4 Tips for Creating your Own Knitting Pattern

If you’re like me, you can spend hours scouring through websites such as Ravelry or YouTube.  These resources provide endless inspiration for beautiful stitch patterns and scrumptious yarns in wonderful colours.  You may find yourself wanting to experiment with a new stitch pattern but can’t find a project that you like.  It may be time to create your own pattern!
1. Choose your yarn and stitch pattern

Knitting How-to: Purl Stitch

In this video Myles shows you how to purl by showing the technique of the stocking stitch which is made by alternating rows of knitting and purling.

1. Cast on the required amount of stitches for your project and then knit your first row. 

  For a reminder of how to cast on: http://fabricana.com/blog-item/casting-on


Knitting How-to: Knit Stitch

First you will want to cast on as many stitches as you need. You can view our video about casting on at http://fabricana.com/blog-item/casting-on.
Tips: Make sure when you start your knitting you are working with the yarn that is connected to the ball of yarn (and not the end of your yarn). Also make sure to hold the yarn as shown in the video for proper tension. 

5 Accessories to Make Knitting More Fun!

While yarn and a couple of needles are all you need to get started, there are lots of knitting accessories that will provide additional help and convenience. Maybe you’ve seen some of these in our knitting department, but weren’t really sure what they were or how to use them. Here’s a little info about each one, so you can add them to your ‘must have’ list!

Knitting How-to: Casting Off

Casting off is a very important knitting skill to have. In this video Myles shows you one of his favorite ways to cast off that will give you a very pretty finished product.


4 Easy Knitting Projects

If you’re new to knitting, you may find the idea of making a sweater a little overwhelming and it certainly can be.  Why not perfect your new skills on smaller, quicker, easier projects?  Finishing a project will give you a great feeling of satisfaction and will help increase your confidence to move on to more time consuming or complicated projects.  Many of these can be made in a single evening. 


Knitting How-to: Casting On

In this video Myles shows how to do a long-tail cast-on. In order to do this cast-on you need to make sure to have at least 4 times the finished width of your project in yarn length to have enough to create your stitches.


How to Read a Yarn Label

Just like reading the back of a pattern, reading the label on a ball of yarn can be a bit daunting. There’s a lot of information there! But reading a ball of yarn doesn't have to be confusing.

The photo above shows two examples of yarn labels. Let’s break it down bit by bit: