Learn essential knitting techniques no knitter should be without. Join knitwear designer and author Sally Melville and find out how to create perfect gauge swatches for work that fits flawlessly. Select and knit the best cast-ons and bind-offs for any project. Create invisible or eye-catching seams with different selvage stitches. Get the most professional look with the right increases and decreases for any stitch pattern. Seam row-to-row, stitch-to-stitch and stitch-to-row for a beautiful finish. Master picking up and knitting to work wonders along row edges, V-neck pullovers and around curves. Choose and use smart techniques for the best results in any knitting situation.
Even if you hate math, a few simple calculations will help you achieve the correct gauge -- and garment projects that actually fit. Sally shares tips on knitting a gauge swatch and what to consider when you want to use a yarn different from what the pattern specifies. If the yarn you love isn't a perfect match, you can do a little math to modify the pattern. Sally shows you how!
There are myriad ways to cast on, and each has its advantages and disadvantages. Sally covers the most common -- the long-tail cast-on -- and shows two ways to do it, but she also encourages you to explore alternatives such as the e-wrap, cable and crochet cast-ons, which may be more appropriate, and prettier, for your particular project.