Knitting Styles
There's more to left-handed knitting than moving stitches from your right needle to the left. For lefties, everything's just a little different — even how you wrap the yarn around your needles. But by mastering these common stitches, you'll be able to cast on and knit even the most complex projects without stumbling (and get a fabric that looks no different from right-handed knits).
With the delicate placement of yarn overs and decreases, there's nothing more beautiful than knit lace. And the number of lace stitches you can knit is only limited by your imagination — and maybe the amount of time you have. Experiment with the stitches below and soon you can start creating your own gorgeous lace project.
Lisa Gutierrez
Get started as Tanis goes over the materials you'll need for your project. Then prepare your chart and discover the best way to cast on for circular knitting and get into the meat of the pattern.
Start working the thumb as you explore the afterthought thumb technique (and how it's different from a gusset). This is a simple technique that won't break up or conflict with your colorwork pattern. After that, learn how to bind off purlwise.
Finally, complete your mitts by weaving in the ends and wet blocking. These small details are important and will help elevate your finished project.
The Latvian braid is a spectacular technique that adds visual interest with a 3D effect. Look at some examples, then see how to incorporate them into your colorwork.
Dive into Fair Isle as you explore the English, Continental and combination styles. Tanis explains the difference between "Fair Isle" and "colorwork,” shows how to avoid twisting your yarn, and shares her favorite way to trap floats.
Bust your yarn stash and knit a pair of Fair Isle fingerless mitts! Knitwear designer Tanis Gray shows you how, without shaping, step by step. You'll learn to work key techniques including afterthought thumb, Latvian braid, double-pointed knitting and more.
Tanis Gray
Tanis Gray
There’s nothing like the twisting, turning braids of cables to make you fall in love with knitting all over again! They add so much texture and interest to your design, and they’re a ton of fun to knit without being all that hard to learn. Pick a project below, then have a total blast knitting it up.
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