitting stitches. Come and get your free guideIf you’re not sure what SSK means, it refers to a method of decreasing stitches in a knitting pattern. A K2tog will do the same thing, but the in the opposite direction.

So when you have 2 stitches and you K2tog, you’ll notice that the top stitch, that shows when you are looking at the right side of the knitting, is angled to the right. A SSK which stands for Slip Slip Knit, does exactly the same thing but it moves the stitches before you knit them together so that the top stitch angles to the left.

It’s a really easy technique that is essential for designing your own knits and especially if you want to angle or move the stitches in a particular direction. Download our free SSK guide below for a step by step guide on how to do it.

Download PDF HERE: SSK

 

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HK STITCH: YO rib and Lace Panel

I love a cale and a cable with lace is the best kind. Here is the easiet cable lace column I have ever knitted. Get your download for free hereI really like this stitch. It’s called many things but the yarn over and background of purl stitches stays constant.

This stitch really has everything. It’s really easy to knit. It’s only 5 sts wide. It has a little element of lac with the yarn over’s. It only requires you to be able to knit a Knit stitch, K2tog and SSK stitches as well as make a YO. It can be included with lace or it can sit just as well with cable designs. It fits with cables but isn’t a cable so it doesn’t need extra tools…… and it can have a little bit of customisation to stretch out the YO’s or bring them closer together.

I love stitches that are really versatile. Because it’s small, it can fit anywhere if you want to mix it in with cables, maybe as a frame, or with a repeat of the columns, it makes a really great rib with an interesting detail.

If you want to see it in a cable environment, this stitch is used in the Yarn Over Rib Summer Jumper. If you want to check out the pictures or event to buy the pattern, you can click here

Download PDF HERE: YO rib and lace

 

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HK STITCH: Smocking Stitch

Create a smocking stitch effect with this really simple guide. Super effective and a great alternative to cablesLast year I created this jumper, the one pictured. I wanted to do something that was like a cable but with something different.

Smocking, is such a great compromise that is really easy to do but with a great texture and a really effective look. I have to say this jumper is one of my most favourite patterns I’ve ever made for Twisted Angle.

It’s warm, cozy and soft, just wat you need for winter, but feminine with a little puff sleeve and it really looks complex. Well I’ll let you into the secret that all of the above is true, except the complex bit. Creating a smocking stitch is really easy and it has such a great effect I just couldn’t keep it to myself.

Have a look at our step by step guide to Smocking Stitch which is completely free to download.

Download PDF HERE: Smocking Cable

 

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RECYCLE: Slash and Knit

I love the slash and knit technique. Make your jersey garments look like have a knitting stitch. Get our free how to guideSlash and Knit effect. Creating fake knitting stitches by slashing silkA number of years ago, there was a grungy fashion trend and I used a really cool feature, slash and knit, to sell designs to some of the biggest retailers in the UK!

I loved the slash and knit effect and since I posted an article about this [as well as a dress I made with this technique in silk- Pic on right] back in 2005, I’ve been asked by a lot of people how to do it. Well it really isn’t difficult at all and in the last couple of years I’ve seen it all over Pinterest and on other people’s blogs.

It’s a fantastic effect to add to some old T-shirts or vests and such an easy way to recycle your old garments. It’s a high impact and low stress way to update any type of fabric. It can be grungy or delicate and used in such a versatile way.

If you’re stuck for some ideas, check out our free Slash and Knit Vest post. It creates a delicate effect through jersey. Click here to have a look and download the vest pattern for free. Click Here

Download PDF HERE: slash and knit

 

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HK STITCH: Mossy Cable

We love cables! Come and find a range of cable designs and download the guides for theses cable stitches for freeI do love cable stitches. If you hand or machine knit, they just look special. They also look really complicated and some people think they take an age to knit. Well I’m not going to lie, you will have to do a couple of extra stages in comparison to let’s say a stockinette stitch, but honestly, they are one of the simplest way to add some detail and interest to our knits.

Cables are full of texture, but we can forget the background that the cable sits on too. It can stand on purl stitches or even a set of ladders like our jumper opposite. cables stand out, they can be small and repetitive, huge and what about changing the stitches so they are one unique moving cable? Who says they have to be standard and just repeat….

Well here is another addition to our expanding cable library that can be as big and imposing as your yarn.

