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Knitting Tutorials: Finishing Techniques

Blocking
Kitchener Stitch (photo tutorial)
Kitchener Stitch (video tutorial)
Mattress Stitch (photo tutorial)
Mattress Stitch (video tutorial)
Pom Pom
Seaming Garter Stitch
Tassel
Tassel: Tiny Attached Tassel
Weaving in Your Ends
Zippers in Knits

(also see the 3-Needle Bind Off tutorial in Bind Offs)
(all Knitting Terms +Tutorials)

Monday
Nov132006

Blocking

Blocking is a handy technique for stretching, easing, and redistributing stitches in a finished piece of hand knitting.  Whether you are preparing to sew pieces of a sweater together or simply finishing a scarf like the one shown here, blocking creates a beautifully even fabric, which makes it easy to work with and lovely to wear.

You can block any type of natural fiber for any type of garment, as long as you are gentle.  The goal is to get the knitting into a desired shape without stretching it out or damaging the fibers.  These directions work best (in our experience) for all types of natural fibers from mohair to cashmere, cotton, silk, and blends.

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Wednesday
Jan232008

Kitchener Stitch

Kitchener stitch is a technique for invisibly weaving together live stitches. The photo above shows Kitchener stitch worked in contrasting yarn so that you can see what it does. Knitters tend to shy away from learning this stitch because it seems complicated when all written out, but it's actually very simple to do; the only real challenge is keeping track of where you are in the steps.

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Monday
Nov112013

Kitchener Stitch (Video)

Friday
Sep272013

Mattress Stitch

The Mattress Stitch is a finishing technique for vertical seaming. It creates an invisible join between pieces worked in stockinette stitch or ribbing, perfect for so many things, such as sewing the front and back of a sweater together. For demonstration purposes, I have used a different yarn in a contrasting color, but typically you would use the same yarn as your knit pieces.

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Monday
Nov112013

Mattress Stitch (Video)

Wednesday
Jan092008

Pom Pom

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Purl sells a Pom Pom Maker from Susan Bates that turns out wonderful, fluffy pom poms. However, I have on more than one occasion witnessed customers look at all the little pieces and the instructions and then at me, "Huh?" If you don't have the convenience of a Purl staff member at your side, you may find this tutorial helpful...

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Monday
Nov112013

Seaming Garter Stitch

 

Monday
Apr142014

Tassel

Tuesday
Aug132013

Tassel: Tiny Attached Tassel

Thursday
Jul142011

Weaving in Your Ends

I have some good news. And, I have some bad news. Good news first: there is no one right way to weave in your ends. So, chances are, you haven't been doing it wrong! Now, the bad news: there are so many different ways to weave in your ends, you might not be doing it the best way either. 

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