Download PDF HERE: mossy cave cable

 

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MK STITCH: Mesh Stitch for Machine Knitting

Come and get our guide to creating a mesh effect on your knitting machine. Download the Mesh Stich guide for freeMesh comes around every so often, especially for summer clothes. It can be part of that light summery texture that everyone loves to incorporate, either as an all over texture for a light cover up or as a little section for a full garment. You could even use a couple of rows as a simple and light trim for any design, or what about knitting this with a stronger monofilament yarn to create your own mesh shopping bag?

It can be delicate and airy with a lightweight yarn or it can be more dense with heavier yarns. Despite the open nature of this stitch, it is still a strong and stable stitch to use.

If you’re not sure how to create a mesh effect on your knitting machine, then we have the guide here for you to add to your own designs or just to help you learn more stitches.

Download PDF HERE: Mesh stitch MK

 

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HK STITCH: Ladder Stitch

Here's a great guide on how to create the perfect ladder stitch with hand knittingThe ladder stitch is really versatile. It can be a trim, a great little detail with a background of stockinette stitch or a really solid addition to lace.

The ladder stitch is sometimes a little bit disregarded as a design detail because it’s really simple, but it has a really great impact. Ladders can be such a great little addition to any garment. Use them to frame other stitches, as an all over stitch, instead of a rib, instead of a shoulder strap…….. the list goes on.

Some people may refer to it as a faggoting stitch or YO column stitch, but whatever you want to call it, it’s such a simple way to add a little detail.

Download PDF HERE: ladders HK

 

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MK HELP: Holding Stitches

Holding stitches is a great technique for your machine. It's also how you do partial knitting with laceHolding stitches is a really great technique for any machine knitter. Make no mistake it will make a really big difference to you when you are partial knitting.

Sometimes you get that furry effect on your knitting when you are holding some of the other stitches. Have you ever noticed that? Well this is the technique to make sure you are not pilling the rest of your work.

Now depending on your machine, this is also the way to do partial knitting with lace. Unlike other types of knitting, if you are using a lace carriage, you will find it really difficult to put the needles into holding position and move the lace carriage over them, sometime impossible. Well this is how you do it.

Come and download our step by step guide to Holding stitches below.

Download PDF HERE: Holding Stitch

 

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HK STITCH: Fringe Stitch

Have you ever wondered how to create a fringe stitch in knitting? Well here it is. Come and download it for freeIn Issue #1 of Twisted Angle, I made a fur coat, all completely knitted. It was one of our most popular and talked about designs for our hand knit patterns. (And one of my favourites)

Well here is the key to the design. The fringe stitch is here. Free for you to download and apply to any project you have coming up.

The length of the fringe (or fur) is completely customisable and this guide goes through the fringe stitch step by step. Simply download the file below.

If you are interested in the full coat pattern, you can find it in the shop here

 

Download PDF HERE: fringe stitch

 

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HK STITCH: Criss Cross Cable

Criss-CrossThis cable and pattern was one of the TA favourites when it came out a couple of seasons ago. The key to it’s success was both the shape, but more importantly the cable.

To be fair, it is pretty good isn’t it. I love the way that the cable moves and crosses over in a couple of places. I love this cable so much that I wanted to share it with you, completely for free.

Here is the download to add this cable to your own knits and designs. It’s a hand knit pattern, but there is no reason you couldn’t do this on a machine too.

Enjoy!

Download PDF HERE: double criss cross cable

 

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HK STITCH: The Braid Cable

Braid-CableI love cables. There are so many to choose from and so many designs and sizes.

What about a nice little braid that can frame all of your main stitches? Here is a really nice cable braid that is super easy to knit but looks complex with a maximum impact. This looks amazing as an all over effect or a single column of stitches.

This is our free How To guide on how to form this stitch.

Download PDF HERE: small braid cable

 

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HK STITCH: 5 Stitch Bobble

5-bobbleWith bobbles, sometimes it’s difficult to get them right, especially when you want larger scale bobbles. So here is our free guide to creating a 5 stitch bobble for your own work or encorporationg them into a design.

These look amazing with cables, lace and all types of colour.

Download PDF HERE: 5st Bobble

 

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RECYCLE: Knitting With Ribbons

ribbon-knitting-POSTWith all of the designers adding ribbons into their designs as little contrast colours or features, wouldn’t it be great to get a guide on how to do it!

Well it’s a great design element to update your knits whether you have knitted it yourself or you just want to update a shop bought knit or jersey.

I want to help you learn how to create a knit effect by using ribbon, fabric, cord or any other material.

Download PDF HERE: ribbon knitting

 

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